Play highlights Portland's quirks

“People's Republic of Portland” based on one woman's time in the Rose City

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published Apr 26, 2013 at 05:00AM

For three seasons, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have lampooned the people of Portland in their award-winning television show “Portlandia.”

Now, Portland's quirkiness has inspired “The People's Republic of Portland,” a one-woman show by playwright, actress, author and former “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” faux-correspondent Lauren Weedman.

“People's Republic” premiered Tuesday at the Portland Center Stage and will run through June 16 in Portland.

In 2011, Weedman spent a couple of months in Portland performing “Bust,” her critically acclaimed play that a news release called “a semi-autobiographical account of her volunteer gig in a women's jail in Los Angeles juxtaposed against her less-than-charmed life in Hollywood.” The new show is based on the quirky, “only in Portland” things she saw and experienced in the City of Roses during that time.

“Weedman's first-hand experiences from her immersion into Portland's culture have created countless unique stories that fall outside of the typical stereotypes,” according to the theater's website. “She thinks quickly, tells stories well and her first-person perspective is interesting and fresh.”

Weedman has written and performed eight solo plays including “Homecoming,” “Rash” and “No ... You Shut Up.” Her film credits include “Imagine That,” “Date Night” and “A Five Year Engagement.”

“The People's Republic of Portland” runs in the Portland Center Stage's Ellyn Bye Studio. The show is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets range from $34 to $54, depending on the day of the performance. Youth and student tickets are also available for $25. For more information, visit www.pcs .org or call 503-445-3700.