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Bringing The Issue Of Homelessness To The Stage

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In 2011, nearly three thousand people in Multnomah County were sleeping outside, in a vehicle, in an abandoned building, or in a shelter, according to a yearly homeless count. But playwright Bruce Hostetler points out, “it’s a part of the world that we’re surrounded by that we can forget so easily.”

Hostetler used a passion for storytelling to address the issue of homelessness, and wrote Feral, a play finishing its run at the Fertile Ground Festival this weekend. He distilled interviews with hundreds of Portlanders dealing with homelessness into a play about a man spending his first night on the street.

Have you ever been homeless? What do you think people should know about homelessness?

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