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You in Midair
New Expressive Works / Studio 2
Portland, OR
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You in Midair
On July 18, 1989, Danna Schaeffer received the worst news a parent can hear: a phone call from a stranger telling her that her only child has been murdered. Benson, Danna and Rebecca Schaeffer were a tight-knit family whose last words to each other the evening of July 17th were I love you. Rebecca, at age 21 a working actor in Hollywood, was slated to audition for Godfather Three and on the morning of July 18, 1989, expecting a courier with the script, she answered her door bell and went to the front door of her Los Angeles apartment house. A stranger stepped from the bushes and shot her point-blank in the heart. She died 30 minutes later.

Benson and Danna lived through the trial of the murderer, an obsessed fan who had paid a private investigator to find Rebecca's home address in Los Angeles through the DMV, and then stalked Rebecca for months. After her murder, privacy laws were tightened and stalking laws were enacted. Hollywood would never be the same: threat management became a byword for performers.

You in Midair is an intimate, harrowing, and ultimately joyful story that examines the searing pain of loss, the consolation of memory, and the triumph of hard-won wisdom. Danna Schaeffer is a teacher, therapist, lobbyist, and writer and with this first foray onto the stage can now count herself as an actress. She takes us from horror to hilarity with remarkable stage presence. As Shawn Levy, author of Dolce Vita Confidential says, "You in Midair combines horror, pathos and comedy in ways you've never seen before. You will laugh and you will cry, often at the same time." You in Midair is a spellbinding show. It is not to be missed.


New Expressive Works / Studio 2 (View)
810 Se Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
United States


Arts > Performance

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: You in Midair
On BPT Since: Jul 31, 2017
You in Midair

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