Spokesong (reading) October 6, 13, 20


Spokesong (a reading)
by Stewart Parker, directed by Gemma Whelan**

Mondays, October 6, 13, & 20 at 7:30pm
Venue: Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St, Portland
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with Joey Copsey, Foss Curtis, Joe Healy, Sara Hennessy*, Heath Koerschgen, Summer Olsson, and Kathleen Worley*

Spokesong is about the hopes and dreams of a Belfast bicycle shop owner, Frank Stock, who runs the store as something like a shrine to the past, present and future of the bicycle. Living alone and approaching middle age, Frank consoles himself with his dreams of the past and his vision of a glorious cycling future for his native city.

Spokesong author Stewart Parker, who was born in Belfast in 1941, spent his entire adult life in the shadow of cancer. He lost a leg to the disease at 18, an experience which inspired his book of poetry “The Casualty’s Meditation’ (1966). He later became a brilliant student at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he made a special study of the plays of Yeats – a writer whose formal experimentation he sometimes reflected and echoed. He then taught English Literature at Hamilton College, New York, and Cornell University but found himself drawn back to Ulster. In 1969, as the Troubles began, he returned home to become the journalistic and literary voice of a city in agony. Spokesong won him the Evening Standard ‘Most Promising Playwright Award 1975′.

Corrib Theatre offers grateful acknowledgement to this production’s sponsor:
Ronnie Lacroute / WillaKenzie Estates

 Coming Up:

A Night In November
by Marie Jones, directed by Gemma Whelan

November 12, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm, Nov 16 at 2 pm
Venue: CoHo Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland
with Damon Kupper

Revival of our popular one-man show on cultural identity and sectarianism, and one’s man’s journey to bridge the gap. Set during a World Cup qualifying match between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

 2014 Drammy award winner for Best Solo Performer, nominee for Best Director

“…this play isn’t really about politics as much as it’s about personhood: what gives us our humanity, and how we can thoughtlessly and reflexively deny that humanity in others. It’s in that realm that Jones’ script and Corrib’s thoughtful production succeed ably, reminding us of the failure of imagination and the dehumanizing force that is prejudice.”   Portland Monthly

“…Kupper has an ebullient, winning presence….light on his feet, his face red and beaded with sweat, (he) singlehandedly captures the conviviality of a mildly tipsy Aer Lingus flight and an utterly sloshed New York City bar…” “bloody good craic.” Willamette Week

Supported by the Government of Ireland’s Cultural Relations Programme

Little Gem
by Elaine Murphy,
directed by Gemma Whelan**

February 9 – 26, Monday -Thursday at 7:30 pm
Venue: Kells Irish Pub (Banquet Hall), 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland

with Sara Hennessy*, Michele Mariana*, Lauren Mitchell

One extraordinary year in the life of three generations of ordinary Irish women. A play about love, sex, death, birth, salsa and sambucas.

Winner of the 2008 Fishamble New Writing Award at Dublin Fringe Festival, the 2009 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, and nominated for Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards. Ms. Murphy is the winner of the Stewart Parker BBC Northern Ireland Radio Drama Award for 2009.


* Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

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