2016 – 2017 Season



Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan
Directed by Gemma Whelan
Venue: Kells Irish Pub
Dates:  Oct 25, Oct 26, Nov 2 @ 7:30pm – Eclipsed – a reading
Thurs Nov 3 @ 7:30pm – Documentary film Sex in a Cold Climate and panel discussion

Reading (Oct 25, 26, Nov 2): Eclipsed exposes the scandal of the Magdalene Laundries. The playwright Patricia Burke Brogan, herself a former nun, worked in an institutional laundry when she was a novice. Eclipsed was inspired by the practice of making pregnant and unwed Irish mothers work as ‘penitents’ in church-run laundries. Supervised by nuns who regarded these women as mindless vessels of evil, the women were treated as slaves and their infants were forcibly put up for adoption. The year 2016, the centenary of the 1916 Rising, is also the 20-year anniversary of the closure of the last Magdalene Laundry in Ireland.

Film and Panel (Nov 3): A showing of the documentary Sex in a Cold Climate about the Magdalene Laundries, followed by a panel discussion with:
Charlotte Headrick, Professor Theatre (Emeritus), Oregon State University. Expert on Eclipsed and the work of Patricia Burke Brogan
Kryn Freehling-Burton, Senior Instructor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University
Karin Magaldi, Professor, Head of Theater, Portland State University
Ellen Margolis, Professor, Theatre & Dance Department Chair, Pacific University
Jane Vogel, PhD, President, Age and Gender Equity in the Arts

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hurlHurl by Charlie O’Neil
Directed by Tracy Cameron Francis
Venue: Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St, Portland
Dates:  Monday January 23, 2017 @ 7:30pm (part of Fertile Ground, in association with Hand2Mouth)

A non-traditional hurling team made up of members originally from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cuba, Bosnia, Vietnam, Argentina, and inner-city Dublin – an unexpected picture of rural Ireland and the GAA led by an alcoholic priest and a washed up trainer as it overcomes impossible barriers despite discrimination and bureaucratic obstacles.

Hurl is a part of Corrib’s Intercultural Ireland Initiative.


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Testament of Mary
 by Colm Toibin
Directed by: Gemma Whelan
With: Jacklyn Maddux
Venue: New Expressive Works, 810 Belmont St, Portland
Dates:  Feb 16 – March 5, Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:00pm

Written by the author of Brooklyn. A daring exploration of the psyche of Mary, mother of Jesus, as she lives out her final days.



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Chapatti by Christian O’Reilly
With: Allen Nause & Jacklyn Maddux
Directed by: Gemma Whelan
Venue: Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St, Portland
Dates: April 3 – 16, Mon 3 & Tu 4 @ 7:30pm, Wed 5 @ 2pm, Thur 13-Sat 15 @ 7:30pm, Sun 16th @ 2:00pm

A remount of our successful 2016 Northwest Premiere production. Chapatti is a love story between two people who have given up on the possibility of love. Dan lives alone in a Dublin flat and spends his time with his dog, Chapatti. Betty also lives alone – with her nineteen cats. Chapatti is a tender, funny, compassionate, and unsentimental play about second chances that relies on the power of the spoken word, the challenge of communication, and the complexity of lived and shared experience.

We plan to take Chapatti on tour – stay tuned for updates.


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