Lifeboat by Nicola McCartney
Directed by: Avital Shira
Venue: Northwest Children’s Theater, 1819 NW Everett St, Portland
Dates: Jan 12 – Feb 4, 2018
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm

Talkback after the show Sunday Jan 21: Designers and actors

Talkback after the show Sunday Jan 28: Dramaturg Charlotte Headrick and actors

with Britt Harris and Kayla Lian
Lighting Design: Sarah Hughey, Set Design: Kim Williams, Sound Design: Amir Shirazi, Costume Design: Gina Piva

Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, teenagers whose ship was torpedoed while they were escaping the relentless bombing of Britain during World War II. It is a story of courage, survival and enduring friendship. A co-production with Northwest Children’s Theater. Suitable for adults and children age 10 and up.

Dennis Sparks Reviews: “… outstanding acting and … inventive writing …”

Broadway World Portland: “(Director) Avital Shira brings a wonderful imagination to this work, constructing a sort of intricate dance between the two actors …”

OregonLive: “Log onto Facebook, go to your best friend’s page and remind them of a moment — terrible or terrific — that strengthened your relationship. And then invite them to ‘Lifeboat.'”

Oregon ArtsWatch: “There is humor, and sentiment, and heartache, and adventure in this tale.”

Previews for Lifeboat by Nicola McCartney:

Oregon ArtsWatch’s DramaWatch Weekly
OregonLive’s 7 Must-See Portland Theatre Shows This Winter

Lifeboat was originally produced in 2002 by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Scotland, directed by Gill Robertson.

Show Sponsor Ellyn Bye.

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Quietly by Owen McCafferty
Directed by: Gemma Whelan
Venue: New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St. Portland
Dates: April 13 – May 6, 2018
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm

with Murri Lazaroff-Babin, Tim Blough, and Ted Rooney
Lighting Design: Kim Williams, Set Design: Tyler Buswell, Sound Design: Cameron McFee, Costume Design: Sarah Marguier

Two middle-aged men with a shared past meet in a bar in present day Belfast. Sharing pints as a football match between Northern Ireland and Poland is playing on the TV, the men must tell their disparate stories of a day etched in their psyches, while the Polish bartender bears witness to the outcome. This is a powerful story of violence and forgiveness in the aftermath of The Troubles.

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