Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick
Directed by: Gemma Whelan
Venue: Shaking the Tree Theatre, 823 SE Grant St, Portland
Dates: Nov 17 – Dec 10, 2017

Saturday, November 18 – Post-Show Talkback featuring playwright Jaki McCarrick

Saturday, November 25 – Post-Show Talkback featuring dramaturg Charlotte J. Headrick

“…the whole cast is first-rate, one of the best ensembles I’ve seen!” —Dennis Sparks Reviews

Five young women depart Belfast during the Irish Famine with the hope of a better life in their hearts. Set aboard the Inchinnan, a ship sails in 1850 from famine-stricken Ireland bound for Australia under a British government scheme to purportedly help “orphan” girls find a better life. En route, these strong and high-spirited women discover that they have been conveniently gotten rid of. Together, they must confront the demons of the life they’ve left behind, survive the endless voyage and take strength in each other to face what lies ahead. Based on true accounts, it is a play about emigration and the female experience of the Famine, and of the powers-that-be that scapegoat and victimize their most vulnerable during a crisis.
Show Sponsors  Hugh and Mair Lewis.

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Lifeboat by Nicola McCartney
Directed by: Avital Shira
Venue: Northwest Children’s Theater, 1819 NW Everett St, Portland
Dates: Jan 12 – Feb 4, 2018

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.
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

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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