“These three plays explore the realities, complexities, and challenges of life in the 21st Century. They celebrate the vast diversity that is the new face of Ireland, revel in the differences, and face the underbelly and lack of comprehension that still exists—the clinging to tradition that persists despite enormous progress. In pitting outmoded concepts of the past against the culturally transformed landscape we now inhabit, our season casts a light on life in the U.S. today and in our own city of Portland.” – Gemma Whelan, Founding Artistic Director.
Hurl by Charlie O’Neill
Directed by Tracy Cameron Francis
Oct 5 – 28, 2018
Tradition, desire and bodies collide when an Irish team made up of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers—originally from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cuba, Bosnia, Vietnam, Argentina and inner-city Dublin—is formed and compete in the very traditional and ancient Irish sport of hurling. Led by an alcoholic priest and a washed-up trainer, the team battles discrimination and bureaucratic barriers to make its way to the All-Ireland finals. With humor, wit and energy, Hurl explores what it means to be Irish in the 21st Century..
Four Last Things by Lisa Tierney-Keogh
Directed by Gemma Whelan
Feb 1 – 24, 2019
Jane is dropping out of college, out of life. She is stuck on her family’s farm in rural Ireland with a father who cannot find the words to articulate his fears, and a dog who intuitively grasps her state of mind but cannot reach her. Four Last Things is an emotionally charged journey through a young woman’s inner battles with depression as those who love her struggle to understand.
How to Keep an Alien by Sonya Kelly
Directed by Gemma Whelan
Apr 12 – May 5, 2019
Irish Sonya and Australian Kate meet and fall in love, while working on a Russian play with English accents in an Irish castle. Together, they embark on a global odyssey to prove that they have a right to live together in Ireland. How to Keep an Alien is a tender and hilarious story attesting to the perils and obstacles of emigration, and the transformation that Irish society has undergone in recent times. This is a story about falling in love and proving it to the government.
All performances are held at New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St. Portland
Run time of all shows is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
or mail a check to Corrib Theatre, 3736 SE Salmon St, Portland OR 97214
Season Sponsored by Ronni Lacroute
with additional support from:
(503) 389-0579 | info[at]corribtheatre.org