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
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; and Wed Nov 29 7:30pm. Running time 2:15 including intermission.

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

“Corrib Theatre’s resonant staging of a play about women escaping the Irish Famine rings true amid today’s sea change of women’s rights.” —Oregon ArtsWatch

“If you like plays that use individual lives to illuminate a piece of history, you’ll like this one.” —BroadwayWorld

“Fantastic…abounds with growth and hope and spirit in the face of adversity.” —Judy Nedry’s Play Reviews

“A study in human behavior like “Lord of the Flies,” “Belfast Girls” trains a magnifying glass on women’s history, using the additional lens of Irish diaspora.” —EDGE Media Network

with Anya Pearson, Brenan Dwyer, Summer Olsson, Hannah Edelson, and Tiffany Groben
Lighting Design: Anthony Arnista, Set Design: Lara Klingeman, Sound Design: Sharath Patel, Costume Design: Summer Olsson, Props Design: Chanell Magee

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
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm

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.
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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