by Patricia Burke Brogan
Directed by Gemma Whelan∼
Sep 20 – Oct 13, 2019
Thu – Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm
Nobody wants these women.
In a Magdalene Laundry, where the nuns regard them as mindless vessels of evil and their infants are forcibly put up for adoption, a group of young unwed Irish mothers struggle, resist, and strive to overcome the onerous conditions imposed on them. Based on true accounts and written by an ex-nun who worked there, it’s a story of both pain and hope. Opened in the late 1800s, the last Magdalene Laundry didn’t close until 1996.
Show sponsor: Ellyn Bye
Season sponsor: Ronni Lacroute
CREATIVE TEAM AND CREW
Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.
The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.
United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE is the union representing Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound and Projection designers in Live Performance.
Victoria is elated to be playing with Corrib. You may have seen Victoria as Jaques in this summer’s production of As You Like It at Oregon Adventure Theatre. She has also performed with The August Wilson Red Door Project. After four years of Chicago theatre life, Victoria is very excited to be working in the Pacific Northwest.
Lorraine is an awarded actress, director, writer, and teacher. She has performed on Portland stages since 1992, including Shaking the Tree Theatre, Sowelu Theatre, CoHo Productions, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Third Rail Rep, and Northwest Classical Theatre. Her recent stage performances include Escaped Alone at Shaking the Tree, The Crackwalker at Sowelu Theatre, Playhouse Creatures at CoHo Productions, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Angels in America at Portland Playhouse, and Good People at Clackamas Repertory Theatre. Film and TV performances include Wild, Dizzy Pursuit, Bad Samaritan, Anse and Bhule, The Slows, Grimm, and The Librarians. Lorraine is co-founder of Sowelu Theatre, and she teaches acting at Portland State University and acting/movement at Young Musicians & Artists.
Wynee Hu is delighted to be returning to Corrib Theatre for Eclipsed after performing in last season's production of Hurl. Other recent credits include The Tempest at Oregon Adventure Theatre (Ferdinand), Tenali: The Royal Trickster at Northwest Children’s Theater (Queen Tirumala), The White Hound of the North at Speculative Drama (The Crow Witch), and multiple roles in the Exoplanetary podcast series. She has a BA in theatre from the University of Southern California and has taken improv and storytelling classes at the Brody Theater.
Sasha Belle Neufeld
Sasha Belle Neufeld (she/her) is originally from Miami, Florida. Recent credits include: Documentary Now!, Latino Network’s Voz Alta, Little Becky in Anonymous Theatre's Urinetown: The Musical and Becky Thatcher in Quintessence's Tom(boy) Sawyer. Sasha is humbled to give voice to women who are still not heard. She hopes Eclipsed motivates audiences to advocate for other oppressed voices in whatever way is meaningful for them. Thank you to Gemma, Amy, the cast, and the design team for the opportunity and lovely support. BA Theatre, Indiana University.
Dainichia is happy to return to Corrib as the fragile and fun Mandy. This show is especially near and dear since her grandmother hails from Ireland, near many of these Laundries. Recently she was seen as Titania in NWCTC's remount of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In Portland, she has been seen onstage at Profile Theatre, CoHo Productions, Theatre Vertigo, Artists Rep, Portland Shakespeare Project, Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative, Post 5, and Action/Adventure Theatre. She also writes songs with the guitar and ukulele for Shakespeare productions. Some favorite productions include Assassins, As You Like It, Hamlet, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Lead Actress, Drammy Awards 2012) and Playhouse Creatures (nominated for Lead Actress, Drammy Awards).
Lucy is very excited for the opportunity to perform with Corrib Theatre and this wonderful cast. She grew up in Liverpool, U.K., training in classical theatre and performing arts, and went on to study “skill development through Shakespeare” at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. After performing in various classical, musical, and comedy productions throughout the U.K. and Canada, she moved to Portland over 10 years ago, and continues to work on stage, screen, and voiceover. Recent credits include Gertrude in Hamlet at Valley Shakespeare Company, Marna in Dear Marna at Imago Theatre, Naomi Vantz-Cooper in TNT's The Librarians, Andrea Strohl in NBC's Grimm and Marie in the feature film Road to Bob.
Jamie M Rea
A renaissance woman of the theatre and a proud member of Actor's Equity, Jamie has had the pleasure of exploring this powerful tool for connection and change for over 20 years. She has studied the work of Sanford Meisner & Robert Bray with Barry Hunt & Sowelu Theatre Ensemble; Suzuki Technique & Anne Bogart's Viewpoints with the SITI Company (NYC); Rhythm Tap with Savion Glover's teacher Lady Diane Walker & Lane Alexander, founder of the National Tap Dance Festival in Chicago; and Devising Theatre with the late Scott Kelman of Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre (NYC). Seen previously as Kelly in Corrib Theatre’s, The Hen Night Ephiphany, Jamie is thrilled to return to Corrib’s stage with another all-female team of powerhouses. She was seen last season as Olympe DeGouges in Artist Repertory Theatre’s The Revolutionists, Amy in Profile Theatre’s In the Wake, and as Dawn in Profile’s The Secretaries. Additional local favorites include Macbeth in Macbeth & Kristine (Drammy award, Best Supporting Actress) in A Doll’s House (Shaking the Tree Theatre), Anna (Drammy Finalist, Best Actress) in The Snowstorm (CoHo & Many Hats Productions), Mary Shelley in Bloody Poetry (NW Classical Theatre Co), and Gabriella in References to Salvador Dali make me hot (Milagro). She is co-founding Artistic Director of the Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project. Jamie appears later this season in Corrib’s Kissing the Witch, directed by Lava Alapai.
Gemma is the founding Artistic Director of Corrib Theatre. She has extensive experience working on both classical and contemporary works, ranging from Shakespeare, Shaw, Ibsen, Hellman, and Coward, to Arrabal, Mrozek, Sam Shephard, Nilo Cruz, and David Ives, and has directed and assisted in the development of numerous world premieres. For Corrib, she has directed How to Keep an Alien, Four Last Things, Quietly (Drammy nomination for Best Actor in a Play), Belfast Girls, Chapatti, The Testament of Mary, Our New Girl, Little Gem, The Hen Night Epiphany, St. Nicholas, and A Night in November (Drammy nomination for Direction, Drammy award for Solo Performance). In Portland, she has directed Broomstick and Ithaka at Artists Repertory Theatre, The Call at Profile Theatre, Words that Burn for Los Porteños at Milagro Theatre, and also at CoHo, Boom Arts, and Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival. She was the founding Artistic Director of Wilde Irish Productions in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she directed The Importance of Being Oscar (Dean Goodman Award for Direction, Dean Goodman Award for Solo Performance), Ariel (US premiere), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Eclipsed, and Endgame. Other favorites include Last Summer at Bluefish Cove (Cable Car Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Directing) and Vita and Virginia (Curve Magazine, Best Theatre of the Year Award) at Theatre Rhinoceros, Duet for One at Zephyr Theatre, Top Girls at Phoenix Theatre, and Equus at Douglas Morrisson Theatre (Little Theatre Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Directing). Gemma received the Gerald Duff Award for Continuing Contribution to Theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area. Educational credits include Mills College (Chair, Drama Dept), UC Berkeley, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Portland Actors Conservatory, Portland State University, Literary Arts (Delve), Pacific University, Willamette University, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore). She is an award-winning filmmaker and a published novelist. BA Trinity College Dublin; MA Theatre UC Berkeley; MFA Cinema, San Francisco State University. Member SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society). gemmawhelan.com
Kyra Sanford is a freelance scenic designer, props master, carpenter, and painter in the Portland area, working for theatres such as Staged!, Theatre Vertigo, Defunkt Theatre, Profile Theatre, Portland State University, Clark College, Lincoln High School, Shaking the Tree Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, and various others. She received her BFA in scenic design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.
Summer Olsson is a designer, creator, and performer. Her love of clothes, fabrics, and transformation led her to costuming, and she has designed and executed costumes for dozens of productions. This is her ninth production with Corrib! Other companies she frequently collaborates with include Echo Theater Company, A Little Bit Off, Teatr Figur Krakow, Beady Little Eyes, Mt. Hood Community College, and Salt and Sage Productions. Olsson holds a BFA in theater from the University of New Mexico and is a graduate of Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She is on the teaching staff at Echo Theater Company and one half of the clowns Duo Doppio.
Kristeen is thrilled to return to Corrib Theatre after last designing set and lights for The Hen Night Epiphany. Kristeen is Associate Producer and Production Manager as well as a resident designer at Artists Repertory Theatre. Her regional theater credits include lighting designs for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, A Contemporary Theatre, and Triad Stage. Her Portland area lighting and scenic design credits include Wolf Play, I and You, and Between Riverside and Crazy at Artists Repertory Theatre; Tiny Beautiful Things and Buyer & Cellar at Portland Center Stage, The Night Alive and Or at Third Rail Repertory Theatre; Snow White and Little Red “Riding Hood” at Northwest Children's Theater and School; Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium and Fly Guy: The Musical at Oregon Children’s Theatre; Buried Child and Thief River at Profile Theatre; The Outgoing Tide and Luna Gale at CoHo Productions; and Oedipus El Rey at Milagro Theatre.
Elizabeth is a native of the UK who found her spiritual home in Portland. Recent sound designs include Good Morning Miss America for Phyllis Yes Productions, and Year of the Rooster and The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence for CoHo Productions. She also appears occasionally on stage (this summer appearing in Into the Woods at Broadway Rose) and is also a choreographer, most recently for Anonymous Theatre's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the upcoming production of Shrek The Musical at Tigard High School. Her favorite production is her seven-year-old son, Julian, who frequently offers the opportunity to compose music and make interesting sound effects.
Chanell is thrilled to be returning to Corrib Theatre, where she previously designed props for Our New Girl, Belfast Girls, and How to Keep an Alien. Born and raised in Portland, Chanell has stuck to her roots and has worked as a props designer, scenic designer, and painter for various theatres in the area. In Salem she did props and assistant scenic design for Hair, The Wizard of Oz, and 1940’s Radio Hour at Enlightened Theatrics. Chanell is a graduate of Western Oregon University, with a BFA in technical theatre.
Amy Katrina Bryan
Amy is an actress, director, and choreographer. Most recently she was on stage in How to Keep an Alien at Corrib Theatre, To Fly Again at Imago Theatre, and the short film Jean. She recently choreographed for the Imago Soiree, and is a founding director and choreographer of a new dance project coming to Portland. She is a musician and singer as well, and plays in several rock and roll groups throughout Portland.