by Lisa Tierney-Keogh
Directed by Gemma Whelan~
at New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St. Portland
Feb 1 – 24, 2019
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm
Run time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
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.
“The words are beautiful and poetic; the actors’ performances are nuanced and gripping as they beg someone to please just understand.” – Judy Nedry Reviews
“The cast is perfect for their roles and Casteele is powerful in the lead.” – Dennis Sparks Reviews
INTERVIEW WITH LISA TIERNEY-KEOGH about Four Last Things
MEET THE CAST…
CAST: Alexandria Casteele (Jane), Ted Rooney* (Brendan), Jacklyn Maddux* (Bob, the farm dog)
CREATIVE TEAM: Set Design: Samie Pfeifer, Costume Design: Summer Olsson, Light Design: Zach Ward, Sound Design: Andrew Bray, Stage Manager: Amy Katrina Bryan, Dramaturg: Valory J Lawrence
Lisa Tierney-Keogh was born in Dublin and recently returned home after ten years living in New York. She is an Associate Playwright at the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre. Her new play, This Beautiful Village, will receive its world premiere on the Abbey stage in 2019.
Lisa’s plays have been performed in Dublin, New York, London, Belfast, and Mexico City. Her critically acclaimed play Four Last Things has been translated and performed internationally. Lisa has won the Irish Times Theatre Awards Bursary and been nominated for the Stewart Parker Trust Award, the BBC Tony Doyle Television Award, and the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards (Best New Play, Best Production, Judges’ Special Award for Four Last Things).
Lisa was a core member of #WakingTheFeminists and is a co-founder of Irish Stand, a grassroots movement that supports and raises money for immigrants in vulnerable communities. In 2016, Lisa accepted the first International Lilly Award for #WakingTheFeminists at the annual Lilly Awards in New York.
Lisa is co-host of the Irish Stand podcast with Senator Aodhan O’Riordain. She has written for radio and print media, and since 2017 she has been writing regularly for The Irish Times about living in the US and her return home to Ireland.
Show sponsored by Ellyn Bye.
ASL Interpreted Performance: Friday, Feb 22 @ 7:30pm.
AUDIENCE ENRICHMENT EVENTS…
- Thursday Jan. 31: Pay What You Can Preview
- Friday, Feb. 1: Opening Night Reception
- Saturday, Feb. 2: Post-show talkback with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Friday, Feb. 8: Pre-show reception with Oregon Humane Society @ 6:30pm
- Friday, Feb. 8: Post-show talkback with playwright Lisa Tierney Keogh
- Saturday, Feb. 9: Talkback cancelled due to illness of the playwright Post-show talkback with playwright Lisa Tierney Keogh
- Sunday, Feb. 10: Post-show talkback with director and actors & All Ireland Cultural Society with materials, and Irish snacks
- SPECIAL EVENT: Cancelled due to illness of the playwright Waking the Feminists – the movement that radicalized gender equity in Irish theatre
Sunday, Feb. 10 @ 7pm
A conversation with Lisa Tierney-Keogh; Dr. Jane Vogel, Founder and President, Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE); Sarah Jane Hardy, Artistic Director, Northwest Children’s Theater & School; Subashini Ganesan, The Creative Laureate of Portland, Oregon; and Gemma Whelan, Founding Artistic Director, Corrib Theatre
- Friday, Feb. 15: @ 6:30pm: Pre-show reception for the Blind Community patrons
- Friday, Feb. 15: Post-show talkback with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Sunday, Feb. 17: Post-show talkback with Artists/Therapists Emma Bridges, Amanda Soden, Allison Batty Capps
- Friday, Feb. 22: 6:30pm: Pre-show reception for Deaf Community patrons
- Friday, Feb. 22: 7:30pm: ASL Interpreted Performance, followed by ASL Interpreted post-show talkback