Maz & Bricks
by Eva O’Connor
Directed by Melody Erfani
Feb 18 – Mar 13, 2022
Thu – Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm
(individual tickets on sale Jan 17, 2022)
A chance encounter changes two strangers forever
Two strangers meet on a train in Dublin. Maz is on her way to a demonstration protesting the Eighth Amendment, Catholic Ireland’s blanket ban on abortion. Bricks is hoping he will get to see his young daughter after a wild night on the town. The two are an unlikely pair, and yet the course of a day will change them both forever. A tender and timely tale about listening, learning, and coming to terms with our past.
Show sponsors: Bob and Janet Conklin
Season sponsor: Ronni Lacroute
COVID: All attendees must show proof of full vaccination and be masked at all times.
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.
Eliza Frakes is an actor, writer, and filmmaker based out of Portland and Los Angeles. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2019 with a degree in English, and additionally received the Departmental Distinction Award in acting. Eliza is grateful to have studied with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s founding members, who taught her everything from devising to Shakespeare. Since graduating, Eliza has been living and working across the country in writers’ rooms, on sets, in theatres, and as an educator. Some of her favorite roles include Mash in Stupid F*$king Bird, Tabby in Cuddles, Lily in Waterlily, and Sarah in Murky (short film). Her screenwriting has been awarded by the Wildsound film festival, and her poetry has been published in The Portland Review, where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2020, she completed a year-long residency with Echo Theatre as one of their selected young playwrights, where she debuted her first full-length play, Moleman. Eliza is the founding director of 920 Collective, an interdisciplinary artists’ community which meets to collaborate with and support early career makers in the generation of new media. She is absolutely thrilled to make her debut with Corrib Theatre, alongside such a talented and kind cast and crew.
Ken is right thrilled to be joining this tidy team of artists for his first foray with Corrib Theatre. There is a strong relief in returning to the stage at this juncture of the Great Pandy, since his 2019 role as Ben in The Journal of Ben Uchida with Oregon Children’s Theatre was lapsed but halfway through its run. So now, having transited the deep introversion of our collective lockdown, he’s very ready to publicly storytell in good company! Some other of his notable credits include Martin in 1984 (Artists Rep), Arjun in Chitra: The Girl Prince (NW Children’s Theater), and Keoni/Franklin in Today is My Birthday (Artists Rep). In 2019 he performed his solo show The Art of Flyswatting in tandem with Claire Aldridge’s Anatomy of a Rabbit (Red Balloon Theatre Collective), as well as off-Broadway with the Pan Asian Rep’s NuWorks 2019 in NYC. Ken has also published a book of poetry, Monster Colored Glasses. yoshikawaken.com
Melody is excited to work with Corrib Theatre. She is an East/West Coast director specializing in new works and classical adaptations. She received an MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, and was a participant of the 2013 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Texas, during which she procured an internship with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. She received an HB Residency in 2017 and a First Stage Drama Arts League Residency in 2019. Favorite credits: You Got Older (Zoom reading Third Rail Rep); Bee زﻧﺑور (creator/director), Antigone, Romeo + Juliet (Lower East Side Shakespeare Co); 97 Orchard St. (creator/director), All an Act (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Dying City, Raised in Captivity (ASDS Repertory); Our Town, The Importance of Being Earnest (Stagedoor Manor, NY). www.melodyerfani.com
Eva O’Connor is an Irish writer and performer from Ogonnelloe, Co. Clare. She studied English and German at Edinburgh University before completing an MA in theatre ensemble from Rose Bruford drama school in London. Her plays include My Best Friend Drowned in a Swimming Pool, Kiss Me and You Will See How Important I Am, My Name is Saoirse, Overshadowed, The Friday Night Effect (co-written with Hildegard Ryan), Maz and Bricks, and Mustard. Eva runs her own theatre company, Sunday’s Child, with Hildegard Ryan. She has won various awards for her work, including Best Emerging Artist Award 2012 (Edinburgh Fringe), First Fortnight Award 2014 (Dublin Fringe), Argus Angel Award 2015 (Brighton Fringe), Fishamble Award for Best New Writing 2015, Best Theatre Award 2019 (Adelaide Fringe), Scotsman Fringe First Award 2019 (Edinburgh Fringe), and Lustrum Award 2019 (Edinburgh Fringe). Her play Overshadowed was recently adapted for television by BBC3 and Rollem productions and won Best Drama at the Mind Media Award 2019. Eva has also written for radio. Her play My Name is Saoirse was adapted by RTÉ Radio 1 and her short story The Midnight Sandwich was recently aired on BBC Radio 4.
Kyra Sanford is thrilled to be doing live theatre again! She is a freelance scenic designer, props master, carpenter, and painter in the Portland area, working for theatres such as Milagro, PassinArt, Theatre Vertigo, Defunkt Theatre, Profile Theatre, Portland State University, Clark College, Lincoln High School, Third Rail Rep, and various others. She received her BFA in scenic design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.
Anthony is currently the technical director at Curious Comedy Theater. He graduated with an MFA in ensemble based physical theater from Dell’arte International in 2013. He cofounded the company White Collar Crimes Theatre, which has created two original vaudeville inspired works that have toured the Canadian Fringe Festivals. He also works as a touring technician for both fringe festivals and touring companies, taking him to diverse places including Alaska, Australia, Canada, Scotland, and South Africa.
Emily Trimble earned her BA in art and performance from the University of Texas at Dallas and spent several years working in Dallas theatre after graduation. In Dallas, she worked at Dallas Children’s Theater, WaterTower Theatre, Nouveau 47 Theatre, and Undermain Theatre as both a stage manager and an assistant stage manager. She moved to Portland in 2012 and has since worked at Bag&Baggage Productions; Broadway Rose; Oregon Children’s Theatre; Original Practice Shakespeare Festival; and most recently with the Ten, Tiny, Talks Festival in collaboration with Crave Theatre and T&A Grand Theater. She also occasionally dabbles in props design and was the season props designer for several years at Bag&Baggage. She is thrilled to be working for Corrib again, having previously worked as the stage manager and production manager for Lifeboat. In her free time, Emily enjoys rock climbing, crocheting, hanging with her cat, and watching dumb movies with her partner.