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Profile Theatre Announces a Full Season of Tanya Barfield

Plays by the Portland native, including ‘The Call,’ ‘Blue Door,’ and ‘Bright Half Life,’ are on the slate.

PORTLAND, ORE.: Profile Theatre has announced a full season of plays by Tanya Barfield as part of their mission to engage the community with a single playwright through staged productions and readings. The lineup includes four full-staged productions to better acclimate the community with the Portland native’s breadth of work.

“Having an entire season devoted to my own work is a true gift, and the fact that Profile Theatre is in my hometown makes it all the more magical,” said Barfield in a statement.

Barfield was born and raised in Portland, Ore. She is recipient of a Lilly Award, the inaugural Lilly Award Commission, and a Helen Merrill Award. Her play Blue Door (South Coast Repertory, Playwrights Horizons) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a proud alumna of New Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild Council. She has written for the upcoming Starz series The One Percent and currently writes for The Americans on FX.

The season opens with the The Call (Feb. 4–21, 2016), about a couple whose lives turn upside down when they adopt a child from Africa and embark on the unexpected path to parenthood.

Next is Blue Door (April 7–24, 2016), about a man’s journey through time to uncover his ancestral past and discover his culture.

Following will be Antigone Project (Sept. 7–11, 2016), a collection of five short stories based on the play by Sophocles, written by Barfield, Karen Hartman, Chiori Miyagawa, Lynn Nottage, and Caridad Svich.

Next will be Bright Half Life (Oct. 27–Nov. 11, 2016), about two women’s relationship through snapshots of scenes spanning a 40-year period.

Also part of the season will be the In Dialogue Staged Reading series, featuring new contemporary plays alongside readings of more of Barfield’s plays not included in the mainstage season.


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