PORTLAND, ORE: Corrib Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring three shows.
First on the slate will be Jaki McCarrick’s Belfast Girls (Nov. 17-Dec. 10), about five women from Belfast looking for a fresh start in Australia during the Irish Famine in 1850. The cast will include Anya Pearson, Tiffany Groben, Summer Olsson, Brenan Dwyer, and Hannah Edelson. Whelan will direct.
Next up will be Lifeboat (Jan. 12-Feb. 4, 2018), by Nicola McCartney, about the 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. The production will feature Kayla Lian and Britt Harris, and Avital Shira will direct.
The season will conclude with Owen McCafferty’s Quietly (April 13-May 6, 2018), about two middle-aged men with a shared past who meet in a bar in Belfast. The cast will consist of Ted Rooney, Tim Blough, and Murri Lazaroff-Babin, and Whelan will direct.
“These three plays bear out Corrib’s mission of presenting challenging works with universal resonance, filtered through the Irish experience,” said founding artistic director Gemma Whelan in a statement. “Each of these stories speaks to the triumph of communication and connection in the face of violence, chauvinism, xenophobia, and hatred.”
Founded in 2013, Corrib Theatre presents works about the Irish experience.