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By:Quiara Alegria Hudes    Directed by Josh Hect

November 1-19, 2017 at ArtsHub's Alder Stage


Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from the war in Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love. In this fearless, heart-stirring Pulitzer Prize-winner, worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage.


Iraq War vet Elliot has a bright new career: movie star. But shooting a film on location in Jordan, with the tumultuous Arab Spring rumbling nearby, he finds that his wartime nightmares have followed him into his new life. Back in Philadelphia, his cousin Yaz has her hands full cooking for the homeless and trying to keep her beloved community from crumbling. Set to the joyful sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, this final play of Hudes’ trilogy chronicles a year in the life of these two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world.

Back fence pdx: Russian Roulette

Hosted by B. Frayn Masters and Mindy Nettifee

December 6 at Curious Comedy Theatre

FEATURING* 3-Time Winner from our July show, Works at Portland Public Schools, Broke Gravy Improv, Ghost Made Him Sick in the Most Haunted Castle in Ireland, Rode a Train in N. Korea CHRIS WILLIAMS,  High School Teacher, Camp Director, Camouflage Expert RENEE JENKINSON, Two-Time Winner, Chef at Noble Rot, Can Sing the Shit out of Bad Company, Dad Swam Against and Defeated JFK LEATHER STORRS,  January Winner, Veterinary Technician KAHLIE TOWLE, going up against formidable new challengers: Finalist in Portland’s Funniest Person Competition, Founder of Lez Stand Up, Extreme Jigsaw Puzzler KIRSTEN KUPPENBENDER and Member of That’s What She Said Queer Comedy Collective, Seasoned Performance Artist + Grandma in Training KATIE PIATT.

Music by DJ BOBBY D from XRAY