Dmae features the seventh season of Corrib Theatre’s focus on  plays by contemporary Irish playwrights. We’ll talk with founder and artistic director Gemma Whelan upcoming season that includes Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan, James X by Gerard Mannix Flynn, and Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue.  We’ll hear about the horrific history of unwed mothers at the Magdalene laundry and how religion and government colluded to deny reproductive freedom. And Gemma tells us how Corrib Theatre embraces inclusion with Eclipsed–the season opening play.

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Gemma Whelan

by Patricia Burke Brogan
Directed by Gemma Whelan~
September 20–October 13, 2019

All shows at New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St., Portland. More info at:

CAST: Victoria Alvarez-Chacon (Sister Virginia), Lorraine Bahr (Mother Victoria), Wynee Hu (Juliet Manion, Rosa/Caroline), Sasha Neufeld (Cathy McNamara), Dainichia Noreault (Mandy Prenderville), Lucy Paschall (Brigit Murphy), Jamie Rea* (Nellie-Nora Langan)

CREATIVE TEAM: Kyra Sanford (Set Design), Summer Olsson (Costume Design), Zahra Garrett (Light Design), Liz Young (Sound Design), Chanell Magee (Properties Design) Amy Katrina Bryan (Stage Manager/Production Manager).

ASL Interpreted Performance: Saturday, October 5, 2019

Sept 9: 7pm Preview scene and discussion with director, actors, and guests at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St. (free)
Sept 21: Talkback with Tim DuRoche, World Oregon
Sept 28: Talkback with Jane Vogel, AGE in the Arts
Oct 5: ASL interpreted performance and talkback
Oct 13: 1pm Pre-show talkback with Charlotte Headrick, Professor Emerita OSU

Patricia Burke Brogan is an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and artist. Eclipsed was one of the first plays to tell the story of the Magdalene Laundries and was inspired by Patricia’s experiences as a young novitiate. The play was first produced at Punchbag Theatre Company in 1992, and has since won many awards, including a Fringe First at Edinburgh Theatre Festival (1992), and the United States Moss Hart Award (1994). To date, there have been 61 productions of Eclipsed on three continents, but the work was not always so well received, being initially rejected by all of the main theatre companies, who said it was too controversial. Burke Brogan continued to write two more plays, Requiem of Love and Stained Glass at Samhain (2002), and has also released a number of poetry collections including Décollage New and Selected Poems (2008).

Corrib Theatre offers season subscriptions for the 2019–20 host of plays, available through the website. General admission tickets are $30, 35 and under are $20, and groups are $25. Corrib accepts discounts for Work for Art and Chinook Book, and participates in Arts for All.

Corrib Theatre engages, inspires, entertains, and challenges audiences with theatrical productions with a focus on contemporary issues and universal themes written by Irish playwrights. We foster a diverse theatre community in our artists and patrons, and celebrate the essential power of the theatre to illuminate our common humanity.