Opening: Friday, May 1 at 7:30 PM
Followed by a post-show reception – details to come.
In a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the premature baby Mira looks to her Labor-Delivery nurse as a mother figure while she tries to survive her challenging first weeks. Elsewhere in the hospital, her teenage mother and uncompromising family clash over who is fit even to raise a child. Meanwhile, Mira’s father struggles to keep a promise made to his daughter nine months earlier on a mysterious beach, in an aging Chevy Blue Cassanova van. In the end, Mira finds hope beauty in the possible, bending time and reality in a heartfelt tale of what happens when children become parents of their own.
Matthew Paul Olmos; 3-time Sundance Institute Fellow/Resident, Humana Festival Commissioned Playwright, New Dramatists Resident, Center Theatre Group LA Writer, OSF Black Swan playwright, Princess Grace Awardee, selected by Taylor Mac for Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project, and La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Playwright Awardee; selected by Sam Shepard. Mentored by Ruth Maleczech through Mabou Mines/SUITE; former fellow at New York Theatre Workshop Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dramatists Guild, Primary Stages, INTAR. Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member and Kilroys nominator. His work is presented nationally, internationally, published and taught in university.
Arturo Martinini is a director, performer, and writer based in Portland, OR. Originally from Rome, Italy, Arturo has worked all over Europe in both theatre and cinema. Brought up on an opera stage by a family of classical musicians he studied the traditions of Italy’s famous Commedia dell’Arte and became fascinated by the possibility of creating a connection between this ancient art form and the archetypes of American folklore. His passion for film led him to study in different countries in search of new experimental techniques and to produce a feature-length movie that will be released in 2020. Here in Portland, he collaborates with a number of different projects across disciplines and his ultimate goal is to build a place where artists can live without paying rent and work under a collective agreement to produce spectacles and movies to sustain the structure.