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Other Inland Empires
Portland Playhouse
Portland, OR
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Wednesday Jun 26, 2019 7:30 PM - Sunday Jun 30, 2019 5:00 PM | $10.00 - $40.00


Other Inland Empires
When writer/director Julie Hammond learned that Gidget, the quintessential California girl and 1950's spark of a global surf boom, was really the Jewish daughter of Austro-Hungarian refugees, she began to imagine events in reverse. What would happen if she, a California-born Jew, went to Central Europe to learn to surf?

Armed with an audio recorder and faith in sun and waves, Hammond travelled east in a quest to weave her California surf-bum family with her grandmother's Holocaust survival, and the hope to discover the details of her family story. A series of stranger-than-fiction eventsfrom discovering surf culture in a landlocked country to a wakeboarding accident that leads to a Slovakian hospitalopen the door to her grandmother's moving tale of survival, and lays the ground for this new play.

Get ready for a  world in which the Holocaust brushes up against inflatable seagulls, a lost tooth holds hands with a lost earring, and palm trees slow dance with identity politics.

Written and directed by: Julie Hammond
Performed by: Matthew Ariaratnam, Bana Biltaji, Dominique Hat, Stephanie Wong
Sound Design: Matthew Ariaratnam
Lighting Design: Gillian Hanemayer
Scenic Design: Robert Leveroos
Dramaturg/Expert Jew: Caroline Liffmann

The Portland premiere of Other Inland Empires is made possible in part by Ronni Lacroute, community sponsor Hand2Mouth Theatre, and the support of generous individual donors.


Portland Playhouse (View)
602 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97211
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Julie Hammond
On BPT Since: Apr 22, 2019
Julie Hammond
(503) 502-3286

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