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Upcoming Events

Beirut: a play by Alan Bowne
May 27, 2016 · 7:00 pm -
June 4, 2016 · 10:00 pm
The steep and thorny way to heaven
Speculative Drama in collaboration with director Mace Archer of Mt. Hood Community College is proud to announce this production of Alan Bowne’s Beirut, a love story set against the post-apocalyptic horror of world-wide epidemic.

The Steep And Thorny Way To Heaven
SE 2nd & Hawthorne
$18, $10 standing room rush
VIP Packages for two including preferred seating and Apocalyptic Survival Kit: $50
(RSVP encouraged)
May 27, 28, 29 & June 2, 4: 8pm show, doors 6:30pm
June 3rd: 7pm show, doors 6:30
PLEASE NOTE:: This show is not suitable for children and contains adult themes including real and implied violence, sexual situations including sexual violence, and nudity

Beirut is a story surrounded by sacrifice. As Blue (Tiana Tuttle) makes a dangerous journey behind the quarantine line, she sacrifices her own safety in order to feel wholly human, alive, and in love. In a world driven by fear and isolationism, her choice is both tragic and revolutionary. The play centers around this journey, taken in order to join the man she loves, Torch (London Bauman) in the quarantine cells, even though it almost certainly means her death.

Inspired by the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, Beirut’s themes of pandemic and xenophobia remain relevant today. In a world full of Donald Trumps and the 1%, we need stories about what it means to choose to be as human as possible in a world which seeks to destroy our humanity.

Like Speculative Drama’s previous productions, Beirut is staged in an immersive and site-specific manner at The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Portland’s home for underground arts. Using the existing architecture of the club and a minimal set, Beirut forces audience members to see these characters as people, rather than the archetypes they so often are represented as. The audience shares in the isolation that the characters experience, and in this beautifully raw space under the Hawthorne bridge, it is not so difficult to imagine yourself right there in the quarantine zone with Blue and Torch.

All showings include a cocktail hour prior to the show, and those arriving in post-apocalyptic dress will receive a discount at the door.