Former Sellwood resident writes play about Sellwood. A staged reading of the final draft of a new work by Portland playwright Donna Barrow-Green was presented on Friday, May 29, at the Hipbone Theatre, 1847 E. Burnside Street, Portland. Barrow-Green, who lived on S.E. Spokane Street until four years ago, when she moved to the Mt. Tabor area, has entitled her play “If There Are Any Heavens”, and bills it as a romantic drama set in 1940s Sellwood. “Rose Miller (Nikki Flinn), a war widow, has withdrawn into grief and loneliness, throwing her young son (Will Marsh) into rebellion. When Rose meets Jeff Lambert (David Loftus), her friend Carmen (Beth Ricketson) encourages a little flirting to help lift Rose out of her depression, but she doesn't intend for Rose to seriously consider an affair with a married man. Ultimately, Rose must choose between her painful past and the possibility of coming back to life through Jeff’s promise of love”. Ms. Barrow-Green tells THE BEE, “Sellwood is a magical place, so full of history and community. I loved it there, and really enjoyed finding out more about its history.”
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The Portland Civic Theatre Guild presents Love is Enough by Donna Barrow-Green directed by Chrisse Roccaro Venue: The Old Church 1422 SW 11th St, Portland OR 97201 Festival Date: Jan 28 @ 10am Tickets: $8 at the door
It’s the 1960s: LBJ, Vietnam, women libbers — and Gladys is trapped in her role as a typical housewife. Her life revolves around the needs of her husband, Mike, and her son, Joey. But Gladys has a dream: she dreams of writing romance novels. She dreams of a world inhabited by a lovely young woman — perhaps named Jill Brentwood or Rachel Winters — who studies fashion design in Paris where she happens to meet a handsome stranger whose deep brown eyes look directly into her heart. His name could be Daniel O’Connor, Tom Griffin, or…perhaps…Marcos Van Dirk! The fantastic world of Gladys’ imagination collides with her stifling reality when Marcos suddenly comes to life and she is forced to choose between being a housewife and her romantic dreams. The comedy Love is Enough is written by Portland playwright Donna Barrow-Green and directed by Chrisse Roccaro. The cast includes Emily Sahler as Gladys; Brian Allard as her husband, Mike; Bryce Earhart as their son, Joey; and Gilberto Martin Del Campo as the dreamy hero, Marcos Van Dirk. Love is Enough is produced by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, whose mission is to serve and support the Portland theatre community. Please join us at 10am for coffee before the reading.
"Donna Barrow-Green and her actors really “get” office romance, from the slowly-dawning camaraderie to the paralyzing suppression of sexual impulse in favor of casual professionalism. Alexander and Gretchen are both perched on the edge of their seats, trying to play it cool and wait for a sign. Are they just imagining it? Will somebody please break the ice? What does the horoscope or the fortune cookie say? Though it flirts heavily with romcom cliché and holds few surprises, this short is undeniably engaging, lighthearted and universal." Oregon Arts Watch, 2013.