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Voodoo Snowball: Fertile Ground

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205

A new play by Gary Corbin.
Staged reading directed by Eric Lyness.
Part of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Sometimes, the only way to heal a dysfunctional family is with voodoo.

Philip, a man of ritual, somehow reached his forties without ever committing to anything – at least, nothing that matters to his parents or his almost-fiancée Elise. But then his sister Danielle informs him that Gus, his estranged father, is dying of lung cancer and clings to life only through his wife’s prayers and his own superstition, embodied in Danielle’s gift to him of a Voodoo Snowball. Elise views Philip’s willingness to reconcile with Gus as symbolic of his ability to commit to family and, thus, to their future together. But when Philip’s half-hearted attempts fail to break through the protective shield his mother maintains around morphine-addled Gus, Elise is ready to give up on him. As Gus’s health deteriorates, Philip’s last hope is a showdown that no one – including Philip – thinks he has in him. Join us Jan 25 at Literary Arts for a post-reading panel discussion with cancer survivors and professional counselors in care for the terminally ill.