PROJECT: Eclipsed, and the Magdalene Laundries – Gemma Whelan

Presentation of Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan, a play set in the Magdalene Laundries. Each performance will be followed by a reading/ panel discussion. On separate days during the run, the films The Magdalene Sisters, and Sex in a Cold Climate will be shown and discussed.

Dates and Location

Eclipsed readings at Kells Banquet Room, Portland, OR on Tuesday Oct 25, Wednesday October 26 and Wednesday Nov 2.

Documentary film, Sex in a Cold Climate followed by a panel discussion on Thursday November 3rd at Kells.



When info is available it will be at:

About the Artist(s)

Gemma Whelan

Gemma is the founding Artistic Director of Corrib Theatre. For Corrib she has directed Our New Girl by Nancy Harris, Chapatti by Christian O’Reilly, Little Gem by Elaine Murphy, The Hen Night Epiphany by Jimmy Murphy, St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson, and A Night in November by Marie Jones (Drammy nomination for Direction, Drammy award for Solo Performance). In Portland she has directed Broomstick by John Biguenet, and Ithaka by Andrea Stolowitz at Artists Repertory Theatre, The Call by Tany Barfield at Profile Theatre, Words that Burn by Cindy Williams Guttierez for Los Porteños at Milagro Theatre, and at CoHo, Boom Arts, and JAW. She was the founding Artistic Director of Wilde Irish Productions in the Bay Area. For Wilde Irish: Michael Mac Liammoir’s The Importance of Being Oscar (Dean Goodman Award for Direction, Dean Goodman Award for Solo Performance), the U.S. premiere of Ariel by Marina Carr, Frank McGuinness’ Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Patricia Burke Brogan’s Eclipsed, and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. Other favorites: Jane Chamber’s Last Summer at Bluefish Cove (Cable Car Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Directing), and Eileen Atkin’s Vita and Virginia (Curve Magazine, Best Theatre of the Year Award), both at Theatre Rhinoceros; Tom Kempinski’s Duet for One (Zephyr Theatre); Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls (Phoenix Theatre) and Equus by Peter Schaffer (Little Theatre Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Directing). Gemma received the Gerald Duff Award for Continuing Contribution to Theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area. Educational credits include Mills College (Chair, Drama Dept), UC Berkeley, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Portland Actors Conservatory, Portland State University, Literary Arts (Delve), Pacific University, Willamette University, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore). She is an award winning filmmaker and a published novelist. BA Trinity College Dublin, MA Theatre UC Berkeley, MFA Cinema, San Francisco State University. Member SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).



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