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Cottonwood in the Flood

The rapid rise, and even more rapid fall, of the city of Vanport.

An engrossing family drama about the African American experience in 1940’s Oregon, written by playwright Rich Rubin and directed by Damaris Webb, the play has won recognition – and been shared locally in new play festivals and various assemblies.

The play is a tribute to the people of Vanport, Oregon: for the work they did, for the lives they led, and for the legacy they have left us. With haunting similarities to the circumstances of Hurricane Katrina, Cottonwood in the Flood, is also a buoyant nod to the human story, for Vanport stood at the crosscurrents of natural and man-made disaster.

The ensemble featured: Anthony P. Armstrong, Jeb Berrier, Joseph Gibson, Wrick Jones, S. Renee Mitchell, Kristen Lang, Seth Rue, Josie Seid.

With our thanks to the enthusiastic audiences, and the witnesses & survivors of the Vanport flood who spent time with us at each performance.

Earlier Event: December 5
The Right Use of Power
Later Event: May 14
Turning Points