Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"Starvation Heights"

Portland playwright Ginny Foster will have her play "Starvation Heights” featured in the first week of the JAW: A Playwrights Festival, Portland Center Stage’s festival of new work for the stage. Her full-length play will have a staged reading July 9, 7:30 p.m. with some of Portland ’s most acclaimed actors taking part.

In Foster’s adaptation of the true-crime novel by New York Times best-selling author Gregg Olsen, lady “doctor” Linda Hazzard opens a Northwest sanitarium for the “fasting cure” in the early 1900’s. Her unorthodox treatments, often resulting in death, go unchallenged until “Nanny” --determined to save the two rich young sisters who were once her charges-- arrives from Australia to outwit Linda Hazzard and rescue Dora, the one remaining sister.

For two weeks, from July 8-20, JAW: A Playwrights Festival takes over the Armory, (one block from Powells’ Books). The “Made in Oregon” portion of the festival at the Armory includes three local playwrights, Matt Zrebski (July 8), Hunt Holman (July 10), and Foster (July 9), receiving staged (scripts-in-hand) readings.

Starvation Heights by Ginny Foster
July 9, 7:30 pm, Ellen Bye Studio Theater
Portland Center Stage at the Armory
128 NW Eleventh
Portland, OR