PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS and
THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND FILM PRESENT:
Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Amy Gonzalez, Lighting and Scene Design by Bruce Keller
Lincoln Performance Hall
1620 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97201
Low Cost Preview: November 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Evening Performances: November 11–12 & 16–19 at 7:30 PM
Matinee: Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 PM
General Admission tickets: $12
Students and Seniors: $8
In 1788, eleven British ships landed in what is now Sydney, Australia and established a penal colony. The Governor suggested his wards stage a play, The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar. Our Country’s Good seizes on this event to vividly explore the lives of the convicts and soldiers in this colony, as well as the Aboriginal people they displaced. A debate ensues among those in charge of the performance. One posits theater is “an expression of civilization” and provides a humanizing influence on the convicts. Another argues theater is merely a mindless entertainment to “wile away the hours of the idle.” Meanwhile one Major senses danger: “I know this play — this play— order will become disorder.” This production utilizes cross-gender casting, further reinforcing the universality of the play’s themes.
"Ms. Wertenbaker's point [is] about the subversive power of theater to liberate an audience from all shackles of reality, including divisions of sex and class." – Frank Rich, NY Times
Amy Gonzalez is recipient of the Dean Goodman Award for Outstanding Direction, and the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s Integrity Award. She was an NEA/TCG Directing Fellow. Amy taught at Foothill College’s Theatre Conservatory program and directed productions there. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington, and is a member of SDC, the stage directors union.