Written by Fin Kennedy to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, “Broken Stones” takes an alleged conspiracy surrounding the oldest relics in the world and weaves a tale that calls into question the very nature of reality. It is focused on priceless relic looting from the Baghdad Museum during the height of the Iraq War. Inspired by real events after the fall of Baghdad in 2003, the play is a disturbing existential thriller about truth, myth, nationhood and the responsibility of a writer to their subject. The play was supported by the Arts Council England and developed by Portland Center Stage as a part of the 2012 JAW Festival.
The reading will be directed by Stephanie Mulligan and feature Linfield alumni and current students.
Kennedy is an award-winning playwright from the United Kingdom, as well as a teacher, writer-in-residence at the Mulberry School for Girls and co-artistic director of the Tamasha theatre group based in London. He is a graduate of the MA Writing for Performance program at Goldsmiths College, London, and his plays are regularly produced in the UK and abroad. His play “How to Disappear Completely & Never Be Found” won the 38th Arts Council John Whiting Playwriting Award, the first time in 40 years that an unproduced play won the award, and has been produced in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and Portland.
Mulligan, a Linfield alumna who is currently teaching stage management at Linfield, is a stage director in both the professional and educational arenas. She has directed many productions, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “The Laramie Project” and “The Comedy of Errors.” Mulligan is a longtime associate of Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre, with which she has worked all over the world, including India, Vietnam and Australia. She has also been a guest lecturer at universities in Oregon, as well as in New York City, Washington D.C., Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
The reading is free and open to the public and seating is limited. It is sponsored by the Linfield Theatre Program and the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) at Linfield, designed to encourage the exchange of ideas across disciplines, promote civic engagement and pique intellectual curiosity through the exploration of thematic connections. This year’s PLACE theme is focused on “The Legacies of War.” For more information, call 503-883-2802 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts.