St. Jude by Luis Alfaro

Luis Alfaro

8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014 in the Thomas Theatre

Luis Alfaro is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence. OSF produced his play Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in 2008.

Highway 99 becomes an emotionally charged memory lane for Alfaro when his father has a stroke, compelling him to revisit the Central Valley of his childhood. As the family gathers around the ailing patriarch, the artist, activist and MacArthur Fellow (Electricidad, Oedipus el Rey) conjures up memories of his youth—complete with an old-school slide show—from picking grapes to gospel-infused tent revivals family holidays to running away from home at 16. St. Jude is—in Alfaro’s words—“going from ‘what I am’ to ‘who I was.” It’s a remarkable journey rich with laughter, pathos and surprising revelations.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 800-219-8161.

In its third year, OSF Presents is a program designed to give Oregon Shakespeare Festival artists an arena to share their art with the public on a larger scale than they may be able to do independently. The artists are a mix of company members, Green Show guest artists and playwrights. Proceeds from the shows are shared by the artists and OSF.  This program is funded in part by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.