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Clackamas Repertory Theatre presents End Days

Clackamas Reperatory Theatres comedy is about a family struggling to negotiate life in an increasingly unpredictable world


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TRAVIS NODURFT - Clackamas Repertory Theatre will present 'End Days' Sept. 21 through Oct. 7 at the Osterman Theatre on the Clackamas Community College campus. Pictured from left are Michael Lissman, Doren Elias, Cyndy Smith-English, Emily Robison.Clackamas Repertory Theatre concludes its eighth season Friday, Sept. 21, with the opening of “End Days” by Deborah Zoe Laufer.

CRT company member Annie Rimmer (“For Better”) directs the production.

“End Days” features Doren Elias as Arthur (Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and George in “Virginia Woolf”) and CRT company members Jayson Shanafelt as Jesus and Stephen Hawking, and Cyndy Smith-English as Sylvia.

“End of Days” was the winner of the 2008 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Citation.

The comedy is about a family struggling to negotiate life in an increasingly unpredictable, somewhat terrifying world. The play combines Rachel, a Goth girl; Sylvia, her evangelizing, born-again mom; Arthur, her post 9/11 depressed dad; Nelson an Elvis-loving teenager; Jesus; and Stephen Hawking.

The combination is hilarious as the family is forced to make choices about what it holds most sacred when the end might be near. In fact, if Sylvia is to be believed, the Apocalypse is next Wednesday.

Bill Briare, Clackamas Community College Dean of Arts and Science and former Religious Studies, will deliver a pre-show lecture “Eschaton: The End of the World in History and Popular Belief “ on Sept. 22-23 and Sept. 27-28 and 30. The lecture starts 45 minutes before curtain.

Debuting on CRT’s stage are former CCC Theatre Department acting students Emily Robison as Rachael and Michael Lissman as Nelson.

“End Days” runs through Oct. 7. CRT performances take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

All performances are in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Tickets may be purchased online at clackamasrep.org or by calling 503-594-6047.