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Sometimes, the only way to heal a dysfunctional family is through voodoo.

Philip, a man of ritual, somehow reached his forties without ever committing to anything – at least, nothing that matters to his parents or his almost-fiancée Elise. But then his sister Danielle informs him that Gus, his estranged father, is dying of lung cancer and clings to life only through his wife’s prayers and his own superstition, embodied in Danielle’s gift to him of a Voodoo Snowball. Elise views Philip’s willingness to reconcile with Gus as symbolic of his ability to commit to family and, thus, to their future together. But when Philip’s half-hearted attempts fail to break through the protective shield his mother maintains around morphine-addled Gus, Elise is ready to give up on him. As Gus’s health deteriorates, Philip’s last hope is a showdown that no one – including Philip – thinks he has in him.

Cast: 5 (2 M, 3 F)

Length: 90 minutes

Genre: Comedy


Voodoo Snowball will be performed as a staged reading at the 2018 Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, co-produced and presented by PDX Playwrights and Northwest Theatre Workshop, directed by Eric Lyness. Show times are:

  • Thursday, January 25 at 7 PM at Literary Arts (with post-reading panel discussion, 925 SW Washington St, Portland
  • Friday, January 26, 7 PM at Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St, Portland

The cast includes:

Matt Ostrowski – Philip
Amanda Mehl – Elise
Rebecca Migala – Danielle
Marc Berezin – Gus
Rhona Klein – Sheila

Tickets go on sale in January. Check back here then for links!

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