The Crackwalker by Judith Thompson
This is a past event. Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30pm 9:30pm
Performance Works North West 4625 S.E. 67th Ave., Portland, OR 97206
The play takes a hard look at the “permanently unemployable” that fall through the cracks of social services. The author asks “How can this happen on our watch?” Teresa is sexy, seductive and mentally challenged. Worshipped by her boyfriend, she turns tricks at $5, is addicted to doughnuts, lies without thinking and overflows with endless kindness, but she continues to hold on to her limitless innocence. The Crackwalker captures the unpretty realities of the ignored in our society. First produced thirty years ago, Thompson's striking portrayal of the discarded class continues to move audiences today.
Companion interviews with Portland locals about their experiences in the IDD and homeless communities that provide a more broad look at the plays themes can be seen on the event website.