Upintheair Theatre  Presents Julie Hammond’s

Other Inland Empires

Surfing, dentistry, and a family story that can't be told.

When writer/director Julie Hammond learned that Gidget, the quintessential California girl and 1950's spark of a global surf boom, was really the Jewish daughter of Austro-Hungarian refugees, she began to imagine events in reverse. What would happen if a California-born Jew went to Central Europe to learn to surf?

Armed with an audio recorder and faith in sun and waves, Hammond travelled east in a quest to weave her surf-bum family with her grandmother's Holocaust survival, and a hope to discover the details of her family's silence. The resulting play, Other Inland Empires, is part travelogue, part adventure, and part meditation.

Drawing these elements together are vintage pop songs, the 1957 surf novel Gidget, moving props and scenery, and historical facts. Within this world, the Holocaust brushes up against inflatable seagulls, a lost tooth holds hands with a lost earring, and palm trees slow dance with identity politics.

This production is made possible in part by Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Oregon Community Foundation.

Written and directed by: Julie Hammond

Performed by: Matthew Ariaratnam, Bana Biltaji, Dominique Hat, Stephanie Wong

Sound Design: Matthew Ariaratnam

Lighting Design: Gillian Hanemayer

Scenic Design: Robert Leveroos

Dramaturg/Expert Jew: Caroline Liffmann

Produced by Julie Hammond (Vancouver/Portland)


Venue: The Historic Theatre
65 minutes

  • May 22 7:00pm

  • May 23 9:30pm

  • May 25 7:15pm ASL Interpretation & Talkback

  • May 26 5:30pm Vocal Eye Description

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