THE OTHER COUNTRY - THEATRICAL PRODUCTION - August 10-13 (patron preview on Aug 10 is sold out!)

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The Other Country is a community-based, site-specific event, placing the memorable Thea Foss story squarely in its original and authentic setting. The production will take place both inside and outside the dynamic and historic Foss Waterway Seaport, with five shows on August 10-13 (patron preview on August 10 is sold out!).  This play celebrates our diverse backgrounds, the spirit of a strong female entrepreneur, and the enduring beauty and power of Puget Sound.   Tickets are available online a brownpapertickets.com or at the door (cash only).

Nancy Bourne Haley’s award-winning 2006 documentary film Finding Thea inspired Kristin Lyhman in Skipvet, Norway to write and produce this moving treatment of this story, including beautiful incidental music, with her theatre company Nes Lenseteater.   It seems natural and fitting that our region should produce her play, Det Andre Landet, translated into English by Janet Ruud and Kari Nellia Groven, here in Tacoma.

A diverse company has been cast of  twenty local actors and singers of multiple ages and local cultures and heritages, reflective of the "immigrants from many countries" referenced by Thea in her letters home, accompanied by 2 area musicians.  The Other Country,  produced by Nancy Bourne Haley, will be co-directed by Marilyn Bennett and Suzy Willhoft, artistic directors of the independent theatre companies Toy Boat Theatre and Found Space Productions, musically directed by Debbie Birkey and with costumes by Alex Lewington.

Spanning from 1880-1927, The Other Country encompasses Thea’s humble beginnings in Norway, her marriage to Andrew Foss, and her family’s subsequent immigration to the United States.  Once settled in Tacoma, this practical, intelligent, and determined woman began a small Puget Sound boat business.  Due to Thea’s tenacity and business acumen, and with the help of her husband and children, this eventually became the famous Foss Maritime Company, which continues to thrive.  

Special thanks to our funders and facilitators:  Foss Waterway Seaport, Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center, University of Puget Sound Theatre Department, Foss Maritime Company, Florence Kilworth Foundation, Tacoma Arts Commission, Bayview Partners, Sons of Norway Foundation, University of Washington Tacoma College of Arts and Communication, Tacoma Historical Society, various Daughters of Norway lodges, and many kind individuals.

For more information:   theothercountry2017 [at] gmail [dot] com    Facebook:  The Other Country

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