The Lottery Winner

FULL LENGTH: Jane Austen's Persuasion set in a breakaway town in Portland’s South Blocks any day now.
Anne is a nurse who has lost her permit to live within the city limits of Portland because she blocked the illegal blood draw of an unconscious African-American teenager after a white judge hit him with his car. She now lives in a breakaway town on the city outskirts where she takes care of her...
FULL LENGTH: Jane Austen's Persuasion set in a breakaway town in Portland’s South Blocks any day now.
Anne is a nurse who has lost her permit to live within the city limits of Portland because she blocked the illegal blood draw of an unconscious African-American teenager after a white judge hit him with his car. She now lives in a breakaway town on the city outskirts where she takes care of her diabetic aunt, Lady, and fights to appeal the council’s decision to strip her of both her permit and nursing license.
Anne’s prospects for returning to her old life are threatened when Mr. Elliot, the town’s liaison, announces to the residents of the breakaway that they have been given relocation orders and will be transported to a camp hundreds of miles away.
As Anne fights to keep their makeshift town from being dismantled, the man that Anne’s family had persuaded her to give up returns after a long absence. But, as part of the resistance, the captain has fought his own battles, and may not be able to find his way back to Anne.
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The Lottery Winner

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  • Jan Probst:
    23 Jun. 2022
    Evocative, at times horrifying, twist on Jane Austen's Persuasion. Exploring the dire circumstances of an un-housed population outside Portland's city limits in the not-so-distant future, Bolkvadze's three act play is incredibly timely.
  • Emily McClain:
    21 Jun. 2022
    This play is dystopic, horrifying and yet completely within the realm of possibility. The ever-widening gulf of the "haves" and the "have-nots" is illustrated with vivid clarity throughout the piecec. Bolkvadze tackles issues of homelessness, drug addiction, mental health care among unhoused populations, and the immoral bureaucracy of the broken healthcare system all within the scope of this moving and powerful play.
  • Arthur M Jolly:
    19 Jun. 2022
    A brilliant, dystopian vision of a future where the economically disenfranchised denizens of a homeless camp struggle for their survival, their place in the world, and their human dignity. It might be loosely based on Persuasion, but it is a deeply original, fascinating version. I saw the reading at the Valdez theatre conference, and it was mesmerizing. Well worth a read!

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    2021