Triumph over Obstacles
Story embraces diversity of immigrants
10/17/2018, 11:16 a.m.
Portland’s Corrib Theatre presents ‘Hurl,’ a play about a group of immigrants of color, refugees and asylum seekers who triumphed in the face of historical, societal, and personal obstacles.
The story follows a team of players from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cuba, Bosnia, Vietnam, Argentina, and inner-city Dublin, who formed to compete in the very traditional and ancient Irish sport of hurling.
Led by an alcoholic priest and a washed-up trainer, the team battles discrimination and bureaucratic barriers to make its way to the All-Ireland finals. With humor, wit, and energy, Hurl explores what it means to be Irish in a county that has gone through a seismic shift, moving from a homogeneous to a diverse society as migrants from other countries sought safety and opportunity.
“I wrote Hurl because I am passionately interested in the positive power that difference brings,” said playwright Charlie O’Neill.
Hurl is now playing through Oct. 28 at New Expressive Works, 810 S.E. Belmont.