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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 ...
Clara-Liis Hillier and James Dixon star in ‘Hurl,’ a play about a diverse group of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers who triumphed in the face of historical, societal and personal obstacles. Now playing through Oct. 26 at New Expressive Works, 810 S.E. Belmont.

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.