performing in “Deception” as part of the 2016 Fertile Ground
Winner of Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s 2014 playwriting prize, “Deception” by Portland Playwright Nancy Moss tells the story of Anne Winter (Damaris Webb), a young biracial woman who in 1880’s Portland, a single African American woman business owner who is passing as white. When her half-brother Caleb (Joseph Gibson) comes to Portland, he threatens to expose her secret unless she gets him into a high stakes poker game.
Moss has crafted a love story between Anne and Conrad Ryan (Spencer Baylis Conway), an entrepreneur. Deception also shines a light with historical accuracy on Oregon’s exclusion laws and describes a pivotal time in Portland businessmen pinned high hopes on a railroad that would connect the city to the world at large
By Nancy Moss
A staged reading directed by Dmae Roberts
January 28 at 7:30, January 29 at 7:30 and 31 at 2:00 pm.
Lincoln Hall at Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway