A Table | Room | Stage At the Apex Production


January 20 - February 19, 2018
Morrison Stage

By E.M. Lewis
Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

In 1986, scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out, among other things, if there really is a hole in the sky. In the darkest, coldest, most dangerous place on Earth, eight imperfect souls are trapped together. Utterly isolated from the outside world for eight and a half months, this research team must face life or death challenges, their own inner demons and depend upon each other for survival.

With epic scope in the tradition of The Kentucky Cycle or Angels in America, this play takes its inspiration from the true story of the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer at the height of the Cold War. Part historical adventure, love story and mystical foray into the unknown, it’s about a world that can either tear apart or come together for its own survival. It’s a vital story for today and an extraordinary excursion for audiences to the ends of the Earth.

Award-winning Oregonian playwright
Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights Grant recipient
Edgerton Foundation New Play Award-winner
Named in Willamette Week‘s top 5 plays to see in 2018

The Dish with Gregory Day
Portland Monthly interview with playwright E.M. Lewis
Portland Tribune interview with playwright E.M. Lewis and director Dámaso Rodríguez
Oregon ArtsWatch Spotlight on E.M. Lewis and Magellanica
The Oregonian interview with playwright E.M. Lewis

TABLE|ROOM|STAGE (T|R|S) was established in 2015 and is Artists Rep’s new play program whose mission is to develop and produce new work that vividly expresses Artists Rep’s aesthetic values.

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Morrison Stage

1515 SW Morrison St. Portland 97205


“A seamless fusion of spectacle and intimacy.”

Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week

“…an intense and heartbreaking journey toward the discovery of how much we need one another.”

Krista Garver, Broadway World

“The question you’re probably asking is, ‘Does the payoff justify its length?’ The answer is a definite yes.”

TJ Acena, Oregon ArtsWatch

“Every act break might as well be a Netflix Screen: ‘Are you still watching Magellanica?’ And even after the curtain call, the answer is an easy yes.”

Thomas Ross, Portland Mercury

“Rodríguez has his dream team…”

Dennis Sparks

“Though Magellanica is full of period detail (a cassette player makes an especially notable appearance) and sometimes ventures into the fantastical, it is firmly connected to the present.”

Michelle Nijhuis, The New Yorker


Sara Hennessy
Dr. Morgan Halsted
Barbie Wu
Dr. May Zhou
Michael Mendelson
Dr. Vladamir "Vadik" Chapayev
Vin Shambry
Captain Adam Burrell
Eric Pargac
Dr. Lars Brotten
Allen Nause
Dr. Todor Kozlek
Joshua J. Weinstein
Dr. William Huffington
John San Nicolas
Freddie de la Rosa


E.M. Lewis

Production Team

Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Scenic Designer
Bobby Brewer-Wallin
Costume Designer
Carl Faber
Lighting Designer
Megan Wilkerson
Projection Designer
Rodolfo Ortega
Composer & Sound Designer
Luan Schooler
Jonathan Cole
Fight Choreographer
Jamie Lynne Simons
Stage Manager
Tamera Lyn
Assistant Director
Robert Amico
Props Master
Trevor Sargent
Assistant Lighting Designer
Jake Newcomb
Assistant Sound Designer
Michelle Jazuk
Assistant Stage Manager
Karen M. Hill
Production Assistant
Mary McDonald-Lewis
Dialect Coach