TRS Commission & Mercury II
The Great Divide
The Great Divide is a TRS Commission
written by E.M. Lewis
Co-commissioned with Oregon Shakespeare Festival
On January 2, 2016, an armed militia group seized control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon, and held it for sixty-one days. As these events unfolded, the presidential election electrified and polarized our nation. The Great Divide is a fictional story inspired by these real events. What really happened out there in Eastern Oregon? What’s happening in our country? This is a play about everything that is tearing us apart . . . and what brings us together. This is a story about America in this divided moment.