the ripple, the wave that carried me home

October 8 - October 30, 2022
Portland Center Stage: U.S. Bank Main Stage

by Christina Anderson

Co-production with Portland Center Stage @ The Armory

Like diving into a glorious pool of water, this play suspends you with its joyful humor and healing depth. When Janice is pressed to return to her hometown and speak at a ceremony honoring her father, she has to reconcile with the childhood she’s tried to distance herself from and forget — one defined by her parents’ political activism and fight for the integration of their local swimming pools. Drawing on history that spans from 1930s segregation to the Rodney King trial and beyond, this deeply moving story explores the joys and challenges of forgiveness, justice, and the weight of one’s family legacy.


Portland Center Stage: U.S. Bank Main Stage

128 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209



Daniel Byant
Brittany Vasta
Scenic Designer
Wanda Walden
Costume Designer
Xavier Pierce
Lighting Designer
Evan Duckworth
Sound Designer
Justin Hicks
David Murakami
Video Designer
Sam Clevenger
Associate Video Designer

Production Team

Kristen Mun-Van Noy
Stage Manager
Amanda Vander Hyde
Assistant Stage Manager & Intimacy Coordinator
Kamilah Bush
Melory Mirashrafi
Assistant Dramaturg
Chip Miller

Season Sponsors

The Shubert Foundation Inc.
Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Regional Arts & Culture Council
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Oregon Arts Commission
The Oregon Community Foundation
OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation
Arts Consulting Group
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