They came from all over the country, men, women, children, families. They came mostly by train during WWII to serve their country, work in the Kaiser Shipyards...to make as much money as they could, not only to survive but to obtain the American Dream. They worked long and hard...often for less than others. Their population in Oregon increased from 2,000 to approximately 20,000 making the city in which they lived the second largest in the state. The housing project was the first of its kind serving as a model for the rest of the country. After the war many left returning to their hometown of Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and beyond but some stayed making the city their home until the flood of 1948 washed it away. Come smell the opportunity, touch the dream, hear the music, taste the victory and see the canvas as this refreshing take on Vanport unfolds.
Written and directed by native Oregonian Shalanda R. Sims (shalandasims.com). Shalanda is a professional actor, singer, a member of both AEA and AGMA. The cast and crew consists of local professional and amateur adult and youth artists such as national Saxophonist Eldon T. Jones, Oregon's August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) first place winner, Isaiah Sims, the talented Jefferson high Alumna, Kristin Warren and many others. This show is presented by Pen In My Hand and Self Enhancement Inc. (selfenhancement.org)
Jefferson High School Auditorium (View)
5210 North Kerby Ave
Portland, OR 97217
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|