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Harbur Gate


Running time: 90min | Actors: (6)

Three interconnected plays tell story of a rape which has a ripple effect on the lives of three women – soldiers in the Iraq war in 2004. The plays are intended to be performed in the following order: ORPHEUS: about two soldiers who are up for the Purple Heart; HARBUR GATE: which is set on the convoy on the night of the explosion and VETERAN IN A NEW FIELD, in which a female veteran suffering from extreme guilt and PTSD, has a kind of epiphany through the help of a blind painter.

The trilogy offers something that seems to be in short supply these days—empathy. …moving, kind and generous and tells of untold things that should be told.

—Jeremy Pugh, Salt Lake Magazine

…a bold, stirring military story that contains both humor and tragedy. This powerful work dramatizes three different pairs of American Veterans fighting in Iraq in the last decade.

—Doug Deuchler, Oak Park Wednesday Journal

…playwright Kathleen Cahill spent a year conducting interviews with Veterans after becoming fascinated in the modern combat’s shifting gender dynamics… the result… a masterfully stylized examination of a traumatic incident and the fallout of those affected.

—Jacob Davis, Picture This Post

Kathleen Cahill’s searing 2017 triptych shows us in three interconnected one acts, five lives ripped apart, two literally and three figuratively, by a roadside IED explosion near Mosul, Iraq, in 2004. In each play, Cahill displays considerable skill, telling compelling stories filled with rich, believable, sympathetic multi-dimensional characters. She has a strong ally in director Ann Filmer, who fills the production with strong actors, all of whom gracefully reveal the nuances in Cahill’s work. Stephanie Shum and Felipe Carrasco are especially strong as a mismatched, but still functional team: he’s a traditional jarhead who doesn’t believe women have a place in the marines; she’s a marine who does. And Arti Ishak displays remarkable range as a guilty survivor haunted by the ghost of a fallen comrade/perhaps lover.

—Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader

(Part Two is) an action packed look at how two Marines facing action look at their lives.

—Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago

Harbur Gate received an NNPN Commission

Harbur Gate received a 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. (TCG Circle)