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ROBERT SCHENKKAN is a Pulitzer-prize winning, Tony@ Award winning, Writer's Guild Award winning, three-time Emmy nominated writer of Stage, Television, and Film. He is the author of fourteen original full-length plays, two musicals, and a collection of one-act plays. He co-wrote the feature film, HACKSAW RIDGE (six Academy Award nominations) and THE QUIET AMERICAN, and his television credits include: ALL THE WAY, THE PACIFIC, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN and SPARTACUS.
BUILDING THE WALL lays out in a harrowing drama the consequences of Donald Trump’s anti-immigration campaign rhetoric turned into federal policy. In the play, two years from now, that policy has resulted in the mass round-up of millions of illegal aliens, with their incarceration overflowing into private prisons and camps reminiscent of another century. The former warden for one facility is awaiting sentencing for what happened under his watch. In a riveting interview with a historian who has come seeking the truth, he gradually reveals how the unthinkable became the inevitable, and the faceless illegals under his charge became the face of tragedy.
MEET THE CAST and CREW
Andrea Vernae Gavin Hoffman* Donald "Donnie" Horn
Andrea (Whittle) Vernae - Gloria. Andrea Vernae is from Miami, FL and a proud alumna of Florida A&M University. She is a former Portland Playhouse apprentice and has been living and acting professionally in Portland for a year and a half. Her recent credits include Pen/Man/Ship at Portland Playhouse, A Civil War Christmas at Artists Repertory Theatre, The Every 28 Hours Plays with Confrontation Theatre, and Antigone Project with Profile Theatre. She is proud to serve as Managing Director of Confrontation Theatre. This is her first production with triangle productions! and she feels grateful to be giving her voice to a very urgent and relevant piece of art work in the words of the great Nina Simone "An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times."
Gavin Hoffman - Rick Gavin is happy to be making his triangle debut. Some Portland credits include Duncan McDougall in Astoria Part 1, Joe in Great Expectations, Ligniere in Cyrano, Iago in Othello and Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park at Portland Center Stage; Ted in American Hero, Harry in The Understudy and Dieter in The Monster-Builder at Artists Repertory Theatre; Ellard in The Foreigner at Lakewood Theatre; Wolf/Red in To Cape, The Tripping Point at Shaking the Tree; Ken in Fifth of July at Profile Theatre; Frank in Body Awareness for CoHo; Hank in A Noble Failure at Third Rail. He has worked regionally and in New York City. Gavin has guest-starred in The Big Easy (USA) and Leverage (TNT), co-starred in Grimm (NBC) and appeared in Portlandia. He is the recipient of four Drammy Awards. Gavin is a graduate of P.C.P.A. and has a B.F.A. in acting from Ithaca College. He is a proud member of *Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.
Donald Horn - Producer, Director, Set, Sound Don started triangle in 1989, and in 2010 at the age of 56 received his first retirement check from the State of Oregon (ODOT). He has been the driving force of triangle, opening three theatre spaces, producing over 230 shows with 13 works that he also wrote, as well as the twelve books, and trying to stay sane. He also been a producer for Charles Busch’s play Red Scare On Sunset. It is a honor to present this show, and to be able to have my incredible cast and crew working beside me all the way. This land we share, is all of our land - my grandfather was an immigrant and I'm proud to be part of his heritage.
Robert Schnekkan chats about BUILDING THE WALL as a NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK rolling world premiere.