Triangle productions! will have more than the play “American Fiesta” to attract patrons in November and December. A dinner with playwright Steven Tomlinson is planned November 30 and a sale of a supporter’s Fiestaware is expected, too.
Fiestaware is the boldly colorful dinnerware introduced in 1936 by the Homer Laughlin Co. The mixing and matching of colors was considered a new approach for an informal table setting. “…it’s FUN to set a table with Fiesta!” proclaimed a company brochure.
The dinnerware has a role in Tomlinson’s play, in which Gary Wayne Cash will star as an obsessive collector. He also deals with his parents’ opposition to his same-sex marriage as he journeys across America, shedding light on the country’s cultural/political divide and the prospect of finding common ground.
A long-time theater patron, Joan Hayward, fell ill with cancer early this year and told triangle founder Don Horn that she wanted him to produce “American Fiesta” and use her collection as set pieces.
“Then I want you to sell the Fiestaware pieces as a fundraiser for triangle,” Horn said she told him.
At press time, staff members were working out details for selling the dishes. Hayward died in February when Horn leaned her collection included 223 pieces.
The playwright will travel from Texas for the dinner in Portland before the November 30 performance at The Sanctuary @ Sandy Plaza, 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Information about the limited number of dinner tickets, $25 each, is available at the theater, (503) 239-5919.
The play will open at 7:30 p.m. November 27 and continue November 29 through December 22. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets, $15-$35, are available at www.tripro.org or (503) 239-5919.
The tableware, Horn said, “is amazingly accepting. It doesn’t matter what color, shape or size. Fiestaware always goes together and that’s the way our world and our lives should be.”