From out of the blue | Brandon Woolley to produce and direct THE GOD GAME at new Shaking The Tree space in February

Often in Portland theatre, the most passionate and authentic shows are created by the smallest companies in the smallest spaces. Over the years, more than a few season highlights have been the result of motivated artists making their own opportunities in this way. Free from the large house imperative to fill seats or slots, the small scale project-driven approach mounts a show only when a compelling concept appears.

Well, it looks like another one has appeared.

Brandon Woolley is going to produce and direct THE GOD GAME by Suzanne Bradbeer in the new Shaking The Tree space in February. The cast is a Portland dream team: Leif Norby, Laura Faye Smith and Kelsey Tyler. The play is an Ashland New Plays Festival winner and sounds like a topical and bracing ride.

So get out the new year’s calendar and find some room.

More info below.


By Suzanne Bradbeer
Directed & Produced by Brandon Woolley

Starring Portland theater favorites Leif Norby, Laura Faye Smith and Kelsey Tyler.

Politics, Religion, and Gay Rights

On their 20th wedding anniversary, Tom and Lisa are surprised by their old friend Matt who has flown in specifically to see them on this special day. Tom is a Republican Senator from Virginia, Lisa is a volunteer at a local shelter, and Matt is the campaign manager for the Republican nominee for the upcoming Presidential election. The three of them have known each other since college and have a long history that has recently been complicated by the death of Tom’s brother, Jay, who was also Matt’s lover. After the initial shock wears off of Matt invading their “special day,” he quickly announces that Tom is the top Vice Presidential choice for his candidate. But there’s one little problem: Tom is agnostic. How will his personal beliefs affect his ambitions, and where will he and Lisa land on this potentially life altering decision to join the Republican Presidential ticket?

February 12 – March 7, 2015
Shaking-The-Tree Theatre
823 SE Grant Street

$22 regular tickets; $15 preview performance



The God Game, winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, was co-produced in a world premiere by Capital Rep in Albany, New York and Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida, in early 2014. In June of 2014, director Brandon Woolley brought Suzanne Bradbeer’s hot new work to Portland as a staged reading for the OUTwright Theatre Festival in conjunction with Portland Pride. With the original cast from the stage reading, The God Game will be fully produced & directed by Woolley in Shaking-The-Tree’s new theatre.