By E.M. Lewis
Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

January 20, 2018 – February 18, 2018

Morrison Stage

In 1986, scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out, among other things, if there really is a hole in the sky. In the darkest, coldest, most dangerous place on Earth, eight imperfect souls are trapped together. Utterly isolated from the outside world for eight and a half months, this research team must face life or death challenges, their own inner demons and depend upon each other for survival.

With epic scope in the tradition of The Kentucky Cycle or Angels in America, this play takes its inspiration from the true story of the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer at the height of the Cold War. Part historical adventure, love story and mystical foray into the unknown, it’s about a world that can either tear apart or come together for its own survival. It’s a vital story for today and an extraordinary excursion for audiences to the ends of the Earth.


  • Epic. Captivating. Unforgettable. A binge-watching theatre experience!
  • A 5-part adventure, with three intermissions and a dinner break, click here to check out the menu!
  • Award-winning Oregonian playwright
  • Limited Run
  • Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights Grant recipient
  • Edgerton Foundation New Play Award-winner


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Sara Hennessy +

Dr. Morgan Halsted

Barbie Wu ±

Dr. May Zhou

Michael Mendelson +*^

Dr. Vladamir "Vadik" Chapayev

Vin Shambry +^

Captain Adam Burrell

Eric Pargac +

Dr. Lars Brotten

Allen Nause +^

Dr. Todor Kozlek

Joshua J. Weinstein +^

Dr. William Huffington

John San Nicolas +^

Freddie de la Rosa

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


E.M. Lewis


Dámaso Rodríguez *


Scenic Designer: Stephanie Kerley Schwartz *

Costume Designer: Bobby Brewer-Wallin ^

Lighting Designer: Carl Faber #

Projection Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Composer & Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega ^

Voice & Text Director: Mary McDonald-Lewis ^

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Resident Fight Choreographer : Jonathan Cole *

Stage Manager: Jamie Lynne Simons +

Assistant Director: Tamera Lyn

Props Master: Robert Amico

Assistant Lighting Designer: Trevor Sargent

Assistant Sound Designer: Jake Newcomb

Assistant Stage Manager: Michelle Jazuk +^

Production Assistant: Karen Hill ±

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


"A seamless fusion of spectacle and intimacy." -Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week
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" intense and heartbreaking journey toward the discovery of how much we need one another." -Krista Garver, Broadway World
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"The question you’re probably asking is, 'Does the payoff justify its length?' The answer is a definite yes." -TJ Acena, Oregon ArtsWatch
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"Every act break might as well be a Netflix Screen: 'Are you still watching Magellanica?' And even after the curtain call, the answer is an easy yes." -Thomas Ross, Portland Mercury
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"Rodríguez has his dream team..." -Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews
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"Though Magellanica is full of period detail (a cassette player makes an especially notable appearance) and sometimes ventures into the fantastical, it is firmly connected to the present." -Michelle Nijhuis, The New Yorker
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Named in Willamette Week's top 5 plays to see in 2018
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The Dish with Gregory Day
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Portland Monthly interview with playwright E.M. Lewis
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Portland Tribune interview with playwright E.M. Lewis and director Dámaso Rodríguez
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Oregon ArtsWatch Spotlight on E.M. Lewis and Magellanica
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The Oregonian interview with playwright E.M. Lewis
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Watch this clip of extreme weather conditions in Antarctica!

Learn more about the hole in the ozone layer here.

Watch some beautiful clips of auroras here and here

Performance Details

MAGELLANICA performance times are 5:30pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The performance runs approximately 6 hours with three 10-minute intermissions and a 25-minute dinner break. Artists Rep has teamed up with Rafati’s Catering to offer several menu items for purchase. Please order your meal prior to your performance date. Click here to download the order form. Pre-purchased menu items will be available to pick up during the dinner break. Regular concessions will also be available for purchase and outside food and drink are permitted in the lobby and theatre.



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