By Robert O'Hara

Directed by Patdro Harris

October 20 – November 21

ASL Interpreted Performance:
Nov 11

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Affinity Nights:
Oct 22, 30 and Nov 17

Proof of COVID vaccine or negative test required for entry. Masks covering nose and mouth must be covered at all times.

Learn more on our health and safety page.


You're invited to the O'Mallery family barbecue, but don't expect a walk in the park. As they attempt to put the brakes on their sister Barbara's joy ride with drugs, the picnic careens into a crash course where no sibling is spared. Barbecue is a feast of familial stereotypes, racial politics, and the stories we like to tell ourselves (and others) about who we are. 

“Blending horrifying and hilarious familial dysfunction with a series of plot twists seemingly designed to fill M. Night Shyamalan with professional envy, O’Hara arguably created a new subgenre—the satirical, socially conscious mindbender.
…brilliantly cast and deftly directed.”
– Willamette Week

Content warning:  This play contains strong language, satirical representation of drug and alcohol abuse and discussions of addiction and recovery.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.
This production runs two hours including one 15 minute intermission.

Image of Dana Green and Cycerli Ash (above) by Shawnte Sims.


(in order of appearance)

Darius Pierce*
Diane Kondrat
Nikki Weaver*
Robin McAlpine
O'Neil Delapenha
Andrea White
Treasure Lunan
Ithica Tell*
Dana Green*
Cycerli Ash*

Nikki Weaver*
Orlando Reyes Cabrera+
Em VanVactor Lee+
Isabelle Jennings-Pickering+
Teisha Riley+
Tony Shepard+
Jasmine Cottrell
Ashlee Radney+


Director Patdro Harris
Assistant Director
Charles Grant^
Stage Manager David Levine*
Scenic Designer Ruben Arana
Lighting Designer Daniel Meeker”
Costume Designer Wanda Walden
Sound Designer Matt Wiens
Properties Designer Sarah Patterson^
Production Carpenter Molly Gardner
Production Electrician Jeff Ruggiero
Sound Engineer Rory Breshears
Asst Stage Manager Brian Weaver
Stage Management Apprentice Jasmyn Tilford+
Design Apprentice Maia Denzler+
Design Apprentice Genesis Hernandez+
Production Photographer Shawnte Sims
COVID Compliance Officer Thyra Hartshorn


Appears as courtesy of Actor's Equity

Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Member United Scenic Artists

Barbecue was commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago;  Martha Lavey, Artistic Director, David Hawkanson, Executive Director.

Original New York Production by The Public Theater Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, Patrick Willingham, Executive Director.

Permission granted by ABRAMS ARTISTS AGENCY, 350 Fifth Avenue, 38th Floor New York, NY 10118. All inquires concerning rights to the play shall be addressed to the above.

Thank you to our Show Sponsors

Barbecue is supported by funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This production is co-sponsored by Jonathan Betlinski & Tim and Kimberly Wade. 

Special thanks to Kate Mura, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Lance Woolen, Chris Balo.

Thank you to our Season Sponsors

Thank you to our media sponsor.

Interested in Getting Involved?

We are always looking for volunteers as well as apprentices, crew members and corporate partnerships.

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