Now two equine-themed productions grace Portland’s Pearl District on December 9-10: “The Last Tinder Box: A Little Horseplay in Wartime” by David Ritchie, and that other one under the white tent. Bob Martin directs the show.
“The Last Tinder Box” is an original work by Ritchie, commissioned by Martin. Cavalia’s proximity aside, Ritchie’s play was written to complement an exhibition on the horse in Blackfish Gallery, RTR’s theatre home for the past decade. Martin says “The story is set at Christmas 1860 during The Pig War, focusing on a dispute between the U. S. and Great Britain in the San Juan Islands.” And yes, it’s a comedy.
RTR has staged works to amplify the gallery’s exhibitions several times. “We’re excited to use the medium of theatre in partnership with what Blackfishes’ artists are doing,” says Martin. “The horse is such a potent image – perfect for stories told in oil, steel and on stage.”
The cast includes Randy Patterson, Chrisse Roccaro, and Jamie Miller.