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“Thirty Days on a Silent Buddhist Retreat, or I Learned to Breathe Through the Apocalypse,” by WSU Professor to Air on Cable

September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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A dark comedy titled “Thirty Days on a Silent Buddhist Retreat, or I Learned to Breathe Through the Apocalypse,” written by Washington State University Vancouver Professor of English Desiree Hellegers, will air on five dates on the Portland-based cable TV station Open Signal. The broadcast is the first segment of a planned multipart production. To watch, go to watch.opensignalpdx.org/cable. The broadcast schedule follows:

  • Channel 11: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16
  • Channel 22: 5 p.m. Sept. 18
  • Channel 22: 8 p.m. Sept. 22
  • Channel 23: 7 p.m. Sept. 24
  • Channel 23: Noon Sept. 26

The play is set in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and in the wake of disclosures of torture at U.S.-run prison camps at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Bagram in Afghanistan. It is based on Hellegers’ real life experience in 2005 of a Buddhist retreat at a Lutheran Church camp with bad plumbing in the woods of British Columbia.

The play is a collaboration between Hellegers and Derya Ruggles, a graduate of WSU Vancouver. Ruggles, who also co-directed, co-produced and co-edited the play, is an actor and playwright. Their YouTube channel is Desi & Derya Productions at youtube.com/watch?v=RrrA9m_r9PQ, where “Thirty Days” may also be viewed.



September 22
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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WA United States