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Tira Pamlquist's, Overburden

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Monday May 7th
Written by Tira Palmquist

The day Grandpa Gunnar's funeral, Carl Sorenson is looking for an inheritance in the boxes and detritus of Gunnar's house. As an out-of-work taconite miner, inheriting the house would provide a windfall for his life with his fiancé, Jamie. Carl didn’t know that his aunt plans to sell the house, and while she is busy packing up the house, Carl attempts to locate his grandfather’s will.
As Carl digs through the boxes, he is forced to confront his family’s legacy of anger and violence that, despite his best efforts, he seems to have inherited. When Carl and Sam discover evidence of a murder in their family tree, this news shakes them. With this discovery, Carl confronts his own ghosts, and is undone by what he has learned. It seems, to Carl, in this very dark moment, that there is only one way to end this legacy.

Writer Bio
TIRA PALMQUIST’s plays include The Way North, Overburden, Two Degrees (Denver Center), And Then They Fell (MadLab Theater, Brimmer Street), Ten Mile Lake (Serenbe Playhouse), Age of Bees (MadLab Theater, Tesseract) and This Floating World. Two Degrees premiered in the Denver Center’s 2016/17 Season and was listed in the 2016 Kilroys Honorable Mention List. Ten Mile Lake was a finalist for the 2015 Primus Prize. She has directed and dramaturged at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and the New Territories Playwriting Residency, a program she developed with Brian Clowdus at Serenbe Playhouse. More info at www.tirapalmquist.com.