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World Premiere of “Safe Harbor”

Written By - Tira Palmquist
  • Directed by - Anita Dashiell-Sparks
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Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA 90046

  • Dramaturge Dylan Southard
  • Costume Designer Wendell Carmichael
  • Co-Lighting Designer Jesse Fryery
  • Co-Lighting Designer Nicole Eng
  • Scenic Designer Travis Moelter
  • Technical Director Joseph Flores
  • Sound Designer Nichole Baffone
  • Fight Choreographer Doug Oliphant
  • Graphic Designer Sara Park
  • Producer Kathleen Reinbold
  • Producing Managing Director Courtney Oliphant
  • Social Media Manager Peppur Chambers

More than anything, Sasha wants her mother back. Mikayla dreams of going to space … or just finding a place to call home. June Richards, a sex-trafficking survivor, and victim’s advocate strives to provide a safe harbor for the two young victims. But none of these dreams are as easy -- or as safe -- as they seem. Tira Palmquist’s SAFE HARBOR offers a peek through the eyes of the victims into the multifaceted, dark, and tangled web of underground sex trafficking. Each woman’s fight reveals how quickly and easily young women can disappear, and how the notion of freedom itself becomes twisted in a world of desperate choices.

About the Writer

TIRA PALMQUIST’s plays include Overburden, Two Degrees (Denver Center), Ten Mile Lake (Serenbe Playhouse), Age of Bees (MadLab Theater, Tesseract), And Then They Fell (Brimmer Street, New York Film Academy), and others.

Two Degrees has been featured in numerous festivals (including the 11th Annual Denver Center New Play Summit, the New American Voices festival in the UK, the Caltech 2014 Mach 33 Festival and the 2014 Great Plains Theater Conference) and had its World Premiere in the Denver Center’s 2016/17 Season. Two Degrees was also listed in the Honorable Mention list for the 2016 Kilroys.

And Then They Fell was workshopped by Brimmer Street (Los Angeles, 2015) and the UMass New Play Lab(2014), and premiered at Brimmer Street in Los Angeles in September 2016, with upcoming productions in both Minneapolis and Columbus, OH. Ten Mile Lake, which premiered in 2014 at Serenbe Playhouse just outside of Atlanta, GA, was developed and workshopped in 2012 at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and was a finalist for the 2015 Primus Prize.

Age of Bees premiered at MadLab Theater in 2012 (and was named Best Original Work by the Other Papers "Best of 2012” list), and was subsequently produced in 2015 at the Tesseract Theater in St. Louis. Age of Bees is now available through Original Works Publishing.

Her work has been developed by Seven Devils, Inkwell, 9Thirty Theater, The Road Theater, EST-LA and the Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings program. Tira teaches creative writing at the Orange County School of the Arts. She is a member of the Playwrights Union, the Anteaus Theater’s Playrights Lab and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her work as a director and dramaturg includes several seasons at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and the New Territories Playwriting Residency, a program she developed with Brian Clowdus at Serenbe Playhouse in Georgia.


  • Jason Delane Lee
  • Yvonne Huff Lee
  • Yumarie Morales
  • Scott Victor Nelson
  • Sydney A. Mason
  • Cymya Johnson

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