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Play imagines moment in lives of Eisenhower, Churchill

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Professor David Ritchie wrote the historical fantasy, which will be performed at the West Slope Community Library.

FILE - David Ritchie, who writes short plays about historical figures, is bringing his latest show to the West Slope Community Library this Saturday."Action this Day," a new play by David Ritchie, will be performed at 1 p.m. Saturday at the West Slope Library, 3678 S.W. 78th Ave,

The play explores what might have happened if Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill had, at the end of their lives, set out to spend a day painting together—both were avid amateur oil painters.

The playwright grew up near Churchill's country house and attended his funeral. And Joe Costa, who plays Eisenhower, studied at Gettysburg college where Eisenhower had an office.

The role Churchill will be played by David Fuks.

Director Bob Martin has spent a lifetime in the theater, both here and in Japan. He has been a director with Readers Theatre Repertory since its founding in 2001.

Ritchie is a professor of history at Pacific Northwest College of Art. This is his fifth play and the second to be staged in Oregon libraries.

West Slope Library offers a variety of monthly cultural, musical, literary, art, and gaming events aimed to enrich the lives of adults and youth. For more information, contact Marly Osma de Forest at 503-292-6416 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..