Smokefall by Noah Haidle is the twentieth season opener for Defunkt Theatre, an unusual installment in the tradition of plays about the American Family; – perhaps a 21st century telling of Our Town? 

Five actors explore the mythology of one family over many decades from the perspective of those who left, who stayed behind, and even of twins in utero. 

Patrick Walsh directs the tale that “speaks to anyone who has ever had (or yearned for) a family.”

Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm until November 16, at The Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd. (enter through the Common Grounds Coffeeshop). 

At Defunkt, all tickets at the door are Pay-What-You-Can for all performances. Advance reservations available online at


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