Original Norway Cast AUGUST 10-13- ALL SHOWS ARE SOLD OUT!

A waiting list has been established as there is always a chance that someone who purchased a seat may not show up. Please send requests to or if you live in Tacoma, come to the Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock Street, Tacoma) when doors open a half hour before each show to check availability.

A play about the life of Thea Foss...

The Other Country is a community-based, site-specific event, placing the memorable Thea Foss story squarely in its original and authentic setting. The production will take place both inside and outside the dynamic and historic Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock Street, Tacoma), with five shows on August 10-13 (patron preview on August 10 is sold out!). This play celebrates our diverse backgrounds, the spirit of a strong female entrepreneur, and the enduring beauty and power of Puget Sound.

Nancy Bourne Haley's award-winning 2006 documentary film Finding Thea inspired Kristin Lyhman in Skipvet, Norway to write and produce this moving treatment of this story, including beautiful incidental music, with her theatre company Nes Lenseteater. It seems natural and fitting that our region should produce her play, Det Andre Landet, translated into English by Janet Ruud and Kari Nellia Groven, here in Tacoma. See The News Tribune Article

A diverse company has been cast of twenty local actors and singers of multiple ages and local cultures and herit The Other Country, produced by Nancy Bourne Haley, will be co-directed by Marilyn Bennett and Suzy Willhoft, artistic directors of the independent theatre companies Toy Boat Theatre and Found Space Productions, musically directed by Debbie Birkey and with costumes by Alex Lewington.

Spanning from 1880-1927, The Other Country encompasses Thea's humble beginnings in Norway, her marriage to Andrew Foss, and her family's subsequent immigration to the United States. Once settled in Tacoma, this practical, intelligent, and determined woman began a small Puget Sound boat business. Due to Thea's tenacity and business acumen, and with the help of her husband and children, this eventually became the famous Foss Maritime Company, which continues to thrive.

Special thanks to our funders and facilitators: Foss Waterway Seaport, Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center, University of Puget Sound Theatre Department, Foss Maritime Company, Florence Kilworth Foundation, Tacoma Arts Commission, North Bay Partners, Sons of Norway Foundation, University of Washington Tacoma College of Arts and Communication, Tacoma Historical Society, various Daughters of Norway lodges, and many kind individuals.

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