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A youthful local writer of plays is beginning to draw attention in the Northwest theatrical community

RITA A. LEONARD - An actor and playwright who went through Cleveland High is currently to be found behind the counter at Westmorelands Wallace Books. Future celebrities may be found behind the counters of local stores. We found one such person at Wallace Books! Sellwood playwright Conor Eifler recently authored a play that was commissioned by the drama department of Wilson High School; the play was performed there on the last two weekends of February. "That play, 'You Cannot Undo This Action', is a dark thriller about teens and technology," Eifler explained to THE BEE. "It grew from current events in the field." Eifler also works fulltime as a bookseller at Westmoreland's Wallace Books.

Conor not only writes plays; he has also acted in them. "I've done some work with the Oregon Childrens' Theater, Coho, and Action Adventures," he remarked. "Currently, I've taken a break from acting to focus on writing. Usually my plays feature two to four characters; but the Wilson High School drama had twenty parts, which was quite a stretch!

"So far, I've written several full-length plays, and a smattering of short ones." He paused, then added, "I always wanted to be a writer. It started with a third grade story about my basset hound, Arlo – and I kept writing through my years at Cleveland High School, the University of Portland, and the Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky."

Ideas for his plays arise from diverse sources. "It could begin simply from a line of dialogue by a character, and then grow from that seed," he explained. His work environment also keeps him in contact with a wide variety of books and local readers, providing many more ideas for his active mind. His next new play is always in the back of his mind, and he welcomes more commissioned works.


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