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He works in a Southeast bookstore, but has been writing (and performing in) plays; now he's won an award

RITA A. LEONARD - Conor Eifler, a bookseller at Wallace Books, has been awarded Oregon's 2021 Angus Bowmer Award for Drama. Sellwood-Moreland resident Conor Eifler has received the 2021 Angus Bowmer Award for Drama, presented on Sunday, May 2nd. He received the honor for a dark thriller he wrote last year about teens and technology, called "You Cannot Undo This Action". In addition to his writing, Eifler also works fulltime as a bookseller at Westmoreland's Wallace Books.

Eifler was educated at Cleveland High School, the University of Portland, and the Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky. He has previously written, and acted in, plays. "I always wanted to be a writer," he tells THE BEE. "I've written about two dozen plays so far, although most of them are shorter, and are comedies. I enjoy the story-telling aspect of both writing and acting."

Among his acting credits, Conor worked in "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" at the Oregon Children's Theater, "Vanessa Goodwin, the Adventures of a Thoroughly Modern Argonaut", a play of his own composition. At the University of Portland, he was an actor in "Waiting For Godot".

Eifler was nominated for the award he has just received by Matt Zrebski, Artistic Director of the "Teens West Project". "The award consists of a cash prize and 'bragging rights'," Conor says with a smile. "I've had some offers to write other dramas, but the pandemic shut down those opportunities. Currently, I'm working on a science fiction novel." You might meet him in person at Wallace Books, 7241 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland.


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