Mother, Come Home

October 5, 2019 - October 12, 2019

CoHo Theater - 2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR 97210

An immersive, multimedia reading adapted from the graphic novel by Paul Hornschemeier

“Hornschemeier eloquently conveys a story of family loss and paternal disconnect.” – Dark Horse Comics

Widower David and his young son Thomas each have their own methods for dealing with grief. For David, the abstractions of symbolic logic; for Thomas, his essential role as “The Groundskeeper,” a masked defender of the household. From the critically-acclaimed graphic novel and produced by Third Rail in a new, multimedia format, Mother, Come Home is the quietly stunning tale of a family struggling to adapt to their new reality.

This production is sponsored by a Creative Heights Grant from the Oregon Community Foundation.

Content Warning: This piece includes themes of depression, suicide and grief. If you know you’d like to speak to someone at Third Rail to find out more about the show before you book, you can call the Box Office at 503-235-1101 or email us at


Mother, Come Home “challenges theatrical conventions in surreal, exhilarating ways….Armed with only their voices, the actors are astounding…This is brave, brilliant theatre.

The Oregonian

Audience Response

After it was over and the audience’s applause died down, we all sat there without speaking for at least 30 seconds before getting up and filing out. POWERFUL!

Powerful, daring, and important. It is must see theater!

A haunting and worthwhile theatre experience. Don’t miss this one.

This show was incredible.


  • Writer Paul Hornschemeier
  • Director Jennifer Lin
  • Stage Manager Kristina Mast
  • Animator/Story Advisor Paul Hornschemeier
  • Composer Mark Greenberg
  • Sound Designer Rory Breshears


  • David Damon Kupper
  • Thomas Darius Pierce
  • Voice 2 (Uncle) Philip Cuomo
  • Voice 3 Amber Whitehall
  • Voice 4 Diane Kondrat
  • Voice 5 Phillip Johnson
  • Thomas understudy Jim Vadala