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The 2014-15 Season

Posted by Alice Hodge | 03 March 2014 | Comments (0)

Our 2014-2015 Season

Season tickets are on sale now! For general information on season tickets, or to purchase or renew a season package, please click here or call the box office at 503-445-3700.

Buy Season Tickets

New for this year is the Create Your Own Package, starting at $72.90 for 3 plays. Full season packages start at $231.30 for the Everything Series and $145.80 for the Main Stage Series.

Single tickets to individual shows will go on sale in August, although tickets to Three Days of Rain are only available in season ticket packages and by purchasing group tickets, and will not be available for individual sale until January, 2015. 

Groups of 10 people or more may reserve seats to any production on July 1.

 

ON THE MAIN STAGE

Dreamgirls

Music by Henry Krieger
Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen

September 20 – November 2, 2014

This groundbreaking musical, loosely based on the career of The Supremes, takes you to a revolutionary time in American music history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music and created a new American sound—Motown. In the ‘60s, three friends form The Dreamettes and get their big break at an amateur competition, and begin singing backup vocals for a major star. As their own fame grows, however, things begin to spin out of control when their agent’s business maneuvers trump their friendship, and fortune and success take them down a path of heartbreak and turmoil. Over two decades The Dreams, as they become known, learn hard lessons about love, trust and the changing tastes of the American public. 
Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical.


The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens

By Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort

November 22 – December 24, 2014

Back for a second year of unpredictable mayhem! This complete send-up of the holiday classic, fully festooned with the improvisational genius behind the legendary comedy troupe The Second City, is never the same show twice! Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts find themselves hopelessly mixed up in zany holiday sketches with anachronistic characters, uproarious improv and an ever-changing stable of drop-in local celebrity guests. Updates for 2014, and the audience’s input, means this show changes with every performance and will be a fresh experience for the new season.

Note to season ticket holders: if you would prefer to omit this return engagement from your season ticket package for 14-15, please let us know and we will adjust your tickets accordingly.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang

January 10 – February 8, 2015

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play

Vanya and his stepsister Sonia (where have we heard those names before?) have only known their family’s farmhouse as home; they’ve lived here their entire lives. Sister Masha, however, lives the glamorous life of a famous movie star, traipsing around the globe and living her life in gossip magazines. When Masha descends upon the family home, her boy toy Spike in tow, the dire predictions of cleaning woman Cassandra (ring a bell?) may be about to come true. In this hysterical mash up of Chekhov's four major plays with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Ingmar Bergman, The Beatles, The Oresteia and even a little Maggie Smith thrown in, “you’re likely to find plenty to make you laugh even if you’ve never read a word of Chekhov” (The New York Times).


Other Desert Cities

By Jon Robin Baitz

February 21 – March 22, 2015

"All family reunions should be this satisfying… The Best New Play on Broadway!"
Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Polly and Lyman Wyeth are a quintessential California success story. Well-connected politically, comfortable financially, and enjoying their retirement years in Palm Springs, where they can still move in the Republican, old Hollywood social circle of their working years. So what if Polly’s sister and former screenwriting partner is a just-out-of-rehab liberal, and their grown children are also ideological opposites from their parents? Well, families accept these differences, don’t they? But then the Wyeth’s children join them for the holidays, and daughter Brooke announces to her family that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal event in the family's history that they would prefer stayed buried. This time, a line is drawn in the desert sands that neither side may be ready to cross. 
From the award-winning playwright (Substance of Fire) and creator of the hit television series “Brothers and Sisters.”


Cyrano

By Edmond Rostand
Translated by Michael Hollinger
Adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner

April 4 – May 3, 2015

The romantic comedy classic Cyrano de Bergerac, in a fresh translation and adaptation by Michael Hollinger (Opus) and Aaron Posner (Sometimes a Great Notion, The Chosen). Set in 17th century France, Cyrano tells the story of a great swordsman with a beautiful soul, who is handicapped by a huge nose that makes him believe he is incapable of being loved by the beautiful Roxane.  When he learns that Roxane and a handsome young soldier named Christian are infatuated with each other, he writes beautiful love letters for her suitor that lead to a tragic love triangle. Filled with swordplay and wordplay, Cyrano is beloved for its affirmation of love, friendship, and the power of a well-developed sense of humor.


Three Days of Rain

By Richard Greenberg

May 17 – June 21, 2015
“Greenberg has written a kind of generational mystery in which the past really is another country, one that the present, groping for insight into its own origins, can’t help misjudging.” Los Angeles Times
Three New Yorkers grapple with the puzzles of family history and the nature of creativity in Greenberg's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play. A year after he disappeared on the day of his father's funeral, Walker Janeway returns to the city. He takes up temporary residence in the studio where thirty-five years earlier his father Ned and Ned's late architectural business partner, Theo, lived and designed the iconic house that would make them famous. Now Walker and his sister Nan meet in the long-abandoned space preparing to hear the reading of Ned’s will, joined by Theo’s son, Pip. But even as they think they have unraveled their generation’s beliefs about their parents, a newly discovered journal filled with enigmatic entries begins to open a window on two strikingly different times, and the surprising connections between them. The PCS production will star actors who have become beloved members of our community through their roles in the Portland-filmed NBC television series GRIMM – Silas Weir Mitchell and Sasha Roiz. The unique structure of Three Days of Rain – Greenberg plays with time and perception by having the actors play their own parents in Act 2 – means that Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe on GRIMM) will play both Walker and Ned, and Sasha Roiz (Renard on GRIMM) will play Pip and Theo. The casting of Nan/Lina will be announced at a later date.

 

IN THE ELLYN BYE STUDIO


The Typographer’s Dream

By Adam Bock

October 4 – November 16, 2014

A Stenographer, a Geographer, and a Typographer want to share what they do for a living. In their presentations, variably energetic and dispassionate, focused and distracted, it becomes clear that these three may not be strangers … but what is their relationship? What seems to be a simple panel discussion becomes something “funny, provocative, psychologically revealing, intellectually stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable” (San Francisco Chronicle). From the author of The Receptionist and A Small FireThe Typographer’s Dream is a “smart, hilarious and thoroughly unexpected treat.”


Threesome

By Yussef El Guindi

A World Premiere

January 24 – March 8, 2015

Leila and Rashid attempt to solve their relationship issues by inviting a relative stranger into their bedroom to engage in a threesome. What begins as a hilariously awkward evening soon becomes an experience fraught with secrets and tension, raising issues of sexism, possession and independence. El Guindi’s play Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World was the winner of the prestigious Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012, and he is also the recipient of the 2010 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award. Threesome was a JAW selection in the summer of 2013.


The Lion

Written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer

May 2 – June 14, 2015

One man, six guitars, and a true story of love, loss, family loyalty and the redemptive power of music. Direct from an award-winning run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer (winner of the ASCAP Cole Porter Award for songwriting) shares his gripping coming-of-age tale. Directed by Sean Daniels, whose work has been seen at The Kennedy Center and Actor's Theatre of Louisville, The Lion is a candid, poignant, charming offering from a next-generation troubadour.

 

 

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS IN THE ELLYN BYE STUDIO

 (Not part of a season ticket package, but season ticket holders get special pricing!)

The Santaland Diaries

By David Sedaris
Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello

November 23 – December 28, 2014

Based on the outlandish and true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, this hilarious cult classic features comic encounters during the height of the holiday crunch. Portland favorite Darius Pierce returns as Crumpet! Reserve your tickets early—this show consistently sells out.


The People’s Republic of Portland

By Lauren Weedman

March 21 – April 19, 2015

Return engagement after a 9-week sold out, hit run in the spring of 2013!

Portland is garnering lots of attention lately—for our leadership in sustainability; for our food scene; for being, well, weird. And now we’ve caught the attention of writer/actor Lauren Weedman. In the few months she spent here in the spring of 2011 performing her play BUST, Lauren’s imagination was captured by all things Portland. And so we asked her to write a play. About Portland. How will this former Daily Show faux-spondent treat us? What does Portland look like through Weedman’s unique lens? Are we brave enough to find out? Lauren is currently a co-star on the new HBO hit series Looking, but returns to Portland for this limited run.

 

All titles and dates subject to change.

 

Season tickets are on sale now! For general information on season tickets, or to purchase or renew a season package, please click here or call the box office at 503-445-3700.

New for this year is the Create Your Own Package, starting at $72.90 for 3 plays.  Full season packages start at $231.30 for the Everything Series and $145.80 for the Main Stage Series.  

 

Tickets to individual shows will go on sale in mid-August, although tickets to Three Days of Rain will remain available only to season ticket buyers through the season ticket sales period, and will not be available for individual sale until January, 2015.

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