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The 2017-2018 Season

Fun Home

Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron | Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Chris Coleman
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
September 16 – October 22, 2017

Based on Alison Bechdel’s witty and wistful illustrated autobiography of the same name, the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home ushers us inside Alison’s head — at three different ages — as she struggles to process the chain of childhood events that made her the adult she is today. Growing up in a funeral home as the closeted lesbian daughter of a father with secrets of his own was complicated. But by looking back on her family life, and remembering all the loving, silly, and even shameful moments, she learns to see her parents — and herself — for who they really are.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical of 2015!

Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan Macmillan
Directed by Rose Riordan
In the Ellyn Bye Studio
September 23 – November 5, 2017

A kid makes a list for his mom. A list of everything worth living for in the world. He needs her to read the list so she doesn’t try to leave the world again. As the kid grows up and experiences more life, more love, and more loss, his list of every brilliant thing gets longer and more vital with each addition. Duncan Macmillan’s play shines hilarious and compassionate light in dark corners of the human condition, and the way in which the creators have constructed the performance is refreshingly theatrical. A reminder that hope is never truly lost, and a testament to the healing power of storytelling.

"Heart-wrenching, hilarious ... possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop." ★★★★ - The Guardian

Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

By Luis Alfaro
Directed by Juliette Carrillo
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
November 4 – November 26, 2017

In this retelling of Medea, playwright Luis Alfaro blends tragedy, wry humor, Mexican folklore and a bracingly modern setting to unleash the power of Euripides’ ancient tale, seen through the lens of immigrants in the United States.

The Armory partners with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to bring this production to Portland.

An Evening of Holiday Story and Song

In the Ellyn Bye Studio
November 18 – December 31, 2017

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A Christmas Memory

By Truman Capote
Directed by Brandon Woolley

An autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood, A Christmas Memory is a tiny gem of a holiday story, offering an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls — one young and one old — and the memories they share of beloved holiday rituals.

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Winter Song

Created by Merideth Kaye Clark and Brandon Woolley
Directed by Brandon Woolley

The brilliant singer Merideth Kaye Clark (Fiddler on the Roof and The Last Five Years at The Armory, Wicked national tour) and our own Producing Associate Brandon Woolley are creating an original presentation of songs that celebrate winter holidays and all they represent: love, loss, family, solitude, renewal and friendship.

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

By Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort
Directed by Ron West
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
December 5 – December 31, 2017

A complete send-up of the holiday classic, this adult comedy is adorned with the improvisational genius of the legendary comedy troupe The Second City, and includes zany holiday sketches, an ever-changing list of drop-in local celebrities and uproarious improv based on audience participation — it’s never the same show twice! It has become a Portland holiday favorite, and will return in 2017 after runs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Goodman Theatre in Chicago this past season.

“Twist comes at humor from so many angles, with such irreverence and zeal, your amusement is practically guaranteed." - Oregon ArtsWatch

Astoria: Part Two

Northwest StoriesAdapted and Directed by Chris Coleman
Based on ASTORIA: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
January 20 – February 18, 2018

Continuing the adventure of Part One, which told the stories of the expeditions by land and sea to establish trade routes to the Pacific Northwest, Part Two is about the extraordinary and ambitious endeavors leading to the establishment of Astoria, the first permanent United States settlement on the West Coast. For those who missed it, we will offer a few reprise performances of Part One, including opportunities to experience the full story in a one-day marathon.


By Adam Szymkowicz
Directed by Rose Riordan
In the Ellyn Bye Studio
February 3 – March 18, 2018

Welcome to Colchester, a small town where everybody knows each other and the pace of life allows the pursuit of love to take up as much space as it needs. Our tour guide is Suzanne, the town photographer, who lets us peek into her neighbors’ lives to catch glimpses of romance in all its stages of development. A play about love, nostalgia, the seasons and how we learn to say goodbye.

A world premiere from our 2015 JAW Festival (previously titled Colchester).

The Magic Play

By Andrew Hinderaker
Directed by Halena Kays
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
March 3 – April 1, 2018

A theater is a realm of illusion. So is a magic show. Playwright Andrew Hinderaker mashes these traditions together with alluring results. The Magic Play follows a young magician trying to get through a live show just hours after his partner has left him. As the performance progresses, he confronts the fact that the spectacular tricks that impress people on stage don’t serve him as well when it comes to building truthful personal relationships. This mesmerizing new play questions the extent to which we must be honest with ourselves in order to be so with those we love.

“The real magic in this engrossing theatrical hybrid — now receiving a meticulously polished world premiere at the Goodman Theatre, in what is unquestionably a Broadway-ready production — involves a very different bag of tricks altogether.” - Chicago Sun-Times

And So We Walked

Written and Performed by DeLanna Studi
Directed by Corey B. Madden
In the Ellyn Bye Studio
March 31 – May 13, 2018

A frank, funny and sometimes misguided story of a contemporary Cherokee woman who goes on a six-week, 900-mile journey with her father along the Trail of Tears in search of her heroic self. Through this personal odyssey, her sense of identity — both as a contemporary Cherokee and as a woman — is tested by the people and places she encounters.

DeLanna Studi plays Marie Dorion in Astoria, and then moves to the Studio to star in her own very personal play.

Major Barbara

By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Chris Coleman
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
April 14 – May 13, 2018

When her daughters Sarah and Barbara are both engaged to be married, Lady Britomart decides to ask her estranged industrialist husband, Andrew Undershaft, for support. Barbara, a Major in the Salvation Army, agrees to let her father visit her mission in the East End of London. In exchange, she promises to visit his munitions factory. The clash between Barbara's philanthropic idealism and her father's hard-headed capitalism are at the heart of Shaw’s witty and timely appraisal of capitalism, war, religion and politics.

“Shaw’s masterpiece.” - The Irish Times

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

By Lanie Robertson
Directed by Bill Fennelly
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
May 26 – July 1, 2018

Featuring iconic songs like “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is an all-access pass to Billie Holiday’s final concert. With humor and hopefulness, the legendary singer takes us on a journey through the highs and lows of her tumultuous life, interspersed with exuberant renditions of her beloved repertoire.

May 13 – Jun 11
The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Jun 17 – 30

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