The 2018-2019 Season

Including the 10th anniversary special return engagement of
Storm Large in Crazy Enough

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The Color Purple

Based on the novel by Alice Walker
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
Directed by Timothy Douglas

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
September 15 — October 28, 2018

Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical, 2016; Grammy Award, Best Musical Theater Album, 2017

From Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller comes a powerful musical with a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. This stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie from the early to mid-20th century in the American south, as she journeys from childhood to womanhood, through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life. With a soul-rousing, Grammy-winning score, The Color Purple is an unforgettable and intensely moving American classic.

“A miracle on Broadway; a glory to behold!” - The New York Times

A Life

By Adam Bock
Directed by Rose Riordan

In the Ellyn Bye Studio
September 29 – November 11, 2018

West Coast Premiere!

Nate Martin is hopelessly single. When his most recent breakup, another in a lifelong string of ill-fated matches, casts him into a funk, he turns to the only source of wisdom he trusts: the stars. Poring over astrological charts, he obsessively questions his past and his place in the cosmos. But in Adam Bock's wickedly funny, insightful and disarming new play, the answer he receives, when it comes, is shockingly obvious — and totally unpredictable.

Commissioned by Portland Center Stage at The Armory

★★★★★ Exquisite in detail and throws a jaw-dropping curveball.” - Time Out New York

A Christmas Memory ~ paired with ~ Winter Song

A Christmas Memory
By Truman Capote

Northwest StoriesWinter Song
Created by Merideth Kaye Clark and Brandon Woolley

Directed by Brandon Woolley

In the Ellyn Bye Studio
November 24 — December 30, 2018

A Christmas Memory is an autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote’s rural Alabama boyhood. This tiny gem of a holiday story offers an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls, “one young and one old” and their shared memories of beloved holiday rituals. To accompany this tale, the brilliant singer Merideth Kaye Clark (Fiddler on the Roof and The Last Five Years at The Armory, Wicked national tour) and director Brandon Woolley created Winter Song, an original presentation of favorite songs that celebrate winter and all it represents: love, loss, family, solitude, renewal and friendship.

“This show is like comfort food — warm, nourishing, and just exactly what you want on a cold winter’s night.” - Broadway World

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
November 27 – December 23, 2018

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. Twist includes zany holiday sketches and uproarious improv based on audience participation — it’s never the same show twice! It has become a Portland favorite and returns for the holidays in 2018. As the show’s fans know, the comedy whizzes from The Second City update the show every year. So come back for your favorite moments and enjoy the new surprises in store.

“With pop culture humor aimed at a younger audience, the show is amusing for the whole family.” - Portland Monthly

Sense & Sensibility

By Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Eric Tucker

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
January 12 — February 10, 2019

This exuberant, innovative staging of Jane Austen’s classic satire follows the adventures (and misadventures) of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — after their sudden loss of fortune. Bursting with humor, emotion and bold theatricality, Sense & Sensibility asks: When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart? Director Eric Tucker and adaptor Kate Hamill of the acclaimed New York theater company Bedlam revive their production in Portland after celebrated runs in New York and Boston.

“Jane Austen is alive and well and rolling on casters.” - The Boston Globe

Buyer & Cellar

By Jonathan Tolins
Directed by Brandon Woolley

In the Ellyn Bye Studio
January 19 — March 3, 2019

Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Alex, a struggling actor in Los Angeles, finds himself working in a shopping mall — but this isn’t your regular shopping center. In his most challenging role yet, Alex plays the shop boy bargaining with Barbra Streisand in her own private basement mall. With riotously sharp wit, Alex awaits a visit from the ultimate customer, the “Funny Girl” herself. Nick Cearley (Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors) returns to The Armory as Alex.

Fun Fact! What happens in this play is fiction, but Barbra Streisand's private shopping mall — with its doll store, clothing boutique and sweet shop — actually exists.

With all the comedy and all the wit in Mr. Tolins’s writing, Buyer & Cellar is also notable for its heart.” - The New York Times

Tiny Beautiful Things

Northwest StoriesBased on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted by Nia Vardalos
Co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail and Nia Vardalos
Directed by Rose Riordan

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
February 23 — March 31, 2019

Renowned Portland author Cheryl Strayed (Wild) had a secret life as the anonymous online advice columnist for “Dear Sugar.” Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, honesty and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar found a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending problems of her readers. The beloved column ultimately became a celebration of the simple beauty and light at the heart of being human. Strayed captured this journey in her book Tiny Beautiful Things. Adapted for the stage by the Academy Award-nominated writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos, and a hit at the Public Theater in New York last season, Tiny Beautiful Things is a funny and touching exploration of emotion, vulnerability and human resilience.

“A heart-tugging, emotionally rewarding evening.” - The Huffington Post

Until the Flood

By Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Neel Keller

In the Ellyn Bye Studio
March 16 — April 21, 2019

In the aftermath of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the killing of Michael Brown, celebrated writer, performer and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Dael Orlandersmith (Forever) traveled to the region and interviewed people from all walks of life. From these conversations, she crafted a stunning piece that reflects the complexity of St. Louis and beyond. Orlandersmith’s play is a mosaic of voices that tells the region’s story without advancing any one viewpoint above others, and asks that we listen to our fellow citizens in our own efforts to better understand today’s America. Originally commissioned by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Until the Flood premiered to acclaim in New York City in January of 2018.

Portraying only eight people — nine if you include her own alter ego — she nevertheless brings the questions, the pain and even the unspeakable thoughts of hundreds, if not millions, to life. Until the Flood is an urgent moral inquest.” - The New York Times

Crossing Mnisose

Northwest StoriesBy Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Molly Smith

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
April 13 — May 5, 2019

A World Premiere!

Crossing Mnisose tells the story of one of America's first feminists, Sacajawea. Today, her face sits on the dollar coin and there are more statues of her in the United States than any other woman. But very few know her story, or the violence she endured as she guided the U.S. Corps of Discovery up the Mnisose (or what Europeans named the "Missouri River"). In 2017, the contemporary successor to the Corps of Discovery, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, granted an easement to allow a pipeline to cross the very same river. Although 212 years separate these controversial crossings, both reveal the continued survival of Tribal Nations in the face of colonial conquest. By award-winning playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle (Sovereignty, Manahatta), Crossing Mnisose draws a line from a completely original view of Lewis and Clark's historic encampment at Fort Mandan to the present day, as descendants of the Dakota and Lakota Nations of the Mnisose continue their fight to ensure that the Mnisose, and the lands that contain the burials of their ancestors, are preserved for future generations.

Commissioned by Portland Center Stage at The Armory

The Breath of Life

By David Hare
Directed by TBA

In the Ellyn Bye Studio
May 4 — June 16, 2019

Frances was the dutiful wife of Martin. Madeleine was his not-so-dutiful mistress of 25 years. When Martin moves to America with a younger woman, the two women he left behind meet face to face for the first time, to discuss their relationships with the elusive man who profoundly impacted them, but never defined them. Together they explore the past and learn to feel the breath of life again. The Armory production will feature Portland favorites Sharonlee McLean (The Receptionist, Vanya, Sonya, Masha and Spike, and 23 other productions at The Armory) as Frances and Gretchen Corbett (Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) as Madeleine.

“The play is one of Hare’s finest ... bitingly funny and often deeply affecting.” - The Daily Telegraph

Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarías
Directed by TBA

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
May 18 — June 16, 2019

You can’t choose your neighbors, but you can choose your side of the fence. In this brilliant new comedy, cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. A rising attorney, Pablo, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbeque for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class and privilege.

Native Gardens is a true breath of comic fresh air.” - DC Theatre Scene

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