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A Life


September 29 — November 11, 2018

In the Ellyn Bye Studio

Previews Sep. 29–Oct. 4 | Opening night Oct. 5
By Adam Bock
Directed by Rose Riordan

“★★★★★ Exquisite in detail.” —Time Out New York

A wickedly irreverent play about the meaning of life. Nate Martin is hopelessly single. When his most recent breakup 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. The answer he gets is shockingly obvious — and totally unpredictable.

Commissioned by Portland Center Stage at The Armory | West Coast Premiere!

Who's Who:
View the Cast and Creative Team

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Run Time: 
Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.  

Recommended for ages 15 and up. Contains adult situations and language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory.

Resource Guide:
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Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesdays – Sundays at 7:30 p.m.*
Matinees: Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., Thursdays at noon*

*Schedule may vary for some shows. Please check our season calendar to confirm.

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Reviews of "A Life"

One of Portland Center Stage's favorite playwrights delivers a small, surprising, perspective-shifting play. This is a guy you know – maybe even a friend. And his worries of not being able to find anyone to love are real and raw. After seeing A Life and getting a glimpse of Nate’s life, you might see the world a little differently, or have a newfound appreciation for your own life." - Oregon ArtsWatch

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Improv All-Stars

Mon, Nov 5, 7:30 p.m.  •  $10*

The best and brightest of Portland's improv scene are back at The Armory for one-night only.

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November First Thursday with Sávila

Thu, Nov 1, 5:00 p.m.  •  FREE

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with Sávila, Mexican food, face painting, dance from St. Johns Ballet Folklorico, live DJs and more!

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From Page to Stage: "A Life"

Explore playwright Adam Bock's history with Portland Center Stage. 

An Interview with Adam Bock

A Life author Adam Bock on everything from intuition, astrology and Canada.  

"A Life" Cast and Creative Team

Meet the exciting cast and creative team for our opening show in the Ellyn Bye Studio. 

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