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The 2018-2019 Season

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

The Color Purple

September 15 — October 28, 2018

From Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller comes a powerful, Tony Award-winning 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 true power of love and life. With a soul-rousing, Grammy-winning score, The Color Purple is an unforgettable and intensely moving American classic.

Riffing on parodies of A Christmas Carol and nearly every other holiday tradition, our uproarious troupe of talented improv performers will have you rolling in the aisles and screaming ba-humbug for more. Created by the legendary titian of comedy, The Second City, this irreverent and riotously funny show is updated every year — so come back for your favorite jokes and revel in the new surprises! 

Sense & Sensibility

January 12 — February 10, 2019

Bursting with humor and bold theatricality, this charming and wildly inventive staging of Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy follows the adventures of the Dashwood sisters — and a whirlwind of snippy town gossips — after their sudden loss of fortune. Adaptor Kate Hamill and director Eric Tucker of New York’s acclaimed theater company Bedlam revive their celebrated production in Portland after taking audiences by storm in New York and Boston.

Tiny Beautiful Things

February 23 — March 31, 2019

A celebration of the simple beauty of being human, this funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience is based on Cheryl Strayed’s (Wild) journey as the beloved anonymous advice columnist for “Dear Sugar.” Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, compassion and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar found a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers. Brilliantly adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award-nominated writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Crossing Mnisose

April 13 — May 5, 2019

Crossing Mnisose tells the story of one of America's first feminists, Sacajawea, and draws a line from a completely original view of Lewis and Clark to the present day, as descendants of the Dakota and Lakota Nations continue their fight for the Mnisose (or what Europeans named the “Missouri River”) and the lands that contain the burials of their ancestors. From celebrated playwright, activist and attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation), whose Manahatta captivated audiences at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Native Gardens

May 18 — June 16, 2019

In this hilarious hot-button comedy, cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. When a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone’s notions of race, privilege, class and good taste. From the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarías, whose play Destiny of Desire was a hit at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Crazy Enough

June 25 — 30, 2019

Crazy Enough returns for a special 10th anniversary engagement! Portland legend Storm Large’s autobiographical musical is an exploration through story and song of how a girl can live, nearly die, and live again by praying to the holy trinity: Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll. Featuring original songs by Storm and James Beaton, including the raunchy, hilarious and incredibly addictive “My Vagina is Eight Miles Wide.” Crazy Enough is one of The Armory’s all-time biggest hits, playing a record sold-out, 21-week run in 2009.

In the Ellyn Bye Studio

A Life

September 29 — November 11, 2018

A wickedly funny 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.

A Christmas Memory ~ paired with ~ Winter Song

November 24 — December 30, 2018

In A Christmas Memory, Truman Capote’s rural Alabama boyhood comes to life, offering a touching portrait of an enduring friendship and tender holiday rituals. This gem of a story is paired with Winter Song, a collection of beloved tunes and tales that celebrate winter and all it represents: love, family, solitude, renewal and warmth.

Buyer & Cellar

January 19 — March 3, 2019

An outrageous comedy about the price of fame and the oddest of odd jobs. Alex, a struggling actor in Los Angeles, finds himself working in Barbra Streisand's private shopping mall (yes, Barbra has her own shopping mall). With his riotously sharp wit and shop boy persona ready, 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.

Until the Flood

March 16 — April 21, 2019

Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated performer Dael Orlandersmith (Forever) explores the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Ferguson residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning theatrical experience that must be seen.  The Chicago Tribune called it “palpably compassionate” and raved that it “achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart.

The Breath of Life

May 4 — June 16, 2019

Frances was the dutiful wife. Madeleine was the not-so-dutiful mistress. In this sardonically funny comedy, Frances and Madeleine – two women of a certain age – meet face-to-face and find common ground in their independence from the man they unknowingly shared. Featuring Portland favorites Sharonlee McLean (The Receptionist and 25 others at The Armory) and Gretchen Corbett (Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest).

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Note: Most productions at PCS are recommended for high school age and up; children under 6 are not permitted.

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