Stage Door Student Matinee Schedules & Ratings 2017-2018

Stage Door Student Matinee Schedules & Ratings 2017-2018

Fun Home with music by Jeanine Tesori, book & lyrics by Lisa Kron, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

12pm matinees: Sept 28 & Oct 5, 12, 19

The five-time 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.

  • Age recommendation: grades 9-12. Contains adult situations, explicit language and sexual references.
  • Run Time: Approximately 100 minutes; no intermission. Subject to change.

Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan

12pm matinees: Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 & Nov 2

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. A reminder that hope is never truly lost, and a testament to the healing power of storytelling.

  • Age recommendation: grades 8-12. Contains adult situations.
  • Run Time: Approximately 65 minutes; no intermission. Subject to change.

Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles by Luis Alfaro

12pm matinees: Nov 16 & **Tuesday** Nov 21

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.

  • Age recommendation: grades 9-12. Contains adult situations, sexual references, violent references and some mature language (spoken in English and Spanish).
  • Run Time: Approximately 95 minutes; no intermission. Subject to change.

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote paired with Winter Song

12pm matinees: Nov 30 & Dec 7, 14, 21

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 the memories they share of favorite holiday rituals.

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 are creating Winter Song, an original presentation of songs that celebrate winter holidays and all they represent: love, loss, family, solitude, renewal and friendship.

  • Age recommendation: grades 5-12
  • Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes; no intermission. Subject to change.

The Second City's Twist Your Dickens by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort

12pm matinee: Dec 14

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.

  • Age recommendation: grades 9-12. Contains mature content, explicit language, theatrical haze, strobe lighting and the use of one tobacco-free vapor e-cigarette.
  • Run Time: Approximately 1 hour 50 minutes, including one intermission. Subject to change.

Astoria: Part Two by Chris Coleman, based on the book by Peter Stark

12pm matinees: Feb 1 & 8, plus an Astoria: Part One reprise matinee on Feb 15

Continuing the adventure of Astoria: Part One, which told the stories of the expeditions by land and sea to establish trade routes to the Pacific Northwest, Astoria: 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.

  • Age recommendation: grades 9-12. Contains adult situations, mature language and theatrical haze.
  • Run Time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including one intermission. Subject to change.

Kodachrome by Adam Szymkowicz

12pm matinees: Feb 15, 22 & Mar 1, 8, 15

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.

  • Age recommendation: grades 7-12
  • Run Time: Approximately 2 hours, including one intermission. Subject to change.

The Magic Play by Andrew Hinderaker

12pm matinees: Mar 15, 22, 29

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.

  • Age recommendation: grades 9-12. Contains adult situations and explicit language.
  • Run Time: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, including one intermission. Subject to change.

And So We Walked written and performed by DeLanna Studi

12pm matinees: Apr 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10

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 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.

  • Age recommendation: grades 7-12. Contains some mature language.
  • Run Time: Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes, including one intermission. Subject to change.

Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw

12pm matinees: April 26 & May 3, 10

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.

  • Age recommendation: grades 7-12. The actors in this production will be using tobacco-free herbal cigarettes.
  • Run Time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including one intermission. Subject to change.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson

12pm matinees: June 7, 14, 21

Featuring iconic songs like “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit,” 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.

  • Age recommendation: grades 9-12. Contains adult situations and explicit language. The actor in this production will be using tobacco-free herbal cigarettes.
  • Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes; no intermission. Subject to change.
Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles
Nov 4 – 26
A Christmas Memory -paired with- Winter Song
Nov 18 – Dec 31

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