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Native Gardens

A boisterous backyard battle.

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

Native Gardens

  • Previews May 18–23 | Opening night May 24
  • By Karen Zacarías
  • Directed by Melissa Crespo

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

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.

Presented by Portland Center Stage at The Armory in association with The Geva Theatre Center and Syracuse Stage.

Run Time
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including one intermission.

Who's Who
Meet the Cast and Creative Team

Explore the Program

Join us for brief informational talks at 6:55 p.m. before every weeknight performance. Does not include preview performances or opening night.

Post-show discussions with cast and crew follow matinee performances May 30, June 2, 6, 13, and 15.

Access Dates
Audio Described - June 2, 2 p.m.
Sign Interpreted - June 13, 7:30 p.m.
Open Captioned - June 15, 2 p.m.

Recommended for ages 12 and up. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700.

More About This Production

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The World of the Play: Native Gardens

Explore the background and creation of Native Gardens

Preview image for Planting Seeds of Dissent and Hope: An interview with "Native Gardens" playwright Karen Zacarías

Planting Seeds of Dissent and Hope: An interview with "Native Gardens" playwright Karen Zacarías

Playwright Karen Zacarías reveals how friends sharing their stories of neighborly nuisances planted the seeds for her comedy Native Gardens, which finds two couples at odds over property lines and best practices in gardening.

Preview image for "Native Gardens" Cast & Creative Team

"Native Gardens" Cast & Creative Team

Meet the exciting cast and creative team behind The Breath of Life.

Portland Center Stage is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).

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Show Sponsor

2018-2019 Season Superstars

2018-2019 Season Supporting Sponsors