A boisterous backyard battle.
Previews May 18–23 | Opening night May 24
By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Melissa Crespo
“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.
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including one intermission.
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.
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.
Please look for the resource guide here closer to this show's opening date.
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.
Explore the background and creation of Native Gardens.
By Kelundra Smith
Playwright Karen Zacarías was under a tight deadline to deliver on a new play commission, and though ideas fluttered through her mind, nothing quite stuck. Then, while she was at a dinner party, friends suggested that she write a play about ... Learn More
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Join us for a pre-show happy hour featuring a conversation with Karen Zacarías, the playwright of Native Gardens.
Please join us for a post-show conversation for Native Gardens with playwright Karen Zacarías and members of the cast.
Celebrate June First Thursday with the Freddy Vilches Latin Band as they incorporate elements from Latin folk music, Cuban Son, Brazilian Bossa Nova, and jazz into their dynamic shows and create a dance-able atmosphere for all ages.