A boisterous backyard battle.
“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.
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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.
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Explore the background and creation of Native Gardens.
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.
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