The Armory

Native Gardens

A boisterous backyard battle.

May 18 — June 16, 2019

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

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

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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.

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.

Resource Guide:
Please look for the resource guide here closer to this show's opening date.

Performance Times

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.

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The World of the Play: Native Gardens

Explore the background and creation of Native Gardens

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

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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"Native Gardens" Cast & Creative Team

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

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Upcoming Events

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Happy Hour with Playwright Karen Zacarías

Fri, May 31, 6:30 p.m.  •  FREE

Join us for a pre-show happy hour featuring a conversation with Karen Zacarías, the playwright of Native Gardens.

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"Native Gardens" Discussion with Playwright Karen Zacarías

Sat, Jun 1, 3:45 p.m.  •  FREE

Please join us for a post-show conversation for Native Gardens with playwright Karen Zacarías and members of the cast.

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June First Thursday with the Freddy Vilches Latin Band

Thu, Jun 6, 5:00 p.m.  •  FREE

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.

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