The Armory
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The Armory

JAW New Play Festival

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We are beyond thrilled to announce the return of our JAW New Play Festival! Please join us for readings of new scripts, our Teen Playwrights Showcase, plus performances from dynamic local artists, community labs, and more.

All events are FREE and will be available to watch in person or online.
NOTE: Some free events require a ticket to attend in person or stream online. Learn more below.

This year’s readings feature:

"We are honored to support the buoyant, exciting work of these four incredible writers with our 2021 JAW New Play Festival. This hybrid festival of in-person and virtual offerings is a profound way to celebrate new plays as an essential part of PCS's future." –PCS Artistic Director Marissa Wolf

There is so much to explore! Scroll down for all the details!

Tickets and Information

All JAW events are FREE and can be attended in person at The Armory, or online. You are encouraged to reserve your general admission tickets in advance for the JAW Play Readings; in-person walk ups will be welcome based on availability. The Press Play performances surrounding the readings don’t require a ticket. Masks will be required in all areas (performers will be unmasked). Food and beverages will not be served in The Armory. (Please visit our friends at Deschutes just across the street for a tasty snack or beer.) Capacity at The Armory will be limited to 250 people. Scroll down for the full schedule and links to reserve tickets.

Schedule of Events

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Preview image for JAW Community Artist Lab: Writer/Director Collaboration with Brittany K. Allen & Chip Miller

JAW Community Artist Lab: Writer/Director Collaboration with Brittany K. Allen & Chip Miller

Sun, Jul 25, 11 a.m.  •  Free: Admission by Lottery

Through conversation and practical exercises, this lab will explore the unique collaboration between playwrights of new work and directors assisting in the development of that work.

Preview image for JAW Press Play: WWJP Street Dance Showcase

JAW Press Play: WWJP Street Dance Showcase

Sun, Jul 25, 2 p.m.  •  FREE

Presented by Jesus Rodales of WWJP this showcase features street, club, and urban dance styles, performed by artists from a variety of local dance crews.

Preview image for JAW Play Reading: Teen Playwrights Showcase

JAW Play Reading: Teen Playwrights Showcase

Sun, Jul 25, 3 p.m.  •  FREE, but tickets required

Don’t miss this chance to experience some of the newest voices in theater! Five teen playwrights have been commissioned by PCS to write short scripts for JAW. This showcase will feature the dynamic short scripts they’ve developed, performed by professional actors.

Preview image for JAW Press Play: Music by Rich Hunter

JAW Press Play: Music by Rich Hunter

Sun, Jul 25, 4 p.m.  •  FREE

Known for his previous releases under the moniker Risky Star, Hunter's work weaves contemporary R&B and neo-soul, and touches on themes of intimacy, compassion, and the vulnerability that comes with maturity, love, and doubt.

Preview image for JAW Play Reading: *The Red Beads*

JAW Play Reading: The Red Beads

Sun, Jul 25, 5 p.m.  •  FREE, but tickets required

This charming, comical, and stirring fable is drawn from one of the great tales of the Yiddish theater. When a father’s bedtime story magically comes to life, his young daughter is plunged into the world of a poor shtetl poet who is desperately in love with a woman who spurns him. 

About JAW

Since launching in 1999, JAW has created a space for playwrights to have complete creative control and the resources to work on whatever they want to develop in their scripts. To date, 87 scripts have been developed at JAW and 19 JAW plays have received fully staged productions at PCS, giving Portland a strong national reputation for not only incubating new work, but helping to see that work to successful fruition. JAW plays have gone on to receive world premiere productions at professional theaters across the country and beyond, including New York Theater Workshop, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

This year’s JAW New Play Festival is supported by the Kinsman Foundation and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Support for the PCS Teen Playwrights comes from the PGE Foundation and the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation.

Accessibility Info

Portland Center Stage at The Armory is committed to making our facilities accessible to all of our patrons. Wheelchair seating, accommodation for service animals, sign interpretation, and sound amplifying devices, and large print programs are available for JAW. For more information about these services, please visit our accessibility page.

Portland Center Stage at The Armory 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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