The Armory

JAW: A Playwrights Festival

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In the Groove dance battle curated by Michael Galen, JAW 2018

Every July, Portland Center Stage at The Armory bursts at the seams with new play energy. JAW (short for Just Add Water): A Playwrights Festival gathers artists from all over the world and fills the building with playwrights, actors, directors, dramaturgs, stage managers, production assistants, and sometimes even dogs and babies. At the end of this hurricane of new play development, we open the doors to share it all with the public. During the JAW Big Weekend, audiences are treated to staged readings of brand new scripts and a kickoff event featuring work from our Promising Playwrights, a collection of 10-minute plays written by local high school students. Free workshops, eclectic performances, and other exciting events round out the weekend. 

"JAW is a play development oasis chock full of the kindest, smartest and most talented people in the American theater. It allowed me the room and freedom to explore whatever path I thought was necessary for the process. It was simply fantastic." -Adam Szymkowicz (Kodachrome, formerly titled Colchester, JAW 2015)

JAW is free and always at the end of July.
 

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Accessibility Info

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


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