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JAW New Play Festival

JAW New Play Festival

Our JAW New Play Festival is Back!

Please join us during the final weekend of July for readings of new scripts, performances from dynamic local artists, community labs, and more! Readings will be held in the Ellyn Bye Studio.

All JAW events are FREE and open to anyone!

Join us for four fantastic new plays in addition to five short-plays by talented local teens. Brought to life by beloved Portland actors, these script-in-hand readings bring to life a new canon of 21st century plays. Join us to be part of a weekend of joyful, wild new work!

Wet Your Whistle!
The Armory Bar will be open throughout the festival with snacks and beverages available for purchase.

This Year's Plays

Schedule subject to change.

Community Artist Labs

Participants for our JAW Community Artists Labs are determined by a lottery. To enter the lottery email with your preference of lab. You can enter for both labs.

PCS will draw names and alert all entrants with their lottery results by Thursday, July 25.

Full Schedule of Events

Here is the complete list of events happening throughout the big weekend — all free!

About JAW

The JAW New Play Festival is Portland Center Stage’s week-long assembling of artists and audiences to create new plays! Each July, artistic teams, including playwrights, directors, and actors, come together to rehearse — and a lot of times rewrite! — a new play. The final piece of the process happens during the weekend, when we share “music stand readings” with audiences so the playwrights can hear their work, often for the very first time!

Why We JAW:

  • Develop energizing work
    • We are committed to developing dope plays!
  • Champion exciting voices
    • We are invested in playwright-driven artistic growth, giving opportunities to fresh, engaging, powerful theatrical voices.
  • Connect with our communities
    • We believe that audiences are active participants in the creation of new work. The audience is the final collaborator an artistic team needs to bring a play to life.

In addition to new play readings, Portland Center Stage presents Press Play events during the JAW festival weekend. To welcome people into the space, we offer pre-show performances and workshops, featuring dynamic local artists. These events include an ever-changing lineup of dance exhibitions of all genres, live music, visual art, choreographed movement showcases, interactive installations, and artist labs. All JAW events are free to the public and help introduce new audiences and community members to the breadth of talent in our city, and beyond.

JAW History

Since 1999, JAW has created a space for 92 playwrights to develop 95 plays. Most have gone on to receive professional productions across the country, including many world premieres at PCS.

Accessibility Info

Portland Center Stage 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 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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JAW Sponsors

Teen Playwrights Sponsors

Season Superstars

Season Supporting Sponsors