The Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR 97209 · 503-445-3700 ·
The Armory

While our building is closed, you can still renew subscriptions for the 2020-2021 season and make donations online. If you are able, gifts of any size are incredibly meaningful right now. If you had tickets to a canceled production, please visit this page.

JAW: A Playwrights Festival

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

JAW: A Playwrights Festival (JAW is short for Just Add Water) 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)

The dates for JAW 2020 will be announced soon!

Please note: JAW is usually held in July, but this year we've had to adjust the schedule. Stay tuned for more details.

JAW History

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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