JAW New Play Festival
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:
- a hit dog will holler by Inda Craig-Galván
- Trans World by Ty Defoe
- The Red Beads by Rinne B. Groff (based on The Singer of His Sorrows by Osip Dymov)
- Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B by Kate Hamill
- Five local teen playwrights have also been commissioned to develop short scripts that will be read as part of the festival: Natalia Bermudez, Moss Johnson, Aaron Leonard-Graham, Becca McCormick, and Nevaeh Warren
"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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When seven trans individuals are picked to live in a house and get filmed for a new reality TV show, the lines between pretend and real drama become blurred. Inspired by MTV’s 90s hit show The Real World, celebrated theater artist Ty Defoe brings an abundance of heart and humor to this playful piece.
In this darkly comic, modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous duo, female roommates Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson join forces to become a deeply codependent, quasi-dysfunctional, crime solving, butt kicking team. Feminist. Radical. Extremely thrilling. Highly amusing. By Jove, you’re gonna love it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).