The Armory
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The Armory

The Oregon Trail

October 29 – November 20, 2016
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

You have died of dysentery! For those who grew up playing “The Oregon Trail” computer game, dysentery was serious business. In this fresh and funny retelling of our history, two Janes traverse The Oregon Trail. “Now Jane” is playing the computer game in 1997; “Then Jane” is in a covered wagon in 1848. A judgey game show narrator, a domineering sister and two oxen try to corral the two Janes. Fate maneuvers them both to a conclusion that changes their lives and sends them to the end of the trail.

Run Time:
Approximately 90 minutes; no intermission.

Who’s Who:
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Recommended for ages 17 and up. Contains mature content, explicit language, sexual situations and partial nudity. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory. If you die of dysentery and can’t make it to the show, we will NOT refund your tickets.

Perspectives Series:
Post-show conversations following the matinee performances on November 6, 12 and 13.

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The Oregon Trail

  • Previews are Oct. 29 - Nov. 3 | Opening night Nov. 4
  • By Bekah Brunstetter
  • Directed by Rose Riordan
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Reviews of "The Oregon Trail"

"With a script that's brash and funny, a cast of talented actors with great comedic timing, and deft set design, The Oregon Trail is a fun show ... for anyone who grew up playing "Oregon Trail" or came of age in the '90s, The Oregon Trail hits all the marks."

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10 Beloved Coming of Age Stories (For Girls)

From The Outsiders to Little Women, Growing Pains and My So-Called Life, Bekah Brunstetter's play The Oregon Trail has us reminiscing about our favorite coming of age tales.

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"The Oregon Trail" Cast and Creative Team

Learn about the team battling dysentery in The Oregon Trail.


Perspectives series for "The Oregon Trail"

Join The Armory in partnership with PIGSquad, Rose City Games and the Oregon Games Organization for a series of 30-minute post-show discussions following select Sunday matinee performances of Oregon Trail.

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Resource Guide for Educators: Historical Timeline

Timeline of Westward Expansion

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Resource Guide for Educators: Women's Voices on The Oregon Trail

Women's Voices on The Oregon Trail

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Resource Guide for Educators: About the Play

About the Playwright and The Play

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Resource Guide for Educators: Millennials

The Oregon Trail Generation: Before and After

Resource Guide for Educators: The History of the Game

What The Oregon Trail game meant for one pre-teen girl

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Resource Guide for Educators: Epigenetics

An exploration of Epigenetics

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In Photos: "The Oregon Trail" in Rehearsal

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the cast and director in rehearsal for The Oregon Trail.

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10 Things You May Not Know About "The Oregon Trail"

Grab your JanSport backpack and brush up on 10 facts about "The Oregon Trail" computer game you wish you had known in elementary school.

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