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Chip Miller Artist

Before joining Portland Center Stage, Chip held the role of artistic associate/resident director at Kansas City Repertory Theatre for seven years, where their directing credits included School Girls; Or, The African ...

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Chip Miller Associate Artistic Director

Before joining Portland Center Stage, Chip held the role of artistic associate/resident director at Kansas City Repertory Theatre for seven years, where their directing credits included School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, Welcome to Fear CitySex with Strangers, and A Raisin in the Sun. Beyond KCRep stages, directing ...

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Chip Miller Named Associate Artistic Director

Congratulations to Chip Miller in their new role as Associate Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage at The Armory!

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From the Director: Chip Miller

How do you measure a year? Director Chip Miller on the timeless and inspiring messages of Rent.

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From the Director: Chip Miller

Director Chip Miller on the significance of memory, history, and ancestral connection in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean and the other plays of Wilson's Century Cycle.

The name CLYDE'S above a half sandwich with a knife sticking vertically out of its top, as if the sandwich has been stabbed.

Clyde’s

June 1 – 30, 2024

In this delicious comedy, the formerly incarcerated kitchen staff at Clyde’s are on a journey to craft the perfect sandwich. These loveable characters with big dreams serve up a heartwarming story that’s good to the last bite!

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August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean

March 5 – April 3, 2022

An iconic story of freedom, justice, and salvation from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences. Pittsburgh, 1904: Amidst boiling racial tensions, Citizen Barlow arrives at the home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old healer, who helps him seek redemption from a mistake that’s cost another man his life. Aunt Ester sends Citizen on a powerful, mystical journey to the City of Bones in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean — where he must understand the past in order to forge his own future.

The title "Choir Boy" above a Black man in a suit and a young Black man in a school uniform talking animatedly in front of a white column.

Choir Boy

April 15 – May 14, 2023

An exhilarating coming-of-age story from the Academy Award-winning writer of Moonlight. A young, queer student leads the choir at his elite school — and seeks to march to his own drum.

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Redwood

October 26 – November 17, 2019

A World Premiere! A BEAUTIFUL, HUMOR-FILLED EXCAVATION OF OUR SHARED HISTORY. When a hip hop lovin' uncle obsessed with Ancestry.com starts digging into the past, an interracial couple finds that they have a lot more (and a lot less) in common than they thought. Filled with comedy, wit, and dance, this singular American story is about learning to live and love in a present that's overpopulated with ghosts.

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The Light

March 9 – April 20, 2025

Today should be the happiest day of Rashad and Genesis’ lives — he’s planned it all out — the perfect proposal before the perfect concert from the couple’s favorite artist. Things, however, almost never go as planned and when old secrets put their relationship at risk, they are forced to confront their commitment to each other and to justice. This intimate and moving play set amid the Kavanaugh hearings makes the political quite personal, in a real time rollercoaster ride of romance and reckoning.

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The Brothers Size

April 20 – May 18, 2025

From Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, Choir Boy) comes a story of freedom and family. Steadfast and responsible, Ogun Size fights to connect with Oshoosi, his aimless younger brother,  who has recently been released from prison. Weaving together the mundane and the mystic, this play invites us into the Louisiana Bayou, showing us a world of poetry, African mythology, and music. A fresh and contemporary tale of belonging, brotherhood and the ties that bind.

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Liberace & Liza: Holiday at the Mansion (A Tribute)

November 10 – December 22, 2024

Local favorites David Saffert and Jillian Snow are BACK! Join them as they sparkle in this exhilarating night of musical and comical fireworks. Settle in for a glamorous evening as they bring two icons to life. Liberace & Liza delights in some of show business’ wildest and most well known personalities, sharing iconic musical numbers, enchanting costumes and unforgettable laughs. Make your visit to the mansion a holiday tradition!

The word "Rent" in red stylized as graffiti on a black & white brick wall with other graffiti reading "no more rent" and "silence = death."

Rent

June 1 – July 10, 2022

Don’t miss this sensational, iconic musical hot off its 25th Anniversary! Rent took Broadway by storm with its deeply resonant look at a deadly virus, financial precarity, and love as a radical act. As a group of young artists fights for justice and visibility during the AIDS crisis, they revel in the beautiful bonds of friendship and chosen family. With its profound message of joy and hope in the face of uncertainty, this timeless musical reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

January 22 – March 6, 2022

Brilliantly innovative, moving, and wickedly funny, this genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Hedwig, a German emigrant, is out to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the operation that left her with that “angry inch.” Part rock concert, part cabaret, part stand-up comedy routine, this one-of-a-kind musical proves time and again that an indomitable spirit can’t ever be tied down.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

December 28, 2019 – February 23, 2020

Winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, this genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Hedwig, a German emigrant, is out to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the operation that left her with that “angry inch.” Part rock concert, part cabaret, part stand-up comedy routine, this one-of-a-kind musical proves time and again that an indomitable spirit can’t ever be tied down. 

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

September 29 – November 3, 2024

After 15 years in exile on a trumped up conviction, Sweeney Todd returns to the grit and grime of Victorian London, bent on reclaiming his life and exacting bloody retribution. With the help of his trusty razors and his plotting landlady and pie-shop owner, Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney tears through a corrupt society proving revenge is a dish best served piping hot. This Sondheim classic is to die for!

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It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

November 19 – December 24, 2022

This heartwarming journey of community triumph is reimagined for the stage as a live radio broadcast complete with a stellar cast, gorgeous music, lavish costumes, and — of course — George Bailey!

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The Bells That Still Can Ring

On Demand through January 3, 2021

A devised film offering to lead us from darkness to light! This piece is part of PCS Remix: Original Works.

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Renaissance: Technically

September 4, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Renaissance: Technically invites audiences to climb inside the window of technology as we spin our way into digital storytelling. This project is the first step in an ongoing experiment that strives to blur the edges between the digital world and real life, and investigate the very process of creating and experiencing art. Nine dynamic artists — including poets, musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists — have come together to devise this virtual theater event. Join us for a multifaceted journey in progress, with a choose-your-own-adventure twist.

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Script Sessions with Marissa & Chip

If you missed our series of rich discussions around plays we love, you're in luck! You can listen to the audio recording of the sessions, which were led by Marissa Wolf and Chip Miller, joined by special guest artists.

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Renaissance: Technically Cast & Creative Team

Josie Seid on the Creative Team:
“We have visual artists, we have musicians, we have poets, we have people who dance, we have actors, we have singers — so anything can happen. When you get that kind of juice in the room, and all those different kinds of lenses, you have this glorious kaleidoscope of work that’s going to happen.”

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Cast & Creative Team

Meet the cast and creative team behind Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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Redwood Cast & Creative Team

Meet the cast and creative team behind Redwood.

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Reviews of Rent

"With a story based on Puccini's 19th-century opera La BohèmeRent tells the story of angsty young adults struggling to pay their rent and worrying about a cyber arts studio coming to their impoverished neighborhood." -Deseret News

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PROTOCOL: Episode 1

March 9 – April 4, 2021

When an unexpected tragedy befalls the crew aboard space cruiser Elegua IV, they are thrust into a thrilling mystery which threatens their mission to preserve humanity. Conceived by Portland artist Phil Johnson, this science fiction audio experience explores how the systems we trust may not always be on our side.

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Reviews of Clyde's

"There were multiple times during CLYDE’S that I wished time would stop so I could absorb it all... CLYDE’S is a must-see play and the best possible way to end the PCS season." —BroadwayWorld

“...in this heart-filled, embodied production, a talented group of artists have channeled ...

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Reviews of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

"Unique loved the intimate feel of it."

"What a wonderful, feel-good, sweet classic. I love the entire cast!" 

"Very creative and moving rendition of this classic." 

"I needed an uplifting performance like this. 2022 had been a rough year. Thank you for the fun show!"

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Announcing Our 2019-2020 Season!

A season of celebration. Celebrating new work; some great laughs; Northwest writers; a glorious musical; women playwrights; and more!

The play title above a caricature-like 'Liberace' sitting at a grand piano with 'Liza' coming out of the piano's top.

Liberace & Liza Holiday at the Mansion (A Tribute)

November 11 – December 24, 2023

Don’t miss this exhilarating parade of musical and comical fireworks! Featuring iconic songs, enchanting costumes, and unforgettable laughs, this cheeky and delightful show will have your holidays sparkling.

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Gala
February 26, 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our virtual gala on February 26, 2022. We are so deeply grateful for the outpouring of support!

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Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B

January 14 – February 12, 2023

A bold, feminist take on the iconic crime-fighting duo! This wonderfully farcical comedy packs non-stop laughs and crime-fighting hijinks galore.

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Behind the Curtain: Spotlight on Design

Britton Mauk and Dominique Fawn Hill, the scenic and costume designers of Hedwig, respectively, chat with Kamilah Bush, PCS’s literary manager, about their approaches to design and this bold take on Hedwig.

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Young Americans

February 11 – March 26, 2023

With Bowie blaring from a mixtape, two road trips veer back and forth in time, as an upbeat father and his jaded daughter take a journey that mirrors the father’s life-changing road trip 20 years earlier.

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tick, tick … BOOM!

August 20 – September 18, 2022

The hilarious, feel-good origin story of Rent! Jonathan Larson cracks open the ticking-time-bomb world of creating theater to celebrate the power of finding your voice and holding on to a dream.

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The Great Leap

January 19 – February 13, 2022

From the acclaimed playwright of Cambodian Rock Band! San Francisco. 1989. Basketball standout Manford Lum is a fast-talking, dominating teenager on the street courts of Chinatown. But when he elbows his way onto a college team traveling to Beijing for a “friendship” game, the outcome isn’t what anyone expects. Lauren Yee uses her father’s basketball heroics and the student-led demonstrations that rocked the world as a springboard for this moving story that keeps the tension rising right up until the final buzzer.   A co-production with Artists Repertory Theatre.

Casting & Script Submission

Newsroom

36th Season 

January 2, 2024 Media Release: What the Constitution Means to Me runs January 20 - February  18

October 19, 2023 Media Release: Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really runs November 26 - December 24

October 12, 2023 Media Release: Liberace & Liza at the Mansion ...

The title "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," green foliage, and flowers frame a couple frolicking hand in hand, silhouetted by a large, full moon.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

June 3 – July 2, 2023

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies! This beguiling odyssey in an enchanted forest on a very magical midsummer night reminds us that “the course of true love never did run smooth” — so watch your step!

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

November 27 – December 24, 2021

Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play This Broadway smash hit takes you inside the mind of Christopher, an exceptionally intelligent, neurodivergent 15-year-old boy. Now, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion of killing his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, with a garden fork. Determined to find the true culprit, Christopher carefully records each fact of the crime. Ultimately, his detective work takes him on a deeply personal quest that upturns his world.

The Theater Lover's Bash
Apr 13

Revel in a night full of entertainment as we celebrate where theater comes from, and where it’s going! Enjoy delicious bites from local caterers, a one-night-only production, cash bar, dessert, celebratory dancing, wine wall, paddle raises and bid frenzy activities. All to support PCS!

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HAIR

September 30 – November 5, 2023

Let the sunshine in! This revolutionary rock musical follows a group of counter-culturalists whose worlds are shaken by a draft notice for the Vietnam War. HAIR reminds us that our collective voice is a powerful tool for change!

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the ripple, the wave that carried me home

October 8 – 30, 2022

Drawing on history, this deeply moving story explores the joys and challenges of forgiveness, justice, and family legacy, as a young woman reconciles a childhood she has tried to forget.

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