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Marissa Wolf Artist

Marissa (she/her) is the artistic director of Portland Center Stage at The Armory, where she recently directed Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Marissa previously served as associate artistic director/new works director at ...

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Marissa Wolf Artistic Director

Marissa Wolf was announced as the new Artistic Director for Portland Center Stage at The Armory in August 2018. Wolf served as the Associate Artistic Director/New Works Director at Kansas City Repertory Theatre for three seasons, launching OriginKC: New Works Festival, a program that supports ...

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Announcing New Artistic Director Marissa Wolf

We are thrilled to welcome Marissa Wolf as the new Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage at The Armory!

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Video Update from Marissa

Artistic Director Marissa Wolf shares the latest company news, joined briefly by Spiderman, otherwise known as her son, Elijah.

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Coffee Chat with Cyn and Marissa

Get the inside scoop on PCS! Join us on Zoom for a chat and Q&A with Managing Director Cynthia Fuhrman and Artistic Director Marissa Wolf to hear what's been happening at PCS and where we're headed.

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Your Support is Essential

A video message from Marissa Wolf
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Video Update from Marissa

Artistic Director Marissa Wolf shares the latest company news, joined briefly by Spiderman, otherwise known as her son, Elijah.

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A Message from Marissa and Cynthia

Through storytelling, we will lift up our community and pursue the just and equitable society we all need. Watch our video with Artistic Director Marissa Wolf and Managing Director Cynthia Fuhrman to learn more.

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

November 30 – December 29, 2019

Delicious as a mug of frothy eggnog, meet your new favorite holiday classic! Middle sister Mary finally takes center stage in this charming and clever sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. While happy in the company of books and her piano, Mary has grown tired of her role as the dutiful daughter. When the Bennet sisters gather at the home of Lizzy and Darcy for the holidays, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and perhaps even love. Blending modern wit and period style, this enchanting romantic comedy promises to delight Austen aficionados and newcomers alike. 

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Howards End

April 18 – May 17, 2020

A World Premiere! One may as well begin with why you should see Howards End. First, the women: Celebrated theater artists — and Broadway stars! — Caroline Hewitt andAutumn Dornfeld created and star in this new take on Forster's rich and subversive novel. Next the plot: When the indomitable, inseparable Schlegel sisters fall out over two very different men, the ghost of an old friend (and her ignored death-bed wish) brings them back to the one place where they can possibly heal. Last, the influences: think FleabagLittle Women, or whatever ambitious, honest, irreverently feminist story you love most. This fresh take on a gorgeous classic wrestles with the questions of our time. What do we fight for? What do we owe each other? And how, in spite of it all, do we connect?

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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 15-year-old boy on the autism spectrum. 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.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

February 29 – April 5, 2020

Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play! This Broadway smash hit takes you inside the mind of Christopher, an exceptionally intelligent 15-year-old boy on the autism spectrum. 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.

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The Music Man Staged Reading

May 7 & 8 at&nbsp7:30 p.m.

Only two chances to catch this exploration of the classic musical! 
Con man Harold Hill means to make a quick buck and be on his way, but when he brings music to a small, conservative town, it bursts open the imaginations and hearts of everyone in it  — including Harold himself! This staged reading will investigate the surprising central love story between Harold Hill and Marian Paroo, whose worlds are turned upside down when they find connection in the midst of a glorious upheaval.

Donor Newsletter

Check out our donor newsletter from the PCS Development Team. This bi-monthly update covers an array of topics, especially chosen for our donors, to provide unique views into the wonderful world of PCS! You’ll find program highlights and behind-the-scenes insights from Marissa Wolf and her artistic team, special invitations, and useful information about charitable giving. 

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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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Curious Incident Cast & Creative Team

Meet the cast and creative team for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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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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PCS Welcomes New Literary Manager Kamilah Bush

PCS has hired Kamilah Bush as our new literary manager, following a nationwide search.

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Our Tangled Roots: An interview with Redwood playwright and performer Brittany K. Allen

In Redwood, Brittany K. Allen uses her signature playfulness, verve, and bold theatricality to scale the branches of our shared American lineage. Here, she digs into the genesis of her new play — our 28th world premiere to date and the very first selected by Artistic Director Marissa Wolf.

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Reviews of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Curious is hilarious, intense, bittersweet, and triumphantly successful at bringing the world of one character to the hearts of his audience, and offering us the chance to invoke empathy for all who are differently-abled." - PerformInk

2019-2020 Season

”Electrifying, brilliant theater at its finest!" — Audience Rave

We are thrilled to launch Marissa Wolf's first full season as our new artistic director.  She's planned a season full of energy, music, emotion, and humor!

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An Interview with Jamie Sanders

Actor Jamie Sanders, who plays Curious Incident’s protagonist Christopher, reprises the role after collaborating with Portland Center Stage Artistic Director Marissa Wolf when she directed the play at Kansas City Repertory Theatre in 2018. Prior to his debut at KCRep, dramaturgs Mary Allison Joseph and Bethany Sulecki sat down with Jamie to discuss Christopher’s journey and why this play resonates with him personally. We’re pleased to share excerpts of that conversation with Portland audiences as we welcome Jamie back to Christopher’s world.

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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!

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The Comedy of Errors Staged Reading

September 26, 2020, 5 p.m.

Two sets of twins, a shipwreck, and mistaken identities ignite one of Shakespeare’s liveliest and most playful comedies. Join celebrated director Desdemona Chiang and a dynamite cast to find out what happens when madcap physical comedy meets the virtual realm. You’ll enjoy selected scenes from the play and hear directly from the artists involved.

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley Cast & Creative Team

Meet the cast and creative team for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.

Donor Events

While our building is closed, we are reimagining our events and behind-the-scenes opportunities. We will be offering opportunities to participate in virtual gatherings with Marissa Wolf and the artistic and education and community programs team.

Once our building reopens, we will offer several unique ...

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PCS Remix: Commissions

The PCS Remix: Commissions project was launched to lift up some of the most exciting voices in American theater while stages are dark and to generate a wellspring of powerful offerings to draw from when theaters are able to welcome the community back into their houses. We are thrilled to announce the commissions of four new plays from celebrated writers!

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Reviews of Miss Bennet

"Lauren Modica and Joshua J. Weinstein were a PURE DELIGHT to watch. I had all the feels. Great chemistry!"" - Audience Comment 

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In Loving Memory of Diana Gerding

Diana Gerding is one of the most influential people in the history of Portland Center Stage. We hope you will join us in celebrating this extraordinary woman, and our great fortune for having known and loved her.

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PCS Remix

What’s happening at PCS!

A groundbreaking season offering artistic brilliance, civic enrichment, and eight exhilarating, heart-soaring theater productions.

About Us

Portland Center Stage is the largest theater company in Portland, and among the top 20 regional theaters in the country. Established in 1988 as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the company became independent in 1994. Portland Center Stage’s home is at The Armory ...

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Kate Hamill on Adapting "Sense & Sensibility"

When her love for the theater and the classics came up against the frustrations facing female theater artists, Hamill claimed the role of hero in her own story.

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Play at Home

10-Minute Plays to Perform at Home

We've joined the national theater project Play at Home! We've commissioned four Portland playwrights to create short plays that are designed to be read — and performed! — by anyone in the community from their own homes. Read the plays and share your performances with us! 

Newsroom

34th Season

August 23, 2021 Media Release: Portland Performing Arts Vaccine Coalition

July 1, 2021 Media Release: JAW New Play Festival Returns July 23-25

33rd Season

June 9, 2021 Media Release: Summerfield Estates — PCS Remix: Original Works

June 3, 2021 Media Release: PCS Board Announcement Media Release

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JAW New Play Festival

FREE! July 23-25

JAW New Play Festival is a week-long assembling of artists and audiences to create new plays! Artistic teams, including playwrights, directors and actors, come together to rehearse - and a lot of times rewrite! - a play. The final piece of the process is sharing a “music stands reading” with audiences - allowing playwrights to hear their work, often for the very first time!

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