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COVID-19 UPDATE

In order to protect the health of our community, all performances and large events at The Armory are canceled through mid-April. Our box office is currently experiencing a high volume of queries. Your kind patience in awaiting a response from us is greatly appreciated. You can still purchase subscriptions for the 2020-2021 season and make donations online.

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“Brilliant, talented, courageous, powerful ... My heart is still racing.” — Audience Comment

Announcing the 2020-2021 season!

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The 2020-2021 Season

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August 29 – October 11, 2020

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
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Hair

Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, 2009
Tony Award nomination for Best Musical, 1969 

Don’t miss the sensational rock musical that gave voice to the joyous spirit and raging rebellion of the 1960s! More than fifty years later, the show still resounds with a spectacular cry for lifting up our collective voices. A group of young, idealistic friends is thrown into chaos when one of their own is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. Featuring the exuberant anthems “Aquarius” and “Let the Sunshine In,” Hair’s themes of protest and celebration will have you dancing in your seat.

“Triumphant, glorious, and breathtaking! Hair is a musical for the ages because it’s a musical for the now.”
–New York Post

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September 5 – October 18, 2020

In the Ellyn Bye Studio
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Frida … A Self Portrait

Set on the eve of Frida Kahlo’s death, this intimate show plunges into the brilliant, nuanced world of Kahlo’s tumultuous, extraordinary life. Writer and performer Vanessa Severo cracks open a powerful portal between herself and the celebrated Mexican painter, bringing breathtaking physicality and raw honesty to this stunningly creative production.

“Colorful and imaginative … a deeply affecting drama that leaves an ineradicable imprint.”
–The Pitch

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October 24 – November 22, 2020

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Pulitzer Prize finalist 2010, winner of the Obie for Best New American Play 2011, winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award 2008, winner of the NYT Outstanding Playwright Award 2011

This comic powerslam of a play tackles racism and geopolitics through drop-kicking humor and the thrilling spectacle of pro wrestling. Macedonio “The Mace” Guerra is a “jobber” — the guy who loses to make the champions look good. Hoping for his ticket to the big time, he partners with a charismatic, trash-talking Indian kid from Brooklyn, who’s the perfect foil to help him take on the all-American champ, Chad Deity. But the rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes in the name of ratings and all three men find themselves fighting for much more than the championship title.

“[Chad Deity] has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire.”
–The New York Times

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November 3 – December 20, 2020

In the Ellyn Bye Studio
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

A 7-week remount of our sold-out hit!

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.

“This glam rock concert musical delivers the goods — it’s a kickass testament to self-acceptance.”
–BroadwayWorld

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December 5 – 27, 2020

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

A 3-week limited run of our 2019 holiday favorite!

Middle sister Mary finally takes center stage in this charming and clever sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She’s happy in the company of books and her piano, but 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 fans and their entire families.

“It sends off its audience basking in seasonal cheer and believing once again in the promise of soulmates.”
–The Oregonian

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January 16 – February 14, 2021

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
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August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean

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. She 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.

“A swelling battle hymn of transporting beauty.”
–The New York Times

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February 20 – April 4, 2021

In the Ellyn Bye Studio
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Young Americans

A world premiere commission by Lauren Yee, the acclaimed playwright of Cambodian Rock Band.

With David Bowie blaring from a mixtape, Young Americans takes us on two identical road trips, 20 years apart. An exhaustingly upbeat father and his stressed out college-aged daughter drive cross-country from DC to Portland; a journey that mirrors the one he took decades earlier as a new immigrant full of fresh hopes and dreams. This intimate comedy veers back and forth in time, as Yee explores what home and belonging mean to those in transition.

Yee’s work has been hailed as “gleefully irreverent,” “whip-smart and very funny,” “wildly inventive,” and “courageous.”

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March 6 – April 4, 2021

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
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Emma

From the acclaimed playwright of Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility!

Beautiful, rich, vain, and irrepressibly witty, Emma has just discovered her newest “project” — finding a match for the sweet, but modest Harriet Smith. But her best-laid plans are turned upside down when her subjects won’t cooperate. Kate Hamill’s newest Austen adaptation brings her upbeat, contemporary lens to this iconic romantic story of love’s confusion. A fresh, fast-paced take on Austen’s headstrong heroine, this screwball comedy packs a moving punch, with surprises aplenty.

“Hamill’s joyous, lovingly painted adaptations of cherished romances are everything fans of these novels could possibly hope for ... She has proven herself a master of this craft.”
–TheaterPizazz

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April 17 – May 16, 2021

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
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The Brothers Size

NY Times Outstanding Playwright Award, 2009
From Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight

In the Louisiana bayou, big brother Ogun Size is hardworking and steady. Younger brother Oshoosi is just out of prison, aimless, and trying to belong. In this fierce and tender look at the complex bonds of brotherhood, McCraney weaves together rhythmically poetic language, music, and Yoruba cosmology to reveal the powerful connection between love and sacrifice.

“An absorbing and emotionally resonant drama.”
–The New York Times

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May 29 – June 27, 2021

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
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Girlfriend

A musical based on the 1991 hit alt-rock album “Girlfriend” by Matthew Sweet

The landmark 90s rock album “Girlfriend” by Matthew Sweet sets the scene for the shimmering love story between two boys, fresh out of high school and seeking whatever comes next. Set in small-town Nebraska in 1993 — when mixtapes were the language of love and being openly gay was risky — Mike and Will experience the rush of first-time love, full of awkward, tender confusion and hopeful excitement.

“Sweet and thrilling ... irresistible.” –The Hollywood Reporter

“An exhilarating joy.” –San Francisco Chronicle

Most productions at The Armory are recommended for high school age and up; children under 6 are not permitted.

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