Welcome to our 2022-2023 Season!
Our 2022-2023 season lineup is crackling with uplifting music; delicious theater craft and creativity; deep dives into new perspectives — and as always, joy and inspiration to lead us forward. We look forward to seeing you at the theater!
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- Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
- Directed by Marissa Wolf
If you love Rent, you’ll love this raw, hilarious, genre-cracking rock musical.
Before he electrified the world with Rent, Jonathan Larson was a young man struggling to make his mark in the theater. While he waits tables and seeks his big break, the pressure to give it all up grows as Jon approaches his 30th birthday. Will he sell out to keep the lights on? Will he lose the love of his life? Will he finally write the soaring song that can change everything? And if he does, will anyone be there to see it? Set in 1990 and scored by the music that redefined a genre, tick, tick … BOOM! cracks open the ticking-time-bomb world of creating theater to celebrate the power of finding your voice and holding on to a dream.
“Larson’s songs thrum with the intense feeling, larky humor, and musical vitality that are the hallmark of enduring theater. Heart-grabbing.” –The New York Times
- By Christina Anderson
- Directed by Daniel Bryant
- A co-production with Artists Repertory Theatre
Like diving into a glorious pool of water, this play suspends you with its joyful humor and healing depth.
When Janice is pressed to return to her hometown and speak at a ceremony honoring her father, she has to reconcile with the childhood she’s tried to distance herself from and forget — one defined by her parents’ political activism and fight for the integration of their local swimming pools. Drawing on history that spans from 1930s segregation to the Rodney King trial and beyond, this deeply moving story explores the joys and challenges of forgiveness, justice, and the weight of one’s family legacy.
“Anderson is a gifted playwright you want to pay attention to. She has the voice of a poet.” –Variety
- Written & Performed by Kristina Wong
- Directed by Chay Yew
- A co-production with Boom Arts
Critics are raving that this “laugh riot” is “so good, so powerful” and “both heartening and cathartic.”
Three days into the pandemic shutdown, performance artist Kristina Wong — driven to help make a difference in the world — began sewing masks out of bedsheets and bra straps on her Hello Kitty sewing machine. Before she knew it, she had recruited hundreds of volunteers to join her as the “Auntie Sewing Squad.” With sharp humor and brilliant social commentary, this tour-de-force look at the early days of global change offers a guide for community building and an inspiring path back into a healing world.
“Wong's larger-than-life stage persona is endearingly boisterous … a celebration of ingenuity, community, and survival.” –TimeOut
- Based on the Story The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
- Adapted by Joe Landry
- Directed by Chip Miller
Spend your holidays at PCS with this beloved classic!
Reimagined for the stage as a live 1940s radio broadcast, idyllic Bedford Falls is brought to life with an exciting ensemble cast, gorgeous music, lavish costumes, and delightful folly effects. Small-town everyman George Bailey is having a Christmas Eve that can only be saved by a miracle. Enter George’s guardian angel, Clarence, who takes him on a heartwarming journey of redemption proving that “no one is a failure who has friends."
“A marvelous show that will please the entire family … the radio play is entirely faithful to the classic story.” –BroadwayWorld
- Written by Kate Hamill
- Adapted from the Stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Directed by Marissa Wolf
“Hamill’s adaptations of the classics are endlessly ingenious … whatever she decides to do, it will be worth seeing.” –The Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year
Fast-paced and wonderfully farcical, this is the bold, feminist take on the iconic crime-fighting duo that you’ve been awaiting. It’s present-day Baker Street and female roommates Holmes and Watson careen from caper to caper. Eventually, they come face-to-face with a supervillain who seems to have all of the answers. Get ready for a quasi-dysfunctional, “Odd Couple” comedy that packs in non-stop laughs and pulls all the punches!
Developed at PCS’s JAW New Play Festival, 2021.
“Bloody good … if the classic characters are the heart of Apt 2B, then near-broad comedy is its soul.” –Black Bee Buzz
- By Lauren Yee
- Directed by Desdemona Chiang
- A co-production with Pittsburgh Public Theater
A world premiere from one of the hottest playwrights in America!
Young Americans takes us on two road trips, 20 years apart. In one, an exhaustingly upbeat father and his stressed-out, college-bound daughter depart on a trip across the country. Their journey mirrors another trip the father took decades earlier with her mother — as near strangers, full of fresh hopes and dreams, on their way to a new life together. This intimate, music-led comedy veers back and forth in time, offering a fresh look at a U.S. road trip through the lens of the immigrant experience. Yee explores what home and belonging mean to those in transition.
Don't miss this PCS-commissioned play from the acclaimed playwright of The Great Leap and Cambodian Rock Band.
- Portland Center Stage presents the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company production of Where We Belong in association with Folger Shakespeare Library
- By Madeline Sayet
- Directed by Mei Ann Teo
An Indigenous theater-maker journeys across geographic borders, personal history, and cultural legacies in search of a place to belong.
Where We Belong follows the journey of Madeline Sayet, a Mohegan theater-maker who traveled to England in 2015 to pursue a Ph.D. in Shakespeare. Madeline found a country that refused to acknowledge its ongoing role in colonialism, just as the Brexit vote threatened to further disengage the UK from the wider world. This intimate and exhilarating solo piece — played by an Indigenous actor who will assume the role of Madeline and echo her journey to England — forces us to consider what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.
“An important story — thought-provoking, respectful, and alive.” –MD Theatre Guide
- By Tarell Alvin McCraney
- Directed by Chip Miller
“Captivating and fresh.” –The New York Times
From the Academy Award-winning writer of Moonlight, comes this exhilarating story about Pharus, a young, gay student leading the gospel choir at his elite, all-boys prep school. Can a rigid institution that prides itself on producing “strong, ethical black men” contain Pharus, who is a quiet rebel at his core? Or can Pharus inspire the very nature of the school to shift forever? Identity and community clash in this Tony-nominated hit. Filled with rousing music and soul-stirring dance, this play rejoices in all that it means to march to your own drum.
“Choir Boy ascends and its choirboys achieve, as long as the notes hold, what feels like freedom.” –The Guardian
- By William Shakespeare
- Directed by Marissa Wolf
Kings, queens, fairies, lovers, and sprites all collide in an enchanted forest one midsummer night proving that “the course of true love never did run smooth.” One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies takes us on a beguiling odyssey full of mistaken identities, misguided passions, love potions, and magic spells. Fall in love all over again — but watch your step!
“There is, of course, no such thing as a foolproof play, but A Midsummer Night's Dream comes about as close as anything written in the last 400 years.” –The New York Times
Most productions at The Armory are recommended for high school age and up.
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