November 20 — December 24, 2011
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
By Phil Grecian
Based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown & Bob Clark
Directed by Rose Riordan
“Sparkles and glows like the holiday lights strung across the set against a winter sky.” —The Oregonian
The only thing little Ralphie Parker hopes to find under the tree is a Daisy Brand Red Ryder BB rifle. He doesn’t simply want it—he’s consumed with an aching desire for it. Looming in the way, however, are alleyway bullies, major awards, freezing flagpoles, unsympathetic authorities and a certain horrifying Macy’s Santa. Based upon the classic motion picture, this play is a holiday treat everyone can enjoy—that is, until someone shoots their eye out.
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon
A full list of performances and dates will appear when you enter the Buy Tickets section of the website.
A Christmas Story runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.
Please note: children under the age of six cannot be admitted.
View the cast and creative team bios
View the playbill for A Christmas Story.
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Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon
*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.
This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.
19 December 2011 & Posted by JessicaStuhr
Cast members of A Christmas Story talk about their roles as well as some favorite holiday memories and traditions. This week we hear from Matthew Snyder who is an Ensemble Boy as well as the understudy for Flick, Randy and Schwartz.More
13 December 2011 & Posted by JessicaStuhr
Cast members of A Christmas Story talk about their roles as well as some favorite holiday memories and traditions. This week we hear from Olivia Rentz who is an Ensemble Girl as well as the understudy for “Esther Jane” and “Helen.”More
07 December 2011 & Posted by Cynthia Fuhrman
Our Pick 5 Package lets you be the season planner! Select your five favorite titles from the remainder of our season, and put together your own package for just $275!More
Reviews and Features
Holly Johnson | The Oregonian [Review 28 Nov 2011]
Christmas childhood memories often evoke yearning. Besides longing for light amid the dark season, kids crave certain gifts they believe will change their lives. “In its second year at Portland Center Stage, “A Christmas Story” is all about that powerful longing, and the sweet object of desire here is a Red Ryder air rifle coveted by nine-year-old Ralphie (played by the agreeable Jack Clevenger) in 1939 Indiana. The popular seasonal comedy follows the 1983 film of the same title, and is based on semi-autobiographical sketches of writer/humorist Jean Shepherd.read more