JAW: A Playwrights Festival, hosted by Portland Center Stage at The Armory since 1999, has given playwrights a space and resources to develop their scripts. After being chosen from nearly 200 submissions, JAW playwrights are able to collaborate with theater professionals from across the country. Following two weeks of collaboration and rehearsals, The Armory opens its doors to the public to host staged readings of each play. All performances take place on the U.S. Bank Main Stage at The Armory.…See More
Here’s your chance to explore the historic 125-year-old Armory and win prizes! Pick up a scavenger hunt form in the lobby between the hours of 12 and 1:30 p.m., fill it out at your own pace and turn it back in for a mystery prize egg. Everyone who completes the scavenger hunt will receive one egg containing a mystery prize. If all the answers on your form are correct, you’ll receive two mystery eggs (two prizes!). Prices can include, an overnight stay at the new AC Hotel, unlimited ride…See More
A World Premiere! What do you do when your heart is broken? When your world seems to be falling apart, one frustration at a time. Grab a guitar, hitch up your jeans, and sing about it! From the star of HBO’s Looking and The People’s Republic of Portland at The Armory, Lauren Weedman (and her alter ego Tami Lisa) are ready to take you on a journey of heartbreak, laughter and fresh starts. Lauren will be joined by a band of fine musicians; and we’re pretty sure her hair will be bigger than ever.See More
A World Premiere! Blitzen Trapper mined their lyrical storytelling and Oregonian roots to create a story for the stage that fuses the energy of a rock concert with the imaginative possibility of the theater. Wild and Reckless traces the unforgettable tale of two kids on the run, in a futuristic vision of Portland’s past. Evoking a bygone era of Portland, this sci-fi love story features a rock-and-roll score that pairs unreleased songs with favorites from the band’s catalog, including “Black…See More
February 6, 2016 at 7:30pm to March 27, 2016 at 9pm
Each and Every Thing by Dan HoyleFeb 6 – Mar 27Directed by Charlie Varon“He doesn’t have to tell us that theater is an un-digital-izable medium. He demonstrates the art form’s peculiar person-to-roomful-of-persons capacity to create an instant sense of community and engender intimate and thought-provoking levels of empathy.” - San Francisco ChronicleThe newest solo show from award-winning actor/playwright Dan Hoyle (The Real Americans) is about how we experience the world in the digital age.…See More
January 30, 2016 at 7:30pm to March 20, 2016 at 9pm
Forever Jan 30 – Mar 20Written by Dael Orlandersmith Directed by Neel Keller“In language that is always spare and simple, with rhythms now jagged and discordant, now incantatory and soothing, Ms. Orlandersmith holds us in a taut, quiet spell.” – The New York TimesForever begins in Paris at the famed Père Lachaise…See More
Shop locally this holiday season by supporting the PCS-affiliated artisans, who will be on hand to sell handmade crafts and goods on the mezzanine throughout the day. Visitors will also enjoy hand warming beverages and cookies, live holiday music, a festive photo booth, and an Armory scavenger hunt. The grand prize winner of the scavenger hunt will receive two tickets to any production in the 2014 - 2015 season, $100 to Mabel & Zora, $50 to Popina Swimwear and $50 to Isabel in the Pearl…See More
On Friday, May 29 at 9:30 p.m., local singer, songwriter and actress Merideth Kaye Clark will perform Joni Mitchell's iconic album, Blue, in its entirety in the intimate Ellyn Bye Studio. Clark will be accompanied by pianist Mont Chris Hubbard, who will also act as musical director. Portland Center Stage’s Producing Associate Brandon Woolley will direct. The performance will follow the regularly scheduled 7:30 p.m. production of The Lion.See More
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Theater brings us together, to sit near one another, to hear stories, to lift our voices in song. Theater creates worlds like no others; its immediacy cannot be duplicated; its intensity cannot be matched. A playwright’s miraculous words, directed with insight and acted with passion, elicit laughter, sorrow, astonishment, enlightenment, inspiration. Suddenly, we are not alone.
At a time in our history when we all wonder how we can live together on this planet, our need for community feels more important than ever. When we gather in the theater, feelings are magnified, commonalities are illuminated, prejudices are challenged, our hearts are opened.
Theater is communal. An actor speaks a playwright’s words. Another answers. Dialogue begins; melody rises. The audience adds its own energy, rhythm, breath; harmony emerges—all of it entwining together in a shared experience of power and exhilaration.
Portland Center Stage has joined with you in theatrical celebration for over 20 years. When we opened our new venue at the Gerding Theater at the Armory, we promised a new vision, new energy, a new attitude and new work. Today, there is fire onstage, excitement in the building and high anticipation as we bring you magnificent writers of timeless stories. And each is offered with the vigor, verve and vitality you’ve come to expect at Portland Center Stage.
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