“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” - George Bernard Shaw What are you thinking about these days? What conversations have the events of the past year prompted among your friends and family? How are you engaging, or, as is often needed, taking a breath? Our mission at The Armory is to “inspire our community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways.” When we begin season planning each year, this mission is our touchstone: A generous one in that it allows us to consider as many different kinds of stories as human imagination can dream up; a defi ning one in that it asks us to inspire our community through the telling of those stories. As I think about the 2017-2018 season presented to you in this brochure, I get excited about the conversations we will have in the coming year. About the characters we’ll meet, the ideas we’ll explore, and the places we’ll go over the journey of these 11 plays. About all of the ways, as a community, we will be together. We invite you to join us for our 30th Anniversary Season. A season to engage and to inspire. To join us in these stories and conversations. And to, sometimes, just sit back and take a deep, delighted breath.
Chris Coleman Artistic Director
A FEW GREAT THINGS ABOUT SEASON TICKETS • The Best Seats in the House. Both of our theaters — the U.S. Bank Main Stage and the Ellyn Bye Studio — now offer reserved seating! As a season ticket patron, we will reserve the best seats available based on your preferences when you order your tickets. •F ree & Unlimited Exchanges. Switch performance dates at your leisure, as many times as you’d like, with no exchange fees. •H ook up Your friends. Pay $35 for extra seats, no matter what day, seat location or show. Bring your friends, colleagues, family … heck, you can even make your mother-in-law happy! •T he Best Customer Service. Yep, we said it. Season ticket holders receive a personal patron services representative dedicated to taking care of all your needs at The Armory. •S avings, Savings, Savings. Season tickets won’t make a big dent in your bank account. Your season tickets are discounted over the single ticket price by as much as 25% and packages start for as little as $90. Season ticket holders also receive a discount card for local bars, eateries and retail stores. •M onthly Payment Plans. You can spread out your season ticket payments into as many as eight monthly payments, provided your plan is paid in full by February 15, 2018. •S avings on Other Stages. As a season ticket holder at The Armory, you’re privy to discounted tickets at Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony and Artists Repertory Theatre. Additionally, your subscription is honored nationally at regional theaters across the country through the National Stages program, giving you access to special ticket deals at other theaters when you travel.
FUN HOME Music by Jeanine Tesori Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel Directed by Chris Coleman September 16 – October 22, 2017 On the U.S. Bank Main Stage Based on Alison Bechdel’s witty and wistful illustrated autobiography of the same name, the Tony Award®-winning musical Fun Home ushers us inside Alison’s head — at three different ages — as she struggles to process the chain of childhood events that made her the adult she is today. Growing up in a funeral home as the closeted lesbian daughter of a father with secrets of his own was complicated. But by looking back on her family life, and remembering all the loving, silly, and even shameful moments, she learns to see her parents — and herself — for who they really are. 4 |
“ Heart-gripping and cathartic, Fun Home occupies the place where we all grew up.” - The New York Times “ Fun Home is an emotional roller-coaster ride, a grippingly heartwarming story mixed with some of the most smart and joyful musical numbers … You’ll be surprised, and thrilled, and enthralled.” - The Huffi ngton Post
DRS. ANN SMITH SEHDEV & PAUL SEHDEV
DR. BARBARA HORT
EVERY BRILLIANT THING By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe Directed by Rose Riordan September 23 – November 5, 2017 In the Ellyn Bye Studio A kid makes a list for his mom. A list of everything worth living for in the world. He needs her to read the list so she doesn’t try to leave the world again. As the kid grows up and experiences more life, more love, and more loss, his list of every brilliant thing gets longer and more vital with each addition. Duncan Macmillan’s play shines hilarious and compassionate light in dark corners of the human condition, and the way in which the creators have constructed the performance is refreshingly theatrical. A reminder that hope is never truly lost, and a testament to the healing power of storytelling. 6 |
“ Heart-wrenching, hilarious ... possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.” «««« - The Guardian “ Something miraculous happens in Every Brilliant Thing. Something you might want to include on your own list of life-enhancing pleasures should you follow the lead of the protagonist, who inventories all that makes the world worthwhile for him.” – Los Angeles Times “ … simultaneously funny and poignant piece.” – The Hollywood Reporter
A Medea in Los Angeles By Luis Alfaro Directed by Juliette Carrillo November 4 â€“ November 26, 2017 On the U.S. Bank Main Stage The Armory partners with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to bring this production to Portland. In this retelling of Medea seen through the lens of immigrants to the United States, playwright Luis Alfaro blends tragedy, wry humor, Mexican folklore and a bracingly modern setting to unleash the power of Euripidesâ€™ ancient tale of love, transformation and betrayal.
“ Mojada is unpretentious and entertaining ... Alfaro understands that humor can act as a kind of escape valve. Alfaro knows how to walk that line between thunderous naturalism and absurdist pulp, being as our lives often seem composed of both.” - Chicago Tribune “ If you love thought-provoking theatre, this masterful work of art should be at the top of your list.” – The Siskiyou Daily News
RONNI S. LACROUTE
An Evening of Holiday Story and Song featuring
A CHRISTMAS MEMORY By Truman Capote Directed by Brandon Woolley November 18 – December 31, 2017 In the Ellyn Bye Studio An autobiographical recollection of his rural Alabama boyhood, Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory is a gem of a holiday story, offering an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls — one young and one old — and their shared memories of beloved holiday rituals.
WINTER SONG Created by Merideth Kaye Clark and Brandon Woolley Directed by Brandon Woolley The brilliant singer Merideth Kaye Clark (Fiddler on the Roof and The Last Five Years at The Armory, Wicked national tour) and director Brandon Woolley are creating an original presentation of favorite songs that celebrate winter and all it represents: love, loss, family, solitude, renewal and friendship.
JUDY CARLSON KELLEY
The Second City’s A Christmas Carol:
TWIST YOUR DICKENS By Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort Directed by Ron West December 5 – December 31, 2017 On the U.S. Bank Main Stage A complete send-up of the holiday classic, this adult comedy is adorned with the improvisational genius of legendary comedy troupe The Second City. Twist includes zany holiday sketches, an ever-changing list of drop-in local celebrities and uproarious improv based on audience participation — it’s never the same show twice! It has become a Portland holiday favorite, and will return to The Armory for the 2017 holiday season.
“ Twist comes at humor from so many angles, with such irreverence and zeal, your amusement is practically guaranteed.” - Oregon ArtsWatch “ Come with an open mind, and don’t take yourself too seriously. After all, look where that gets Scrooge.” – Portland Monthly “ Its Chicago/Portland-based cast is very funny, and the show’s improvised segments are its best.” – Portland Mercury
ASTORIA: Part Two Adapted and directed by Chris Coleman Based on ASTORIA: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s Lost Pacific Empire, A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark January 20 â€“ February 18, 2018 On the U.S. Bank Main Stage A world premiere! Continuing the ambitious adventure of Part One, which told the stories of the expeditions by land and sea to establish trade routes to the Pacific Northwest, Part Two is about the extraordinary endeavors that lead to the establishment of Astoria, the first permanent United States settlement on the West Coast. For those who missed it, we will offer a few reprise performances of Part One, including opportunities to experience the full story in a one-day marathon.
“ Exciting storytelling in the hands of a masterful director with a big vision and, like Astor’s, a marvelous dream.” - EDGEMedia “ Coleman transformed a history book into a live actionadventure play that pushes the limits of most theatrical performances. Under his pen, the silent characters of Peter Stark’s book become ﬂesh and blood, conﬂicted and conﬂicting, altogether larger than life.” – JudyNedry.com
MARY BISHOP & FAMILY THE HAROLD & ARLENE SCHNITZER CARE FOUNDATION/ ARLENE & JORDAN SCHNITZER MR. & MRS. W.T.C. STEVENS DAN WIEDEN & PRISCILLA BERNARD WIEDEN
BRIGID FLANIGAN WILLIAM & KAREN EARLY DEDRE J. MARRIOTT RITZ FAMILY FOUNDATION
KODACHROME By Adam Szymkowicz Directed by Rose Riordan February 3 â€“ March 18, 2018 In the Ellyn Bye Studio A world premiere from our 2015 JAW Festival (previously titled Colchester). Welcome to Colchester, a small town where everybody knows each other and the pace of life allows the pursuit of love to take up as much space as it needs. Our tour guide is Suzanne, the town photographer, who lets us peek into her neighborsâ€™ lives to catch glimpses of romance in all its stages of development. A play about love, nostalgia, the seasons and how we learn to say goodbye.
“ Without new work, we’d be doing Shakespeare 365 days a year. How many times can you watch a rerun?” – Rose Riordan, Associate Artistic Director at The Armory and Kodachrome Director
RONNI S. LACROUTE
THE MAGIC PLAY By Andrew Hinderaker Directed by Halena Kays March 3 â€“ April 1, 2018 On the U.S. Bank Main Stage A theater is a realm of illusion. So is a magic show. Playwright Andrew Hinderaker mashes these traditions together with alluring results. The Magic Play follows a young magician trying to get through a live show just hours after his partner has left him. As the performance progresses, he confronts the fact that the spectacular tricks that impress people on stage donâ€™t serve him as well when it comes to building truthful personal relationships off stage. This mesmerizing new play questions the extent to which we must be honest with ourselves in order to be so with those we love.
“ Part magic show, part relationship drama, it examines trust, the conﬂict between the professional and the personal, and the tension between illusion and reality.” – Daily Herald “ The real magic in this engrossing theatrical hybrid — now receiving a meticulously polished world premiere at the Goodman Theatre, in what is unquestionably a Broadway-ready production — involves a very different bag of tricks altogether.” - Chicago Sun-Times
JESS DISHMAN PAUL & TASCA GULICK
AND SO WE WALKED Written and performed by DeLanna Studi Directed by Corey B. Madden March 31 – May 13, 2018 In the Ellyn Bye Studio DeLanna Studi plays Marie Dorion in Astoria, and then moves to the Studio to star in her own very personal play. A frank, funny and sometimes misguided story of a contemporary Cherokee woman who goes on a sixweek, 900-mile journey with her father along the Trail of Tears in search of her heroic self. Through this personal odyssey, her sense of identity — both as a Cherokee and as a woman — is tested by the people and places she encounters.
“ Studi, a successful actor before this project began, learned many things on the road. Telling a personal family story, she is very personable. The script delivers a nice dose of humor and warm stories of people she meets amid more serious topics.” – Winston-Salem Journal
MAJOR BARBARA By George Bernard Shaw Directed by Chris Coleman April 14 – May 13, 2018 On the U.S. Bank Main Stage When her daughters Sarah and Barbara are both engaged to be married, Lady Britomart decides to ask her estranged industrialist husband, Andrew Undershaft, for support. Barbara, a Major in the Salvation Army, agrees to let her father visit her mission in the East End of London. In exchange, she promises to visit his munitions factory. The clash between Barbara’s philanthropic idealism and her father’s hard-headed capitalism are at the heart of Shaw’s witty and timely appraisal of capitalism, war, religion and politics.
“Shaw’s masterpiece.” - The Irish Times “ Inescapably playful and undeniably serious, George Bernard Shaw’s 1905 Major Barbara pits youth against age, poverty against wealth, faith against armored tanks. You might be surprised which side you ultimately take.” – The New York Times
JOHN & LINDA CARTER DOUG & TERESA SMITH DR. BARBARA HORT
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL By Lanie Robertson Directed by Bill Fennelly May 26 – July 1, 2018 On the U.S. Bank Main Stage Featuring iconic songs like “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit,” Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is an all-access pass to Billie Holiday’s fi nal concert. With humor and hopefulness, the legendary singer takes us on a journey through the highs and lows of her tumultuous life, interspersed with exuberant renditions of her beloved repertoire.
“Stunning.” – The Huffi ngton Post “Mesmerizing.” – Entertainment Weekly “A triumph.” – USA Today “Intoxicating.” – The Hollywood Reporter “Spellbinding.” – New York Daily News “Extraordinary.” – Variety
DORIS & RICHARD MARTIN TRUST CHRYS MARTIN & JACK PESSIA
Each year, playwrights, whose scripts are chosen from nearly 200 submissions, collaborate with directors, dramaturgs, actors and other theater professionals from across the U.S. to read, revise, and sometimes completely re-write their scripts. JAW supports playwrights in the process to discover what does or does not work in the transition from page to stage. All of the playwrightsâ€™ works are then presented in staged readings for the public. The Big Weekend of staged readings and other events is July 28-30, 2017. As always, JAW is FREE and open to the public.
PRESS PLAY A series of dynamic performance pieces handselected for JAW that animate the building and engage audience members before every reading. Dancers, puppeteers, and musicians pop up throughout the building adding to the vibrant festival spirit of JAW.
PROMISING PLAYWRIGHTS The 19th annual JAW: A Playwrights Festival will kick off with staged readings of new scripts from Portland-area high school playwrights. Come ready to celebrate and socialize. These 10-minute plays by Promising Playwrights are selected from our Visions & Voices Playwriting Program, a residency program offered to Portland-area schools. For updated information on JAW, please visit www.pcs.org/jaw 26 |
THE 2017 PLAYS & PLAYWRIGHTS TESTMATCH by Kate Attwell
A new play about women’s sports, mangos, cricket, and the ever present legacy of colonialism, written for an all-female cast.
by Briandaniel Oglesby Finally fed up with the bot-and-disappointment-filled world of online gay dating, Skip Powers volunteers to go to Mars. And NASA says, “you’ll do.” This is a comedy that traverses 50 million miles and a million years.
IN OLD AGE by Mfoniso Udofi a
Isolated within the walls of her derelict New England home and suffering the residual pain of years of abuse, an ancient Abasiama Ufot makes an unlikely spiritual connection with an elder stranger, Azell Abernarthy. Just as life takes a new turn, Abasiama and Azell learn the true nature of love and forgiveness
by Stefanie Zadravec On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Flight MH-17 rained down upon a tiny, war-torn Eastern Ukraine village after being targeted by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian Separatists. Tiny Houses is a comic riff on Pandora’s Box that explores the ripple effect on several women who suddenly realize they can disrupt the status quo. 503.445.3700
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ELLYN BYE STUDIO A CHRISTMAS MEMORY/ WINTER SONG
KODACHROME & AND SO WE WALKED
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A GIFT Portland Center Stage at The Armory relies on your contributions to support our award-winning work on stage, our renowned new work festival, JAW, our extensive education and community engagement programs, and the people who make it all happen. Ticket sales account for only 51% of what it takes to make our productions and programs possible, so, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary season, we hope that you will be inspired to make a gift today. When you support the work at The Armory, you’re helping to ensure that the theatrical art form is alive at a high professional level in our community, that it’s available to thousands of young people each year, and that the artists and artisans who bring the stories to life have a shot at earning a living here at home. As a donor, you’ll enjoy experiences designed to bring you closer to the magic that happens on stage. These are just a few of the benefits that you can begin enjoying today. •B e part of our 30th anniversary celebration all season long. • Complimentary parking. • Additional ticket vouchers. • V.I.P. backstage tour with wine and cheese. •A ttend a technical rehearsal and join the cast and crew for dinner in the Vigeland Rehearsal Hall. •A ttend a “meet-and-greet” with play’s cast and creative team. • Invitations to opening night dinners. •H ost a reception in the Ovation Room or Mezzanine Lobby. •B e our guest at an onstage dinner with the Artistic Director. And much, much more! For details on what benefits are included with your gift, please contact us at 503.445.3744 or email@example.com. Visit us online at www.pcs.org/give
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F. Tyler Burnet in Astoria: Part One. Photo by Kate Szrom.
Jeremy Aggers, Ben Newman, Ben Rosenblatt and
Front Cover (top to bottom): Leif Norby, DeLanna Studi,
Chris Coleman, Artistic Director
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