Portland Center Stage 2013 - 2014 Season
From JAW 2012
Bo-Nita - Ellyn Bye Studio
February 1–March 16
By Elizabeth Heffron
Life’s not easy for Bo-Nita. It never is for a 13-year-old, but especially one who winds up with a dead, semi-ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. With humor, pathos and a dash of midwest magic realism, Bo-Nita follows one mother and daughter’s journey through a working-class America of dwindling resources, and the lengths they must go to stay together and keep their beat alive.
A Small Fire - Main Stage
February 22–March 23
By Adam Bock
“An unforgettable banquet.” —The Village Voice
A Small Fire follows John and Emily Bridges, a long-married couple whose happy, middle-class lives are upended when Emily falls victim to a mysterious disease. As this indomitable woman’s senses are slowly stripped away—smell, taste, sight—she finds herself suddenly and completely dependent on the husband whose endless devotions she had always taken for granted.
From the author of The Receptionist and The Thugs. PCS audiences will recognize the complete originality and deep humanity found in Bock’s characters.
“Raucous, funny and unexpectedly touching, as we are made intimate witnesses to a frank demonstration of how much of life, of love and of happiness remain within reach even when so much appears to be lost.” —The New York Times
Othello - Main Stage
April 5–May 11
By William Shakespeare
A profound tragedy of the power of love and jealousy.
A highly esteemed general serving the state of Venice, Othello the Moor secretly marries Desdemona, the daughter of a senator. As their marriage is revealed, jealousies around their love match and Othello’s rise to prominence are unleashed, marking destructive rifts in a tale that piles secret upon secret, and betrayal upon betrayal (both real and imagined). A society seething with intrigue sets the stage for the machinations of a bitter ensign, Iago, and the ultimate tragedy—when love does not trust, and power is prized above all things.
The Last Five Years - Ellyn Bye Studio
April 26–June 22
Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown
“I’ve been waiting for someone… I think I could be in love with someone.”
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in love. The title is not only a reference to their relationship, but also a call to the structure of the play itself, with the element of time folding in on itself and echoing the sometimes disorienting quality of love. Cathy tells her story of the courtship backwards, while Jamie tells his story chronologically; will these two manage to hold on to their prize?
The Last Five Years is a charming and bittersweet song cycle, and was a Drama Desk Award winner. It is our first musical offering in the Studio since Crazy Enough.
A New Musical Based on the Life of Lizzie Borden
LIZZIE - Main Stage
May 24–June 29
By Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Lizzie Borden took an ax…
A rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s favorite ax-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl. Lizzie Borden, who has become fodder for jump rope rhymes and TV movies of the week, was a Massachusetts woman who was acquitted in 1892 of the ax murders of her father and stepmother, and lived the rest of her life as American’s first infamous tabloid star. But did she really do it? And if so, how?
All titles subject to change.