Portland Center Stage 2013 - 2014 Season
The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens - Main Stage
November 16–December 22
By Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort
“The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City.”
A complete send-up of the holiday classic, fully festooned with the improvisational genius behind the legendary comedy troupe The Second City. Dickens’ famous Victorian characters may wonder what was in their egg nog as Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts find themselves hopelessly mixed up in zany holiday sketches with anachronistic characters, uproarious improv and an ever-changing stable of drop-in local celebrity guests.
(Recommended for high school age and up.)
Special Holiday Offering
The Santaland Diaries - Ellyn Bye Studio
November 26–December 29
By David Sedaris; Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
Based on the true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, this cult classic riffs on a few of Sedaris’ truly odd encounters with his fellow man during the height of the holiday crunch.
NPR humorist and best-selling author of When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, and this production has become a Portland holiday tradition.
NEW this season! The Santaland Diaries is included as an option as part of the Create Your Own Series or Flexpass. VIP passes (included with the Everything Series) may now be used for The Santaland Diaries.
Chinglish - Main Stage
January 11–February 9
By David Henry Hwang
A smart comedy of cross-cultural missteps.
In Chinglish, an American businessman heads to Asia to score a lucrative contract for his family’s firm—but the deal isn’t the only thing getting lost in translation when he collides with a Communist minister, a bumbling consultant and a suspiciously sexy bureaucrat. The perils and fraught pleasures of Chinese-American business transactions become fascinating—and hilarious—drivers of this new comedy by Hwang, award-winning playwright of M. Butterfly and Golden Child.
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.