Season Five – We the People

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

OCT 11 – NOV 11

Book by Alex Timbers

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

The brashest, boldest musical on American political history—ever, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson follows the man they called “Old Hickory” from his campaign to the Trail of Tears. An emo rock musical originated by the off-kilter NYC troupe Les Freres Corbusier, Portland Playhouse’s Andrew Jackson will seduce you with what The New York Times called “…the most entertaining and most perceptive political theater of the season.

KING HEDLEY II

DEC 6 – DEC 30

by August Wilson

Portland Playhouse continues its exploration of August Wilson’s oeuvre with one of the playwright’s darkest works.

King Hedley II, set in the mid-1980s in a Pittsburgh plagued by desperation, blight, and drive-by shootings, tells the story of a man and his community struggling to reconcile with the past and build for the future. Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press labeled King Hedley II “the most operatic—passionate, expansive, [and] tragic” of Wilson’s 10-play “Century Cycle,” which also includes Portland Playhouse favorites Gem of the Ocean, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Radio Golf.

The Ashes

DEC 29 – 30

by Christina Anderson

Portland Playhouse is thrilled to present our first commissioned play from playwright Christina Anderson. All eyes are on this rising star, whose work American Theatre predicted “…will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come. In her new work for Portland Playhouse, Anderson creates internet guru Simone the Believer and her campaign to convince Black Americans to return to an Oregon town that was rebuilt without them after a devastating fire.

WORLD PREMIERE: The Huntsmen

JAN 17 – FEB 17

by Quincy Long

What better than the subtle sounds of Doo Wop harmony to accompany the gruesome murders of a teenage serial killer? Lost in a web of denial and disassociation, Devon lurches from killing to killing, finding psychological refuge in The Huntsmen, his club of teen misfits. Portland Playhouse presents the world premiere of the play that riveted audiences at last summer’s JAW Festival.

Mother Teresa is Dead

MARCH 14 – APRIL 7

by Helen Edmundson

Young wife and mother Jane (Nikki Weaver), gripped by personal and moral crisis, flees her family and her home in the UK without word. Jane’s husband discovers her recuperating in rural India, cared for by an English expat artist (Gretchen Corbett) and counseled by an attractive, Oxford-educated Indian do-gooder. In this stirring play about love, choice, and personal responsibility in a global age, acclaimed British playwright Helen Edmundson urges us to consider how we set our own priorities.

The Left Hand of Darkness

MAY 2 – JUNE 2

A co-production with HAND2MOUTH THEATRE

adapted from Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel;

by John Schmor and Jonathan Walters

Sometimes, we have to leave our own time and place to understand ourselves. Portland Playhouse and Hand2Mouth Theatre team up to stage a new adaptation of The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin’s 1969 gender-bending sci-fi tale of love, jealousy, power and betrayal. Join envoy Genly Ai on a trek across the cold, isolated planet of Gethen—a place where human beings are neither female nor male and society is not defined by sexual difference.

 

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