Season 16 (2023 - 2024)

Get ready for an unforgettable 16th Season at Portland Playhouse. Guaranteed to thrill, inspire, entertain, and awaken you to the wonder of theatre – this specially curated line up is one you don’t want to miss. 

Artwork by Latoya Lovely

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

October 4 – November 5, 2023

June 7 – 30, 2024 

Book by Dennis Kelly Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin Music Directed by Eric Nordin Choreography by Kemba Shannon

Directed by Brian Weaver

To Change the world, it takes a little genius

Are you ready for the tale of a pint-sized genius who's about to show the world what true brainpower can accomplish? 

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical is brought to life in a spectacular display of music, dance, and pure imagination.

Our heroine is a precocious young girl who's stuck with a family that doesn't appreciate her intellect or her love of books. But Matilda is no ordinary child – she's got a magical mind, and with the help of her kind-hearted teacher Miss Honey, she navigates the challenges of school, family, and a truly terrifying principal – Miss Trunchbull.

If you're looking for a show that'll make you laugh, cry, and cheer for the underdogs, Matilda is the perfect choice. It's a critically acclaimed  musical, full of heart, humor, and some seriously catchy tunes. 

Matilda the Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company. With a book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, this show is the winner of over 100 international awards, including 24 for Best Musical. 

So what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets now and join Matilda on her epic journey to rewrite the rules and change the world. You won't regret it!

Atwork by Latoya Lovely

A Christmas Carol

November 21 – December 30, 2023

By Charles Dickens Adaptation and Original Lyrics by Rick Lombardo Original Music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo Music Arrangements by Anna Lackaff

Directed by Charles Grant

Discover the true meaning of Christmas

This holiday season, step into a world of wonder and enchantment for A Christmas Carol – the timeless holiday classic that tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy and miserly businessman who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.

The story begins with Scrooge, who is known for his cold heart and his lack of compassion for others. He is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of the consequences of his selfish ways. Throughout the night, Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, who take him on a journey through time and space to show him the true meaning of Christmas.

As Scrooge experiences visions of his past, present, and future, he learns the importance of kindness, connection, and love. The play is full of heartwarming moments, magical special effects, and beautiful musical numbers that will leave audiences feeling uplifted and inspired.

Don't miss this chance to experience the wonder of A Christmas Carol at Portland Playhouse. This production is sure to be a highlight of the holiday season, and a perfect way to share the joy of Christmas with loved ones. Get your tickets today and join us for an unforgettable evening of magic, music, and merriment!

Artwork by Latoya Lovely

Notes from the Field

Moved to Season 17


Due to a scheduling conflict, Notes from the Field will now be featured in Season 17. We're making this decision as we believe the artists & creative team chosen for the show are the team who should be bringing it to stage.

By Anna Deavere Smith

Directed by Jackie Davis Starring Ramona Lisa Alexander

Stir your emotions & inspire yourself to action

Drawn from interviews with more than 250 students, parents, teachers and staff, Notes from the Field is a heart-wrenching tale of injustice, compassion, and hope that will leave you on the edge of your seat. 

This production lays the broken criminal justice system bare and explores the harrowing experiences of students, parents, and activists fighting for justice in a system that seems determined to fail them.

This powerful performance exposes a world where schools have become a pipeline to prisons, and young black men are being systematically pushed out of the education system and into the criminal justice system. But amidst the darkness, there are rays of light, as dedicated educators, activists, and community leaders fight tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of these vulnerable young people.

Through powerful monologues and breathtaking performances, Notes from the Field transports you into the lives of those who have been most affected, and leaves you with a sense of hope, and a belief that change is possible. 

So, if you're looking for a show that will challenge your assumptions, stir your emotions, and inspire you to action, then this production is for you. Don't miss out on a profoundly moving production – purchase your tickets today and be a part of the movement for justice and equity!

Artwork by Latoya Lovely

Passing Strange

April 17 – May 26

Book and Lyrics by Stew
Music by Stew with Heidi Rodewald

Directed by TBD
Music Directed by
Choreography by

Can the Meaning of Life be Found in Art? 

Get ready to embark on a thrilling musical journey with Passing Strange. This Tony Award-winning show, which inspired a Spike Lee movie, follows the life of a young Black musician, known as The Youth, as he searches for his artistic and personal identity. 

Set against the backdrop of the 1970s and 80s, the story takes you on a wild ride from the gospel churches of South Central LA to the punk rock clubs of Amsterdam and Berlin – sex, drugs and rock n  roll anyone?  Filled with electrifying rock music, soulful ballads, and powerful storytelling, Passing Strange is a triumph of live theater. 

You'll be swept up in The Youth's quest to find himself, and you'll experience the ups and downs of his relationships. With themes of race, art, and rebellion, this show is as relevant today as it was when it first premiered on Broadway.

Don't miss your chance to see this groundbreaking production live! Buy your tickets now and prepare to be moved and inspired by Passing Strange. You won't be disappointed!

*Single ticket prices for 2023 – 2024: Previews: $27, Regular tickets: $56.95, Access Tickets: $25, Arts for All: $5, BIPOC Performances: Pay What You Wish, starting at $5. 

 Preview & Regular ticket purchases incur a $3 per ticket processing fee and may be subject to a $5 per ticket processing fee for each exchange.

Subscriptions include one ticket to Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical, Notes from the Field & Passing Strange.  Subscriptions cannot be used for multiple tickets to the same production.

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