This is a world premier! Be the first to see this beautiful work

Great Wide Open

By Jessica Wallenfels

April 12th – May 7th, 2023

BIPOC Performances


Wed, April 19th, 7.30pm

Sun, April 30th, 2pm

Fri, May 5th, 7.30pm

Join us at Firehouse Restaurant on April 15th to Celebrate Opening Night with special guests - Co-Directors Jessica Wallenfels & Charles Grant.

[adapted from the novel Into the Great Wide Open by Kevin Canty] 

Directed by Jessica Wallenfels and Charles Grant 

This is a Co-Production with Many Hat Collaboration

Great Wide Open Playbill


In a world of confusion two teenagers find hope and solace in each other…

World-weary Kenny wants to escape the nightmare of his family life when his world collides with troubled, fiercely independent Junie’s and he finds the refuge he’s been seeking.

Seniors in high school, and on the brink of possibility, Kenny and Junie take us on an intense, messy, and confusing journey that evokes the heady emotional truth of young love and confronts the hypocrisy of the American dream head on.

Exciting, beautiful and full of life lessons that teach us to speak our truth out loud.


Photos by Shawnte Sims

Masking At Portland Playhouse 

Masks are optional, but strongly recommended, at Portland Playhouse.

We recognize there are some members of our community who will find it difficult to safely enjoy their Playhouse experience in a mask-optional environment. Therefore, there are a number of performances that are designated masks required. Please see the event page, which indicates the performances that still require masks.

Health and Safety remains a top priority at Portland Playhouse, as such we will continue to monitor Covid 19 in our community. We ask that you remain flexible as our masking situation may change in the future if we feel it is in the best interest of our cast, crew, staff and patrons.

Creative Team & Cast Listing


Playwright: Jessica Wallenfels

Directors: Jessica Wallenfels & Charles Grant^

Choreography: Jessica Wallenfels, Charles Grant^ & the Cast

Original Music: Eric Nordin, Katie Sawicki & Zanny Geffel

Scenic & Lighting Designer: Kaye Blankenship

Costume Designer: Maia Denzler^

Properties Designer & Scenic Artist: Bei Yi Teo^

Sound Designer: Eric Nordin

Stage Manager: David Levine*

Assistant Stage Manager: Vanessa Elsner

Dramaturg: Stephen Robinson

Cultural Competency Consultant: Keela Johnson

Covid Compliance Officer: Cassie Greer

Head Electrician: Allison Knight-Blaine

Head Carpenter: Brent Hall

Sound Engineer: Saibi Khalsa


Kenny: Anthony Michael Shepard^

Junie: Leiana Rousseau Petlewski

K, Dr. Mrs Williamson, Mike, EMT, Syd: Lane Barbour^

EN, Woman in Tracksuit, Ms. Connolly, Dr. Richards, Cop: Beth Thompson

NY, Jacob, Wentworth, Dad, Waiter, Severin Watkins: Bobby Bermea*


Kenny: Orlando Reyes Cabrera^

Junie: Claire Aldridge

K, EN, & NY: Alec Lugo

Appears as courtesy of Actor's Equity

Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Thank you to our Show Sponsor
Charlotte Rubin

Our Season Funders

Thanks to these media sponsors

Interested in Getting Involved?

We are always looking for volunteers as well as apprentices, crew members and corporate partnerships.

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