Great Wide Open

By Jessica Wallenfels

April 12th – May 7th, 2023

Single tickets on sale now!

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

Co-directed by Jessica Wallenfels and Charles Grant 

This is a Co-Production with Many Hat Collaboration

BIPOC Performances


Wed, April 19th, 7.30pm

Sun, April 30th, 2pm

Fri, May 5th, 7.30pm


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.

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


Anthony Michael Shepard^ Kenny

Leiana Petlewski  Junie

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

Beth Thompson EN (Woman in Tracksuit, Mrs. Connolly, Dr. Richards, Cop)

Bobby Bermea*  NY (Jacob, Wentworth, Dad, Waiter, Severin Watkins)

Orlando Reyes Cabrera^ Understudy, Kenny

Ash Heffernan^ Understudy, Junie


Playwright Jessica Wallenfels

Director/Choreographer Jessica Wallenfels

Director Charles Grant^

Stage Manager David Levine

Assistant Stage Manager Vanessa Elsner

Dramaturg Stephen Robinson

Composer & Sound Designer Eric Nordin

Scenic & Lighting Designer Kaye Blankenship

Costume Designer Maia Denzler^

Properties Designer Bei Yi Teo^

Covid Compliance Officer Cassie Greer*

Head Carpenter Molly Gardner

Head Electrician Allison Blaine

Sound Engineer Rory Breshears

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

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