What I Learned In Paris

By Pearl Cleage

February 8th – March 26th, 2023

Directed by Lou Bellamy

Presented in partnership with Penumbra Theatre

Runtime: Approx 2.5hrs, which includes a 15 minute intermission

For What I Learned in Paris, masks are optional but strongly recommended for most performances. There are a number of performances that will be mask required to offer a space for patrons who would prefer to experience the show in a masked-required environment. Please see the ticket page for more information. 

BIPOC Performances

Wed, February 15th, 7.30pm 

Sun, February 26th, 2pm

Friday, March 3rd, 7.30pm


It’s 1973, and political change is in the Atlanta air – but so too is love.

A tangled web of romantic intrigue, set against the backdrop of a historic campaign win for Maynard Jackson, who has just been elected Atlanta’s first first African American mayor. 

J.P. Madison (Lester Purry), a prominent lawyer, is riding high after the good news of this hard-fought election win, alongside him, his new wife Ann (Lauren Steele), stalwart campaigner Lena (Vinecia Coleman), and his junior partner, John (La’ Tevin Alexander). But then, JP’s ex-wife Eve (Cycerli Ash) sweeps back into town and brings with her the temptation of knowledge from far flung corners of the world.

This turn of events promises to turn lives upside down as each character is confronted with expectations, obligations and human emotions and the pull and tug that destiny has on our lives.

Throw in a steamy love triangle, and What I Learned in Paris promises to turn up the heat. So, why not escape the dreary drizzle of a Portland winter, and steal a few hours caught up in this funny, touching, romance.

Digital Playbill


Cycerli Ash* Eve Madison

Vinecia Coleman Lena Jefferson

La'Tevin Alexander*^ John Nelson

Lester Purry* J.P. Madison

Lauren Steele* Ann Madison

Andrea Vernae*^ Understudy – Ann, Eve & Lena 

Eric Island Understudy – J.P & John


Playwright Pearl Cleage

Director Lou Bellamy *(SDC)

Scenic Designer Vicki Smith~

Costume Designer Dana Woods~

Lighting Designer Miranda Hardy

Properties Assistant Ryann St Julien 

Stage Manager David Levine*

Cultural Competency Consultant Keela Johnson

Assistant Stage Manager Imani Henry+

Costume Assistant Maia Denzler^

Dramaturg May Mahala

Covid Compliance Officer Cassie Greer*

Head Carpenter Brent Hall

Head Electrician Allison Blaine

Scenic Artist Sumi Wu

Sound Engineer Natalie Scott

Furniture Carpenter Jim Lykins

Upholster Sara Paradis

Production Assistant Maia Denzler^

Production Apprentice Recobe Scott+

Appears as courtesy of Actor's Equity

Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Thank you to our show sponsors:
Jon Betlinski
Karen Fink

Thank You to These Funders

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