Discussion Series

PORTLAND STAGE hosts three free audience discussions for the general public during the run of each production on our mainstage. Patrons interested in attending either of the post-show discussions (The Artistic Perspective or Curtain Call) are welcome to come to the discussion even if they have not attended the preceding performance - just plan to arrive at the theater at the time the performance gets out!  

The Artistic Perspective
The Artistic Perspective
, hosted by Artistic Director Anita Stewart, is an opportunity for audience members to delve deeper into the themes and creative questions behind each production through conversation with special guests. A different scholar, visiting artist, playwright, or other expert will join the discussion each time. The Artistic Perspective discussions are held after the first Sunday matinee performance.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Vigil: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Words By: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Veils: Sunday, March 2, 2014
Tribes: Sunday, March 30, 2014
The Savannah Disputation: Sunday, April 27, 2014

Page to Stage
Page to Stage discussions are presented in partnership with the Portland Public Library. These discussions, led by Portland Stage artistic staff, provide insight into the literary and social aspects of the play, as well as exploring the challenges of bringing a particular play to the stage. Page to Stage is held at the Portland Public Library at 12:00 noon the Tuesday after a show opens. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Vigil: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Words By: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Veils: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Tribes: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The Savannah Disputation: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Curtain Call
Curtain Call discussions offer a rare opportunity for audience members to talk about the production with the performers, exploring topics that range from the rehearsal process to character development to issues raised by the work. Curtain Call discussions are held after the second Sunday matinee performance.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Vigil: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Words By: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Veils: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Tribes: Sunday, April 6, 2014
The Savannah Disputation: Sunday, May 4, 2014

All discussions are free and open to the public.

To view a listing of discussions by show, see the individual show pages for our Current Season.

To subscribe to a discussion series performance, please call the Box Office at 207-774-0465.



Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson
SEP 24 - OCT 20, 2013

by Morris Panych
OCT 29 - NOV 17, 2013

Santaland Diaries
by David Sedaris
Dec 3 - DEC 22, 2013
In the Studio Theater

A Christmas Carol
by Hans Christian Andersen
NOV 29 - DEC 22, 2013

Trouble Is My Business

by Joseph Vass
JAN 21 - FEB 16, 2014

by Tom Coash

FEB 25 - MAR 16, 2014

by Nina Raine
MAR 25 - APR 13, 2014

The Savannah Disputation
by Evan Smith
APR 22 - MAY 18, 2014