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.
Dancing at Lughnasa: October 4, 2015
The Mountaintop: November 8, 2015
The Hound of the Baskervilles: January 31, 2016
Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods: March 6th, 2016
My Name is Asher Lev: April 3, 2016
They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!: May 1, 2016
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!
Dancing at Lughnasa: October 6, 2015
The Mountaintop: November 10, 2015
The Hound of the Baskervilles: February 2, 2016
Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods: March 8, 2016
My Name is Asher Lev: April 5, 2016
They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!: May 3, 2016
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.
Dancing at Lughnasa: October 11, 2015
The Mountaintop: November 15, 2015
The Hound of the Baskervilles: February 7, 2016
Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods: March 13, 2016
My Name is Asher Lev: April 10, 2016
They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!: May 8, 2016
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.