Current Season

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Later Life by A.R. Gurney

Dates: Sep 27-Oct 23

What would you do if you were given a second chance? Would you be brave enough to take it? Playwright A.R. Gurney is known for his portrayals of the quintessential American type, the New England WASP. In Later Life a Boston banker and a woman contemplating a move back to New England meet at a cocktail party.  A romantic tale of lost opportunities and hope for new beginnings.

Portland Stage creates powerful theater that resonates with our community. If you have questions about the subject or content of any of our plays, please contact the Box Office prior to purchasing tickets for a detailed synopsis.

Sotto Voce by Nilo Cruz

Dates: Nov 1-Nov 20

A Cuban man sets out to recover memories of the 1939 voyage of the St Louis.  The ship left Nazi Germany for Cuba with German-Jewish refugees, only to be turned back.  In this imagined dream-play, the young man’s search for answers leads him to a German-born novelist living in New York who shares a connection to the ship. Together they fantasize a metaphysical love affair, weaving an inter-generational tale of romance and loss.  Nilo Cruz is a Cuban-American writer and producer and was the first Hispanic to take the Pulitzer prize for drama (2003), for his play Anna in the Tropics.  

SPECIAL DISCUSSION: The Poet & The Playwright

Portland Stage presents a special post-performance discussion following the November 13th 2pm Matinee: a conversation with historic inaugural poet Richard Blanco and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. Both men share Cuban roots, immigrated to the U.S., and write about identity through the lens of the Cuban-American experience in a lyrical style. Blanco will share selections of his writing, and he and Cruz will discuss the similarities of their work and their experiences as writers.

Portland Stage creates powerful theater that resonates with our community. If you have questions about the subject or content of any of our plays, please contact the Box Office prior to purchasing tickets for a detailed synopsis.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens- 2016

Dates: Dec 3 - Dec 24

Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own.

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Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring

Dates: Jan 24 - Feb 19

Family dysfunction gets a murderous twist in this dark comedy. The Brewster Sisters run a “room-for-rent” business out of their home. They promise room, board, and their special homemade elderberry wine. Their nephew Mortimer, a reluctant theater critic, pays a visit on the eve of his engagement and discovers his aunts’ unusual hospitality. Mayhem ensues as Mortimer tries to keep his aunts’ entrepreneurial endeavors at bay.

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Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins

Dates: Feb 28-Mar 26

In Buyer & Cellar, by Jonathan Tolins, Portland Stage Affiliate Artist Dustin Tucker plays an actor who takes the bizarre job of working in a shopping mall that Barbra Streisand has built in the basement of her Malibu home.

Although what happens in the play is fiction, the private shopping mall – with its doll store, clothing boutique and sweet shop – actually exists.

“Instead of just storing my things in the basement, I can make a street of shops and display them,” Streisand once told Harper’s Bazaar.

Playwright Jonathan Tolins was inspired by Streisand’s coffee table book, My Passion for Design, which includes a chapter devoted to her underground arcade.  “I studied that book and every picture very closely,” says Tolins, “I became obsessed with it and made a joke about what it would be like to be the guy that works down there. A lot of people see the play and buy the book and are shocked at how little I made up.”

String Around My Finger by Brenda Withers- Clauder Winner

Dates: April 4-April 23

In the wake of a medical emergency, family pressures, chance encounters, and towering hospital bills tempt a young couple to reconsider their relationship.  An unexpected comedy about big choices, small kindnesses, and getting a grip on letting go.

String Around My Finger is a 2016 Winner of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Portland Stage creates powerful theater that resonates with our community. If you have questions about the subject or content of any of our plays, please contact the Box Office prior to purchasing tickets for a detailed synopsis.

Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

Dates: May 2 - May 21

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Disgraced examines the price paid to live the American Dream.  Amir, a rising star in a high-powered New York law firm, has distanced himself from his Muslim roots in a bid for success. When he and his wife Emily host an Upper East Side dinner party, what starts as a friendly conversation escalates, upending their views on race, religion, and each other.

Portland Stage creates powerful theater that resonates with our community. If you have questions about the subject or content of any of our plays, please contact the Box Office prior to purchasing tickets for a detailed synopsis.