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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill by Lanie Robertson

Dates: Sept 19 - Oct 15, 2017

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Billie Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. It’s 1959 and Billie Holiday is performing in a run-down bar during one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and losses.

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Complications from a Fall by Kate Hawley

Dates: Oct 24 - Nov 12, 2017

When Helen goes to an academic conference, she reluctantly calls on her absent younger brother Teddy for help with their elderly mother. Over the weekend Teddy truly sees his mother, perhaps for the first time, and learns secrets from the past in this heartwarming drama about the memories we cherish, and those we try to forget.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry

Dates: Nov 24 - Dec 24, 2017

Celebrate the Holiday Season with this beloved American classic. This heartwarming story of renewal is presented as a 1940’s radio broadcast with sound effects performed live on stage.  With the help of an ensemble and an angel named Clarence, George Bailey learns the million different ways that we are tied to those around us.

Babette’s Feast

Dates: Jan 23 - Feb 18, 2018

Conceived & Developed by Abigail Killeen | Written by Rose Courtney

Adapted from the short story by Isak Dinesen

Babette’s Feast tells the story of how a refugee transforms a closed religious community by sacrificing all she has to throw a lavish dinner party. Through her radical hospitality, this mysterious woman converts her guests’ deeply held notions of scarcity and judgment and opens them up to give and receive abundant grace. This adaptation re-imagines the story you thought you knew about Babette’s singular feast: deep, funny, dangerous, sensual, and beautiful.

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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.

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