Studio Series

The Studio Series is an ongoing project consisting of performances co-produced by Portland Stage featuring Affiliate Artists and are performed in the Studio Theater.

These performances range from readings of fledgling plays, more focused and rehearsed workshops, and even full productions.

Our Affiliate Artists present and participate in a diverse range of programs each season, dedicated to exploring new theatrical works, bringing the written word to the stage, and welcoming the community into the theater.


A Studio Series Workshop Staged Reading Presenting:

cul-de-sac by John Cariani
Directed by Sally Wood
Dramaturgy by Todd Backus
Featuring: Lou Carbonneau*, Ian Carlsen*^, Abigail Killeen*^, Amy Roche, Dustin Tucker*^, and Marjolaine Whittlesey.

Monday, July 31st 7:30pm

There’s no keeping up with these Joneses…

Meet the Smiths, the Johnsons, and the Joneses. They live in a nice little cul-de-sac in a nice little suburb in a nice little state in a nice big country. And they’re happy. Or—trying to be. The lengths to which they go to be happy—or at least seem, or feel happy—are hilarious and heartbreaking. From the writer of Almost, MaineLast Gas, and LOVE/SICK, this not-quite-for-families comedy examines the American dream—and the nightmare it can become.

Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. 

*Member, Actor’s Equity Association
^Member, Affiliate Artists


Press about the Studio Series

Theater review: ‘Madeleines’ resonates with familiar relationships, an appeal for connection by Daphne Howland for the Portland Press Herald

Madeleines: a Must-See Play by Bess Welden by pat Taub of Women’s Older Wisdom

Memorable Madeleines: Expanded play gives breathing room for revelatory script
by Megan Grumbling of the Portland Phoenix

‘I’M IN A WHEELCHAIR. I’M NOT AN ACTOR.’ NOVICE ACTOR STEPHAN MADIGAN PORTRAYS RICHARD III AT PORTLAND STAGE
by Bob Keyes of the Portland Press Herald

Madigan on Richard III: A role that explores the idea that ‘this disability may be why I’m killing people’
by Bob Keyes of the Portland Press Herald