Studio Series

The Studio Series is an ongoing project consisting of performances hosted 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.


STUDIO SERIES PRODUCTIONS

The Haunting Hour 
Oct 25 – Nov 4 | 7pm| $18 (Pay-What-You-Can Oct 25)
Curated by Dustin Tucker and featuring Portland Stage Affiliate Artists.

Tales of Madness and the Macabre. A fright-filled evening of storytelling from some of Maine’s most celebrated authors and playwrights.  Join us for an evening of raw, edgy, and dangerous short stories brought to life onstage for the first time ever. Authors include: John Cariani, Tess Gerritsen, Chris Holm, Ike Hamill, Callie Kimball and an additional treat you’ll have to see to believe. This production is not suitable for the faint of heart or children, so leave the little pumpkins at home. Photo by Luke Renoe.

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Not Always Happy 
Nov 8-12 | 7pm | $18 (Pay-What-You-Can Nov 8)
Writer/Performer: Kari Wagner-Peck
Director: Bess Welden

Portland Stage Affiliate Artist, Bess Welden and Portland-based blogger/memoirist Kari Wagner-Peck team up to bring you a live storytelling performance featuring a dozen funny, touching, and subversive true-life tales about finding and raising the mighty Thorin.  Be prepared to laugh, and perhaps change the way you think about people with Down syndrome. Winner of the 2017 “PortFringe Pulitzer Award” for excellence in writing.

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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