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.

This production of Babette’s Feast is made possible by the generous support of Jennifer Carolyn King & Timothy Fredel, the Rugged Elegance Foundation


Portland Stage is proud to be partnering with Wayside Food Programs on a Food Drive during the run of Babette’s Feast.  Please bring your donation to the theater and help us reach our goal of 500lbs by February 18th!

Wishlist: Rice, Canned fruit (low or no sugar), Canned Tuna Fish, Canned Beans, Tomato sauce, Granola or cereal bars, Peanut butter, Healthy Kid’s Snacks, Mac & Cheese

Questions? Please call 207.774.1043 x110 or email the Development Office


Born in Brooklyn, NY, Michelle Hurst has had an extensive career in theatre, film and television, playing everything from judges, lawyers, and doctors to irate mothers, ghostly slaves, and Henry James.  Ms. Hurst’s film credits in feature and independent films include Jean of the Joneses, Airheads, Sherrybaby, The Night We Never Met, Smoke and Frances Ha.

Theatre has always been her first love and she has performed at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, NYSF/The Public Theater, Soho Rep, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, among others. She has also performed a one-person play, In This Place…, at the Downtown Arts Center (Lexington, KY); 651 ARTS and The Irondale Ensemble Project (Brooklyn, NY); The Kitchen Theatre (Ithaca, NY); and The Painted Bride Theatre (Philadelphia, PA).   

Her television credits include major roles on BBC1’s Last Tango in Halifax, Broad City, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, multiple episodes of all three Law & Order shows, and Sex and the City.  Soon she will be seen in Chris Piazza’s film short “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home,” as a former jazz singer battling Alzheimer’s and ruthless realtors. Michelle is probably most recognized for her portrayal of Miss Claudette Pelage on the award-winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black.  

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