Discussion Series

Portland Stage hosts three discussions – Page to Stage, Artistic Perspective, and Curtain Call – that are associated with each of the six (6) productions in our Mainstage Season.

If you are interested in attending, you are welcome to come to the discussion even if you have not attended the performance.

Discussions are free and open to the general public.


Page to Stage | Portland Public Library

Continuing our reimagined Book Club-style Page to Stage from last season join us at the Rhines Room two weeks before the first preview of our Mainstage Production. Scripts are available at the reference desk at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library, or by contacting Raminta Moore at moore@portlandpubliclibrary.org.

All participants can enter their name to win a pair of tickets to the show at the beginning of the discussion. Winners will be selected later that week.

Discussions held at Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium, participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

The Clean House: September 10, 2019
Read to Me:
October 8, 2019
Almost,  Maine:
January 7, 2020
Native Gardens:
February 18, 2020
The Children:
March 24, 2020
Sabina:
April 21, 2020


The Artistic Perspective

The Artistic Perspective, hosted by Artistic Director Anita Stewart, is an opportunity for audience members to delve deeper into the themes and creative questions behind each production through conversation with special guests. A different scholar, visiting artist, playwright, or other expert will join the discussion each time.

The Artistic Perspective discussions are held after the first Sunday matinee performance.

The Clean House: September 29, 2019
Read to Me:
October 27, 2019
Almost,  Maine:
January 26, 2020
Native Gardens:
March 8, 2020
The Children:
April 12, 2020
Sabina:
May 10, 2020


Curtain Call

Curtain Call discussions offer a rare opportunity for audience members to talk about the production with the performers, exploring topics that range from the rehearsal process to character development to issues raised by the work.

Curtain Call discussions are held after the second Sunday matinee performance.

The Clean House: October 6, 2019
Read to Me:
November 3, 2019
Almost,  Maine:
February 2, 2020
Native Gardens:
March 15, 2020
The Children:
April 19, 2020
Sabina:
May 17, 2020


All discussions are free and open to the public.

To view a listing of discussions by show, see the individual show pages for our current season.

To subscribe to a discussion series performance, please call the Box Office at 207.774.0465.