Show Category: Upcoming Season

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

May 14th - June 1st

Playwright Edward Albee

Portland Stage is absolutely thrilled to bring Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf to the stage! Exploring truth and illusion in the American nuclear family, this Tony Award-winning play follows the unraveling marriage of Martha and George on the night of a university faculty party. When newly-wed guests Nick and Honey get caught in the couple’s crossfire, the two relationships threaten to implode. This edition of the script, edited by the late playwright, casts Black actors in all four roles, raising new questions about the American Dream and how rigid idealism can lead to our own destruction. This play is right out of the theater cannon and not to be missed!


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Not Quite Almost (Or, Almost Almost, Maine)

Apr. 2nd - May 4th

Playwright John Cariani

A most anticipated treat! Near the Canadian Border the Perseid Meteor Showers are about to start, but the residents of Presque Isle can't decide if they're an omen or a good luck charm. Not Quite Almost is an interconnected collection of short plays about young love, hope for the future, making wishes, and what it means to be truly understood. Meet a new cast of characters you're sure to fall head over heels for in a town that's not quite Almost, Maine. It’s a prequel. And a sequel. You decide.


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Madeleines

Mar. 5th - Mar. 23rd

Playwright Bess Welden

A heartfelt new work by Maine playwright Bess Welden, Madeleines tells the story of Debra and Jennifer, two sisters grieving the death of their mother, a professional baker. When a secret hidden among their mother's recipes is discovered, the siblings fracture, and their understanding of family is put to the test. A play about sweets, familial rivalry, and learning to let go, Welden’s work asks us to examine how, and what, we forgive.


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Murder on the Links

Jan. 29th - Feb. 23rd

Playwright Steven Dietz

Join Hercule Poirot on a fantastic adventure in Murder on the Links by Steven Dietz—Six actors, twenty-five roles. Multiple murders. This witty adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery takes audiences on an exciting romp through Merlinville-Sur-Mer, France, to find the killer of a rich businessman. Follow famous detective Hercule Poirot as he puts the puzzle pieces together in this classic whodunnit!


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The Snow Queen

Dec. 5th - Dec. 24th

A Portland Stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story of Gerda and Kai in The Snow Queen. This beloved fairy tale of devotion, bravery, and the triumph of love. When Gerda's best friend Kai is bewitched and imprisoned by the mysterious Snow Queen, the young girl embarks on a journey to the land of winter to save him. With magical characters from crows to rose bushes to reindeer, Andersen's story has warmed the hearts of children and adults around the world for almost 200 years.


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Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika

Oct. 23rd - Nov. 17th

Playwright Tony Kushner

We continue working with DRC to bring Tony Kushner's Tony Award-winning gay fantasia on national themes to life! Six New Yorkers' lives intertwine as a young gay man is visited by an angel and becomes a prophet. Confronting politics, spirituality, and sexuality with sharp humor and a sage observational eye, this great American epic shows us how community and connection can be forged in even the darkest of times.


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Conscience

Sept. 25th - Oct. 13th

Playwright Joe DiPietro

An intimate look into the gripping political strife between Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy and Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith. As the two begin to form a tense friendship/unlikely alliance, Senator Smith must choose between her political success (including a potential Vice Presidential nomination) and her own conscience, culminating in the delivery of a potentially disastrous speech on the Senate floor, her Declaration of Conscience.


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