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.


Upcoming Studio Series Workshops

Refuge/Malja
By Bess Welden with Arabic translation by Ali Al Mshakheel
Directed by Todd Brian Backus
January 6  | 7pm

In Refuge/Malja, Jamie, a fiercely independent Jewish-American photojournalist, calls up an old friend, Ibrahim, in the middle of the night for help and advice. She is used to covering harrowing situations, but when shoeless, motherless Waleed steps in front of her camera lens, she suddenly feels compelled to cross the professional line and assist the young refugee. Now backed into an impossible corner, Jamie needs Ibrahim to translate a message into Arabic, but hesitates to tell him the secret of why she is so drawn to the boy. This decade-spanning drama, written in English and Arabic, explores what it means to truly communicate across languages and cultures as well as within our own families, and how each of us defines and finds our own malja (refuge).

The workshop is generously supported by a joint grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maine Humanities Council.

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