Studio Series

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The Studio Series is presented by the Affiliate Artists , and hosted by Portland Stage in the Studio Theater.

  • Productions are full productions within the black box Studio Theater.
  • Workshops are readings of new plays, rehearsed with actors over one or more days, and developed with the playwright.
  • Readings are readings of established plays.
May 18

Too Strange to Live, Too Weird to Die – A Staged Reading Series Angry Fags by Topher Payne

Staged Reading Directed by Todd Brian Backus

Theater for Kids Storefront Space
Saturday, May 18th | 9pm
$10 in Advance $15 at the Door

Join us for the third installment of Too Strange to Live, Too Weird to Die, a reading series curated by Affiliate Artist Todd Brian Backus. The series features beautiful and bizarre plays that stretch the limits of the theatrical imagination.

Bennett, a speechwriter for the only out state senator in Georgia, is thrown for a loop when his boss refuses to acknowledge a recent gay bashing that left his ex-boyfriend dead. When he and his roommate decide to take things into their own hands and “make it better” things take a turn for the worse, and then some. Angry Fags is an uncompromising Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fantasia about how good ideas go bad, toxic masculinity, and how no one is really afraid of gay guys.

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May 23

Studio Series Workshop: Death Wings

by Bess Welden
7pm | Studio Theater
Suggested Donation: $10 advance online | $15 at door

Grand is the maker of death wings. She’s interested in the fabric and fibers that make up a human life. Her granddaughter Rachel is a scientist determined to fly. Can we transcend the limitations of our bodies? How do we fashion the stories of our own lives? With a re-visioning of the Daedalus/Icarus myth and original songs.

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