Events & 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.
Oct 21

From Away

Monday | October 21st
Reading 7pm | $10 in advance and suggested $15 at the door
Reception to follow in the theater lobby hosted by

From Away is an annual festival of new work celebrating the voices of international playwrights. Each year, From Away brings talented writers from around the world to Portland, where excerpts from their work are performed in translation by Portland Stage’s Affiliate Artists. The readings are followed by an open forum discussion among the writers, the participating artists, and the audience.

This year’s featured writers at From Away are playwright, director, and actor Gabriela Román Fuentes (Mexico), TV and fiction writer Samuel Menghesteab (Eritrea), and theater director and writer Chan Ping Chiu (Hong Kong).

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Nov 04

New Play Reading – PERSEVERANCE

Monday | November 4 | 7:00 pm

PERSEVERANCE was commissioned by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Collaborative to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage. The fictional story explores the lives of two women occupying the same physical space 100 years apart.

Perseverance Turner, an African-American schoolteacher, writer, and suffragist, is determined to elevate her students above the circumstances in which they were born. One hundred years later, in the same small town of Hillcroft, Maine, Dawn Davis, a white schoolteacher, is running for office on a platform of education reform. As the two women’s stories intertwine, ownership of history takes center stage.

$10 in Advance, $15 at the Door