ANNOUNCING SEASON 8!
HOW WE GOT ON
(September 30 – October 25)
By Idris Goodwin
Directed by Jen Rowe
Three teenagers in the suburbs of the Midwest dream their beats and rhymes making them famous, in hip-hop’s golden age of the late 80’s. Hank, Julian, and Luann battle their Midwestern upbringing, their peer’s derision, and their own self-doubt in this musical coming-of-age story, while our modern day narrator and DJ, “The Selector”, gives us a hip-hop history lesson. Our teenage heroes try to find a way to break into the urban scene and get signed to a major label, pushing through the negativity and learning to breathe in joy.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
(December 2 – December 24)
By Charles Dickens
Adaptation and original lyrics by Rick Lombardo
Original Music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo
Music Arrangements by Anna Lackaff
Directed by Cristi Miles
The ubiquitous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s painful past, cruel present, and redemptive future, brought to exuberant life for the third year at the Portland Playhouse. Hopeful, musical, and, most of all, fun, Lombardo’s adaptation has brought the Playhouse full houses and three Drammy awards over the last three years, lauded by critics and audiences alike.
Portland Monthly Mag’s review of the 2013 production
BroadwayWorld.com’s review of the 2014 production
Photo courtesy of Brud Giles
YOU FOR ME FOR YOU
(February 3 – February 28)
By Mia Chung
Directed by Gretchen Corbett
From North Korea to China to the United States, You For Me For You follows two sisters who have nothing but each other left as they explore the worlds within these worlds. In the supernatural but emotionally visceral universe Chung creates, we follow Junhee as she races to the future at the pace of American culture, which is to her both alien in its language and customs, and excessive in its choices and responsibilities. Meanwhile, Minjee searches for hope in the twisted and terrifying labyrinth of modern day North Korea. Both learn the harrowing truth: that sacrifice is required for survival.
The Washingtonian review of the Wolly Mammoth 2012 production
Boston Globe review of Company One's production – 2013
Photos courtesy of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Peter and the Starcatcher
(April 27 – May 29)
By Rick Elice
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by Brian Weaver
A swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan that takes the audience from the brig on a pirate ship to mermaids’ coves as we discover exactly who is the little boy who never grew up. A dozen actors play more than 100 characters in this musical adventure that is in turns hilarious and touching.
New York Times review of the Broadway production
San Jose Mercury Review of the Lucie Stern Theatre 2014 production