september 26 - October 21
By Will Eno
Directed by Gretchen Corbett*
Featuring Michael O'Connell* and Nikki Weaver*
What are we here for? Is time a friend or an enemy? Do we all eventually end up in the same place, but take different routes to get there? This funny, moving, and thought-provoking new play challenges the notion of what really matters and recognizes the importance of life’s simple pleasures. (All of which might sound dreary, but there’s a chance this will be a really good experience.)
Critics' Pick! "Profoundly moving!"
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"A work of humor, humanity and grace."
- Frank Rizzo, Variety
"Alive with rippling depths of sorrow and warming currents of bliss."
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Description courtesy of Signature Theatre.
December 1 -29
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 Brian Weaver
Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly spirits who visit on Christmas Eve and guide the grumpy miser through a redemptive and transformative journey towards friendship and love. Hopeful, musical, and above all fun!
"From beginning to end, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is full of warm-heartedness and joy. I watched the whole play with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat and loved every minute of it." - Krista Garver, Broadway World
January 14 - February 10
By Emma Stanton
Directed by Tea Alagic
At the center of No Candy is a multi-generational community of Bosnian Muslim women who survived the Srebrenica genocide and, years later, open a gift shop for tourists who visit the Srebrenica memorial. While No Candy is very much about how trauma inhabits the body and shapes a community, it is also about the persistence of humor, art, and absurdity in an unimaginable time.
This new work was presented to enthusiastic acclaim as part of our 2017 Fall Reading Series.
March 13 - April 7
By Regina Taylor
Directed by Patdro Harris
Portland Playhouse garnered much acclaim for its musicals with successes such as A Light in the Piazza, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, and most recently, Scarlet. Crowns brings the musical experience back to the Playhouse stage in a big way. A female driven cast tells the story of Yvonne, a young woman transplanted from Brooklyn to South Carolina following a family tragedy. There she meets a circle of women who share with her the history, the importance, the power of the hat. Crowns is a not-to-be-missed celebration of song, dance, cultural history—and glamorous headwear.
"Rich and beautiful." - Chicago Tribune