Portland Center Stage at The Armory celebrates its 30th anniversary of bringing stories to life as the largest professional theater company in Portland and one of the top 20 regional companies in the country, pairing Broadway-level performers and Tony Award-winning designers with Portland’s best creators.
The opening of Astoria: Part Two in January marks the culmination of a massive undertaking. Last season, Astoria: Part One broke multiple company box office records to become the bestselling world premiere in its history and one of its top-selling plays of all time. The company will stage reprise performances of the first installment before the sequel opens and subsequently present the full story as a one-day marathon—an epic offering unlike anything the company has ever produced! The production also serves as a beautiful springboard for the studio show that follows, And So We Walked, in which Astoria star DeLanna Studi tells of her 900-mile journey with her father along the Trail of Tears in search of her heroic self.
The Armory is also a major incubator for play development thanks to their annual JAW Festival. Now in its 20th year, the JAW Festival has offered free staged readings for more than 20,000 audience members and developed 80 plays, including Kodachrome that will make its world premiere this season.
The company marks its anniversary this year by returning to its roots as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and partnering with OSF on the production of Mojada:
A Medea in Los Angeles.