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American history blazes to vivid life in this unconventional of Broadway hits. With quick-witted dialogue and a playful score, 1776 dramatizes the struggle to declare independence. John Adams teams up with Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry Lee, and Thomas Jefferson in an award-winning musical showcasing the principles, pride and determination that influenced the birth of our nation. Winner of 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
On board a steamer, cruising under the scorching Egyptian sun, honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife Kay find themselves pursued by an old flame of the newly wedded groom. Then tragedy strikes - a body is discovered. A web of intrigue and deceit develops, surrounding the trail of a ruthless murderer.
When the American Dream is dashed, try making a sandwich! A trio of disparate and desperate 'sandwich artists' find themselves abandoned by their fast-food franchise and left to their own devices in this utterly amusing and ridiculously believable story of making ends "meat and cheese." This post-recession, comedic commentary embraces the humor in misery, the creativity in despair, and the ingenuity of the human spirit as this indomitable group bands together to succeed on their own damned terms.
Twenty years ago Emma walked out on Ulysses in the middle of the night, taking their young son with her. That's given Ulysses two decades to write his magnum opus, perfect his naked cooking techniques, and move into a dingy trailer with a phone-eating dog. But when Emma hears that he's also battling for his life, she returns to hash out the best and worst of their marriage, and the mysterious circumstances of the night she left.
Vicky and Erica are catapulted through 25 years of of love and heartbreak as they navigate an ever-shifting present. Through courtship, children, marriage, divorce and the whisper of mortality, this kaleidoscopic journey is a stunningly honest depiction of the fortitude and courage it takes to fight for love.
Set during a time when the country is divided by conflicting ideologies and convictions following a contentious presidential election, Vogel's sweeping, music-rich story plays out one frigid Christmas Eve on the banks of the Potomac River. Amid the hubbub of holiday preparations, an array of abolitionists and assassins, slaves and freemen, Union and Confederate soldiers, along with President Lincoln and Mary Todd, all pursue their paths to liberation. Propelled by traditional American songs, marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by luminary Portland musicians — A Civil War Christmas is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity's potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope.
Antigone Project is a collection of short plays written by five of America's top playwrights: Tanya Barfield, Karen Hartman, Chiori Miyagawa, Lynn Nottage and Caridad Svich. Based on the ancient Greek play by Sophocles, the five pieces are a modern retelling that confirms an ancient story can by both contemporary and relevant.
The fairytale concoction of teen angst and devastating loss make for a grisly good time in this crackling new "thrilledy" — a stew of dark comedy, family drama and fantastical carnage. It's 1976 and young Chris is reeling from her mom's illness and recent death. Throw in dad's new girlfriend (mom's ex-nurse!), a few freaky little creatures and the boy next door, and things really get out of hand. Part campy horror show, part revenge tragedy, the highly theatrical Feathers and Teeth delivers a meaty exploration of grief and obsession.
A gypsy prophecy pulls melancholy sandwich-maker Harold and two bewitching sisters through a star-crossed journey of love and connection. Featuring a catchy score and inventive story-telling, this darkly comic rock fable culminates during the northeast blackout of 1965. "The most paradoxical of musicals – hilarious and bittersweet, deeply immersed in tradition but utterly original" (Dallas News), Fly By Night is a tale of finding light in a world filled with darkness.
Carol Triffle returns to the Imago boards with an original music-theatre play about the pitfalls and disasters of beauty pageants and the regrets and dangers of becoming an accidental sex star.
In Cloud, Francesca (Megan Skye Hale), now in her thirties, is tortured by a record of 0 wins and 9 losses in her career of Tiny Miss Pageants and Teen Miss of America. Margarita (Anne Sorce), her older sister, is plagued by a record of 12 wins and 0 losses. They are both troubled by their deceased parents Jackie and Julian, suspecting the parents committed fraud in the pageants. The sisters are confused by why Margarita won all her contests and Francesca lost all hers. Isabella, their younger twenty-five-year-old sister (Elizabeth Fagan), returns from a strange trip to Albuquerque where she may or may not have become a reluctant sex star.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Stephen Sondheim's uproarious tribute to ancient Roman theatre and classic vaudeville, follows crafty slave Pseudolus as he seeks to win his freedom by helping his hapless master, Hero, woo the courtesan next door – who has, unfortunately, been promised to another suitor. Hysteria ensues (quite literally)!
A five-time Tony Award winner (including Best Musical and Best Book) filled with mistaken identities, clever wordplay, and slamming doors, Broadway's favorite musical farce has stood the test of time, combining fast-paced, irreverent humor with witty, upbeat music to joyously deliver "something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
"Boys will be boys, but the adults are usually worse- much worse." Two sets of parents meet to discuss, in a civilized manner, what should be done about a fight between their 11-year-old boys. As tensions rise and parenting styles are called into question, the gloves come off leaving liberal principles behind. Winner of the 2009 Olivier Award and Tony Award for Best Play, this dark comedy will leave you laughing and wondering just who the real children are.
Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, Godspell is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. The parables of the Bible come to life with a parade of beloved songs including "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."
In an industrial soup kitchen in the Bronx, Shelley is a nun struggling to pray and questioning her life's work. Her world in service to the needy, alongside a Dominican immigrant security guard and joke-writing "regular," is rocked when a rainbow-haired college drop-out comes to volunteer. The girl's enthusiasm and erratic behavior will change the course of their lives. With touching humor this motley group unravels the intricacies of need, the vagaries of compassion and limits of forgiveness.
Young Pip hasn't had it easy—orphaned early, knocked about by a bad-tempered sister and headed for a life of hard labor. A terrifying encounter in a graveyard and a summons to meet the eccentric Miss Havisham aren't helping matters. But when a mysterious benefactor sends Pip to London to become a gentleman, his dreams come true. Or do they? Charles Dickens' thrilling tale of friendship, love, the price of revenge and the true nature of generosity comes to life in this new adaptation by OSF favorites Penny Metropulos and Linda Alper.
Devastated by his father's death and disgusted by his mother's hasty marriage to his hated uncle, Denmark's Prince Hamlet has hit the rock bottom of despair. Now the ghost of his father appears, claiming the uncle murdered him—and the spectral accusation torments Hamlet's troubled mind, driving him to avenge a crime that may or may not be a product of his own imagining. Grand in scope, rich in language, this classic story of haunting, both literal and metaphorical, ranks among Shakespeare's masterpieces.
An all-female, all-star Portland cast leads a gender-bending production of Oscar Wilde's magnificent 19th Century comedy of manners and social status. Lovely Gwendolyn and adorable Cecily don't care who they marry as long as his name is Earnest (so manly and respectable!). Jack and Algernon are utterly smitten and only too happy to ditch their given names to bamboozle their way into the ladies' hearts. Imperious Lady Bracknell is aghast, agog and practically apoplectic, but her efforts to impose propriety prove useless against Cupid's earnest truth. High jinx, bon mots and cucumber sandwiches are served.
A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere: Inspired by the classic film The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli, a young woman living in a small Mexican village and her companions venture across the border determined to bring back seven good men to protect their village from the invasion of narco-traficantes and the risk of extinction.
Based on the 1994 Disney animated film, The Lion King continues to reign as one of the most popular shows on Broadway and around the world. With a powerful score by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, The Lion King continues to amaze with astounding stage wizardry from visionary director Julie Taymor. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by an enormous company of international performers, whose detailed costumes, carved masks, and intricate makeup will transport you to the gorgeous vistas of the African savanna.
The Impossible Dream," one of the great songs of the American musical theatre, will lift the hearts of audiences with its message of courage and the search for truth as Lakewood Theatre Company concludes its 63rd season.
In this tender and inquisitive new drama, a family grapples with the difference between a life lived and a life remembered as 85-year-old Marjorie struggles to keep hold of her memories and identity, gently assisted by an artificial version of her late husband, Walter. An exploration of aging, memory and technology, Marjorie Prime peers into what lies ahead and how our past is rewritten to face today.
Morris has been assigned to investigate rumors of bizarre and terrifying behavior in The Nether, an online virtual realm where technology can realistically simulate all five of our senses. As her investigation takes her deeper and deeper into this mysterious world, she's forced to face truths about herself that she never knew existed. The Nether is a chilling look into an inevitable future, one that asks: can morality and laws be enforced in a world that doesn't actually exist.
Based on Fellini's film classic, 8 1/2, celebrated film director, Guido Contini, is facing middle age, mortality and the pressure of his next film plot, as he is pursued by a host of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. What's a man to do? The original Broadway show won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 1982 and a Tony Award for Best Revival in 2003.
Easily confused Francis is trapped working for two bosses who are connected in wildly improbable ways. He has to keep them from discovering each other. The inspired insanity and nimble wordplay is highlighted with live onstage musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four. Winner of the Outer Critic's Circle Award for Best New Play.
A swashbuckling, family-friendly 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 professional actors play more than 100 characters in this musical adventure that is in turn hilarious and touching.
Richard II is dangerously out of touch with his kingdom. He wastes money, raises taxes to support his lavish lifestyle, plays favorites and cares more about his vanity than the common good. When Henry Bolingbroke—father of the future Henry V—challenges Richard for the throne, it's a fight the king can't win. But in losing his crown he gains far greater things: his humanity and his soul. Shakespeare's luminous, poetic masterpiece is the first of four plays that chronicle the House of Lancaster's rise and the beginning of the Wars of the Roses.
Helena is dreading her sister's wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers. And she knows that her sister, Belmira, only wants to escape their quiet Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river—a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. In this world premiere, Amazon folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heartrending tale of love, grudges, transformation . . . and the ever-present river, giving and taking away.
Theatrical mist and strobe lights may be used in this production.
The lawyer: a young, brilliant, courageous woman who argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court. The plaintiff: a hard-drinking, wild-tempered hippie bartender seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. As we know, they won the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion. But what most people don't know is how their divergent journeys after the case reflect the subsequent polarization in American culture. With shocking turns and surprising humor, Roe illuminates the difficult choices women make and the passion each side has for its cause. Bill Rauch directs this American Revolutions premiere by Lisa Loomer.
Contains strong profanity and graphic language.
This comedic masterpiece spans the entirety of history, with one ordinary American family who lives through it all. Dad's just invented the wheel, Cain is throwing rocks at the neighbor kid, mammoths and dinosaurs lounge in the family room and mom frets about how to get all those animals on the boat two by two. Through Ice Ages, biblical floods and political conventions, the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey perseveres. With an immense cast and time-set across the ages, this theatrical allegory captures the human spirit – of brilliance, idiocy and ultimately sweet survival.
Tennessee Williams' iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is an exquisite study of the unraveling of Blanche DuBois, a fading southern belle. When she arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister, Stella, and her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, Blanche is clinging desperately to a persona designed to help her survive. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche's fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn and hyper masculine Stanley, who is determined to expose her.
The American Dream teeters on the edge of the abyss as immigrants Cindy and Omar face their thwarted dreams and unraveling marriage while Omar's buddy Patrick connives to push them over the edge. In this surprisingly funny dark comedy, trouble erupts one night when bad choices are followed by verrrrry bad choices. The stakes become lethal as these characters manipulate the truth and do anything to justify their desires. The Talented Ones is Artists Rep's first new play development commission for Table|Room|Stage as part of the Oregon Community Foundation's "Creative Heights Initiative."
Timon is a wealthy man with lots of friends, but when the money runs out, so do they. Realizing he should have listened to the people who tried to warn him—a servant, a soldier and a sworn enemy—Timon turns his back on the world. But the world finds him again when he stumbles upon another fortune. Is this Timon's chance to find out who his true friends are and rejoin society? Amanda Dehnert (Julius Caesar, My Fair Lady) directs Shakespeare's rarely staged tragedy, whose inclusion in the 2016 repertory will mark the fourth time OSF has completed the canon.
The star of this hilarious and heart-wrenching new comedy is Trevor, a 200-pound chimp intent on reviving his showbiz career. He worked with Morgan Fairchild, for crying out loud! He lives with his human "mom" — just a regular family, trying to get by in spite of neighbors who simply can't understand. Swinging between reality and fantasy, Trevor takes aim at the nature of humanity and the lies we tell ourselves.
Illyria is a topsy-turvy place full of romantics and eccentrics. At least that's how it seems to Viola, who's been cast adrift in this merry world. Out of necessity, she disguises herself as a boy but quickly becomes an object of desire to the woman her employer sent her to woo. Time eventually sorts it all out, but not before Viola and everyone around her are bewitched, bothered and bewildered as they traverse the often contradictory landscapes of their hearts. This sumptuous production sets Shakespeare's wise, lovely comedy in a shimmering, tune-filled 1930s Hollywood.
Take a sleigh ride through everything that makes Portland, well, Portland. An audience-favorite, A Very Merry PDX-mas celebrates (and pokes loving fun at) all the quirks of our "ever green" city with beloved holiday pop songs, classic carols, and original offbeat material. Featured songs include "Joy to the 'Burbs," "Carol of the Fans," and "The Re-Gifter's Lament."
The waning days of the Vietnam War, refugees leaving their lives behind—it's the stuff of sobering news stories, right? Not always. In this brash new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants make their way through the bewildering landscape of 1970s America, a land filled with incomprehensible language, awkward customs, and a canvas as big as a Hollywood movie. At turns hilarious, profane, exuberant, and unexpectedly touching, Vietgone uses audacious dialogue, pop culture and an action-packed road trip to breathe life into the stories of these strangers in a strange land.
Suitability suggestion: Vietgone contains consistent strong profanity, sexual dialogue and sexuality. This humorous and warmhearted look at a seminal moment in American history, seen from a Vietnamese perspective, may be best suited to mature high school students who are able to handle the adult nature of the play.
Theatrical fog, herbal or e-cigarettes, strobe lights and the sound of gunshots and explosions may be used in this production.
Based on Shakespeare's greatest love story, West Side Story places ill-fated lovers Tony and Maria amidst racial tensions and rival street gangs in 1950s New York City. Their struggle to escape hate, violence, and prejudice to find a place together remains a heart wrenching and relevant story for our time. With its brilliant, passionate score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and pioneering choreography by Jerome Robbins, West Side Story has earned its place as one of the most powerful and revered musicals in history.
King Leontes is blessed with a beautiful queen, a son and a baby daughter-to-be, but he loses them all when his mind becomes poisoned by jealousy. During the bleak spiritual winter that follows, faithful friends and a divine oracle slowly lead him back to sanity and a glorious reunion with those he lost. Director Desdemona Chiang will present The Winter's Tale from an Asian and Asian-American perspective, setting it in dynastic China and America's Old West.
Dorothy, the Scarecrow, a witch named Evillene and that charismatic huckster the Wiz will light up the stage in this uproarious, song-filled adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, told through the lens of the African-American experience. With its arch social commentary, journey of self-discovery and infectious songs like "Ease On Down the Road," The Wiz won seven Tony Awards and had a triumphant four-year run on Broadway. OSF is thrilled to bring this cultural touchstone of the 1970s to our outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
How do you save a good man who's wrongly accused and facing the ax in 24 hours? That's how high the stakes are in Gilbert and Sullivan's funny, pun-filled musical that mines a richer emotional world than the duo's other comic operettas. Bristling with bad cases of unrequited love, a prison break and plots running amok, this world-premiere adaptation inspired by classic country-and-western music makes for a rousing musical event the whole family will enjoy.
The Yeomen of the Guard is an immersive 80-minute performance. Throughout the show, audience members in the Promenade section will be onstage among the actors, occasionally using scenic elements as temporary seating. Traditional fixed-seat ticket holders may also be invited to join the fun onstage. Any shopping bags, backpacks, bulky purses, and heavy coats will need to be stored with the house staff during the performance.