Portland Center Stage
at The Armory
(Just Add Water)
a playwright festival
Sat July 29 & Sun July 30
4:00 and 8:00 pm each day
(see full schedule below)
All reading are free and open to the public (no reservation required)
Portland Center Stage at The Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR
Four new plays. Four playwrights. Ten days of workshop. A large company of stage managers and actors, directors and productions assistants, and more.
Four readings in two days. One performance of each and all four will be interpreted.
Be among the first to see these fresh off the computer plays.
Saturday July 29
4 p.m. – Tiny Houses by Stefanie Zadravec
8 p.m. – Testmatch by Kate Attwell
Sunday, July 30
4 p.m. – In Old Age by Mfoniso Udofia
8 p.m. – Small Steps by Briandaniel Oglesby
by Stefanie Zadravec
On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Flight MH-17 rained down upon a tiny, war-torn Eastern Ukraine village after being targeted by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian Separatists. Bodies and objects alike become fodder for those trying to escape the circumstances in which they were born. TINY HOUSES is a comic riff on Pandora’s Box that explores the ripple effect on several women who suddenly realize they can disrupt the status quo.
by Kate Attwell
Present day: A rained out women's cricket match between India and England leaves tensions bare and as the rainy day drones relentlessly on, no one can play nice any more. Then: The British East India Company rules in eighteenth century West Bengal, as two members of the Royal Cricket Team, ardent players of the game, debate the rules of engagement, the problem of the women, the trouble with mosquitoes, all against the backdrop of a country that they are destroying through famine. And before that?... Testmatch is a new play about women’s sports, mangos, cricket, and ever present legacy of colonialism; written for an all-female cast.
In Old Age
by Mfoniso Udofia
Isolated within the walls of her derelict New England home and suffering the residual pain of years of abuse, an ancient Abasiama Ufot makes an unlikely spiritual connection with an elder stranger, Azell Abernarthy. Just as life takes a new turn, Abasiama and Azell learn the true nature of love and forgiveness.
by Briandaniel Oglesby
Finally fed up with the bot-and-disappointment-filled world of online gay dating, Skip Powers volunteers to go to Mars. And NASA says, “You'll do.” This is a comedy that traverses 50 million miles and a million years.