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As outlined in previous updates, ART is nearing the end of the process of selling the north half of our block to Wood Partners. Because of this, we are embracing ART on Tour as an opportunity to deepen connections with fellow producing organizations around Portland. Venues and partnerships include productions at Imago Theatre, The Hampton Center/Portland Opera, Portland State University/Lincoln Hall in a co-production with Profile Theatre and the PSU Theatre Program, Portland Center Stage @ The Armory: Ellyn Bye Studio, a co-production with Portland Center Stage @ The Armory on their U.S. Bank Mainstage, and a must-see, cabaret-style play with live music in the ballroom of the Tiffany Center. ART on Tour will be a time to build community partnerships, innovate, reach new audiences, and affirm our mission. 

1984

by George Orwell
A New Play by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
SEP 7 - OCT 6 @ IMAGO | 17 SE 8th Ave

Always under the watchful eye of Big Brother, Winston has nowhere to turn and no one to trust as anyone or anything could be running surveillance on behalf of the government. The Thought Police monitor society and dole out nightmarish punishments on behalf of the authoritarian Party, who propagandize ‘Ignorance is Peace’. Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984, is an intense theatrical reflection of how far technology and falsifying reality has come.

 

LA RUTA

by Isaac Gomez
NOV 2 - DEC 1 @ PORTLAND OPERA | 211 SE Caruthers Street

Since 1993, the women of Juárez, Mexico have been disappearing and no one has solved the mystery. The bus route that takes these women to and from their U.S.-owned factory jobs is often the last place they are seen. Based on real life testimonies, each woman represented in La Ruta bears witness to the secrets buried under the hot desert sun. Bouncing back and forth in time and featuring live music, the intensely harrowing La Ruta gives a passionate voice to the women who have disappeared.

 

THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART

by David Greig
NOV 30 - JAN 5 @ TIFFANY CENTER | 1410 SW Morrison St.

Prudencia Hart is an academic scholar of traditional Scottish folklore and immensely dislikes all things pop culture, including her professional nemesis, Colin Syme. After a particularly long night full of draughts and drams at a pub, Prudencia gets lost in the snow-covered forest and winds up getting saved by a man who may have nefarious intentions. Bewitchingly exuberant, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is a wild romp through Scottish ballads, karaoke mainstays, and devilish encounters. 

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart will be performed among the audience in a pub-style setting. Enjoy traditional Scottish pub fare, beverages, and (of course) whiskey for a nominal additional fee.

 

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY

by Jocelyn Bioh
JAN 18 - FEB 16 @ PORTLAND CENTER STAGE @ THE ARMORY: US BANK MAINSTAGE | 128 NW 11th Ave

Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and nearly topples the social order of Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Jocelyn Bioh's biting comedy explores the challenges facing teenage girls across the globe and cautions that while beauty may be only skin deep, its pursuit can cut much deeper.

A co-production with Portland Center Stage at The Armory

INDECENT

by Paula Vogel
FEB 19 - MAR 8 @ PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, LINCOLN HALL | 1620 SW Park Ave

Sholem Asch’s play The God of Vengeance made a splash on Broadway in 1923, when it was shut down after six weeks of running, and all of the actors were arrested on charges of obscenity. Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves scenes of Asch’s play with the imagined conversations of the risk-taking company that brought the script to the stage. Indecent is a riveting backstage drama filled with music, the history of Jewish theatre, and stage magic.

A co-production with Profile Theatre in association with Portland State University 

LOOKING FOR TIGER LILY

by Anthony Hudson
MAY 2 - MAY 31 @ PORTLAND CENTER STAGE: THE ELLYN BYE STUDIO | 128 NW 11th Ave

Carla Rossi – Portland’s premier drag clown – has taken over Anthony’s life and Anthony would like it back now. Anthony’s identity is a confused tangle of Native American/white/queer, and Anthony grew up looking to the Indian princess Tiger Lily from Peter Pan for cultural guidance. Looking for Tiger Lily is a kaleidoscopic, funhouse trip, following Anthony’s quest to find validation as a real Native artist – where the artist and the muse can coexist.

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