By Adam Hetrick
01 Mar 2012
Chris Coleman will direct Sweeney Todd, which will be the first main stage production of the season. Also planned is Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Penny Metropulos.
James Still's new play I Love to Eat, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, centers on the life of late celebrity chef James Beard. Rose Riordan will direct Matthew Lopez's acclaimed Civil War-era drama The Whipping Man.
The final two main stage productions will be Norris' Clybourne Park, which studies race and real-estate generations after A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Chris Coleman; and the Rob Ruggiero-Jeffrey Hatcher revue Ella: The Musical, about the life of late jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. Ruggiero will direct.
The Ellyn Bye Studio will open with the world premiere of Dan O'Brien's The Body of an American, directed by Bill Rauch. The play centers on the unlikely friendship between a war reporter and a playwright, both grappling with their pasts.
Nancy Keystone will stage Duncan Macmillan's Lungs, about a young couple hoping to have a child for the "right" reason. Also planned is the world premiere of The People's Republic of Portland, a new work from Lauren Weedman that puts the titular town under the microscope. Rose Riordan will direct.
Wendy Knox will stage the holiday production of David Sedaris The Santaland Diaries.
Complete dates of production and casting will be announced at a later date.
For tickets visit PCS.org. Portland Center Stage performs at the Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Avenue in Portland, OR.