Portland Center Stage Plans Last Five Years, Chinglish and Lizzie: The Musical
By Adam Hetrick
Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, a rock musical re-telling of the Lizzie Borden story, and Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play The Mountaintop will be part of Portland Center Stage's 2013-14 season.
The main stage season will open with a revival of the Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick-Joseph Stein musical Fiddler on the Roof, running Sept. 14-Oct. 27. Following will be The Second City's A Christmas Carol, a send-up of the Charles Dickens classic adapted by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. It will run Nov. 16-Dec. 22.
Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, about an American businessman who entangles himself in more than just financial affairs while in China, will be staged Jan. 11-Feb. 9, 2014.
Adam Bock's gripping drama A Small Fire, about a woman ravaged by an unknown disease that strips her of her senses as her husband is left to care for her, will run Feb. 22-March 23, 2014. Following will be a new staging of Shakespeare's Othello, presented April 5–May 11, 2014
Lizzie: The Musical, penned by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt, will run May 24-June 29, 2014. The rock musical, about the life and trial of Victorian murderess Lizzie Borden, has been seen in several New York developmental engagements.
Studio productions include Hall's two-person drama The Mountaintop, about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final night on earth and a mysterious woman who shares it with him, which will run Aug. 31-Oct. 27.
The world premiere of Elizabeth Heffron's Bo-Nita, which was nurtured as part of PCS's JAW 2012 festival of new works, will run Feb. 1-March 16, 2014. According to PCS, "Life's not easy for Bo-Nita. It never is for a 13-year-old, but especially one who winds up with a dead, semi-ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. With humor, pathos, and a dash of Midwest magic realism, Bo-Nita follows one mother and daughter's journey through a working-class America of dwindling resources, and the lengths to which they must go to stay together and keep their beat alive."
The final production of the studio season will be The Last Five Years, the two-person musical by Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Brown. The semi-autobiographical work about the lifespan of a love affair will run April 26-June 22, 2014.
For tickets visit PCS.org. Portland Center Stage performs at the Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Avenue in Portland, OR.
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