JAW: A Playwrights Festival, hosted by Portland Center Stage at The Armory since 1999, has given playwrights space and resources to develop their scripts. After being chosen from nearly 200 submissions, JAW playwrights are able to collaborate with theater professionals from across the country. Following two weeks of collaboration and rehearsals, The Armory opens its doors to the public to host staged readings of each play. All performances take place on the U.S. Bank Main Stage at The Armory. Dynamic local performing arts groups will animate the building with short performances in the lobby before and after the staged readings. For more information, please visit pcs.org/jaw.
All JAW events are free and open to the public!
Below is a schedule of the staged readings:
Friday, July 28
8 p.m. – Promising Playwrights Kick-off Event
Staged readings of new 10-minute plays written by six Portland-area high school playwrights.
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
About the Plays
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.
All JAW events are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Seating is general admission in U.S. Bank Main Stage during JAW.
Fees : FREE