Portland Playhouse

THE OTHER PLACE

By Sharr White
Directed by Brian Weaver

What does it take for us to let go and find refuge in the people who care for us? Powerhouse biophysicist, wife, and mother Juliana Smithton is accustomed to being the smartest person in the room - and to getting her way. Smithton has achieved great success as a pitchwoman for pharmaceutical companies, specializing in drugs that combat dementia. But after an episode of minor confusion, Juliana discovers that she might be suffering from medical troubles that painfully resemble the focus of her research. If her own mind is playing tricks on her, who can she trust? Join us for Sharr White’s riveting psychological drama that critics have hailed as

“piercing and tonally on-target” (New York Magazine) “curvy and compelling” (NY Daily News), and a “taut, incisive puzzle play” (Backstage).

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MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY

*Regional Premiere

By Anne Washburn
Directed by Brian Weaver

Yes, THAT Mr. Burns. Acclaimed playwright Anne Washburn leads us into an unlikely post-catastrophe, post-electricity future in which survivors pass the time recounting episodes from The Simpsons. As they are told, and told, and told again, these snippets from our pop culture become the stuff of epics, myths, and legends. Audiences in the hometown of Simpsons creator Matt Groening (and the city where playwright Washburn spent her college years) are in for a wacky, geeky, unapologetically original theatrical treat.

“Downright brilliant…With grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself… Mr. Burns…makes the case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.” (The New York Times).

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