Portland, May 5th. Portland Center Stage hosted its annual gala and this year’s theme, Blue’s Rendezvous: A Night on the Bayou, was inspired by the soul and history of the blues. Guests included: Ryan Taylor, Angela Taylor, Zach Stepp, Dave Lofland, Briana Gonzales, and Tom Barreto. (Photo Credit, Joni Photo)
It was truly a “House Rent Boogie,” which, in blues slang, connotes a party thrown to help support a good cause, raising a gross total of $421,175 – Portland Center Stage’s 2nd highest grossing gala of all time.
Making a home in the Gerding Theater at the Armory since 2006, PCS has emerged as one of country’s top regional theaters, producing a dynamic mix of classical, musical, contemporary and premiere works. PCS is also proud to fill the Armory every summer with the nationally acclaimed JAW: A Playwright
’s Festival. Last year’s JAW drew 2,645 event attendees and 94 participating writers, directors, actors, and other artists.
Portland Center Stage couldn’t be more excited about its lineup for their 25th anniversary season. To highlight a few shows, audiences will begin the season with the dark masterpiece of American musical theatre, Sweeney Todd, move on to experience Shakespeare at his most magical and imaginative in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, travel through a harrowing journey alongside an award-winning war photographer through The Body of an American, get to know the original Portland foodie with the new play I Love to Eat and get a glimpse of Portland through the eyes of comedy whiz Lauren Weedman with the World Premiere of The People’s Republic of Portland.