Raise your voice. Make a joyful noise. The Color Purple—based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller—is a powerful, Tony Award-winning musical opening at The Armory on September 15. With a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, this stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie from the early to mid-20th century in the American south, as she journeys from childhood to womanhood, through joy and despair, anguish and hope, to discover the true power of love and life. With a soul-rousing, Grammy-winning score, The Color Purple is an unforgettable and intensely moving American classic.
The Color Purple is the opening musical in Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s breathtaking 2018-2019 season. The 11-show season features more women playwrights than ever before; playwrights from more facets of American culture than ever before; and stories told in more unique ways than ever before. From the wickedly funny play about the meaning of life—appropriately titled A Life—to a bold new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility and the West Coast premiere of Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things, Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s 2018-2019 season is bold, fresh, and fun. Explore the season lineup today!
Portland Center Stage at The Armory is Portland’s flagship theater company, welcoming roughly 150,000 visitors each season with a mix of classical, contemporary and world premiere productions, and a variety of high quality education and community programs created—in partnership with 170+ local organizations and individuals—to serve the diverse populations in the city. As part of its dedication to new play development, the company has produced 26 world premieres and presents an annual new works festival, JAW: A Playwrights Festival. Its home, The Armory, was originally built in 1891 and became the first building on the National Register of Historic Places, and the first performing arts venue in the country, to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.