Portland may love its prize-winning roses, but it also loves its native plants and sustainable gardens. In Native Gardens, gardening practices and cultures collide when a dispute over a fence line turns well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies.
With a script featuring snappy lines that could be pulled straight from recent news headlines, Native Gardens has been praised as “a necessary pressure valve for the tensions of our times” (The Post-Standard) and “a true breath of comic fresh air ... biting, perceptive, and ultimately hopeful” (DC Theatre Scene).
The playwright, Karen Zacarías, got the idea for the play when she was at a dinner party listening to friends talk about their issues with their neighbors. “The play ended up becoming a symbol of what’s going on in our country, a way to be able to talk about important topics like entitlement, white privilege, and the border through the lens of horticulture and make it funny,” she said. “Most communities can relate to what’s going on, no matter what side of the fence they’re on. My hope is that people will take a moment to ponder what it will take for them to be a better neighbor. I want simple things out of my plays. You can still laugh, have fun, and talk about hard things in a way where nobody’s off the hook.”
Don’t miss this hilarious new play! Native Gardens opens at The Armory on May 18 and runs through June 16. Save $15 per ticket using promo code NGCHINOOK. Discount excludes previously purchased tickets, seating area 4, and is not valid with other offers.
Get the Dirt on Native Gardens
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About the Venue
Portland Center Stage at The Armory is Portland’s flagship theater company, welcoming roughly 150,000 visitors each season with a mix of classic, contemporary, and world premiere productions, and a variety of high quality education and community programs. The Armory’s productions and programs are 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 Playwright’s 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.