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Past Seasons

Portland Civic Theatre Guild Past Seasons


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October 7, 2014
The Gin Game 
by D.L. Colburn
directed by Julie Accuardi

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November 4th, 2014:
The Dance and the Railroad
by David Henry Hwang
directed by Dmae Roberts

A haunting and powerfully affecting work revolving around two Chinese artists and their fellow railroad workers, who stage a strike to protest the inhuman conditions suffered by the Chinese laborers in the American West of 1867.

December 2, 2014
Over the River and Through the Woods
by Joe DiPietro
directed by Jeffrey Stocker

A delightful comedy, perfect fare for the holiday season. Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey! In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner.

January 27, 2015
by Nancy Moss  
directed by Jane Ferguson

The million dollar question of whether the East or West Portland Railway line will be the link to the new Northern Pacific Railway, and the Exclusion Laws of the 1800s. Anne Winter, a young woman torn between her African American heritage and her position in society, attempts to uncover valuable secrets while holding close a secret of her own.

February 3, 2015
A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur
by Tennessee Williams
directed by Mary McDonald-Lewis

Vintage Williams! Southern ladies in 1935 St. Louis, desperate for marriage and status.

March 3, 2015
Sorry, Wrong Number
by Lucille Fletcher
Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage
by David Ives
directed by Sam Mowry

A mystery double-header, one a chiller and the other a farcical comedy. Directed by Sam A. Mowry, these two one-act plays in “old time” radio format featured Chris Porter, Sarah McCauley, Alyson Ayn Osborn, David Loftus and James Dineen.

April 7, 2015:
Time Stands Still 
by Donald Margulies
directed by Sam Hull

A woman photo-journalist, wounded in Iraq, returns to life in New York. Can you be a dispassionate, uninvolved observer of horrific events, recording them for posterity, and then return to a normal life?

May 5th, 2015
Baby The Musical
by Sybille Pearson, based on a story developed with Susan Yankowitz,
music by David Shire
lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
directed by Adair Chappell

The show concerns three couples on a university campus as they deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of conceiving a baby. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion leads to a surprise pregnancy.


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October 1, 2013
I Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick

A delightful comedy about a successful television star whose apartment is haunted by the champagne guzzling, ego driven ghost of John Barrymore.
November 5, 2013
Late: A Cowboy Song
by Sarah Ruhl

The story of Mary, a woman caught between two worlds: that of her loving but broke husband and her high school girlfriend who also happens to be a cowboy.
December 4, 2013
First Night
by Jack Neary.

In this delightful comedy a  video store employee meets his grade school  sweetheart twenty years later and wonders if they can find happiness together. The only question, however, is whether or not she’s a nun.
January 28, 2014
Fertile Ground: Love is Enough
by Donna Barrow-Green.

It’s the 1960s: LBJ, Vietnam, women libbers — and Gladys is trapped in her role as a typical housewife. Her life revolves around the needs of her husband, Mike, and her son, Joey. But Gladys has a dream: she dreams of writing romance novels. She dreams of a world inhabited by a lovely young woman — perhaps named Jill Brentwood or Rachel Winters — who studies fashion design in Paris where she happens to meet a handsome stranger whose deep brown eyes look directly into her heart. His name could be Daniel O’Connor, Tom Griffin, or…perhaps…Marcos Van Dirk! The fantastic world of Gladys’ imagination collides with her stifling reality when Marcos suddenly comes to life and she is forced to choose between being a housewife and her romantic dreams. The comedy Love is Enough is written by Portland playwright Donna Barrow-Green and directed by Chrisse Roccaro. The cast includes Emily Sahler as Gladys; Brian Allard as her husband, Mike; Bryce Earhart as their son, Joey; and Gilberto Martin Del Campo as the dreamy hero, Marcos Van Dirk. Love is Enough is produced by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, whose mission is to serve and support the Portland theatre community. Please join us at 10am for coffee before the reading.

February 4, 2014
Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve
by David Birney

A hilarious play about the original battle of the sexes by one of the world’s greatest writers.
March 4, 2014
Crumbs from the Table of Joy
by Lynn Nottage

It is 1950 and Godfrey Crump has just lost his wife. He finds solace in Father Devine’s Peace Mission Movement. He pulls up stakes and moves his teenage daughters to be nearer to the mission. Told through the eyes of seventeen year old Ernestine, the play aims straight at the heart.

April 1, 2014
Humble Boy
by Charlotte Jones

Forty year old Felix Humble, a shy genius, searches for a unified theory of the universe. Returning home after the death of his father, he must come to terms with his overbearing mother and assorted family members. A hilarious and surprising play with echoes of Hamlet.  Directed by Micki Selvitella, featured cast members are Todd Van Voris as Felix Humble; Christine Shields as Mercy Lott; Patricia Hunter as Flora Humble; David Loftus as Jim the gardener; David Heath as George Pye; and Katie Mortemore as Rosie Pye.

May 6, 2014
A Musical Treat
Directed by Adair Chappell

Once again, the “dessert” of the season! A delightful and dynamic performance by some of Portland’s finest musical stars!


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October 2, 2012
by Herb Gardner
directed by Chrisse Roccaro

A young boy named Nick lives with his eccentric Uncle Murray. When Murray walks off his job as a joke writer for “Chuckles the Chipmunk”, it’s time for “the system” to make life “normal”. As Nick and Murray find a way to stay together, their paths become filled with laughter, warmth, sweetness and inspired madness.

November 6, 2012
by Anne Nelson
directed by Stephanie Mulligan

Nick, a New York Firefighter Captain coming to terms with the loss of eight men on  “9/11” seeks the help of Joan, a writer, to prepare the eulogies for his men. A true story told with humor, compassion and heartfelt appreciation for the lives of those lost when the Twin Towers fell.

December 4, 2012
by Alan Ayckbourn
directed by Mary McDonald-Lewis

This hilarious farce involves two couples in a mad-cap mix up of revolving doors, odd relationships, quick word-play and mistaken identity.

January 29, 2013
by Andrew Wardenaar
directed by Matt Zrebski

The Sweatermakers, by Andrew Wardenaar, a member of Playwrights West, ponders the way we reach for each other as tragedy surrounds us. This non-realistic, mysterious play will PCTG’s first Fertile Ground entry. The Fertile Ground brochure will be coming out in December – a guide to the whole FG season. The Guild’s production will be featured. Our reading is at 10 AM Guild style w/coffee at the Old Church. There will also be a talk back.

February 5, 2013
by Michael Hollinger
directed by Louanne Moldovan

As little girls, nestled in the tiny projection booth of their family-owned cinema, Hazel and Muriel flew to exotic islands with their mother.  Now, in middle-age, Muriel returns to the fading movie palace where her estranged sister screens old films for a dwindling audience.  When Hazel insists she wants nothing to do with her sister, Muriel begs her sister to help her resurrect the cinema and her own failing marriage.  A poignant, powerful play about the limits of love and the limitless magic of the movies.

March 5, 2013
by Neil Simon
directed by Trish Egan

Two young brothers are left to fend for themselves in a household run by their formidable immigrant grandmother, a sweet but simple-minded aunt, and their hoodlum uncle. One of Simon’s most impressive and funniest plays, it received four Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize.

April 2, 2013
by Joanna McClelland Glass
directed by Micki Selvitella

For fourteen years Margaret and Walter have been man and wife in name only. It takes a visit from a childhood friend, Gibson, to their 500-acre farm is Saskatchewan, Canada, to bring about the emotional upheaval, physical collapse, and self questioning that will allow the couple to let go of their pride and connect once more.

May 7, 2013 
directed by Adair Chappell

Once again, the “dessert” of the season. A delightful and dynamic musical treat performed by some of Portland’s finest!  This year we have chosen: “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris….” by Jacques Brel, Eric Blau, & Mort Shuman.  Music by Jaques Brel!


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October 4, 2011
by Neil Simon
produced through special arrangement with Samuel French

A dark drama with comic overtones centering on a cabaret singer whose career, marriage, and health have been destroyed by alcohol.  Set in the 1970s.  

November 1, 2011
by Devon Allen

Occurring over a 24-hour period in the early 1980s, this play sometimes mocks, sometimes laughs at the lingering effects of service in the Vietnam war and its imact on family relations.  .

December 6, 2011
by Susan Sandler

A lighthearted romantic comedy demonstrating that even in modern times a little matchmaking can be very helpful to two young New Yorkers struggling to find love.

February 7, 2012
by David Lindsay-Abaire

A rare condition that causes the body to age much faster than normal has trapped sixteen year old Kimberly in the body of an eighty year old woman.  In this hilarious and heart rending play, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam artist aunt, and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

March 6, 2012
by Donald Margulies

Jonathan Waxman, an extraordinarily successful artist who claims astronomical prices for his work sight unseen, travels to England to visit his original muse and lover, whom he abandoned years ago in a quest for the fame that now consumes him.

April 3, 2012
by Gerald Sibleyras translated by Tom Stoppard

Will today be the day they escape?  In a French Military hospital three veterans, Gustave, Phillipe and Henri plan their escape.  This beguiling comedy explores the eccentricities, follies and quiet desperation of old age and friendship.

May 1, 2012
Once again, the “dessert” of the season. A delightful and dynamic musical treat performed by some of Portland’s finest!


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Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon
Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel
All in the Timing by David Ives
A Cocktail Hour by A. R. Gurney
A Marvelous Party directed by Adair Chappell


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A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delany
The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell
Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard
Mysterious Mr. Love by Karoline Leach
A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing
The Hammerstone by Jon Tuttle
Musical Treat: Tribute to Stephen Sondheim directed by Adair Chappell


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Angel Street by Patrick Hamilton
Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher
Chateau Joyeux by William S. Gregory
Love Letters by A. R. Gurney
A Night in the Theatre by Lawrence Casler
Enchanted April by Matthew Barber
Musical Treat: No Way to Treat a Lady directed by Adair Chappell and Alan D. Lytle


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Same Time Next Year
Grace and Glorie
Master Class
Musical Treat: Love is in the Air


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Shirley Valentine Nixon’s Nixon
Bell Book and Candle
The Giver
Musical Treat


The Foreigner by Larry Shue
Proof by David Auburn
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
The Goodbye People by Herb Gardner
The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman
Fallen Angels by Noel Coward
Musical Treat directed by Adair Chappell


Kilroy Was Here
The Rainmaker
A View from the Bridge
On Golden Pond
Man of LaMancha
Talley’s Folly
Musical Treat


Royal Gambit
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Crimes of the Heart
I Ought to be in Pictures
Carpetbagger’s Children
Glass Managerie
Musical Treat


The Little Foxes
Last Night at Ballyhoo
Under Milkwood
Broadway Bound
Fuddy Mears
And a Nightingale Sang
Musical Treat


Juicy Tomatoes
Holiday Stories
Educating Rita
Fallen Angels
The Mysterious Mr Love
Musical Treat


The Cocktail Hour
Shadow of a Gunman
I Was Dancing
The Business of Murder
Withering Looks
Time of the Cuckoo
Musical Treat


Social Security
The Public Eye
Holiday Surprise
Having Our Say
Travels With My Aunt
Lunch Hour
Musical Treat


Two Viewings
The Love Course
Holiday Stories
The Corn is Green
Dancing at Lughnasa
Angel Street
Musical Treat


Me and Jezebel
Christmas Stories
The Heiress
The Kingfisher
Murder by Misadventure
Musical Treat–I Do, I Do


Laundry and Bourbon
Song at Twilight
Over the Teacups
Man of Destiny
The Browning Version
Musical Treat–Sondheim


Any Wednesday
Still Life
Lion in Winter
Barefoot in the Park
The Circle
Home at Seven
Musical Treat


The Foreigner
Shirley Valentine
Love Letters
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Lettice and Lovage
The Best of Friends
George and Martha


Tell Me a Story
The Story of Paragil
Bed Among the Lentils
Sunshine Boys
Driving Miss Daisy


84 Sharing Cross Road
An Unfinished Romance
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Mata Hari/The Inca of Perusalem
The Philanderer
A Gentleman and a Scoundrel


Twelve PoundLook/Fumed Oak
Spoon River Anthology
The Marriage Proposal/The Boor
Ladies in Retirement
Relatively Speaking


The Confidential Clerk
Mass Appeal
Footsteps of a Dove/I’m Herbert


Social Security
The Holly and the Ivy
Business of Murder
First Night of Pygmallion


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A Phoenix Too Frequent
Wildly In Love
A Christmas in Wales
Billy Bishop Goes to War
Murder at Howard Johnson’s


A Lovely Night
The Housekeeper
Painting Churches
Dial “M” for Murder
The Kingfisher


The Whole Truth
Old Acquaintances
The Lady’s Not for Burning
Fox Fire


Sorry, Wrong Number/I’m Herbert
I Ought to be in Pictures
The Holly and the Ivy
The Pleasure of His Company
A Talent for Murder


The Reluctant Debutante
The West Side Waltz
My Three Angels
The Green Bay Tree
The Glass Mountain
Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime


Plaza Suite
Pat Covington and Co.
Dear Charles
Edwina Black


The Solid Gold Cadillac
On Golden Pond
The Greatest Man Alive
You Never Can Tell
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Miss Lula Bett


Mary and Mary
The White House
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
An Inspector Calls
Hay Fever


Fallen Angels
Barretts of Wimpole Street
Laburnum Grove
The Circle
Night Watch
Morning’s at Seven


The Winslow Boy
Christmas Packages
Uncle Henry
Mr. Pym Passes By


Critic’s Choice
Kind Lady
Music Noel
Valentine and Valentina
Dragon’s Mouth
Goodbye My Fancy


The Day after the Fair
What Every Woman Knows
Dispel Gloom and Spread Joy
The Heiress
White Lies
The Happy Hour


Surprise Package
Present Tense
Silent Night, Lonely Night
Happy Birthday, USA
Ladies in Retirement
The Women


The Corn is Green
The Sound of Music
The Silver Whistle
Promenade All
The Last of Mrs. Lincoln
The Constant Wife


Three Scenes from World Theatre
The Play’s the Thing
The Holly and the Ivy
A Phoenix Too Frequent
Victoria Regina
Angel Street


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