Photo Flash: Inside Portland Center Stage's THE COLOR PURPLE
Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 2018-2019 season launches with the Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple, adapted from Alice Walker's classic novel about the sisterhood, resilience and self-empowerment found in a community of black women living in rural Georgia in the early 20th century. The Color Purple begins preview performances on September 15, opens on September 21, and runs through October 28 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage. Timothy Douglas directs the production, joined by music director Darius Smith, who will bring the Grammy Award-winning score to life.
The cast includes Felicia Boswell (Broadway: Shuffle Along, Motown, Memphis) as Celie, whose journey toward love and self-worth forms the heart of the play; Lana Gordon (Broadway: Chicago the Musical, The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar) as jazz singer Shug Avery; and Danea C. Osseni (Off-Broadway: Death of a Salesman, Ain't Misbehavin') as Celie's sister Nettie, all making their debuts at The Armory. Maiesha McQueen (First National Tour of Waitress) returns to The Armory after celebrated performances in His Eye is on the Sparrow and Ain't Misbehavin' to play Celie's daughter-in-law, the fiercely brave Sofia.
Recalling the powerful impact of his first encounter with Alice Walker's story, director Timothy Douglas said, "It was exactly as though my heart were being carefully, yet assuredly massaged by a spirit-covered hand. Guided by this indelible and visceral memory, I'll strive to massage each moment of Miss Celie's transforming nature and journey. It will surely be through the joyful noise of song - by way of our authentically-inspired ensemble of actors and musicians - that all who come to hear will, too, have their souls gloriously shaken and stirred."
Regular tickets start at $25 and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at www.pcs.org, 503.445.3700, or in-person from the box office (128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, OR). Rush tickets are $20. Students and patrons who are 30 or younger get 50% off premium tickets. $5 tickets are available for Oregon Trail Card holders through the Arts for All program. Discounts are available for groups of 10+. Active duty or veteran military personnel and their immediate families get 50% off premium tickets. Performance times (with a few exceptions noted below) are Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.; Thursday matinees at noon; see below for more information. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains strong language and adult themes. For more information visit www.pcs.org/purple.
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Danea C. Osseni as Nettie
Felicia Boswell as Celie and Danea C. Osseni as Nettie
Felicia Boswell as Celie
Felicia Boswell as Celie and Danea C. Osseni