Dmae presents an in-depth talk with veteran director William Earl Ray about his work on the Obie Award-winning play Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau at Artists Repertory Theatre. Featuring music from the Tony Award-winning musical…The Color Purple, adapted from Alice Walker’s classic novel, at Portland Center Stage. We’ll also give away tickets to both shows. 

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Dmae & William Earl Ray

Artists Rep’s 2018/19 Season Kicks Off with
Obie Award-Winning Drama
Skeleton Crew
by Dominique Morisseau

Directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray
Runs through September 30, 2018, Wednesdays-Sundays. 7:30pm, Saturdays. 2pm, Sundays at 2pm

Shelley B. Shelley - Artists Rep
Shelley B. Shelley – Artists Rep

Cast includes Shelley B. Shelley, Vin Shambry, Tamera Lyn and Bobby Bermea.

All shows at Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage, 1515 SW Morrison St., Portland
TICKETS: $60 regular price; $30 preview/student/under 35
Artists Rep participates in Arts for All and the Multnomah County Library’s Discovery Pass Program. For Tickets: 503.241.1278 or

About Skeleton Crew.:  It’s 2008, and one of the last auto plants in Detroit is dying on the vine. The factory workers that remain are living paycheck-to-paycheck but amidst the backbreaking work and brutally long shifts, they have somehow shaped themselves into a makeshift family. Faye, a factory lifer, is the glue that holds everything together. But with less than six months before she can retire with a full pension, Faye learns that management has a plan that could threaten her whole existence, leaving her torn between loyalty to her coworkers or her own survival. Heartbreakingly tense with moments of ethereal beauty, Skeleton Crew reveals the struggle to stay relevant in a society that constantly changes.



Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s presents 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. Timothy Douglas directs the production, joined by music director Darius Smith, who will bring the Grammy Award-winning score to life.

The Color Purple opens September 21 – October 28 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage.
Tickets start at $25 By Phone: 503.445.3700, 12–6 p.m. In Person: The box office is at 128 NW Eleventh Avenue. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on performance days  (6 p.m. on non-performance days)

The Color Purple at Portland Center Stage
The Color Purple at Portland Center Stage

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.

About The Color Purple: From Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller comes a powerful, Tony Award-winning musical 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, based on the novel by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture.