A PCS Benefit performance announced on May 3

Portland Center Stage’s Swirl in the Pearl: A PCS Benefit Performance will take over The Armory on May 3 to celebrate the power of great theater and wonderful community. Portland’s favorite artists will be delighted and ready to delight, including Merideth Kaye Clark, Suzanne Mars, Shambry wineLaRhonda Steele, Leah Yorkstonand Ken Yoshikawa.

PCS’ inaugural performance will feature a delightfully original and wildly hilarious stage play, complete with comedic hijinks, tunes from Broadway shows, highlights from PCS’ 2022-2023 season, an all-call, and more. The script was written by PCS Literary Director, Kamilah Bush, and the show will be directed by PCS Artistic Director, Marissa Wolf.

Delicious and hearty local dishes from Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Tamale Boy and Charcuterie Me will be served at the pre-show reception. After the show, champagne will be flowing and a DJ will throw a dance party, complete with treats from HeyDay Donuts and Obon Shokudo.

Ticket prices range from $50 to $175. All food is included in the ticket price and each price level also includes a donation to PCS and one or two drink tickets. The Armory Bar will be open and will feature selections from Argyle Winery and Deschutes Brewery, specialty cocktails and a variety of mocktails available for purchase. Attendees can also try their luck at the Wine Wall, where mystery wine bottles will be available for $25 or $35. Proceeds benefit PCS and some lucky guests will walk away with premium vintages from Argyle and other local wineries.

Tickets can be purchased online at pcs.org/benefit or by calling 503-445-3700, between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Sponsorships are always available, ranging from $500 to $5,000, which include year-round benefits and recognition. For more information on sponsorships, contact Beth Lewis, Donor Relations Manager, at [email protected] or 503-445-3778.

Portland Central Stage was established in 1988 as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and became independent in 1994. The company produces a mix of classical, contemporary and world premiere productions, as well as a variety of high quality educational and community programming. As part of its dedication to developing new plays, the company produced 28 world premieres, many of which were developed at its JAW New Play Festival. Portland Center Stage’s home is The Armory, a historic building originally constructed in 1891. After a major renovation, The Armory opened in 2006 as the first building on the National Register of Historic Places, the first place of performing arts and the first building in Portland to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.

Portland Center Stage is committed to identifying and interrupting instances of racism and all forms of oppression, through the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA). Learn more about pcs.org/idea.