Clyde’s

Andrea Vernae, Lauren Steele, Pascal Arquimedes, Setareki Wainiqolo, and Orion Bradshaw in the Syracuse Stage production of “Clyde’s,” Jan. 31 – Feb. 18, 2024.

Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s, fresh off Broadway, comes to Portland in an all-new production

Closing out a thrilling season of plays, Portland Center Stage welcomes Lynn Nottage’s hit Clyde’s. Fresh from Broadway in an all-new production, Clyde’s features a mix of local and national actors on stage, June 1 – 30, 2024. Following this production’s celebrated East Coast premiere at Syracuse Stages earlier this year, Portland audiences will experience the hilarity, the dramedy, the absurdity that observes the formerly incarcerated cooks of a rundown truck stop diner on their quest to craft the perfect sandwich. The Hollywood Reporter calls Clyde’s “an absolutely thrilling experience. Laugh-out-loud funny!” This production of Clyde’s is sponsored by Benjamin R. and Elaine M. Whiteley Family Fund of Oregon Community Foundation. Tickets are on sale now, including sliding scale tickets for BIPOC Affinity Night, a.k.a. The People’s Party, on Friday, June 14, at 2:00 p.m. 

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage tantalizes audiences with her latest creation, Clyde’s, a delicious comedy infused with laughter, redemption, and the transformative power of restorative justice. Within the walls of Clyde’s truck stop diner, a motley crew of formerly incarcerated individuals navigate the challenges of their newfound freedom under the watchful eye of their formidable, yet spectacularly-dressed boss. As they strive to craft the ultimate sandwich, audiences are treated to a menu brimming with lovable characters, audacious dreams, and a heartwarming narrative that leaves a lasting impression. Nominated for the prestigious Tony Award for Best Play in 2022, Clyde’s promises a theatrical experience that satisfies the soul from start to finish.

In a co-production with Syracuse Stage, where this production of Clyde’s premiered in early 2024, audiences and critics alike laud the delectable language, characters, and over 70 sandwiches crafted on stage by the cast of mostly Portland actors. Director Chip Miller, also Associate Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage, says of the production, “With humor and heart, Clyde’s is a meditation on how we access our humanity after we’ve been robbed of it and the power of a collective to make small, but significant steps towards redemption through the act of nourishing others. I cannot wait to share the rich and delicious world of these characters with Portland audiences.”

Pascal Arquimedes in the Syracuse Stage production of “Clyde’s,” Jan. 31 – Feb. 18, 2024.

Clyde’s entertains, illuminates and satisfies.  It serves up a world of possibilities if we are brave enough to be vulnerable and simply propose, ‘What if a sandwich represents our love?’ It is a play to experience and savor, surely deserving a Michelin theatrical star.” –BroadwayWorld

The cast and creative team for Clyde’s have come together from across the United States, with Portland-based director (and PCS Associate A.D.) Chip Miller at the helm, along with Portland actors Andrea Vernae (School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls PlayGem of the Ocean) as the stylish and standoffish titular character, Clyde; Setareki Wainiqolo (Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really) as ever-innovative sandwich connaisseur Montrellous; Lauren Steele (HAIR, the ripple, the wave that carried me home, tick, tick… BOOM!) as sweet and strong Letitia; Orion Bradshaw (Redwood) as the fresh-out new hire Jason; and in his onstage PCS debut, Pascal Arquimedes, playing excitable and romance-loving cook, Rafael. 

Audiences will be transported to the quintessential diner kitchen with oversized truck stop sign in a world of its own, built by scenic designer Britton Mauk, and casual kitchen-wear costumes are juxtaposed with bright, bold, and audacious numbers worn by Clyde herself, designed by Tony-nominated costume designer Dominique Fawn Hill, with wigs and hair designed by Dylinn Andrew. Lights, designed by Marika Kent, will transport viewers between reality and dreams, and Phil Johnson’s sound design weaves together good music and lively background sounds, together building a world and bringing us into the Clyde’s diner and into the dreams of the cast of Clyde’s.

For more information on the show, please visit https://www.pcs.org/clydes

Andrea Vernae in the Syracuse Stage production of “Clyde’s,” Jan. 31 – Feb. 18, 2024.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage serves up this delicious comedy that centers laughs, redemption, and restorative justice. The formerly incarcerated kitchen staff at Clyde’s are navigating their new lives on the outside and their tough-as-nails boss — all while on a quest to create the perfect sandwich. The menu features loveable characters, big dreams, and a heartwarming story that’s good to the last bite!

THE CAST

Pascal Arquimedes (Rafael); Orion Bradshaw (Jason); Lauren Steele (Letitia); Andrea Vernae (Clyde); Setareki Wainiqolo (Montrellous). 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Lynn Nottage (playwright); Chip Miller (director); Britton Mauk (scenic designer); Dominique Fawn Hill (costume designer); Marika Kent (lighting designer); Phil Johnson (sound designer); Kamilah Bush (dramaturg); Teniece Divya Johnson (intimacy consultant); Dylinn Andrew (wig and hair designer); Alec Barbour (fight choreographer). 

TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

When: June 1 – 30, 2024*

*Opening Night/Press Night: Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Preview Performances: June 1, 2 & 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Pay What You Will Performances: Sunday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The People’s Party: BIPOC Affinity Night: Friday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: On the U.S. Bank Mainstage at The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, Oregon.

To Purchase Regular Tickets: Prices range from $25 to $93, and tickets may be purchased at 503-445-3700 or in-person from the box office. Prices vary by date and time and are subject to change.

Ticket Specials: Visit pcs.org/deals to view ticket specials, including Rush Tickets, Pay What You Will, Arts for All, Active Duty, Military Veteran, Student, Under 30, The Armory Card, Groups of 10+, and more. 

Please Note: This production is recommended for ages 13 and up. It contains mature themes and language.

Accessibility: Learn about accessibility options at pcs.org/access.

SPECIAL EVENTS

May First Thursday with Adriana Wagner Quartet

Thu, May 2, 5 p.m.  •  FREE 

May First Thursday will feature live music by the Adriana Wagner Quartet in the Main Lobby, joined by Garrett Baxter on bass, Matthew Sazima on piano and Ken Mastrogiovanni on drums.

Improv Comedy: Love, Shakespeare
Tue, May 7, 7:30 p.m.  •  Sliding Scale $15 – $45*
Witness the Magic of Unscripted Shakespeare! Step into the offbeat world of Love, Shakespeare, where seasoned Portland comedians attempt something audacious: performing a fully improvised Elizabethan play based on your suggestions!

June First Thursday with Jermaine
Thu, Jun 6, 5 p.m.  •  FREE
Join us for June First Thursday, featuring live music by Portland-based singer/songwriter Jermaine, plus vendor tables and art exhibits.

Juntos PDX presents Cuentos De Triunfo
Sat, Jun 8, 1:30 p.m.  •  $10*
Join us for Cuentos De Triunfo, a special community event in partnership with Juntos PDX. Delve into the riveting tales of resilience and triumph spun by a diverse array of Latino Hispanic speakers.

Orion Bradshaw and Andrea Vernae in the Syracuse Stage production of “Clyde’s,” Jan. 31 – Feb. 18, 2024.

ABOUT US
PORTLAND CENTER STAGE
Portland Center Stage’s mission is to create transcendent theatrical experiences and community programs that break down the barriers separating people. We support our community in celebrating the full scope of humanity, appreciating difference, and fostering belonging. PCS was established in 1988 as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and became independent in 1994. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Marissa Wolf and Managing Director Liam Kaas-Lentz, the company produces a mix of classic, contemporary, and world-premiere productions, along with a variety of high-quality education and community programs. As part of its dedication to new play development, the company has produced 29 world premieres, many of which were developed at its JAW New Play Festival. PCS’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 performing arts venue in the country, 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 at pcs.org/idea

The Portland Center Stage 2023-24 Season is supported by Argyle Winery, Brown-Forman Distributing, Ellyn Bye, Ray and Bobbi Davis, Deschutes Brewery, Ronni Lacroute, Mark Spencer Hotel, Mellon Foundation, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Multnomah Whiskey Library, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Shubert Foundation, and U.S. Bank. This production of Clyde’s is sponsored by Benjamin R. and Elaine M. Whiteley Family Fund of Oregon Community Foundation.

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