Affiliate Artist Events

The Portland Stage Affiliate Artists present and participate in a diverse range of programs each season, dedicated to exploring new theatrical works, bringing the written word to the stage, and welcoming the community into the theater. Click here for information about our Studio Series.

Upcoming 2017 Affiliate Artists Events
(This listing is edited and expanded throughout the season as new events are scheduled.)


Little Festival of the Unexpected | May 10 -13, 2017

Our highly anticipated annual exploration of new theatrical work with a week-long event dedicated to public readings of new American plays.  Three playwrights are in residence at Portland Stage throughout the week developing their scripts with input from actors, directors, dramaturgs, and audience members.

The Little Festival of the Unexpected takes place in the Studio Theater and is General admission with limited seating.

2017 Little Festival of the Unexpected Plays

The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess

In this riveting two-person drama, Zoe, a biracial student, and Janine, her white professor, meet to discuss their differing views on Zoe’s paper about slavery and the American Revolution. This polite clash of ideas soon landslides into an explosive discussion of race, history, privilege, and social justice.

Sex and Other Disturbances by Marisa Smith

Join us for the world premiere of New England playwright Marisa Smith’s latest play. Sarah’s husband is obsessed with the collapse of Western civilization. On a search for happiness and escape, she unexpectedly finds herself having a little affair, wondering, “What’s the harm?” Sarah finds out the hard way in this fast-paced comedy about friendship, love, sex, and other disturbances.

Refuge/Malja by Bess Welden with translations by Ali Al-Mshakheel

Jamie, a Jewish-American photojournalist, calls up an old friend, Ibrahim, in the middle of the night to discuss translating a message into Arabic. What she hesitates to tell Ibrahim is that the message is for a young Syrian refugee she’s met who just might be the son she never had—or the grandfather she never knew—in this decade-spanning drama about the malja (refuge) we all search for.

Little Festival of the Unexpected Performance Schedule:  May 10–13

Wed. May 10th, 7:00 pm
Sex & Other Disturbances by Marisa Smith

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Thursday May 11th, 7:00 pm
Refuge/Malja by Bess Welden with translations by Ali Al-Mshakheel

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Friday May 12th, 7:00 pm
The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess

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Saturday May 13th, 12:30 pm
Sex & Other Disturbances by Marisa Smith

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Saturday May 13th, 3:30 pm
Refuge/Malja by Bess Welden with translations by Ali Al-Mshakheel

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Saturday May 13th, 7:30 pm
The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess

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Unless otherwise noted, all Affiliate Artists events take place on the Portland Stage Mainstage at 25A Forest Avenue in Portland and are open to the public on a pay-what-you-can basis.

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For more information on the history of the Affiliate Artists group and its members, click here.