Bimonthly Reading Series: GROUP; OR MARLENE IS DEAD by Sofia Molimbi

Welcome to our first Bimonthly Reading of the year!

LineStorm Playwrights
in association with
Portland Center Stage 
and Artists Repertory Theatre

GROUP; or Marlene is Dead
By Sofia Molimbi

Directed by Francisco Garcia

Marlene: Barbie Wu*
Professor Stump/Axel: Jimmy Garcia*
Leonore: Tricia Castañeda-Guevara
Ben: Chris Conner*
Carmen: Kate Ming T’ien Duffly
Stacy Ann: Eleanor Amorós
Stage Directions: Holly Richards

*Actors’ Equity Association

ASL Interpretation Provided by:
Ruth Nardecchia and Trani Morton


Sunday, February 4
5:00 p.m.

Portland Center Stage
128 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR


“Group; or Marlene is Dead,” by Sofia Molimbi, is not your typical parenthood comedy. Set in modern day Portland, Oregon, “Group” follows the lives of five parents and two professors, who are all desperate to salvage their rocky home lives. Professor Marlene’s parenting class becomes an incubator that either kills you or saves you. This fast-paced tragicomedy is an honest portrayal of the struggles of relationships, divorce, fertility, and motherhood.

Get TWISTED with Ward and meet Barrett’s OLIVIA at the Chapel Theatre Co. Play Festival

Come see fresh ten-minute plays by Northwest writers!

January 26 – February 4, 2024

7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. performances; please check the schedule.

Chapel Theatre

Rubin investigates SHAKESPEARE’S SKULL

21ten’s Sunday reading series returns with a presentation of a comedy by Rich Rubin. The winner of the 2019 Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award, Shakespeare’s Skull is a rollicking comedy about William Shakespeare and the grave-robbers who loved him.

January 21, 2024, 7-9:00 p.m.

21ten Theatre, Portland, OR


Shaking the Tree is presenting Ken Yoshikawa’s newly devised piece, WE WROTE THIS WITH YOU IN MIND.

February 10 – March 2, 2024

“This is a play for our ancestors. It’s a play for our families. It’s about seeking & waiting for a seemingly nameless grief to arise. It’s about longing after an abandonment. It’s about returning. It’s about the petty sadness that crowns existential dread. It’s about confronting that which would be easier forgotten. We wrote this with you in mind.”

Lewis and HOLMES are on the CASE!

Listen to E. M. Lewis discuss her new opera, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE FALLEN GIANT, on Portland’s All Classical Radio:

November 30, 2023 @ 3:00 p.m.

Performances at PSU, November 25 – December 3, 2023

“The game’s afoot! A giant is dead, and his body lies at the base of a great beanstalk. The police believe young Jack is responsible. But the boy insists that he’s innocent, and begs the help of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his colleague, Dr. Watson. Can they untangle this magical mystery? In this operatic mystery for all ages, Holmes turns to a magic harp for clues that come in the form of musical quotes from opera greats, all cleverly woven into the plot. This buoyant, inventive score is sure to have you on the edge of your seat. PSU’s production of ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant’ is the second-ever presentation of this new opera.”

PCTG chooses LineStorm as beneficiary of fund to support new plays

LineStorm deeply thanks the Portland Civic Theatre Guild for choosing our group as the beneficiary of a fund to present readings of new plays and to support local playwrights.

We are honored to carry the torch as we continue to write and share current work with our community.

Thank you, PCTG. We will miss your tremendous impact and generosity as part of Portland’s arts scene, and we wish you well as individuals for your next endeavors.


November 1, 2023

Dearest Loyal Patrons,

We want to express our sincere thanks to all of our loyal patrons for your continuous support through your attendance and gifts throughout the years of the Guild.

However, because of the extraordinary circumstances of the last three years, at this point we cannot see a clear way forward and the Portland Civic Theatre Guild is dissolving as an organization and we are closing our doors at the end of this year.

The Guild made a significant difference in supporting and producing live theatre in Portland but it has proved that nothing is forever.  The Portland Civic Theatre, founded in 1926, and the PCTG Guild, founded in 1958, despite the best efforts and intentions of their members, are no more.

That said, we are extremely proud of all that the Guild accomplished over the years:

  • We produced over 400 programs at the Portland Civic Theatre, The Old Church and The Sanctuary.
  • We gave out over $250,000 in Awards to local theatres, students, and artists since 1996.
  • We supported 12 local playwrights since 2014 with our annual New Play Award.
  • We produced 11 readings of local playwrights’ work.
  • In earlier days, the Guild replaced a boiler, recovered seats, and helped retire the mortgage of the PCT building on SW Yamhill Street.

This is bittersweet.  Bitter for us, but sweet for the two carefully chosen organizations which will be the beneficiaries of our endowment funds at Oregon Community Foundation.

With so much upheaval in the theatre community, we felt it best to support two of our most important missions:  playwrights and students.  Even with Covid looming over us, one thing is for certain: playwrights will always need to write and students will always need to learn.

We are very pleased to announce that Oregon Children’s Theatre will be the beneficiary of our $125,400 Leslie O. Fulton Fund.  The annual proceeds will continue to fund the Margaret Chapman Costume Apprenticeship.  We established this program last May as a memorial to Margaret, to honor her 50 years of excellence in costuming on Portland stages. With this additional support, we are confident this program will live on in perpetuity.  The first student is already at work on costume design in the Young Professionals program.

The $33,000 Portland Civic Theatre Fund will benefit LineStorm Playwrights, a local writers group.  The funds will be used to support their play reading series, taking new plays from “the page to the stage” in front of a live audience.  This mission is near and dear to us as we pass the torch.

Some history behind our decisions: 

Sondra Pearlman took over the Portland Civic Theatre School in the 1980s and reorganized the curriculum to form Theatre for Young People.  When PCT closed its doors, she moved the school downtown and formed Oregon Children’s Theatre.  Margaret Chapman was hired in 1973 as the full time costumer at PCT and worked there until it closed.  For these reasons, we are proud to see these relationships come full circle.

The Guild’s annual New Play Award competition demonstrated the depth of our writing community.  When Covid hit, the Guild was in transition to focus exclusively on new work by local writers for our readings.  With our support, LineStorm will produce Bread and Roses by Timothy Krause, winner of the Guild’s 2024 New Play Award.  His play will come to the stage sometime next year, followed by more new works in years to come.  

You have been tremendous at supporting us over all these years and for that we are truly grateful.  We hope that you can help ensure the longevity of these two organizations and their missions by continuing to support these two funds.

If you wish to donate to either or both of these funds, OCF can begin receiving contributions beginning February 2024.  Please send them to:

Portland Civic Theatre Guild Endowment Fund (LineStorm Playwrights)
c/o Oregon Community Foundation, 1221 SW Yamhill Street, #100, Portland, OR. 97205

Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fulton Subfund (Oregon Children’s Theatre)
c/o Oregon Community Foundation, 1221 SW Yamhill Street, #100, Portland, OR. 97205

Our curtain may be coming down but it will never close.  We are confident that, through these two organizations, our legacy is in good hands.


Adair Chappell, President
Darr Durham, Vice President, Treasurer
Chrisse Roccaro, Secretary, Social Media
Julie Accuardi, New Play Award Chair

All of this information will be available on our website at

Bimonthly Reading Series: Join us 11/5 for APPLE HUNTERS by E. M. Lewis

LineStorm Playwrights
in association with
Portland Center Stage 

By E.M. Lewis

Directed by Avital Shira

Phillip Ray Guevara
Gavin Hoffman
Isaac Lamb
Joshua J. Weinstein

Stage Manager:
Carol Ann Wohlmut

ASL Interpretation Provided by:
Marie Groshans and Courtney Borchert


Sunday, November 5
5:00 p.m.
(Set those clocks back!)

Portland Center Stage
128 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR

Four men who grew up together in a small town in rural Washington go on a quest for a lost variety of apple — and may just find the friendship they’ve lost along the way.


E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and opera librettist. Her work has been produced around the world and is published by Samuel French. Lewis received the Steinberg Award (twice!) and the Primus Prize from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a fellowship from New Jersey State Arts Commission, the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama, and an Edgerton Award. She is currently working on a play commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of their American Revolutions program. Lewis just began a three-year stint as the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at Artists Repertory Theater. She is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights, Opera America, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild. She lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.