Marjorie Prime
NW Premiere

Marjorie Prime

February 7 - March 6, 2017
Alder Stage

By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Adriana Baer

In this inquisitive new drama, a family grapples with the difference between a life lived and a life remembered as 85-year-old Marjorie struggles to keep hold of her memories and identity, gently assisted by an artificial version of her late husband, Walter. An exploration of aging, memory and technology, MARJORIE PRIME peers into what lies ahead and how our past is rewritten to face today.

  • 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama
  • 2017 film adaptation starring Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis & Tim Robbins
  • Season 4 writer/producer on Orange Is the New Black

Study guide!  A great resource for all. Click here.

Learn more about the playwright by studying up on his biography here.

Discover the playwright’s sources of inspiration for the play here.


For a very extensive interview with the playwright on MARJORIE PRIME, visit here.

Look back into the production history of MARJORIE PRIME with the original 2014 Los Angeles production’s innovative scenic design by visiting here.

Unfold some of the ways we utilize technology to connect with someone who isn’t really there by visiting here and here.

Alder Stage

1515 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205


“I loved this play.”

“…plays like this that compel me to think and talk about them long after the lights have come up.”

Krista Garver,

“Jordan Harrison’s futuristic fantasy about the blurry line between people and artificial intelligence gets a sterling run at Artists Rep.”

Marty Hughley, Oregon ArtsWatch

“Prepare to be amazed… Marjorie Prime offers a timely and thought-provoking look at what could be our near future, with enough twists and turns to make it a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.”

Judy Nedry Reviews

“…the questions “Marjorie Prime” posits about the value, provenance and veracity of memories won’t quickly be forgotten.” 

“It’s the kind of experience that keeps unfolding in the mind long after the 80-minute play is over.”

Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

“A thought-provoking play about memory, its corruption and our insistence that technology help us outwit death.”

Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times

“Mr. Harrison’s play succeeds as a poignant portrayal of everyday existences, of unexceptional people given just enough characterizing detail to make us fear for their losing what individuality they have.”

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Aging, the loss of identity and the thin line between reality and fantasy are but a few of the themes of this thoughtful, poetic work by Orange Is the New Black staff writer Harrison.”

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter



Jordan Harrison
Adriana Baer

Production Team

Kristeen Willis
Scenic Designer
Jennifer Lin
Lighting Designer
Gregory Pulver
Costume Designer
Em Gustason
Sound Designer
Kaye Blankenship
Properties Master
Luan Schooler
Matt Pavik
Assistant Director
Sarah Kindler
Assistant Scenic Designer
Melinda Roddy
Assistant Costume Designer
Michelle Jazuk
Stage Manager
Karen M. Hill
Production Assistant
Jason Coffey
Board Op
Will Bailey