True Story

True Story

May 6 - June 4, 2023
Portland Center Stage: Ellyn Bye Studio

by E.M. Lewis
directed by Luan Schooler

A troubled writer, raw with grief from the death of his wife, is hired to ghostwrite the biography of a wealthy man accused of murdering his wife but acquitted on technical grounds. Drawing from the classic noir detective stories about the slipperiness of truth and blurring the lines of good and bad, True Story propulsively examines how facts, biases, and perceptions are manipulated – and asks if discovering the truth is worth the ultimate price?

True Story Playbill


Dramaturgy Study Guide
Get insight into the world of True Story!


Additional Dates to Know:

May 6, 7, 10, 11: previews

Friday, May 12: opening night

Thursday, May 18: student matinee

Thursday, May 25:  Highlight Night 

Friday, May 26: ASL

Saturday, May 27: BIPOC* Affinity Night

Friday, June 2: audio described

Saturday, June 3: open caption

Sunday, June 4: final performance

Education Resources
Get into the world of True Story with this book and movie list from the Multnomah County Library.


Portland Center Stage: Ellyn Bye Studio

128 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209


“This clever theatre noir thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as it follows the twists and turns of a multilayered crime story to the perfect ending that you’ll never see coming.”

Krista Garver

“Lewis’s clever plotting brings both mysteries to satisfying conclusion.” “All the actors were exceptionally believable.”

Sandra de Helen

“Lewis spools out her narrative like a game of cat-and-mouse ‘round an M.C. Escher house: The world we’re in is naturalistic, but time frames quickly begin to dance around and overlap one another.”

Marty Hughley


Maria Porter
Brett Martin
Setareki Wainiqolo
Donnie Lawrence
Sami Yacob-Andrus
Miriam Lawrence
Claire Rigsby
Hayden Quinn


E.M. Lewis
Luan Schooler
Vin Shambry
Associate Director
Sophina Flores
Lighting Designer
Bobby Brewer-Wallin
Costume Designer
Sharath Patel
Sound Designer & SoundScape Creator

Production Team

Danny Rosales
Stage Manager
Gavin Burgess
Master Electrician
Derek Easton
Techincal Director
Jamie Tait
Props Supervisor



Show Sponsors

John Ragno
Karl & Linda Boekelheide
Tom Gifford & Patti Fisher
Charlotte Rubin
Bob & Janet Conklin

Season Sponsors

The Shubert Foundation Inc.
Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Regional Arts & Culture Council
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Oregon Arts Commission
OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation
Arts Consulting Group
National Endowment for the Arts
Business Oregon
The Oregonian
Joe Weston