1990s

A decade of artistic transitions.

Jerry Turner retired in 1991, and Henry Wornicz was appointed the third Artistic Director in the Festival’s 56-year history. The year also saw our first signed production, The Merchant of Venice. The Allen Pavilion of the Elizabethan Theatre was completed in 1992, providing improved acoustics, sight-lines and technical capabilities. The Festival’s operation in Portland became an independent theatre company — Portland Center Stage — on July 1, 1994. In 1995 Henry Woronicz announced his resignation and Libby Appel was named the new Artistic Director of the Festival. The Festival completed the canon for the third time in 1997, again with Timon of Athens. The Festival’s production of Lillian Garrett-Groag’s The Magic Fire played at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC from November 10 through December 6, 1998, and was selected by Time Magazine as one of the year’s Ten Best Plays.

In this decade the Festival produced these world premieres, including adaptations: 1990 - Peer Gynt,1993 - Cymbeline, 1995 - Emma’s Child, 1996 - Moliere Plays Paris, 1996 – The Darker Face of the Earth, 1997 - The Magic Fire, 1998 - Measure for Measure, 1999 - Rosmersholm,1999 - The Good Person of Szechuan.

1990s Production History