Marjorie Prime

By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Adriana Baer

February 7, 2017 – March 5, 2017

Alder Stage

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
  • NW Premiere

RUN TIME: Approximately 80 minutes. No intermission.


Cast and Production Team


Vana O'Brien +^


Chris Harder +^


Linda Alper +^



Adriana Baer *


Jordan Harrison



Scenic Designer: Kristeen Willis #

Lighting Designer: Jennifer Lin

Costume Designer: Gregory Pulver ^

Sound Designer: Em Gustason

Properties Master: Kaye Blankenship

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Assistant Director: Matt Pavik

Assistant Scenic Designer: Sarah Kindler

Assistant Costume Designer: Melinda Roddy

Stage Manager: Michelle Jazuk +

Production Assistant: Karen M. Hill +

Board Op: Jason Coffey

Costumer: Clare Hungate Hawk

Wardrobe: Will Bailey

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media




"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, Judy Nedry Reviews

"…the questions "Marjorie Prime" posits about the value, provenance and veracity of memories won't quickly be forgotten." - Lee "It's the kind of experience that keeps unfolding in the mind long after the 80-minute play is over." - Los Angeles Times

"A thought-provoking play about memory, its corruption and our insistence that technology help us outwit death." - 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." - The New York Times

"Chilling and poignant" - Hollywood Reporter

"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." - Hollywood Reporter


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.