History of The Pulp Stage

The Pulp Stage launched its first showcase, Pulp Diction, in 2010, as a part of the Fertile Ground Festival of new work. Pulp Diction continued to provide festival showcases for three more years. These showcases were within the traditional format of “staged readings": Actors performed with scripts in hand but all plays had blocking and mild designs in costuming, sets, props, lights and sound.

In June of 2013, The Pulp Stage launched a new production format: PRIME -- a way to make high quality shows with the greatest simplicity.

Prime Plays are a minimalistic approach requiring only actors, chairs, scripts and of course you, the audience. This concert-style performance, much like a staged reading in the theatre world, consists of conversations crafted to open your imagination as you hear the story unfold. Much as if you and your friends huddled up by the campfire under the pale moonlight listening to a spooky tale about the lake only 10 feet across from you. We like to think of our Prime plays like “campfire storytelling”

In 2020, The Pulp Stage ventured online and streamed our shows to the public in order to entertain as our audiences were forced to adapt to the world's pandemic. Not only did this allow our viewership to be seen on a national level, but It also allowed us to expand past Portland, OR and connect with talented artists and storytellers from all around the world.

Today we're achieving a long awaited dream of ours; expanding our stories into the podcast world! You can click on this link to listen to some of our fantastic shows like That Damned Hotel, The Beaten Path, Treachery Island' and much more.

Our Mission

To inspire and empower the creation of theatre by generating exciting, easy-to-stage plays.