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PT PlayFest 19

~New Plays by Local, Regional and National Writers~

The Port Townsend Festival of New Plays is a theater-lover's feast -- featuring winning one-acts by Jefferson County playwrights, open rehearsals of plays-in-progress, a special evening with internationally acclaimed playwright Doris Baizley, playwriting workshops, productions by TeenLab, and more...

Our special guest playwright, Doris Baizley, is a widely produced playwright throughout the U.S. and is an adjunct professor of playwriting at Loyola Marymount University. more

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See it all for just $35!†Festival Passes are now available here online.

Featured events with Doris Baizley

Free PlayFest Workshop Saturday, March 14, 10am - 1pm

The PlayFest Workshop is for new and experienced writers. Weíll concentrate on writing exercises to discover voices, places, actions, and events that can inspire ideas for dramatic storytelling and playwriting Ė with an emphasis on ďplay.Ē Bring lots of paper, writing implements, and a willingness to let go. Pre-registration is recommended.

FREE Sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission
Pre-registration recommended: rsvp@keycitypublictheatre.org

Playwriting Intensive Sunday, March 15, 10am - 1pm

The Playwriting Intensive for more experienced writers will focus on developing work, exploring new ideas, and dramatic problem solving. Writers are encouraged to bring sample pages of work in progress or ideas for new work for reading, discussion, and exercise writing.

$75 Also included as part of a $95 Writers Pass. No prerequisite.

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Playwright Panel Discussion Saturday, March 14, 6pm - 7pm

Three Generations of Playwrights on Life and Death. A community conversation with visiting artists takes a multi-generational look at humanity and our mortality. With Doris Baizley, AP Andrews, Sylvie Mae Baldwin, and moderated by KCPT Literary Manager, Mara Lathrop


One-Act Productions

Beautiful Ratty Blanket

Three generations face life changes, the intricacies of family relationships, and the courage to let go.

Oedipus at Delphi

Oedipus has a question for the Oracle. The answer will change his life.

Letís Give the Dog Hands!

His app sales are plummeting, his parents are threatening, his girlfriend isnít helping: whatís a millenial dude to do?

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Each "One-Act Production" event will showcase all three productions.

Mar 6th, 7:30pm
Mar 7th, 7:30pm
Mar 8th, 2:30pm
Mar 12th, 7:30pm
Mar 13th, 2:30pm
Mar 14th, 7:30pm

One-Act Staged Readings

The Standoff

Be kind to everybody. You never know who youíre dealing with.

Mortuary Affairs

What remains when the fighting has moved on? Everyone loses something.


Berkeley, 1975: a fallen angel meets two feisty sisters and a devil-may-care child?

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Each "One-Act Stage Readings" event will showcase all three readings.

Mar 5th, 7:30pm
Mar 13th, 5:00pm
Mar 15th, 3:00pm

Full-Length Plays

Neel Beaux

Two women painters from Philadelphia, two different centuries, two battles to thrive in the art world.

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A Special Event with Doris Baizley, $20:
Mar 13th, 7:30pm

Reading, $10:
Mar 15th, 5:00pm

skinny crazy small

One quirky and strong-willed girlís struggle with anorexia nervosa.

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Mar 13th, 1:30pm
Mar 15th, 1:30pm

Optimism, Or

Discover the courage it takes to love, the courage it takes to fall out of love, and the courage it takes to fall in love.

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Mar 13th, 11:00pm
Mar 15th, 7:30pm

More Festival Features:

Playwrights Potluck

Bring a dish to share and meet the playwright community thatís been cultivated over the festivalís 19 years.


March 12, 5pm - 7pm


Post-play discussions follow every performance event. Join in conversations with our playwrights and provide your feedback to further the creative process.


Open Rehearsals

Drop in and take a look behind the scenes at full-length plays in development.


March 13th, 3:00pm, skinny crazy small
March 14th, 1:30pm, Optimism, Or
March 14th, 2:00pm, Neel Beaux


Write a brief play on the spot and see it performed instantaneously. Join the fun as a playwright, actor, or audience member. No experience necessary!


March 14th, 4:15pm

Working Drafts

Come experience cold readings of six new scripts by selected local playwrights.

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March 14th, 8:00pm


See a fully staged production by our next generation of playwrights. Developed in two month-long lab sessions, this script was written and produced entirely by local teens!

Participating Playwrights

Mortuary Affairs, Christopher Clow
Beautiful Ratty Blanket, Deborah Daline
Lucifer, Sandy Diamond
Oedipus at Delphi, Doug Given
The Standoff, Susan Solley
Let’s Give the Dog Hands!, D.D. Wigley
Optimism, Or, AP Andrews
skinny crazy small, Sylvie Mae Baldwin

Our Special Guest, Doris Baizley

KCPTís featured guest playwright this year is Doris Baizley, who will join audiences on the night of Friday, March 13th to attend and discuss her full-length play Neel Beaux, which tells the story of two women from Philadelphia, born two centuries apart, both battling to find their place in the art world. Directing the play will be KCPT Artistic Director Denise Winter who comments, ďIím excited about Neel Beaux because it tells the story of two artists who come into their own at completely different times in their lives. Its a perfect story for Port Townsend, in particular, because we have so many artists here that are hitting their artistic strides at different ages.Ē

Baizley is a founding member of LA Theatre Works and has worked at the Mark Taper Forum as resident playwright for the ITP Company for young audiences and as dramaturg for the Other Voices Program for theater artists with disabilities. Her plays, Mrs. California, Tears of Rage, A Christmas Carol, Guns, and Shiloh Rules have been performed in theaters across the country.

Schedule of Events

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6:30 pm -7:30 pm Festival Kickoff Happy Hour at the Playhouse
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm One- Act Readings- ($10) at the Playhouse
FRI, MAR 6  
7:30 pm- 9:30 pm One-Act Productions & Opening Night Gala ($15) at the Playhouse
SAT, MAR 7  
4:00 pm - 6:00pm Teen Lab ($10) at the Playhouse
7:30 pm - 9:30pm One- Act Productions ($15) at the Playhouse
SUN, MAR 8  
2:30 pm - 4:30pm One- Act Productions ($15) at the Playhouse
6:00 pm - 9:00pm Plays in Progress 1st Reads (Free) at the Playhouse

Optimism, Or
skinny crazy small
Neel Beaux

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Playwrights Potluck (Free) at the Pope Marine
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm One- Act Productions ($15) at the Playhouse
FRI, MAR 13  
11:00 am- 1:00 pm Optimism, Or Reading ($10) at the Playhouse
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm skinny crazy small Reading ($10) at the Pope Marine
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm One- Act Productions ($15) at the Playhouse
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Open Rehearsal for skinny crazy small (Free) at the Pope Marine
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm One- Act Readings ($10) at the Pope Marine
7:30 pm- 9:00 pm An Evening With Doris Baizley ($20) at the Playhouse
SAT, MAR 14  
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Free PlayFest Workshop at Pope Marine
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Teen Lab ($10) at the Playhouse
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm       Open Rehearsal for Optimism, Or (Free) at the Playhouse
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Open Rehearsal for Neel Beaux (Free) at Pope Marine
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm Insta-Play (Free) at the Pope Marine
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Playwright Panel Discussion (Free) at the Playhouse
7:30pm - 9:30 pm One- Act Productions ($15) at the Playhouse
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm New Event - Working Drafts ($10) at the Pope Marine
SUN, MAR 15  
10:00 am -1:00 pm     Playwriting IntensivePrice ($75) at the Pope Marine
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm skinny crazy small Reading ($10) at the Playhouse
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm One - Act Readings ($10) at the Pope Marine
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Neel Beaux Reading ($10) at the Playhouse
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Passholder Party at the Playhouse (Free for pass holders)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm      Optimism, Or Reading ($10) at the Playhouse

Festival Information

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419 Washington Street,
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Festival Schedule

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Purchase a Festival Pass

Festival Pass $35
Access to all performance events.

Writers Pass $95
Unlimited access to all events plus both playwriting workshops.

Director $250
Unlimited access to all events with reserved seats, exclusive party invites. (partially tax deductable)

Producer $500
Unlimited access to all events with reserved seats, complimentary beverages at playhouse events and exclusive party invites. (partially tax deductable)

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Festival Sponsors

Season Sponsors

Play Sponsors

Kosec Funeral Home & Crematory, Seaport Landing, Art & Judy Reitsch, Marcia Perlstein & Nyla Dartt, Dr. Liza Mathais of Uptown Dental, Rodeo Bob Lathrop & Mr. Jiggs Rice

Venue Locations

419 Washington Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Water & Madison Streets Port Townsend, WA 98368



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