PlayFest 21

Port Townsend’s Festival of New Plays

A theater lover’s feast offering 10 plays in two weekends including 6 one-act plays by local writers, and three full-length plays by regional and national playwrights. Performances, workshops, interactive events, parties, and more!

2017 Featured Guest Playwright:
Wendy MacLeod – writer of 2016’s smash hit comedy, Women in Jeopardy!


Directed by Connor Zaft
Adapted by Connor Zaft & Denise Winter

An accomplished doctor discovers that the “healing pools” or spa’s that his village, including his family, has become economically reliant on contain life threatening toxins but in his crusade to bring this to light, he allows his ego and his obsession with recognition to consume him. His cause may be just, but his motives may further jeopardize the lives of those around him.


Book & Lyrics by Julia Jordan
Music by Juliana Nash
Directed by Denise Winter
Musical Direction by Linda Dowdell

This sexy, explosive new musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us. With a title like MURDER BALLAD, it’s no surprise that this is a treacherous love triangle destined for tragedy. A torrid affair with vibrant pop-rock tunes, see this hit show at KCPT in one of its first west coast productions.

Summer 2017 in Port Townsend will feature a double-bill of action and adventure plays for the entire family.

Shakespeare in the Park – HENRY IV part 1

Adapted and directed by Duncan Frost

After several seasons of Shakespeare’s comedies we are thrilled to present a history play. Simultaneously action packed and thoughtfully comedic, with massive battles and intimate family drama, in a landscape filled with warriors, barflies, royals, buffoons – HENRY IV part 1 promises to be a exhilarating evening in Chetzemoka Park.

My Father’s Dragon

Special showing, not part of the 2017 mainstage show series

Travel to Wild Island in search of Dragons with Key City Public Theatre’s new play for young audiences adapted from Ruth Stiles Gannet’s Newbery Medal nominated children’s classic. Three actor/musician/puppeteers bring this rollicking adventure to life in a participatory theater experience for the whole family.


By Karen Zacarias
Directed by Denise Winter

This hit comedy about books and the people who love them is “Lord of the Flies with Wine and Dip.” When the members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker and accept a provocative new member, their club meetings take a hilarious turn. Sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore, THE BOOK CLUB PLAY is a dangerous comedy about community, loving books, high and low culture, and the absolute terror of group dynamics.

Spirit of the Yule

Port Townsend’s Own Christmas Carol inspired by Charles Dickens

Music & Lyrics by Linda Dowdell
Book by Denise Winter & Linda Dowdell

A whimsical musical inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, SPIRIT OF THE YULE is set in Port Townsend, WA, in 1889, when this ‘City of Dreams’ was the center for much speculation – touting itself as the future “New York of the West Coast” – due to the railroad a-comin’. Omniscient ghosts escort Scrooge, in this case a sharpshooting businesswoman, backwards and forwards in time, persuading her to change her evil ways, with local legend and lore of this notorious harbor town as the backdrop.

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