Key City Public Theatre has an ongoing commitment to new work and was a recent recipient of a generous grant from The Dramatist Guild Fund in recognition of our work to promote the opportunities and the well-being of writers for the stage. New works by Charlie Bethel, Constance Congdon, Linda Dowdell, Troy Francis, Gin Hammond, Gip Hoppe, Mara Lathrop, Wendy MacLeod, Germano Rubbi, and Joanne Schmoll  were produced in our last decade of mainstage seasons, receiving variously West Coast, Pacific Northwest, WA State, U.S. and World premieres.

Each March, KCPT’s annual PT PlayFest features productions of one-act plays by playwrights from Jefferson County, Washington — and workshops of new full-length plays and musicals in progress, by regional writers (based in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or British Columbia) and national playwrights.

At the 2016 & 2017 Festivals, plays in progress that received workshops included “War Stories” by Richard Dresser, “The Posthumous Democrat” by Darrah Cloud, and a new musical adaptation of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” by Linda Dowdell and Denise Winter, Juan Deere by Wendy MacLeod, Kandahar by Jeni Mahoney and an adaptation of the Ruth Stiles Gannett children’s classic My Father’s Dragon by Duncan Frost.

In collaboration with the PT Arts Commission, a nationally-recognized playwright conducts a free playwriting workshop in Port Townsend annually.  This event is part of PT PlayFest. In 2017 Wendy Macleod returned as featured guest playwright for the first time since 2009 to teach this workshop and to work on her new play while in residence.

Also, the Port Townsend Arts Commission sponsors an annual One-Act Play Competition for playwrights in Jefferson County, Washington.  KCPT produces the winners as the centerpiece of PT PlayFest.

NEW in 2017: No Entry fee required.

The competition, sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission, will culminate in March 2018 at the PT PlayFest 22 produced by Key City Public Theatre, where local playwrights see their work brought to life on stage.

Playwrights may submit one-act plays of any length — from 10 minutes to 45 minutes. The judges will select four to six plays from those submitted as winners.

The competition is open only to residents of Jefferson County, Washington. Playwrights are limited to one entry per year. Playwrights may revise and re-submit any previously entered scripts. No previously performed or published plays are accepted. Please note this competition is reserved for one-act plays. The judges will not consider full-length plays.

All entrants must submit three copies of their script. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted.  Each submission must be accompanied by a single cover page bearing the title of the play along with the name, address, phone and e-mail address of the author; the scripts themselves must have the title of the play only and no author information.

Script entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 1, 2017.

Entries should be sent to:

Port Townsend Arts Commission
Attn: Play Competition
250 Madison St
Port Townsend, WA  98368

To be returned by mail, scripts must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

The Port Townsend Arts Commission partners with Key City Public Theatre, which produces PT PlayFest: The Port Townsend Festival of New Plays to showcase the winners of the One-Act Play Competition.

All winning plays from the 2017 Competition will participate in PT PlayFest 22 to be held in March of 2018.  In addition, all winners will be honored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission at an awards ceremony prior to the opening of the annual Festival performances.

After the results of the competition are announced, a reading will be arranged for each of the winning plays. This reading will not be open to the public. The reading is an opportunity for the playwright to hear the work read by actors and to discuss it with those actors, potential directors, and Key City Public Theatre’s Artistic Director.

Following these readings and consultations with the playwrights, Key City Public Theatre’s Artistic Director will determine the level of production that each script will receive for the Festival (i.e., staged reading or workshop production). KCPT will provide the director for each script; playwrights will be invited to refine/rewrite their script prior to the rehearsal process. The playwright is also invited to participate in the audition, rehearsal and performance process under the guidance of the Artistic Director.

In submitting an entry to the Arts Commission competition, the playwright grants Key City Public Theatre performance rights for the script’s production. Performance rights payments from the Festival will be distributed among the winning playwrights by the City of Port Townsend. The playwright further agrees that in any future publication or performance of the script, KCPT will be credited with the premiere workshop production.

In a continuing effort to develop local playwriting talent, the Port Townsend Arts Commission and Key City Public Theatre sponsor a FREE Playwriting Workshop every year.

For more information, e-mail KCPT Artistic Director Denise Winter,