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As winter fades into spring with flowers bursting into bloom and trees leafing out, new life and freshness abound. Soak in the many activities around town this month and find March’s magic with events to match your mood and interests.

PlayFest 21

Now in its 21st year, Key City Public Theatre’s PT PlayFest is a theatre-lover’s feast, featuring 10 plays in two weekends, including six one-act plays by local writers and three full-length plays bby regional and national playwrights. There will also be open rehearsals of plays-in-progress, playwriting workshops, and more. “Locals Weekend” is March 2-5 and features winning one-acts and a teen lab musical, preceding the jam-packed “Festival Weekend” March 9-12, with three days of back-to-back, exciting events. The featured guest playwright is Wendy MacLeod, writer for the 2016 KCPT smash hit comedy “Women in Jeopardy!”

Jefferson County talent will be showcased in premieres of six plays by the winning playwrights of the 2016 Port Townsend Arts Commission’s One-Act Play Competition: Hewitt Brooks, Micheal Cavett, Doug Given, Mark Rose, Deborah Wiese and D.D. Wigley.

More festival fun includes these free events: AfterWords—Post-play discussions follow every performance event. Join in conversations with the 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. InstaPlay—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! Working Drafts—Come and experience cold readings of new scripts by selected local and regional playwrights featuring Christopher Clow, Joanne Kumekawa, David Langley and Jack O’Connor.

For the full schedule and details, see http://www.keycitypublictheatre.org/ptplayfest/.

Lost At She

It’s Women’s Month at the Northwest Maritime Center and it starts off on March 4, from 5-8 pm with Lost at She: A Feminist Compass, a dual exhibit featuring both solo and collaborative artwork by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring. It’s centered around the theme of navigating the waters of feminism.

She Tells Sea Tales is March 11 with doors open at 6:30 pm. It’s an evening of sea stories told by female mariners in support of the Girls Boat Project, a program of the NWMC for girls ages 12-18. Presenters include Nancy Erley, Kai Wallin, Mary Jane Gibson, Leslie Lincoln, Robin Mills and Bonnie Obremski. To purchase tickets, go to https://2017shetellsseatales.eventbrite.com.

Ace Spragg

On March 23, come for Cruising in Tahiti by Ace Spragg, from 5-7 pm, as she shares her experience chartering a boat in Tahiti with a group of friends. Her presentation will include a bit about what it’s like to charter a boat in new waters, how to organize a group dream vacation, and it will be illustrated by beautiful photos. This event is free to the public.

On Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm, come to Key City Public Theatre for a night of wild laughs and wicked characters created on the spot as part of the launch of Improv at the Key. KCPT’s troupe gets a workout, using audience suggestions and their own wacky imaginations to bring a new world to life. This is a new monthly program which will be every third Tuesday of the month. For a schedule, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org. This is a “pay what you wish” production with a suggestion donation of $10.

Save the date for upcoming events in April:

April 1
Port Townsend Farmers Market Opens
9 am to 2 pm, www.jcfmarkets.org

April 1 and 2
Victorian Heritage Festival
A wonderful weekend to celebrate all that is best in the West Coast’s favorite Victorian seaport.

April 8
Key City Public Theatre presents An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

April 8 and 9
Celebrate Port Townsend Film Festival’s Women & Film
Choose from nine films and meet with acclaimed directors at the Rose Theatre.
Reserve tickets at www.ptfilmfest.com

April 16
Easter with Brunch at Fort Worden on Sunday, from 10 am to 2 pm. Call 360.344.4400 for reservations. www.fortworden.org

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend!

Key City Public Theatre presents the 21st annual new works festival, “PlayFest 21,” featuring new one-act plays written by local playwrights, and performances of new scripts being workshopped by regionally and nationally known playwrights.

PlayFest 21 features performances, open rehearsals, discussion panels, and workshops, allowing patrons a look deep into the creative processes that generate the art that they enjoy year round at the theater.

This year’s featured playwright is Wendy MacLeod, the author of Women in Jeopardy, which was performed to rave reviews at KCPT in April of 2016. She will be workshopping her new play, Juan Deere. Joining her are regional playwrights, Jeni Mahoney and Duncan Frost, both of whom have worked extensively with KCPT in the past. They are working on their scripts Kandahar and My Father’s Dragon, respectively.

Six local winners of the Port Townsend Arts Commission’s One-Act Play  competition are having their work showcased in the festival. They are: Hewitt Brooks with The Tree Frog Does Not Know, Micheal Cavett with Peach Cobbler Justice, Doug Given with Intelligence, Mark Rose with Family Style, Deborah Wiese with R.A.P. Anonymous, and D.D. Wigley with Red Bikini Red.

Tickets cost $10 to attend the One Act Readings, $15 for the One Act Productions, and $20 for the Evening with Wendy MacLeod. For those who seek to attend multiple events, a Festival Pass for $35 grants access to all events, and a Writer’s Pass for $90, includes all events and enrollment in a playwriting intensive workshop with Wendy MacLeod. There are also free to the public events: Instaplay, Working Drafts, AfterWords, Panel Discussions, and a PlayFest Workshop.


One-Act Productions: The One-Act Productions are three of the winning scripts being given a full production on stage. They are:

The Tree Frog Does Not Know, by Hewitt Brooks

“Plunge into the vortex of unsolvability!”

Peach Cobbler Justice, by Micheal Cavett

“Just desserts—for everyone!”

Family Style, by Mark Rose

“Big secrets revealed at the Temple of Meat!”

The One-Act Productions are being performed March 3rd and 4th at 7:30pm, March 5th at 1:00pm, March 9th at 7:30pm, March 11th at 3:30pm, and March 12th at 1:30pm. All performances are at the KCPT Playhouse. Tickets cost $15.

One-Act Readings: The One-Act Readings are three of the winning scripts being given staged readings. They are:

Intelligence, by Doug Given

“Cloak and dagger. Cat and mouse. Thingamajig and doohickey.”

R.A.P. Anonymous, by Deborah Wiese

“Three passionate women, one elusive man.”

RED BIKINI RED, by D.D. Wigley

“Mother, father, daughter: love, guilt, and other gifts.”

The One-Act Readings are being performed on March 2nd at 7:30pm at the KCPT Playhouse, and March 10th and March 12th at 1:00pm at the Pope Marine building. Tickets cost $10.

Juan Deere: Featured playwright Wendy MacLeod is workshopping her new full length play. It is performed on March 11th at 7:30pm, with an open rehearsal at 1:00pm, at the KCPT Playhouse. Tickets to the performance are $10, the open rehearsal is free to attend.

An Evening With Wendy MacLeod: A performance of MacLeod’s new full length play, Juan Deere, followed by a reception with the featured playwright. March 10th, 7:30pm, at the KCPT Playhouse. Tickets cost $20.

My Father’s Dragon: Duncan Frost, KCPT mainstay, is workshopping his new theatre-for-young-audiences play. Performances are on March 10th at 11:00am, and March 12th at 3:30pm, and an open rehearsal on March 11th at 1:30pm, all at the Pope Marine building. Tickets to the performances cost $10, the open rehearsals are free to attend.

Kandahar: Jeni Mahoney, PlayFest veteran playwright/director, is workshopping her new full length play. Performances are March 5th at 3:30pm and March 12th at 6:30pm in the KCPT Playhouse. Tickets: $10.


Working Drafts: Local playwrights whose submitted plays to this year’s One-Act  for this year’s PlayFest have their works given a cold reading and evaluated by the visiting playwrights. Participating in Working Drafts are Christopher Clow, Joanne Kumekawa, David Langley, and Jack O’Connor. March 11th, 4:00pm, Pope Marine building. Tickets: $10.

Teen Lab Musical: Each year, KCPT works with local teens to engage local youth with theater. This year, Rowan Gallagher’s Sacrificing a Saturday, a musical revue written and performed by local teens, as part of his senior project. Performances are March 4th at 3:30pm, March 5th at 7:30pm, and March 10th at 3:00pm, at the KCPT Playhouse. All performances are free to attend.

Playwriting Workshop: A workshop designed to get everyone writing for the stage, this class, sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission, is relevant for both experienced and novice writers. March 11th, 10:00am, at the Pope Marine building. Free to the public.

Playwriting Intensive Workshop: Come prepared to write and listen to the work of others through exercises designed to inspire new theatrical ideas. Feedback will be focused and intense. March 12th, 9:00am, at the Pope Marine building. $70.

Instaplay: 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 11th, 8:00pm, at the Pope Marine building. Free to the public.

The 2017 sailboat racing season opens with the 26th annual Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 25. Boats of all construction are welcome.

As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing, but do not have a boat. Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers’ Meeting to be connected with skippers looking for crew.

The regatta is presented by the Northwest Maritime Center and the Port Townsend Sailing Association. Learn more!