Port City Playhouse

Port City Playhouse Since its founding in 1977, Port City has regularly earned awards from area theatre organizations for artistic and technical excellence of its productions. Please join us for a year of great theatre!

01/25/2020

On January 1, 2020, Port City Playhouse officially became part of Dominion Stage! To all the talented artists who created 40 seasons of Port City productions and to the wonderful audiences who've supported us, we say THANK YOU!
We hope you'll join us for our Second Act under the Dominion Stage banner, as we continue making theatre that matters!
Visit dominionstage.org

A Match Made in Theatre Heaven!
01/25/2020

A Match Made in Theatre Heaven!

A Match Made in Theatre Heaven!
01/25/2020

A Match Made in Theatre Heaven!

"Songs from Our Hearts" - Final Performance!  8 pm tonight at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria....
05/11/2019

"Songs from Our Hearts" - Final Performance! 8 pm tonight at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria. Tickets available at the door. Don't Miss This!!

Tickets for tonight's show still available at the door!  See you at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street in Alexa...
05/10/2019

Tickets for tonight's show still available at the door! See you at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria! Show starts at 8 pm!

It's a grand night for singing!! Broken legs to all our wonderful performers in "Songs from Our Hearts" - opening tonigh...
05/03/2019

It's a grand night for singing!! Broken legs to all our wonderful performers in "Songs from Our Hearts" - opening tonight at The Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria! Tickets still available at the door - Come join us!!

Great rehearsal for our "Songs from Our Hearts" cabaret last night!  Our first two shows are this Friday & Saturday, May...
05/02/2019

Great rehearsal for our "Songs from Our Hearts" cabaret last night! Our first two shows are this Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4 at 8 pm at The Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria! Get your tickets now!!

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04/24/2019

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07/02/2018

Port City Playhouse announces auditions for our production of "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" by Bert V. Royal, directed by Hollyann Bucci and produced by Mary Beth Smith-Toomey.

AUDITION DATES:
Saturday, July 7, 2018, 12 - 4 pm
Sunday, July 8, 2018, 10 - 2 pm

CALLBACK DATE:
Sunday, July 8, 2018, 6 - 9 pm

AUDITION LOCATION:
George Mason University, Music/Theatre Building Room 2013. 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030. The building is on the ramp behind the Johnson Center, and up the path from the Center for the Arts.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
August 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31 and September 1 at 8 pm.

PERFORMANCE LOCATION:
The Lyceum, 201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

PLAY SUMMARY:
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal is a play about a teenage boy, CB, who begins to question the existence of an afterlife after his dog dies. Unable to find solace from his friends after his dog's death, CB turns to an artistic classmate, but their rekindled friendship pushes the bounds of what CB's friends are willing to accept, forcing CB to consider who he wants to be. Dog Sees God is a touching and thought-provoking play about being different in a school filled with people who all pretend to be the same.

AUDITION INFORMATION:
Actors may prepare a monologue up to 2 minutes or choose to perform a side provided at the auditions. Audition slot sign ups can be found here: https://www. signupgenius.com/go/ 20f0945ada928aaf49-dogsees. Please bring a resume and headshot and be prepared to fill out an audition form with potential conflicts. If you are unavailable during the audition times, please email the Stage Manager for more information about sending in a filmed audition at [email protected]. All roles are unpaid.

Rehearsals will begin July 11th and will take place in the evening from 7-10 pm 3-4 days a week according to actor availability.

ROLES:
(Note: all roles are open to any ethnicity.)
• CB (Charlie Brown) is the main character in the play. He is intensely saddened over the death of his dog, and is forced to question both his sexuality, and his social status when he unwittingly falls for his classmate Beethoven. (Must be comfortable with same-sex intimacy.)
• CB's Sister (Sally) is on a search for her true identity. She experiments with different influences: this week she is Goth, last week she was a die-hard Baptist. She is a bit of a free spirit and artistically inclined, avoids conforming to social norms, and is very committed to her individuality.
• Van (Linus), is a pot-smoking Buddhist and has taken on the role of philosopher in his group, despite the fact that his brain is often clouded by his prolific use of marijuana, he is often the only one with a grasp on reality, generally staying out of the craziness that his friends seem to get tangled in.
• Matt (Pig-Pen) was a dirty child, but is now a complete germaphobe, carrying his hand sanitizer with him at all times and chiding people for poor hygienic practices. He is a womanizing jock, extremely homophobic, and is the main instigator of bullying Beethoven. He is also a football player, and is CB's best friend.
• Beethoven (Schroeder) became the school outcast prior to events in the play when it was revealed that he was sexually abused by his father. A bit of a recluse, Beethoven takes solace in playing the piano, but when he and CB become romantically involved, his world is turned upside down. (Must be comfortable with same-sex intimacy. Piano proficiency is a plus, but not required.)
• Tricia (Peppermint Patty) was a classic tomboy as a child, but as a teen she has become one of the most popular and attractive girls in school. She likes to party and hook up, and is a social climber that enjoys the power she has over others. She struggles with repressing a key aspect of her true self.
• Marcy (Marcie) is a party girl and Tricia's sidekick. She is always by Tricia’s side and acts very similarly to her; it’s obvious she worships Tricia. She is secretly very intelligent, but goes to great lengths to hide that so she can fit in better with her chosen group of friends. She is a Christian, but only when it’s convenient.
• Van's Sister (Lucy) is currently in a mental institution after setting a classmate’s hair on fire. She will always listen to people’s troubles (for a fee) and, although she will freely share her opinions, she casts very little judgment on her friends, and she welcomes change.

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07/01/2018

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03/03/2018

Due to an ongoing power failure at our performance venue, Port City has been forced to cancel our final performance of “The Boys Next Door” that was scheduled for tonight, Saturday, March 3. We apologize to those ticket holders for tonight and last night who were unable to see this wonderful production. Please see the Tickets page on our website for our Bad Weather cancellation policy. Many thanks to our cast, crew and production team who worked so hard to bring this show to our stage and to all of our wonderful patrons who have supported it.

The first review for "The Boys Next Door"!  Tickets available for this weekends shows: Fri & Sat, 2/23 & 24 at 8 pm, Sun...
02/21/2018
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The first review for "The Boys Next Door"! Tickets available for this weekends shows: Fri & Sat, 2/23 & 24 at 8 pm, Sun, 2/25 at 3 pm. For tickets go to: www.portcityplayhouse.org + Some discount tickets still available on Goldstar

Humorous and Poignant: Reviewer Betsy Lizotte calls Port City Playhouse's latest production, "playful, yet provocative." Find out why.

Port City Playhouse congratulates WATCH nominee Stefan Sittig!
01/27/2018

Port City Playhouse congratulates WATCH nominee Stefan Sittig!

Port City Playhouse congratulates WATCH nominee Paul Donahue!
01/27/2018

Port City Playhouse congratulates WATCH nominee Paul Donahue!

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01/27/2018

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Announcing auditions for the first show of our 40th Season, THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, Written by Tom Griffin, Directed by Kevi...
11/20/2017

Announcing auditions for the first show of our 40th Season, THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, Written by Tom Griffin, Directed by Kevin Sockwell and Produced by Mary Beth Smith-Toomey

Audition Dates & Times
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11 am - 2 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 7-10 pm
Callbacks by invitation only, if needed, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:30 pm
Auditions will be held at Sleepy Hollow UMC, Room 104

Audition, Rehearsal & Performance Location
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church
3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044
SHUMC is located approximately 1.7 miles from the intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and Leesburg Pike (Route 7)
in the Seven Corners area and about 0.6 mile from the intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and Columbia Pike (Route 244)

Performance Dates
February 16, 17, 23 & 24 and March 1, 2 & 3, 2018 at 8:00pm
February 18 & 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm


Play Summary
Port City Playhouse seeks actors for the first production of our 40th season, The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin. The setting is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.

Audition Information
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Sides will be available at the audition table (not in advance). Rehearsals will begin December 6; a final schedule will be developed once the show is cast and actors’ conflicts have been accounted for. Please be ready to provide an accurate list of all tentative and known conflicts between December 6, 2017, and March 3, 2018. It is extremely important that you be absolutely honest about your conflicts (tentative and known) as it is very difficult to schedule rehearsals unless all conflicts are known in advance. A conflict will not necessarily preclude you from being cast, as the director will work around actors' conflicts to the best of his ability.

Role Summary
Arnold Wiggins (Lead): Male, 28-45, a mildly mentally disabled man who works at a movie theater, hyperactive and talks constantly, often abused by coworkers and is afraid to fight back, tends to be OCD.

Norman Bulansky (Lead): Male, 28-45, an overweight, middle-aged mentally disabled man who works at a doughnut shop, romantically involved with Sheila, a woman from another group home, very proud and possessive of his large ring of keys.

Lucien P. Smith (Lead): Male, 25-50, a large man who is very mentally disabled and functions at about a second-grade level, checks out books from the library, despite the fact he cannot read. Note: This role is traditionally played by an African-American actor; not required but preferred.
Written for African American, but can be any minority.

Jack (Lead): Male, 28-45, the social worker for the four men, found that he's becoming burned out and is thinking about a new line of work. Written for a male, but director is considering casting any gender

Mrs. Fremus/Mrs. Warren/Clara (Supporting): Female, 18-64, Mrs. Fremus, a widow who lives next door; Mrs. Warren, a new neighbor; Clara, Sheila's mentally disabled friend. Note: The three parts are played by one actress.

Mr. Hodges/Mr. Corbin/Senator Clark (Supporting): Male, 18-64, Mr. Hodges, Barry's golf student whose patience only goes so far; Mr. Corbin, the movie theater manager; Senator Clark, a dignified public servant. Note: The three parts are played by one actor.

Sheila (Supporting): Female, 18-64

Mr. Klemper (Supporting): Male, 18-64. Same ethnicity as Arnold.

Barry Klemper (Supporting): Male, 18-64

For more information, contact [email protected].

"Tangled in the Tinsel" - 3 Performances Only! December 1 & 2 at 8pm, December 3 at 3pm.  Get your tickets today at www....
11/17/2017

"Tangled in the Tinsel" - 3 Performances Only! December 1 & 2 at 8pm, December 3 at 3pm. Get your tickets today at www.portcityplayhouse.org

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11/17/2017

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Our first review of "Hamlet" is in, and it's excellent!  http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/10/15/review-hamlet-port-cit...
10/17/2017
Review: ‘Hamlet’ at Port City Playhouse - DCMetroTheaterArts

Our first review of "Hamlet" is in, and it's excellent! http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/10/15/review-hamlet-port-city-playhouse/

Three shows this week: Friday & Saturday, 10/20 & 21 at 8 pm, Sunday, 10/22 at 3 pm. For tickets, visit our website at www.portcityplayhouse.org Some discount tickets still available on Goldstar

Review: ‘Hamlet’ at Port City Playhouse By William Powell on October 15, 2017 An actor of illustrious talent shone bright recently on the D.C. area stage of Port City Playhouse. Rebekah Raze, in a performance that progressed from great to astounding, not only enthralled her audience to the point of…

09/04/2017

Announcing Auditions for Port City's Holiday Show TANGLED IN TINSEL, Written by Martha Bolton, Directed by Becky Patton, Produced by Mary Ayala-Bush

Audition Dates & Times:
-Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2-4 pm
-Sunday, October 1, 2017, 7-9 pm
-Callbacks by invitation only, if needed
Auditions will be held at Sleepy Hollow UMC, Room 104

Audition, Rehearsal & Performance Location:
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church
3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044
SHUMC is located approximately 1.7 miles from the intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and Leesburg Pike (Route 7)
in the Seven Corners area and about 0.6 mile from the intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and Columbia Pike (Route 244)

Performance Dates:
Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 pm

Play Summary:
Port City Playhouse seeks actors for its upcoming Christmas benefit production, Tangled in Tinsel by Martha Bolton. Tangled in Tinsel is a collection of short sketches that represent the "fun" side of Christmas -- from the mall parking lot to the Sunday School pageant and the annual gift exchange. This production uses an ensemble who will play multiple roles and traditional Christmas carols will be sung.

Audition Information:
Auditions will consist of readings from the script and singing a prepared Christmas carol. Sides will be available at the audition table (not in advance). Rehearsals will begin in early October; a final schedule will be developed once the show is cast and actors’ conflicts have been accounted for. Please be ready to provide an accurate list of all tentative and known conflicts between October 2 and December 3. It is extremely important that you be absolutely honest about your conflicts (tentative and known) as it is very difficult to schedule rehearsals for a large cast unless all conflicts are known in advance. A conflict will not necessarily preclude you from being cast, as the director will work around actors' conflicts to the best of her ability.

Role Summary:
Casting 4 men (ages 20s-50s+), 4 women (20s to 40s+), 1 teen boy and 1 teen girl (ages 13-17), 1 boy and 1 girl (ages 8-10). All ethnicities are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact [email protected].

09/04/2017

WANTED: Directors for Our 2018 Season - You Pick the Shows!
Port City’s 2018 Season—our 40th year—will be Director’s Choice. As a candidate director, you may submit up to 3 shows you would like to direct, following the guidelines below. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Director's Choice Guidelines:
- We are planning to produce a 4-show season, and are hoping that at least two of these shows will be comedies.
- As of now, all shows will be produced in our new performance space at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church in Falls Church. It is a black box performance space and we can accommodate in-the-round performance concepts.
- Our 2018 production schedule will be as follows (specific dates subject to negotiation with Port City and Sleepy Hollow UMC). These are the general time frames for each show:
Show 1: February/March
Show 2: April/May
Show 3: July/August
Show 4: September/October
- We’re looking for shows that have not been performed in area community theaters within the past 5 years (including the currently announced seasons) or at Port City within the past 10 years (see the “Shows” page on this website for a listing of our previous seasons).
- We cannot do a large-scale musical. Musical choices need to be smaller cast, limited orchestra, limited set/costume changes. We are also not looking to do a cabaret this season.
- No full-frontal nudity.

All director submissions must include the following:

1). A "Letter of Interest" stating your desire to direct at Port City Playhouse, the show or shows you would like us to consider for the 2018 season and a basic concept for each stated show. Your concept for each show should include:
a) Your overall vision for the show
b) Technical aspects such as set, sound, lights, props, and special effects
c) Special considerations, such as the ability to bring aboard a production team

2). A current resume that includes all productions directed, including location and year. Relevant theatre experience may be included as well as additional support materials and current contact information (phone and email address mandatory).

3). Any possible schedule conflicts with the very general production schedule that we have listed above (for example, if you know you will be away for an extended time during the year). Note that, in general, our productions audition approximately 8 weeks prior to tech week and that the run for each show in the season will be over 3 consecutive weekends.

4). A list of 3-5 references familiar with the your past work. This list must include each reference's name, address, telephone number and email address.

5). A signed copy of the Port City Playhouse Policies for Directors. Download the Port City Playhouse Policies for Directors HERE.

6). Email submissions to [email protected], with the subject line, “Director's Choice Submittal 2018”. The submittal package must be in either MS Word or PDF format. Any questions concerning the process should also be directed to [email protected], with the subject line, “Director Submittal Inquiry”.

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3435 Sleepy Hollow Road
Alexandria, VA
22044

http://www.portcityplayhouse.org/tickets_directions.html

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