Port City's 40th Season:

The Boys Next Door

By Tom Griffin
Directed by Kevin Sockwell
February 16- March 3, 2018

In a communal residence in a New England city, four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop, is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries and takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien 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. Playwright Tom Price brings us into a world where the "little things" of daily life sometimes become momentous – and often very funny – and are mingled with moments of great poignancy.

American Buffalo

By David Mamet
Directed by Jon Townson
May 18 – June 3, 2018

A junk shop. A buffalo nickel sold for maybe too low a price. Three men about to make some very bad choices to try and get it back.  David Mamet’s profane classic is brought to Port City’s stage by director Jon Townson (Fool for Love), who directed a touring production of the play in Ireland in 2017. Frank Rich of the New York Times called American Buffalo “a deceptively small-scale tragedy that is packed with the power to explode the largest of American myths."

NOTICE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Port City Playhouse has had to cancel our planned production of American Buffalo. There will not be a substitute show taking its place in the season.  We regret the disappointment to those who wanted to be a part of this show or who wanted to see our staging of it.  We share that disappointment.


Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

By Bert V. Royal
Directed by Hollyann Bucci
July 20 – August 4, 2018

A darkly comic "unauthorized parody" of the works of Charles M. Schulz, DOG SEES GOD imagines characters from the popular comic strip Peanuts as degenerate teenagers. Drug use, child sexual abuse, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sexual relations and identity are among the issues covered by playwright Bert V. Royal. Though he disguises the identity of each character to focus more attention on the issues of the play, his use of these iconic figures is what gives the show its emotional punch: even these beloved child characters must someday grow up and deal with a harsh reality as they find their place in the world.

Neighbourhood Watch
By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Robert Sams
October 19 – November 3, 2018

British playwright Alan Ayckbourn takes us to an upper-middle class housing development, Bluebell Hill, where the residents are very uncomfortable with the existence of an “estate” (i.e. public housing) filled with Eastern European immigrants at the bottom of the hill. When the false accusation of theft by a boy from the estate leads to an act of petty vandalism in revenge, the residents organize a “neighbourhood watch” to protect themselves. The lack of response by the police leads to further protective measures and things spin out of control.


Port City Playhouse performs at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22044, between Columbia Pike (Rte. 244) and Seven Corners. General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, military and students, and $16 for groups of ten or more. Since its founding in 1977, Port City Playhouse has regularly received awards from area theatre organizations for the artistic and technical excellence of its productions, recently earning the British Players’ prestigious 2012-13 Ruby Griffith First Runner-Up Award for its production of The Drawer Boy. That record of excellence continues in Port City’s 39th season. 


Past Shows back to top

39th Season- 2016/17
Taking Sides
Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine

38th Season - 2015/16
Medieval Story Land
Fool for Love
Coming Home
Stupid F#@*ing Bird

37th Season - 2014/15
Black Hole
In The Next Room
Smellin' Up the Den
Shining City
Stick Fly 

36th Season - 2013/14
The Children's Hour
Shiloh Rules
The Ballad of the Red Knight (a co-production with Red Knight Productions)
Next Fall
Blues for an Alabama Sky

35th Season - 2012/13
The Soul Collector
The Drawer Boy
Six Degrees of Separation

34th Season - 2011/12
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You and The Actor's Nightmare
Angel: A Nightmare in Two Acts
The Dixie Swim Club
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

33rd Season - 2010/11
Farragut North
No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs

32nd Season - 2009/10
Our Town
The Front Page

31st Season - 2008/09
An American Daughter
Veronica's Room
The Curious Savage

30th Season - 2007/08
To Gillian on her 37th Birthday
Wonder of the World
The Dresser
Split Second

29th Season - 2006/07
All My Sons
Anton in Show Business
Terra Nova
The Smell of the Kill

28th Season - 2005/06
The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia
Stop Kiss
Summer and Smoke

27th Season - 2004/05
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Collected Stories
Power Plays

26th Season - 2003/04
The Elephant Man
As Bees in Honey Drown
The Pavilion

Our 25th Anniversary Season - 2002/03
The Birds
The Waverly Gallery
Wrong Turn at Lungfish

24th Season - 2001/02
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
War of the Worlds / The Shadow
Because He Can
Suddenly Last Summer / Portrait of a Madonna

23rd Season - 2000/01
Breaking the Code
Molly Sweeney
Creation of the World and Other Business
Twilight of the Golds

To download a listing of Port City Playhouse list of plays performed in the first 25 Years, click HERE.