The PT Shorts program, originally founded by local luminary Don White, and developed by Port Townsend Arts Commission (PTAC), has been produced by Key City Public Theatre (KCPT) since 2006. PT Shorts are free programs of dramatic readings of contemporary literature, read by critically acclaimed authors, actors, and good orators.
KCPT and Northwind Arts Center partner to provide this long-running program as part of the Northwind Reading Series. Performances are in Northwind’s downtown gallery location. Our program has featured short works of fiction and creative non-fiction from writers such as Sarah Vowell, George Saunders, Sheila Bender, Greg Bear and Dave Eggers, among others.
Schedule -- Click here to see Key City / PT Shorts details
- 1st Saturday of each month during Gallery Walk (free) 7:30 pm
- 1st Sunday of each month matinee (donation requested) 5:30 pm
- December 31st performance during First Night event in partnership with Jefferson County Historical Society (free)
About the PT Shorts Program
KCPT and Northwind Arts Center promote outreach activities that embrace opportunities for emerging and novice artists to learn from experienced, professional artists practicing their craft. PT Shorts gives platform to budding performers by nurturing artistic risk and embracing creative expression through literature readings.
It is a program that engages, enhances, and inspires creative artists to connect with each other and our community. Both performers and attendees of these theatre performances may be inspired to further explore the performing arts.
Some performances will have the author in attendance -- please check with Key City Public Theatre for more information.
February 4 – 7:30 pm -- Actors read the works of Samuel Ligon, the author…Read more
March 4 7:30 pm at the Northwind Arts gallery area. Excerpts from Before the Wind,…Read more
April 1st, 7:30 pm (Free). PlayFest 21’s featured playwright Wendy MacLeod showcases her comedic prose.…Read more
May 6th, 7:30 pm (Free). Skip Horack, Winner of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Bakeless Prize Location: KCPT Playhouse,…Read more
June 3rd, 7:30 pm (Free). Essayist Melissa Febos delves into the world of love and…Read more
Saturday Aug. 5 - 7:30 pm - Benjamin Alire Sáenz writes Latino fiction crossing the bridge…Read more
September 2nd, 7:30 pm (Free). Pam Houston - Winner of Western States Book Award and…Read more
Saturday October 7, 7:30 pm during Art Walk -- NY Times Bestselling Author and outspoken…Read more
Sat. 7:30 pm Nov. 4 - Acclaimed novelist and winner of the Washington State Book…Read more
Dec. 2, 7:30 pm (Free) at Northwind Arts Center Port Townsend local author, Elizabeth Thorpe,…Read more