Last year, we watched a lot and supported a little as playwright Kate Benson and director Lee Sunday Evans brought [PORTO] to The Bushwick Starr. Their first big collaboration since our Obie-winning A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN NOVEMBER ON THE BANKS OF THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT LAKES, it was a beautiful production, a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and a sold-out hit!
Now, WP Theater and The Bushwick Starr are re-mounting [PORTO] in WP’s uptown digs. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support a little more, as associates in this all-in-the-family endeavor. And are grateful to our friends at WP — who helped us move GREAT LAKES uptown in 2015 — and the Starr for inviting us. If you didn’t catch it before, or even if you did, get tickets here — we guarantee this’ll warm up your winter.
PERFORMANCES START JANUARY 28!
by Kate Benson
directed by Lee Sunday Evans
with Noel Joseph Allain, Kate Benson,
Ugo Chukwu, Jorge Cordova, Leah Karpel,
and Julia Sirna-Frest
“A stealthily ferocious, comfortingly hopeful, very funny new play! An exhortation to get out of your head and live, in thoughtful pursuit of joy.”
– The New York Times
A woman walks into a bar. Her name is Porto. She’s a regular. She likes this bar: serious food, serious wine, serious bartender-a staple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood (perhaps Bushwick?). Her friends, her wine, and her artisanal snacks are there; her doubts about being a Modern Woman are put on snooze. A handsome stranger walks in and orders something special. Disruption ensues: an upside-down romantic comedy unfolds inside and outside her head. Desires of all kinds are awakened with a ferocious thump. A nice smile is a nice smile, but can we enjoy the sausage once we know how it’s made?