The Play Troupe of Port Washington
New York State's oldest chartered amateur theater company, dedicated to creating outstanding work in a positive, community-minded atmosphere for every generation in Port Washington.
Play Troupe was founded in 1927 by a group of self-described “careless artists, with an utter disregard for tradition and custom.” They staged their first production in the Parish Hall at St. Stephen's Church, which still partners with Play Troupe today.
What followed were decades of high-quality community theater, produced in every available auditorium, church, gymnasium and unsuspecting open space in town!
Over the years, Play Troupe's industrious members founded a wide variety of programs that all operate under the company's non-profit umbrella. These programs included inter-generational theater for children, musicals, straight plays/classics, live-broadcast radio dramas, and even a behind-the-scenes theater discussion series.
In the mid 1990s, nearly all of Play Troupe's programs fell into inactivity. But in 2012, in celebration of the company's 85th anniversary, both old and new members rallied together to revive Port Washington Play Troupe for more generations to enjoy.
The revival, and Play Troupe's ongoing programming, has enjoyed the generous support of the Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation.
Port Washington Play Troupe is a registered 501(c)3 organization.