A woman walks into a Brooklyn bar where she meets a handsome stranger, and an upside-down romantic comedy unfolds inside and outside of her imagination, causing desires to awaken and disruption to ensue.
From the producers: 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?
"[Porto]" is playwright Kate Benson's follow-up to her Obie Award-winning play, "A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes." "[Porto]" was initially produced Off-Off-Broadway at Brooklyn theatre The Bushwick Starr in 2017, where it was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick.
Julia Sirna-Frest returns to the title role from the play’s acclaimed world premiere at the Starr. Original cast members Noel Joseph Allain, playwright Benson, Ugo Chukwu, Jorge Cordova and Leah Karpe also return to the play for its Off-Broadway bow. Obie Award winner Lee Sunday Evans directs.