The Pirate Laureate of Port Town

Pirates have landed in the DC-area as Zachary Fernebok’s  original play sets sail on the winds of Flying V. The Pirate Laureate of Port Town, directed by Flying V Artistic Director Jason Schlafstein, runs February 1 through February 17 at The Writer’s Center.

In the world of The Pirate Laureate of Port Town, the power of poetry trumps that of any sword, pistol, cannon, or cutlass. That’s why the Pirate Laureate is the most important member on any pirate crew. Finn, a pirate of poetics and wit, must choose between the greater of two booties: his peerless pirate crew, or the land-locked love of his life. The Pirate Laureate of Port Town mixes a unique blend of upbeat, animated humor and lyrical tenderness in a realm where piracy and poetry are as inseparable as messages and the bottles that carry them.


The Pirate Laureate of Port Town

L-R: Opal (Megan Reichelt), Ruby (Doug Wilder), Captain Greyscale (Matthew Pauli), Hue (Maggie Erwin), Finn (Alex Vaughan), and Sandy (Megan Graves). Photo by Ryan Maxwell

The Pirate Laureate of Port Town has had readings and workshops with the University of Maryland and American Ensemble Theatre. It was most recently read at the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival in 2012. The play also received its West coast premiere that year with Mutineer Theatre Company in Los Angeles, California.

February 1—February 17, 2013

The Creative Team

The Pirate Laureate of Port Town 
is written by Zachary Fernebok and directed by Jason Schlafstein. The cast will include Alex VaughanMatthew PauliMegan GravesMegan ReicheltDoug Wilder, and Maggie Erwin. The creative team will include set design by Joseph Musumeci, props design by Dre Moore, costume design by Zachary Fernebok, lighting design by Kris Thompson, sound design by Neil McFadden, and fight choreography by Jonathan Ezra Rubin. Additional credits include Adi Stein (assistant director), Jessica Chinelli (stage manager), Tracy Sabo (assistant stage manager), Andrew Berry (technical director), and Alexander Li (costume construction artisan).

The Pirate Laureate of Port Town

L-R: Hue (Maggie Erwin), Captain Greyscale (Matthew Pauli), Opal (Megan Reichelt), and Finn (Alex Vaughan) at the helm of the ship. Photo by Ryan Maxwell


“Talented young actors cavort through “The Pirate Laureate of Port Town,” an arch, feather-light new play about pirates who fight with rhymes instead of rapiers.”
Celia Wren, Washington Post

“The premiere of this delightfully upbeat, original play, produced by Flying V, is worth seeing for its youthful zest.”
Rosalind Lacy, DC Theatre Scene

The Pirate Laureate of Port Town makes for an entertaining, touching, and truly funny evening.”
Jessica Vaughan, DC Metro Theatre Arts

“Local playwright Zachary Fernebok has written a play that is worthy of a crowning of laurel.”
April Forrer, Maryland Theatre Guide

Pirate Laureate is a family-friendly play that combines wit and romance in equal measure, featuring a small but spirited cast.”
Andrew White, DC Broadway World

“See Flying V’s production at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda”
Francis Abbey, Ciscoveras Productions