Porthouse Theatre To Open 2021 Season at Full Capacity June 17

Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University's summer professional theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will open its 2021 season for in-person performances at full capacity on June 17. After cancelling its 2020 season due to COVID-19, Porthouse will return this summer with productions of "Quilters," "BKLYN," and "Altar Boyz."

Based on updated government recommendations and Kent State University protocols, physical distancing is no longer required for outdoor events and Porthouse's 500-seat house will be seated at full capacity.

Porthouse Theatre adheres to the policies and procedures set forth by Kent State University. At this time, those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a face covering outdoors on any of our campuses. We strongly recommend that unvaccinated people continue to wear face coverings outdoors, particularly when they cannot maintain safe physical distancing from others.

Streaming options will be available for all three productions. More details on streaming will be released soon.

Porthouse's grounds will be open 90 minutes prior to each performance for picnics.

Subscription and Ticket Information

Information for Current Subscribers

Subscribers who rolled over or donated their 2020 subscriptions were contacted directly by the Box Office to confirm their 2021 subscriptions. If a subscriber rolled over or donated their 2020 subscription and did not receive a phone call, please contact the Box Office at 330-672-3884 or porthouse@kent.edu.

All other subscribers may renew their subscriptions beginning June 1, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. online or by phone. For more information, visit https://www.kent.edu/porthouse/tickets.

All subscriptions for 2021 will be sold as Flex Subscriptions at a discounted rate of $75.

New Subscriptions

New subscriptions will go on sale on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. via phone at 330-672-3884 or online at https://kentstateticketing.universitytickets.com/

All subscriptions for 2021 will be sold as Flex Subscriptions at a discounted rate of $75.

For more information, visit https://www.kent.edu/porthouse/tickets.

Single Ticket Information

Single tickets for Porthouse Theatre's 2021 Season will go on sale on June 9, 2021 by phone at 330-672-3884 or online at https://kentstateticketing.universitytickets.com/. 

All tickets in the Center, Left Center, and Right Center sections will be sold at a flat rate of $35 per ticket.

All tickets in the House Left and House Right sections will be sold at a flat rate of $30 per ticket.

For more information, visit https://www.kent.edu/porthouse/tickets.


June 17 – July 3, 2021

Book by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek
Music and Lyrics by Barbara Damashek

Directed by Terri Kent
Music Directed by Jennifer Korecki

Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical—and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed.

Quilters is presented through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service. 

July 8 – 24, 2021

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson
Produced by Scott Prisand and Mark Schoenfeld
Original Broadway Production produced by Jeff Calhoun, John McDaniel, and Producers Four

Directed by Eric van Baars

BKLYN is a play within a play where a group of street performers weave together stories from their lives to tell the tale of a young woman arriving in Brooklyn to find the father she never knew.

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. (www.broadwaylicensing.com)

Altar Boyz
July 29 – August 15, 2021

Book by Kevin Del Aguina
Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker
Conceived by Marc Kessler and Ken Davenport 

Directed by Terri Kent
Choreographed by Martín Céspedes
Music Directed by Jonathan Swoboda

A foot-stomping, rafter-raising musical comedy about a ficticious Christian boy band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour.  The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio:  Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham.

Altar Boyz is presented through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals.


Media Contact:

Joni Koneval, 330-672-0116, jkoneval@kent.edu


POSTED: Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 5:41pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 12:02pm