Conor McPherson's Port Authority is a play about big dreams and lost opportunities, told through three interweaving monologues. It was first performed in a production by the Gate Theatre, Dublin, at the New Ambassadors Theatre, London, on 22 February 2001.
A young man, Kevin, moves out of his parents' home for the first time, living with friends and falling in love with a young woman he's afraid to pursue. Dermot, in his thirties, is bound for Los Angeles and a glamorous new job for which he's far from qualified. Joe, a pensioner, lives in a care home where meals are the big event – until he receives a mysterious package from a long-ago neighbour. The characters' stories are linked in small, teasing references, but also through deeper symmetries concerning fate, life chances, missed opportunities and the ineffability of the everyday.
The play's premiere was directed by Conor McPherson with Éanna MacLiam as Kevin, Stephen Brennan as Dermot and Jim Norton as Joe. It was praised by the critics, with Susannah Clapp in The Observer declaring 'His sentences are better, his sentiments more developed than many Booker Prize-winners. He is terrific'. The production subsequently transferred to the Gate Theatre, Dublin, on 24 April 2001.
The play was staged by the Atlantic Theater Company in New York from 21 May 2008, directed by Henry Wishcamper, with Brian d'Arcy James, John Gallagher Jr and Jim Norton.