Tuesday, June 28
11:59 p.m.
PCSF Playoffs submission deadline

Thursday, June 30
(special night)
7:30 p.m.
Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

Thursday, July 14
(special night)
7:30 p.m.
Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

Sunday, July 31
3:30 and 7:00 p.m.
PCSF PlayOffs Round #3

Shelton Theater
533 Sutter
San Francisco

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Sign up for PCSF PlayOffs Round 3

It's your last opportunity to get your play read before an audience and have a chance at being produced in December! The deadline to put your name in the hat is June 28.

Here are the details:

Congratulations to the eighteen playwrights who contributed plays to the first two rounds of PCSF PlayOffs!

So far, audiences in the first two rounds have chosen Annette Roman's A Relationship with History, Rod McFadden's Father's Day, Lorraine Midanik's Benched, and Bridgette Dutta Portman's Murder. These four plays will be fully produced in December.

And now it's time for our final round -- Round Three!  

Performances will be Sunday July 31, at 3:30 and 7 p.m. in the Shelton Theatre.

Nine playwrights will be chosen from the hat for Round Three. 

All PCSF members who did not have readings in Round One or Round Two are eligible.

If you're not a member, join PCSF first, then enter.

Round Three participants will be chosen via random drawing from the hat (similar to selections for our 24 hour festivals). Just put your name in the hat, and cross your fingers. If you put your name in the hat for Round One or Two, but were not chosen for a reading, you are still eligible, but you must re-submit your name for Round Three.

Round Three deadlines:

Names in the hat – by 11:59 p.m., June 28
Playwright selection from the hat  -- June 29

Plays submitted from selected playwrights -- July 12

Play submission rules:

Plays will not be vetted by our literary committee.  The plays submitted are at the discretion of the chosen playwrights, who are encouraged to submit their best work, which considers the following practical restrictions:

  • no more than four actors required (doubling okay)
  • black box appropriate with single setting and up/down lighting set
  • play is 10 minutes long (typically 8-9 pages)
Plays can be previously produced, but cannot have previous productions in SF. However, new and previously unproduced plays are welcomed, of course.

Your commitment as a chosen playwright:
  • You will provide your completed 10 play (no further revisions) by July 12
  • You will help publicize the reading of your play and get enthusiastic audience members
  • You agree to allow PCSF to fully produce your play in December if it is chosen by the audience.
To put your name in the hat for Round Three, send an email to: pcsf@playwrightscentersf.org

Fine Print Stuff:

Directors of a Quarterly Round are not eligible to submit a play for that Round, even if they are PCSF members-in good-standing.

Plays written by our year-end producers and/or directors are eligible for Audience Choice selection, but are NOT eligible for Critical Choice selection.

Playwrights participating in quarterly rounds must be members-in-good-standing at the time of the round.  Playwrights whose plays are chosen for year-end production must also be members-in-good-standing at the time of the production (meaning they may need to renew membership in order to be included in the production).  This renewal, if necessary, must be done no later than Aug 31st, 2016 to be included in 2016 production.

If a play is slated for production, but the playwright's PCSF membership has lapsed, the play will be replaced by an additional Critical Choice play.

General Info About PCSF PlayOffs:

The festival showcases 27 10-minute plays by PCSF members. It consists of three "quarterly" rounds of staged readings, each featuring nine plays.     

Each round includes a matinee and evening performance, and after each performance, the audience will vote for their favorite three plays from that round. The top two vote-getters from each round (six plays) will be fully produced in at the end of the year.

Additionally, two of the remaining 21 plays will be selected by the directors and producers of the year-end production.  These Critcial Choice plays will be added to the six Audience Choice selections and fully produced in an evening of eight short plays.

Put your name in the hat now by emailing pcsf@playwrightscentersf.org!

PCSF hits 1500 plays

PCSF has hit a milestone! As of May 22, PCSF has brought 1500 plays to the stage in the form of public readings and productions. Some of these plays have gone on to readings and productions elsewhere.

We are proud of our record supporting Bay Area playwrights in honing their work, and we are proud of and grateful to the playwrights, directors, actors, volunteers, donors, and others who have brought us this far and are bringing us into the future of theatre.

History of PCSF readings

PCSF success stories


PCSF PlayOffs May 22 results

PCSF PlayOffs Round #2 showcased the work of Karl Schackne, L. Zephyr, Vonn Scott Bair, Lorraine Midanik, Jerome Joseph Gentes, Bridgette Dutta Portman, Gaetana Caldwell-Smith, Christopher Bernard, and Elizabeth Flanagan. The plays were extremely well-received by both matinee and evening audiences, who had the difficult assignment of choosing their three favorites.

Congratulations to the top two vote getters: Benched by Lorraine Midanik, and Murder by Bridgette Dutta Portman. These two plays will be included in PCSF's year-end production of short plays.

PlayOffs Round #3 will be held on July 31. All PCSF members who have not participated in readings for Round 1 or 2 are eligible to put your name in the hat for the Round 3 drawing. The hat will open in late June. More information to come on Round 3 in a few weeks.


24 Hours of Thank You

Thank you to all of the donors and volunteers who contributed to making the 24-Hour Play Fest a success.

First, the playwrights, directors, and plays:

  • How to Make the Great Wall of China by Vonn Scott Bair, directed by Christine Keating
  • A Rainbow Through Tears by Gaetana Caldwell-Smith, directed by John Ferreira
  • Circular Reasoning by Patrick M Brennan, directed by Don Hardwick
  • Off The Grid by Chas Belov, directed by Bayla G. Travis
  • Pasta The Cat by Earl T. Roske, directed by Kris Neely
  • Cholos In China by Annette Roman, directed by Seth Margolies
  • Full Circle Special by Larry Rekow, directed by Sinohui Hinojosa
  • The Eighth Circle by Bridgette Dutta Portman, directed by Tatiana Gelfand

Thank you to the actors:

  • Alexander Delgadillo
  • Cheri L. Miller
  • Dan Rosen
  • Don Corbin
  • Jacobella Luongo
  • Jake Arky
  • Jeanine Louise Perasso
  • Jenna Peters-Ring
  • Kevin F. Adler
  • Lana Palmer
  • Mary Bishop
  • Matthew Weinberg
  • Meira Perelstein
  • Merri Gordon
  • Michelle Ianiro
  • Peter Preciado
  • Rodger Lee
  • Ryan L. Boyd
  • Susannah Wood
  • Terry Bamberger

To the Volunteers:

  • Producer: Bill Hyatt
  • Associate Producer: Pat Morin; Bridgette Dutta Portman
  • Stage Managers: Jan Carty Marsh; Pat Morin
  • Light and Sound Operator: Briana Walsh
  • House Manager: Robin Booth
  • Hospitality and Concessions Manager: Larry Morin
  • House Staff: Kristin Anundsen, Dennis Campagna; Delinda Dane; Sara Judge; Alison Luterman
  • Photographer: Colin Hussey
  • Videographer: Sinohui Hinojosa
  • Video Editor/Support: Laylah Muran de Assereto
  • Playbill Design: Bill Hyatt

To the Raffle Prize Donors:

  • Jerome Joseph Gentes
  • Sinohui Hinojosa
  • Christine Keating
  • Brian Katz
  • Kris Neely
  • Earl T. Roske
  • Diane Tasca
  • Blushie Bath and Body
  • Custom Made Theater
  • Dandelion Chocolate Factory
  • Pear Theater
  • Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival

To the Performance and rehearsal spaces:

  • The Custom Made Theatre Company
  • Unscripted Theater Company
  • RAE Dance Studios
  • Exit Theatre

And last, but not least, thank you to our audience.

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