- No current deadlines
- You can always see a list of active PCSF submission opportunities, if any, at the PCSF Submittable website. (Do not use Submittable for the 24-hour Fest)
Playwrights announced; Directors, Actors, crew sought for 24-hour Play Fest
On Sept. 13, be there as Bill Hyatt, Jerome Joseph Gentes, Patrick Brennan, Patricia Milton, Beverly Butler, Madeline Puccioni, Jim Norrena, and Matthew Miller and a cast and crew of thousands, well dozens, bring to life 7 plays that didn't exist the day before.
Come see what these writers do on little sleep, a lot of adrenaline, and hopefully, a visit from the midnight muse!
Tickets are available only through Kickstarter.
Here's the entire 24-Hour team:
- Producer: Jennifer Roberts
- Assistant Producer: Rod McFadden
- Stage Manager: Bill Hyatt
- Assistant Stage Manager: Jan Carty Marsh
- House Manager: Elizabeth Flanagan
- Videographer/Photographer: Jim Norrena
- Paula Bauer
- Lisa Mammel
- Alan Olenjniczak
- Laura Michelle Webber
- Lesli Zephyr
- Patrick Brennan
- Beverly Butler
- Jerome Joseph-Gentes
- Bill Hyatt
- Matthew Miller
- Patricia Milton
- Jim Norrena
- Madeline Puccioni
- Kelli Crump
- Amy Crumpacker
- Robin Dolan
- Don Hardwick
- Charley Lerrigo
- Laylah Muran de Assereto
- Scott Ragle
- Jon Rosen
- Linda-Ruth Cardoza
- Khalia Davis
- Alex Delgado
- Elizabeth Du Val
- Michael Erickson
- Valerie Fachman
- Allison Fenner
- John Ferriera
- Colin Hussey
- Michele Jones
- Chris Maltby
- Roberta Morris
- Hilda Roe
- Janice Rumschlag
- Karl Schackne
- Julia Scharbach
- Genevieve Smith
- Daniel Solomon
- Jessica Yeh
How does it work?
The night before the performance, Friday, Sept. 12, the directors, actors, and playwrights gather to be randomly chosen/paired from a hat drawing.
A theme for the festival will also be chosen randomly and then playwright, cast, and director will meet and get to know each other before the playwright heads off into the dark, lonely night to write a completely new, original script by 6 am.
Directors and Actors will arrive the next morning, Saturday, September 13, at 9 am for a mad day of rehearsals followed by a performance off-book that night at 8pm!
Get your tickets now! Exclusively through Kickstarter
Membership meeting Sept. 15
On Monday, Sept. 15, all members are invited to our membership meeting
- to get a brief overview of future plans,
- to offer suggestions and ideas, and
- to approve the PCSF board for 2015.
2014 Fall Reading Series opens Sept. 15
Note new time for the Sept. 15 reading only: 8 p.m.
The PCSF 2014 Fall Reading Series opens with:
8 p.m. (special time):
Underneath the Above and Below (one-act)
by Laylah Muran de Assereto
Fall Reading Series reception
Nadia has secrets. Sydney’s job as a journalist compels her to investigate secrets, but how far is she willing to go when her investigation leads her to her sister? It all comes to a head at a picnic in Half Moon Bay.
Followed by (at the usual 7:30 p.m. time):
Hold Your Piece
by Jerome Joseph Gentes
If marriage equality is such a good thing, why Winston having more trouble finding Mr. Right? Meanwhile, his best friend is having even more luck hooking up. Are they meant to be more than friends? What shade will be thrown in the ensuing chase for love? And which one will be picked for the Color of the Year?
Full reading series details
Master classes announced
Once again, PCSF will be presenting Master Classes for you to hone existing skills and learn new ones. Register at Brown Paper Tickets
These classes are for PCSF members only, so the non-members price includes a membership to PCSF.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Ever jumped out of a plane to go skydiving on paper? Let's have an adventure in extreme playwrighting with a series of pen-to-page exercises that open new writing possibilities for both novice and experienced writers. We'll brainstorm micro and macro stories, silent moments and cacophonous ones, sparse worlds and decadent stage pictures, in a process exploring contrasts and risks on the page. Where are the edges of what you are able to make? We'll push our creativity to the farthest places we can. Bring a pen and paper, and let's be real, you might want to have a cup of coffee first.
Megan Cohen is the most-produced female playwright in the Bay Area, with 60+ shows and readings since January 2012. She is co-founder (with Stuart Bousel) of monthly speed-playwrighting festival "Saturday Write Fever" (named "Best of the Bay" in 2014 by San Francisco Magazine.) Megan's work ranges in length from 60 seconds to 12 hours, and from solo performance to scripts for double-digit ensembles. She is a 2014 Theater Bay Area "Keep An Eye On" Emerging Artist Honoree, and a charter member of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists ensemble (Best Theater, SF Weekly Readers' Poll 2014), with whom she recently completed a four-star touring show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
Curious to shake up your approach to playwriting? In this class we'll look at a number of different ways of making plays that step away from the writer's desk. From conception, to structure, to development, we'll play with non-traditional ideas of what it means to make a play and what a play can be. Together we'll explore the world of devised work and generative exercises from a range of cutting edge practitioners and discuss how they can be incorporated into your own writing practice. Come prepared to play, share, and be inspired.
Adam L. Sussman is a Director/Dramaturge/Writer/Performer. He is currently the Bret C Hart Directing Fellow at the Berkeley Repertory Theater as well as the Literary Manager for DO IT LIVE! PRODUCTIONS He served as Core Artist with Ragged Wing Ensemble where he directed and developed "Buried in the Body" a world premiere by Anthony Clarvoe. Adam has written a number of plays including a 70 minute multi-discipline adaptation of "Moby Dick", along with one acts "Death and Dinning," "Yes, Tomorrow" and "Sex and Cynicism" which has had productions on both the East and West coasts through the COME AS YOUR ARE project. His devised piece "Quatre-Vingt-Quatre" a collaboration with poet Evan Kennedy played to sold-out houses in 2011 and received a Best of the Fringe award. His devised work has been seen as part of Fool's Fury Factory Parts Festival and Hatch: A Festival of Devised Performance for which he also one of the founders. Adam has been a longtime participant and co-organizer of the International Home Theater Festival. Adam has also directed with Playwright's Foundation, SF Theater Pub, Impact Theater, Shotz SF, Monday Night Playground and Wiley West Productions. Adam is also the recipient of Theater Bay Area's Titan Award for Directing in 2013.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
Bones and Viscera: The Anatomy of Dramatic Storytelling
Dramatists often refer to the “structure” of a play. An engineering metaphor, however, can feel lifeless and rigid. A play is more like a living organism. It not only has a skeleton, but guts and muscle: emotions and forward movement. Learn how to construct the bones of your play—the basic elements of conflict and scenic action—and explore how they are fleshed-out and brought to life by the emotional lives of your characters.
William Bivins is an award-winning playwright whose productions include "The Education of a Rake" (Central Works), "The Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry" (SF Playhouse), “The Position” (PianoFight) and "The Afterlife of the Mind" (Virago Theatre Company), among others. His drama “Ransom, Texas” (Pacific Repertory Theatre) won the 2010 Hyperion Project Original Play Competition. His Biblical comedy "Pulp Scripture" (Original Sin/PianoFight) won the 2009 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Original Script, and grabbed eight SF Fringe Awards, including Best New Comedy. He is the recipient of The 2014 PlayGround Fellowship.
Register at Brown Paper Tickets