Fall 2019 Reading Series

This page contains events that are part of the developmental and staged reading series, programs for plays that are closer to theater-ready, having progressed beyond scene nights.

  • Staged readings are rehearsed with a director.
  • Developmental readings are read by actors who have reviewed the script.
  • Both types of readings are produced by the Reading Series Producers: Charley Lerrigo and Rod McFadden.

All readings are free to PCSF members.


Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

The Righteous
by Vonn Scott Bair
Developmental Reading

A quiet, mild-mannered German bureaucrat who saves over 95 per cent of Denmark's Jews--in less than ten minutes. An American POW at the wrong end of a gun who realizes that he has the power. A young Dutch woman who loves children, adores babies--and who kills a man with one perfect shot. These are some of The Righteous Among the Nations, people who rescued Jews during the Holocaust--and have almost nothing else in common.

Vonn Scott Bair is an actor, playwright, screenwriter and amateur cookie baker based in San Francisco, California. His scripts have received almost 40 full productions.

7:30 p.m.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 donation suggested/your discretion/members always free


monday, Oct. 7, 2019

Seek the Water
by Hannah Jones
Developmental Reading

During a visit to Tehran, Sara unexpectedly finds herself in jail with two Iranian women. As the young women and their parents await a trial that will determine their fate, both generations reckon with Iran's revolutionary past.

Hannah Jones is a Bay Area playwright. She lives in Oakland.

7:30 p.m.
Custom Made Theater (upstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 donation suggested/your discretion/members always free


monday, Oct. 14, 2019

Imprint
by Marsha Roberts
Developmental Reading

Katja has a severe anxiety disorder. And it isn't all in her head.  Katja doesn't just worry. She foresees terrifying things happening before her eyes. But Katja's never experienced a major trauma, as far as she knows; so why is she like this? An offhand remark by a near stranger sets in motion Katja's discovery of epigenetic trauma and a shocking, long-held secret that explains her condition..

Marsha Roberts' short plays have been produced in various US, Canada and Australia venues. A staged reading of one of her full-length plays, Speaking the Language, was performed last year at City Lights Theatre in San Jose. Several e-zines and anthologies have featured Marsha's fiction and her skits have been produced by an SF comedy troupe. "The Agent," her novel about an elegant con game, is scheduled to be published this year. Marsha is on the Board of Playwrights' Center SF, an alumna of PlayGround SF's Writers' Company, and a member of The Dramatists Guild and Left Coast Writers.

7:30 p.m.
Custom Made Theater (upstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 donation suggested/your discretion/members always free


Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

Wallenberg
by Carey Gister

Developmental Reading

Do we still live in a world in which people can simply disappear? In January 1945 Raoul Wallenberg, the member of a wealthy and influential Swedish family disappeared in Hungary while on a diplomatic mission to save Jews during the last year of World War II. He was never seen again. This play is one possible interpretation of what happened to him and the people that, through action and neglect, allowed him to simply disappear.

Carey Gister is a San Francisco based playwright.

7:30 p.m.
Custom Made Theater (upstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 donation suggested/your discretion/members always free


Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

The Next to Last Box
by Karen Marguerite Caronna

Developmental Reading

What if you're "of an age" but refuse to fade away? Hollis and Harold refuse to go quietly as they live out their days at the senior residence Sunset Vista Villas. Hollis, newly arrived, and Harold become attracted to each other. Hollis has a passion for hiking, books and life. Harold has a passion for Hollis-a final chance at true love. The pair fight for love, dignity and Rolling Stones tickets in the last chapters of life, before Hollis fades away.

Karen Marguerite Caronna is a Bay Area writer and actor. A California native, she makes her home in Oakland. She has studied playwriting at Stagebridge, Central Works and Marin Theater Company.

7:30 p.m.
Custom Made Theater (upstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 donation suggested/your discretion/members always free


monday, Nov. 11, 2019

Time After Time Again
by Madeline Puccioni
Staged Reading
Directed by Wm. Diedrick Razo

What if linear "time" is an illusion? And identity forever? What if we strut and fret many hours, 'pon many stages, and then come back for more? Could Cass Potter be the Cassandra, as she claims? Or is she truly insane, and therefore, incompetent to stand trial for murder?

Madeline Puccioni has been back at her writing desk since she retired from teaching Community College five years ago. She's had numerous productions of her short plays since that time, and is now working on a full-length musical, Finding Medusa, a full length history play, #American Nightmares, and her "cosmic rom-com" Time and Time Again. She's a member of PlayGround SF and TowneStreet Theatre L.A. She wrote for PCSF's Eight Plays in a Daze on May 26. She lives with her handsome Monroe and her insane Rat Terrier, KiKi in beautiful Oakland. She's having way too much fun.

7:30 p.m.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$10-20 suggested donation/your discretion/members free


Updated 9/22/2019