Spring 2018 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. Suggested $10-20 donation for non-members.
  • Developmental readings are read by actors who have reviewed the script. Suggested $5-10 donation for non-members.
  • Both types of readings are produced by the Reading Series Producers: Charley Lerrigo and Rod McFadden.

All readings are free to PCSF members.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Gap
by Carol S. Lashof
Directed by Arashi Cesana
Staged Reading

Right now in a high school near you, the students are stressed and chugging Dayquil. Or they've withdrawn in the face of stereotypes and prejudices. The teachers? Pretty much the same. The secret to success is "Time Management"! Or maybe not. Maybe there's another way to close the gap between who they wish they were and who they have time to be. What would happen were they to slow down and breathe the clay?

Carol Lashof's work has been broadcast on BET and NPR and staged on five continents from The Magic Theatre of San Francisco to Peking University in Beijing. Her projects with PCSF include By Any Other Name (Sheherezade's Last Tales, TBA award-winning production) and a developmental reading of The Melting Pot. In March 2018, Everyday Inferno Theatre in NYC will stage the professional premiere of The Melting Pot. Carol is Cofounder of Those Women Productions in Berkeley.

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


monday, April 23, 2018

The Small Group
by Gael Chandler

Developmental Reading

A housewife, a student, a radical, an artist, and a cocktail waitress: What happens when five strangers meet in a women's consciousness-raising group in San Francisco in 1970?

Gael Chandler is a former editor in Hollywood and author of books on film editing and Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Discovering the City by the Bay, a history book with self-guided tours. Chandler has created websites and blogged on editing and SF as well as written short stories, plays, taught digital editing and editing practices, and founded a book trailer company, Picture Your Book. Her life continues to be about creating material that attempts to fathom this curious planet and reach people.

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


monday, April 30, 2018

The Birthday Lottery
by Richard Fouts

Developmental Reading

The Birthday Lottery speaks to a time when the government used an unbearable process to make horrific demands on its constituents. For anyone who wrings his hands at the plight of our nation today or has a fascination in where we have come from, this play is a must. It is also full of humanity, humor and love.

Richard Fouts is a Bay Area playwright whose works include The Birthday Lottery; My Afternoon With Lenny; The Franklin Diaries, which peers into how president Franklin Roosevelt made the decisions to intern Japanese Americans; and Dead Serious, a dark comedy about two women assassins.

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


Monday, May 7, 2018

Untitled: 3  stories of 1 story of 1945 Berlin
by Vonn Scott Bair
director TBA

Staged Reading

An American doctor and nurse, plus a German woman, get swept up in one of the biggest crimes of the 20th Century. Each tells his or her version of events--but which one tells the truth?

Vonn Scott Bair is an actor, playwright and screenwriter based in San Francisco, California. His works have received over 30 productions, most recently The Arnolfini Portrait as part of the PCSF's 2017 PlayOffs.

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


monday, May 14, 2018

A House Divided
by Rod McFadden

Developmental Reading

After her husband's sudden death, Rebecca is alone in her remote rural house. Her two grown children, Alexandra and Nick, come to visit with plans of moving Rebecca to a safer retirement community. But when Alex proposes an alternate plan, it opens a floodgate of conflicting needs and motives, and forces each member of the family to decide what is most important in their inextricably shared lives.

Rod McFadden's plays have been performed by independent theatres throughout the US and Canada, and have received numerous awards. Counting on Love was a 2012 Heideman award finalist, and One Monkey More or Less is included in Smith and Kraus' Best 10-Minute Plays of 2015. Rod chairs the Board of Directors for the Playwrights Center of San Francisco.

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


Updated 4/1/2018