No scene night July 21

Sunday, July 31
3:30 pm ($12.50/$20.00)
7:00 pm ($10.00/$17.50)
PCSF Playoffs Round Three
Shelton Theater
533 Sutter
San Francisco
Round 3 Tickets

Monday, Aug. 1
6:30-9:45 pm
PCSF general auditions
Signup by July 31
Shelton Theater
533 Sutter
San Francisco
By appointment only

Thursday, Aug. 4
7:30 p.m.
Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

Thursday, Aug. 18
7:30 p.m.
Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

Monday, Aug. 29

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PCSF PlayOffs Round 3

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, 533 Sutter, San Francisco, with staged readings of short plays by Patricia L. Morin, Vaughn Hovanessian, Kathleen Bradley, Jim Norrena, Madeleine Butler, Chas Belov, Carol Lashof, Bill Hyatt, and Diane Sampson.

Round 3 tickets are available now.

  • 3:30 pm tickets are $12.50, or $20.00 with premium reserved seating.
  • 7:00 pm tickets are $10.00, or $17.50 with premium reserved seating.
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:
  • A Relationship with History
    by Annette Roman
  • Father's Day
    by Rod McFadden
  • Benched
    by Lorraine Midanik
  • Murder
    by Bridgette Dutta Portman
These four plays will be fully produced in December.

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.

Here are the plays you'll be seeing July 31:
  • No Word For Schadenfreude
    by Chas Belov
  • A San Francisco Fairy Tale
    by Kathleen Bradley
  • A Dog's Life
    by Madeleine Butler
  • The Guests
    by Vaughn Hovanessian
  • Haiku Therapy
    by Bill Hyatt
  • Association
    by Carol Lashof
  • Blanche and Benny
    by Patricia L. Morin
  • Weight & See by Jim Norrena
  • The Sound of Moonlight by Diane Sampson

Directed by Carol Eggers and David O. Stein.

Starring Amanda Farbstein, Shelley Johnson, Michelle Ianiro, Cary Ann Rosko, Geoffrey Malveaux, Richard Wenzel and Dan Wilson.

Produced by Rod McFadden.

Get your Round 3 tickets now

Fall 2016 Reading Series Plays Announced

PCSF is pleased to announce the plays for our Fall 2016 reading series, to run from September 12 through November 14. Congratulations to the selected playwrights!

Readings this Fall include Developmental Readings of the following plays:

  • Aug. 29: Cancelled
  • Sept. 12: THE MAKING OF MEDEA'S MEDEA by Chas Belov
    Mockumentary charts Medea's modern-day retelling of her murderous tale from page to stage to tragedy.
  • Sept. 19: THE SEPARATION by Aren Haun
    After participating in an intense transformative seminar, Stan embarks on a life-changing journey without ever leaving his home. 
  • Sept. 26: ANDY'S GIFT by Charley Lerrigo
    Vampires are so misunderstood. And are not immune to economic realities and the problems that come with love and aging
  • Oct. 10: BABATUNDE IN HELL: A Nigerian Tragedy by Richard Slota
    Can an ineffectual man satisfy a wife, a married pregnant mistress and a penis-snatching, Ebola-spreading witch? Hell no! 
  • Oct. 17: LITTLE PLAYS FOR OUR DAYS by Christopher Bernard
    Three short plays about the 21st century - war, politics, love, and the human condition in a fraying civilization. 
  • Oct. 24: THE SPACE BETWEEN by Terry Lamb 
    A photographer searches for truth in his professional life, but hides from it in his personal life. 
  • Nov. 7: untitled by Vonn Scott Bair 
    Three stories about one story of post-WWII Berlin. 
  • Nov. 14: CONFUSION'S MASTERPIECE by Rod McFadden 
    Murder makes strange bedfellows

Full reading series details

Fall 2016 General Auditions

The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco will be holding general auditions for the Fall Season Reading Series. Join us for this 36 year tradition of helping local playwrights develop new work in the bay area!  We would love to see you there!

The plays will be full and short works by PCSF member playwrights; selections TBA. PCSF offers two types of readings for the Reading Series, Staged Readings and Developmental Readings. This Fall we will have only Developmental Readings.

Developmental Readings, which are not rehearsed or directed.  Scripts are distributed roughly one week prior to the reading and the producer and playwright provide some limited direction and notes prior to the reading.  Actors are paid a $15 stipend for Developmental Readings.

By appointment only. Sign up by July 31, 2016.

Aug. 1
6:30-9:45 p.m.

Shelton Theater
533 Sutter
San Francisco

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Publicity Guide updated

The PCSF Publicity Guide (PDF), a basic guide for getting audiences for your readings and performances, has been updated to 2016. Thank you to Laylah Muran de Assereto for her work on this helpful work.

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.

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