PCSF Master ClassesTHREE-HOUR WRITING WORKSHOPS:
Lauren Gunderson: How to See The End
Anthony Clarvoe: Tarot of Your Play
Patricia Milton: Thrills, Laughs, and Danger: Writing the Successful Ten Minute Play
All classes held at 42nd Moon 246 Van Ness - corner of Grove and Van Ness, 3 blocks from Civic Center Bart
COST per class:
$45 for PCSF members
JULY 26, 2014 1-4pm
Workshop Leader: Lauren Gunderson
The endings of plays, the climactic moment of revelation and reversal, should be our beginnings. How can we demystify the pressure of finding the "perfect" ending in order to write confidently and organically and finish the damn thing. Whether you outline, narrate, or just know where your story is going, knowing the ending is the beginning of real writing.
Lauren Gunderson is the 2014 winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize ad for I and You. She studied at Emory University and NYU's Tisch School and her work has been produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), San Francisco Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre and more. She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA, and now lives in San Francisco. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory.
AUGUST 16, 20014 10-1pm
Workshop Leader: Anthony Clarvoe
A timeless set of archetypes, double-edged images, and layers of meaning from the personal to the cosmic, the Tarot is a rich source of inspiration for artists in many media. Find new characters, enrich your understanding of current ones, and push your storytelling out of your conscious preconceptions. You don’t have to be psychic, or have any previous experience of the Tarot, to immediately discover some of the many ways it can empower your imagination. In this class we will work with classic Tarot decks, as well as learn to develop a custom deck particular to your play, and use it in a variety of creative exercises.
Anthony Clarvoe has received the American Theatre Critics, Will Glickman, Bay Area Theatre Critics, LA Drama Critics, Garland, Elliot Norton, and Edgerton New American Play awards; fellowships from the Guggenheim, Irvine, Jerome, and McKnight Foundations, NEA, TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts, and Kennedy Center; commissions from South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, and Playwrights Horizons; and the Berrilla Kerr Award for his contributions to American theater. Productions include Pick Up Ax (South Coast Rep, San Jose Rep), The Living (Denver Center), Let’s Play Two (South Coast Rep), Ambition Facing West (Trinity Rep, Theatreworks), Ctrl+Alt+Delete (San Jose Rep, George St. Playhouse), The Brothers Karamazov (Cincinnati Playhouse, Circle X), Show and Tell (Rep Theatre of St. Louis), and Our Practical Heaven (Aurora Theatre). His plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. The Art of Sacrifice was recently published by Random House/Vintage in the anthology Plays for Two. Anthony is a regular instructor at the Playwrights Foundation, Stagebridge, and Playground.
AUGUST 23, 20014 10-1pm
Workshop Leader: Patricia Milton
The ten-minute play form is wildly popular --- and it’s a great means to both get your work produced and build up a playwright resume. It’s satisfying as a writer to complete a script in a short period of time. And it’s fun to write! But a ten-minute “scene” does not a ten-minute play make. So, what are some successful approaches to writing the ten-minute play? This workshop will equip you with methods and ways of thinking about and writing the ten-minute play, using the elements of dramatic action, dialogue, and characters in conflict. Come learn more about how to master this fun, in-demand form --- and bring stuff for writing, because we’ll be doing that!
Patricia Milton has had plays performed from New York to San Diego, from Memphis, TN, to Kitchener, Ontario. The San Francisco Chronicle praised her “sharp comic writing” and “bracingly original mind.” In the San Francisco Bay Area, her short plays have been seen at the Exploratorium and PianoFight, and in the SF Theater Festival, Playground, Bay One Acts Festival (BOA), One-Minute Play Festival, Woman’s Will PlayFest, All Terrain Theatre, Pacifica Spindrift Players, SF Fringe Festival, 24-Hour Fest, and Sheherezade. Her full-length productions include “Believers,” (Wily West Productions), “Reduction in Force,” (Central Works and BardsTown Theatre), “Solving Sunflowers,” (East Mountain Center for Theatre, NM), and “The Only Virgin in Jubilee County,” (Hill Country Theatre, TX). She is slated to premiere "Enemies, Foreign and Domestic" at Central Works in February 2015. Her plays co-written with Andrew Black have received ten productions around the US, including at New Conservatory Theatre Center. She is past President, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, and member of Theatre Bay Area, Central Works Writers Workshop, International Centre for Women Playwrights, and The Dramatists Guild. She is a member playwright with 3Girls Theatre in San Francisco. www.patricia-milton.com
2014 Fall Reading Series announced
PCSF is pleased to announce the plays for the 2014 Fall Reading Series. Congratulations to the playwrights whose plays have been selected.
Performance dates to be announced.
2014 Fall auditions Aug. 11
PCSF will be holding auditions for the 2014 Fall Reading Series (above) on Monday, Aug. 11, at Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy, San Francisco. Staged readings have 8-12 hours of rehearsal. Developmental readings have a commitment for one evening plus reading the play in advance.
Playwrights, Directors, Actors, crew sought for 24-hour Play Fest
Announcing PCSF's 24-Hour Play Fest Fundraiser call for directors, actors, playwrights, and crew!
Playwrights will be chosen through a random drawing a couple weeks before the fest.
The night before the performance, Friday, September 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!
We are excited to continue the 24-hour Play Fest as our bi-annual fundraiser. As it is a fundraiser we can't afford to pay anyone except in Gratitude (capital "G”)
If you have any interest in directing, acting, writing, or volunteering as crew, please contact Jennifer Roberts @ firstname.lastname@example.org