Saturday, July 1
11:59 p.m.
24-Hour Play Fest signup deadline

Thursday, July 6
7:30 p.m.
Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

Sunday, July 16
3:30 and 7:00 p.m.
PCSF PlayOffs Round Three
Shelton Theater
533 Sutter
San Francisco

Thursday, July 20
7:30 p.m.
Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

Sunday, July 30
7:30 p.m.
24-Hour Play Fest
Custom Made Theater
533 Sutter
San Francisco

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Upcoming Deadlines

  • 24-Hour Play Fest signup, July 1
  • You can always see a list of active PCSF submission opportunities, if any, at the PCSF Submittable website.

Sign up for 24-Hour Play Fest

PCSF is happy to announce that the next installation of our annual 24-Hour Fest will be July 29 through July 30, 2017 (plays written on Saturday, July 29, and then rehearsed and performed on Sunday, July 30, with the performance to be held at the Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco).
 
That's right, plays will be written, rehearsed and performed (off-book!) in 24 hours!  This is your chance to sign up to participate as a playwright, an actor, a director and/or a crew member.

This is an exciting, fast and fun event! As in our most recent 24-Hour Fests, eight (8) lucky playwrights will be selected.  Applications for Playwrights, Actors and Directors are accepted from now until 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2017.  To apply for possible selection as a playwright, actor or director, please reply to this email and/or send an email to pcsf@playwrightscentersf.org by 11:59pm on July 1, 2017.

To participate as a playwright in the 24 Hour Fest, you must be a current member of PCSF (your dues must be current). Directors, actors, and crew
do not need to be members of PCSF.

In brief:

Eight (8) playwrights will be chosen through a random drawing on July 2, 2017. 

Please note:
for this fest, in order to honor volunteers (and as an incentive for ongoing volunteering), PCSF volunteers (with significant volunteer hours) will have their names entered into both the seven (7) playwright spots open to all PCSF members as well as a single playwright spot open to PCSF volunteers only.

On Saturday afternoon, July 29th, the directors, actors, and playwrights will gather, and a director and a cast will be randomly assigned to each playwright.  A theme for the festival will also be chosen randomly (and some prompts may be added to the mix).  Each playwright and their assigned 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: written specifically for the assigned actors, inspired by the assigned theme, and incorporating the assigned prompt(s).

Oh, and of course, the playwright will complete the play by 6 a.m., Sunday morning.

Directors and Actors will arrive the next morning, Sunday, July 30, at 9 a.m., for a mad day of rehearsals followed by a performance off-book that night at 7:30 pm, with the performance to be held at the Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco!

We are excited to continue the 24-hour Play Fest as an annual fundraiser. Unfortunately, as it is a fundraiser we can't afford to pay anyone, but we hope you will find the experience fun and rewarding!  Please note: since we are not paying the volunteers (including the actors and directors), Equity and other union members may not be able to participate.

Once again, to apply for possible selection as a playwright, actor or director, send an email to pcsf@playwrightscentersf.org by 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2017.

Together we can make this the greatest Fest and the most effective Fundraiser ever!

Let the Fest begin!

Bill Hyatt
Producer, PCSF 24 Hour Festival - 2017


PCSF wins TBA Award for Best Anthology Production

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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, 2016, 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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