Scene Night Special Location
Starting with our April 5 scene night, all scene nights for April, May, and June 2018 will be held at:
Un-Scripted Theater Company
See you then. The full listing of scene nights and other events can be found on our calendar.
Spring 2018 Reading Series Continues
PCSF's Spring 2018 Reading Series continues:
The Birthday Lottery
$5-10 suggested donation/your discretion/members free
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.
Monday, May 7
Untitled: 3 stories of 1 story of 1945 Berlin
$10-20 suggested donation/your discretion/members free
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?
Fall 2018 Reading Series submissions open
PCSF members, send us your play of up to 2.5 hours to be considered for a developmental or staged reading. The deadline is April 30, so get your play in now!
PCSF PlayOffs! entries open
The hat is now open for names to be drawn, to be part of our upcoming PCSF PlayOffs! But things have changed a bit from prior years, so please read below:
The PCSF Playoffs! will be more like a short-play festival this year, showcasing twenty-seven 10-minute plays by PCSF members in three consecutive weeks in July, followed by a year-end production for the winners.
It will consist of three weekly rounds of staged readings, each featuring nine plays. The readings for each round are scheduled for July 15, 22, and 29.
Each round will include 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.
The festival will take place at the Shelton theatre (performances and rehearsals) –
Nine plays will be performed each week. Each week will feature different plays, for a total of 27.
All PCSF members are eligible to participate. The participants will be chosen via random drawing (similar to selections for our 24 hour festivals). Just put your name in the hat, and cross your fingers.
Nine playwrights will be chosen from the hat for each weekly round. A member can be chosen for only one weekly round. In this way, twenty-seven different members will be included in the quarterly Rounds.
PCSF PlayOffs festival deadlines
Plays will not be vetted by our literary committee. The plays submitted are at the discretion of the chosen playwrights, who are encouraged to submit their best work, which considers the following practical restrictions:
Plays can be previously produced, but cannot have previous productions in SF. However, new and previously unproduced plays are welcomed, of course.
Your commitment as a "chosen" playwright:
TO PUT YOUR NAME IN THE HAT FOR PCSF PLAYOFFS 2018, send an email to:
IMPORTANT – you may be drawn for any of the three weeks. If there is a week for which you do NOT want to be considered (like if you were away on vacation that week), please specify this when you send in your name.
FINE PRINT STUFF:
24-Hour Fest thank yous
The 24-hour Fest was a success! PCSF sends warm thank you's to everyone who made it happen.
A Special Thank You To Our Raffle Donors:
A Very Special Thank You To:
PCSF Board Changes and Opportunities
I would like to update you on some changes, as well as offer you some opportunities, regarding the PCSF Board.
After serving as part of PCSF leadership for a number of years, Elizabeth Flanagan and Jim Norrena are leaving the board. During their tenure, they helped our organization more clearly define our core mission and achieve the financial stability that makes our future growth possible. While we will miss their contributions as Board members, both Jim and Elizabeth will continue active involvement in PCSF. (Jim will be helping with updates to our online presence, and Elizabeth is co-producing the upcoming PlayOffs production in November.)
Patricia L. Morin (previously Board Member-at-Large) will assume the responsibilities of Communications Director going forward.
These departures open up two positions on the Board. These positions are:
Secretary – responsible for record keeping and archiving, new member orientation, and membership outreach. Voting and signatory board member Board.
Member-at-Large -- this is a voting position, and also a training position for movement into one of the other board positions.
The time commitment for Board participation fluctuates, but typically involves a few hours each week, and attendance of the monthly board meeting. We ask those joining the board to commit to 2 years of service, in order to preserve necessary continuity.
PCSF membership is not required for Board service – opportunities are open to all interested PCSF members, as well as any other theatre professionals interested in helping create the future of PCSF.
Anyone interested in joining the PCSF board is encouraged to contact Bridgette Dutta Portman
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.