Monday, Apr. 27
7:30 pm
Developmental Reading
American Hearts
by Steven Hill
Shelton Theater
533 Sutter St
San Francisco
$5-10 SL
Members free

Thursday, Apr. 30
11:59 pm
Fall 2015 Reading Series Deadline
also
24-hour Play Fest signup deadline

Friday, May 1
24-Hour Play Fest playwrights chosen

Monday, May 4
7:30 pm
Developmental Reading
Seven Days of Suicide
by Rita Long
Shelton Theater
533 Sutter St
San Francisco
$5-10 SL
Members free

Thursday, May 7
7:30 pm
Scene night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness @ Grove
San Francisco

Saturday, May 9
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Second Saturday Master Class
Crafting the Ten Minute Play: Character, Form, and Process 
with Patricia Milton
$45 members
$105 non-members (includes membership)
Register at Brown Paper Tickets
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness @ Grove
San Francisco

Monday, May 11
7:30 pm
Staged Reading
Evil Fan
by Chas Belov

Shelton Theater
533 Sutter St
San Francisco
$10-20 SL
Members free

Friday, May 15
24-hour Play Fest pre-meeting for playwrights, directors, actors

Saturday, May 16
8 pm
24-hour Play Fest
Tides Theatre
533 Sutter St
San Francisco

Monday, May 18
7:30 pm
Staged Reading
Kaleidoscope
by Rod McFadden
Shelton Theater
533 Sutter St
San Francisco
$10-20 SL
Members free

Thursday, May 7
7:30 pm
Scene night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness @ Grove
San Francisco

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upcoming Deadlines

  • Fall 2015 Reading Series deadline April 30
  • You can always see a list of active PCSF submission opportunities, if any, at the PCSF Submittable website.

Spring Reading Series continues

Please join PCSF and our playwrights at our Spring 2015 Reading Series. The season continues with:

Monday, Apr. 27
7:30 pm
Developmental Reading
American Hearts
by Steven Hill
Shelton Theater
533 Sutter St
San Francisco
$5-10 SL
Members free

What happened to Tom? A cross-dressing son and brother goes missing, and the search for him takes Armstrong family on an emotional roller coaster across the cultural and economic battle lines of Reagan's America. A mysterious envelope arrives on a snowy Christmas, and it sends father-son conflict and sibling rivalries to bitter, tragic levels... and a surprise ending.

Followed by:

Monday, May 4
7:30 pm
Developmental Reading
Seven Days of Suicide
by Rita Long
Shelton Theater
533 Sutter St
San Francisco
$5-10 SL
Members free

Rita Long has taken to writing plays after a series of mental electrical storms. She has written three full-length plays, including If Not Home, Tacoma; Whore meets Tranny; and Seven Days of Suicide. She's wrestling and losing badly against a fourth, The Wrong Kind of Rain.

Full reading series details

Fall 2015 Reading Series submissions April 15-30

Wednesday, April 15 isn't just tax day -- submissions for the Fall 2015 Reading Series will open then, too!  The submission window will close on April 30, so get those scripts in while you can. Please visit PCSF's Submittable page for submission instructions and guidelines.

Sign up for 24-Hour Play Fest

Announcing PCSF's 24-Hour Play Fest Fundraiser call for directors, actors, playwrights, and crew!

We are seeking PCSF member playwrights who'd like to write for this exciting, fast and fun event! And directors, actors, and crew who can volunteer their time and talents to our 7th 24-hour fest on May 16, 2015.  

  • Playwrights must be members of PCSF.
  • Playwrights who were chosen last time (fall 2014) are ineligible this round.
  • Directors, actors, and crew do not need to be members of PCSF.
In brief:

8 playwrights will be chosen through a random drawing on May 1, 2015.   
 
On Friday, May 15, the directors, actors, and playwrights will 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, May 16, 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, but we hope you will find the experience fun and rewarding!
 
If you have any interest in directing, acting, writing, or volunteering as crew, please send an email to pcsf@playwrightscentersf.org by April 30.

Second Saturday Master Class

Second Saturday Playwriting Master Class Sponsored by the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco; image: mini pencil sharpener

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The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco is offering monthly 3-hour playwriting workshops beginning in February. At the time of this announcement, PCSF has lined up Stuart Bousel, Anthony Clarvoe, Megan Cohen, Lauren Gunderson, Patricia Milton, and Rodney Vaccaro to teach a class this year with more TBA.

All classes will be held at 246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)

Cost for PCSF members - $45 for each class 
Cost for non-members - $105 includes one class and one-year PCSF Membership. Non-members may use the member price to register for an additional class, after paying once at the non-member price.

Register at Brown Paper Tickets

Saturday, May 9, 2014

Crafting the Ten Minute Play: Character, Form, and Process
with Patricia Milton
Master class
Register at Brown Paper Tickets

246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)
10 am-1 pm

The ten-minute play is all the rage, it seems. Writing a good ten-minute play is an ideal way to build your playwright’s resume, get produced around the country (or the world), and may even form the basis for a successful full-length! The ten-minute play form is fun, satisfying, and producible. But when you’re up against hundreds of other writers, what can you do to make your play stand out?

In this engaging, supportive workshop, we’ll explore:
  • Ways to structure your ten-minute play that are inventive and different.
  • “Shorthand” ways to craft unique characters that stand out.
  • How to write compelling dialogue that engages an audience.
  • How “rules” can help make your characters cause a scene.

… and more!  Bring something to with which to write, and an object. We’ll trade objects among workshop participants, so don’t bring a treasured heirloom.

Followed by:

Saturday, June 13, 2014

Musical Theatre: Song and Dramaturgy
with Min Kahng
Master class
Register at Brown Paper Tickets

246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)
10 am-1 pm

Music and lyrics bring with them their own dramaturgical questions and challenges. In this class, we'll break down songs to their basic theatrical elements, and learn what works and what doesn't work with songs on stage. By listening to and watching examples, and through group discussion, you'll discover a helpful list of ideas to consider when working out the dramaturgy of your musical, including:

  • Order and placement
  • Style and context
  • Book/text-driven vs. mood/tone-driven songs
  • Lyric choice and character voice
  • and many more fun, nerdy musical theatre concepts!

No prior music theory knowledge is needed, as we'll focus primarily on musical theatre dramaturgy and not explicitly on the craft of songwriting itself. Please come with one or two of your favorite musical theatre song moments in mind, and be prepared to share why you love them!

Full class descriptions

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