Friday, Nov. 20
Spring 2016 Reading Series
Submissions open

Thursday, Nov. 24
Sheherezade early-bird pricing ends

Ticket sales continue at regular price

Thursday, Dec. 3
7:30 p.m.
Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

Thursday-Friday, Dec. 3-4
8:00 p.m.
Sheherezade's Last Tales
Exit Stage Left
156 Eddy St.
San Francisco
Tickets (eff. Nov. 18)
Kickstarter (through Nov. 18)

Saturday, Dec. 5
2:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Sheherezade's Last Tales
Exit Stage Left
156 Eddy St.
San Francisco
Tickets (eff. Nov. 18)
Kickstarter (through Nov. 18)

Sunday, Dec. 6
11:59 p.m.
Spring 2016 Reading Series deadline

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 10-12
8:00 p.m.
Sheherezade's Last Tales
Exit Stage Left
156 Eddy St.
San Francisco
Tickets (eff. Nov. 18)
Kickstarter (through Nov. 18)

Thursday, Dec. 17
7:30 p.m.
Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

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sheherezade early-bird pricing available

We're excited to announce that early-bird tickets for Sheherezade's Last Tales are now available! Visit Brown Paper Tickets for tickets.

Early-bird pricing (a $5 discount per ticket) will only be available until Nov. 24, so please don't wait!

Sheherezade is a 15-year PCSF tradition that evolved from a series of staged readings into the fully-produced, award-nominated show it is today. This year is our last Sheherezade in its current form — more on our new format and submission opps coming soon. We want to celebrate the legacy of this wonderful show and hope you can be part of that by joining us this December.

Starting December 3, come help us celebrate the legacy of this wonderful festival with 8 brand-new short plays by our member playwrights. From zany money-making schemes and awkward first dates at 70, to buried pasts, dark secrets and the aftermath of war, these plays range from hilarious to sobering and bittersweet.

Early-bird tickets are on sale now through Nov. 24 at Brown Paper Tickets, then through the show dates at regular price.

Sheherezade's Last Tales

Where and when:

  • Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Special 2:00 p.m. matinee Dec. 5
  • Exit Stage Left
    156 Eddy St.
    San Francisco

Cast and Crew:

  • Co-Produced by Jerome Joseph Gentes & Bridgette Dutta Portman
  • Directed by Laylah Muran de Assereto & Adam L. Sussman
  • Set Design by Ellen Chesnut
  • Stage Management by Arashi Veronica Cesana
  • Lighting Design by Sarina Renteria
  • Sound Design by Annemarie Scerra
  • Costumes & Props by Genevieve Perdue
  • Photography by Jim Norrena
  • Featuring an Ensemble Cast: Alexandrai Bond, AJ Davenport, Amber Glasgow, Rick Homan, Brian Levi, Miyoko Sakatani, and Louel Senores

The plays:

A Comfortable Life by Madeleine Butler. As she nears retirement age, Ruth is forced to confront her buried past. Will the truth set her free? Or will it destroy her?

New New Economy by Steven Hill. A young couple tries to deal with the realities of a down economy, set amidst the backdrop of their moody relationship and a very peculiar – and desperate – money-making scheme.

Rorschach Test by Vaughn Hovanessian. A couple attends a marriage counseling session with a twist.

How To Make A Video by Bill Hyatt. In war, it is not only the soldiers that suffer, in a play that presents life on the home-front and the effects of the loss of loved ones.

By Any Other Name by Carol S. Lashof. Jeanette and Sharon fought for the right to be married. Can they sustain their love now that “Sharon” has come out as “Steve”?

The Stuff We Keep by Rod McFadden. While cleaning out the basement of their deceased father, a brother and sister find a box of secret love letters to him, not from their mother. Should the letters be shown to their mother? In trying to decide this, the siblings uncover their own dangerous secrets.

Sparse Pubic Hair by Lorraine Midanik. Two older adults, both seeking casual relationships, meet through the Internet for an uncomfortable first date at a bar.

A Clean Well-Lighted Park Bench by Patricia L. Morin. An old Jewish man sits on a park bench talking to the moon as he reflects on his wife's death when a young teenager with a gun attempts to mug him.

Thank you for your support, and see you at the show!

Full Sheherezade's Last Tales details

24-hour Play Fest thanks

Thank you playwrights, directors, actors, production and house teams, and raffle prize donors, other helpers, and, of course, our wonderful, generous audience for making our latest 24-hour Play Fest, "Surprisingly Unexpected" the success that it was.

Here are our acknowledgements:

Raffle Prize Donors:

  • Brian Katz/Custom Made Theatre
  • Diane Tasca/Pear Theatre
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Gigi Benson/Pat Paulsen Winery
  • Jerome Gentes
  • Kris Neely
  • Lisa Malette/City Lights Theater
  • Lorraine Midanik
  • Madeline Puccioni
  • Roberta J Morris
  • Sara Judge/SF Frozen Film Festival
  • Sarah Leight
  • Stuart Bousel/SF Olympians Festival
  • Susan Jackson/Southern Railroad Theatre Company


  • Beverly Butler
  • Bill Hyatt
  • Charley Lerrigo
  • Jim Norrena
  • Karl Schackne
  • Laylah Muran de Assereto
  • Madeline Puccioni
  • Susan Jackson


  • Karl Schackne
  • Dave Sikula
  • Don Hardwick
  • John Ferreira
  • John Wilk
  • Libby Vega
  • Radhika Rao
  • Sabrina De Mio


  • Abdulrahim Harara
  • Alexandra Lee
  • Camille Collaco
  • Christina Wong
  • Colin Hussey
  • Delinda Dane
  • Genevieve Perdue
  • Jamie Harkin
  • Jason Thompson
  • Joy D Breed
  • Lara Henerson
  • Lee-Ron
  • Lisa Klein
  • Matthew Weinberg
  • Meira Perelstein
  • Nicole Meñez
  • Roberta J Morris
  • Ryan L. Boyd
  • Sarah Leight
  • Suzanne Vito


  • Bill Hyatt

Assoc. Producer

  • Pat Morin
  • Bridgette Dutta Portman

Assistant Stage Managers, Tech And Crew

  • Patrick Brennan
  • Diane Gribschaw
  • Rita Long
  • Rod McFadden
  • Jim Norena
  • Laylah Muran de Assereto
  • Colin Hussey

House Manager And House

  • Sara Judge
  • Robin Booth
  • Paula Bauer
  • Gaetana Caldwell-Smith
  • Larry Morin
  • Brian Vouglas
  • Don Hardwick
Special thanks
  • Vonn Scott Bair
  • Matthew Miller
  • Jennifer Lynne Roberts
  • Custom Made Theatre Company
  • Un-Scripted Theater Company
  • Phoenix Theatre (San Francisco)
  • RAE Dance Studios
  • Spring 2015 24-hour Play Fest playwrights

Apologies if we've missed anyone.

Second Saturday Master Class

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

Logo by Andrew Rose of Hand/Eye Creative

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.

Nov. 14 - No class

Dec. 12 - TBA

Full info/register

Full class descriptions




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