Monday, Mar. 30
7:30 p.m.
Developmental Reading
Bicycling to Afghanistan
by Karl Schackne
$5-10 SL
Shelton Theatre
533 Sutter
San Francisco, CA

Thursday, Apr. 2
7:30 p.m.
Scene night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness @ Grove
San Francisco

Monday, Apr. 6
7:30 p.m.
Developmental Reading
Playing with Death
by Bridgette Dutta Portman
$5-10 SL
Shelton Theatre
533 Sutter
San Francisco, CA

Saturday, Apr. 11
10 a.m-1 p.m.
Second Saturday Master Class
Bones And Viscera: The Anatomy Of Dramatic Storytelling

with William Bivins
$45 members
$105 non-members (includes membership)
Register at Brown Paper Tickets
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness @ Grove San Francisco

Monday, Apr. 13
7:30 p.m.
Developmental Reading
Pasiphae

by Charley Lerrigo
$5-10 SL
Shelton Theatre
533 Sutter
San Francisco, CA

Monday, Apr. 20
7:30 p.m.
Developmental Reading
An Ear for Voices
by Alina Trowbridge
$5-10 SL
Shelton Theatre
533 Sutter
San Francisco, CA

Thursday, Apr. 23
(4th Thursday)
7:30 p.m.
Scene night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness @ Grove
San Francisco

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Spring Reading Series begins March 30

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

Bicycling to Afghanistan
by Karl Schackne
Developmental reading

Looking to find respite with her old friend after an aborted attempt at an acting career in Los Angeles, Nicole convinces Marcel to travel to Afghanistan, with disastrous results. Their friendship is tested when they are kidnapped and held for questioning and probable torture.

Monday, March 30, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 SL; members free

Followed by:

Playing with Death
by Bridgette Dutta Portman
Developmental reading

A collection of short plays about mortality, ranging from the comic to the somber to the surreal.

Monday, April 6, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 SL; members free

Full reading series details

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.

Register at Brown Paper Tickets
Registration opens January 14, 2015, at 12:00 am.

March Master Class:

Second Saturdays presents:
Stage or Screen with Rodney Vaccaro
March 14, 2015
246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)
10 am-1 pm

Regardless of how your story will be told, it’s all about structure. There are different devices but the three act structure remains the same whether on screen or on stage: introduction, development, and resolution. Within that is where the magic happens. Read more...

April Master Class:

Second Saturdays presents:
Bones And Viscera: The Anatomy Of Dramatic Storytelling with William Bivins
April 11, 2015
246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)
10 am-1 pm

Dramatists often refer to the "structure" of a play. An engineering metaphor, however, can feel lifeless and rigid. A play is more like a living organism. It not only has a skeleton, but guts and muscle: emotions and forward movement. Learn how to construct the bones of your play—the basic elements of conflict and scenic action—and explore how they are fleshed-out and brought to life by the emotional lives of your characters.

Full series details

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