Feb. 1
Special Location

Scene Night
Shelton Theater
533 Sutter (at Powell)
San Francisco

Feb. 15
Return to Regular Location

Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

Feb. 24
11:59 pm
Deadline to sign up for 24-Hour Fest

March 1
Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

March 15
Scene Night
42nd Street Moonspace
246 Van Ness
(at Grove)
San Francisco

March 25
24-Hour Fest
Time and Location TBA

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Upcoming Deadlines

  • Feb. 24 - Sign up for 24-Hour Fest
  • April 30, 2018 - Fall 2018 Reading Series (opens April 15)
  • You can always see a list of active PCSF submission opportunities, if any, at the PCSF Submittable website.

Feb. 1 Scene Night moves

Feb. 1 scene night will be held at:

Shelton Theater
533 Sutter (at Powell)
San Francisco

The Feb. 1 scene night will be on the lower lever.

We will return to 42nd Street Moonspace with the Feb. 15 scene night.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Terry Lamb (1943-2017)

We regret to announce the recent passing of PCSF member Terry Lamb. We had the pleasure of presenting a reading of his play The Space Between in fall 2016.

Terry was also an actor, appearing in Deep Cut, Night Over Erzinga, Urge for Going, Language Rooms, and The Most Dangerous Highway in the World, all at Golden Thread, where he was also a board member.

Sign up for 24-Hour Fest

It's that time again!!!! PCSF is happy to announce the next installation of our annual 24-Hour Fest which will be March 24 and 25, 2018. Plays written on Saturday evening, March 24 and then rehearsed and performed on Sunday, March 25th). That's right, plays will be written, rehearsed and performed (off-book!) in 24 hours!

For PCSF Members (with current dues), this is your chance to sign up to participate as a playwright. Or, if you'd rather act or direct -- or even be a crew member -- you can sign up for those too (and our volunteer actors, directors and/or crew members do not need to have current PCSF dues).

You know you want to volunteer for this event!!!! How often do you get to write a script for specific actors, based on specific prompts and then have your script performed off-book in front of a live audience on the very next day!!! This is a total thrill ride. You want this.

This is an exciting, fast and fun event! As in our most recent 24 Hour Fests, eight (8) lucky playwrights will be selected (in a random drawing!). Applications for Playwrights, Actors and Directors are accepted from now until 11:59pm on February 24th, 2018. To apply for possible selection as a playwright, actor or director, please send an email to pcsf@playwrightscentersf.org by 11:59 pm on February 24, 2018.

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:

8 playwrights will be chosen through a random drawing on March 1, 2018.

On Saturday afternoon, March 24th, 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 6am, Sunday morning.

Directors and Actors will arrive the next morning, Sunday, March 25, at 9 am for a mad day of rehearsals followed by a performance off-book that night at 7:30 pm!

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 as actors and stage management.

Once again, to apply for possible selection as a playwright, actor or director, please send an email to pcsf@playwrightscentersf.org by 11:59 pm on February 24, 2018.

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 - 2018

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.

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