The PCSF play development process

As PCSF member playwrights progress through the development of their plays, they are encouraged make use of the various steps of the PCSF play development process:

Scene night

Playwrights bring in 10 pages of a work in progress and have it read by professional actors. Each play receives feedback from peer attendees and the actors. Reading is on a first-come-first-served basis; members' work is read for free, non-members pay $5 to have their work read. Attendance is open and free to all. Get full details about scene night.

Intermediate development

Read-throughs and staged rehearsals are intermediate steps where the work in progress has gone beyond what can be learned from scene nights, yet is not quite ready for a developmental reading.

Read-throughs allow playwrights to hear their full play in a scene-night like environment. The program is open to plays that were submitted to, but not selected for, the PCSF Developmental Reading series. Saturday read-through cold readings and feedback will help guide the playwrights with their rewrites to bring their plays to the next level. Get full details about read-throughs.

Staged rehearsals allow playwrights to watch a director and actors work read and rehearse a single scene. Get full details about staged rehearsals.

All members are encouraged to attend read-throughs and staged rehearsals.

Developmental Readings "at the table"

Twice a year, PCSF produces seasons of between 4 and 8 plays. This is an unrehearsed, seated "table" reading of a complete work-in-progress by professional actors in front of an audience with facilitated feedback after the reading. PCSF pays for space, the first 6 actors, and asks the playwright to contribute to refreshments. PCSF publicizes the event on website, TBA listings, and newsletter and asks the playwright to actively promote their reading. Members are admitted free; non-members pay a sliding scale donation at the door. Get full details about developmental readings.

Staged Readings "on the boards"

Twice a year, PCSF produces seasons of a varying numbers of plays. This is an rehearsed, directed, script-in-hand reading of a completed work with facilitated feedback after the reading. PCSF pays for space, director, the first 6 actors, and refreshments. PCSF publicizes event on website, newsletter and Theatre Bay Area listings. We ask the playwright to actively promote their reading. Members are admitted free; non-members pay a sliding scale donation at the door. Get full details about staged readings.

If I've submitted a work previously or had a reading can I submit it again?