fall 2007 reading series

September 18

by Pat Pfeiffer

In a pointless world, why should Avery Mann get up in the morning? Can his friends persuade him to do something useful with his leftover life?

Pat Pfeiffer's plays have been produced coast-to-coast, from the Magic Theatre in San Francisco to the Vital Theatre in New York. Her scripts won a Writers Guild Fellowship, among other awards. She taught at UC Santa Cruz, as well as in Lesotho, Malaysia, and Japan, and has been widely published as a freelance journalist.

October 9

Second Sight
by G. Scott Eldredge

What does it mean to be more aware? How can you know more than you know? What if you don't want to change? In Jonathan's family, the eldest child in each generation develops second sight on the thirteenth birthday. The sight skipped his mother, but she hopes it won't skip him. He'll find out tomorrow.

Scott Eldredge pays the bills as a self-employed technical/instructional writer and finds his way as a creative writer. He's written a few well-received but unproduced screenplays. Second Sight, his first attempt at being an unproduced playwright, met with immediate success. He is currently working on his third play and a psychic travel book. He lives with his wife in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

October 23

Second Weekend in September
by Andrew Black

Because of their respective life situations, lovers Michael and David are only meet each other once a year: the second weekend of every September. Will they be able to forge a bond during that time which could ever justify their affair?

Andrew's plays with co-author Patricia Milton include P*orn Yesterday, Strange Bedfellows, and It's Murder, Mary! Andrew and Pat won the SF Stage and Film Absolute Time Play Festival 2005 (Strange Bedfellows), and have had plays produced in New York, Phoenix and San Diego (P*orn Yesterday). Andrew and Patricia have been commissioned by the New Conservatory Theater for a world premier comedy for the 2007-2008 season. Andrew is the author of the ten-minute play Ark Types, which was featured in Outfest, sponsored by the LSU Department of Theatre in Baton Rouge. Ark Types will be presented in a Festival of Short Plays produced by StageQ in Madison, Wisconsin. Andrew was a member of the 2004/2005 PlayGround Writers Pool. He is a member of Theatre Bay Area and The Dramatists Guild.

October 30th

Defining the Exit
by Bud Lembke

If you have arrived at the "mature" years of life, you will relate to the challenges faced by the principal characters in Bud Lembke's play, Defining the Exit. If you are still climbing toward that day, this play will help you understand what is awaiting you on the downhill slope.

Bud Lembke, 85, retired from more than 50 years as a news report. He was a reporter for 21 years with The Los Angeles Times, including 13 years as bureau chief in San Francisco. He also published a political newsletter based in Sacramento. He now lives in a retirement community, Rossmoor, in Walnut Creek with his wife, Mary.

November 13th

Sense Memory
by Brian J. Tognotti

Shane and JD are actors cast as lovers in a stage production. In rehearsing their love scene, things get out of hand and they end up sleeping together. When JD's girlfriend notices something different, she forces them to question just how far they'll go for art.

Brian J. Tognotti has a BA with honors in Theatre from UCLA. His short play Make Love Not War will be produced at New Conservatory Theatre in June 2008. His play Louella's Burden was selected for the Lakeshore Players, the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco's Sheherezade and Three Wise Monkeys Short Leaps competitions. He is Chair of The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco and a member of The Dramatists' Guild of America.

November 20th

Hair of the Dog
by Molly McCluskey

When Keith wakes up in a Vegas hotel following a night of drinking, he awakes to a severe hangover, his best friend Amy, and vague memories of being in a chapel. Amy knows what happened, but she's not telling, forcing Keith to face the repercussions of their possible actions, and feelings he's hidden, even from himself.

Molly McCluskey is an essayist and playwright living in the Bay Area. Her short plays and one acts have been produced, read or published on both coasts, in Canada and overseas. "Hair of the Dog" is her first full-length play.

December 4th

by Jon Brooks

Reality: Who's in charge?

Jon Brooks was a co-writer on the San Francisco Mime Troupe's 2006 and 2007 summer productions. His one-act play "Better Than Hitler" was produced for the 2007 International Cringe Festival in New York City and the Bay One-Acts Festival in San Francisco, as well as in Italy. Another one-act, "November 2001," was produced for the 2005 San Francisco Fringe Festival. His full-length play "The Button" ran at The Bloomington Playwrights Project in Indiana.

January 8

Henrietta English
by Lee Brady

Hedda Gabler was bored in Norway but her life was downright fulfilling compared to that of Henrietta English who grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma. Whether their stories are treated as tragedy (Hedda) or comedy (Henrietta) both women are ultimately punished for being a little too big for their small towns.

Lee Brady is a San Francisco playwright who, like everyone else in theatre, wears several hats. She's an actor, director, producer (Fresh New Works), teacher (Monterey Peninsula College) and critic (Pacific Sun). But writing plays is her first love and seeing them onstage is her biggest thrill.

January 15, 2008

by Patricia Milton

Things are not as they seem in family housing at Fort Sill, OK. When Missy's son gets beaten up by the daughter of an Army drill sergeant, she's determined to make sure it doesn't happen again. But Missy opens a Pandora's Box she may not be able to climb out of...

Patricia Milton is co-author with Andrew Black of Porn Yesterday, Strange Bedfellows, and It's Murder, Mary! They have been commissioned by the New Conservatory Theater Center. Porn Yesterday has been seen in Phoenix, AZ, San Diego, and New York City. Strange Bedfellows won the 2005 Absolute Time Play Festival, and received a reading at City Lights Theater of San Jose. Patricia's one-act plays include Real/Not Real (2007 BOA Festival) Emerald Kitty, and The Only Virgin in Jubilee County. Her short plays have been seen at the 2004 Marin Fringe (2nd Prize), Short Leaps!, Boston Play Slam, Woman's Will 24-Hour PlayFest, Lakeshore Players Ten-Minute Play Festival, Sheherezade, North Park Playwrights Festival, SF Fringe 2006, and PlayGround SF. She is the President of PCSF, and a member of Play Café, Theatre Bay Area, and The Dramatists Guild.

January 15, 2008

Missing Pieces
by Marilyn Flower

Five wounded men, all special forces in different wars, vying for attention in a VA hospital day room, come to blows as they explore the nuances of being men and soldiers.

TBA member, Marilyn Flower's short plays have been produced by ABYDOS, Playwright's Cafe and Playground. Her '03 Fringe Festival play, Out of Breath is used in the training of hospice volunteers in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. Her full-length play, The Muse-icality of Chocolate received a staged reading at PCSF, and is now available for full production.