Fall 2014 Reading Series
This page contains events that are part of the later-development developmental and staged reading series, programs for plays that are closer to theater-ready, having progressed beyond scene nights.
All readings are free to PCSF members.
Underneath the Above and Below
Nadia has secrets. Sydney’s job as a journalist compels her to investigate secrets, but how far is she willing to go when her investigation leads her to her sister? It all comes to a head at a picnic in Half Moon Bay.
Laylah Muran de Assereto is the Executive Producer for Wily West Productions, now in its seventh year. She has been involved in theatre and writing creative fiction since childhood. Raised in an extended urban family of poets, musicians, and performance artists, Laylah got her start acting with her family’s avant-garde puppet theatre troupe, Handghost Theatre in the 80s. Her first short play Censored in Tehran was included as part of Sheherezade X in 2010. Pitchfork and Light was included in PCSFs 2nd 24-Hour Playfest in 2012 and Outward and Onward received a reading in Southern Railroad Theatre Company’s Resolutions: I Do Declare! in 2013. She served on the Board of Directors for four years and produces the annual short play festival Sheherezade for PCSF with Wily West. Occasionally a poem happens, a video gets edited, and a play gets directed. She is a San Francisco native, living in the Bay Area.
8 p.m. (Special time) followed by the fall season launch reception
Hold Your Piece
If marriage equality is such a good thing, why Winston having more trouble finding Mr. Right? Meanwhile, his best friend is having even more luck hooking up. Are they meant to be more than friends? What shade will be thrown in the ensuing chase for love? And which one will be picked for the Color of the Year?
Jerome Joseph Gentes is a professional content writing, and taught literature and writing at Niagara University and Medaille College. His poems have appeared in Fourteen Hills, Rougarou, Verbatim, Artvoice, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Buffalo News, Publishers Weekly and other venues. Hold Your Piece received a developmental reading with The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco in June 2013, and had a previous reading in August 2012 with the support of Buffalo United Artists.
Dominion is a post-modern play set in a fundamentalist dystopia. A young woman, Esther, is brought into the village to marry the Prophet Hammon and learns about love, sacrifice, and hope.
Alan Olejniczak is a new playwright. He has a BFA in performing arts and has sung in the choruses of the San Francisco Lyric Opera, and The Atlanta Opera. Alan's play, Last Laughs, will premier this October with the Sun City Players.
Crossing the Chasm
Lance Patterson has been unemployed for over a year, and his prospects seem worse each day. Now the financial and emotional stresses lead his wife, Susan, to doubt his commitment to her. But when Lance meets Gwen, a young battered woman in need of help, and he finds renewed purpose in his life. He sets out to rescue Gwen. Can his worthy ends justify the means he chooses? And when someone ends up dead in an alley, how far will Lance and Susan go to save what’s left of their life together?
Rod McFadden began writing plays in 2009. In addition to successful productions at theatres around the country, Rod’s plays have been well-received by Bay Area audiences of Broadway West, The Playwrights Center of SF, Wily West Productions, The Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Fringe of Marin, the Masquers, and PlayGround SF. He has received awards in national playwriting competitions for his plays, Love Birds, Counting on Love, and Getting the Message, and was chosen for the People’s Choice award at the 2012 inspiraTO Festival in Toronto. Rod serves on the Board of Directors for the Playwrights Center of SF and teaches in the masters program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
Dolores del Valle believes she's being haunted by the ghost of her stalker who she killed in self-defense after her last concert. Alas, the truth is so much worse, and the only one who knows the whole story is dead. A horror play for Halloween month.
Chas Belov's full-length plays Rice Kugel, Hemlock, and My Visit to America have had staged readings at PCSF. His short plays have been produced in SF, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, and New York City. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Theatre Bay Area. Visit his playwriting blog.
A violent incident forces a haunted headshop owner, a crusty cop, his stripper girlfriend and her lesbian boss to join in confronting their darkest secrets.
Michael Dougan, a career journalist for more than 30 years, most recently a travel writer with the San Francisco Chronicle, taught media and journalism at College of Marin for 10 years.
Four years in the wilderness changes a successful corporate businessman.
San Francisco award-winning playwright Gaetana Caldwell-Smith has had plays produced in the Bay Area since the late 1990s by Wiley West, Jump! Theatre, Exit Theatre, Fringe of Marin, Footloose, The Marsh, and others. Her play Traveling Music was produced by Wiley West in 2012. Most recently Jump! Theatre produced Applesauce for its 2013 Springboard in November, at ACT’s costume shop. PCSF produced a public reading of her play Anomie in April 2014 at the Shelton Theater.
It’s the Saturday before Christmas, and Abigail is throwing a holiday party for her company’s new C.E.O. Meanwhile, Raul is starting his first night as the evening doorman. When a homeless man enters the party, their worlds collide, setting off a series of confrontations that test their faith in the hierarchy of the New York City apartment building—and maybe, also, in the American dream.
Chris Holbrook's first full-length play, Les Fantômes, was part of the PCSF Spring 2012 reading series. It was also a semi-finalist at the 2012 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and was awarded Best Play at the 2012 New York Writer’s Summit. His short plays include Ski Lift, which was the winner of the 2014 Theatre Oxford’s National 10-minute Play Contest.
Fugitive Colors is about women and choice. Every second Sunday of the month, four women meet at Marge's Santa Cruz Mountain cabin for a hike and lunch. Today is different, very different: Marge has asked to paint her friends' portraits. All four women will be forced to come to terms with the choices they have made and must now make.
Barbara Anderson is a writer and walker. Lessons from the Way will be published fall 2014. Fugitive Colors received a developmental reading at PCSF in May 2014.