Fall 2015 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.
The Puzzle Home
Amelia Garcia, a homeless U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot Veteran living with PTSD, rediscovers her purpose in life when a mysterious box washes up at her feet on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Even though her shelter buddy, George, has other plans for the box, the set forth on a journey to find a new kind of home. The Puzzle Home is a One-Act Comedic-Drama that follows this pair as they search for the owner of this box through a colorful cast of characters as it explores the themes of family, mental illness, and finding the new definition of home.
Conrad A. Panganiban is a San Francisco Bay Area playwright. His work has been seen in San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne, and Manila. Conrad’s awards include: Inay’s Wedding Dress – Winner: James Milton Highsmith Drama Award; The Barbary Caper – First Place: Playwrights CageMatch Script Competition (Douglas Morrison Theatre); and Prinsesa – Audience Award for Best Screenplay (Scary Cow Film Festival). He is a member of Theatre Bay Area and the Dramatist Guild. Conrad's website
The Beast And Mr. James
A full-length play about Henry James and World War I, touching on his relationships with Britons great and small, and his fellow expatriate Americans, including the novelist Edith Wharton, and the heavy price the war exacted from him in his old age: the loss, ultimately, of his faith in progress, in civilization, perhaps even in humanity.
Christopher Bernard is a writer, poet, editor and journalist living in San Francisco. His books include the novel A Spy in the Ruins; a book of stories, In the American Night; and The Rose Shipwreck: Poems and Photographs. His work has appeared in many publications, including cultural and arts journalism in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Philadelphia Inquirer and elsewhere, and poetry and fiction in literary reviews in the U.S. and U.K. He has also written plays and an opera (libretto and score) that have been produced and radio broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area. His poetry films have been screened in San Francisco and his poetry and fiction have been nominated for Puschcart Prizes. He is co-editor of Caveat Lector and a regular contributor to Synchronized Chaos Magazine. He has belonged to PlayGround.
I'd Rather Be Dead
A play about life and love. James and Beth hook up after a night of heavy drinking. Nearly sixty years later, they're still together. Act 1 follows James and Beth, a couple in their 20's, as they navigate the early stages of a relationship. In Act 2, the couple, now in their 50's, struggle with job loss, mounting debt and an unexpected pregnancy. Act 3 leads us into their 80's as James is forced to cope with his wife's deteriorating mental health.
Matthew Miller is a Bay Area playwright whose work has been performed throughout the region. He lives in Fremont with his partner, Chris, their dog, Paca, and their kitty, Mashed Potatoes.