Fall 2016 Reading Series

Updated Aug. 1, 2016

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.

  • Developmental readings are read by actors who have reviewed the script. Suggested $10 donation for non-members.
  • Both types of readings are produced by the Reading Series Producers: Charley Lerrigo and Rod McFadden.

All readings are free to PCSF members.


Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

Cancelled


Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

The Making of Medea's Medea
by Chas Belov
Developmental reading

The Making of Medea's Medea documents the production of Medea's modern-day retelling of her own story of revenge. We meet Medea, Jason, and the actors that play them and their loves and children, and the people behind the scenes. And we are there when things go wrong. Very wrong.

Chas Belov's full-length plays Rice Kugel, Hemlock, My Visit to America, and Evil Fan have had staged readings at PCSF. His short plays have been produced in SF, Boston, Houston, Ohio, North Carolina, and New York City. His short This is Not a Play and monologue "My Room" have been anthologized. Chas is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Theatre Bay Area. Visit Chas's playwriting blog.

8:00 p.m. (Special time)
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 suggested donation/your discretion


Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
New date!

Andy's Gift
by Charley Lerrigo
Developmental reading

Vampires are so misunderstood.  They're not immune to economic realities or sudden death syndromes.  And they learn that falling in love when your body ages very, very slowly can be a problem.

Charley Lerrigo is a Bay Area producer, director, playwright and photographer. He's a member of the Playwrights Center of San Francisco, the Playground Writer's Pool in Berkeley and the Dramatist Guild, His plays have had productions in SF Fringe, SF Theater Pub, Virago Theater, and the City Lights Theater in San Jose, He lives in Oakland with his wife Pat.

7:30 p.m.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 suggested donation/your discretion


Monday, Sept. 26, 2016
New date!

The Separation
by Aren Haun
Developmental reading

Stan decides to change his life: he quits his job, leaves his wife, and is determined to succeed as a jazz pianist and horseplayer.  Reality quickly catches up with him, however, as his best-laid plans are thwarted when Abby, Stan's wife, leaves their five year-old son in his care.

Aren Haun is a playwright, director, and teacher. He received his MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. His short plays have been twice published in Smith & Kraus's Best Ten-Minute Play anthologies and produced in cities around the world. He has produced work with his own theater company in New York City and San Francisco and currently teaches playwriting at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.

7:30 p.m.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 suggested donation/your discretion


Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Babatunde in Hell
A Nigerian Tragedy
by Richard Slota
Developmental reading

In present-day Lagos, Nigeria, as an Ebola pandemic approaches, an ineffectual traffic warden, Babatunde, descends into a hell of his own making.

Richard Slota travels frequently from his home in San Francisco to visit family in Nigeria and West Africa. He writes plays, novels and poetry. He just published a non-fiction book, Captive Market: Commercial Kidnapping Stories from Nigeria. His play, Mascularity, just received a developmental reading. His short play, We All Walk In Shoes Too Small was produced at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Famous Michael was staged by Solano Repertory Company in northern California. He earned BA's in Psychology and Theatre Arts and a MA in Creative Writing.

Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
7:30 p.m.
$5-10 suggested donation/your discretion


Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Little Plays for a Dangerous Time
by Christopher Bernard
Developmental reading

Three short plays about the 21st century: war, politics, love, men and women, and the human condition in a civilization in terminal crisis. Modern American masculinity in crisis is also addressed: what exactly should a man be, and perhaps more importantly, do in the modern world?

Christopher Bernard is a writer, poet, editor and journalist living in San Francisco. His work has appeared in many publications, including cultural and arts journalism in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and elsewhere, and poetry and fiction in literary reviews in the U.S. and U.K. He has also written plays that have been produced 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.

7:30 p.m.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 suggested donation/your discretion


Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

The Space Between
by Terry Lamb
Developmental reading

In a story based loosely on history, Eadweard Muybridge, the 19th century photographer in San Francisco who created the first motion pictures, searches for truth in his professional life. However, he hides from it in his personal life by pushing his wife and his best friend together. When a child is born, tragedy ensues.

Terry Lamb is a Bay Area actor/writer/producer. He has acted with many area theaters, including Golden Thread, Magic, Aurora, TheatreFIRST, Shotgun Players, Marin, Central Works, and Geoffrey Chaucer. He writes and produces short films for Encounters on Earth, a YouTube series that showcases the work of Bay Area actors and writers. His recent film NAME has played in nine film festivals so far.

7:30 p.m.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 suggested donation/your discretion


Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Untitled
by Vonn Scott Bair
Developmental reading

An American doctor, his nurse, and a German tell their versions of what they experienced during the least-known great crime of the 20th Century—the mass rape of over 2 million women by Soviet soldiers at the end of World War II.

Vonn Scott Bair is an actor, playwright, screenwriter, blogger and chocolate chip baker based in San Francisco.

7:30 p.m.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 suggested donation/your discretion


Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Confusion's Masterpiece
by Rod McFadden
Developmental reading

When PhD candidate, Daniel, is invited to Maxwell's house on a Sunday afternoon, he assumes that this university department head intends to give him a prestigious position as a teaching assistant. But secrets soon emerge, and Daniel finds himself employed in something much more sinister -- Maxwell's savage retribution for his wife's infidelity.

Rod McFadden's plays have been performed by independent theatres throughout the US and Canada, and have received numerous awards. Counting on Love was a 2012 Heideman award finalist, and One Monkey More or Less is included in Smith and Kraus' Best 10-Minute Plays of 2015. Rod chairs the Board of Directors for the Playwrights Center of San Francisco.

7:30 p.m.
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter (btw. Powell and Mason)
San Francisco
$5-10 suggested donation/your discretion