Spring 2013 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. and the Read-Through series.

  • Staged readings are rehearsed with a director and produced by Brady Brophy-Hilton. They are $10 to $20 sliding scale for non-members.
  • Developmental readings are read by actors and produced by Jennifer Roberts. They are $5 to $10 sliding scale for non-members.

All readings are free to PCSF members.

New Location!

All remaining readings will be held at the Shelton Theater, downstairs at 533 Sutter (between Powell and Mason), San Francisco. This is an elevator building.


Monday, may 6, 2013
New room
Studio 200
965 Mission, Fl. 2
San Francisco
7:30 p.m.
$5-10 SL; members free

Harry and Maura
by Elizabeth Flanagan
Developmental reading

Maura’s mother died when she was a young girl, leaving Maura to be raised by Harry, her alcoholic father. Now an adult, Maura is called home to care for her ailing father. Her own troubles are not far behind as Maura finds history repeating itself. Can Maura’s luck ever change or is destiny genetic?

Elizabeth Flanagan’s short play, Piñata Fight, was part of Wily West and PCSF’s Sheherezade 13 Festival. She was also a participant in PCSF's 24 Hour Play Festival this March.


Monday, may 13, 2013
New location
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter
San Francisco
7:30 p.m.
$5-10 SL; members free

Bloodline
by Alan Olejniczak
Developmental reading

Bloodline is a historical drama of Alexander the Great’s rise to power. The young prince, already a war hero, must fight to win the crown of Macedon. Set against bitter family quarrels and political intrigue, it’s written using the ancient play structure.

Alan Olejniczak is new to playwriting, but not to theatre. He has a degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus on the performing arts and on-stage experience in opera. He has sung in the choruses of the San Francisco Lyric Opera, Atlanta Opera, and the Florentine Opera. He is currently a special educator, living in San Francisco.

Monday, may 20, 2013
New location
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter
7:30 p.m.
$10-20 SL; members free

The White Pelican
by Mary Spletter
Directed by Bert Van Aalsburg
Staged reading

The White Pelican is a drama based on real life experiences of the playwright. The play includes a love story, magical characters and a beloved pelican. The story takes a critical look at health care and asks whether we have advanced that far from the Dark Ages of medicine.

Mary Spletter retired from a career of medical and science writing throughout the University of California system. After decades spent on press releases, annual reports, technical editing, magazines and a well-received health book, she turned to drama, which combined her loves of writing and theatre. Her first play, Arches, Balance and Light, received a staged reading through PCSF in Spring 2012. This is her second play.


Monday, June 3, 2013
Reading cancelled


Monday, June 10, 2013
New location
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter
7:30 p.m.
$5-10 SL; members free

My Visit to America
by Chas Belov
Developmental reading

In a world of today that is not our world, Eurasia is run by the Mongolian Empire and America is run by indigenous Americans. Jochi, a London bureaucrat, tries to cheat and bully her way into a trade deal between London and Miami. Instead, she encounters an interrogation in America and a test of friendship back home.

Chas Belov's full-length plays Rice Kugel and Hemlock have had staged readings at PCSF. His short plays On the Last Day of the Week in the Seventh Month of the Year in the City of Brotherly Love and Black Box have been produced by PCSF. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Theatre Bay Area. Visit his playwriting blog at chasbelov.com.


Monday, June 17, 2013
New location
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter
7:30 p.m.
$10-20 SL; members free

Caenis and Poseidon
by Bridgette Dutta Portman
Directed by Amy Crumpacker

Staged reading

Caenis and Poseidon was inspired by Greek mythology and originally written for the 2012 San Francisco Olympians Festival. After Caenis flees her wedding, she manages to trick the sea-god, Poseidon, into transforming her into a man. Caenis – now Caeneus – must keep his former identity a secret as he seeks to start a new life. But Poseidon feels cheated, and one should never turn his back to the sea...

Bridgette Dutta Portman has been a member of PCSF since Fall 2009. Four of her full-length plays have had readings through PCSF – most recently Friar Lazaro, or the King of Terrors in June 2012. Her short comedy Auto-Incorrect will be performed as part of PCSF and Wily West's Sheherezade festival this year.


Monday, June 24, 2013
New location
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter
7:30 p.m.
$5-10 SL; members free

Hold Your Piece
by Jerome Joseph Gentes
Developmental reading

Gay marriage? Yes, but not for Winston. He still has to get a boyfriend. Marriage equality may have created opportunities that didn’t exist before, however. Winston’s friend Mark agrees, for his own reasons.

Jerome Joseph Gentes received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. He taught in New York before returning to the Bay Area in 2011, and is a member of Pen & Piano, the resident creative company of New Musical Theater of San Francisco.


Monday, July 1, 2013
New location
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter
7:30 p.m.
$10-20 SL; members free

Terrible People
by Rachel Bublitz
Directed by Lisa Drostova
Staged reading

Passing down traditions and customs is important in every family. Meet Grandma Doris: her favorite cookies are snickerdoodles and she’ll teach you the most efficient way to kill a man.

Rachel Bublitz’s short plays have been produced by Wily West Productions, Love Creek Productions, Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, Unity Stage Company, and more. The Fantasy Club, a full length, will be produced by All Terrain Theater this August. Visit her website for more information: www.rachelbublitz.com.

Monday, July 8, 2013
New location
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter
7:30 p.m.
$5-10 SL; members free

Subtenant
by Dan Hirsch
Developmental reading

The death of a young man brings two people together to form an unlikely household; his slightly estranged father and his former housemate—the only person with him when he died. The two form a strange, tenuous connection. Subtenant explores questions of intimacy real and imagined, coping with loss in a digital age, and what it means to be part of a household but in between families.

Dan Hirsch is a San Francisco based writer and editor—among other professions and day jobs on his increasingly eccletic resume. He grew up in Western Massachusetts.


Monday, July 15, 2013
New location
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter
7:30 p.m.
$5-10 SL; members free

Love Suite Love
by Rod McFadden
Developmental reading

Love Suite Love is a collection of six short plays, each looking at the challenges of human connections in the modern world.   The plays are funny, touching, and thought-provoking, as they deal with our need for personal identifty within a relationship, the difficulties of honesty, the fear of loneliness and rejection, and even just our ability to believe in true love. 

Rod McFadden began writing plays in 2009. He has received awards in national and international playwriting competitions for his plays, Love Birds, Counting on Love, Getting the Message, and Beyond Where the Horizon Lies. His full length play, Hope’s Last Chance, will be premiered by Wily West Productions in October 2013. Rod serves on the board for the Playwrights Center of SF, and teaches in the masters program at the Academy of Art University.


Monday, July 22, 2013
New location
Shelton Theater (downstairs)
533 Sutter
7:30 p.m.
$5-10 SL; members free

Disclosure
by Carol Lashof
Developmental reading

For thirty-five years, Maya has kept silent about a childhood trauma. Now, she is determined to disclose the truth, confront the past, and move on. But every step she takes in pursuit of closure leads her deeper into conflict with the people she loves the most.

Carol S. Lashof is a playwright, librettist, and educator. Her work has been broadcast on BET and NPR and has been staged at professional, college and community theatres around the world from The Magic Theatre and Woman's Will in San Francisco to Peking University in Beijing.