The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco proudly presents its award-winning annual anthology of short plays! Come see the audience-chosen winners of our preliminary rounds presented together in a showcase of nine plays that range from hilarious to poignant and powerful.
PCSF is a small nonprofit organization with a limited budget. We're seeking funds to help offset our production costs, which include:
- People (7 actors, 9 playwrights, 2 directors, plus designers, stage manager, and crew)
- Rental space (auditions, rehearsals, performance)
- Marketing (programs, postcards, posters, advertisements)
What is PLAYOFFS?
PLAYOFFS is the successor to SHEHEREZADE, winner of a 2016 Theatre Bay Area award for Outstanding Production of an Anthology. (Our show last year, the first annual PLAYOFFS, has been nominated again for the same award!) This year we present a collection of nine short plays: seven selected by audience vote during three preliminary rounds of readings, and two chosen by the production team. From shaved bees to reanimated goldfish, from the fifteenth-century to the not-so-distant future, from fateful first meetings to emotionally-charged reunions, these plays encompass a variety of genres, tones, and styles.
A donation of any amount gets you a social media shout-out and our deep gratitude for supporting local theatre. For $40 or more, you can secure your ticket to any night of the show.* For more, you can get other rewards, like autographed posters, commemorative t-shirts, and script reviews.
*Regular tickets will be available starting Oct. 9 (follow the link on our website, http://www.PCSFplayoffs.com), but donating to our Kickstarter is a way to get your ticket while giving a bit extra to help us bring our show to the stage. Thank you!
PLAYOFFS 2017 runs Thurs-Sat. Nov. 3-11 at Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco.
This year’s playwrights are Vonn Scott Bair, Elizabeth Flanagan, Amanda J. Lee, Charley Lerrigo, Lisa Mammel, Alyson Mead, Lorraine Midanik, Laylah Muran de Assereto, and L. "Z" Zephyr.
This year’s ensemble includes Kelly J. Kelly, Brian Bacchus Kennedy, Brian Levi, June Alane Reif, Karl Schackne, Brittany Sims, and Madison Worthington.
Co-Produced by Elizabeth Flanagan & Bridgette Dutta Portman
Directed by Carol Eggers & ShawnJ West
Stage Management by Arashi Veronica Cesana
Props Design by Arashi Veronica Cesana
Set Design by David Donovan
Lighting & Sound Design by Madison Worthington & Alexander Nigro
Costume Design by Lindsey Eifert
Photography and Videography by Jim Norrena
The line-up includes:
THE ARNOLFINI PORTRAIT, by Vonn Scott Bair, directed by Shawn J West. A famous fifteenth-century Italian painting presents the image of a harmonious man and wife. But is there a secret behind it?
AUTO-MATED by Charles Lerrigo, directed by Carol Eggers. Hal enjoys feeling in control as he drives his automated car, Margaret. But what happens when he pushes her too far?
BLOODLETTING by Lisa Mammel, directed by ShawnJ West. Caroline Branham, a slave of George Washington’s grandson, is the last surviving witness of Washington’s death. While recounting Washington’s final days to his biographer, Caroline finds a way to take control of her own story.
FORMERLY KNOWN AS by Alyson Mead, directed by ShawnJ West. Barry and Lauren are attending their high school reunion. One of them is about to receive the shock of their life when a surprise guest reopens old wounds.
FRODO LIVES by Elizabeth Flanagan, directed by Carol Eggers. A mother struggles to bond with her teenage son as he prepares to flush away his pet goldfish. But is Frodo really dead?
LIST by L. “Z” Zephyr, directed by ShawnJ West. Dating. Vetting a potential life partner. Hormones. Ruh roh.
SHAVING BEES by Laylah Muran de Assereto, directed by Carol Eggers. Lorraine is a young scientist researching declining bee populations. When she runs into a lost childhood friend, she feels the need to defend the heroism of what she does.
SHOCK VALUE by Lorraine Midanik, directed by Carol Eggers. Life quickly gets complicated for Ben, who takes his girlfriend to his Grandmother’s supposedly empty apartment so they can have some time alone.
WAITING FOR VAN GOGH by Amanda J. Lee, directed by ShawnJ West. Two women, both searching for something they have lost, have a fateful encounter at Van Gogh’s gravesite.
Risks and challenges
PCSF has a proven record of successfully producing its annual short play festival, which has won and been nominated for awards. While there are risks involved with any project, with your support we are confident we can bring these amazing plays to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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