The Playwrights Foundation- The 40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival July 13-23, 2017


The 40th Anniversary Festival Opens Thursday with a Kick-Off Celebration,
Followed by Six 
New Plays through 7/23

Experience new plays. Hear new voices. Meet the next generation of theater trailblazers.


Click on a playwright’s image to learn more

Do you have your tickets yet?  Opening Night is this Friday – get ready for two weekends of new plays, parties and panels!

Take a front seat to the development of six must-see new plays complemented by fascinating in-depth discussions and social events.
Good seats are still available for the first weekend, but act now: week two is selling out fast.

Eventbrite - Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2017


If you ever needed a reason to catch plays on the festival …

“Mueller attributes the festival’s success and national renown…in part to the excitement it generates among Bay Area audiences hoping they might happen upon a work-in-progress by the next great American dramatic voice.

‘I remember a friend called me right after hearing George Brant’s ‘Grounded’ (BAPF 2012), which later ended up on Broadway (starring Anne Hathaway, directed by Julie Taymor). She’s not a theater person, but she was beside herself that she’d heard something [in development] she knew would be big. And it was.’

“…playwright Marcus Gardley, ‘Amy [Mueller, Playwrights Foundation artistic director] embraced my work [on the festival], and then everything started coming together.’  

– Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle

Will this be the year for YOUR discovery moment?

DON’T MISS Our 40th Anniversary Festival Kick-off CELEBRATION!
Thursday, July 13 6:30 – 8:30pm    A SF Rooftop Terrace


Help us kick-off our 40th on an
enchanted rooftop terrace in San Francisco!

Toast with guest of honor, Obie award-winner and PF alum
Chris Chen, the 2017 Festival playwrights, PF resident playwrights, alumni, and artists.

Program includes a sneak peak festival plays, and the opening monolgue of Marcus Gardley’s …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi special guests, small bites, cocktails, music, and lively conversation.

Celebrate our forty-year legacy of launching the next generation of new voices for the theater.


                                                                                            Thank You to our Event Sponsor!
Eventbrite - Playwrights Foundation 40th Anniversary Festival Kick-off Celebration

Patron       $100  Includes private reception with the playwrights                                                                                   

Supporter    $40 

Artist            $20

Admission is limited, but it’s not too late to get your ticket.   Just added: a chance to win a Theater Staycation Package!

 Festival Special Events
Join us between shows for some brainy fun – panel discussions and moderated conversations
with experts, parties and networking

Loyalty, Patriotism & Homeland: An Exploration of Two Plays, Two Perspectives
Between shows hear field experts unpack some of the questions raised by Damascus and We Swim, We Talk, We Go to WarLearn More!
Sunday, July 16  3:30 – 5PM  FREE!

More Panels Weekend Two – Learn More!

For Emerging Theater Professionals:

A Night of New Short Plays & Networking
Thursday, July 20 7PM  FREE!

Join the Bay Area Playwrights Festival summer cohort of emerging theater makers from universities in cities as far flung as Edinburgh, Boston, Denver, San Diego and the Bay Area as they present a night of new short plays – entirely written and produced by the groupLearn More


New plays. New voices. The next generation of theater.

Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616 16th st, Ste 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

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