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

FESTIVAL OPENS THIS WEEK • PANELS & EVENTS • FAB ARTICLE IN SF CHRONICLE • ANNIVERSARY PARTY 

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.

 

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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.

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THE SF CHRONICLE PROFILES 40 YEARS OF PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION

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!
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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


GET SOCIAL WITH US!

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

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Playwrights Foundation- Groundbreaking New Theater Opening this Month! April 2015

Playwrights Foundation- Groundbreaking New Theater Opening this Month! April 2015

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Playwrights Foundation- New Play Institute, August 20-23, 2012 with Marcus Gardley & Bay Area Playwrights Festival & New Play Symposium for Theater Professionals and Aficionados Form V.S. Content: Who’s Your Mama?

Playwrights Foundation- New Play Institute, August 20-23, 2012 with Marcus Gardley & Bay Area Playwrights Festival & New Play Symposium for Theater Professionals and Aficionados
Form V.S. Content: Who’s Your Mama?

“The time has come,” the playwright said, “To write of many things…”

Are you a playwright, spoken word artist, poet, novelist, journalist and/or lyricist who wants to make your work come alive in a performance setting?

See the Festival this weekend and study in August with Marcus Gardley, accomplished playwright, professor and Bay Area Playwrights Festival Alumnus.

New Play Institute, August 20-23, 2012.
(Full price paid by July 27 includes a
Bay Area Playwrights Festival VIP Pass!)

$300 – Early Bird Registration: $225
if paid in full by August 6.

Register NOW!

BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL NEWS!
WEEK TWO STARTS FRIDAY
Tickets are selling fast

New Play Symposium for Theater Professionals and Aficionados
Form V.S. Content: Who’s Your Mama?

Friday, July 27: 2pm-5:00pm at Thick House
RSVP to rsvp@playwrightsfoundation.org
Live Streamed on #newplaytv 2pm PST (5pm EST)

FREE!!

Please join us for a lively conversation and showcase about theatrical aesthetics.
With Lauren Gunderson leading a conversation with Mark Jackson, Abi Basch and Members of kInDeRdEuTsCh pRoJeKtS, Laura Hope and JC Lee.

A reception will follow the symposium.

How and/or when does form take focus over content (and visa versa)? In what ways do they inform each other, and how does that impact the audience’s perception? What comes first and how do playwrights determine the governing logic of their plays when exploring newly charted territory in theatrical structure?

Through conversations and debates, we will address the elements of form that are wedded to content, and we will attempt to understand the enigma: “Which came first, the form or the content?”

Playwright Lauren Gunderson [LINK TO http://www.laurengunderson.com] (EXIT, PURSUED BY BEAR, EMILIE) moderates this symposium and discusses her thoughts. Playwrights will also discuss their work in these terms as well as provide video presentations depicting their processes.

PF RECOMMENDS!!

SNAP & KINDERDEUTSCH PROJEKTS PRESENT
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
ARCTIC HYSTERIA
A NEW PLAY BY ABI BASCH
JULY 26 – AUGUST 4

AT BINDLESTIFF STUDIO
185 6TH STREET IN SAN FRANCISCO
PREVIEW JULY 26 AT 8PM

PERFORMANCES JULY 27-29 & AUGUST 2-4 AT 8PM; AUGUST 4 AT 2PM
TICKETS $10-25 AT HTTP://WWW.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM/EVENT/252113

PF RECOMMENDS!!
TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival
The Festival is the birthplace of such hits as EMMA, THE NORTH POOL
and the Tony Award-winning MEPHIS.
See them first!

At the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, August 5-19. Visit http://www.theatreworks.org for tickets.

THE TROUBLE WITH DOUG (Developmental Production: Musical)Music by Will Aronson; Lyrics by Daniel Maté; Book by Will Aronson & Daniel Maté Directed by Stephen Brackett
BEING EARNEST (Staged Reading: Musical)
Music by Paul Gordon & Jay Gruska; Book & Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Directed by Robert Kelley
TRIANGLE (Staged Reading: Musical)
Music by Curtis Moore; Lyrics by Thomas Mizer; Book by Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore & Joshua Scher
Directed by Meredith McDonough
SLEEPING ROUGH (Staged Reading: Play)
By Kara Manning
Directed by Sam Buntrock
THE LOUDEST MAN ON EARTH (Staged Reading: Play)
By Catherine Rush
Directed by Pamela Berlin

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The Playwrights Foundation- See George Brant’s GROUNDED at the 2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival

The Playwrights Foundation- See George Brant’s GROUNDED at the 2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival

The coffee’s a-brewing, the copier’s a-cranking (rewrites), the studio’s a-buzzing: #BAPF 35 rehearsals are in full swing! While they are going at it, let’s zoom in on George Brant, and his play Grounded which will launch the 2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival this Friday, July 20 at 8pm.

Winner of the 2012 Smith Prize, GROUNDED tells a captivating story of an F-16 fighter pilot who finds herself assigned to (wo)man a UAV Reaper over Afghanistan. Confronted with the challenge of fighting a war by day and being a wife and mother by night, her struggle to compartmentalize her existence becomes more and more difficult as her two realities become increasingly permeable…

“Perhaps it doesn’t come up the first rehearsal, or even the second. Perhaps you’ve distracted them with the research images… or the joke on page 12… But don’t kid yourself; you’ve written a one-person show, sooner or later the dreaded question will rear its head.” What question is that?

Read more about George’s thoughts on writing a one-person show and the question he dreads here on our blog. http://www.playwrightsfoundation.org

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A Call to Action: Assessing the Poet Within
A Class with Marcus Gardley

Are you a playwright, spoken word artist, poet, novelist, journalist and/or lyricist who wants to make your work come alive in a performance setting?

Join us for this one week highly interactive and intense course taught by Brown University Professor and Bay Area Native, Marcus Gardley. Take the time to focus on how to make language active, and how to use the power of an image to create theatricality.

By the end of the class, students will have completed a significant part of a full length drama, and will have studied plot structure from Aristotle, Greek Mythology, and works by Suzan Lori Parks, Sara Ruhl and Shakespeare.

Class Dates
Monday, August 20, 6-10pm
Tuesday, August 21, 6-10pm
Wednesday, August 22, 6-10pm
Thursday, August 23, 6-10pm
Cost of class is $300 and includes a Bay Area Playwrights Festival VIP Pass if purchased by July 26th.

Space is Limited!
Save Your Seat Now.
The Bay Area Playwrights Festival
July 20-29 2012

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$15 Online
$20 at the Door

Friday, July 20
8pm Grounded by George Brant

Saturday, July 21
12 pm Ideation by Aaron Loeb
4pm Brahman/i: A One HIjra Show by Aditi Brennan Kapil
8pm Samsara by Lauren Yee

Sunday, July 22
12pm The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen
6pm Tea Party by Gordon Dahlquist

Friday, July 27
8pm Brahman/i: A One HIjra Show by Aditi Brennan Kapil

Saturday, July 28
12pm Samsara by Lauren Yee
4pm Tea Party
by Gordon Dahlquist
8pm Ideation by Aaron Loeb

Sunday, July 29
11am Young Theater Makers Showcase
3pm Grounded by George Brant
6pm The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen

The Bay Area Playwrights Festival will be held at:
The Thick House
1695 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
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The Playwrights Foundation- Adopt A Play

Thanks to our friends the Playwrights Foundation continues to nurture the growth of new plays at each stage of creative development and we’ve had an incredibly successful year. Today, we are asking for your help: we must raise $25,000 by December 31st to end our most eventful year in the black. A donation of $25-$10,000 will help us immeasurably.

To accomplish that we are expanding our family! We invite you to participate in our Adopt-A-Play Campaign. It’s an easy and deeply rewarding way to get involved. Read more about the Adopt-A-Play Campaign and donate.

Adopting a play means much, much more than making a donation to our work. It literally means that you will be closely connected to one of the 35 plays we work on in 2011 and can follow it through to its completion. This is a full-access opportunity to be a vital part of the process to an exceptionally gifted emerging playwright.

As an Adoptive Family Member you’ll be privy to:

•Private table readings, where you can listen and respond to a gloriously messy early draft;

•Receive progressive growth updates, intimate family photos, TMI blogs and crafty newsletters about the artistic process from the playwright and her/his collaborators;

•Invitations to one-on-one dinners, intimate discussions, and openings in the Bay Area and throughout the U.S.
With your generous support, you can adopt tomorrow’s next great play, watch it grow, and step out into the world to the adulation of thousands!

And you can feel good about putting your hard-earned money into the Playwrights Foundation! We do so much with so little that in 2010, PF was named one of the Top 21 Most Effective Arts Organizations in the Bay Area by MyPhilanthropedia.org. Playwrights Foundation is a proven investment in success.

So please, give generously today and adopt the next great play of tomorrow! Many, many thanks.

Sincerely,

Amy Mueller,
Proud Parent & Artistic Director
Jill MacLean,
Proud Parent & Managing Producer

P.S. Visit our Website to read more about our current projects: http://www.playwrightsfoundation.org

P.P.S. We count on your partnership to co-create the theater of tomorrow. Thank you! Adopt-A-Play Now!

P.P.P.S. As I write, thanks to you, Marcus Gardley’s every tongue confess inaugurates Arena Stage’s brand new Mead Center for American Theatre in Washington D.C. with Honorary Chairs President & First Lady Obama. After its critically important early development at Playwrights Foundation (BAPF 2008), this poetic work about historic race relations will now touch thousands of lives. Imagine if you could have been one of the proud adoptive parents of this phenomenal play.

In March, thanks to you, Peter Nachtrieb’s Bob will premiere at the Humana Festival in Louisville. Those of us who were witness to this play’s early inception in our Resident Playwright program and Rough Readings Series 2009 will sit in the audience and glow during its premiere performances. Wouldn’t it be thrilling to be there having played a direct role in this play’s care and feeding?

With your generous support, you can adopt tomorrow’s next great play!

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Playwrights Foundation- Interview with Festival Playwright Mr. Yussef El Guindi

Interview with Festival Playwright Mr. Yussef El Guindi

Yussef’s newest work, Three Wolves and a Lamb, will be developed as part of the 2010 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Learn more about Yussef and his new play in an interview he gave the Playwrights Foundation staff, which is now posted on the Playwrights Foundation Blog.

“This play came in a rush. A rush for me is two months. Most plays for me take nine months to a year to complete—I’m that slow…” said Yussef. “I had for a while been wanting to write an all out politically inflected comedy. My other pieces of late had been somewhat dour, so I was looking to have fun. I’m not sure why I thought wading into the Palestinian/ Israeli imbroglio might be fun, but some little imp in my imagination must have thought so…”

Read more of what Yussef had to say about his play and his writing process and be sure to follow the Playwrights Foundation Blog throughout the summer for more interviews and Festival features!

A Teaser: Three Wolves and a Lamb

Funny, sexy and irreverent, this exciting production explores the love and the tension between a Palestinian and Jewish married couple as they face a series of personal revelations while planning a children’s peace camp.

Read more about Three Wolves and a Lamb and the artistic team.

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Tickets are now on sale, including early bird discount tickets, available through July 9!

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Best Regards,

Amy Mueller
Artistic Director

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Playwrights Foundation- Marcus Gardley Playwriting Workshop

Marcus Gardley Workshop Seats Available for 25% Off

Study with one of the Bay Area’s most brilliant writers—straight from his Lincoln Center world premiere of On the Levee

A Playwriting Bake-Off with Marcus Gardley

Award winning writer and author of the critically acclaimed …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi is returning to the New Play Institute for a 10-day playwriting intensive as part of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

Early Bird Discount EXTENDED Through July 1st
Price reduced by 25%. Pay only $340.

Join Marcus, August 3 through 12, for a Playwriting Bake-Off and cook up a rich and layered new work in 10 days!

Limited to only 10 participants, writers will be offered five ingredients from which to complete a new draft of a play in 72 hours. The remaining classes will be used to workshop each play around this “recipe” to create a fresh, rich and bold new dish. Writers will be encouraged to feed their imaginations and defy convention and will be given tailored, detailed feedback suited for each individual “dish.” This class is ideal for writers who wish to experiment with form and challenge themselves to get a lot accomplished in a short period of time.

If this doesn’t already sound delicious enough for you hungry writers, registered students will also receive a 50% discount on a Bay Area Playwrights Festival VIP pass, good for entry into two weekends of festival readings, symposiums and parties.

Learn more about a Playwriting Bake-Off with Marcus Gardley and register.

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