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February 18, 2010

2010 is Off to a Great Start

Trista Baldwin
There is so much going on here at the Playwrights Foundation and we want to keep you posted. Don't miss this month's reading of American Sexy by Trista Baldwin—his coming Monday and Tuesday, February 22 & 23. We're honored to have Trista here from The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. We've also got Octavio Solis' new class, Writing Like a Mo Fo. I mean, with titles like these you've got to check them out!

BAPF 2010: The 33rd Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival dates and location are now set—July 23 through August 1, 2010 at the Thick House in San Francisco. The full season will be announced in April!

We're thrilled to announce that PF is the new home for the Sister City Playwrights Exchange, whose mission is to swap talented, under-recognized playwrights in several regions of the US, Canada and England. Stay tuned for information on our inaugural exchange project coming in 2010! Learn more.

Every month or so we are compiling everything in a more detailed NewsFlash, but we'll still send you occasional alerts to keep you up to date. We're also using Twitter and Facebook to help you stay up-to-date! We encourage you to friend us and join us on Twitter, and keep the conversation fluid!

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New Spring Classes Announced

Get your writing on! Announcing a new line-up of Spring 2010 classes for writers of all levels.

Liz Duffy Adams' workshop, The Tao of Playwriting, just ended, and we hear it was a luminous experience! This sold out workshop gave 12 bold students a chance to explore totally new territory and our exceptional actors brought their words to life on the final day of the class. A big thanks to Liz, the actors and the workshop participants for bringing their passion and sweat to our studio!

Upcoming Classes

Note: Classes are limited to 12 students.

To learn more and register, click here.

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Producing Partnerships:
9th Annual BOA

The 9th Annual Bay One Acts (BOA) Festival, a PF producing partnership with Three Wise Monkeys (3WM) Theatre Company starts February 18 and continues through March 13, 2010.

This year's festival focuses on the theme of "building community," between and across small theatre companies and theatre artists devoted to cultivating new theatrical work. Playwrights at this year's festival include Crish Barth, Tim Bauer, William Bivins, Stuart Bousel, Jon Brooks, Megan Cohen, Bennett Fisher, Daniel Heath, Sam Leichter, Edward Luhn and Lauren Yee.

The Playwrights Foundation is proud to be producing Generic Play by Edward Luhn, with Jill MacLean directing, February 18 through March 7. Purchase Tickets

For more information, visit

Jesus is coming soon... Really!

Tickets are now on sale for ...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi by Marcus Gardley (PF Alumnus). This is a PF co-production with The Cutting Ball Theater and is directed by Amy Mueller. ...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi runs from March 12 to April 11, 2010.

You're Invited: Please join the PF Staff and Board of Trustees on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 5pm for a special preview performance and after-party with the cast and playwright. Tickets are $15. This will be a special night to experience the final developmental process for a breathtaking new play by one of America's foremost playwrights, Marcus Gardley. We've spent several years working with Marcus on developing the play and are proud to host a night for PF friends to celebrate its success. Tickets are extremely limited, so get your's soon! To purchase tickets, please email

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Rough Readings:
2010 Spring Series

Rough Readings are monthly play readings and our Spring Series is in full swing—join us on February 22 and 23 for our next reading! These are free events and terrific entertainment.

A new play by Trista Baldwin: American Sexy
Directed by Rebecca Novick

Coming Soon

For more information about the series, the writers and the program click here.

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Benefit 2010: Seeking Committee Members & Volunteers

Our annual Brunch With a Playwright Benefit will take place on Sunday, May 2, 2010. We are seeking new play enthusiasts to be community committee members and volunteers. If you're interested, please contact Jill MacLean for more information at

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News: Alumni and
Resident Playwrights

Congratulations Resident Playwrights

We're so proud of Garret Groenveld for his acceptance in the 2010 Global Arts Project at Aurora Theater. His play The Serving Class was presented on February 8.

Eugenie Chan has a double bill opening at San Francisco's Cutting Ball Theater, May 21 through June 20, 2010: Bone to Pick and Diadem, directed by Rob Melrose.

Christopher Chen's newest work Lu Shen, The Mad will have a staged reading at Fluid Motion Theater in New York this spring.

PF Alumni: The Future of Theater

We are proud to announce upcoming PF alumni plays and playwrights who have shows opening this season.

San Francisco Bay Area

  • Safe House by Geetha Reddy, premiering in SF Playhouse's "Sandbox" series
    February 13 to March 6, 2010.
    Safe House was developed during the 2008 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
  • Learn To Be Latina by Enrique Urueta, playing at Impact Theatre Company
    February 18 to March 27, 2010.
    Learn To Be Latina got its start on the 2005 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, BASH! Series.

New York

  • Smudge by Rachel Axler, January 2010 (Just Closed at Women's Project and Productions, Off-Broadway
    Smudge was developed in a PF Rough Reading Series.
  • Lascivious Something by Sheila Callaghan, playing at Women's Project and Productions, Off-Broadway
    May through June 2010
    Lascivious Something received development on PF's BAPF in 2007.
  • The Aliens by Annie Baker, playing at Rattlestick Theatre Company
    April 15 to May 23, 2010
    Annie Baker's Body Awareness Week received development on the 2007 BAPF and was produced Off-Broadway in the fall of 2009.

If you are a PF Alumni and have a play to announce, please let us know!

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Must-See Shows

  • The entire line up at the Bay One Acts Festival, a Producing Partnership between PF and Three Wise Monkeys, showing at Boxcar Theatre February 18 to March 13, 2010.
  • Oedipus El Ray by Luis Alfaro, playing at Magic Theater, now through February 28, 2010.
  • Coming Home by Athol Fugard, playing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, now through February 28, 2010.
  • An Anonymous Story by Anton Chekhov, playing at Central Works Theatre, playing February 20 through March 28, 2010.

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Playwright Opportunities

Lake George Theater Lab
New Musical Submissions are being accepted for the Sixth Annual Lake George Theater Lab, located in the Adirondack Mountains, to be worked on with a professional group of actors and designers. Playwrights and companies are welcome to apply. For further information visit their website at

2010 XYZ Festival of New Work
The deadline for submission for the 2010 XYZ Festival of New Work is March 15, 2010. A panel will convene in March/April to review each play. Artists selected for the 2010 XYZ will be notified starting April 30, 2010. Please be advised that all submissions must be sent to with "XYZ Festival Submission" in the subject line, and must be accompanied by a submission form. Further details can be found on their website at

Opportunities with PF
We are always looking for volunteers to assist with our artistic programming, marketing and administrative projects. If you're interested, contact Jill MacLean for more information at

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