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Producing Partnerships

Launched in 2003, Producing Partnerships advance the work of PF alumni from development to full production through partnerships with Bay Area new play producers. PF has a long history of developing plays with producing partners that have required distinctive and complex development, all the way through to production.


The Hundred Flowers Project | On A Wonderverse | Dogsbody

The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen

Produced in Partnership with Crowded Fire Theater

Directed by Desdemona Chiang

Two years in the making, Chris Chen's The Hundred Flowers Project was a co-commission with Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco. After its various developmental workshops in SF at our Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Crowded Fire's Matchbox Series, PF's Resident Playwrights Initiative, and in New York at The Lark Play Development Center the play received its world premiere production last season, October 25-November 17, 2012, at The Thick House in San Francisco featuring the actors Will Dao, Cindy Im, Anna Ishida, Charisse Loriaux, Wiley Naman Strasser, and Ogie Zulueta. Read more about The Project here

Read the SF Chronicle Review here!

Awards & Nominations:

Glickman Award winner

Rella Lossy Playwrights Award

Bay Area Critics Circle Nomination

About the Play
It’s a politically charged election year in the U.S. and a collective of “Generation D” multicultural American actors are collaborating on a new play about one of the most defining socio-political phenomena of the 20th Century: Mao Tse Tung and the birth of modern China. In an effort to connect the power of today’s media to the propaganda employed throughout China’s Cultural Revolution, they expertly exploit 21st Century multimedia tools of the masses. As The Hundred Flowers Project becomes a world-wide high-tech spectacle, events from the actors’ real lives mysteriously infiltrate the story - blurring the lines between reality and theater. As the play spins out of control, this earnest troupe of players unexpectedly finds itself in extreme danger. The question is: who -- or rather, what -- has taken control of the narrative?

About the Playwright
Christopher Chen’s plays include Into the Numbers, The Window Age and Anomienaulis. His work has been produced and developed by Central Works Theatre Ensemble, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Beijing Fringe Festival, American Conservatory Theater, The Lark Play Development Center, hotINK Festival, Theatre Mu, Silk Road Theatre Project, Fluid Motion, Asian American Theater Company, Crowded Fire and Playwrights Foundation. Having received his MFA in playwriting from San Francisco State University, Chris has already garnered national recognition for his work and broken ground in Chinese-American cultural exchange with Chris’ Into the Numbers which was produced by the Beijing International Fringe Festival, as one of the first public stagings in China about the Nanking Massacre. Into the Numbers also won 2nd place in Belarus Free Theater’s international playwriting competition, in addition to being translated into Russian and Chinese.

Many thanks to Adriana Baer, and the actors who participated in workshops: Rebecca Hirota, Daniel Isaac, Sophia Skiles, Moses Villarama, Tiffany Villarin, Brent Yoshikami

Read Chris' blog about the process here

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On A Wonderverse by Geetha Reddy

Produced in Partnership with Crowded Fire Theater

About the Play

As the sole woman on a team of award-winning scientists, Dr. Alpharetz Schen is often uncredited or dismissed by her peers. Then one fantastical night in her lab, she creates something surprising and incredible…a vibrant new universe. Bay Area playwright Geetha Reddy weaves a highly imaginative and breathtaking look at the intersection of science and spirituality, as Dr. Schen becomes an avatar of Shiva and must decide whether to keep or destroy her growing Universe.

About the Playwright

Geetha Reddy's plays include Safe House (SFPlayhouse Sandbox 2010) and Blastosphere (with Aaron Loeb, CentralWorks 2009), Girl in a Box, Me Given You, Blue God Countdown, and Book Club! The Musical. She received the 2005-2006 June Anne Baker Prize, five "Emerging Playwright" awards and multiple alumni commissions from PlayGround. Her plays have been included in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Playwright's Revolution Festival, the Playwrights Foundation's 'Rough Reading' series, and the Just Theatre PlayLab. Her short plays have been featured in the Best of PlayGround Festival, the Santa Rosa Quickies Festival and the SF Fringe Festival where she won Best of Fringe. She is a Playwright's Foundation Resident Playwright and member of the Dramatist's Guild.

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Dogsbody by Erik Ehn

Part of the Soulographie Cycle

Directed by Rebecca Novick, Choreography by Erika Chong Shuch

About the Play

Dogsbody takes us deep into a meditation on war through the eyes of child soldiers as they grow up. Set in Uganda and in an imaginary future war in Texas, Dogsbody asks us to undertake a "revolution of the heart" and reach for understanding and healing.

About the Playwright

Ehn's work includes Maria Kizito, Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling, Yermedea, Drunk Still Drinking, and The Saint Plays. His works have been produced in San Francisco (Intersection, Thick Description, Yugen), Seattle (Annex, Empty Space), Austin (Frontera), New York (BACA, Whitney Museum), San Diego (Sledgehammer), Chicago (Red Moon), Atlanta (7 Stages), Los Angeles (Cal Rep, Museum of Jurassic Technology), Belgrade (Dah); elsewhere. He conducts annual trips to Rwanda/Uganda, bringing teams to study the history there, and explore the ways art is participating in recovery from violence. He produces the Arts in the One World conference yearly, which engages themes of art and social change. Artistic Associate, Theatre of Yugen. Graduate of New Dramatists. Current Chair, Professor, and Head of Playwrighting, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University.

Supported by: CA$H, Fleishhacker Foundation, RHE Charitable Foundation and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Part of the national Soulographie project

For more information visit www.soulographie.org

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