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SPRING ROUGH READINGS

The Rough Reading's will always be Pay What You Can.

To RSVP email rsvp@playwrightsfoundation.org or call 415.626.2176.

January Rough Reading

Erin Bregmans's Bid to Save the World
Directed by Susannah Martin

About the Play

Bid to Save the World is a dystopian epic, where several stories intermingle in a world without death. Death sits on the side, peeling oranges relegated to te dustbin of history, while inquisitive young minds search for a way to grapple with their infinite reality. While you watch the normality of their immortality, ask yourself: "What is living without death?"

About the Playwright

Erin Bregman has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, the Jerome Fellowship, Aurora's Global Age Project, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Erin has had work produced or developed with Just Theatre, The Lark, the Playwrights Foundation, FuryFactory, Actors Theatre of Santa Cruz, UCSB New Plays Festival, and PlayGround, and has received commissions from the Magic Theatre/Sloan Foundation (2006), Just Theater (2008), and PlayGround (2009, 2010). Her short work has been published in Best of Playground 2009 & 2010, Spectrum Literary Journal, and Muse(d) Magazine. During the day she works as a teaching artist for the San Francisco Opera, and runs Little Opera, an all-kids opera company.

February Rough Reading

Anthony Clarvoe's Early Romantics
Directed by Siobhan Doherty

  • Monday, February 10, 7:30pm at Roble Hall, Stanford University
  • Tuesday, February 11, 7pm at The Thick House, San Francisco.

About the Play

Early Romantics is inspired by two strikingly similar true stories two centuries apart: During the idealist philosophy movement of the 1790s and the rock ‘n’ roll scene of the 1970s. The play centers on a tangled scene of alt musicians committed to making art and love out of the fervent beliefs and intense feelings of the free love generation. Somebody dies too young. Accusations fly. As they struggle to pull together their disparate talents and free-floating libidos to make musical history, the whole thing threatens to blow up.

About the Playwright

Anthony Clarvoe has received the American Theatre Critics, Will Glickman, Bay Area Theatre Critics, LA Drama Critics, Elliot Norton, and Edgerton New American Play awards; fellowships from the Guggenheim, Irvine, Jerome, and McKnight Foundations, NEA, TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts, and Kennedy Center; commissions from South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, and Playwrights Horizons; and the Berrilla Kerr Award for his contributions to American theater. Productions include Pick Up Ax (South Coast Rep, San Jose Rep), The Living (Denver Center), Let’s Play Two (South Coast Rep), Ambition Facing West (Trinity Rep, Theatreworks), Ctrl+Alt+Delete (San Jose Rep, George St. Playhouse), The Brothers Karamazov (Cincinnati Playhouse, Circle X), Show and Tell (Rep Theatre of St. Louis), and Our Practical Heaven (Aurora Theatre). His plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. The Art of Sacrifice is forthcoming from Random House in the anthology Plays for Two. Anthony is a regular instructor at the Playwrights Foundation, Stagebridge, and Playground.

March Rough Reading

Yussef El Guindi's The Mummy and the Revolution
Directed by Jessica Heidt


About the Play

A comedy about love, revolution, and mummies come to life. An Egyptian woman travels to America to rerieve stolen goods from an American arts collector. Her confrontation with the arts collector unfolds in a house that holds many grim secrets, and that soon becomes a horror house for her.

About the Playwright

Yussef El Guindi’s most recent productions include Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World (winner of the Steinberg/ American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012; Gregory Award 2011; Seattle Times’ “Footlight Award” for Best World Premiere Play) at ACT, and Language Rooms (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, as well as ACT’s New Play Award), co-produced by Asian American Theater Company and Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco; as well as at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. His plays, Back of the Throat, as well as Such a Beautiful Voiceis Sayeda’s and Karima’s City, have been published by Dramatists Play Service. The latter one-acts have also been included in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS: 2004-2005, published by Applause Books in 2008. His play Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith, is included in SALAAM/PEACE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MIDDLE-EASTERN AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS, published by TCG, 2009. Yussef is the recipient of the 2010 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award.

April Rough Reading

(Currently Untitled)by Thomas Bradshaw
Directed by Marissa Wolf


About the Play

Michael has a new kinky girlfriend and has just bought the apartment of his dreams. It seems that his life should be perfect. Little does he know that his hell is just beginning.

About the Playwright

Thomas Bradshaw‘s plays have been produced at regional theaters in NYC as as well as in Europe. His play Intimacy premieres Off-Broadway with The New Group Theater in January 2014. In 2013 he presented his show Lecture on the Blues at The Whitney Museum. His play The Bereaved, produced by Partial Comfort, was named one of the Best Plays of 2009 in Time Out New York and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. The Bereaved was subsequently produced at The State Theater Of Bielefeld in Germany and presented in Berlin. Thomas Bradshaw has received commissions from The Whitney Museum, Soho Theatre (London),The Goodman Theater, Soho Repertory Theater (New York), The Flea Theater, Theater Bielefeld (Germany), and Partial Comfort Productions. He is currently working on commissions from the Goodman Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, the Foundry Theater, Soho Repertory Theater, as well as developing a TV series for HARPO(Oprah Winfrey) and HBO. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2010 Prince Charitable Trust Prize, and the 2012 Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Mr. Bradshaw received his M.F.A. from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program and is Professor of Playwriting at Northwestern University. He has been featured as one of Time Out New York’s ten playwrights to watch, as one of Paper Magazine’s Beautiful People, and Best Provocative Playwright by the Village Voice. He has received Fellowships from The Lark Play Development Center, Soho Rep. (Streslin Fellow), and New York Theater Workshop. He was the Playwright in Residence at The Soho Theatre in London in February 2009, where he wrote The Ashes.

The Rough Reading Season is Pay What You Can.

To RSVP email rsvp@playwrightsfoundation.org or call 415.626.2176.