ShortLived 3.0 (SF)
Largest audience-judged playwriting competition in nation, PianoFights ShortLived, returns to SF
SAN FRANCISCO March 16, 2010 The largest audience-judged playwriting competition in the nation, PianoFights ShortLived 3.0, this year running simultaneously in Los Angeles, returns to San Francisco with experienced playwrights, unknown up-and-comers and local, indy-theater companies all competing for the grand prize of being asked to pen a full length play which PianoFight will produce for one month and its up to the audience to decide the winner. Featuring 56 playwrights, 52 performances, 30 plus actors, 13 directors and two cities all wrapped into one show, ShortLived 3.0 premieres in the 54-seat black box Studio250 at Off-Market (965 Mission St), and runs every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00pm, April 2 June 26, 2010. Tickets are $20 at the door and online at www.pianofight.com and, as usual, brown bags encouraged.
PianoFight selects the top playwright submissions from each city, eight of which are staged and performed each round of the competition. ShortLived 3.0 consists of six total rounds, each lasting two weeks. By scoring the plays on a scale of one to ten, the audience members decide which plays will stay on to the next round and which plays will be "short-lived". At the end of every round the scores are tallied and the four lowest-scoring plays are replaced by four new plays. The highest scoring piece of each round garners a spot in the Championship Weekend (June 25-26) where the best of the best face off and the top voted piece in each city wins the grand prize: a one month run of an original work produced by PianoFight
ShortLived 3.0, now in its third year in SF, will feature past winners Daniel Heath and William Bivins, as well as up and coming playwrights Bennett Fisher, Lauren Yee, Megan Cohen, Sam Leichter, Jon Brooks, Patricia Milton and Tim Bauer. Local theater companies Sleepwalkers, Threshold, Crisis Hopkins, Richard Jennings Music and Instrumental Theater (Paul Cello and Chrish Barth), will also be in competition against playwrights for a shot at the Grand Prize.
PianoFights SF directing team for ShortLived 3.0 includes Christy Crowley (The Position), Eric Reid (FORKING!), Devin McNulty (The S.H.I.T. Show), Nicole Hammersla (Monday Night ForePlays), Gabrielle Patacsil (directing team of ShortLived 1) and Rob Ready and Dan Williams (Artistic and Executive directors of PianoFight, respectively). The directors listed above will pull double duty as ShortLived 3.0 ensemble cast members, which also includes Julia Heitner, Rachel Ferensowicz, Jessica Cortese, Brittany Berg, Evan Winchester, Asher Lyons and Laura Zimmerman.
Another new element to the production this year is the addition of a house band on stage at every show. There are three bands in total filling the role, each performing for two rounds of the competition. April 2 24 is Japanese punk sensation All Ages, April 30 May 22 is Sir Surrey, and Duncan and The Donuts will close out the final two rounds May 28 June 19.
Rob Ready and Dan Williams, will produce the SF competition, while PF Producing Company Members Nina Harada and Jeremy Mascia will head up the production in LA. Combined Artforms Matthew Quinn rounds out the producing team.
PiANOFiGHT PRODUCTiONS is an SF-based production company founded by Rob Ready and Dan Wiliams in July of 2007. Teaming with Combined Artforms Matthew Quinn and Steve Kahn, PianoFight became a managing partner of Off-Market Theaters in 2009. In its short two-and-a-half-year history, PianoFight has produced original works, premiered all-new shows, created and developed an online web series, and cut numerous short films, all while remaining true to its commitment of producing new work by new artists. For more information, visit www.pianofight.com.
965 Mission St, Studio250
San Francisco, CA 94103
|Minimum Age: 13|
|Kid Friendly: No|
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|Wheelchair Accessible: No|