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ShortLived 3.0 (LA)
Asylum Lab
Los Angeles, CA
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ShortLived 3.0 (LA)
Premiering April 2nd 2010, SF/LA-based production company PianoFight kicks off its three-month long, audience-judged playwriting competition ShortLived 3.0 in Los Angeles and San Francisco, running every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00 PM at The Asylum Lab, 1078 Lillian Way (LA) and The Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission St (SF), April 2- June 26. Tickets are $20 at the door and online at www.pianofight.com and, as usual, brown bags encouraged.

Local playwrights and theater groups in each city will compete for audiences who decide the winners of the grand prize: the chance to pen a full-length play to be produced by PianoFight for a one-month run in two cities. The LA winner will receive a one-month run in LA at The Asylum Lab, and a second month-run at Off-Market in SF, and the same goes for the SF winner.

Born from a need to fill theater space and a desire to find new work, ShortLived has provided a platform for local artists to be seen, heard and summarily judged by the public. 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.

Last year's competition introduced an opportunity for local theater groups to compete with their own material and actors for a shot at the grand prize. PianoFight will continue this aspect of the competition in both cities. Along with local playwrights, directors and actors, ShortLived 3.0 also features a constantly changing lineup of musical guests.

Past winners include Daniel Heath, who penned the original "Fork Off On Your Own Forking Adventure Which You've Forked: FORKING!" and Bill Bivins, the most celebrated playwright from the 2009 SF Fringe Fest, whose full-length play "The Position" debuts February 4th at Off-Market.


PianoFights Artistic and Executive Directors, Rob Ready and Dan Williams respectively, 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.


Asylum Lab
1078 Lillian Way
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 13
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Piano Fight Productions
On BPT Since: Jul 09, 2007
Nina Harada

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