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42nd Street Moon MoonSpace Studio
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SECOND SATURDAY PLAYWRITING MASTER CLASS opens February and will run through December.  Registration is open for the first three classes.

All classes will be held at 246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)

Cost for PCSF members - $45 per EACH class
Cost for non-members - $105 includes one class and one-year PCSF Membership. Non-members may use the member price to register for an additional class, after paying once at the non-member price.


February 14, 2015
246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)

Class Description:
Adaptation. At some point in their life, every playwright wants to do one. Whether it's a book you read, a movie you see, a story you love, an historical event or life, a poem, a work of art, a piece of music, or a text book (really? yes, really), all writers know the appeal of trying to capture one medium in another. On the surface it seems so easy, but anyone who has walked down the road of adaptation knows it's far more challenging than it looks. In this course we'll go over the basics of adaptation, the four questions every writer should ask themselves when they choose adaptation material, the different types of adaptations (did you know there was more than one?), how the process of an adaptation differs from that of an original playwrighting process, the legality, royalty and credit issues of an adaptation of work by another person or the life of a living human being, and why, ultimately, adaptations and original works are as different from one another as theater and film are, and how critics and audiences tend to react to that (or not react). We'll round out the day with a game or two and some discussion on if it's worth it, why it's worth it, and what happens once you actually finish the damn thing.

STAGE OR SCREEN with Rodney Vaccaro
March 14, 2015
246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)

Regardless of how your story will be told, it's all about structure. There are different devices but the three act structure remains the same whether on screen or on stage: introduction, development, and resolution. Within that is where the magic happens. One kind of screenplay attracts the money, another attracts the star, and yet another is the final shooting script. Plays are an exploration of ideas. Screenplays are a blueprint for something else that is going to happen.

Join Rodney Vaccaro, Los Angeles-based screenwriter, for a look at how to go from idea to screenplay without losing your mind. Learn how the business works and how you can wade into the screenwriting fray.

April 11, 2015
246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)

Dramatists often refer to the "structure" of a play. An engineering metaphor, however, can feel lifeless and rigid. A play is more like a living organism. It not only has a skeleton, but guts and muscle: emotions and forward movement. Learn how to construct the bones of your playthe basic elements of conflict and scenic actionand explore how they are fleshed-out and brought to life by the emotional lives of your characters.

May 9, 2015
246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)

The ten-minute play is all the rage, it seems. Writing a good ten-minute play is an ideal way to build your playwright's resume, get produced around the country (or the world), and may even form the basis for a successful full-length! The ten-minute play form is fun, satisfying, and producible. But when you're up against hundreds of other writers, what can you do to make your play stand out?

In this engaging, supportive workshop, we'll explore:
Ways to structure your ten-minute play that are inventive and different.
"Shorthand" ways to craft unique characters that stand out.
How to write compelling dialogue that engages an audience.
How "rules" can help make your characters cause a scene.
and more! Bring something to with which to write, and an object. (We'll trade objects among workshop participants, so don't bring a treasured heirloom.)

June 13, 2015
246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)

Music and lyrics bring with them their own dramaturgical questions and challenges. In this class, we'll break down songs to their basic theatrical elements, and learn what works and what doesn't work with songs on stage. By listening to and watching examples, and through group discussion, you'll discover a helpful list of ideas to consider when working out the dramaturgy of your musical, including:
- Order and placement
- Style and context
- Book/text-driven vs. mood/tone-driven songs
- Lyric choice and character voice
- and many more fun, nerdy musical theatre concepts!

No prior music theory knowledge is needed, as we'll focus primarily on musical theatre dramaturgy and not explicitly on the craft of songwriting itself. Please come with one or two of your favorite musical theatre song moments in mind, and be prepared to share why you love them!

Stuart Bousel:
Stuart Bousel (Founding Artistic Director/Blog Editor/Founding Artistic Director for Saturday Write Fever, 2010- ) graduated from Reed College with a degree in English/Creative Writing. He has served as the artistic director of three theater companies: Quicksilver Productions (1997-2000) and Horror Unspeakable Productions (2000-2002) in Tucson, and No Nude Men Productions in San Francisco (2003-2015). He has directed a number of classic plays, including LYSISTRATA, ORESTEIA, FAUST PART ONE, SALOME, EDWARD II, LE CID, LOVE'S LABORS LOST, HAMLET, PHAEDRA, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, TWELFTH NIGHT, M. BUTTERFLY, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, PRELUDE TO A KISS, THE FROGS, and THE CRUCIBLE, as well as the Arizona premiere of Derek Walcott's ODYSSEY and the world premieres of David Duman's FISHING, Alison Luterman's OASIS, Nirmala Nataraj's THE MONK and THE BOOK OF GENESIS REMIXED AND REMASTERED, Susan Sobeloff's MERCHANTS, and Morgan Ludlow's RUTH AND THE SEA. Additionally he writes plays, including THE EXILED, SPEAK TO ME, LOVE EGOS ALTERNATIVE ROCK, TROIJKA, HOUSEBROKEN, SPEAK ROUGHLY, EDENITES, JUNO EN VICTORIA, BRAINKILL, LLAMA, TWINS, PASTORELLA, THE AGE OF BEAUTY, PANDEMONIUM, SEE ALSO ALL, and POLYXENA IN ORBIT. His play VINCENT OF GILGAMESH was nominated for the MAC Award in 2001; WILD BLUE PEAKS was nominated for the Heideman Award in 2003; MATHEW 33:6 was a finalist for the Sky Cooper Award in 2007; and EVERYBODY HERE SAYS HELLO! won "Outstanding World Premiere" at the 2014 TBA Awards. Places his work has been performed include New York City, San Francisco, Melbourne, Dublin, Tucson, Chicago, and Portland. He co-wrote the Cosgrove winning short film INSOMNIA with Chris McCaleb and Amanda Karam and the mocu-mercial WISH U WERE HERE for Hosteling International. He occasionally acts as well and numbers among his credits the title role in MACBETH, Carl in THE BALTIMORE WALTZ, Matt in THE FANTASTICKS, the Record Keeper in JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL, Ned Poins in THE BOAR'S HEAD (which he also adapted from HENRY IV part 1 and 2), and the opera TOSCA, in addition to voicing a number of radio and television commercials. He is a frequent collaborator with Theater In The Woods, Custom Made Theatre Company, and Wily West Productions. He is a founding member of the San Francisco Theater Pub, as well as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Olympians Festival, and the hospitality coordinator of the San Francisco Fringe Festival. His first novel, DRY COUNTRY, came out 2008 and is available on his website, http://www.horrorunspeakable.com/ In 2013, the SF Weekly declared him "Best Ringmaster Of The Bay Area Theater Scene". He is also the current chair of the Individual Services Committee for Theatre Bay Area.

Rodney Vaccaro:
Emmy award winning Screenwriter/Producer/Director Rodney Vaccaro has worked as a Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright and Stage Director throughout the United States, France and Monaco. He was trained in the Actors Studio and the Chekhov Studio in New York, and worked in the south of France under the tutelage of Michael Stewart (Hello Dolly, Bye Bye Birdie, Mack and Mabel, 42nd Street, Barnum). Vaccaro has published five plays, American Still Life, Stop Me If You've Heard This One, Brown Red Yellow, Home Of The Brave and Screenplay By, He has also published three novels. As a screenwriter, Mr. Vaccaro's produced screenplays include HBO's Night Of The Running Man, Warner Brothers Three To Tango, starring Matthew Perry, Dylan McDermott, Oliver Platt and Neve Campbell, Showtime's Run The Wild Fields, starring Joanne Whalley, Sean Patrick Flanery, Alexa Vega and Cotter Smith, MGM's Bigger Than The Sky, starring John Corbett, Sean Astin, Amy
Smart and Marcus Thomas, for CBS, Snow Wonder, starring Mary Tyler Moore, Jennifer Esposito, Jason Priestly, Poppy Montgomery and Camryn Manheim and TNT's The Engagement Ring, starring Patricia Heaton, Vincent Spano, Lainie Kazan, Tony LoBianco and Chuck Shumata. Run the Wild Fields was nominated for Emmy's in three categories, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture, winning Best Director and Best Picture.

William Bivins:
William Bivins is an award-winning playwright whose productions include "The Education of a Rake" (Central Works), "The Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry" (SF Playhouse), "The Position" (PianoFight) and "The Afterlife of the Mind" (Virago Theatre Company), among others. His drama "Ransom, Texas" (Pacific Repertory Theatre) won the 2010 Hyperion Project Original Play Competition. His Biblical comedy "Pulp Scripture" (Original Sin/PianoFight) won the 2009 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Original Script, and grabbed eight SF Fringe Awards, including Best New Comedy. He is the recipient of The 2014 PlayGround Fellowship.
William was the most produced playwright of the 2009/2010 San Francisco Bay Area season, was one of twelve Bay Area playwrights chosen for the 2008 Theatre Bay Area/TheatreWorks Playwrights Showcase, and has been a finalist for the Heideman Award in the National Ten-minute Play Contest. He has participated in the Will Dunne Dramatic Writing Workshop since 2001, is a member of the Monday Night Playwrights Group and the Dramatists Guild. He lives in San Francisco.

Patricia Milton:
Patricia Milton has had more than 100 productions and readings of her ten-minute plays in the US and Canada. Local full-length productions include Enemies: Foreign and Domestic (Central Works), Believers (Wily West Productions), and Reduction in Force (Central Works), which won the 2011 BroadwayWorld Award for "Best Local Play." She is co-author with Andrew Black of three full-length comedies, including It's Murder, Mary! (NCTC). Patricia's short play Busybody was produced in New York and San Francisco and is published by Original Works Publishing.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, her short plays have been seen at the Exploratorium and PianoFight, and in the SF Theater Festival, PlayGround, Woman's Will PlayFest, SF Fringe Festival, and Sheherezade.

Upcoming: Believers is slated to be produced in Istanbul, Turkey. 3Girls Theatre's production of Moments of Truth, a new musical co-written with Caroline Altman, will premiere at Royce Gallery in San Francisco September 19, 2015.

Patricia is a resident playwright at 3Girls Theatre. She is also past President, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, and a member of Playwrights Center, Theatre Bay Area, Central Works Writing Workshop, Play Café, International Centre for Women Playwrights, and The Dramatists Guild.

Min Kahng:
Min Kahng has written the book, music and lyrics for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (winner of 3 Theatre Bay Area Awards), The Song of the Nightingale (Nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critic's Circle Award for Original Musical) and Tales of Olympus: A Greek Myth Musical (Recipient of the East Bay Community Foundation Grant and Safeway Grant). He is currently working on a musical adaptation of Henry Kiyama's comic book The Four Immigrants Manga (developed at the TheatreWorks Writers Retreat and the Musical Cafe Showcase presented by The Alchemy Works and Play Cafe), and a stage adaptation of the children's book series Bad Kitty. Kahng is a recipient of the Theatre Bay Area Titan Award for Playwrights, and was featured in American Theatre Magazine as one of "9 Musical Theatre Writers You Should Know." In addition to writing, he has worked as a director, music director, theatre educator, guest speaker and performer. He holds a degree in Music and Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, and also works as the Marketing Manager for Bay Area Children's Theatre and the Publicity Coordinator for Altarena Playhouse. www.minkahng.com


42nd Street Moon MoonSpace Studio (View)
246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States



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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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