Crowded Fire Theater 2014 Matchbox Readings Series Features New Plays by Geetha Reddy, Andrew Saito, MJ Kaufman, and Eugenie Chan

December 1-9
Thick House Theater
1695 18th Street, SF
Crowded Fire Theater  (CFT) announces the four featured playwrights and plays for the 2014 Matchbox Readings Series, public staged readings of plays in development. New plays by playwrights Geetha Reddy,  Andrew Saito, MJ Kaufman, and Eugenie Chan in readings from December 1-9,  2014 at the Thick House Theater.Crowded Fire champions playwrights whose work offers a vital contribution to the American theater landscape with a commitment to diversifying the canon of contemporary plays. “We believe art is always political,” says Crowded Fire Artistic Director Marissa Wolf, “and that in order to move toward a more just society, theaters must offer a wider range of aesthetics and voices on our stages.”  The Matchbox: Commissioning and Developing New Plays grew out of CFT’s need to bolster playwrights’ revision processes in order to strengthen the scripts before rehearsals for the professional productions began.
The plays featured in CFT’s 2014 Matchbox Readings Series are: (TBD) by Geetha Reddy (Dec. 1, 7pm); La Lechera by Andrew Saito (Dec. 2, 7pm); Murmur Rock by MJ Kaufman (Dec. 8, 7pm) and 19 Wentworth Alley by Eugenie Chan (Dec. 9, 7pm).
Award-winning playwright Christopher Chen, whose upcoming The Late Wedding and 2012 hit The Hundred Flowers Project were both commissioned and developed through The Matchbox remarks, ”By giving a still-emerging playwright a pathway to a full production, Crowded Fire facilitated a major turning point in my career. They steadfastly believed in my project and me as a writer through the entire process, making sure I had all the resources necessary to bring the play into fruition. To my mind, The Matchbox Commission’s emphasis on specifically working towards a full production clearly sets it apart from similar, less ambitious programs in comparably-sized theater companies.” The Hundred Flowers Project  was a co-commission with Playwrights Foundation as is A Wonderverse  by Geetha Reddy which will kick off this year’s Matchbox Reading Series. A Wonderverse is slated for the Crowded Fire mainstage in 2015.

New Plays by Geetha Reddy,  Andrew Saito, MJ Kaufman, and Eugenie Chan

Reading Dates: December 1-9  A Wonderverse by Geetha Reddy (Dec. 1, 7pm); La Lechera by Andrew Saito (Dec. 2, 7pm); Murmur Rock by MJ Kaufman (Dec. 8, 7pm) and 19 Wentworth Alley by Eugenie Chan (Dec. 9, 7pm).
At: Thick House, 1695 18th St., SF  (between Carolina St.& Arkansas St. in Potrero Hill )
Readings: 7 PM
Tickets: Free to the public RSVP at http://www.crowdedfire.org
Box Office by phone (415) 746-9238   Photos: http://www.crowdedfire.org

“We strive for a balance of styles, stories, and voices in our Matchbox series, this year the pieces are thrillingly original.They are quite different from one another, even down to the process/circumstances of their creation and their current stages of development. It’s a wild batch…”  Laura Bruckener, CFT’s Director of New Works.

 

MATCHBOX READING SERIES 2014
December 1, 7pm
TBD  By Geetha Reddy
Working alone at night, a scientist makes an incredible discovery that challenges her beliefs and raises profound questions of right, ownership, responsibility, and power. A Wonderverse is a Crowded Fire Matchbox and Playwrights Foundation commissioned piece.
December 2, 7pm
La Lechera  By Andrew Saito
Directed by Marissa Wolf
This grotesque, aggressive satire by up-and-coming, stylistically daring writer Andrew Saito plunges us headlong into the horrifying greed, need, and exploitation that grease the crushing wheels of commerce.
December 8, 7pm
Murmur Rock  By MJ Kaufman
Directed by M. Graham Smith
A haunting play with the exposed bones of a dark fairy tale, Murmur Rock follows a Jewish American man and his mixed-race family traveling in Germany to find his father’s village. However, long-buried secrets, the shifting terrain of memory, and bargains unwittingly made lead them to places they never expected.
December 9, 7pm
19 Wentworth Alley  By Eugenie Chan
Directed by Marilee Talkington
Drawing on the true history of her grandfather, a leader in a Chinese crime syndicate in early 1900s San Francisco, Eugenie Chan layers original material with fragments of actual family documents to explore the world he knew – and made – one of lost hopes and grim choices.
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