40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF), July 13 - 23, 2017 features playwrights Hilary Bettis, Clarence Coo, Bennett Fisher, Lauren Gunderson, Nilan Johnson, and Mona Mansour.
Bay Area Playwrights Festival incubates and showcases six newly written, unfinished works by an extraordinary group of culturally diverse American playwrights selected from nearly 500 submissions. In addition to twelve staged readings, the Festival will offer a Theater Professionals weekend 7/21-23, special events and an anniversary celebration on 7/13. http://bayareaplaywrightsfestival.org
40th BAPF includes: Magic City by Hilary Bettis, an explosive elixir of power, class, and immigration status in a Spanish infused adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie; Clarence Coo's The Birds of Empathy, in which a socially awkward gay man learns to take flight; Bennett Fisher's Damascus, a high-stakes, road-rage thriller that delves full-force into the misguided politics of terrorism; The Fatales by Lauren Gunderson, an epic feminist pop crusade for a knowing justice, via musical defiance; Nilan Johnson's Endangered Species, an afro-surrealist futuristic legend in which blackness ceases to exist; and We Swim, We Talk, We Go To War by Mona Mansour, in which an Arab-American woman and her nephew dip into treacherous waters, presented in partnership with Golden Thread Productions.
Since The Bay Area Playwrights Festival's founding 40 years ago over 500 prize winning, nationally significant playwrights got their first professional experiences at the BAPF. Some examples include Pulitzer Prize winners Nilo Cruz and Annie Baker, MacArthur Award winners Anna Deveare Smith and Sam Hunter, recent Glickman award winners Peter Nachtrieb, Liz Duffy Adams, Aaron Loeb, Chris Chen, Lauren Yee, and Marcus Gardley, as well as the early development of works by David Henry Hwang, Paula Vogel, Claire Chafee, Anne Washburn, as well as Katori Hall and Rajiv Joseph prior to their Broadway debuts, as well as many others. The BAPF's ongoing success in discovering and supporting exceptional, newly emerging writers, and launching their ground-breaking new work is its enduring legacy.
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Artists / Speakers: Hilary Bettis, Clarence Coo, Bennett Fisher, Lauren Gunderson, Nilan Johnson, Mona Mansour, Desdemona Chiang, Susannah Martin, Evren Odcikin, Ken Savage, Tracy Ward, Becca Wolff, Anthony Clarvoe, Nakissa Etemad, Sonia Fernandez, Regina Fields, Allie Moss, Karen Piemme.