Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Promo Video for PF's December Line-Up

"One Shot" - Starring Logan Andrews, Eric Reid and Nicole Hammersla.

Written by Rob Ready. Directed by Rand Courtney. MC'd by Eminem. HD'd by Science.

One Shot from rand courtney on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Artists Playing/Learning

The following are some test shots from director Rand Courtney featuring Logan Andrews playing with his new HD camera -- always cool to watch artists messing around and playing with new toys. This HD shit looks ridiculous:

Snoopy and the Red Barron

A status update from playwright Allison Davis twigged some camp song memories. Here's the vid, enjoy:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I Heart Chinatown

I live in Chinatown right across the street from Woh Hei Yuen Park.

I also smoke cigarettes which means I spend an inordinate amount of time on my fire escape, which, incidentally, has a fantastic view of the park.

Usually, there is a group of older people practicing Tai Chi with frickin swords:

It is awesome. And this morning, even better, there was a group of ladies doing what appeared to be the Macarena to traditional Chinese music.

Like I said, I totally heart Chinatown.

"50 Years Hungry" by D. Heath

I caught Daniel Heath's Fifty Years Hungry as a staged reading part of The Best of Playground festival earlier this year.

The Aurora Theater in Berkeley also staged a reading of the play just last week I think and by all accounts it went off great.

Fifty Years Hungry is Heath's first full length drama, commissioned by Playground in 2009, and he wrote it just after completing his first full length comedic show, FORKING! which PianoFight premiered in SF for a month and moved to Theater Asylum in Hollywood with the help of Combined Artform.

The two plays could not be more different. It's staggering. FORKING! is a hooping and hollering audience driven riot while Fifty Years Hungry is a razor sharp deconstruction of family and funerals full of dark wit. What's truly amazing is how good both of these shows are, and Heath's apparent ability to write high caliber work for whatever audience will be seeing it.

I hope the Aurora picks it up, cause Hungry is perfect for that community (feel free to email the Aurora at and lustily voice your need to see Fifty Years Hungry fully produced on their stage). And if they foolishly pass on the script, there are always a few stages at Off-Market.

Speaking of, if you'd like to catch another of Daniel's fully scripted plays in which the audience decides the ending, A Merry FORKING Christmas, premieres at Off-Market on December 15th, and runs like crazy through the holidays (more info coming soon).

And The Most Produced Local Playwright Is ...

UPDATE - 11/12:
Bivins just landed another world premiere for this season. See below for the complete list, but this February, PianoFight will premiere "The Position," the show we commissioned Bill to write after winning our playwriting competition "ShortLived 2.0."

Also in February, SF Playhouse will premiere Bivins' "The Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry" as the inaugural show in their "Sand Box Series" of new plays.

That brings my count to four world premiere full-lengths and another world premiere one-act.

Two excellent aspects of this: 1) Couldn't happen to a nicer, more talented or professional guy than Bill, and 2) It's evidence of new work making a bit of comeback in the SF Scene.

- CB

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And the Most Produced Local Playwright Is ...

Bill Bivins.

I'm not actually sure if this is factually accurate, but allow me to present my case:

"The Afterlife of the Mind" - premieres at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley tonight and moves to Stage Werx in November.

"The Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry" - Part of the SF Playhouse reading series this year.

"Pulp Scripture" - Premiered at Fringe and is moving to Off-Market in November (it also won more awards than any other show at the Fringe)

"The Position" - No links up on this yet but this full-length (slated to premiere at Off-Market in February) was commissioned by PianoFight after Bill won our playwriting contest ShortLived 2.0

Also, insider info has it that he's probably getting into the Bay Area One Acts Festival in February.

So I guess this is the question I'm posing to the SF Theater Community: Is there another local playwright who has this number of productions in the current season?

If not, Bill Bivins is hands down the most produced local playwright of the 2009-2010 season.

Congrats Bill!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday Night ForePlays - How It Came To Be

The following is a non-fictional video, a documentary if you will, directed by Rand Courtney, on how PianoFight decided to produce Monday Night ForePlays:

Monday Night ForePlays opens tonight at 8:00pm at Off-Market, and runs each Monday through Nov 23.

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