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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Live Streaming Set for Bay Area Playwrights Festival

Jun 18, 2021
Tickets are now available for the 44th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF), presented by Playwrights Foundation, the West Coast’s premier launchpad for plays and playwrights. The festival, which invites audiences this year to “Gather Around Bold New Plays,” will present public readings of five new plays by five bold, multi-award-winning playwrights: nomadic theatre/spoken word artist Jaisey Bates, playwright/games writer/scholar Miyoko Conley, writer/producer/performer/ educator Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin, prize-winning playwright Sam Hamashima, and New York-based writer and producer Johnny G. Lloyd. The acclaimed festival is scheduled to stream online, providing the opportunity for audiences around the globe to experience exhilarating new work by emerging theater artists. Bay Area Playwrights Festival runs July 16-25, 2021.The public may purchase streaming access on a sliding scale for individual readings ($5-20) or an All Access Festival Pass ($25-175). This pass includes access to all festival readings as well as an invitation to all events including two in-person gatherings, one per festival weekend. Streaming tickets and more information are available at playwrightsfoundation.org or by calling 415-626-2176.

The plays in the 44th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival include "when we breathe," a wildly imaginative drama depicting a future where a human museum is curated by robots; "Human Museum," a time-bending anime adventure investigating the lasting effects of the Japanese American Concentration Camps; "Tiger Beat," a magical exploration of family, gentrification, and a spell gone wrong; "Supposed Home," a cross-dimensional fever dream about healing and the legacy of colonization; and "The Problem with Magic, Is," a coming of age story about pop stardom, questionable 2003 fashion choices, and the pursuit of artistry on one’s own terms.

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Photo caption: Playwrights Foundation presents its 44th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival July 17-25, 2021. Pictured is Jomar Tagatac, Cindy Im, and Lily Tung Crystal in Jiehae Park's "Hannah and the Dread Gazebo" in the 2013 festival. (Photo Credit: Jim Norrena)


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