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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Bay Area Playwrights Festival Announces Updated Lineup

Jul 14, 2021
Playwrights Foundation has announced an update for its lineup of plays for this summer’s 44th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival. At the request of the playwright, Jaisey Bates’ “Real Time remix” will take center stage July 16-25, 2021 with ten streaming readings of five bold new works. “Real Time remix” is a new selection of short works in which four storytellers crisscross paths across dimensions as they seek to survive the weight of white words and thrive. For more information, the public may visit playwrightsfoundation.org.

Bates is among five bold, multi-award-winning playwrights to receive readings for their work in the 2021 BAPF. The Festival also includes Miyoko Conley’s “Human Museum,” a wildly imaginative drama depicting a future where a human museum is curated by robots; Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin’s “Tiger Beat,” a coming of age story about pop stardom in the 2000s; Sam Hamashima’s “Supposed Home,” a time-bending anime adventure investigating the lasting effects of the Japanese American Concentration Camps; and Johnny G. Lloyd’s “The Problem with Magic, Is,” a magical exploration of family, gentrification, and a spell gone wrong.

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.

Bay Area Playwrights Festival is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful new play development programs. Among the American theater’s brightest voices who are alumni of the festival are Pulitzer Prize winners Sam Shepard, Katori Hall, Nilo Cruz, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Paula Vogel, and Annie Baker; MacArthur Award winner Anna Deavere Smith; Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang; and acclaimed playwrights Lauren Gunderson, Rajiv Joseph, Christopher Chen, Lauren Yee, and Marcus Gardley. The BAPF’s ongoing success in supporting exceptional, newly emerging writers and launching their groundbreaking new work is its enduring legacy.

The Festival lineup is as follows:

“Real Time remix” by Jaisey Bates

Co-directed by Jeanette Harrison and Nailah Harper-Malveaux

Dramaturgy by David Geary

5:30pm PDT Saturday, July 17 · 11:30am PDT Sunday, July 25

In “Real Time remix,” four storytellers crisscross paths across dimensions as they journey through this new selection of short works where words are alive and every breath is a riot of beauty, a revolutionary act of courage grit grace faith fire. In a mortally wounded world rapidly running out of time, how can we find ways to survive? To heal ourselves, our words, and our worlds, and to, together, thrive?

“Human Museum” by Miyoko Conley

Directed by Bob Shryock

Dramaturgy by Divinia Shorter

11:30am PDT Sunday, July 18 · 5:30pm PDT Saturday, July 24

Set in a future where humans have gone extinct, “Human Museum” follows a group of robots on Earth that run a museum dedicated to organizing the physical and digital artifacts of human life. On the centenary of human extinction, an unexpected radio call upends everything the robots thought they knew about the last days of humanity.

“Tiger Beat” by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin

Directed by Jessica Holt

Dramaturgy by Natalia Duong

11:30am PDT Saturday, July 17 · 5:30pm PDT Friday, July 23

“Tiger Beat” follows the Girls Next Door, a pop girl group rising to fame in the early 2000’s. The group's Asian American songwriter Tess finally gets a chance to sing lead, but the opportunity comes at what cost? This play with music is a coming of age story about pop stardom, 2003 fashion choices, and the pursuit of artistry on one’s own terms.

“Supposed Home” by Sam Hamashima

Directed by May Liang

Dramaturgy by Miranda Cornell

5:30pm PDT Sunday, July 18 · 11:30am PDT Saturday, July 24

Shiyo left the Japanese American Concentration Camps a long time ago...or so she thought. Past and present become one landscape for this anime adventure as enemies are revealed, companions are found, trauma is unpacked, and what was only thought becomes (un)spoken word.

“The Problem with Magic, Is” by Johnny G. Lloyd

Directed by Leigh Rondon-Davis

Dramaturgy by Adrena Williams

5:30pm Friday, July 16 · 5:30pm PDT Sunday, July 25

After the death of their mother, Jodie goes back home to help her brother, Clarence, run the family magic shop. As the pressure to keep the business alive grows, they find themselves dealing not only with loss and new responsibility but also the forces of gentrification – and – a snake deity conjured from a spell gone wrong.

All Access Festival Passes ($25-175) and individual tickets ($5-20) are now available at www.playwrightsfoundation.org or by calling 415-626-2176.

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Photo caption: The new play “Supposed Home” by Sam Hamashima (pictured) will be presented in the 2021 Bay Area Playwrights Festival July 17-25, 2021. (Photo Credit: JP Photography)


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