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The Boxcar Playhouse
505 Natoma Street San Francisco, CA 94103
415-776-1747
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129 events
92 reviews
84 stars
attended Feb 20 2010

If theatre festivals are like boxes of chocolate, this one has something for everyone.

I enjoyed five of the six plays and look forward to seeing Program Two later this week.

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328 reviews
71 stars
attended Mar 13 2010

Three Little Words was the best of the bunch, a shorten version of Romeo and Juliet. Though it started to feel like the Oscars, a nice pace then speeds up to finish in the alotted time. Fun.

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13 reviews
20 stars
attended Mar 04 2010

I see that someone else has already discussed the program in more detail than I would have; so let me simply say that my guest & I only regret that we didn't know about this program until this year.

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Description

**Program 1

Generic Play**** by Edward Luhn

**Directed by Jill MacLean (Managing Producer, Playwrights Foundation),

**Query by Ben Fisher  

**Directed by Meg O’Connor (Administrative Director, Playwrights Center/Literary Manager, Cutting Ball

Theater)

Catcher in the Rye (Cancelled)** by Jon Brooks

**Directed by Jessica Holt (Threshold)

Reading with Friend**s by Crish Barth

**Directed by Paul Cello (Climate Theatre and Instrumental Theatre)

Altered Landscape** by William Bivins

**Directed by Claire Zawa (Three Wise Monkeys)

The Philadelphian** by Sam Leichter

**Directed by Rob Ready (Piano Fight)

**Program 2

Three Little Words**** by Tim Bauer

**Directed by Alex Curtis (Playpen Theatre)

The Great Double Check** by Megan Cohen

**Directed by Claire Zawa (Three Wise Monkeys)

__Housebroken __**by Stuart Bousel

**Directed by Claire Rice (No Nude Men)

Nothing Works** by Daniel Heath

**Directed by Amy Clare Tasker (General Manager, Cutting Ball Theater)

The Life and Death of Joshua Zweig** by Lauren Yee

**Directed by Tore Ingersoll-Thorp (Sleepwalkers Theatre)

Three Wise Monkeys (3WM) Theatre Company’s new Artistic Director Jessica Holt makes her festival programming debut with a selection of smart, innovative and whimsical plays by local Bay Area playwrights Crish Barth, Tim Bauer, William Bivins, Stuart Bousel, Jon Brooks, Megan Cohen, Ben Fisher, Daniel Heath, Sam Leichter, Edward Luhn and Lauren Yee.

3WM is delighted by its partnership with co-producing companies Sleepwalkers Theatre, No Nude Men, Piano Fight, Threshold, Playpen and Climate Theatre. Three Wise Monkeys is also thrilled to work with several freelance directors who have a history of dedication to new work. This year’s festival features eleven new plays ranging in length from 5 to 30 minutes, split over two programs. Program 1 opens February 18th and Program 2 opens February 25th, and both programs run in repertory for the final two weeks of the festival.

While varied in genre, style and tone, each play featured in BOA encourages the audience to engage their theatrical imagination. Jill MacLean, the new Managing Producer of Playwrights Foundation, opens Program 1 with Generic Play by Edward Luhn, a 5-minute amuse-bouche of perennial domestic conflict. Meg O’Connor, Administrative Director for the Playwrights Center, directs Query Ben Fisher’s dark comedy about bureaucracy, art and language. Jessica Holt, Artistic Director for 3WM and Threshold directs Jon Brooks’ hilarious parody of the perils of copyright infringement, Catcher in the Rye Cancelled! Paul Cello reteams with playwright Crish Barth and Climate Theatre to direct Barth’s Reading with Friends, a wry rumination on the nature of friendship, art and trust. Claire Zawa directs William Bivin’s Altered Landscape an intimate portrait of a couple trapped in a vast scenic panorama. Piano Fight rolls into the mix with Artistic Director Rob Ready’s direction of the chilling character study The Philadelphian by Sam Leichter.

Program 2 opens with Tim Bauer’s clever trunk show Three Little Words; Or, Romeo & Juliet, The Entire Play, With Four Actors, In Three-Word Sentences, Which Can’t Be Done directed by Alex Curtis for Playpen. Claire Zawa directs Megan Cohen’s delightful absurdist piece The Great Double Check. No Nude Men’s Claire Rice helms Stuart Bousel’s funny fable Housebroken. Amy Clare Tasker, General Manager of the Cutting Ball Theater, directs Daniel Heath’s short comedy about failure, Nothing Works. Tore Ingersoll-Thorp, the Artistic Director of Sleepwalkers Theatre, closes the festival with Lauren Yee’s personal and political drama The Life and Death of Joshua Zweig.

This year’s festival focuses on the theme of “building community,” between and across small theatre companies and theatre artists devoted to cultivating new theatrical work. Artistic Director Jessica Holt enthuses that she is “excited by the prospect of bringing together emerging theatre companies and directors to create a vibrant festival community that further contributes to the health of San Francisco theatre.” In the spirit of community building, 3WM presents a symposium on new play development and the short play form with festival playwrights, directors, and producers featured on the panel on Saturday March 6 at 4 pm at Boxcar Theatre. Additionally, BOA features two full festival experience days: Sunday March 7th at 3 pm (Program 1) and 7 pm (Program 2), and Saturday March 13th at 4 pm (Program 2) and 8 pm (Program 1).

BOA will take up residence at Boxcar Theatre for the first time in its nine-year history. It is proud to be one of only two theatres in-residence at Boxcar during the 2009-2010 season alongside Crowded Fire.

Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company (3WM) is dedicated to supporting, promoting and producing new theatrical work by SF-Bay Area playwrights. 3WM produces the Bay One Acts (BOA) annually and supports playwrights throughout the year with other developmental readings.

About the Ticket Supplier: Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company

Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company is dedicated to supporting, promoting and producing the best work by San Francisco Bay Area writers of all demographics, with an emphasis on youth, language, and theatricality. They are interested in plays written for the stage that concern themselves with issues involving the current generation and demonstrate a unique use of language and poetry. Although they aim to promote new work, this does not always have to mean new writing and they are keen to see new and unique adaptations and translations of older works.