ShortLived: PianoFight Productions' Bay Area Hit Short Play Competition in L.A.
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The last date listed for ShortLived L.A. was Saturday June 19, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Kinno
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Three of us came to see the 8 one act plays currently competing in "ShortLived". We had a fantastic evening. It was very well paced: 2 plays - a short acoustic musical interlude - 2 plays - intermission - 2 plays - short musical interlude - 2 plays. The evening was a perfect balance in 2 1/2 hours. We agreed that 6 of the plays were very strong, one not so strong and one weak. The musical interludes were short and great. The acting was fantastic. The space is intimate and the minimal sets put more focus on the writing and acting - beautiful!
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The show consisted of a series of 8 skits, and each skit was evaluated by the audience. All 8 skits were very good, as witnessed by the full house audience in attendance. The directors, producers, and performers were extremely well talented, and...continued
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I was a little disappointed. The concept is good, but most of the plays were just ok. Often the acting far outshown what the playwright had to say, so my review is not a reflection on the actors. I thought "of Rats and Men" had the most...continued
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The San Francisco version of ShortLived is a winner of Goldstar’s Roar of the Crowd award.
The largest audience-judged playwriting competition in the nation, PianoFight’s ShortLived 3.0, running simultaneously in San Francisco, debuts in Los Angeles with experienced playwrights, unknown up-and-comers and local indie theater companies all competing for the grand prize of being asked to pen a full length play which PianoFight will produce for one month – and it’s up to the audience to decide the winner. The event features 56 playwrights, 52 performances, 30 plus actors, 13 directors and two cities all wrapped into one show.
ShortLived 3.0_, now in it’s third year in SF, will be making its southern California debut in Los Angeles and will feature up and coming playwrights Cort Brinkerhoff, Sheldon Bull, James C. Ferguson, Arthur M. Jolly, Jason Matthews, Felix Racelis and Matt Ryan. Local theater companies will also be in competition against playwrights for a shot at the Grand Prize.
PianoFight’s LA directing team for ShortLived 3.0 includes June Carryl, Nina Harada, Jeremy Mascia, Liz Osborn, Matt Ryan and Teresa Reilly. The directors listed above will pull double duty as ShortLived 3.0 ensemble cast members, which also includes Lauree Enos, Justin Fair, George Gallagher, Julie Gearheard, David Huynh, Christopher Karbo, Shannon McIntyre, Nina Millin, Kevin Marshall Pinkney, Diana Rein and Max Scher.
In addition to the plays, each night will feature a local musical act that will play a total of three sets in between pieces. Artists will include the Americana folk-rock band The Marietta James, singer-songwriter Laura Hughes, acoustic surf rocker Lani Trock and folk-rock duo Ben & Ash.
PianoFIght’s Artistic and Executive Directors, Rob Ready and Dan Williams respectively, will produce the SF competition, while PF Producing Company Members Nina Harada and Jeremy Mascia will head up the production in LA. Combined Artform’s Matthew Quinn rounds out the producing team.
About the Ticket Supplier: PianoFight Productions
PIANOFIGHT was formed by Rob Ready, Dan Williams and Kevin Fink in 2007. After completing a $1.2 million fundraising campaign, 10% of which was crowd-funded through the largest Theater Kickstarter for a New Live Performance Venue ever, PianoFight has completed its home at 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. The venue contains three rehearsal spaces, two black box theaters (42-seater and a 92-seater), and a full restaurant and bar with a cabaret stage. Since its inception, PianoFight has successfully managed venues (Off-Market Theater Complex); created the largest audience-judged playwriting competition in the country (ShortLived); instigated a fully-scripted, choose-your-own-adventure play series (FORKING!); recklessly invited audiences to Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors Nights; formed two critically acclaimed sketch comedy groups (Mission CTRL and Chardonnay); toured the coast of California (Endless Weekend Tour I & II); created a surf rock band (Das Haus Band) and a soul band (PianoFight Music Department); launched a film department that retains corporate and artistic clients; and built a three-man producing team into a 48-member company of artists while staying true to its mission of producing New Work by New Artists ™. We’ve also consumed vast oceans of beer and have had one hell of a time in the process. PianoFight is committed to making 144 Taylor St. San Francisco’s next landmark entertainment venue. PianoFight was voted the Best Theater Company in San Francisco in SF Weekly‘s 2009 Readers’ Poll, and the Best Up-And-Coming Theater Company in the City by SF Weekly in 2011. In 2012, PianoFight won the SF Bay Guardian’s Goldie Award for Theater.