Announcing the 2017 SF Olympians Line-Up!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26th, 2016 by bi

Thanks to everyone who came out to support this year at Olympians! We’re excited to announce the line up for Olympians VIII!

SF OLYMPIANS VIII: MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE (10/4-10/21)

Week One: EGYPT (10/4-10/7)

Wednesday, October 4: Divine Prince
Full Length: Horus- Jason Mendez

Thursday, October 5: Courtiers
One-Act: Thoth- Michelle Elaine Ianiro *
One-Act: Bastet- Alan Coyne

Friday, October 6: River Protectors/Desert Dwellers
Short: Heket- Vanessa Flores *
Short: Hatmehit- Patsy Fergusson
Short: Sobek- Nicole Jost *
Short: Tawawert- Erin Marie Panttaja *
Short: Wadjet- Dan Kurtz *
Short: Hedetet- Bridgette Dutta Portman
Short: Babi- Lori Chapman *
Short: Wepwawet- Patricia L. Morin *

Saturday, October 7: Dual Divinity
One-Act: Hathor- Laylah Muran de Assereto
One-Act: Sekhmet- Daphne Dorman *

Week Two: MESOPOTANIA (10/11-10/14)

Wednesday, October 11: Earth
One-Act: Ereshkigal- Cynthia Hussey *
One-Act: Mummu- Kirk Shimano

Thursday, October 12: Water
One-Act: Abzu- Megan Cohen
One-Act: Tiamat- Kendra Arimoto-Maselli

Friday, October 13: Fire
Full-Length: Ishtar- Barry Eitel *

Saturday, October 14: Air
One-Act: Shamash- Jake Rosenberg *
One-Act: Enlil- Nic Sommerfeld *
One-Act: Hadad- Jeanie Ngo
One-Act: Nanna-Sin- Barbara Jwanouskos

Week Three: LATIUM (10/18-10/21)

Wednesday, October 18: The Secret Keeper
Full Length: Janus- Sam Bertken

Thursday, October 19: Attendants of Grove And Field
Short: Flora- Meg Trowbridge
Short: Feronia- Meg Trowbridge
Short: Portunes- Tonya Narvaez
Short: Pales- Christian Simonsen
Short: Volturnus- Tonya Narvaez
Short: Pomona- Stacey Matthews-Winn *
Short: Vortumnus- Stacey Matthews-Winn *
Short: Fontus- Christian Simonsen

Friday, October 20: Queens of Temple And Hall
One-Act: Fortuna I- Neil Higgins
One-Act: Carmenta- Marissa Skudlarek
One-Act: Fortuna II- Bridgette Dutta Portman
One-Act: Salus- Elizabeth Flannagan

Saturday, October 21: The Proto-Savior
Full Length: Adonis- Stuart Bousel

* First time writing for the festival!

The 2016 SF OIympians Festival Is Here!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4th, 2016 by bi

 This year’s lineup, all shows beginning at 8 PM:

Week One: The Grave (10/5-10/8)

October 5, 2016: The Door
DEMETER by Stuart Bousel, directed by Dale Albright
A Victorian romance of loss and recovery, several journeys intersect in a house full of secrets, perched on the edge of the sea, waiting for the revelations of a long anticipated spring.

October 6, 2016: The Hall
DIONYSUS by Charles Lewis III, directed by Charles Lewis III
What’s worse for an artist: thinking your muse will no longer inspire you, or knowing the spirit of death is breathing down your neck?

HERMES CTHONIS by Oren Stevens, directed by Emma Nicholls
A yearly ritual. Two girls descend a rocky path. But what is in the box that they carry? What is it that they follow into the dark? And why, each year, does only one return?

October 7, 2016: The Chamber
HECATE by Neil Higgins, directed by Adam Odsess-Rubin
When two girls discover an ancient goddess, they are willing to do anything to get her attention.  Even commit murder.

HADES by Jason Mendez, directed by Adam Odsess-Rubin
There’s no point in being the smartest person in the room, if you’re the only person in the room. Can Hades find a connection? Or at least a good wi-fi hack?

October 8, 2016: The Window
PERSEPHONE by Kathryn Kruse, directed by Steven Westdahl
What’s harder to fight than life or death? A good metaphor and this woman is snared in a doozy.

Week Two: Kingdom Of Shadows (10/12-10/15)

October 12, 2016: The Guardians
ACHERON by Patsy Fergusson, directed Katja Rivera
The river of pain is overflowing, and the world will soon come to an end. Is it time for panic? Or pizza?

STYX by Christine Keating, directed by Ellery Schaar
Why did May cross the evil river? To get to The Other Side, of course.

LETHE by Alan Olejniczak, directed by Ellery Schaar
Lethe: Drink from the stream of consciousness, the river of oblivion. 

October 13, 2016: The Executioners
THE FURIES by Rebecca Longworth, directed by Michelle Talgarow
The underworld is full of the shrieking cries and tormented victims of the Furies — vicious goddesses who relentlessly pursue wrongdoers in the name of divine retribution. When two anti-death penalty activists enter the afterlife, they wonder if it isn’t time for a change to the everlasting criminal justice system.

October 14, 2016: The Servants
ASCALAPHUS by Elizabeth Flanagan, directed by Laylah Muran de Assereto
The truths will set you free.

CHARON by Bridgette Dutta Portman, directed by Laylah Muran de Assereto
A young woman convinced she is dead meets a morgue worker with no patience for the living.  Can they help each other confront the ghosts of their pasts?

MACARIA by Marissa Skudlarek, directed by Laylah Muran de Assereto
After thousands of years, the princess of the Underworld has had enough of her so-called life in Hades. Time to learn what it’s like up where they walk, up where they run, up where they stay all day in the sun.

October 15, 2016: The Princes
THANATOS by Barbara Jwanouskos & Julianne Jigour, directed by Christine Keating
Something is preventing Thanatos from carrying out his duty to send mortals to their death with a gentle, peaceful touch. But he has gained the power of vivid dreams and visions that seem to point him in the direction of the answers he seeks. With the help of his brother, Hypnos, god of slumber, Thanatos throws himself into these alternative worlds and past lives, in the hopes of restoring balance to death and those whose time has come. 

MORPHEUS by Kirk Shimano, directed by Christine Keating
Phantasos has long been the second banana of shape-shifting dream-inhabiting demigods. Can his own dream of being something more than an ornamental rock ever come true?

HYPNOS by Alan Coyne, directed by Christine Keating
Last known to have been performed by the King’s Men in 1613, The History of Cardenio is the most famous of William Shakespeare’s lost plays. Hypnos is an excerpt from that play, seen for the first time in over 400 years.

Week Three: The Cradle (10/19-10/22)

October 19, 2016: The Midwife
ANUBIS by David Templeton, directed by Adam Palafox
When Anubis, the Egyptian Lord of the Dead, drunkenly crashes the annual camping trip of four middle-aged guys, will the result be our creaky band of brothers’ best male bonding weekend ever? Or its last?

October 20, 2016: The Mother
ISIS by Jovelyn Richards, directed by Jovelyn Richards
You’ve likely heard of the idiom, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. Well, here’s another for you consider: “Only the spirits of the heavens can offer answers to a woman after her husband is brutally murdered in the hellish fires of southern racism!”

NEPTHYS by Veronica Tjioe, directed by Nicole Menez
This play is for those who live with a perennial cloud above their head. It is also good for sisters, klutzes, and people who still do laundry at their friend’s house.

October 21, 2016: The Father
OSIRIS or CYRUS by Tonya Narvaez, directed by Charles Lewis III
A therapy session reveals suspicious details which make us question each character, their twisted relationships with one another, and the circumstances surrounding Cyrus’s death.

SET by Nirmala Nataraj, directed by Adam Odsess-Rubin
Tallulah Beltran is a scientist who has made a career out of studying murderers, rapists, and other societal “anomalies.” But never has she confronted the true nature of evil…that is, until meeting a seductive psychopath who calls himself Set.

October 22, 2016: The Baby
RA by Jeanie Ngo, directed by Melanie Lindow
Solara’s schizophrenia medication is blanketing her life with numbness, but who can she turn to when her therapist, Doc Sham, really lives up to his name? The voices inside her head might have some answers.

This year’s acting company includes:

Terry Bamberger, Kieran Beccia, Sarah Benjamin, Allison Bergman, Annika Bergman, Sheila Berotti, Bob Blough, Marcela Castro, Jayme Catalano, Tony Cirimele, Melissa Claire, Michael Conner, Hailey Cowden, Marisa Darabi, Lisa Darter, Laura Domingo, Daphne Dorman, Danielle Doyle, Ellen Dunphy, Colleen Egan, Mikl Em, Valerie Fachman, Amanda Farbstein, Nora Fernandez Doane, John Ferreira, Elaine Gavin, Danielle Gray, Rebecca Grayce, Ben Grubb, Marisa Guarino, Matt Gunnison, Anne Hallinan, Don Hardwick, Ryan Hayes, Jacqui Herrera, Colin Hussey, Michelle Elaine Ianiro, Derek Jones, Devin Kasper, Heather Kellogg, Sunee Kiernan, Rebekah Kouy-Ghadosh, Frieda de Lackner, Koledon Lambright, Scott Leonard, Brian Levi, Carl Lucania, Owala Maima, Adam Magill, Janlee Marshall, Regina Morones, Roberta J. Morris, Larry Otis, Ely Sonny Orquiza, Lana Palmer, Sunil Patel, Fred Pitts, Christopher Michael Posadas, Radhika Rao, Leer Relleum, Nicholas Rice, Cynthia Roberts, Fiona Robberson, Amitis Rossoukh, Jessica Rudholm, Elena Ruggiero, Kim Saunders, Laurel Scotland-Stewart, Emily Schneiderman, Max Seijas, Sharon Shao, Dillon Siedentopf, Marissa Skudlarek, Nic A. Sommerfeld, Erin Souza, Casey Robert Spiegel, Emily Stone, Jacinta R. Sutphin, Ron Talbot, Alejandro Torres, Kim Turner, Aaron Tworek, Kristin Van De Yar, Jessica Waldman, Taylor A. Warren, Kendra Webb, Richard Wenzel, Alison Whismore, Karl Wieser, Jasmine Williams, Stacey Winn, Kathryn L. Wood

This year’s fine artists include:

Christopher Bauman, Che Belcher, Molly Benson, Sam Bertken, Donald Bolin, Liz Conley, Ashlyn Grantham, Brett Grunig, Lacey Hill Hawkins, Hannah Laws, Emily C. Martin, Ashley Key Ramos, Cody A. Rishell, Rachel Vanderpool, Brian Yee

The art will be on display at the EXIT Theatre the entire month of October!

Opening The Submissions for 2017!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1st, 2016 by bi

SAN FRANCISCO OLYMPIANS FESTIVAL VIII: MEDITERANEAN CRUISE

Want to write for the Olympians Festival?

Well, now is your chance!

We are now accepting submissions for the 2017 San Francisco Olympians Festival, a multi-discipline, nationally and internationally recognized new works theater festival based at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco!

Proposals due by midnight on September 30th, with the line-up for next year’s festival to be announced 11/1/2016. Our first meeting will be on December 18 of 2016.

The festival will take place in October of 2017, from October 4-October 21, Wedesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 PM, at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco.

Each night of the festival will consist of the staged reading of either a full-length play or a series of shorts, inspired by the mythical gods and heroes of Ancient Greece, and those cultures which influenced it. The subjects, and the lengths of the plays we’re looking for, are specified below.

There are no submission fees. The Olympians Festival is non-exclusive and does not retain ownership of any play created for it, beyond the initial staged reading. Participating writers should be local (San Francisco and the greater Bay Area), and will be expected to help promote the festival and contribute a raffle prize of their choice to be raffled off to the audience on the night their play is read. Writers are also expected to attend 4-6 meetings over the course of the year, and our auditions, which happen in August.

Writers are encouraged to submit as many proposals as they want for as many topics as they like. Applications for a topic can be submitted by individuals or writers can work in pairs, or teams of three or more. Writers may be picked for more than one project, and should note that they’d like to be considered for more than one (or not). Each proposal should be 500 words or less and answer three questions:

1) Why you?
2) Why this figure?
3) What is your idea?

All proposals should be submitted electronically to Stuart at sfolympians@gmail.com.

We are an equal opportunity festival and all Bay Area writers are encouraged to apply.

2017′s subjects are as follows. Only one is currently claimed and submissions are encouraged for all of the rest:

SF OLYMPIANS VIII: MEDITERANEAN CRUISE (10/4-10/21)

Week One: EGYPT (10/4-10/7)

Wednesday, October 4: Divine Prince
Full Length: Horus, falcon-headed son of Isis and Osiris, god of the sun, healing, protection, and justice.

Thursday, October 5: Courtiers
One-Act: Thoth, ibis-headed god of the moon, writing, scribes, mathematics, magic, dreams
One-Act: Bastet, cat headed goddess of music, laughter, poetry, dance, pleasure, sex

Friday, October 6: River Protectors/Desert Dwellers
Short: Heket, goddess of frogs
Short: Hatmehit, goddess of fish
Short: Sobek, god of crocodiles
Short: Tawawert, goddess of hippopotami
Short: Wadjet, goddess of cobras, protector of Lower Egypt
Short: Hedetet, goddess of scorpions
Short: Babi, god of baboons
Short: Wepwawet, god of jackals and hyenas

Saturday, October 7: Dual Divinity
One-Act: Hathor, cow-headed goddess of love and beauty, foreign lands, trade, money, peace
One-Act: Sekhmet, lion-headed goddess of war, death, destruction, chaos; alternate face of Hathor.

Week Two: MESOPOTANIA (10/11-10/14)

Wednesday, October 11: Earth
One-Act: Ereshkigal, goddess of the underworld and death
One-Act: Mummu, god of craftsmanship and farming

Thursday, October 12: Water
One-Act: Abzu, god of fresh water rivers and lakes
One-Act: Tiamat, goddess of the ocean and sea

Friday, October 13: Fire
Full-Length: Ishtar, goddess of light, love, sexuality, beauty, desire, transformation, growth, evolution, fertility

Saturday, October 14: Air
One-Act: Shamash, god of the sun and justice
One-Act: Enlil, god of the wind, breath, life, flight
One-Act: Hadad, god of storms and rain
One-Act: Nanna-Sin, god of the moon and knowledge

Week Three: LATIUM (10/18-10/21)

Wednesday, October 18: The Secret Keeper
Full Length: Janus
God of beginnings, endings, keys, doors, gates, and roads

Thursday, October 19: Attendants of Grove And Field
Short: Flora, goddess of flowers and honey
Short: Feronia, goddess of wildlife and abundance
Short: Portunes, god of livestock
Short: Pales, god of shephards
Short: Volturnus, god of rivers
Short: Pomona, goddess of fruit
Short: Vortumnus, god of seasonal change
Short: Fontus, god of wells and springs

Friday, October 20: Queens of Temple And Hall
One-Act: Carmenta, goddess of birth
One-Act: Fortuna, goddess of luck, fortune, and destiny
One-Act: Bellona, goddess of war and peace
One-Act: Salus, goddess of safety and well-being

Saturday, October 21: The Proto-Savior CLAIMED
Full Length: Adonis is arguably the first pan-cultural god, starting as a Greek god before spreading south, then west, then north again. A figure of life, death, mourning, and resurrection, he is the beloved of Heaven, the prisoner of Hell, and the emobodiment of redemption through resurrection. No wonder he became so popular. Remind you of anyone?

 

Length Guidelines:
Short: 10-15 minutes long
One-Act (night of 2): 45-70 minutes long
One-Act (night of 3): 30-45 minutes long
One-Act (night of 4): 20-30 minutes long
Full-Length: 55+ minutes

Find out more about the festival at www.sfolympians.com or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Many Thanks To Our 2016 Donors!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 11th, 2016 by bi

The San Francisco Olympians Festival VII: Harvest of Mysteries was made possible by the following generous benefactors:

Paul Anderson
Jane Bousel
Robin Bousel
Stuart Bousel
Louise Castaldi
Jeremy Cole
Lisa Darter
Jayme Fay
Jerome Joseph Gentes
Matt Gunnison
Esther Hatkoff
Evelyn Jean Pine
Brian Katz
Rachel Kessinger
Carol Lashof
Ron Longworth
Stacey Matthews-Winn
Cody Rissole
Jennifer Roberts
Karl Schackne
Elizabeth Spreen
Judy Tuan

And the following Benevolent Souls:

Christine Keating
The flames of her hair equalled only by the poet’s fire of her soul, she laughed where others might have sobbed sad tears.

Dan Kurtz
He who has so often spoken the words of the poet, may yet find his place at a table where he speaks himself as himself.

Lauren LePage Harrelson
In the spirit of love and justice, she served in education, hoping to empower others so that they would not be exploited.

Mary Ann Bell & Joseph Skudlarek
Our benefactors and fans, they have given us much, from box office revenue to our first box office manager, and they did it all with bow-ties and smiles.

Ian Ward Comfort
Born to arch his eyebrows pointedly at backyard barbecues, and lure the unsuspecting into lower case “trouble.” 

Wolfgang Weber
Never met a wave he wouldn’t swim, a wind he wouldn’t sail, a wall he wouldn’t climb, or a cookie he wouldn’t eat. 

The EXIT Theatre
Hallowed Halls of Theatre that have sheltered so many of us, may they never fall, but forever house our sacred artform with a multitude of champagne cocktails.

Plus 40 additional unnamed donors!

Many thanks to everyone! We couldn’t do it without you!

Support Our Fundraiser!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18th, 2016 by bi

The San Francisco Olympians Festival is in its seventh year, and continues to be one of the best opportunities for writers, directors, and actors to come together and create new, passionate art together! This year we are excited to debut 22 new plays by 23 local writers, 10 of whom will be contributing written work to the festival for the first time! Each play explores a different underworld legend or god from Greek or Egyptian mythology- but we can’t do it without you!

SUPPORT US BY CLICKING HERE!

The San Francisco Olympians Festival has been gaining momentum since its first year, with twelve plays that were commissioned by the festival having gone on to full productions: 2010’s Hermes (No Nude Men Productions, Dramaworks, Bread and Water Theatre), Juno En Victoria (Wily West Productions), and Salty Towers (Thunderbird Theater Company); 2011’s Cassiopeia (Eat Street Players), Chronus (Bread and Water Theatre), You’re Going To Bleed (DIVAFest), and Pleiades (No Nude Men Productions); 2013’s Take Me Home: a One-woman Odyssey (Salon San Carlos, Lucy Tafler Presents, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival); 2014’s Satyr Night Fever (San Francisco Theater Pub), Centaur or The Horse’s Ass (Repurposed Theatre) and The Dryad of Suburbia (PianoFight); 2015’s Cymopoleia or Wave Walker (Pear Avenue Theatre). Many have also received additional readings on local and national stages, including: 2010’s Juno En Victoria (Pacific Play Company); 2011’s Joe Ryan (Impact Theatre), Pleiades (Atlantic Stage), Io (Eat Street Players), and Selene, or Someone Like The Moon (EXIT Theatre); 2012’s Caenis and Poseidon (Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, City Lights Theater), and Twins (San Francisco State, Custom Made Theatre Company); 2013’s Under The Gods’ Golden Cleats (Dramatist Guild) and See Also All (Otherworld Theatre Company); 2014’s Beauty Secrets (Cutting Ball Theatre Company); 2015’s You’ll Not Feel The Drowning and Oceanus (Custom Made Theatre Company). 2013’s Walls Of Troy was a finalist for the Stanley Drama Award and the entire festival won “Playwriting Series Most Likely to Win a Gold Medal” from the SF Bay Guardian in 2013. Additionally, EXIT Press has released a collection of five plays from Year One of the festival, Songs of Hestia, and ten plays from Year Two, Heavenly Bodies, both available for purchase on Amazon.com and at bookstores across the country. Find out more at www.sfolympians.com.

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Since 2010 the festival has featured the work of 89 Writers, 65 Directors, 358 Actors, and 34 Fine Artists!

This year’s writers include Stuart Bousel, Alan Coyne, Bridgette Dutta Portman, Adan Falcon, Patsy Fergusson, Elizabeth Flanagan, Neil Higgins, Julianne Jigour, Barbara Jwanouskos, Christine Keating, Kathryn Kruse, Charles Lewis III, Rebecca Longworth, Jason Mendez, Tonya Narvaez, Nirmala Nataraj, Jeanie Ngo, Alan Olejniczak, Jovelyn Richards, Kirk Shimano, Marissa Skudlarek, Oren Stevens, David Templeton, Veronica Tjioe

This year’s directors include Dale Albright, Christine Keating, Charles Lewis III, Melanie Lindow, Nicole Menez, Laylah Muran de Assereto, Emma Nicholls, Adam Odsess-Rubin, Adam Palafox, Jovelyn Richards, Katja Rivera, Ellery Schaar, Michelle Talgarow, Steven Westdahl

This year’s fine artists include Christopher Bauman, Che Belcher, Molly Benson, Sam Bertken, Donald Bolin, Liz Conley, Ashlyn Grantham, Brett Grunig, Lacey Hill Hawkins, Hannah Laws, Emily C. Martin, Ashley Key Ramos, Cody A. Rishell, Rachel Vanderpool, Brian Eye

What We Need!

It’s this simple: we need $4800.

What does that go to?

Well, $400 goes to various processing fees, so in reality we’re trying to raise $4,400, $3,900 of which goes to paying our rent at the EXIT Theatre. The EXIT provides us not only a venue for the work to be seen (including the art work commissioned for this year’s festival, which stays up all through the month of October), but also some rehearsal space each night, and space for our auditions (attended by over 120 actors!) and opening party (which this year includes a short new play by Charles Lewis III). The remaining $500, should we meet out goal, goes to the printing of programs, posters, postcards, and all the other materials that a festival of our size requires- all of which we do as cost-effectively as possible, and yet still somehow ends up a sizable chunk of change. By starting the festival with these base operating costs met, however, we’re able to maximize what we give our artists by turning over the bulk of the box office of each night to the writers, actors, and directors. Help keep alive the tradition of everyone at the festival getting paid something, while also helping to support the bastion of indie art that is the EXIT Theatre!

SUPPORT US BY CLICKING HERE! 

And of course- please come to the festival! You can make reservations at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2562434 or buy tickets at the door the night of the festival!

Announcing The 2016 Olympians!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25th, 2015 by admin

Thank you to everyone who came out for this year’s festival! We loved having such full houses and getting all the tremendous feedback our audiences provide!

We’re excited to announce next year’s Olympians, and look forward to bringing you more exciting new theater with the coming year!

SF Olympians Festival VII: Harvest of Mysteries

October 5, 2016
DEMETER- Stuart Bousel

October 6, 2016
DIONYSUS- Adan Falcon
HERMES CTHONIS- Oren Stevens

October 7, 2016
HECATE- Neil Higgins
HADES- Jason Mendez

October 8, 2016
PERSEPHONE- Kathryn Kruse

October 12, 2016
ACHERON- Patsy Fergusson
STYX- Christine Keating
LETHE- Alan Olejniczak

October 13, 2016
THE FURIES- Rebecca Longworth

October 14, 2016
ASCALAPHUS- Elizabeth Flanagan
CHARON- Bridgette Dutta Portman
MACARIA- Marissa Skudlarek

October 15, 2016
THANATOS- Barbara Jwanouskos, Julianne Jigour
MORPHEUS- Kirk Shimano
HYPNOS- Alan Coyne

October 19, 2016
ANUBIS- David Templeton

October 20, 2016
ISIS- Jovelyn Richards
NEPTHYS- Veronica Tjioe

October 21, 2016
OSIRIS- Tonya Narvaez
SET- Nirmala Nataraj

October 22, 2016
RA- Jeanie Ngo

The SF Olympians Festival VI: Wine Dark Sea is HERE!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21st, 2015 by admin

Come sail the Wine Dark Sea With Us!

Since 2010 the festival has featured the work of 78 Writers, 57 Directors, 290 Actors, and 34 Fine Artists!

This year we are excited to debut 30 new plays by 31 local writers– 10 of whom will be contributing written work to the festival for the first time! The plays range from shorts to one-acts to full-lengths, and each one explores a different aquatic legend or god from Greek mythology. Each night will also feature a monologue written by festival founder, Stuart Bousel, and performed by actress Allison Page, under the direction of Ariel Craft.

The 2015 festival will play 12 nights, November 4-21, Wednesday through Saturday, at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco (156 Eddy Street). Tickets are $10.00 at the door, and can be purchased starting at 7:30 the night of the show, or in advance for $12 at Brown Paper Tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2194756

All shows begin at 8 PM. Audience members who attend more than four nights get the fifth free!

Week One: THE DIVINE AQUATIC (11/4-11/7)

Wednesday, November 4: The Trumpeter

TRITON, or THINNER THAN by John Lennon Harrison, directed by Cecelia Harrison
Who needs family when you have a multiplicity of yourself to blow conches and control the water working against the mayhem of politically troubled waters, a wandering one-eyed pirate, trippy divinity, voices of a miserable past and the beckoning of a more pleasant future without any of them?

Thursday, November 5: A Bevy of Beauties
Directed by Stuart Bousel

THETIS by Neil Higgins
A desperate, young farmer is about to find out what happens when you accidentally pray at the wrong temple.

INO LEUCOTHEA by Christian Simonsen
In a post-apocalyptic world, is Mankind really more noble that the carrion-eating
seagulls?

PSAMATHE by Kathryn Kruse
Even gods have to deal with annual employee performance reviews.

DORIS by Sabina Piersol
Doris has played the good wife for centuries. No longer inspired by dwelling in her revered husband’s safe embrace, and tired of being worshipped mainly for her award-winning crab cakes, Doris goes rogue and flies The Fish Trap.

BRIZO by Carson Beker
The one about the sailor who fell in love with an octopus, the one about the drunken sailor and the rusty razor, the one about the 14 year old sailor who enlisted to see the world, the one about the goddess who was supposed to protect them.

GALENE, or STORY OF YOUR OTHER LIFE by Sunil Patel
One woman. Two paths. One choice.

CYMOPOLEIA by Bridgette Dutta Portman
One year after losing her young daughter in a drowning accident, a mother returns to the beach where it happened to seek an apology from the goddess of violent waves. But how does one elicit empathy from a force of nature indifferent to human suffering?

EURYBIA, or EURYBIA AND THE PIRATE QUEEN by Madeline Puccioni
Teuta was a Pirate Queen, Who ruled the wine dark sea; Bold and beautiful was she, But mad as mad could be.

Friday, November 6: Old Men of the Sea

NEREUS and PROTEUS, or NO CLOSER THAN THE BONE– Colin Johnson, directed by Vince Faso
A group of friends and lovers surround a disenfranchised millenial who has grown so removed from the world around him, that he has developed an imaginary friend. What is initially a harmless coping mechanism soon takes a darker turn as questions about relationships, grudges and reality itself slowly forms the imaginary friend into a malevolent physical presence.

Saturday, November 7: The Ruling Couple

POSEIDON, or THE ADVENTURES OF NEPTUNE: IN COLOR! by Charles Lewis III, directed by Charles Lewis III
A groundbreaking television series is about to celebrate its anniversary. Which means it’s the worst time to reveal secrets about the series’ beloved creator.

AMPHITRITE, or SEA WITCH by Genne Murphy, directed by Jeffrey Lo
Lia, a young card shark in a seaside casino town, meets Sea Witch – a local fisherwoman. Sea Witch grants Lia a wish she soon regrets.

Week Two: ARGONAUTICA (11/11-11/14)

Wednesday, November 11: The Crew
Directed by Steven Westdahl

Act One: Singles

ATALANTA by Steven Westdahl
The huntress Atalanta interrupts a Segway tour of Atlanta and chaos ensues.

ORPHEUS by Megan Cohen
Ten minutes of life through the eyes and earbuds of a modern commuter who’s just discovered the most beautiful song in the world. This play is about listening: about what we block out, and about what we let in.

TELAMON, or FORTRESS FOUND by Laylah Muran de Assereto
After a life of adventure and victory, Telamon finds himself forgotten and captive to pirates, but it might be the fortress within that decides his fate.

ADMETUS, or TO THE LIGHT ALIVE by Jennifer Lynne Roberts
Admetus, a man so loved that his wife took his place in death and a demi-god rescued her on his behalf, now must face underlying resentments and insecurities that threaten the couple’s joyous reunion.

Act Two: Pairs

CASTOR/POLLUX, or SAME DIFFERENCE by Alandra Hileman
When you already share everything else with your identical twin, would you be willing to give up the one thing that makes you unique?

CALAIS/ZETES, or DOWNED by Seanan Palmero
Two brothers on the trail of one harpy of an escaped con find themselves — and their aircraft– downed in the middle of the Canadian wilderness. Fated to die if they cannot catch what they pursue, one wishes to continue on and the other wishes to turn back.

PELEUS/LAERTES by Ashley Cowan
n honor of the Father of Christmas, two Marina bros, anxious to return to the festivities of SantaCon in San Francisco, attend a new dads only parenting class.

HERACLES/HYLAS by Alan Olejniczak
Herakles learns his belovèd Hylas is held hostage. What will the hero do to save his life?

Thursday, November 12: The Captain

JASON, or JASONS by Allison Page, directed by Adam Sussman
Voorhees. Bateman. Statham. Alexander. 20 famous Jasons relive the story of Jason & The Argonauts. From Priestley to Bourne, they’ll tell it — come hell or multiple monsters. If only they could keep Voorhees from chopping everybody up with a machete, and Mraz from singing a folksy love song about it.

Friday, November 13: The Girl

MEDEA, or KILL YOUR DARLINGS by Sam Hurwitt, directed by Evren Odcikin
If all you know is the whole kid-killing thing, you don’t know Medea. Twenty years and a few more dead bodies later, she’s looking for a place to settle for the rest of her days. Who wants to be the one to turn her away?

Saturday, November 14: The Ship

THE ARGO, or HERO’s JOURNEY by Jeremy Cole, directed by Jeremy Cole
Imagine your history repeating itself like an M.C. Escher drawing, circling around itself with no end in sight. Now imagine you could break the pattern… Would you?

Week Three: FATHOMLESS BLUE (11/18-11/21)

Wednesday, November 18: Masters of the Surf

DELPHIN I, or CHRISTIAN TEEN DOLPHIN-SEX BEACH PARTY by Anthony R. Miller, directed by Colin Johnson
A bizarre comedy-fable that takes shots at religion, Americas love of sensationalism, and internet fame.

DELPHIN II, or DELPHIN AND THE CHILDREN OF AMPHITRITE by Kathy Gilbert, directed by Terry Boero
Delphin, a spy, convinces Amphitrite, his half-sister and a fugitive dancer from Naxos, to wed his boss and God of the Seas, Poseidon; discover what their lives are like forty years later as the family gathers at Amphitrite’s jail cell.

Thursday, November 19: Island Rulers
Directed by Claire Rice

AEOLUS by Kirk Shimano
A starship captain encounters an alien race with three argumentative souls in one body. But why is the human the one fighting himself?

CIRCE, or BREAK ROOM by Rachel Bublitz
It’s not blackmail. It’s true love.

Friday, November 20: Ocean Titanic
OCEANUS by Daniel Hirsch and Siyu Song, directed by Sara Staley
The vengeful gods must be punishing us. The internet is down.

TETHYS, or YOU’LL NOT FEEL THE DROWNING by Marissa Skudlarek, directed by Marissa Skudlarek
The citizens of a small town on the Oregon coast are no strangers to shipwrecks, floods, and deaths at sea. But are they prepared for the day the waters will rise and drown everything they’ve ever loved?

Saturday, November 21: The Bottomless Deep
PONTOS by Meghan Kathleen O’Connor, directed by Ellery Schaar
Andrea has a big decision on her hands: fight against the rising sea levels, or dive head first into them.

This year’s acting company includes: Layne Austin, Alicia Bales, Molly Benson, Sam Bertken, Eli Bishop, Alexaendrai Bond, Diana Brown, Richard Robert Bunker, Darek Burkowski, Karen Caronna, Jayme Catalano, Jody Christian, Andrew Chung, Tony Cirimele, Melissa Claire, Megan Cohen, Tom Cokenias, Jeremy Cole, Stefin Collins, Alan Coyne, Sarah Shoshana David, Nora Doane, Matt Donovan, Daphne Dorman, Danielle Doyle, Alisha Ehrlich, Caitlin Evenson, Jacque Frankle, James Grady, Danielle Gray, Benjamin Grubb, Matt Gunnison, Michelle Hair, Abdulrahim Harara, Don Hardwick, Timothy Huls, Colin Hussey, Christine Jamlig, Paul Jennings, Claire Karoly, Heather Kellogg, Caitlin Kenney, Aaron Kitchins, Dan Kurtz, Scott Leonard, Brian Levi, Charles Lewis III, Melanie Lindow, Charisse Loriaux, Yasmine Love, Carl Lucania, Torin Lusebrink, Juliana Lustenader, Melanie Marshall, Brian Martin, Marilet Martinez, Bruna Matsin, Stacey Matthews-Winn, Celia Maurice, Kyle McReddie, Theresa Miller, Peter Molof, Katharine Otis, Sunil Patel, Jason Pencowski, Georgia Perry, Laura Peterson, Genevieve Purdue, Nickolas Rice, Becky Raeta, Radhika Rao, Leer Relleum, Pim Robert, Amanda Rosenberg, Elena Ruggiero, Kim Saunders, Heather Shaw, Marissa Skudlarek, Dillon Siedentopf, Jeunee Simon, Sarah Sloan, Emily Stone, David J. Suhl, Jacinta Sutphin, Ron Talbot, Kitty Torres, Jeffrey Trescott, Jocelyn Truitt, Aaron Tworek, Katie Waddle, Mike Walsh, Kendra Webb, Mark Weddle, Ginny Wehrmeister, Matthew Weinberg, Ryan Patrick Welsh, Richard Wenzel, Steven Westdahl, Alison Whismore, Asedo Wilson, Wayne Wong, Tracy Wray, Janice Wright

This year’s fine artists include: Molly Benson, Emmalee Carole, Elizabeth Conley, Brett Grunig, Lacey Hill Hawkins, Emily C. Martin, Tonya Narvaez, Ashley Ramos, Cody A. Rishell, Aliana Rood, and Brian Yee

The art will be on display at the EXIT Theatre the entire month of November!

A TYPHOON SIZED THANK YOU TO ALL OUR OLYMPIANS VI SUPPORTERS!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5th, 2015 by admin

We’re excited to publish the list of our 2015 Olympians Festival donors!

This list is only partial. Some donors choose to remain anonymous, and many people donate in ways other than cash: their time, their energy, their expertise, their network, etc. Behind every festival, every theater production, there is always a plethora of people coming together in a myriad of ways to make it happen. No donor list or program credits are ever truly comprehensive.

To all the people on this list, and all the people who aren’t on it, thank you for all you do to make this vision a reality. The festival couldn’t happen without you, and we hope you love all the great work that comes out of it, the result of all the love and support you put in.

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Audition For The 2015 San Francisco Olympians Festival!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17th, 2015 by admin

The San Francisco Olympians Festival is returning and will need dozens of actors for its 2015 festival which plays November 4 to November 21st.

No Nude Men Productions, one of San Francisco’s longest running indy theater troupes, will roll out 30 new plays written by 31 local writers, each one drawing inspiration from the ancient Greek legends about the sea.

Each of these 30 plays will receive a dramatic reading at the EXIT Theater, and for that we’ll need actors, so if you’re the kind of person who can rock a dramatic reading, we’d love to have you join us in a continuing tradition of creating exciting new work that showcases the diverse talents of some of San Francisco’s best playwrights!

Rehearsals will all be in October and November, and will involve 3-5 MAX for each show.

Auditions are September 27, 2 PM to 9 PM, and September 28, 7-9:30 PM, at the EXIT (156 Eddy Street, San Francisco). Please e-mail sfolympians@gmail.com to schedule an audition slot.

Auditions will consist of reading aloud passages of text we choose ahead of time. Please bring a headshot and resume. Leave yourself at least half an hour to get through the audition process.

There is a small stipend, determined by attendance each night of the festival (i.e. you get a percentage of the box office).

If scheduling permits (and you’re interested), all actors will be considered for multiple plays.

For more information about the festival and the individual plays and authors, check out www.sfolympians.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Please pass this on to any actors you may know!

Sorry, but we can not use AEA performers for this event.

This year’s writers are: Carson Beker, Rachel Bublitz, Megan Cohen, Jeremy Cole, Ashley Cowan, Bridgette Dutta Portman, Kathy Gilbert, John Lennon Harrison, Neil Higgins, Alandra Hileman, Daniel Hirsch, Sam Hurwitt, Colin Johnson, Kathryn Kruse, Charles Lewis III, Anthony R. Miller, Laylah Muran de Assereto, Genne Murphy, Meghan Kathleen O’Connor, Alan Olejniczak, Allison Page, Seanan Palmero, Sunil Patel, Sabina Piersol, Madeline Puccioni, Jennifer Lynne Roberts, Kirk Shimano, Christian Simonsen, Marissa Skudlarek, Siyu Song, Steven Westdahl

This year’s directors are: Terry Boero, Stuart Bousel, Jeremy Cole, Vince Faso, Cecilia Harrison, Colin Johnson, Charles Lewis III, Jeffrey Lo, Evren Odcikin, Claire Rice, Ellery Schaar, Marissa Skudlarek, Sara Staley, Adam Sussman, Steven Westdahl

Opening Submissions for Olympians 2016!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 3rd, 2015 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO OLYMPIANS FESTIVAL VII: HARVEST OF MYSTERIES

Want to write for the Olympians Festival?

Well, now is your chance!

We are now accepting submissions for the 2016 San Francisco Olympians Festival, a multi-discipline, nationally and internationally recognized new works theater festival based at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco!

Proposals due by midnight on September 30th, with the line-up for next year’s festival to be announced 11/1/2015. Our first meeting will be on December 13 of 2015.

The festival will take place in October of 2016, from October 5-October 22, Wedesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM, at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco.

Each night of the festival will consist of the staged reading of either a full-length play or a series of shorts, inspired by the mythical gods and heroes of Ancient Greece. The subjects, and the lengths of the plays we’re looking for, are specified below.

There are no submission fees. The Olympians Festival is non-exclusive and does not retain ownership of any play created for it, beyond the initial staged reading. Participating writers should be local (San Francisco and the greater Bay Area), and will be expected to help promote the festival and contribute a raffle prize of their choice to be raffled off to the audience on the night their play is read. Writers are also expected to attend 4-6 meetings over the course of the year, and our auditions, which happen in August/September.

Writers are encouraged to submit as many proposals as they want for as many topics as they like. Applications for a topic can be submitted by individuals or writers can work in pairs, or teams of three or more. Writers may be picked for more than one project, and should note that they’d like to be considered for more than one (or not). Each proposal should be 500 words or less and answer three questions:

1) Why you?

2) Why this figure?

3) What is your idea?

All proposals should be submitted electronically to Stuart at sfolympians@gmail.com.

We are an equal opportunity festival and all Bay Area writers are encouraged to apply.

2016′s subjects are as follows. Only one is currently claimed and submissions are encouraged for all of the rest:

SF OLYMPIANS VII: HARVEST OF MYSTERIES (10/5-10/22)

Week One: THE GRAVE (10/5-10/8)

Wednesday, October 5: The Door
FULL LENGTH: Demeter (CLAIMED), goddess of the harvest and agriculture, mother of Persephone, and the central figure of the Eleusinian Mysteries, she taught humankind how to farm and harvest, and was mistress of the four seasons.

Thursday, October 6: The Hall
ONE-ACT: Dionysus, god of wine, theater, madness and resurrection.

ONE-ACT: Hermes Chthonius, guide of the newly dead to the kingdom of Hades and god of mathematics and spellcasting.

Friday, October 7: The Chamber
ONE-ACT: Hades, King of the dead, god of wealth and secrets, devoted husband of Persephone who he seduced or abducted, depending on your reading, and made his queen.
ONE-ACT: Hecate, the New Moon, goddess of birth and death, ritual magic, women, crossroads, ghosts, handmaiden to Persephone.

Saturday, October 8: The Window
FULL LENGTH: Persephone, Queen of the dead, goddess of change and transformation, cycles, sorrow and joy, the other central figure of the Eleusinian Mysteries, said to be able to trap beauty in a box that if opened would cast the opener into eternal sleep.

Week Two: KINGDOM OF SHADOWS (10/12-10/15)

Wednesday, October 12: The Guardians
ONE-ACT: Acheron, the river of pain.
ONE-ACT: Lethe, the river of forgetfulness.
ONE-ACT: Styx, the river of hate.

Thursday, October 13: The Judges
ONE-ACT: Aeacus, “The Keyholder”, judge of the people of Europe, lord of Asphodel, caster of the first vote on the fate of the newly departed
ONE-ACT: Rhadamanthys, “The Soul Readerjudge of the people of Asia, lord of Elysium, caster of the second vote on the fate of the newly departed
ONE-ACT: Minos, “The Stone Caster”, judge of the people of Africa, lord of Tartarus, caster of the deciding vote on the fate of the newly departed

Friday, October 14: The Servants
ONE-ACT: Ascalaphus, the attendant of the orchards of the dead, he gave Persephone the pomegranate that sealed her ascension as Queen of the Dead
ONE-ACT: Charon, boatman of the dead who ferried new souls into Hades over the richer Acheron for the price of one obal each
ONE-ACT: Macaria, daughter of Hades and Persephone, goddess of the blessed dead, princess of the Isles of the Blessed

Saturday, October 15: The Princes
ONE-ACT: Hypnos, the white-winged god of sleep, brother of Morpheus and Thanatos
ONE-ACT: Morpheus, the gray-winged god of dreams, brother of Hypnos and Thanatos
ONE-ACT: Thanatus, the black-winged god of death, brother of Morpheus and Hypnos

Week Three: THE CRADLE (10/19-10/22)

Wednesday, October 19: The Midwife
FULL LENGTH: Anubis, the jackal-headed god of embalming and the gate-keeper of the underworld, servant to Ra and son of Nephthys, secret son of Osiris

Thursday, October 20: The Mother
ONE-ACT: Isis, the rainbow-winged goddess of magic, birth, power, dreams, healing and joy, wife of Osiris, she brings him back to life after he is murdered by his brother Set and conceives his child, the hawk-headed god, Horus
ONE-ACT: Nephthys, the sister of Isis, mother of Anubis by Osiris, though wife to Set, the goddess of devotion, sorrow, service, loyalty, she aids her sister in the resurrection of Osiris so he will protect her son, Anubis, in the Underworld.

Friday, October 21: The Father
ONE-ACT: Osiris, the mummified god of resurrection, hope and kindness, and the judge of the dead, husband of Isis, father of Anubis, brother of Set, who murders him
ONE-ACT: Set, the hyena-headed god of death and evil, darkness and lies, husband of Nephthys and brother of Osiris, who he murders

Saturday, October 22: The Baby
FULL LENGTH: Ra, the falcon-headed god of the Sun, the all-seeing eye, father of everything, creator of the Earth and the Sky, the Sea and the Underworld. He was born every morning and died every night only to be reborn again.

Length Guidelines:
One-Act (night of 2): 45-70 minutes long
One-Act (night of 3): 30-45 minutes long
Full-Length: 55+ minutes

Find out more about the festival at www.sfolympians.com or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.