Welcome to 2015!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27th, 2015 by admin

Check out Art Director Cody Rishell’s amazing image for this year’s festival, WINE DARK SEA! And be sure to keep your eye on this page for further updates about all the exciting art, artists, new plays, and more coming this year!

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Audition For the 2014 SF Olympians Festival!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 10th, 2014 by admin

The San Francisco Olympians Festival is returning and will need dozens of actors for its 2014 festival which plays November 5-22!

In the month of November in 2014, No Nude Men Productions, one of San Francisco’s longest running indy theater troupes, will roll out 28 new plays written by 30 local writers, each one focusing on (or inspired by) a different monster from Greek mythology.

Each of these 28 plays will receive a dramatic reading at the EXIT Theatre, and for that we’ll need actors, so if you’re the kind of person who can act AND read (no, it’s not a given), we’d love to have you join us in continuing the saga of unrepentant creativity that is the San Francisco Olympians Festival!

Rehearsals will all be in October and November, and will involve 3-5 MAX for each show. The show schedule is as follows, with all shows happening on the mainstage of the EXIT Theater, at 8 PM :

November 5:
ASTERIAE by Bridgette Dutta Portman, directed by Valerie Fachman

DRYADS by Marissa Skudlarek, directed by Valerie Fachman

LAMPADES by Sam Bertken, directed by Scott Baker

NAIADS by Jennifer Roberts, directed by Valerie Fachman

NEPHELE by Siyu Song, directed by Scott Baker

NEREIDS by Sam Johansen Hurwitt, directed by Scott Baker

OCEANIDS by Carol Lashof, directed by Valerie Fachman

OREADS by Playwright Leah Halper, directed by Scott Baker

November 6
CENTAURS by Megan Cohen, directed by Ellery Schaar
SATYRS by Annette Roman and Bryant Turnage, directed by Greg Young

November 7
PEGASUS by Kirk Shimano, directed by Sam Tillis

November 8
PAN by Stuart Bousel, directed by Stuart Bousel

November 12
HYDRA by Tonya Narvaez, directed by Tonya Narvaez
TYPHON by Colin Johnson, directed by Colin Johnson

November 13
ARGUS by Peter Hsieh, directed by Rory Strahan-Mauk
POLYPHEMUS by Vince Faso, directed by Rory Strahan-Mauk

November 14
CERBERUS by Allison Page, directed by Allison Page
CHIMERA by Annie Paladino, directed by Addie Ulrey

November 15
GERYON by Rachel Kessinger Bublitz, directed by Ariel Craft
MINOTAUR by Veronica Tjioe, directed by Veronica Tjioe

November 19
SIRENS by Amelia Bethel and Christine Keating, directed by Libby Vega
HARPIES by Victoria Chong Der, directed by Libby Vega
GRAEAE by Madeline Puccioni, directed by Libby Vega

November 20
SPHINX by Jeremy Geist, directed by Christine Keating

November 21
MEDUSA by Andrew Saito, directed by Rem Myers

November 22
SCYLLA by Christian Simonsen, directed by Melinda Marks
ECHIDNA by Neil Higgins, directed by Melinda Marks
CHARYBDIS by Ashley Cowan Leschber, directed by Melinda Marks

Auditions are September 28, 2 PM to 10 PM, and September 29, 7-10 PM, at the Exit. 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, usually works out to approximately $25 an actor).

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

For more information about the festival and the individual plays and authors, check out www.sfolympians.com

Please pass this on to any actors you may know!

Sorry, but we can not use AEA performers for this event (as much as we’d like to).

Announcing The Subjects For SF Olympians 6!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1st, 2014 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO OLYMPIANS FESTIVAL VI: WINE DARK SEA

Want to write for the Olympians Festival?

Well, now is your chance!

We are now accepting submissions for the 2015 San Francisco Olympians Festival, a multi-discipline, nationally 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 11/1/2014. Our first meeting will be on December 12 of 2014.

The festival will take place in November of 2015, from November 4-November 21, Wedesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM.

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 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.

2015′s subjects are as follows. Only one is currently claimed and submissions are encouraged for all of the rest:

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

Wednesday, November 4: The Trumpeter

Full-Length: TRITON
Royal Prince of the sea, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, leader of the mer-folk, the sound of his trumpet was the roar of the waves.

Thursday, November 5: A Bevy of Beauties
Short: THETIS, goddess of the tides
Short: INO LEUCOTHEA, goddess of seagulls
Short: PSAMATHE, goddess of sandy beaches
Short: DORIS, goddess of fish
Short: BRIZO, protectoress of sailors
Short: GALENE, goddess of calm waters
Short: CYMOPLEIA, goddess of the waves
Short: EURYBIA, goddess of sailing

Friday, November 6: Old Men of the Sea
A pair of mysterious, prophetic sea gods who may actually be the same figure, and to this day echo with the mystery of secret cults.
Full-Length: NEREUS and PROTEUS

Saturday, November 7: The Ruling Couple
One-Act: POSEIDON, god of the sea
One-Act: AMPHITRITE, his queen

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

Wednesday, November 11: The Crew
Act One: Singles
Short: ATALANTA, the only female crew, greatest hunter on earth
Short: ORPHEUS, famed musician whose song defeated the sirens
Short: TELAMON, the helmsman
Short: ADMETUS, whose life would cross the paths of many heroes
Act Two: Pairs
Short: CASTOR/POLLUX, twin brothers, one mortal, one divine
Short: CALAIS/ZETES, twin brothers, winged, sons of the wind
Short: PELEUS/LAERTES, young kings who would one day father the two great heroes of the Trojan War- Achilles and Odysseus
Short: HERACLES/HYLAS, the greatest hero who ever lived and the cabin-boy he loved and lost

Thursday, November 12: The Captain
Full-Length: JASON
Orphaned at birth and sent on a quest to reclaim his rightful throne, Jason has been both honored and demonized throughout the years, but his quest remains second only to the Odyssey as the greatest sea voyage of western literature.

Friday, November 13: The Girl
Full-Length: MEDEA
Princess, sorceress, murderess, Medea is one of Greek mythology’s most complex female figures, both reviled and revered and one of the few mortals to achieve god-hood, but at a terrible cost.

Saturday, November 14: The Ship
Full-Length: THE ARGO
The greatest ship of the classical era, complete with a talking masthead in the likeness of the goddess Hera.

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

Wednesday, November 18: Masters of the Surf
One-Act: AKHEILOS, god of sharks (CLAIMED)
One-Act: DELPHIN, gold of dolphins

Thursday, November 19: Island Rulers
One-Act: AEOLUS, keeper of the winds and king of a floating island
One-Act: CIRCE, the original sea-witch, daughter of Helios, mistress of magic, lover of Odysseus and mentor to Medea

Friday, November 20:
One-Act: OCEANUS, the Titan who ruled the ocean that surrounded the world and which carried the Sun and Moon from set to rise
One-Act: TETHYS, his Titan bride, mistress of the deep seas and all that lived there.

Saturday, November 21: The Bottomless Deep
Full Length: PONTOS
The first water god, son of Ouranos and Gaea, Pontos is the primordial ocean, the bottomless deep, the Abyss, the mystery and miracle of water.

Definitions:

Short- Ten to Fifteen Minutes
One-Act- Twenty-five to Fifty Minutes
Full Length- Sixty Minutes to Two Hours

Happy Brainstorming! We look forward to your submissions!

A MONSTROUS Thank You To Our 2014 Donors!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1st, 2014 by admin

We’re excited to publish the list of our 2014 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 expertize, 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.

Paul Anderson
Larissa Archer
Christina Augello
AJ Baker
Mary Ann Bell
Magan Biggs
Jane Bousel
Robin Bousel
Megan Briggs
Rachel Bublitz
Randall F Bublitz
Fred Burke
Madeline Butler
Benjamin J. Calabrese
Michelle M. Carter
Louise Castaldi
Christine Cathcart
Lily Chih-Yuan Yang
Christie K. Chew
Andrew Chung
Shelly F Cohen
Jeremy Cole
Cecilia Comparini
Roy Conboy
Benjamin Cooper
Ashley Cowan
The Cutting Ball Theatre Company
Roberta D’Alois
Gregory Dalesandre
Theresa Donahoe
Danielle Doyle
Susan M. Dunn
M Colleen Egan
Juliana E Egley
Robert Estes
The EXIT Theatre
Valerie Fachman
Donna L. Fujita
David Gamboa
Jeremy Geist
Jan Gilbert
Gene Gore
James M Grady
Kari Gray
Matt Gunnison
Maura Halloran
Leah C. Halper
George Heymont
Peter Hsieh
Colin Hussey
Colin Johnson
Angharad Jones
Barbara M. Jwanouskos
Brian Katz
Christine Keating
Maurya Keating
Heather S. Kellogg
Katherine Kessinger
Melissa Klepetar
Kathleen Kneisel
Sylvia M. Kratins
Dan Kurtz
Stephanie Lansberg
Joyce C Lashof
William Leschber
Charles S. Lewis III
Carl Lucania
Adam Magill
Max L. Meyers
Anthony Miller
Laylah Muran de Assereto
Tonya J. Narvaez
William T Newton
Helen Noakes
James D O’Connor
Alan L Olejniczak
Amanda Ortmeyer
Allison Page
Wesley Pan
Sunil Patel
Kathleen M Payne
Jacqueline Peters
Evelyn Jean Pine
Tracy L. Potter
Bridgette A. Portman
Madeline Puccioni
Claire Rice
Kelly L. Rinehart
Jennifer Roberts
Hilda L. Roe
Annette Roman
Carina Salazar
Kirk A. Shimano
Jeunee Simon
Marissa Skudlarek
Siyu Song
Elizabeth Spreen
Joseph Tally
Veronica Tjioe
Phillip Torretto
Nicholas Trengove
Kimberly Trout
Kevin Trowbridge
Meghan Trowbridge
Eileen Tull
Elizabeth Lilia Vega
Miguel Veloz
Mary Watkins
Richard Wenzel
Clinton Winder
Wine & Spirits Magazine
Shay Wisniewski
Pearl Wong
Frederick L. Yudin

Announcing The 2014 San Francisco Olympians Festival!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1st, 2014 by admin

The Monster Ball is Here!

This year we are excited to debut 28 new plays by 30 local writers– 13 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 monster from Greek mythology. The 2014 festival will play 12 nights, November 5-22, 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. All shows begin at 8 PM. Audience members who attend more than four nights get the fifth free.

This year’s fine artists include: Molly Benson, Liz Conley, Maxon Crumb, Brett Grunig, Lacey C. Hawkins, Rusty Jackson, Emily C. Martin, Tonya Narvaez, Ashley Ramos, Cody Rishell, Aliana Rood, Michelle Talgarow, Brian Yee. The art will be on display at the EXIT Theatre the entire month of November!

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

November 5: Nymphs! Nymphs! Nymphs!

ASTERIAE or KING SISYPHUS by Bridgette Dutta Portman, directed by Valerie Fachman
When you’re trying to cheat death, it helps to have an immortal star-nymph as a wife. Or does it? A play in verse about the trickster Sisyphus and his wife, the Pleiad Merope.

DRYADS or THE DRYAD OF SUBURBIA by Marissa Skudlarek, directed by Valerie Fachman
In a suburban neighborhood blighted by both conformity and drought, Tom and Heidi’s daughter is convinced that she’s a tree spirit. Is this an innocent childhood game or a harmful delusion?

LAMPADES or LAMP RITUAL by Sam Bertken, Scott Baker
What is your greatest fear? Darkness? Madness? Losing a loved one? The reading of Lamp Ritual profiles an experiential piece that seeks to conquer your darkest nightmares.

NAIADS by Jennifer Roberts, directed by Valerie Fachman
When the CEO of Archon Energy, the world’s most powerful utility company, tries to greenwash away responsibility for dumping toxins into a dying river, a Naiad tries to inspire her to reconsider, but who will pay the ultimate price?

NEPHELE by Siyu Song, directed by Scott Baker
Watch Zeus take to the latest trend in online dating as he Catfishes an unsuspecting human – what happens at 6:34 of this play will ASTOUND you.

NEREIDS or THE WEAVERS by Sam Hurwitt, directed by Scott Baker
Odysseus is gone again, and Penelope isn’t waiting around anymore. Looking up all her husband’s old girlfriends, she finds the sea nymph Calypso spoiling for a fight.

OCEANIDS or THE DAUGHTERS OF OCEAN by Carol Lashof, directed by Valerie Fachman
In the war to restore Paganism, Prometheus has been taken captive by the ruling Christian Theocratic party. His wife, the sea nymph Hesione, is desperate to rescue him, but to reach his side she must cross a terrifying human city crowded with air-breathers, highways, and big box stores.

OREADS or POWER FORWARD by Leah Halper, directed by Scott Baker
Chelone, a mountain nymph and protector of tortoises, is the only immortal to stand up to Zeus on the matter of his coerced marriage to Hera–but her defiance may be contagious in this Silicon Valley re-conception of the myth that explained why tortoises have shells.

November 6: Half-Men

CENTAURS or THE HORSE’S ASS by Megan Cohen, directed by Ellery Schaar
A postmodern vaudeville comedy for two hilarious women, who spend a fleet forty minutes taking turns being the butt of the joke. Writer Megan Cohen (SF’s most-produced female playwright, Theatre Bay Area “Keep An Eye On” Emerging Artist Honoree, Neo-Futurist) saddles up history’s greatest half-human half-equine metaphor for a ride through power dynamics, carrots, and sticks.

SATYRS or SATYR NIGHT FEVER by Annette Roman and Bryant Turnage, directed by Greg Young
Since when did “horny as a goat” become a bad thing? A satyr who’s lost his mojo hires a modern-day pick-up artist as a dating coach in this bawdy romantic comedy exploring dating taboos past and present, real and mythic.

November 7: Winged Wonder

PEGASUS or PEGASUS: THE MOVIE (THE PLAY) by Kirk Shimano, directed by Sam Tillis
The story of the myth-makers of today, as a ragtag visual effect company scrambles to create an all-digital creature without destroying themselves in the process.

November 8: The Lord of The Beasts

PAN or PANDEMONIUM by Stuart Bousel, directed by Stuart Bousel
In a first for the festival, Stuart Bousel adapts six stories by E.M. Forster into a sprawling epic about a group of travelers whose lives are forever changed by a shared afternoon in the hills of Italy.

November 12: Deadly Dragons

TYPHON or THE BOOK OF TYPHON by Colin Johnson, directed by Colin Johnson
When a bizarre, withered text falls into the possession of one Malcolm Bodwin, it exposes him to the world’s oldest, most unspeakable evil.

HYDRA by Tonya Narvaez, directed by Tonya Narvaez
A family’s monsters come back to terrorize them. How far will they go to hide their past?

November 13: Evil Eyes

ARGUS by Peter Hsieh, directed by Rory Strahan-Mauk
After an embarrassing “Swan incident” scandal, Hera summons super surveillance drone Argus to spy on her husband Zeus. Trouble ensues when Hera discovers that Zeus had picked up a girl he met at a night club and turned her into a heifer in order to keep her hidden. Featuring sex, violence, blackmail, scandal, indestructible private jets, Ryan Gosling Mods, and Lars Von Trier’s entire filmography.

POLYPHEMUS by Vince Faso, directed by Rory Strahan-Mauk
Polyphemus, the hulking, savage, man-eating Cyclops, was outsmarted, blinded, and humiliated by the crafty Odysseus. Years later, when fate brings them together again, will there be room for forgiveness, or just dessert?

November 14: Three Heads Too Many

CERBERUS or HELLHOUND by Allison Page, directed by Allison Page
Six attractive 18 year olds fueled by teenage lust go camping in the woods and stumble across The River Styx, causing a three headed monster to pursue them with bloody fervor. It’s The Breakfast Club meets Cabin In The Woods meets a giant three-headed hellhound. Button up that letterman jacket – it’s going to be a bumpy night.

CHIMERA by Annie Paladino, directed by Addie Ulrey
A patchwork play for a patchwork monster, CHIMERA smashes together three stories–from the past, a dreamy version of the present, and an imagined future–of women who are not at ease in their own skin. Literary heroines, a woman whose body is literally coming apart at the seams, and a robotic superhero toy in need of a replacement head are spliced together to form the ugly, baffling monster that is this play.

November 15: Lone Hunters

GERYON or THE RED HOUSE MONSTER by Rachel Bublitz, directed by Ariel Craft
The largest house on the island sits high upon a hill, chains wrap around the doors and windows. No one can remember if these barricades were intended to keep the villagers out, or to keep the inhabitants within.

MINOTAUR by Veronica Tjioe, directed by Veronica Tjioe
A play for anyone who has ever felt lost and a profound sense of “in-betweeness” and would please like to know which way is out, thankyouverymuch. It is also good for lovers of cheap wine, close friends, and the merits of a nice ball of string.

November 19: Triple Threats

SIRENS or THE SISTERS SIRENE by Amelia Bethel and Christine Keating, directed by Libby Vega
The five Siren sisters have been maintaining chaos and bringing sexy back for millennia, but what happens when one sister longs for a new, less brutal, life? If you like sex and gore, with a sprinkle of mythological fervor, you’ll love The Sisters Sirene.

THE GRAEAE by Madeline Puccioni, directed by Libby Vega
The Three Graeae are the oldest goddesses in the world…so old they only have one eye and one tooth between them. Enyo’s the grumpiest, Deino is the best chef, and Pamphredo can still shape shift into a swan or a siren…sometimes both. Then she falls in love with Perseus, who will betray them all to find out where their sister Medusa lives…

HARPIES by Victoria Chong Der, directed by Libby Vega
Never mess with sisters.

November 20: Dangerous Brains

SPHINX by Jeremy Geist, directed by Christine Keating
After Oedipus guesses the Sphinx’s riddle, the Sphinx’s writing staff desperately tries to come up with a new one.

November 21, 2014: Dangerous Beauty

MEDUSA or BEAUTY SECRETS * by Andrew Saito, directed by Rem Myers
Medusa, a Kim Kardashian-esque celebrity, has an accident that severely scars her face and head while filming her first major movie, playing Helen of Troy. She retreats into seclusion. Years later, Medusa takes a blind sculptor as her live-in lover. His brother, Percy, an Air Force veteran, soon visits. He recognizes Medusa from her former life, and decides to share her face with the world.

* Beauty Secrets by Andrew Saito was co-commissioned by the Cutting Ball Theater where Saito is the current Andrew Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence.

November 22: Vagina Dentata

CHARYBDIS by Ashley Cowan, directed by Melinda Marks
It’s the night before Thanksgiving in an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Only, things aren’t that anonymous when you’re starving and you run into your old high school classmates. So grab a snack and learn the tale of the lady who turned a sea monster for having an appetite.

ECHIDNA by Neil Higgins, directed by Melinda Marks
A serial killer is terrorizing San Francisco. Can gritty, play-by-his-own-rules Detective Argus stop the killer in time? Or has he finally met his match?

SCYLLA or DEATH BY THE HALF-DOZEN by Christian Simonsen, directed by Melinda Marks
Scylla is about to devour six of Odysseus’ battle-weary sailors. But instead of hungry reptilian jaws, each victim will see a vision of the one person in his life that inflicted – or received – the most pain. Are a woman’s tears really sharper than a serpent’s tooth?

Our incredible acting company this year includes Vonn Scott Bair, Erika Bakse, Patrick Barresi, Stuart Bousel, Molly Benson, Megan Briggs, Xanadu Bruggers, Sarah Rose Butler, Andrew Calabrese, Andrew Chung, Tony Cirimele, Megan Cohen, George Coker, Michael Conner, Alan Coyne, Colleen Egan, Juliana Egley, Alisha Ehrlich, Fatima Zahra El Filali, Nkechi Emeruwa, Angela Entzminger, Caitlin Evenson, Vince Faso, Allison Fenner, Jean Forsman, Rose Marie Fox, Frankie G., Tim Garcia, Jan Gilbert, Lorenz Gonzalez, James Grady, Ben Grubb, Matt Gunnison, Audrey Hannah, Mary Cait Hogan, Monica Ho, J Jha, Shelley Lynn Johnson, Heather Kellogg, Gabriel Kenney, Sunee Kiernan, Annabelle King, Abni Kris, Katrina Kroetch, Dan Kurtz, Keith Larson, Maria Leigh, William Leschber, Charles Lewis III, Carl Lucania, Adam Magill, Brian Martin, Mary Matabor, Stacey Matthews-Winn, Carlos Mendoza, Kelvyn Mitchell, Tonya Narvaez, Trinity Nay, Eden Neuendorf, Michelle Owen, Allison Page, Sunil Patel, Danielle Perata, Genevieve Perdue, Laura Peterson, Gabrielle Poccia, Scott Ragle, Radhika Rao, Leer Relleum, Nickolas Rice, Paul Rodrigues, Hilda Roe, Tina Rutsch, Sharon Rylander, Sophia Santulli, Kim Saunders, Karl Schackne, Samantha Schmitt, Amber Sommerfeld, Elissa Beth Stebbins, Jacinta Sutphin, Carole Swann, Sango Tajima, Ron Talbot, Griffin Taylor, Nick Trengove, Kitty Torres, Aaron Tworek, Nicky Weinbach, Matthew Weinberg, Richard Wenzel, Steven Westdahl, Teri Whipple, Indiia Wilmot, Susannah Wood, Steffanos X, Alaska Yamada, Marlene Yarosh, Jessica Yeh, Maggie Ziomek

Calling All Directors For the 2014 Festival!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3rd, 2014 by admin

The SF Olympians Festival is accepting letters of interest from directors between now and May 15, 2014. Please note that as a reading festival, SF Olympians is focused on the playwrights’ creation process and the development of new work. Ultimately, directors will be selected and contacted by the individual participating playwrights, coordinated by the Festival. To build our community of directors, we are offering potential directors two ways of engaging with our playwrights: submission of a letter of interest and an invitation to participate in our Directors/Playwrights Mixer on Tuesday, May 27th.

To be considered by the 2014 Olympians playwrights, please email the following information with the subject line “Olympians Director – [YOUR NAME]” to jereco@hotmail.com by midnight on May 15, 2014. You may also use snail mail: Jeremy Cole, Director Coordinator, 2201 West Street, Apt. B, Oakland CA 94612

Letter of Interest Guidelines:

1. Please provide your name, phone number, and email address.

2. What does new play development mean to you as a director?

3. Which is your favorite Greek monster? (just kidding, it’s obviously Medusa)

4. Have you ever participated in the Olympians Festival before? If yes, please list your involvement.

5. Availability for Important Dates (see below).

6. Your resume.

In your email, please include the line: “I understand that directing a reading in the festival is a volunteer project.”

Directors/Playwrights Mixer, Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The day after Memorial Day, we will be hosting a mixer to allow our playwrights to meet potential directors. This is a fun opportunity to get to know other members of the theater community. Participation in this event is not required, but highly recommended.

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, May 15 @ midnight – Final date to submit Letter of Interest

Tuesday, May 27 – 7PM – Directors/Playwrights Mixer (Oakland)

Monday, June 9 – 7 PM – Directors Meeting (SF)

Sunday, September 21 – 6PM – Writers and Directors Meeting

Sunday, September 28 – AUDITIONS – 2 PM till 9 PM

Monday, September 29 – AUDITIONS – 7 PM till 10 PM

Saturday, November 1 – OPENING PARTY

Wednesdays-Saturdays, November 5 – 22 – THE FESTIVAL – All shows are at 8 PM

We hope to see you soon on Olympus!

Please Support This Year’s Festival!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15th, 2014 by admin

Join over a hundred Bay Area writers, directors, actors, and fine artists to become a part of one of San Francisco’s most exciting new theater festivals!

DONATE HERE!

The San Francisco Olympians Festival is an annual event that lasts for twelve nights (thirteen, if you count our opening party!) with a focus on the creation of new scripts for the theater in addition to providing a showcase for Bay Area fine artists, actors and writers.

The Festival was started in 2010 by Stuart Bousel, and featured 12 new full length plays, each one based on one of the twelve Olympian gods of Ancient Greece. In 2011 the festival returned with 32 plays, ranging from five minute shorts to full lengths, each one based upon an Ancient Greek sky god or mythical figure who had become a constellation, moon, etc. In 2012 we debuted 25 one acts, each night pitting a play about an Olympian god against a play about a Titan, the race of gods who sired the Olympian gods, and were then overthrown by them. Last year we premiered 36 new plays about the Trojan War.

This year we are excited to premiere 28 new plays by 30 local writers- 13 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 monster. It will play 12 nights, November 5-22, at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco, and if previous years are indicative of a trend, (every year we’ve broken our own records), we expect this to be the largest festival yet in terms of participants and audience!

DONATE HERE!

Well, a bigger festival requires a bigger base of support, but we’re actually tightening our budget and asking for the same amount as last year- even though the cost of creating a theater festival has, like everything else in the world, gone up. We’re looking to raise $10,000- a really big number- because:

$3,600 of the money we raise goes to keeping the doors of the theater open, the lights turned on and the water running- all really necessary! The rest of the money we raise is split two ways…

The first half goes to marketing and materials: postcards, posters, programs, high quality printings of the work created by our fine artists, the catering for our opening night party, and of course, all the photocopies of these brand new scripts we need for the readings.

The second half goes towards maintaining last year’s lofty goal of paying everyone who works on the festival a stipend of some kind. In previous years actors and writers were paid, and we held raffles to raise some funds for the artists, but our entire production team and crew, including our box office manager and all of our directors, were volunteers. Last year we changed that by creating enough funds to offer everyone a small thank you for the hours, days and weeks they put into this project. If we meet our goal, we’ll be able to do this again, and maybe even have enough left over to put some money away for next year- something we’ve never been able to do!

Most importantly, if we manage to raise all of our funds, we’ll be able to keep our ticket price (which is only $10) low and our comp policy generous, ensuring that the wide variety of audiences looking to experience these new works can do so affordably.

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CASSANDRA: Part 7

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20th, 2013 by admin

Here’s another installment of Bryce Duzan’s CASSANDRA play, which we’re serializing this year to help build your appetite for the festival in November. Enjoy!

CASSANDRA

by Bryce Duzan


Act Two

Scene One

(CASSANDRA’s bedroom. CASSANDRA is asleep. It is now modern day. CASSANDRA awakes with a start, gasping. She looks wildly about the room, a look of confusion on her face. Finally, she lies back down, looking fearful.

The sun rises, and CASSANDRA awakes again. She dresses and goes to the dining room, where HELEN and HECUBA. They are not the characters from the first act; rather, CASSANDRA’s teenage daughters. They greet her with a chorus of “Hi, Mom!” CASSANDRA stands, looking confused again. Then, she slowly smiles.)

CASSANDRA
Good morning, girls.

HELEN
How’d you sleep?

CASSANDRA
Alright. I had the strangest dream, though.

HECUBA
What was it about?

CASSANDRA
I don’t…exactly remember. It’s all a haze right now. But it was so vivid!

HELEN
I’m sure it’ll come back to you.

CASSANDRA
Me too. How did you two sleep?

HELEN
Good! I was exhausted from our soccer game last night, so I was out like a light.

HECUBA
I slept good—

CASSANDRA
Slept well.

HECUBA
–I slept well, except for Helen snoring all night.

HELEN
Hec!

CASSANDRA
Mmhmm, I heard it too!

HELEN
Oh stop it, Mom!

(They all laugh.)

HECUBA
Can you pick us up from school today, Mom?

CASSANDRA
I don’t know. I’ll probably have to stay late tonight since I have to leave early tomorrow. We’re in crunch time right now and Kevin isn’t very happy about me leaving early, but I know all three of us will go insane if we go another day without internet. You’ll probably have to ask Stacey’s mom if she can drive you home today. I’m sorry.

HECUBA
That should be fine. Stacey said her mom was happy to drive us home.

CASSANDRA
That’s good. I just don’t want to be a burden on her.

HECUBA
I know.

HELEN
She just lives next door, Mom. I don’t think it’s that much of a burden.

CASSANDRA
I know, I know. Still, it’s the principle of the thing.

HELEN
Ooookay, Mom. (HELEN checks her phone.) Oh, we should go soon!

CASSANDRA
Okay, let me grab my stuff and I’ll drive you to school.

(CASSANDRA gets up, leaves for a moment, then comes back with a briefcase. HELEN and HECUBA both stand and hug CASSANDRA.)

HELEN
Love you, Mom.

(For a moment, CASSANDRA is frozen. She is unsure how to react. Her eyes well with tears, but she pushes them back and smiles.)

CASSANDRA
I…I love you too, girls. (She hugs them back.) Come on, let’s get you to school!

(CASSANDRA, HELEN, and HECUBA leave. The scene shifts to CASSANDRA’s office. She sits at her desk, giving her computer an odd look. A few moments pass before she shakes off her confusion and powers it on. She begins to work, slowly at first, her fingers clumsily hitting the keys on the keyboard. Eventually, she speeds up to a regular working pace. Office workers come and go, giving her documents or talking to her or other basic tasks. Each thing takes CASSANDRA a bit longer than normal to do. She is having trouble remembering everything. Soon, CASSANDRA is alone again. Then, KEVIN enters. KEVIN is a genial man in his mid-40s.)

KEVIN
Hey, Cassie, mind if I come in?

CASSANDRA
Oh…Kevin! Yeah, come in. What’s up?

KEVIN
Is everything alright?

CASSANDRA
What do you mean?

KEVIN
Everyone has been saying that you’re not yourself today.

CASSANDRA
Not myself?

KEVIN
Yeah…like you’re a zombie or something.

CASSANDRA
Oh…no, everything’s fine.

KEVIN
Are you sure?

CASSANDRA
I’ve just felt like I’m in a daze today, that’s all.

KEVIN
Why?

CASSANDRA
I’m not sure…I had a weird dream last night that I can’t even remember, and now I feel all strange.

KEVIN
Hmm…do you want to take the rest of the day off?

CASSANDRA
What? No, I’m fine. Really.

KEVIN
Are you sure?

CASSANDRA
Yes! Plus I’m already leaving early tomorrow. I don’t want to do that two days in a row.

KEVIN
Look, I know I was upset about you leaving early tomorrow, but your health is more important to me than quarterly reports.

CASSANDRA
I appreciate it, Kevin. But I’m fine, trust me! (She smiles.)

KEVIN
…alright. Well, let me know if you need anything, okay?

CASSANDRA
Thank you.

(KEVIN leaves and CASSANDRA continues to work. Eventually, night descends and CASSANDRA prepares to leave. The scene shifts to the street as CASSANDRA walks to her car. Under a street light, APOLLO stands watching her. He is much less resplendent than before, wearing plain clothes now. They lock eyes as CASSANDRA walks by. There is a moment of recognition from CASSANDRA.)

CASSANDRA
Who are you?

APOLLO
You know me, Cassandra.

CASSANDRA
What? No, I don’t. How do you know my name?

APOLLO
Remember, Cassandra. Remember.

CASSANDRA
I said I don’t know you! Leave me alone!

(CASSANDRA flees. APOLLO makes no attempt to follow her.)

APOLLO
Soon, Cassandra.

(The scene shifts again to CASSANDRA’s home. She is having dinner with HELEN and HECUBA. She is visibly shaken from the earlier encounter.)

HELEN
Mom? Mom. Mom. Mom!

(CASSANDRA snaps put of her trance.)

CASSANDRA
What…what is it, sweetie?

HELEN
You were spacing out again.

HECUBA
Are you okay, Mom?

CASSANDRA
Oh, yes, I’m fine.

HECUBA
Are you sure? You don’t look well.

CASSANDRA
I…ran into this guy when I was walking to my car after work. He…knew my name. But I didn’t know him. And…he frightened me. I don’t know why.

HELEN
That’s…really scary, Mom.

HECUBA
Did you call the police?

CASSANDRA
No…he didn’t follow me.

HECUBA
You should have someone walk you to your car tomorrow.

CASSANDRA
I should be fine. I’m going home early tomorrow.

HECUBA
Okay…just be careful, Mom.

CASSANDRA
I will.

(CASSANDRA hugs her daughters, then retires to her room. She lays in bed, but does not fall asleep. Her eyes are wide open, and she is afraid. Before long, it is morning again. She drags herself out of bed, dresses, and meets her daughters for breakfast in the kitchen.)

Keep checking in every month for more installments!

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A Giant Thank You To All Of Our 2013 Donors!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26th, 2013 by admin

We’re excited to publish the list of our 2013 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 expertize, 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.

Paul Anderson
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Jason Wong
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Jeffrey Yasskin

CASSANDRA: Part 8

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30th, 2013 by admin

Here’s another installment of Bryce Duzan’s CASSANDRA play, which we’re serializing this year to help build your appetite for the festival in November. Enjoy!

Act Two

Scene Two

(HELEN and HECUBA are in the kitchen, having breakfast. CASSANDRA wanders into the kitchen, looking like a living zombie. She clearly has not slept at all. HELEN slightly jumps when she sees CASSANDRA.)

HELEN
Mom! Are you okay?

CASSANDRA
Huh? What do you mean, sweetheart?

HELEN
You look dead! (HECUBA elbows her.) Ow! What was that for?

HECUBA
Rude!

CASSANDRA
Oh…I didn’t get any sleep at all last night…

HECUBA
You were thinking about him, weren’t you?

HELEN
Now who’s rude?

(HECUBA gives HELEN a severe stare.)

CASSANDRA
Don’t be silly, Hec.

HECUBA
Mom…

CASSANDRA
I’m fine, dear. Just tired, that’s all. Nothing a cup of coffee can’t fix!

HELEN
Are you sure you’ll be okay, Mom? I can stay home from school if you need someone around.

CASSANDRA
Very funny, Helen. You know you’ve missed enough school this year already!

HELEN
Just trying to help…

HECUBA
Uh-huh, sure, sis.

HELEN
Oh wait! Does this mean you can actually pick us up from school today?

CASSANDRA
I think so. It depends on how long the cable guy takes.

HELEN
Can we go out to dinner tonight for once?

(CASSANDRA chuckles.)

CASSANDRA
What, you don’t like my refrigerated dinners?

HELEN
They’re good! I just…sometimes want something that’s just been cooked…

HECUBA
Helen!

CASSANDRA
It’s okay, Helen. I understand. Sure, we can do that tonight.

HELEN
Really? Thanks Mom! You’re the best!

CASSANDRA
You’re welcome, dear. I love you both. Alright, let’s get you girls to school.

(HELEN and HECUBA bound out of their seats, grabbing their belongings. CASSANDRA wearily follows.
The office. CASSANDRA stares at her computer screen, inches from falling asleep. KEVIN pokes his head into the office.)

KEVIN
Cassie, before you go, can you get those reports to me? (Pause.) Cassie? (He enters.) Cassie, are you listening? (He approaches CASSANDRA.) Jesus, Cass, are you okay?

(KEVIN puts his hand on CASSANDRA’s shoulder. She immediately recoils, pushing him away.)

CASSANDRA
Don’t touch me!

KEVIN
Woah! I’m sorry!

CASSANDRA
Oh god, Kevin, it’s just you. I’m so sorry, you startled me.

KEVIN
Are you alright, Cassie? You look like you’ve seen a ghost. I didn’t frighten you that bad, did I?

CASSANDRA
I’m sorry, Kevin. I’ve just been out of it all day.

KEVIN
Even more than yesterday?

CASSANDRA
Yeah, sorry, I didn’t get any sleep last night.

KEVIN
Did something happen?

CASSANDRA
Well, I…no, it’s nothing.

KEVIN
Are you sure?

CASSANDRA
Yes, I’m fine.

KEVIN
Cassie…do you need to head home early? You look exhausted.

CASSANDRA
I’m heading home in an hour. I’m okay, I promise.

KEVIN
I never believe your promises…

CASSANDRA
What’s that supposed to mean? Is this about-

KEVIN
No, sorry, that’s not what I meant to say. I just meant that you’re…

CASSANDRA
Untrustworthy.

KEVIN
Magnanimous.

(CASSANDRA arches an eyebrow.)

CASSANDRA
What?

KEVIN
That’s not right, is it?

CASSANDRA
I don’t think so…

KEVIN
I never know what to say around you. Words stop making sense. They lose definition.

CASSANDRA
Kevin, stop…

KEVIN
Why do you keep pushing me away? I’m just trying to be friendly.

CASSANDRA
You…remind me of someone when you do that.

KEVIN
What? Who?

CASSANDRA
I’d rather not say.

KEVIN
I’m…I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to open up old wounds.

CASSANDRA
No, it’s fine…(There is a pause.) Look, I need to finish up my work before I go home.

KEVIN
Right. Well…take care of yourself. Get some rest.

CASSANDRA
Will do.

(KEVIN leaves. CASSANDRA goes back to her desk, then packs up and leaves.

The street. APOLLO waits in the same location as the previous evening. He makes eye contact with CASSANDRA as she passes by. It lasts far too long. She picks up speed, quickly walking by. Leisurely, he eventually follows.

Home, the living room. CASSANDRA sits on the couch. She looks around nervously and checks her phone.)

CASSANDRA
Where is he? He was supposed to be here already. Ugh, never trust the cable company.

(The doorbell rings and CASSANDRA jumps slightly. She catches her breath and puts her phone on the table. She goes to the door and opens it. APOLLO is standing outside.)

CASSANDRA
You!

(She tries to slam the door, but APOLLO pushes his way in. CASSANDRA backs away from him as he closes and locks the door.)

CASSANDRA
You followed me. How? I drove like hell out of there.

APOLLO
I knew where you lived, Cassandra. I’ve been watching you for a very long time.

CASSANDRA
Who the hell are you?

APOLLO
Do names matter anymore? I am. I have been. You know me, Cassandra.

CASSANDRA
Stop calling me that! That’s not my name!

APOLLO
I’m impressed. You made yourself forget everything, just like you said. You truly are a brilliant woman. I thought I had lost you for good this time. But I always sniff you out in the end.

CASSANDRA
Forget? I don’t understand. What are you talking about?

APOLLO
Remember, Cassandra. Remember your destiny, your fate. Remember what has transpired, and remember what will come to be. You have two gifts, gifts that I instilled in you. I am Apollo of the Sun, and I am your lord.

CASSANDRA
Apollo? You’re fucking insane, is what you are.

APOLLO
And yet you know the truth, Cassandra of Troy.

CASSANDRA
Troy…?

(APOLLO quickly approaches CASSANDRA, backing her up against the wall. He reaches towards her as she tries to jerk away. He touches his fingers to her temple, and she gasps as her mind floods with images of the past.)

Bryce Duzan will be wrapping up his play this month, just in time for this year’s festival to begin on November 6! Keep your eyes on the site for the conclusion, this year’s exciting schedule, and more!

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