Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang

San Francisco Playhouse Presents Fireside Chat with Rajiv Joseph on August 13

San Francisco Playhouse announced five new episodes of its live streaming calendar, including three Zoomlet Live Play Readings and two Fireside Chats.

The events will be streamed free of charge on the Company’s website. Announcements of additional episodes and programming will be made over the coming weeks.

Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang
Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang

The company’s Fireside Chats, intimate live conversations with the world’s great playwrights, will continue with conversations featuring Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) and Betty Shamieh (The Black Eyed). In the Fireside Chats, Artistic Director Bill English talks with playwrights about their inspiration, process for writing, and the future of theatre. All Fireside Chats will be streamed on Thursday evenings at 7:00 P.M. and last approximately 30 minutes.

UPCOMING FIRESIDE CHATS
A Fireside Chat with Rajiv Joseph
Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 P.M. PDT

A Fireside Chat with Betty Shamieh
Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 P.M. PDT

About the Fireside Chats
Each week, Artistic Director Bill English conducts a 30-minute interview with one of theatre’s acclaimed playwrights. The informal conversations range in topic, from the playwrights’ approach to playwriting, to favorite past productions, to the future of theatre in the post-pandemic world.

Past Fireside Chats featured Aaron Loeb, Lauren Gunderson, Carey Perloff, Lauren Yee, Octavio Solis, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Jonathan Spector, Rogelio Martinez, Dipika Guha, Michael Gene Sullivan, Julie Hébert, Lisa Ramirez, Geetha Reddy, Peter Nachtrieb, Aaron Posner, and Luis Alfaro. All previously-broadcast Fireside Chats are now available for on-demand streaming on the San Francisco Playhouse website.

San Francisco Playhouse’s Zoomlet program, designed to provide audiences with an inside look at how a first rehearsal functions with professional actors and directors, will continue with readings of The Mommy Assumption by Geetha Reddy, The Bacchae by Euripides, and The Logic by Will Arbery. All Zoomlets will be streamed live on Monday evenings at 7:00 P.M and last approximately one hour.

UPCOMING ZOOMLETS
THE MOMMY ASSUMPTION
By Geetha Reddy
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. PDT
Directed by Kimberly Ridgeway
Starring Damion Clark and Cathleen Riddley
The Mommy Assumption is a short experimental play that asks, “How much can we really blame our parents?”

THE BACCHAE
By Euripides
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. PDT
Directed by Carey Perloff
Cast to be announced
Dionysus, the god of wine, prophecy, religious ecstasy, and fertility, returns to his birthplace in Thebes in order to clear his mother’s name and to punish the insolent city state for refusing to allow people to worship him.

THE LOGIC
By Will Arbery
Monday, August 31, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. PDT
Directed by Michael Torres
Cast to be announced
Dionysus, the god of wine, prophecy, religious ecstasy, and fertility, returns to his birthplace in Thebes in order to clear his mother’s name and to punish the insolent city state for refusing to allow people to worship him.

About the Zoomlets
San Francisco Playhouse’s Zoomlets are director-driven readings of short plays featuring professional actors, designed to simulate a “table read” environment. Each Monday at 7:00 PM, online audiences can watch as the director outlines their vision for the play, and actors dig into a script and their characters for the first time. Following a first read-through, the director and actors discuss their artistic choices, give notes, and then re-examine key scenes. Zoomlets run approximately one hour.

Past Zoomlets included works by Ruben Grijalva, Patricia Cotter, Jeff Locker, Genevieve Jessee, Theresa Rebeck, Dominique Morriseau, and Suzanne Bradbeer. Select previously-broadcast Zoomlets are now available for on-demand streaming on the San Francisco Playhouse website.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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