Runs from Friday December 15 2017 to Sunday December 17 2017

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


Potrero Stage
1695 18th Street
San Francisco CA 94107

Performance Notes

× “If you want to make a living as a screenwriter, stop what you’re doing… and start writing plays!” –Greg DePaul. The PlayGround Film Festival, a unique showcase of Bay Area films adapted from stage to screen, returns December 15-17 with nine programs and twenty-two different films over three days, at PlayGround’s state-of-the-art Potrero Hill theatre, Potrero Stage. The festival opens on Friday, December 15, 8pm, with a special program of five brand-new short films, each adapted from Best of PlayGround short plays. The opening program features the new short films: Meeting Matt Damon by Ron Burch (Best of PlayGround-LA 2015), Value Over Replacement by Ruben Grijalva (Best of PlayGround 2013), Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero (final animated cut) by Katie May (Best of PlayGround 2011), Iowa (animated short) by Malachy Walsh (Best of PlayGround 2001) and Reading in Bed by Ken Prestininzi (Best of PlayGround 1998).

“Playwright Halley Feiffer got one of her first TV writing jobs on an as-of-yet unreleased show co-created by filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu called “The One Percent” after one of the show’s other creators found a 10-minute play she had written on the bar at a theater festival.” -LA Times 11/17/17 On Saturday evening, December 16, PlayGround will rescreen the best short films from the first two PlayGround Film Festivals, originally shown in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Rounding out the festival are six feature-length films, including: two family-friendly screenings, The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) and Nutcracker (1986); Amy Glazer’s Seducing Charlie Barker (2010), adapted from Theresa Rebeck’s play, The Scene; Josh Kornbluth’s Love & Taxes (2015), Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love (1985); and Roger Grunwald’s solo performance hit, The Obligation, filmed live at Potrero Stage earlier this Fall. Films will be followed by recorded or live interviews with the originating writers.

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