BOA X: The Bay Area’s premiere independent short play festival celebrates 10 years


BOA X: The Bay Area’s premiere independent theater festival celebrates 10 years

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 6, 2011 – A decade in the making, Three Wise Monkeys (3WM) Theatre Company is proud to announce its festival program for The 10th Annual Bay One Acts Festival (BOA X), the premiere, curated theater festival in the Bay Area, taking place Wednesdays – Sundays, March 6th – 26th, 2011, at Boxcar Theatre in San Francisco. Tickets are $20-$32 at the door or online at

Celebrating ten years of excellence, BOA fully produces the best short plays by local playwrights from the most exciting independent theater companies in San Francisco. It is the only event that stimulates such a high level of collaboration amongst so many independent companies in the area, and it is the only festival in the region that produces an anthology of the plays selected for production each year. This tenth year is dedicated to the festival’s founder, Richard Bernier, who passed away in October of 2010. In a move to ensure BOA’s vitality, relevance and success, last year for BOA 9, Bernier hired Jessica Holt as Artistic Director to focus the festival on bringing together and highlighting the cutting edge work of the Bay Area’s best independent theater companies. This year, Holt has signed on 11 companies and 70+ local artists to create two full programs of intrepid, vital new theater running in repertory.

For ten years, BOA has gathered the local independent performing arts community in a dynamic annual month-long festival. BOA X features a hand-picked selection of eleven bold and adventurous short plays by local Bay Area playwrights Sharif Abu-Hamdeh, Crish Barth, Tim Bauer, Stuart Eugene Bousel, Jon Brooks, Megan Cohen, M.R. Fall, Bennett Fisher, Daniel Heath, Sam Leichter and the dynamic, movement-based 11th Hour Ensemble. Each play is then assigned to a company who is tasked with producing the piece. BOA X producing partners include 11th Hour Ensemble, Instrumental Theatre, No Nude Men, PianoFight, Playwrights Center, Round Belly Theatre Company, Theater Pub, Threshold, and Woman’s Will, all of which share a commitment to the development and production of new work. BOA has tapped local directors Paul Cello, Rob Ready, Alex Curtis, Kate Jopson, Sara Judge, Sara Staley, Colin Johnson, Allison Combs and Ryo Harada, Julia Heitner, Stephanie Renee Maysonave, and 3WM artistic director Jessica Holt will also helm a play.

This festival creates an incredible instant theater community in San Francisco – building bridges between companies, cultivating connections between artists, and encouraging enthusiasm for the short play form. It’s also become a springboard for extraordinary new partnerships and collaborations between artists and companies, which continue to enrich the local landscape long after the festival ends. The festival has produced some of the hottest playwrights working today including Trevor Allen, William Bivins and Lauren Yee, to name just a few.  Previous producing partners include Asian American Theater Company, Boxcar Theatre, Climate Theatre, Dark Room Productions, Sleepwalkers Theatre and the Playwrights Foundation. This year the festival will also feature post-show spotlights where producing partners, directors, and playwrights will talk about the new work development process.

Festival Tickets will go on-sale February 4 at 8 am. on Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets are $20 for General Admission.  $32 tickets include VIP seating and a copy of this year’s festival anthology. Wednesday and Thursday performances are pay-what-you-can for students. For complete festival program schedule and for information about advance ticket purchase, please visit:  For more information, please call (415) 891-7235.

BOA X Program Announcement

PROGRAM 1 (March 6 – March 26, 2011)

By Crish Barth
In March of 2009, an online chat-group emerged to discuss Natasha Richardson’s skiing accident. What they ended up discussing was anything but Natasha Richardson — inspired by true events.
Directed by Colin Johnson/Round Belly Theatre Company

By M.R. Fall
Standardized testing is Hell. Or is Hell standardized testing?
Directed by Julia Heitner/No Nude Men

By Stuart Eugene Bousel
A dramatic meditation on puzzles and things that are puzzling, iconic and inconclusive identities, significant and insignificant life moments, and all the times you wish you hadn’t had sex.
Directed by Kate Jopson/Woman’s Will

By Jon Brooks
An imminent extra-marital affair is short-circuited by a possibly public post on Facebook. A play about middle age and marriage in the era of instant communication.
Directed by Stephanie Renee Maysonave/Company Member, Boxcar Theatre

By Sam Leichter
It’s Christmas Eve near the idyllic shores of Maine’s Wrang Pond. As Bella awaits her husband’s return, a winter storm and an unexpected turn of events bring her face-to-face with an enigmatic stranger.
Directed by Paul Cello/Instrumental Theatre

PROGRAM 2 (March 6 – March 26, 2011)

By Daniel Heath
A woman waits for a bus and decides to fall in love and break up with the next man she meets before she gets on her bus. She has ten minutes to make it happen.
Directed by Sara Staley/Playwrights Center, SF

By Tim Bauer
A couple discovers a strange pool of light in their living room that, whenever they step into, compels them to perform monologues.
Directed by Rob Ready/PianoFight Productions

By Megan Cohen
A delightfully twisted tale of three little dumpling’s epic adventure through the house one afternoon.
Directed by Jessica Holt/3WM

By Bennett Fisher
A mortgage fraud scheme turns into a clockwork frenzy as three suits struggle to get rich and escape unscathed. It’s a simple premise, really.
Directed by Alex Curtis/Threshold

By Sharif Abu-Hamdeh
A couple’s relationship rewinds; a review of loss and love, in its absurdity and poignancy.
Directed by Sara Judge/Theater Pub

By 11th Hour Ensemble
Cloud Flower explores the memory of the atom bomb’s devastation of Hiroshima through the tangled dreams of one of its survivors. Using trademark imagination and physicality, the 11th Hour Ensemble presents an evocative take on the infamy of the Mushroom Cloud.
Created and directed by Allison Combs and Ryo Harada/11th Hour Ensemble