World Premiere of The 2013 Bay One Acts Festival (BOA) 

13 Producing Partners, 13 Short Plays, One Big Local Festival in 2013

San Francisco, August 18, 2013 – The 2013 Bay One Acts Festival is proud to present the World Premiere of 13 plays in partnership with 13 Bay Area theater companies.   The show will run September 14 – October 5, 2013 (as two programs in repertory) and will take place at Tides Theatre (533 Sutter St., Second Floor); Wednesday – Sunday at 8pm.  Tickets are $13– $20, General Admission and $30 – $70 for Festival Passes.  For tickets, go to

BOA 2013 features the writing of the following plawrights with producing partners: William Bivins with The Visible Theater, Jeff Carter with Tides Theatre, Megan Cohen with Playwrights Foundation, Daniel Hirsch with San Francisco Theater Pub, Bennett Fisher with Sponge Theater, Nancy Cooper Frank with All Terrain Theater, Lauren Gunderson with FaultLine Theater, Daniel Holloway with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Sam Leichter with PianoFight, Michael Phillis with New Conservatory Theatre Center, Tracy Held Potter with Custom Made Theatre Co, Ignacio Zulueta with Wily West Productions, and a devised piece based on a T.S. Eliot poem by Do it Live! Productions.

Bay One Acts Festival (BOA 2013)

Where: Tides Theatre, 533 Sutter St., Second Floor, San Francisco, CA

Press Opening: September 14, 18 and 20, 2013 – Program 1, September 15, 19 and 21, 2013 – Program 2

Performances: Sept 14 – Oct 5, Wednesday – Sunday: 8:00 pm.  Program 1 and Program 2 in repertory; Program 1: 9/14, 9/18, 9/20, 9/22, 9/26, 9/28, 10/2, 10/4, Program 2: 9/15/ 9/19, 9/21, 9/25, 9/27, 9/29, 10/3, 10/5

Ticket Prices: $13 Wed, Thu, and Sun, $20 Fri and Sat, General Admission.  $30 – $70 for Festival Passes.  Visit or call 415-240-3431

About the Festival:

The 2013 Bay One Acts Festival (BOA) spotlights original works by local playwrights, produced in partnership with Bay Area theater companies.  This year’s festival features a new artistic and executive team, headed by veteran local producer and director, Sara Staley.  BOA 2013 is introducing a new collection of companies, new playwrights, and new actors producing all new works.  Uniquely, this BOA offers audience members a quintessential cross section of Bay Area theater companies, ranging in size, years established, methods, and missions all striving toward the common goal of making new engaging theatrical art.  The only festival to do so in the region, BOA publishes an anthology of all the plays performed.

BOA builds community.  At its heart, BOA brings together a growing number of local artists whose connections have gone on to produce highly acclaimed work.  Breaking down barriers, Staley’s selection of partners cultivates relationships among theater companies that would otherwise not be a part of each other’s worlds.  BOA 2013 introduces audiences to a new style of festival, showcasing a mix of larger older nationally known companies produced alongside tiny companies in their nascent stages.  As never before, our audiences will see an array of diverse companies celebrating the short play form sharing a stage in the same house.

This year is different.  With more plays and more participants than ever before, the 2013 Bay One Acts Festival brings its audience a wider range in variety.  Featuring both BOA alums and BOA newbies, this year’s festival introduces new flavor and new perspectives in our growing theater community.  With plays ranging from silly to wry to poignant to provocative, both Programs One and Two present stirring new works that inspire.

A zombie apocalypse plays out while a couple forces their therapist into one more counseling session (playwright William Bivins, The Visible Theatre).  Pigeons sit atop a building ledge bantering about existential crises and poop (playwright Lauren Gunderson, FaultLine Theater).  Do It Live! Production brings a T.S. Elliot poem to life devised by their cast and crew.  And there is so much more.  Like its home, Bay Area One Acts Festival is quirky, independent, diverse, bold, and brave.  The 2013 Bay One Acts Festival serves its audiences an amuse-bouche of Bay Area theater.   Bon appétit!

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