Our hybrid festival is over but the stories continue...
Our hybrid festival is over but the stories continue...
The 45th Bay Area Playwrights Festival has ended but the story is not over...
Playwrights Inda Craig-Galván, Sharifa Yasmin, Iraisa Ann Reilly, and Denmo Ibrahim

"Denmo, Elana, Inda, Iraisa Ann, and Sharifa’s words touched our hearts to the core as we wept, laughed, and experienced deeply moving stories together as a community." -Jessica Bird Beza, Executive Artistic Director

Gathering in person for the first time in three years after online-only festivals was a profound joy.

At the same time, online audiences witnessed this work from around the world, finding community and connection in the chat and participating in the vital creation of new plays.

We thank the inspiring artistic teams, the committed audiences who gathered with us in person in San Francisco and from around the world for the livestreams, and we thank the playwrights whose work give our festival purpose.
Sarah Nina Hayon rehearses ARAB SPRING (Photo: Robbie Sweeny)
(Photo: Robbie Sweeny)
On-Demand Streams are Coming
For the first time, Playwrights Foundation will make festival readings available as on-demand streams later this month (Stay tuned for exact dates).

When our week-long limited viewing period begins, you will be the first to learn how to witness this work.

We are honored to uplift these plays in a new way, coming soon.

Honoring Elana Dykewomon
This year’s BAPF was a moving demonstration of the Power of Human Connection in action while staying safe in the middle of a pandemic.
We also experienced life imitating art when Elana Dykewomon, writer of How to Let Your Lover Die, passed away moments before her final reading on Sunday, August 7th, on Tisha B'Av, a Jewish day of mourning.

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Join Sinister Wisdom for a Celebration of the Life of Elana Dykewomon on Sun, September 18
Almost 200 of her friends and family received the news while gathered online to witness her deeply moving tribute to her late partner, an emotional story of love, grief, and community, at the same time Elana was repeating this story as she neared the end of her journey with Esophageal Cancer.

It was a breathtaking moment as Elana gathered her community, held them with her words, and carried them through the grief. 

We are honored and privileged to have been able to work with Elana in her final weeks and bring the words of her first play to life onstage, fulfilling her dying wish.

In an interview with Jewish News last month, Elana shared “I would like to see it at least have a reading before I die, which I expect to do,” she told J. matter-of-factly. “But it’s not so tragic to die.” 

Elana, you were a trailblazer and legend in the lesbian literature world, and we celebrate your life and the impact that your words will have long past your last breath.

Thank you for entrusting us to tell this story.
Festival Panels on Demand NOW

PF alum playwrights Christopher Chen, Lauren Gunderson, Geetha Reddy, and E Hunter Spreen join Jessica Bird Beza for a conversation on careers, creativity, and the Power of Playwright Connection.

Watch Power of Playwright Connection Panel
Join grief educator Wendy Kessler, Practical Somatics creator Yari Cervas, PF Artistic Producer Jacquetta Farrar, PF alum playwright/clown/human cartoon Sara Toby Moore, and PF Resident Playwright Megan Cohen for a conversation on Courageous Joy: Finding Play in Dark Times.
Watch Courageous Joy Panel

2022 BAPF playwrights Denmo Ibrahim, Iraisa Ann Reilly, and Sharifa Yasmin share a window into their work, process, and hopes in conversation with Writer/Actor/PF Artistic Producer Jacquetta Farrar.

Watch BAPF Playwrights Panel

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