July 12 Lineup

It’s time for round 2! On July 12, five new comedic warriors will take the field and swing their mighty swords of laughter. Read of the heroics and amazing feats of the next five plays that will fight to be THE FUNNIEST PLAY EVER. (Eventually…there’s a process)

“Demoted” by Bridgette Dutta Portman


Bridgette Dutta Portman’s plays have been produced in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the country, and overseas.  Her short plays have appeared for multiple years in the San Francisco Olympians Festival, PCSF’s Sheherezade, the Pear Theatre’s Pear Slices, and PianoFight’s ShortLived competition. Her full-length comedy La Fee Verte was produced by Acadiana Repertory Theatre in Lafayette, LA in February 2016. Her full-length verse drama Caeneus and Poseidon premiered in March 2017 as part of the Second Stages series at Dragon Theatre in Redwood City, CA. She is currently president of the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, a founding member of Ex Nihilo Theater, and a member of the Pear Writers’ Guild, Theatre Bay Area (2015 TITAN award finalist), and the Dramatists’ Guild.  She is pursuing a low-residency MFA in creative writing from Spalding University.
Featuring Kyle McReddie, Charles Lewis III and Dorian Lockett. Directed by Christian Haines

“The Baes of Our Lives” by Meghan Kathleen O’Connor


Meghan Kathleen O’Connor is a playwright based out of San Francisco. Her work has been produced by the Olympians Festival, FoolsFury, Berkeley’s Playground playwright incubator, and Killing My Lobster. She is also a proud and enthusiastic member of comedy improv team Chinese Ballroom, who performs the first Friday of every month at 10pm at PianoFight.

Featuring: Jan Gilbert, Matt Gunnison, and Juliana Lustenader. Directed by Colin Johnson


“The Pitch” by Sam Hurwitt


Sam Hurwitt is a freelance theater critic for the East Bay Times, Mercury News and Marin Independent Journal. His trilogy of plays about great women of Greek mythology (Helen, Penelope and Medea) had staged readings in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 San Francisco Olympians Festival. His short play “Moon Vixens” was produced as part of Pint Sized Plays this May, and his short horror comedy “Cereal Offender” will be competing in ShortLived at PianoFight immediately after this edition of (In Search of) The Funniest Play Ever. Like, the very next day! Everything’s coming up Hurwitt.
Featuring Claire Rice and Lucas Buckman. Directed by Anthony R. Miller

“Twinkie” by Emily Stapleton

emilyEmily Stapleton has had a passion for theater ever since landing her first major role as a singing cow in her third grade school production. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in theater from UCLA and spent several years in Los Angeles working as a stage manager, actor, production coordinator, prop designer, and sound operator at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre. Since returning to the Bay Area, where she was born and raised, Emily has enjoyed teaching college undergraduate and high school courses in Theater and English as well as directing high school productions and creating original work with her students. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Drama from San Francisco State University.

Featuring Emily Stapleton, Laura Peterson, and Alandra Hileman. Directed by Melissa Haines

“Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” by C.P. Kenbridge

vinceCP Kenbridge is a playwright, poet, and activist  who works primarily out of Scandinavia and other places. Rurally self-educated, their work has appeared on posters outside Svenska Komedihuset (The Swedish Comedy House), in promotional material for the Annikki International Poetry Festival in Finland, and even in public venues. Kenbridge draws inspiration from their years living in isolation among fjords and the humor that stems from the sunless days of winter.

Featuring Jayme Catalano and Tavis Kammet, Directed by Jess Thomas