November 8 Lineup (Round 4)

Sang S. Kim , Bridgette Dutta Portman, and Kyle McCurdy have all been selected for the semi-final round. Now we choose the fourth and final warrior of whimsy, one last juggernaut of jokes, one more jouster of jocularity, the person who may be the person who writes what could eventually become THE FUNNIEST PLAY EVER!

Love Is On The Menu by Melissa Keith


MELISSA KEITH is a playwright, actress, director and definitely not a kidnapper. Most recently, she directed Killing My Lobster’s puppet sketch comedy show, PUPPETRY OF THE LOBSTER. She is a resident playwright with PlayGround and is currently enjoying her fifth year in the writers pool. Her short play MISSION: AMBIVALENT was part of last season’s Best of PlayGround 21, which is nominated for TBA’s 2017 Outstanding Anthology Production. Melissa has also worked with Virago, SF Shakespeare Festival, KML, NCTC, Open Tab, Theatre Rhino, and PCSF. She does not have anyone held against their will in her basement, however you still can’t come over just to check it out, because of other reasons.

Featuring Charles Lewis III, Puja Tolton, and Matt Gunnison. Directed by Colin Johnson

You Dream Mad Bruh? by Nora Doane


Nora is just another Bay Area, tech-employed artist trying to make her way in this wide world. When she’s not writing or performing at Pianofight, Nora can be found working, sleeping, or correcting others’ grammar nation-wide — occasionally all at the same time.

Featuring Melissa Keith, Chris Morrell, and Chris Magee. Directed by Claire Rice



HMO-Z by Sean Garahan


Sean Garahan is a local actor, playwright, and teaching artist. He was recently seen as 15 different characters in the Ross Valley Players production of The 39 Steps – A TBA nominated production! You can check out what he’s up to next at

Featuring Randy Russell, Sissy St. Maarten and Shara Tonn. Directed by Jess Thomas

R & J by E.B. Mitchell

ebEB Mitchell is a theatre artist in the area who hasn’t tried their hand at playwriting in quitesome time. They’re thrilled to be making their Bay Area writing debut at PianoFight and hope that you get a chuckle out of their play!


Featuring Jamella Cross and Tavis Kammet. Directed by Alandra Hileman


The Cat by Christian Simonsen

simonsenChristian Simonsen’s plays have been produced in San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Columbus, and Louisville, as well as overseas in Seoul, Sydney, Oxford, and London. (He is very pleased that he just got to use the “Oxford Comma” following the actual word “Oxford”). Christian’s short play Eve of the Vertebrates won 1st Place in the 2016 Stony Brook University Science Playwriting Competition. His current project is writing for Killing My Lobster’s sketch comedy show, Bag of Dickens.

Featuring Laura Peterson, Meghan Chambers, and Kyle McReddie. Directed by Aeron Macintyre.