In The Beginning . . .
Left Coast Theatre Co. was formed in the spring of 2012 by Rodney “Rhoda” Taylor and Joseph Frank, two members of the successful gay men’s writing group, GuyWriters Playwrights. After working on several successful productions of the Eat Our Shorts series of short plays, Rodney and Joe left GuyWriters to create a new company with the broader mission of developing and producing new queer-themed plays written by local and national LGBT playwrights. To further LCTC’s development objective, Rodney and Joe began hosting monthly writing workshops for playwrights to hone their work in a judgement-free, constructive space.
In September of 2012, LCTC made its debut with Family Programming at the Shelton Theater in the bustling Union Square district of San Francisco. Family Programming featured seven short plays written by Bay Area playwrights as well as our first national submissions. These quirky, absurd, and over-the-top comedic shorts took audiences on a journey to discover the characters and characteristics of queer family life — both the chosen family and the family we were given. The 4-week run was a success with both audiences and critics alike.
LCTC continued building its reputation, its expertise and its group of contributing playwrights with I’m Not OK, Cupid in the fall of 2013 and Twisted Fairy Tales in the spring of 2014. Twisted Fairy Tales was not only a hit with critics and audiences, it went on to be recognized by Theatre Bay Area with a nomination as Best Anthology at the first-ever Theatre Bay Area Awards in November 2014.
For the 2014/2015 season, we presented two more anthologies. Shock & Awww and #WTFamily. Family has always been a fertile subject for our stories and we struck gold with #WTFamily. It was our most artistically complex anthology to date and earned us the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Anthology for 2015.
Always striving to grow artistically, we took new – and very divergent – paths for our next shows. Screaming Queens, our first Halloween offering, brought an LGBT perspective to classic horror subjects from haunted houses to the Zombie Apocalypse. San Francisco, Here I Come! was our most challenging production to date. Whereas LCTC’s earlier shows had combined the best of the submissions received from writers in the Bay Area and beyond, SFHIC was the first LCTC production to be conceived and written in-house by our excellent and growing group of affiliated playwrights. Set in a single San Francisco apartment, SFHIC gave the audience six stories of LGBT experience from a noir-ish-1949 to a tech-crazed 2018 and explored the complicated relationship our community has with the City by the Bay. Critics deemed it “important” and a clear indication that LCTC was maturing in its writing, acting and production. Audiences laughed and cried and raved about the experience.
Recognition and Pride
When the nominations for the Theatre Bay Area Awards were announced in the fall of 2016, both Screaming Queens and San Francisco, Here I Come! were included in the Best Anthology category. We are proud of the work we have done in our first four years and are eager to take on new challenges in the future, which will include an expanded schedule and a move to a more permanent home at the iconic Shelton Theater.
The Morning After
7 Short Plays
November 2-18, 2017
Much of our lives are defined by big events: weddings, funerals, breakups, proposals, birthdays, coming out. But sometimes it’s the morning after that really changes our lives. This collection of shorts showcases the hilarity, the joy, the grief, the angst, and the uncertainty of the morning after the big event.
By Neil Higgins
Directed by Erica Andracchio
Cast: Paul Renolis
Eric wakes up the morning after being proposed to by his longtime boyfriend. Normally he would be very excited, but he has very little recollection of the evening. Once the hangover wears off, will he be able to piece together what happened?
The Morning After Prom
By Richard S. Sargent
Directed by Terry Maloney Haley
Cast: Kai Brothers, Stefin Collins, Gabriel Motarjemi, Kim Saunders
The tacky dresses. The cheesy music. The unfortunate erections. Everyone remembers their prom. Well, maybe not everyone. And at this school, it's not just the students who like to party.
King For A Day
By Rita Long
Directed by Geoffrey Malveaux
Cast: Ryan Engstrom,Gary Giurbino, Kaitlyn McCoy, Krystle Piamonte,
After a psychedelic trip the night before, one lesbian's fantasy is her girlfriend's nightmare. Luckily, their two best gay male friends know when to call bullshit, proving that fantasy is sometimes the very best way to keep things real.
The Morning After Alex Leaves
By Hannah Vaughn
Directed by Allie Moss
Cast: Anastasia Durbala, Kim Saunders
Alex has gone away to college leaving nothing but an emotional void in her mothers' lives. But the morning after Alex's first night away, empty-nesters Lori and Sandy attempt to cope with this new separation in very different ways.
My Fairy Drag Mothers
By Neil Higgins
Directed by Christian Heppinstall
Cast: Ryan Engstrom, Nick Leonard, Paul Renolis
The morning after doing drag for the first time, Sam wakes up to two fairy drag mothers who have magically appeared to help him learn what it means to be a queen. Without their knowing it, they also embody pressures put on gay men by their own community.
One Night Fran and the Morning After
By Adam Szudrich
Directed by Christopher Chase
Cast: Mandy Brown, Courtney Russell, Kim Saunders
Three very different women go on a date with Fran - but who will she pick the morning after?
The Morning After My Family Fell Apart (A Musical)
by Jen Coogan
Directed by ShawnJ West
Cast: Mandy Brown, Gary Giurbino, Donny Goglio, Chris Maltby, Courtney Russell
Mark's conservative parents have just discovered he is gay. Not knowing how to cope with this, they consider sending Mark to Camp Conversion - a conversion therapy themed summer camp.But every decision has consequences.