LCTC’s mission is to develop and produce new LGBTQ+ works and one of the best ways to do that is to provide a place where playwrights and playwrights-to-be can bring their work; to hear it read out loud; to get supportive, constructive criticism; and to brainstorm when they feel stuck.

Are you working on a play and need some honest input that your mom and your Great Aunt Trudy just can’t give you?
You should come to the workshop.

Do you have an idea that’s been bouncing around in your head that won’t let you sleep until you write it down?
You should come to the Workshop.

Do you have a script in your bottom drawer that you can’t finish and you can’t abandon? Do you want to write plays but haven’t had a great idea yet?

Come to the Workshop, already!

Chris Maltby, a playwright, actor, and director for LCTC, will be hosting workshops on four Sundays in April and May (4/21, 4/26, 5/10 and 5/17) from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Mary Louise Stong meeting room on the first floor of the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

The Workshops are free and open to anyone who is writing or wants to write a play with an LGBTQ+ theme. In each session, four playwrights cast their plays from the assembled workshop members who will read up to 15 pages of each play. This will be the first time many of the playwrights have heard their words spoken - which is sometimes frightening, but always exciting and enlightening.

After each reading, the group will spend another 15 minutes discussing the play and giving feedback. The core principle of feedback in the Playwriting Workshops is that it should be honest, respectful and constructive. Ideally, each playwright will leave the session with a much clearer idea of what works in their script and what doesn’t along with some thoughts on how to proceed.

While we don’t require attendance at all four sessions, we strongly encourage everyone who joins to do so. The Workshop is a time to get constructive input from other writers who are committed to helping one another make better theater, and the process works best if everyone signs on for the whole series.

Space for the Workshop is limited to 14. Please RSVP here on 2/20 or later, you’ll find an RSVP list if you’d like to save a spot.

Bring anything you want to have read and discussed - short plays, one-acts or full-length scripts - bearing in mind that you’ll only be able to share a maximum of 15 pages per session. .

LCTC will be accepting submissions for a staged reading in 2020 for an anthology of short plays, tentatively titled “Queerstory: Forgotten Moments and Figures of Queer History,” just a few weeks after the last meeting of the Workshop. If you decide to write a play for submission to “Queerstory,” you’ll have the benefit of hearing your play read and critiqued by the group, and potentially have a completed work we can consider for the reading.

“Queerstory '' will be a collection of six to seven 10- to 15-minute one acts, each dealing with an unknown or little-known event, person or group in LGBTQ+ history. Beyond those parameters, surprise us! We want to hear the stories of an unknown LGBTQ+ person or an unknown/underrepresented LGBTQ+ story that you think deserves more attention than history has given them.

Writing within a theme and a page limit is an excellent way to get going if you’re just starting out, or even to just help blast your way out of a bout of writer’s block.We are dedicated to helping writers get better at their craft - which, in turn, helps LCTC curate strong and important plays for us to produce. . Many scripts that started in our Playwriting Workshop have been included in our anthologies, and we plan to keep doing so as long as there are stories to tell that haven’t been told. In other words: forever.

See you at the library!


Left Coast Theatre Co. Playwrights Workshop
Dates: 4/12, 4/26, 5/10 and 5/17
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street
Stong Meeting Room, First Floor


April 1, 2022


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Exit Theatre
100 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94102


Left Coast Theatre Co.