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'1 2 3', ON CLOVER ROAD and THE RULES to Premiere as Part of SF Playhouse's 2015-16 Sandbox Series


San Francisco Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English and Producing Director Susi Damilano continue to build on the momentum of the Award-Winning Sandbox Series which is celebrating its seventh season, by increasing the selections in the 2015-2016 series to three world premieres.

The three world premieres of the 2015-16 Sandbox Series follow the Truth and Dare theme of the Mainstage selections. "Each one of these plays presents us with a difficult truth, a fresh truth, a complicated truth, and dares us to change and to change the world around us. They dare us to reconsider our world view," noted Artistic Director Bill English. "This has always been the job of playwrights -- prophetic voices who relentlessly distill fresh truths that challenge us to transform ourselves and our community for the better."

The 2015-16 Sandbox Series of World Premieres:

1 2 3
A play about abandonment and ballroom dancing
World Premiere
Written by Lila Rose Kaplan, Directed by Lauren English
August 12th to September 5th, 2015. Opens August 15th , 2015

When their radical parents are imprisoned for domestic terrorism, sisters 1, 2, and 3 are sent to live with different foster families. 1 loses herself in history, 2 dances, and 3 captures all of it -- and more -- on video. But will they be able to hold together when Mom is released from prison? 1 2 3 is a dark, funny drama about a rift between sisters and what it takes to grow up.

On Clover Road
A thriller
World Premiere
Written by Steven Dietz
October 28th to November 22nd, 2015. Opens October 25th, 2015

An abandoned motel. A distraught mother. A cruel private investigator. Will mother and daughter be reunited? How far can you push the bonds of family-and how far will you go to bring them back? In this smart, harrowing, edge-of-your-seat thriller, the answers are shocking. On Clover Road is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.

The Rules
A late coming of age story
World Premiere
Written by Dipika Guha
February 24th to March 20th, 2016. Opens February 27th, 2016

When Ana, Julia and Mehr all fall in love with the same mysterious man, these old friends must reexamine the rules of love, friendship, and how we communicate in our technologically-saturated world. Dipika Guha's The Rules is a "late coming of age story" following Ana, as she redefines how she views herself, her closest friends, and what it means to love.

Founded in 2003 and boasting 2500 subscribers, the only mid-sized professional venue in downtown San Francisco, San Francisco Playhouse has quickly filled the need for a broad-based intimate, professional presenter of edgy premieres and re-invigorated classics.

The mission of The Sandbox Series is to promote new works utilizing top-notch directors and actors. The presentations will have limited design elements thus reducing the costs and risk of each production. By reducing risk, we hope to bridge the gap between "readings" and "Mainstage" productions and thus provide increased exposure to the new voices in American Theater.

Season Subscriptions are available immediately online at, or by calling the box office at 415-677-9596. Sandbox Series subscription packages are available for $40 for all three plays. Single tickets are $20, and will go on sale to the public on June 1. Six-play Mainstage subscriptions range from $130 to $360.

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