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Rough Reading Series@ Stanford /Theater Of Yugen Presents THE SUPREME LEADER By Don Nguyen

Playwrights Foundations presentation of Don Nguyen's reading will help him polish the script for its world premiere at the Dallas Theatre Center, opening June 3- July 12 at their Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. A highly comic take on the bratty coming of age of Kim Jong-Un, yes the very North Korean dictator we are all too familiar with. The #RoughReadings Series is a monthly series of new works by rising national playwrights. It is in its 12th year thanks to the National Center for New Plays at Stanford University. Come join us to listen to a new work in development, meet the writer, and participate in the creative effort of bringing contemporary theater to life. Like the Playwrights Festival the works are presented by Bay Area professional actors and directors. Two readings are held for each script. The Rough Readings are produced in partnership with National Center for New Plays at Stanford University. All readings are Pay What You Can.

2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival July 19 to 28 2019

The 42nd Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the premiere festival for new works on the west coast, runs July 19th - 28th returning to the Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107. Over 700 scripts were submitted for this year's festival. The final six talented emerging playwrights from across the country will each have two readings of a new work; presented by the Bay Area's top acting talent. Final playwrights will be announced in April and tickets for the festival will go on sale in May.

Supreme Leader by Don Nguyen, directed by Ken Savage

April 8, 7:30pm, Roble Hall, Stanford University, April 9, 7:00pm, Theatre of Yugen, SF

The Supreme Leader by Don Nguyen

Playwright Don Nguyen's Supreme Leader is a coming of age story centered on Kim Jong-Un's early days at an international school in Switzerland. This ninety minute political comedy compares Eastern and Western cultures through the snow globe lens of neutral Switzerland and explores the folly of two clashing cultures as Kim Jong-Un learns what it takes to become the next Supreme Leader of North Korea.

Don Nguyen's (playwright) full length plays include: Sound (Azeotrope/ACT Seattle), Red Flamboyant (Firebone Theatre Company), The Commencement of William Tan (Yale Cabaret), The Man From Saigon (ACT New Strands Festival), The Supreme Leader (Alley Theatre All New Festival, Roundabout Underground Reading Series).

Don is the recipient of the 2015 GAP Prize from the Aurora Theatre, a New York Stage & Film Founder's award and has been a finalist for The O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Princess Grace Award, and The Woodward International Playwriting Prize. Don is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, an alumni of The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group and The Civilians R&D Group, and a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens based theatre arts collective. More info at:

Ken Savage (director) is a Bay Area theater director, producer, and teacher. He is the Associate Producer at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco where he works as a New Works producer for new play and musical commissions and A.C.T.'s annual New Strands Festival. Ken is also a director in A.C.T.'s Master in Fine Arts Acting Program and a musical theater faculty member in the Young Conservatory.

Playwrights Foundation
Spring Rough Reading Series thru May 2019

Supreme Leader by Don Nguyen, directed by Ken Savage

April 8, 7:30pm, Roble Hall, Stanford University

April 9, 7:00pm, Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco

The Garbologists by Lyndsay Joelle, directed by Jessica Bird

May 20, 7:30pm, Roble Hall, Stanford University

May 21, 7:00pm, Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco


Playwrights Foundation (PF) was founded in 1976, and is today widely recognized as one of the top play development labs in the U.S. Our artistic purpose is to support and champion contemporary playwrights in the creation of new works to sustain theater as a vital, dynamic art form. PF seeks to identify exceptional emerging artists and give them space and time to explore new theatrical ideas and forms in an environment free from the pressures of the marketplace.

By providing a creative home for largely unknown, exceptional local and national playwrights, and committing to accelerating their careers, PF fulfills an essential need in the cultural ecology of the Bay Area. In so doing, we have earned a national reputation for introducing a truly diverse range of singular, boundary-breaking new voices to the American stage, challenging assumptions about subject matter and artistic complexity. The only development lab of its size and scope on the West Coast, PF is widely recognized for its programmatic excellence. Our programs include the Bay Area Playwrights Festival; the Resident Playwrights Initiative; and the Producing Partnership Initiative, which includes our monthly Rough Readings Series.


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