The Piedmont Center Players present

An Evening of Original One-Act Plays
Directed by Beth Donovan

June 10 – June 19

Tickets available at:

Join Piedmont Players for our First One-Act Play Festival—an exciting exercise in creativity, utilizing a simple park bench as the set for original works written for this Festival by Bay Area playwrights.

Each play was selected by a reading committee of local theater professionals from a large pool of submissions and then crafted into this evening's superb entertainment with outstanding local actors. A most engaging theatrical event – not to be missed!

June 10 -& 11, at 8 pm; Sunday, June 12 at 7 pm and

June 17 & 18, at 8 pm; Sunday, June 19 at 7 pm.


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Barbara Anderson - Perfect Parents

When I retired I began writing and walking full time. My book “Letters from the Way” was published in 2015. My full-length play, “Fugitive Colors” had staged readings in San Francisco, NYC, Detroit, Mountainview and was a finalist at Ashland. “Telecommuters” and “The Birders” were presented at the Pear Theater, May 2016.  I am very please that Perfect Parents is being performed in Piedmont.

Abe Bernstein - It Was Our Mothers

Abe has been performing in the Bay Area since the late 90’s, with Stagebridge, Temescal Arts Center, Fringe of Marin, and Berkeley Rep among some of his venues. He studied storytelling with Kirk Waller and Michael Katz, and most lately, acting with Michael French of this company. He brings a wide­ranging knowledge of theatre to his own writing.

Leah Halper - A Billion Goodbyes

Leah Halper is an award­winning California writer with a quirky global perspective. Her plays have been widely produced. Her ten­minute Ready was a Heideman Award finalist, and she’s an Arts Council Silicon Valley Playwriting Fellow. She is associated with the Dramatists Guild, PlayGround at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, City Lights Theatre Company, and the Pear Theatre Writers Guild. She’s worked as a journalist, coffee picker, house­cleaner, reporter, peace activist, historian, and translator; she creates frog habitat whenever she can.

Mercilee "Lee" Jenkins - Memory Loop

Mercilee Jenkins’ one act play, Winning, will be published in The Best American Short Plays 2014-2015 and was produced at PianoFight in San Francisco this year, as was her latest short play, Playhouse for the Planet.  Her full-length play Spirit of Detroit, was produced in Detroit in 2014.  She is a winner of Poets 11, the San Francisco citywide poetry contest.  Her short story, “The Day Mel Tormé Died” was published in the anthology, Sisters Born, Sisters Found

Carol Marshall - It's Midnight...

Carol has had her plays produced by Marin Fringe Festival (Best Play Award), Playground-SF (Emerging Playwright Award), Asian American Actors Ensemble, and others.  She studied play writing with Susan Jackson at San Francisco City College, works for UC Berkeley in Student Affairs, and resides in beautiful El Sobrante

Jan Probst - Legacy of Lillian

Jan Probst is an actor/playwright who is always happy to see one of her plays take flight. Her work has been on stage at the SF Fringe Fest, Women’s Work, Speakeasy Theatre, Exit Café, Off­Market Theater, Cutting Ball, Monday Night Marsh and The Kennedy Center.

Diane Sampson - Who's My Baby Now

DIANE has written over 50 short plays, many performed in venues as far afield as Seattle and Miami. Full­lengths include C harlotte Takes the Plunge, Naked , and W hat We Owe. She’s written the l yrics and melodies (co­writer of books) for two musicals, W rites and Re­writes and O h, Progeny! (two Bay Area productions). Her newest musical, The Tale of Sleeping Cutie, ran successfully in San Francisco in 2014. Diane is a proud PlayGround alumnus and member of the Dramatists Guild.

Jeff Swan - HOV POW

Jeff is a playwright, actor and lighting designer. He has designed lights from Santa Cruz to Redwood City, played on the boards across the South Bay and now enters the phase of writing plays, short and long, for the past five years. Jeff thanks Elizabeth for proof reading and exceptional support. Enjoy.

David Wilcox - Seven Stories Down

David Wilcox’s full­length play L atent Image was a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Center’s national competition in 2014. In 2015 Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette produced a staged reading directed by Michael French. His full­length K iss of the Spider Woman for Sherlock Hound was a winner in the Chameleon Theatre’s competition in 2015. His one­act “The Code” won first prize in the University of Illinois’ Gun Play competition for 2015.

Lesli "Zee" Zephyr - Space Pirates

L. Zephyr's short plays have been performed in NYC, Chicago, Florida, Texas and Northern California. She is a member of the PlayGround Writers Pool, and PCSF. She is currently working on two full lengths, because one is not difficult enough. She resides in No. California, however she is looking at Canada in case the unimaginable occurs this coming November.