ANNOUNCING THE WRITERS FOR THE 2019 SF OLYMPIANS FESTIVAL 10: YOU’VE GOT GAUL!

WEEK ONE (November 6-9): GREETINGS FROM SUNNY GAUL!

Novemer 6: Golden God
Full Length: BELENUS by Jason Mendez

November 7: Master of The Hunt
Full Length: CERNUNNOS by Stuart Bousel

November 8: Lord of the Sky
Full Length: TARANIS by Trevor Scott Floyd *

November 9: Water Maidens and Country Queens
Short: CERIDWEN by Annette Roman
Short: COVENTIA by Mads Leigh Faire *
Short: SEQUANA by Carl Lucania *
Short: EPONA by Juliana Lustenader *
Short: ROSMERTA by Tessa Nicholls *
Short: SULEVIAE by Jeanie Ngo
Short: SIRONA by Eteya Trinidad *
Short: CATHUBODUA- Alma Pasic Tran *

WEEK TWO (November 13-16): HAIL BRITANNIA!

November 13: Prydain (Wales)
One-Act: ARIANRHOD, BLODEUWEDD, GWYDION and MATH AP MATHONWY by Naseem Baidey * and Edward Morgan *

Short: ARAWN by Kristin Hall *
Short: MANAWYDAN AP LLYR by Kirk Shimano
Short: GOVANNON by Stacey Winn
Short: RHIANNON by Kristina May Babbit *

November 14: Heroes of Eire
One-Act: CU CHULAINN by Kyle McReddie *
One-Act: FIONN MAC CUMHAILL by Neil Higgins

November 15: Queens of Ulster
One-Act: DEIRDRE by Ai
One-Act: MEAVE by Elizabeth Flanagan

November 16: The Raven Goddess
Full-Length: MORRIGAN by John Elison and Meg Elison *

WEEK THREE (November 20-23): VIVE CAMELOT!

November 20: And To All A Good Knight
Short: SIR TRISTRAM by Marissa Skudlarek
Short: SIR KAY by Alan Coyne
Short: SIR GALAHAD by Carson Beker
Short: SIR GAWAIN by Alandra Hileman
Short: SIR GARETH by Michelle Elaine Ianiro
Short: SIR BEDIVERE by Alandra Hileman
Short: SIR PELLINORE by Carson Beker
Short: SIR PERCIVAL by Marissa Skudlarek
Short: SIR MORDRED by Sunil Patel

November 21: Wyrd Sisters
Short: ELAINE, Queen of Garlot by Elaine Gavin *
One Act: MORGAUSE by Lucy Knight *
One Act: MORGANNA by Jessica Chisum
Short: IGRAINE- Nirmala Nataraj

November 22: Age of Chivalry
Curtain Warmer: ELAINE OF ASTOLAT by Meghan O’Connor
Full Length: ARTHUR, LAUNCELOT and GUINEVERE by Brian Allan Hobbs *
Curtain Closer: ELAINE OF CORBENIC by Allison Page

November 23: Master Class
Full Length: MERLIN by Karl Schackne *

* Writing for The Festival for the First Time!

The 2018 SF Olympians Festival is Here!

It’s an excursion to Rome, where the mythologies of the world crossed paths!

Since 2010 the festival has featured the work of 110 Writers, 85 Directors, 447 Actors, and 45 Fine Artists!

 This year we are excited to debut 27 new plays by 28 writers, 10 of whom will be contributing written work to the festival for the first time! The plays range from shorts to one-acts and full-lengths, and each one explores a different legend or god from the mythology of Ancient Rome. Though exclusively local in the past, the 2018 festival includes a number of non-Bay Area writers, brought into the festival for the first time to honor the expanding spirit of Rome that built the Roman Roads! This year’s festival also features a serial, created by a team of writers and other artists, played out over eight separate nights!

The 2018 festival is 12 nights from October 3rd to the 20th, Wednesday through Saturday, at the EXIT Stage Left Theatre in San Francisco (156 Eddy Street). Tickets are $10.00 at the door, and can be purchased starting at 7:30 the night of the show, or for $12 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets. All shows begin at 8 PM. Audience members who attend more than four nights get the fifth free.

Advance Tickets available at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3583969

Please note, only 1/4 of the box office each night can be purchased in advance. 3/4ths of the box office of each night can only be purchased in cash at the door of the theater, half an hour before the start of the show.

This year’s company includes: Janelle Aguire, Joe Ayers, Chris Anderson, Vonn Scott Bair, Erika Bakse, Sara-Jean Bartky, Stacy Beckley, Eric J. Berglund, Kerri Blake Cavanaugh, Sara Breindel, Brianna Cala, David Chalk, Zoe Chien, Andrew Chung, Christy Conway, Amy Cook, Ronald Cook, AJ Davenport, Adrian Deane, Jason Vuong Do, Laura Domingo, Raisa Donato, Pam Drummer Williams, Ellen Dunphy, Juliana Egley, Alisha Ehrlich, Ciera Eis, Mikl Em, Spencer Evans, Valerie Fachman, Vince Faso, John Ferreira, Ashley Gennarelli, Lorenz Angelo Gonzales, Toni Lynn Guidry, Matt Gunnison, Julian Harbison, Don Hardwick, Abigail S. Henderson, Alice Highman, Michael Houston, Gary Hughes, Colin Hussey, Pamela Ignacio, Amanda C. Johnston, Tirumari Jothi, Moses Kaplan, Heather Kellogg, Helen Kim, Wiley Kornbluh, Rebekah Kouy-Ghadosh, Christina Lancaster, Sophia Lanza-Weil, Amanda Lee, Scott Lettieri, Brian Levi, Will Livingston, Carl Lucania, Alissa Magrill, Steve Mallers, Nicole Martin, Kristina May, James McGarry, Jennifer McNeal, Kyle McReddie, Alex Mechanic, Risa Moreno, Sarah Negron, Rebecca Newton, Nicole Odell, Ely Sonny Orquiza, Kaitlyn Ortega, Sunil Patel, Gerardo Paz, Genevieve Perdue, Jared Polivka, Miguel Ramirez, Jess Rankin, Bruce Reif, Rana Rines, Leer Relleum, Kelly Rinehart, Renee Rogoff, Rick Roitinger, Alison Sacha Ross, Kim Saunders, Marshall F. Scott, Lynda Sheridan, Dillon Siedentopf, Marissa Skudlarek, Jacob Soss, Sidney Spiegel, Stephanie Thomas, Kaz Valtchev, Vicki Victoria, Zoheb Virani, Wera von Wulfen, Alejandra Wahl, Sam Wessels, Karl Wieser, Lauren Yellow, Ted Zoldan

This year’s fine artists include: Nathan Anderson, Christopher Bauman, Molly Benson, Donald Bolin, Liz Conley, Rogernald “Rusty” Jackson, Emily C. Martin, Ashley Kea Ramos, Cody Rishell, Rachel Vanderpool, Terezi Velasco

The art will be on display at the EXIT Theatre the entire month of October!

The festival runs Wednesday-Saturday, October 3- October 20. All shows begin at 8 PM. Here is the line-up:

SF OLYMPIANS IX: ROMAN HOLIDAY (10/3-10/20)

Week One: IMPERIAL WORLD (10/3-10/6)

Wednesday, October 3: The Way In

JANUS by Ai, Directed by Finn Ware
HE can’t end; SHE can’t start. Janus, the God of Beginnings and Endings, split in two and stuck in the middle. It’s a new Divine Comedy for our times.

Thursday, October 4: The Venerable Father

SATURN by John Lamar Elison, Directed by Dan Kurtz
Sometimes, sons become fathers. Fathers become Gods. And sometimes Gods die.

Friday, October 5: Capitoline Triad

JUPITER/JUNO/MINERVA by Laylah Muran de Assereto, Directed by Dan Wilson
Sometimes resistance looks like tea and cookies with a General.

Saturday, October 6: The Prodigal Son 
Directed by Sara Judge

MARS by John Lennon Harrison
In a world on built on mistrust, can Mars kill his people with kindness before they burn him at the stake?

CUPID by Jason Mendez
That moment when the woman of your dreams meets the love of your life. Yeah it’s that kind of love story.

PSYCHE by Terezi Harrison
The best way to cope with the past is to laugh about it.

Week Two: DIVINE DESCENT (10/10-10/13)

Wednesday, October 10: The Legacy

AENEAS by Stuart Bousel, Directed by Alejandro Torres
All stories have an ending, all endings become beginnings.

Thursday, October 11: The Founders
Directed by Juliana Lustenader  

ROMULUS by John Patrick Bray
A school is only as strong as its twin spirits.

REMUS or THE FIRE WOLVES by Jessica Chisum
During the worst forest fire in the history of Washington state, a tech giant’s best-laid schemes come to a screeching halt. A CEO is missing in the wilderness, and the man who saw him last speaks only in riddles. As the fires close in, a young biologist tracks a lone wolf searching for answers.

Friday, October 12: The Inheretors

JULIUS CEASAR by Allison Page, Directed by Allison Page
With great power comes great ego. A seemingly quiet man named Julius is named Manager In Perpetuity at a smoothie stand in a dying American mall. While his grand plans begin to take shape, angst in the mall is about to boil over. Et tu, Briana?

OCTAVIAN AUGUSTUS by Nic Sommerfeld, Directed by Kieran Beccia
The Society of Historically Accurate Porn is here to answer all your hard questions. This year’s feature, a private meeting between Marc Antony and Octavian Augustus.

Saturday, October 13: The Origin

VENUS by Christine Keating, Directed by Alessandro McLaughlin
They’re The Venutians. They’re not like other girls.

BELLONA by Bridgette Dutta Portman, Directed by Jerome Josephe Gentes
Press the button. You know you want to.

VICTORIA by Annette Roman, Directed by Jerome Josephe Gentes
As opposing factions fight over whether to preserve or remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the statues of the Goddess of Victory and Joseph Stalin—as well as some surprise guests—debate their role as historical monuments.

Week Three: HEARTH & TOWN & COUNTRY & TOMB (10/17-10/20)

Wednesday, October 17: The Secret Keeper

VESTA by Veronica Tjioe, Directed by Lily Sorenson
This play for anyone who has struck through a whole damn box of matches with no luck. It is also good for fans of mail, democracy, and toucans.

Thursday, October 18: Gods! Gods! Gods!
Directed by Sophia Mia Dipaola

NEPTUNE by Elizabeth Flanagan
He thought it was ancient history.

MERCURY by Nicole Jost

Sex and money can’t be exchanged when communications misfire. Is this Mercury’s hand? Or is there something else bumming you out?

APOLLO by Kirk Shimano
ARE YOU RRRR-READY TO…COMPARE THE RELATIVE CULTURAL IMPACT OF TWO RATHER SIGNIFICANT DEITIES OF THE ROMAN PANTHEON-NNNNNN?!?!?

VULCAN by Casey Busher
Do a workhorse and a show pony make the perfect couple–or just a couple of animals

SOL by Christian Simonsen and Lisa Kee-Hamasaki
How can the ancient God of Truth survive in the modern world of lies? By working as a K-J at The Golden Emu Karaoke Lounge!

QUIRINUS by Eve Edelson
Orpheus swears he didn’t kill Eurydice – but Quirinus wants that confession, one way or another.

DIS by Maury Zeff
Purgatory is for lovers

FAUNUS by Meghan Kathleen O’Connor
Ever been mistaken for another person? More than once? How about for thousands of years? Faunus knows the feeling. Don’t worry, he’s super-fine-not-resentful-totes-chill-fiiiiiiiine.

Friday, October 19: Aventine Triad

CERES/LIBER/LIBERA by Barry Eitel, Directed by Cole Ferraiuolo
At a humble diner in small town Ohio, suburban authoritarians, war weary soldiers, glassy eyed profiteers, and star-crossed lovers collide as an empire teeters on collapse.

Saturday, October 20: The Triple Goddess
Directed by Stuart Bousel

DIANA by Libby Emmons
The vestal virgins bring Diana back from the dead and turn her from the huntress into a goddess of fertility.

LUNA by Neil Higgins
Can a name embody all that it is to be a goddess? Keep in mind: language is an inherently meaningless human construction.

TRIVIA by Alan Coyne
A meeting at the crossroads leads to matched wits, riches wished, and a switch. Which witch is which?

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER:

A SERIAL: CLEOPATRA or NOT THAT CLEOPATRA or NOT CLEOPATRA: A SEARCH FOR THE UNKNOWABLE QUEEN
by Carson Beker and Nara Dahlbacka
(With Patricia Reynoso, Cody Rishell, Kitty Torres)
Directed by Carson Beker and Nara Dahlbacka
October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 19
Killer Queen, Cunning linguist, colonizer, badass, icon, last pharaoh of Egypt, femme fatale, or collective fever dream? Who, what, and where is Cleopatra, and who are we for looking anyway?

Advance Tickets available at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3583969

Please note, only 1/4 of the box office each night can be purchased in advance. 3/4ths of the box office of each night can only be purchased in cash at the door of the theater, half an hour before the start of the show.

Thank You To Our Amazing 2018 Donors!

Autumn is here, and that means it’s SFOlympians Time!

We couldn’t be here each year without all of our amazing donors, which include but are not limited to:

Anonymous
Louise Castaldi
Beth Charley
Jeremy Cole
Bridgette Dutta Portman
Eve Edelson
Robert Estes
Stepahnie Ann Foster
Jerome Joseph Gentes
Matthew Gunnison
Valerie Hilshorst
Brian Katz
Christine Keating
Maurya Keating
Dan Kurtz
Richard Livingston
Tonya Narvaez
Tiana No
Genevieve Perdue
Madeline Puccioni
Annette Roman
Tamara Thalleen
Miguel Veloz
Wolfgang Weber
Teri Whipple
Oren Williams
Maury Zeff

with Paul Anderson,
Hemi-Demi-Semi-God of Fractionality, Optimistic Haircuts, Lesser Lemuria, and Ornery Varmints,

Robin Bousel,
Goddess of Resilience, Chocolates, Arizona, and Pensive Peacocks,

and Marissa Skudlarek,
Goddess of nostalgia, chocolate croissants, Crater Lake,
and melancholy swans.

Thanks for your incredible support, everyone!

OPENING THE SUBMISSIONS FOR SF OLYMPIANS X!

Happy Labor Day!

Opening the submissions for SAN FRANCISCO OLYMPIANS FESTIVAL X: YOU’VE GOT GAUL!

Want to write for the Olympians Festival?

Well, now is your chance!

We are now accepting submissions for the 2019 San Francisco Olympians Festival, a multi-discipline, nationally and internationally recognized new works theater festival based at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco!
Proposals due by midnight on October 15th, with the line-up for next year’s festival to be announced 10/31/2018. Our first meeting will be on December 12 of 2018.

The festival will take place in November of 2019, from November 6-November 23, Wedesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 PM, at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco.

Each night of the festival will consist of the staged reading of either a full-length play or a series of shorts, inspired by the mythical gods and heroes of the Ancient Greeks, and those cultures which influenced it or were influenced by it. The subjects, and the lengths of the plays we’re looking for, are specified below.

There are no submission fees. The Olympians Festival is non-exclusive and does not retain ownership of any play created for it, beyond the initial staged reading. Participating writers receive a portion of their box office the night of the reading, and will be expected to help promote the festival and contribute a raffle prize of their choice to be raffled off to the audience on the night their play is read. Local writers or their designated representatives are also expected to attend 4-6 meetings over the course of the year, and our auditions, which happen in September.

Writers are encouraged to submit as many proposals as they want for as many topics as they like. Applications for a topic can be submitted by individuals or writers can work in pairs, or teams of three or more. Writers may be picked for more than one project, and should note that they’d like to be considered for more than one (or not). Each proposal should be 500 words or less and answer three questions:

1) Why you?
2) Why this figure?
3) What is your idea?

All proposals should be submitted electronically to Stuart at sfolympians@gmail.com.

We are an equal opportunity festival and all Bay Area writers are encouraged to apply. Additionally for this year, in honor of the wide-spread presence of the Celtic peoples through many nations, we will accept proposals from up to SIX NATIONAL WRITERS. So if you’re a US playwright and want to be a part of the festival, now is your chance. These guest slots are not pre-determined, so apply to whatever strikes your fancy, and specify you are a playwright from outside of the Bay Area.

2019′s subjects are as follows. Only one is currently claimed and submissions are encouraged for all of the rest:

WEEK ONE (November 6-9): YOU’VE GOT GAUL!
Novemer 6: Golden God
Full Length: BELENUS
“The Shining One” god of light, learning, music, poetry, fire.

November 7: Master of The Hunt
Full Length: CERNUNNOS – CLAIMED
“The Horned One” god of animals, hunting, the forests and the earth, leader of the Wild Hunt.

November 8: Lord of the Sky
Full Length: TARANIS
“Father Thunder” god of storms, lightning, the air, fortune, and destiny.

November 9: Water Maidens and Country Queens
Short: ARDUINNA, goddess of the forests.
Short: COVENTIA, goddess of wells and springs.
Short: SEQUANA, goddess of the River Siene.
Short: EPONA, the goddess of horses and work.
Short: ROSMERTA, the goddess of fertility and abundance.
Short: SULEVIAE, the goddess of order, law, and honesty.
Short: SIRONA, the goddess of healing.
Short: CATHUBODUA, the goddess of war.

WEEK TWO (November 13-16): HAIL BRITANNIA!

November 13: Prydain (Wales)
Short: GOVANNON, god of smiths, fire, jewelry, metalwork, craftsmasnship, weapons
Short: MANAWYDAN AP LLYR, god of the sea, father of Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril.
Short: GWYDION and MATH AP MATHONY, gods of magic, and wisdom. Short: ARAWN, the King of the Dead, and god of sleep and time.
Short: ARIANRHOD, goddess starlight, guidance, and language.
Short: BLODEUWEDD, goddess of flowers, birds, beauty, and love.
Short: CERIDWEN, goddess of farming, harvests, cycles, wells, lakes and ponds.
Short: RHIANNON, goddess of horses, secrets, caves, hills and valleys.

November 14: Heroes of Eire
One-Act: CU CHULAINN, hero of the Cattle Raid of Cooley
One-Act: FIONN MAC CUMHAILL, famed hunter and warrior

November 15: Queens of Ulster
One-Act: DEIRDRE, tragic queen who throws herself off a cliff to escape a marriage.
One-Act: MEAVE, powerful queen known for her ambition, glamour, and lust.

November 16: The Raven Goddess
Full-Length: MORRIGAN
“The Banshee Queen”, three-faced Irish goddess of war, ghosts, terror, and darkness.

WEEK THREE (November 20-23): VIVE CAMELOT!

November 20: And To All A Good Knight
Short: SIR TRISTRAM, tragic lover of the Irish princess Isolde.
Short: SIR KAY, foster brother to King Arthur.
Short: SIR GALAHAD, son of Launcelot and Elaine, he drinks from the Holy Grail.
Short: SIR GAWAIN, slayer of the Green Knight.
Short: SIR GARETH, Sir Gawain’s brother and foe of the Red Knight.
Short: SIR BEDIVERE, Arthur’s true friend and survivor of Camelot’s fall.
Short: SIR PELLINORE, pursuer of the Questing Beast.
Short: SIR PERCIVAL, Pellinore’s son, he comes into the presence of the Holy Grail.
Short: SIR MORDRED, illegitimate son of Arthur and the destroyer of Camelot.

November 21: Wyrd Sisters
Short: ELAINE, Queen of Garlot, sorceress, peaceful queen, and “good” sister.
One Act: MORGAUSE, Queen of Orkney, witch and half-sister seducer of Arthur, mother of Sir Mordred.
One Act: MORGANNA, Queen of Avalon, enchantress and friend of fairies.
Short: IGRAINE, mother of the Wyrd Sisters by Gorlois, and King Arthur by Uther.

November 22: Age of Chivalry
Curtain Warmer: ELAINE OF ASTOLAT, lover of Launcelot, the infamous Lily Maid.
Full Length: ARTHUR, LAUNCELOT and GUINEVERE, the Greatest of Kings, the Greatest of Knights, and the Queen who brought them together and tore them apart.
Curtain Closer: ELAINE OF CORBENIC, mother of Galahad by Launcelot, she first reveals the Holy Grail to him, and then seduces him disguised as the Queen.

November 23: Master Class
Full Length: MERLIN
Bard, magician, prophet, fairy king, demi-god, mystery, legend.

Definitions of Length:
Curtain Warmer/Closer: 5-10 minutes
Short: 10-15 minutes
One Act: 25-50 minutes
Full Length: 70-150 minutes, one-three acts

Find out more about the festival at www.sfolympiansfestival.com or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

FUNDRAISING FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL HAS BEGUN!

Looking for a way to keep small theater alive?

Look no further!

Donating to the SF Olympians Festival is a fantastic way to support small artists and small theaters in the Bay Area!

Any donation helps. Donate today, at the following link:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/san-francisco-olympians-festival-9-roman-holiday-community/x/538701#/

Thank you! And see you at the Festival!

AUDITION FOR THE 2018 FESTIVAL!

The San Francisco Olympians Festival is returning and will need dozens of actors for its 2018 festival which plays October 3 to October 20 at the EXIT Theatre.

No Nude Men Productions, one of San Francisco’s longest running indy theater troupes, will roll out 28 new plays written by 26 local writers and 5 national writers. The plays range from shorts to one-acts to full-lengths, and each one explores a different figure from Roman mythology or history, including an 8 part serial about Cleopatra.

Each of these 28 plays will receive a dramatic reading at the EXIT Theater, and for that we’ll need actors, so if you’re the kind of person who can rock a dramatic reading, we’d love to have you join us in a continuing tradition of creating exciting new work that showcases the diverse talents of some of San Francisco’s best playwrights!

Rehearsals will all be in September and October, and will involve 3-5 MAX for each show.

Auditions are Sunday, August 19, 2 PM to 8:30 PM, and Monday, August 20, 7-9:30 PM, at the EXIT. Please e-mail sfolympians@gmail.com to schedule an audition slot and put “Audition Request” in the subject line.

Auditions will consist of reading aloud passages of text we choose ahead of time. Please bring a headshot and resume. Leave yourself at least half an hour to get through the audition process.

There is a small stipend, determined by attendance each night of the festival (i.e. you get a percentage of the box office).

If scheduling permits (and you’re interested), all actors will be considered for multiple plays.

Actors of all identities encouraged to audition! We have excellent opportunities for a wide variety of performers!

For more information about the festival and the individual plays and authors, check out www.sfolympians.com

Please pass this on to any actors you may know!

Sorry, but we can not use AEA performers for this event.

This year’s writers are: Ai, Carson Beker, Stuart Bousel, John Patrick Bray, Casey Busher, Jessica Chisum, Alan Coyne, Nara Dahlbacka, Bridgette Dutta Portman, Eve Edelson, Barry Eitel, John Elison, Libby Emmons, Elizabeth Flanagan, John Lennon Harrison, Terezi Harrison, Neil Higgins, Nicole Jost, Christine Keating, Lisa Kee-Hamasaki, Jason Mendez, Laylah Muran De Assereto, Allison Page, Patricia Reynoso, Annette Roman, Kirk Shimano, Christian Simonsen, Nic Sommerfeld, Kitty Torres, Veronica Tjioe, Maury Zeff

This year’s directors are: Kieran Beccia, Stuart Bousel, Nara Dahlbacka, Sophia Mia Dipaola, Jerome Josephe Gentes , Cole Ferraiuolo, Sara Judge, Dan Kurtz, Juliana Lustenader, Alessandro McLaughlin, Allison Page, Lily Sorenson, Alejandro Torres, Finn Ware, Dan Wilson

Announcing The 2017 Olympians Festival!

ANNOUNCING THE 2017 SAN FRANCISCO OLYMPIANS FESTIVAL!

The SF Olympians Festival VIII: Mediterranean Cruise
October 4 to 21, 2017, W-Th-F-S, at 8 PM
The EXIT Stage Left, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco
$10.00 at the door, cash only
$12.00 online at Brown Paper Tickets

Come take a cruise around the ancient civilizations that inspired or were inspired by the myths of Ancient Greece!

The San Francisco Olympians Festival is a new works reading festival that has been gaining momentum since its first year, with sixteen plays that were commissioned by the festival having gone on to full productions: 2010’s Hermes (No Nude Men Productions, Dramaworks, Bread and Water Theatre), Juno En Victoria (Wily West Productions), and Salty Towers (Thunderbird Theater Company); 2011’s Cassiopeia (Eat Street Players), Chronus (Bread and Water Theatre), You’re Going To Bleed (DIVAFest), Io (Off The Cliff Theatre), and Pleiades (No Nude Men Productions); 2012’s Caeneus and Poseidon (Dragon Theatre) and Twins (PianoFight Productions); 2013’s Take Me Home: a One-woman Odyssey (Salon San Carlos, Lucy Tafler Presents, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival); 2014’s Satyr Night Fever (San Francisco Theater Pub), Centaur or The Horse’s Ass (Repurposed Theatre), and The Dryad of Suburbia (PianoFight); 2015’s Cymopoleia or Wave Walker (Pear Avenue Theatre), and Brizo (EXIT Theatre). Many have also received additional readings on local and national stages, or other development or workshop opportunities, including: 2010’s Juno En Victoria (Pacific Play Company); 2011’s Joe Ryan (Impact Theatre), Pleiades (Atlantic Stage), Io (Chameleon Theatre Circle), and Selene, or Someone Like The Moon (EXIT Theatre); 2012’s Caeneus and Poseidon (Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, City Lights Theater), and Twins (San Francisco State, Custom Made Theatre Company); 2013’s Under The Gods’ Golden Cleats (Dramatist Guild); 2014’s Beauty Secrets (Cutting Ball Theatre Company); 2015’s You’ll Not Feel The Drowning and Oceanus (Custom Made Theatre Company) and Ino Leucothea (Red Bull Theatre); 2016’s Ceres En Victoria (The Swedish American Hall), Lethe (Artists at Albatross Reach), Drumming With Anubis (Left Edge Theater Company), and Erinyes/Eumenides (Custom Made Theatre Company). Additionally, 2015’s You’ll Not Feel The Drowning was the recipient of the Custom Made Theatre Company’s New Development Program Workshop in 2017. 2013’s Walls Of Troy was a finalist for the Stanley Drama Award and the entire festival won “Playwriting Series Most Likely to Win a Gold Medal” from the SF Bay Guardian in 2013. Additionally, EXIT Press has released a collection of five plays from Year One of the festival, Songs of Hestia, and ten plays from Year Two, Heavenly Bodies, both available for purchase on Amazon.com and at bookstores across the country. Find out more at http://sfolympiansfestival.com/

Since 2010 the festival has featured the work of 97 Writers, 74 Directors, 388 Actors, and 39 Fine Artists!

This year we are excited to debut 36 new plays by 30 local writers, 13 of whom will be contributing written work to the festival for the first time! The plays range from shorts to one-acts to full-lengths, and each one explores a different legend or god from Egyptian, Mesopotamian, or Latin mythology.
 
The 2017 festival will play 12 nights, October 4-21, Wednesday through Saturday, at the EXIT Stage Left Theatre in San Francisco (156 Eddy Street). Tickets are $10.00 at the door, and can be purchased starting at 7:30 the night of the show, or for $12 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets. All shows begin at 8 PM. Audience members who attend more than four nights get the fifth free.

This year’s fine artists include: 
Nathan Anderson, Christopher Bauman, Molly Benson, Liz Conley, Marisa Darabi, Brett Grunig, Kathi Lathi, Reginal Rusty Jackson, Christine Keating, Emily C. Martin, Helen Park, Cody A. Rishell, Brian Yee

The art will be on display at the EXIT Theatre the entire month of October!

This year’s lineup, all shows beginning at 8 PM:

SF OLYMPIANS VIII: MEDITERANEAN CRUISE (10/4-10/21)

Week One: EGYPT (10/4-10/7)

Wednesday, October 4: Divine Prince
HORUS written by Jason Mendez, directed by Sara Judge
You can be a grad student and find out you’re a god, but you still have to pass your exam.

Thursday, October 5: Courtiers
THOTH, written and directed by Michelle Elaine Ianiro
I always thought my life should be a sitcom. Seriously, you just can’t make this sh*t up!

BASTET, written by Alan Coyne, directed by Alejandro Torres
Exactly one hundred years ago, the Dutch dancer / performance artist Mata Hari was executed by the French army for espionage. She went down in legend as the world’s most famous spy, but as BASTET shows, the facts are more complicated than the fiction.

Friday, October 6: River Protectors/Desert Dwellers
HEKET written by Vanessa Flores, directed by Nikki Meñez
The goddess of rebirth has been reincarnated as an awkward, frog-headed teen and she’s gone missing. Her recent internet search history leads her worried parents to believe she’s on a quest for true love—in the depths of an ancient Egyptian tomb. 

HATMEHIT written by Patsy Fergusson, directed by Nikki Meñez
That beggar in the BART station could be more than she seems.

SOBEK written by Nicole Jost, directed by Nikki Meñez
On the banks of the River Nile, you might meet a beautiful stranger with a winning smile… A play about appetites.

TAWAWERT written by Erin Marie Panttaja, directed by Nikki Meñez
Some days it’s enough to have the hippopotamus midwife on your side. But isn’t going to be one.

WADJET written by Dan Kurtz, directed by Nikki Meñez
Just because she’s successful, she’s expected to just roll over while some kook (who used to be her husband) turns her into an unwilling symbol for his kooky ideas? Heck no.

HEDETET written by Bridgette Dutta Portman, directed by Nikki Meñez 
Scorpions and babies generally don’t mix, unless you’re Hedetet. And sometimes not even then.

BABI written by Lori Chapman, directed by Nikki Meñez
That awkward moment when you die, and you find out that your god is kind of a dick.

WEPWAWET, written by Patricia Morin, directed by Nikki Meñez  
A small-time talent scout hits it big. How can he keep the big-time scouts from stealing his hopefuls? 

Saturday, October 7: Dual Divinity
HATHOR written by Laylah Muran de Assereto, directed by ShawnJ West
It’s hard to let go of the dead, if they won’t stay dead.

SEKHMET written by Daphne Dorman, directed by Monique Pomales
Victories are claimed, defeats are blamed, but checkmates are forever.

Week Two: MESOPOTAMIA (10/11-10/14)

Wednesday, October 11: Earth
ERESHKIGAL, written and directed by Cynthia Hussey
Two sisters torn by grief, united by a horrible secret.

MUMMU, written and directed by Kirk Shimano
The story of how a stick, a bird, and a pile of cow intestines tried to save the world and failed.

Thursday, October 12: Water
ABZU written by Megan Cohen, directed by Megan Cohen  
When a woman dying of thirst discovers an entire family living in her bucket of water, she must choose who will be sacrificed and what yearnings will be quenched. In this comic parable, solo performer Megan Cohen (Edinburgh Fringe, Theater Bay Area “Eye On” Emerging Artist Honoree) investigates desire, privilege, and transformation.

TIAMAT, written by Stuart Bousel, directed by Genevieve Perdue
Five heads are not always better than one. Or two. Or three. Or four.

Friday, October 13: Fire
ISHTAR, written by Barry Eitel, directed by Sara Razavi
A bloody civil war in ancient Mesopotamia metastasizes into an international quagmire,  and war goddess Ishtar must navigate the hallways of hell as she faces the deadly drawbacks of intervention. 

Saturday, October 14: Air

SHAMASH, written by Jake Rosenberg, directed by Jeremy Cole
In ancient Babylon, Shemash the Sun, brought light and the law. Now, in the evening of Man, where has he gone to? 

HADAD, written by Jeanie Ngo, directed by Christine Keating
A modern Vietnamese fairy tale takes on a life of its own through the lens of magical realism.

ENLIL, written by Nic Sommerfeld, directed by Christine Keating
Have care of the wind you choose, she can take you anywhere.

NANNA-SIN, written by Barbara Jwanouskos, directed by Christine Keating
A young woman gifted in connecting to the spiritual realm journeys to meet the priestess of Nanna-Sin, in order to learn how to join him. When others discover her power, however, she must weave her way through corruption in order to keep from being exploited as a means to reshape the government. 

Week Three: LATIUM (10/18-10/21)

Wednesday, October 18: The Secret Keeper
JANUS, written by Sam Bertken, directed by Casey Robbins
Lemony Snicket meets Narnia in this comedic and tragic tale. A mysterious door appears in the lives of three seemingly disconnected people- and what lies beyond it will change their lives forever.

Thursday, October 19: Attendants of Grove And Field
FLORA, written by Meg Trowbridge, directed by Allison Page
Soft petals, delicious aromas, beautiful to gaze upon. Geogria O’Keefe wasn’t the only person to think of sex when she saw a flower…

FERONIA, written by Meg Trowbridge, directed by Allison Page
When modern-day Feronia worshippers accidentally conjure the goddess into their Berkeley kitchen, Feronia gets a glimpse of today’s modern conveniences and is ready to throw the wilderness to the wolves.

PORTUNES, written by Tonya Narvaez, directed by Allison Page
A lighthouse beam has been dark for several days as a storm rages on. What’s going on out there? 

PALES, written by Christian Simonsen, directed by Allison Page
Can a minor god in the Roman Empire hang on to his career – and his dignity – by taking a gig as the opening act for the Child of Bethlehem?

VOLTURNUS, written by Tonya Narvaez, directed by Allison Page
A ring lost long ago resurfaces, ending up in the hands of someone quite unlikely.

POMANA, written by Stacey Matthews-Winn, directed by Allison Page
Train up a child in the way he should go? So says the proverb, but all that binding and pruning can have unintended consequences. 

VERTUMNUS, written by Stacey Matthews-Winn, directed by Allison Page
Should becoming Mr. Right be an iterative process? 

FONTUS, written by Christian Simonsen, directed by Allison Page
While Fontus, the god of wells and springs, tries desperately to stop authorities in Ancient Rome from poisoning their own people with lead filled water, he finds himself transported to another city in a dying empire: Flint, Michigan.

Friday, October 20: Queens of Temple And Hall
FORTUNA I, written by Neil Higgins, directed by Megan Briggs
What does the theological philosopher Saint Augustine do when he is met by the very goddess he has renounced in one of his treatises? Debate her existence, of course.

CARMENTA written by Marissa Skudlarek, directed by Megan Briggs
Carmen’s music helped Evie through adolescence. Her wisdom will help Evie through childbirth.

FORTUNA II, written by Bridgette Dutta Portman, directed by Megan Briggs
Join Fortuna, host of the Ancient Roman world’s favorite game of chance! She’s omniscient! She’s clairvoyant! And she’s bored as hell.

SALUS, written by Elizabeth Flannagan, directed by Megan Briggs
When the end of the world isn’t enough.

Saturday, October 21: The Proto-Savior
ADONIS, written by Stuart Bousel, directed by Juliana Lustenader
A man returns from the dead- or does he? As his family and loved ones try to solve the puzzle, he finds himself faced with the greatest puzzle of all: the reason we exist.

This year’s acting company includes:
Simone Alexander, Nikki Arias, Erika Bakse, Stacey Beckley, Eric Berglund, David Boyll, Teresita Brown, Alsa Bruno, Richard Bunker, Brianna Cala, Andrew Calabrese, Ron Chapman, Amy Cook, Julia Collins, Michael Curry, Adrian Deane, Sophia DiPaola, Pam Drummer Williams, Ellen Dunphy, Alisha Ehrlich, Vince Faso, Elaine Gavin, Ittai Geiger, Ashley Gennerelli, Jan Gilbert, Robyn Grahn, Matt Gunnison, Shannon Alane Harger, Debra Y. Harvey, Mariah Heath, Sam Heft-Luthy, Rebecca Hodges, Christine Hong, Derek Jones, Jeremy Jones, Kate Jones, Ann Kendrick, Siddharta Kusuma, Morgan LeClaire, Brian Levi, Carl Lucania, Alissa Magrill, Max Maliga, Kate McGraff, Beverly McGriff, Jennifer McNeal, Kyle Merryman, Deborah Murphy, Kyle McReddie, Kai Morrison, Sasha Motalygo, Ana Nelson, Dylan O’Connor, Nicole Odell, Lora Oliver, Ben Ortega, Mike Ottum, Sunil Patel, Fred Pitts, Kaeli Quick, Kelly Rinehart, Chris Robledo, Belgica Rodriguez, Cassie Rosenbrock, Amitis Rossoukh, Janice Rumschlag, Gabe Sanchez, Karl Schackne, Ayelet Schrek, Dillon Siedentopf, David James Silpa, Brittany Sims, Daniela Sirkin, Terrance Smith, Lisa Tateosian, Kitty Torres, Kaz Valtchev, Edgar Vega, Ivan Velazquez, Vicki Victoria, Finn Ware, Michael Weiland, Alison Whismore, Russ Whismore, Karl Wieser, Jasmine Williams

AN OLYMPIAN SIZED THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR 2017 DONORS!

DONORS TO THE 2017 SF OLYMPIANS FESTIVAL!

Our deepest thanks to…

Anonymous
Paul Anderson
Nancy Au
William Baker
Carson Beker
Mary Ann Bell & Joseph Skudlarek
Tim Bishop
Megan Briggs
Louise Castaldi
Burton Cohen
Jeremy Cole
Darkemoone
Jacquie Duckworth
Bridgette Dutta Portman
Robert Estes
Michelle Elaine Ianiro
Barbara Jwanouskos
Pamela Jwanouskos
Rachel Kessinger
Brian Katz
Christine Keating
AD Kruninsh
Dan Kurtz
Richard Livingston
Carl Lucania
Catherine Luedtke
Patricia L. Morin
Laylah Muran de Assereto
Jason O’Connor
Allison Page
Lana Palmer
Genevieve Perdue
Evelyn Jean Pine
Diana Rishell
Kirk Shimano
Elizabeth Spreen
Melissa Stamberger
David Templeton
Kathe Traynor
Jeffrey Trescott
Jessica Wallen
Teri Whipple
Stacey Winn
Wolfgang Weber

…we couldn’t do it without you!

ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL!

The San Francisco Olympians Festival is returning and will need dozens of actors for its 2017 festival which plays October 4 to October 21.

No Nude Men Productions, one of San Francisco’s longest running indy theater troupes, will roll out 36 new plays written by 30 local writers. The plays range from shorts to one-acts to full-lengths, and each one explores a different legend or god from Egyptian, Mesopotamian, or Latin mythology.

Each of these 36 plays will receive a dramatic reading at the EXIT Theater, and for that we’ll need actors, so if you’re the kind of person who can rock a dramatic reading, we’d love to have you join us in a continuing tradition of creating exciting new work that showcases the diverse talents of some of San Francisco’s best playwrights!

Rehearsals will all be in September and October, and will involve 3-5 MAX for each show.

Auditions are Sunday, August 27, 2 PM to 8:30 PM, and Monday, August 28, 7-9:30 PM, at the EXIT. Please e-mail sfolympians@gmail.com to schedule an audition slot.

Auditions will consist of reading aloud passages of text we choose ahead of time. Please bring a headshot and resume. Leave yourself at least half an hour to get through the audition process.

There is a small stipend, determined by attendance each night of the festival (i.e. you get a percentage of the box office).

If scheduling permits (and you’re interested), all actors will be considered for multiple plays.

Actors of all identities encouraged to audition! We have excellent opportunities for a wide variety of performers!

For more information about the festival and the individual plays and authors, check out www.sfolympians.com

Please pass this on to any actors you may know!

Sorry, but we can not use AEA performers for this event.

This year’s writers are: Sam Bertken, Stuart Bousel, Lori Chapman, Megan Cohen, Alan Coyne, Daphne Dorman, Bridgette Dutta Portman, Barry Eitel, Patsy Fergusson, Elizabeth Flannagan, Vanessa Flores, Neil Higgins, Cynthia Hussey, Michelle Elaine Ianiro, Nicole Jost, Barbara Jwanouskos, Dan Kurtz, Stacey Matthews-Winn, Jason Mendez, Patricia Morin, Laylah Muran de Assereto, Tonya Narvaez, Jeanie Ngo, Erin Marie Panttaja, Jake Rosenberg, Kirk Shimano, Christian Simonsen, Marissa Skudlarek, Nic Sommerfeld, Meg Trowbridge

This year’s directors are: Megan Briggs, Megan Cohen, Jeremy Cole, Cynthia Hussey, Michelle Elaine Ianiro, Sara Judge, Christine Keating, Juliana Lustenader, Nicole Meñez, Allison Page, Genevieve Perdue, Sara Razavi, Casey Robbins, Kirk Shimano, Monique Thomas, Alejandro Torres, ShawnJ West