You're only pretending, and one of these days, you'll be found out. You wear lipstick and carry a purse. You go to work in an office and your life insurance payout might cover a modest funeral. Your kid asks Why and you make something up, hoping his science class tomorrow doesn't expose you for what you are. The truth is, it's all a sham, you never made it past six years old and you're dressing up in Mom's clothes, pretending you have all the answers.
In your grownup office, you keep a window open to #JustinBieber, your hand jumping to close it when a co-worker drops in, and at night you wish you could clutch your stuffed panda with the chewed ear close to your chest, and whisper all your fears and dreams into his polyfill heart.
Portuguese Artists Colony understands the peculiar genius of your inner child, and is polishing up wonders just for her.
Featuring guest readers:
Tim Bauer is a playwright. He’s been a three-time finalist for the Heideman Award, a PlayGround fellow, a Lark Playwright’s Week finalist, a STAGE International finalist, and is the San Francisco Bay Area regional rep of the Dramatists Guild. He has rollicked the PAC lectern before, and we're thrilled to have him back.
Scott Landers' debut novel, Coswell's Guide to Tambralinga, was described by David Kipen on NBC's Today as "funny, sad, and just really perverse," and by the San Francisco Chronicle as painting a "diabolically conceived dreamscape, part utopia, part hell." According to U.S. News and World Report, the novel " shows a sharp eye for the details, expectations, disappointments and encounters that shape international travel" and Publisher's Weekly compared it to Alex Garland's The Beach "only more grown-up and better written." No doubt critical acclaim accounted for initial sales of well over 30 copies. His short fiction has appeared in West Branch, Other Voices, Cimarron Review, Beloit Fiction Journal and other literary journals. A graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, he currently works as a technical writer and instructional designer. He lives and pays taxes in Sonoma County.
Matt Stewart's debut novel, The French Revolution, has been called “wildly imaginative,” “brilliant,” and “an excellent achievement,” and was named a Best Book of 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicole. He's mildly infamous for releasing the novel on Twitter first. His stories have been published in Instant City, The Millions, McSweeney's, Opium Magazine, and more, and he blogs for The Huffington Post and The Nervous Breakdown.
More importantly, Matt trounced the opposition in January's bloody live writing event, and will be reading his finished piece, inspired by the prompt: My mom is driving me to prison. What more could you ask?
Musical guests: Fox and Woman, singing in Portuguese for the first time ever in public!
Vote on a prompt as you enter the show, and four writers will write on the winning topic while you watch them sweat, swear, and get inspired. Each writer will read what he/she wrote, and you get to vote on which piece you'd like to see developed into a finished story/poem/rant to be read at the next PAC performance. We have some heavy hitters this month - it will be a clash to remember!
Four writers compete, and one will emerge victorious.
Tanya Egan Gibson (author of How to Buy a Love of Reading)
Rajshree Chauhan (co-founder of Quiet Lightning)
Jeremy Hatch (writer for The Rumpus)
Daniel Heath (playwright and Colonist)
Plus! Readings from Colonists Leslie Ingham, Cary Tennis, and Benjamin Wachs
Join us Sunday, February 27
One block south of Howard at 2nd Street
Doors open at 4:30 pm
Show at 5:00 pm