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Crowded Fire is a vital home for fierce new plays.

Known for developing and presenting innovative and provocative new plays, Crowded Fire contributes to the creation of a contemporary canon that reflects the diverse world in which we live. Crowded Fire was recently described in American Theatre Magazine as “instrumental in introducing the Bay Area to new writers who push the boundaries of what theatre can be” and “one of the most reliable local stops for high-quality new work by diverse voices.”

In addition to three mainstage shows each season, we offer a robust new play development program. The Matchbox @ Crowded Fire actively supports the creation of high quality contemporary theater through commissions, in-house workshops, and an annual free public reading series.


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Flex Passes are Crowded Fire Season Subscriptions. $60 for FOUR tickets…any show, any performance in the season. With four tickets, you can bring a friend to each of our mainstage productions. We call it the “Friendly” Flex Pass. You can still purchase a 2017 Flex Pass today and use all four tickets for A TALE OF AUTUMN!

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Mina Morita's TEDx talk

At a TEDx Talk at Chapman University, Mina speaks so eloquently about courage, risk, and the passion (and sacrifice!) of creating art. Congrats Mina!

2017 Season

You For Me For You

By Mia Chung
Directed by
M. Graham Smith
Mar 9-Apr 1

Two sisters torn apart at the border, race against time and space to be together again.

A Tale of Autumn

By Christopher Chen
Directed by Mina Morita

Sept 14-Oct 7

A modern day fable about the psychology of corporate personhood and corruption.

2017 Matchbox Reading Series

Staged readings of 4 New Plays in Process

Nov 15-18

Presenting free readings of new plays by Idris Goodwin, Lisa Marie Rollins, Jonathan Spector, and Nathan Yungerberg.