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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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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!

2018 Season

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

By Alice Birch
Directed by Rebecca Novick

Mar 1-Mar 24

A darkly comic manifesto exploring the ways women are pushed to fit society’s expectations, asking us: What happens when we rebel?


By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Mina Morita

Sept 13-Oct 6

A traveling group of earnest reverends testify through narrative, song, and dance, testing the expectations of religious and non-religious alike.

2018 Matchbox Reading Series

Staged readings of 4 New Plays in Process

Fall dates TBD