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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 two-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!

2019 Season


By Lucy Thurber
Directed by Ken Savage

Feb 28-Mar 23

A brilliantly written, gut-punch of a play by Lucy Thurber, TRANSFERS strips the veneer off of meritocracy and asks us if we are willing to sacrifice ourselves to embrace a way out.

Inked Baby

By Christina Anderson
Directed by Lisa Marie Rollins

Sept 12-Oct 5

Crowded Fire is thrilled to welcome back the nationally-lauded Anderson after producing the world-premiere of her first play, DRIP, in 2009 and GOOD GOODS in 2012. Poetic, mysterious, and full of longing, Christina Anderson’s INKED BABY questions how and why we hold onto land and family, even when both seem toxic and the future tenuous.

Matchbox Reading Series

November 6-9, 2019

An idea, the artists, the words, and you! Presenting free readings of new plays by Victoria Der, Roxie Perkins, Sedef Ecer, and Star Finch. Reservations are encouraged.