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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 at YBCA 100

The YBCA 100 is an annual compilation of the creative minds, makers, and pioneers that inspire the work at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2016, Mina had a chance to call out the lack of diversity in regional theaters, and the deeply troubling impact that has on a creative field.

(And if you came here looking for Mina’s TEDx talk at Chapman University, that lives forever here.)

2020 Season

On the Periphery

By Sedef Ecer
Directed by Erin Gilley

Feb 23-April 4

Must close 3/13!

Set in Istanbul and Paris, this rarely-told story of migrants in Istanbul’s urban slums takes a lyrical, funny, and deeply human look at hope and home against all odds.

The Displaced

By Isaac Gomez
Directed by Mina Morita


Marísa and Lev, a couple whose rocky relationship is already clouded by ghosts of the past, are moving into a historic Chicago apartment when a dark and mysterious message appears.

Matchbox Reading Series

TBD… But keep an eye on this space for an emerging conversation on Twitch!

An idea, the artists, the words, and you! Presenting free readings of new plays. Reservations are encouraged.