Left Coast Theatre Co. is the winner of a 2015 Theatre Bay Area award for Best Anthology. The company formed in spring 2012 to focus on producing queer-themed plays written by local and national LGBT playwrights. To further our institutional objectives, we host a twice-monthly writing workshop for playwrights to hone their work in a judgment-free, constructive environment, designed to foster the creative mission of Left Coast Theatre Co.
The founding members of Left Coast Theatre Co. had previously produced four shows that featured Bay Area playwrights under the series titled "Eat Our Shorts." The second in the series, "EOS2: The Secret Lives of San Franciscans," was featured in the 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival, earning us the Top Box Office Award and Most Sold Out Shows award.
The third "Eat Our Shorts" production, "EOS3: Large Unit Available," sold out its entire run prior to opening night, which necessitated the addition of another show that also sold out. The fourth, "EOS4: Love and Other Disasters," was so successful, we added an additional week of performances to meet the demand of ticket sales. Theater critic George Heymont of The Huffington Post said of this show that he "was completely blindsided to find [him]self witnessing one of the funniest evenings of gay theater [he's] seen in years."
After the series' success and with growing interest in the company by Bay Area actors and writers, Left Coast Theatre Co. emerged as a full-fledged theatre company. In September 2012, we debuted with "Family Programming" at the Shelton Theatre in the bustling Union Square district of San Francisco. "Family Programming" featured seven short plays from Bay Area playwrights as well as our first national submissions. These quirky, absurd, and over-the-top comedic shorts took audiences on a journey to discover the characters and characteristics of queer family life—both the chosen family and the family we were given. The four-week run was a success with both audiences and critics alike and was prominently mentioned in The Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Chronicle.
Today, Left Coast Theatre Co. aims to foster the work of all LGBT writers in the Bay Area and nationally. We have expanded our season from one show per year to two. We're excited to continue bringing quality theater to the community.