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Bill English

Bill English Bill English is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of San Francisco Playhouse, and in fifteen years with Susi Damilano, has guided its growth from a bare-bones storefront to the second-largest theater in San Francisco.

Yoga Play | A Note from the Artistic Director

Yoga Play | A Note from the Artistic Director

Yoga Play will be the third play by Dipika Guha to be produced by San Francisco Playhouse. The first two, The Rules and In Braunau, were world...

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From the Empathy Gym | Empathy Heals

From the Empathy Gym | Empathy Heals

Bill English, Artistic Director As 2019 begins, our nation remains ripped in half. Divided into camps, we refuse to understand the other side, so...

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King of the Yees | A Note from the Artistic Director

King of the Yees | A Note from the Artistic Director

Not only is King of the Yees written by a local playwright, born and raised in San Francisco, but it is a San Francisco story. Set in and around...

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Mary Poppins | A Note from the Artistic Director

Mary Poppins | A Note from the Artistic Director

The version of Mary Poppins that we present on our stage hews much closer to the original spirit of P.L. Travers’s book than to the famous Disney...

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graveyard shift | A Note from the Artistic Director

graveyard shift | A Note from the Artistic Director

With a commission from Playwrights’ Horizons and other leading theatre companies, prestigious awards, residencies around the country and a budding...

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You Mean to Do Me Harm | A Note from the Artistic Director

You Mean to Do Me Harm | A Note from the Artistic Director

We feel deeply honored to have commissioned and presented the World Premiere of You Mean to Do Me Harm by Christopher Chen. A San Francisco native...

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A Note from the Artistic Director | In Braunau

A Note from the Artistic Director | In Braunau

When we first read In Braunau by Dipika Guha, there were only 60 pages—around two-thirds of a play. The characters and conflict had been set in...

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A Note from the Artistic Director | An Entomologist’s Love Story

A Note from the Artistic Director | An Entomologist’s Love Story

Every world premiere arrives at our stage via its own unique path. An Entomologist’s Love Story began when Melissa Ross won an Alfred P. Sloan...

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‘The Effect’ – A Note from the Artistic Director

‘The Effect’ – A Note from the Artistic Director

Bill English, Artistic Director The inspiration for The Effect came when an actual drug trial conducted by the American pharmaceutical company...

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Non-Player Character | A Note from the Artistic Director

Non-Player Character | A Note from the Artistic Director

We are fascinated and troubled by the collision between our human consciousness and technology. And in plays like First Person Shooter, Wirehead, and...

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