Author Archives: 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.

As You Like It: A Note from the Artistic Director

As You Like It: A Note from the Artistic Director

A liberal, tolerant government is overthrown. The revolutionary is the ultraconservative younger brother of the progressive leader who has opened a...

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Indecent | A Note from the Artistic Director

Indecent | A Note from the Artistic Director

We were lucky enough to be on hand when Paula Vogel’s Indecent opened on Broadway five years ago, and being huge fans of hers already, and...

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Follies | A Note from Artistic Director Bill English

Follies | A Note from Artistic Director Bill English

Follies is, perhaps, Stephen Sondheim’s greatest masterwork, yet it is seldom performed these days because of its technical demands including...

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The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin – A Note from the Artistic Director

The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin – A Note from the Artistic Director

In this time when there has been so much focus on immigration, not just in the US and our border with Mexico and Trump’s wall, but in Europe with...

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‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’: A Note from the Artistic Director

‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’: A Note from the Artistic Director

Practicing empathy is not easy. To put our money where our mouths are, we must fearlessly challenge the limits to which our hearts will open. Our...

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Notes from the Empathy Gym – June 2021

Notes from the Empathy Gym – June 2021

During his Memorial Day address, President Biden said, “Empathy is the fuel of democracy.” I wonder, does that seem like a political statement?...

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‘Shoot Me When…’: A Note from the Artistic Director

‘Shoot Me When…’: A Note from the Artistic Director

We first noticed Ruben Grijalva, the second of our San Francisco Playhouse-commissioned playwrights to be produced this season, when we...

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Notes from the Empathy Gym – April 2021

Notes from the Empathy Gym – April 2021

We are fanatical storytellers. Everyone in the theatre, from set designers to automation techs, from actors to general managers, are magnetized by...

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‘I Was Right Here’: A Note from the Artistic Director

‘I Was Right Here’: A Note from the Artistic Director

I did not imagine, when we started our five-year, 20-play commission program that we would be commissioning a solo piece. The one-person show has...

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Notes from the Empathy Gym – March 2021

Notes from the Empathy Gym – March 2021

They are calling this the age of disinformation – the systematic and knowing flooding of the airwaves with false statements – the countless...

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