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Festival Staged Reading: Rivals of Mars

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Festival Staged Reading: Rivals of Mars

Friday, May 10, 2024 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM) (PDT)


Rivals of Mars by Bridgette Dutta Portman 

After the first crewed mission to Mars ends in tragedy, the daughter and husband of one of the deceased astronauts plan a risky mission to recover the bodies. 

Bridgette Dutta Portman is an award-winning playwright and novelist. More than two dozen of her plays have been produced locally, nationally, and internationally. She is president of the Pear Theatre board of directors and a member of the Pear Playwrights' Guild, the 2023-24 PlayGround writers pool, and the Dramatists' Guild. She received the 2023 June Anne Baker Prize from PlayGround, and has been a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights' Festival, the Theatre Bay Area TITAN award, the PlayPenn Conference, the Kentucky Women’s Theatre Conference Prize for Women Writers, the New Dramatists playwrights' residency, and more. She teaches composition and creative writing at UC Berkeley. 


The lineup has been announced for PlayGround’s 28th annual Festival of New Staged Readings: Rivals of Mars by Bridgette Dutta Portman (Friday, May 10), Work/Shoot by Matthew Y. Morishige (Monday, May 13), The Passing Storm by Jessica June Rowe (Friday, May 17), and Crazy Jezebels by Bailey Jordan Garcia (Monday, May 20). With themes ranging from the eternal fight against misogyny to the tragedy of ambition, these four plays embody the wide-ranging, provocative, and imaginative future of the American Theatre. All four readings will take place at 7pm PT in-person at Potrero Stage and simulcast online. Admission is free (donations gratefully accepted) with extended on-demand viewing for Festival Sponsors. For tickets, visit

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Potrero Stage
1695 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
Friday, May 10, 2024 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM) (PDT)
Friday at 7:00 PM
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