SF State's Greenhouse Play Festival at Z Below

Thursday, April 23, 2015
SF WEEKLY -- It’s the Greenhouse Festival, but there aren’t any begonias in sight. Instead, emerging playwrights are blooming in a week of staged readings, starting with Conrad A. Panganiban’s “Welga.” The piece’s protagonist, “Johnny,” has to choose between his Filipino mother’s burning desire to see him graduate from college, and his burning desire to drop out and become a musician (sorry, Mom — our money's on the music). Presented by the Creative Writing and Theatre Arts departments at San Francisco State University, the festival's other works hew to decidedly hot themes, like the ancestral curse of Carson Beker’s “Sunflower Suicide Moon” or the murderous intentions (and apple-cinnamon pancakes!) of Adam Ambriz’s “Puddles.”