Press Release – New Artistic Director

Spare Stage, c/o Laylah Muran de Assereto
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Press Release

Spare Stage Artistic Director and Chairman of the Board Passes the Reins

A New Chapter for Spare Stage

San Francisco, CA, September 8, 2016: Founding Artistic Director Stephen Drewes announced earlier today that he has resigned from Spare Stage and that Laylah Muran de Assereto will be taking on the Artistic Director and Board Chair roles.

Spare Stage formed in 2009 has produced 10 plays beginning with “Ashes to Ashes“ by Harold Pinter and “Afterplay” by Brian Friel and includes several award nominated and winning productions. Their most recent production, “Talking Heads” by Alan Bennett, was in March 2016.

Ms. Muran de Assereto is the former Executive Producer for Wily West Productions (2009-2014), former Board Chair for The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, and is a local playwright, director and actress. She played Celia in Spare Stage’s 2016 “Talking Heads” production, and is currently a member of PlayGround’s writer’s pool for Monday Night Playground, and directed PCSF’s PlayOffs 2016.

Laylah says she is “looking forward to continuing the work that Stephen started with Spare Stage and focusing on scripts with a balance between linguistic beauty and taught, sparse production. I’m excited about the scripts currently under consideration and can’t wait to share our plans in more detail in the coming months!”


Stephen Drewes, a fifth-generation San Franciscan, accepted his first directing assignment in 1975 for The People’s Theatre in Cambridge, MA.  He has since directed more than 85 productions in every genre from children’s theatre to grand opera.  He has been a member of the faculty at Middlebury College, Boston University, and Colgate, and taught at CCSF for twenty years.  He was Artistic Director of the Public Theatre in Cambridge, MA, where three of his productions won Boston Critics Awards for Direction, and resident stage Director for Pocket Opera.  He co-founded Spare Stage in 2008, and won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for his direction of The Unexpected Man in 2009.

Laylah Muran de Assereto is a San Francisco area playwright, director, and producer.  From 2008-2014 she produced the annual short play festival Sheherezade, which received a TBA nomination for Outstanding Anthology for Sheherezade 14.  She directed for Sheherezade’s Last Tales, which received the TBA Award for Outstanding Anthology.  In 2015 she was one of the contributing playwrights and primary editor for Wily West Production’s I Saw It.  Her play Fortress Found was part of the 2015 SF Olympians Festival VI.  Her short plays, Anonymous Me, Jain, and Cash for Capes were included in Wily West’s TBA Outstanding Anthology-nominated Superheroes.  Her short play As of One, was included in ReproRights! The Body Politic as part of 3Girls Theatre’s Women’s Work Festival in 2016. She also directed for PCSF’s first annual PlayOffs.  She has directed for PCSF’s Reading Series, Southern Railroad Theatre’s I Do Declare series, SF Olympians Festival VII, and ReproRights! Women @ Risk and ReproRights! The Body Politic. She performed as Celia in Spare Stage’s Talking Heads and as Decima in Ex Nihilo’s live-recorded radio play series Terra Incognita. She is a current member of the Monday Night Playground writer’s pool and one of the playwrights included in the SF Olympians Festival VIII.


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