For far too long, a shadowy cabal of donors and elitist administrators has controlled what is seen on stage in San Francisco. Their reign ends with ShortLived, the largest audience-judged theater competition in the nation. Now you get to decide which playwright ultimately succeeds in winning the $5,000 grand prize and monthlong production run at PianoFight. Over six rounds, you'll be shown 36 plays, with each offering a sampler of bite-size brilliance from experienced playwrights, unknown up-and-comers and local indie theater companies. Your vote is key in determining who is the ultimate champion -- but be forewarned, if previous years are any indication, it's tough to pick a favorite from these funny, serious and always-interesting shorts.