Friday, September 28, 2012

PlayGround Launches in Los Angeles

A New Monthly Play-Reading Series, Based on the Model of the Successful Bay Area Playwright Incubator, Begins October 8 at the Zephyr

LOS ANGELES, (September 28, 2012) – San Francisco-based PlayGround, recognized nationally for its role as a leading playwright incubator and theatre community hub, is helping to create a similarly-focused program in Southern California with the launch this week of PlayGround-LA. PlayGround-LA will kick off its inaugural Los Angeles season October 8 at the Zephyr Theatre with Monday Night PlayGround, a monthly script-in-hand staged reading series featuring original short plays written in just four-and-a-half days by Los Angeles’ best new dramatists and inspired by a single topic (see below for the first topic announcement). The series continues the second Monday of each month through March 2013. For tickets, subscriptions or for more information, the public can call (323) 992-6766, email or go online at

Ten days before the designated Monday, a topic is announced (the topic for October 8, just announced, is “Origin Story”) and emerging playwrights in the Greater Los Angeles Area have until 2pm the following Tuesday to submit a short script. A panel of judges selects six winners, whose entries are cast over the weekend and then rehearsed with the area’s best professional actors and directors in a whirlwind ninety minutes each before being performed as script-in-hand stage readings.

The mission of PlayGround is to support the development of significant new local voices for the theatre. More than just a play development program, PlayGround focuses on the creation of a true theatre community by nurturing the collaborative process between first-time or early development playwrights, and established professional actors and directors. With a particular focus on the ten-minute form, PlayGround creates a microcosm of the greater theatre scene, allowing for experimentation and risk-taking as well as the honing of style and technique.

PlayGround was launched in San Francisco in 1994 by co-founders Jim Kleinmann, Brighde Mullins and Denise Shama. In 1996, Kleinmann became PlayGround’s first Artistic Director. Since its founding, PlayGround has developed and staged more than 650 original ten-minute plays by 175 Bay Area early-career writers and has commissioned more than 40 full-length plays by distinguished PlayGround alumni. In the process of staging those works, PlayGround has helped to identify some of the leading emerging writers and, at the same time, has engendered the creation of a true community of theatre artists, bringing together hundreds of Bay Area actors, directors and playwrights. For most if not all of the participating writers, PlayGround is the first professional staging their work has received and serves as their introduction into the professional theatre community.

PlayGround’s alumni have gone on to win both local and national honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, and Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, among others. Directors and actors participating in PlayGround are among some of the most distinguished local theatre professionals, regularly working on leading Bay Area stages such as A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Magic Theatre, San Jose Rep, and California Shakespeare Theater, among others.

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PlayGround-LA’s Monday Night PlayGround is

Six original short plays by L.A.’s best new dramatists, inspired by the topic “Origin Story”

October 8, 2012
Monday @ 8pm and 10pm

Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90046

(323) 992-6766  or

TICKETS: $20, priority seating; $15, general admission; $10, student admission with ID. Pay-What-You-Can at the door subject to availability.
6-admission season subscriptions (includes priority seating) available for $75 (student subs for $54).