Friday, November 30, 2012

PlayGround-LA Dec 10 Topic Announced!



‘Tis the season to be jolly! PlayGround-LA gets into the Holiday Spirit and continues its monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on December 10 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… HOLIDAY SPIRIT! Los Angeles-based playwrights have until 2pm on Tuesday, December 4 to write and submit scripts inspired by the topic. For submission guidelines, visit http://playground-la.org/submit.shtml. The six finalists will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings at 8pm on December 10. 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 info@PlayGround-LA.org or go online at http://PlayGround-LA.org.

Ten days before the designated Monday, a topic is announced (the topic for December 10, just announced, is “HOLIDAY SPIRIT”) 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 staged readings. Previous topics include “Origin Story” and last month’s “Sea-Change.”

The mission of PlayGround-LA is to support the development of significant new local voices for the theatre. More than just a play development program, PlayGround-LA 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-LA is the first regional expansion of the celebrated Bay Area playwright incubator and theatre community hub, PlayGround(SF). 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 185 Bay Area early-career writers and has commissioned 48 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.

For more information, visit http://PlayGround-LA.org or follow PlayGround on Facebook (http://facebook.com/PlayGround.LosAngeles) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/PlayGround_LA).

PlayGround-LA’s Monday Night PlayGround is

WHAT:
Six original short plays by L.A.’s best new dramatists, inspired by the topic “Holiday Spirit”

WHEN:
December 10, 2012
Monday @ 8pm

WHERE:
Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90046

HOW:
(323) 992-6766  or
http://PlayGround-LA.org

TICKETS: $20, priority seating; $15, general admission; $10, student admission with ID. Pay-What-You-Can at the door subject to availability.
4-admission flex subscriptions (includes priority seating) start at just $60.


November People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... This month's People's Choice Award goes to Kevin Crust for his original short play, Waiting for Kafka, presented as a staged reading at the PlayGround-LA Monday Night PlayGround November 12 performance at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Kevin!

Courtesy of Mr. Crust, we're pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script. Enjoy!


WAITING FOR KAFKA
by Kevin Crust

HOMER - ER desk clerk, 40+ male. Any race.
OFFICER BOBBY GERICAULT - Police officer, 20s. Any race.
MRS. HARRINGTON - Middle-aged female, 40s-60. Any race.
DR. TURNER - Staff psychiatrist, 35+. Any race.
PATIENTS/FAMILY MEMBERS - Various

(An urban emergency room waiting area. It’s controlled
chaos. SIRENS are heard in the distance. HOMER, a clerk,
mans the admissions desk, helping a PATIENT and
juggling the phones, which RING constantly. The room is
full of PATIENTS and FAMILY MEMBERS. A uniformed
cop, OFFICER GERICAULT, stands by.
Amid the hub-bub, MRS. HARRINGTON sits, somewhat
impatiently. A shoe-box rests on her lap.)

HOMER
(On phone) County General, please hold.
(Presses button) County General, please hold.
(Presses button) County General, please hold.
(Presses button. Takes a breath before answering the next call.)
Admitting, this is Homer. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Uh-uh. No, ma’am. I’m sorry. We’re
slammed. It’s a full moon, which you can’t see because of the storm. Yes, ma’am. Look
outside if you don’t believe me. No, ma’am. I can’t hold while you do that. It’s your call.
If you think your son really swallowed a thousand bee-bees, then you should probably
bring him in. Yes, ma’am. You’re welcome. (Homer hangs up the phone. He looks at it incredibly for a moment. There’s a lull.)

HOMER
Next!

Mrs. Harrington brings her shoe-box to the desk.

Good evening, ma’am. Patient’s name?

MRS. HARRINGTON
Frank. Frank Harrington.

HOMER
Relationship to the patient?

MRS. HARRINGTON
I’m his wife.

HOMER
What seems to be the problem with Frank?

MRS. HARRINGTON
He’s … he’s … I’m not really sure how to … (She begins to get emotional)

HOMER
It’s okay, ma’am. Take your time. (Looking around) Where is your husband?

MRS. HARRINGTON
(Fighting back tears) In the box.

HOMER
In the …? Oh. Ohhh. I’m sorry. When did he pass?

MRS. HARRINGTON
(Recovering) He’s not dead.

HOMER
He’s not. (A terrifying realization) Eeeesh. What … part of him is in the box, ma’am?

MRS. HARRINGTON
(Confused) All of him.


HOMER
(Homer looks toward Officer Gericault.) Bobby? Can you come over here a minute? (Officer Gericault joins them at the desk.) Ma’am. Mrs. Harrington. This is Officer Gericault.

GERICAULT
Ma’am. What’s going on?

MRS. HARRINGTON
I don’t understand.

HOMER
Mrs. Harrington says her husband is in the box. All of him.

GERICAULT
Did you look?

Homer shakes his head.

GERICAULT
(To Mrs. Harrington) May I?

Mrs. Harrington carefully opens the box. Gericault leans in.
Homer isn’t sure he wants to see.

GERICAULT
All I see is a large insect.

Homer now looks.

HOMER
You brought a cockroach into my E.R.?

MRS. HARRINGTON
That’s not a … well, it is … but … it’s my Frank. He’s changed.

Homer and Gericault exchange looks.

HOMER
Uh-huh. Excuse me. (He picks up the phone)
Yes, Ariel? It’s Homer in the E.R. I need a psyche consult. Stat.

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, December 10, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.


Friday, November 9, 2012

PlayGround-LA Nov 12 Finalists Announced!


PlayGround-LA announced the topic ("SEA-CHANGE") last Friday and Los Angeles playwrights had just four-and-a-half days to generate their original short plays inspired by the topic. The top six scripts have been selected (see below) and will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, November 12 at 8pm. For more information, visit http://playground-la.org/monday.shtml.

This month's selected plays/playwrights are:
Cross Winds Over the Saanich Inlet by Karen Howes
Seed Change by Forrest Hartl
Distance Makes the Heart Grow Further by Andrew Crabtree
Aptos by Doug Haverty
And We'll Drink Coconut Milk Under A Tropic Sky by Susan Hunter
Waiting for Kafka by Kevin Crust

Directors include: Jesus Reyes, Molly Noble, Ivan Rivas, Alejandra Cisneros, Lee Sankowich, and PlayGround-LA Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann.

Tickets are $15, $20 for priority seating and $10 for students. 6-admission season subscriptions are available for $75 and include priority seating, free ticket exchange and discounts at the PlayGround Bookstore. Capacity is limited so get your tickets today! To purchase tickets or season subscriptions, visit http://playground-la.org/boxoffice.shtml.

For more information, call (323) 992-6766 or email to info<at>playground-la.org.

Friday, November 2, 2012

PlayGround-LA Nov 12 Topic Announced!

PlayGround-LA continues its monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on November 12 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic, SEA-CHANGE. Los Angeles-based playwrights have until 2pm on Tuesday to write and submit scripts inspired by the topic. For submission guidelines, visit http://playground-la.org/submit.shtml. The six finalists will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings at 8pm on November 12. 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 info@PlayGround-LA.org or go online at http://PlayGround-LA.org.

Ten days before the designated Monday, a topic is announced (the topic for November 12, just announced, is “SEA-CHANGE”) 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 staged readings.

The mission of PlayGround-LA is to support the development of significant new local voices for the theatre. More than just a play development program, PlayGround-LA 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-LA is the first regional expansion of the celebrated Bay Area playwright incubator and theatre community hub, PlayGround(SF). 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 185 Bay Area early-career writers and has commissioned 48 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.

For more information, visit http://PlayGround-LA.org or follow PlayGround on Facebook and Twitter.

PlayGround-LA’s Monday Night PlayGround is

WHAT:
Six original short plays by L.A.’s best new dramatists, inspired by the topic “Sea-Change”

WHEN:
November 12, 2012
Monday @ 8pm

WHERE:
Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90046

HOW:
(323) 992-6766  or
http://PlayGround-LA.org

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). http://playground-la.org/boxoffice.shtml