Friday, January 4, 2013

PlayGround-LA Jan 14 Topic Announced!



PlayGround-LA continues its inaugural season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on January 14 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… I HAVE A DREAM…! Los Angeles-based playwrights have until 2pm on Tuesday to write and submit scripts inspired by the topic. Playwrights are encouraged to be creative and use the topic as a jumping-off point with all forms of theatrical expression encouraged. 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 January 14. 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/boxoffice.shtml.

Ten days before the designated Monday, a topic is announced 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,” “Sea-Change,” and last month’s “Holiday Spirit.”

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 “I Have A Dream…”

WHEN:
January 14, 2013
Monday @ 8pm

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

HOW:
(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. 4-admission flex subscriptions (includes priority seating) start at just $60.

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