Tuesday, March 12, 2013

March People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... This month's People's Choice Award goes to Andrew Crabtree for his original short play, The Prince and the Closet Castle, presented as a staged reading at the PlayGround-LA Monday Night PlayGround March 11 performance at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Andrew!

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



THE PRINCE AND THE CLOSET CASTLE
by Andrew Crabtree

CHARACTERS:

TALIA (30s) - The Alpha. Aggressive. Something to prove but no clue what it is. Unconcerned with a lot of social norms.

WILLIAM (20s) - The Omega. His tail perpetually between his legs. Prone to exaggeration and getting carried away. Oblivious to a lot of social cues.

RALPHIE (20s) - The Optimist. Happy go lucky. Has the best... and often loudest... of intentions.


SCENE ONE. Lights up on WILLIAM. He wears a collared shirt - under a tie - under a sweater. He stands alone. He holds a red Solo cup and a cell phone. Party music plays in the background He looks around and bounces awkwardly. As he speaks on the phone he looks at the “party” surrounding him.

WILLIAM
This is so futile. I don’t want to be here. I hate parties.

Lights up on RALPHIE. The other side of the phone call. He’s not at the party. Maybe he’s in the audience. Maybe.

RALPHIE
Relax! What kind of party is it? A rave? A frat party? A-

WILLIAM
Work party.

RALPHIE
Like... a sexy work party?

WILLIAM
Celebrating someone’s promotion to VP of something-or-other.

RALPHIE
Huh. Well that’s... It’ll be fun!

WILLIAM
False. It will be nauseating.

RALPHIE
Williaaaam.... Just talk to / someone!

WILLIAM
I can’t just walk up and start talking at someone, it’s rude!

RALPHIE
No it’s not! That’s socializing! Come on! We’ve gotta break this slump.. This curse... and find you a nice girl! You’re smart, you’re funny, / you have a j-

WILLIAM
I am not funny.

RALPHIE
Of course you are! In that.... Dry, think-about-it-for-awhile kind of way.

WILLIAM
I do have one doozy of a joke. It’s about a binary-coded machine going on a date with an HTML server.
(He starts chuckling.) The binary machine says...

RALPHIE
On second thought, maybe don’t do that. Listen, if you’re not gonna talk to somebody, I’m gonna come over / and intervene.

WILLIAM
Absolutely not! (William, panicked, crosses to center stage and opens a door, entering a very small room. A closet.)

RALPHIE
Agh. I heard the door, Will.

WILLIAM
No you didn’t.

RALPHIE
Are you hiding in the closet again?

WILLIAM
No! / Who hides in closets?

RALPHIE
I’m coming over.

WILLIAM
NO! Ugh. Damn it all. Fine. I’ll talk to people. I’ll mingle.

RALPHIE
Too late. You had your chance.

WILLIAM
Please don’t come over.

RALPHIE
You want to keep me from wingmaning for you?

WILLIAM
Embarrassing me / until you ignore me.

RALPHIE
WINGMANING! -- Then you need to kiss a girl.

WILLIAM
What? You’re crazy! I barely-

RALPHIE
It’s... 11:30 now. If I don’t get confirmation that you’ve kissed somebody... I’m not even going to specify gender in case there are some massive revelations on the horizon.

WILLIAM
Shut up.

RALPHIE
If I don’t get confirmation by midnight, I’m coming over.


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Friday, March 1, 2013

PlayGround-LA Inaugural Season Concludes... the Mar 11 Topic!


PlayGround-LA concludes its inaugural season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on March 11 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… ADAPT A FOLKTALE OR MYTH! 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 March 11. 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 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”, “Holiday Spirit”, “I Have A Dream...”, and last month’s “Star-Crossed Lovers”.



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 “Adapt a Folktale or Myth”



WHEN:

March 11, 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.