Monday, December 23, 2013

Support PlayGround-LA: What's in a Name?

PLAYGROUND. The name says it all. It's a wild, often wacky, always wonderfully fun adventure for all the writers, directors and actors (and the audience) who have the good fortune to be connected with it each month. It's as if we've been put in a time machine and returned to our kid times, and have been encouraged to go out and just play.

Writers are given a topic that can fall anywhere on a spectrum from the very "normal" to the very "abnormal", and then four and a half days to submit a script. They are urged to stretch their imaginations, and are never saddled by any rules or regs other than a limit of 10 pages maximum. "Here's the topic; go with it where you wish". 6 Scripts are selected from the submissions, given to directors and casts are chosen.

Then....well, then, another whole room of the PlayGround opens up. As with the writing, there are no rules and regs for directors and actors other than "go for it", and "let's see what ya got", as they bring these little 10 page gems to life.There is a 1.5 hour rehearsal time in which the directors and actors hem & haw, stammer & stew, behave and misbehave to the max until they hack and hew the rough drawing of their vision of how the play will best be served on the night.

And finally...the night! The Monday night when the PlayGround is opened up for everyone to come and enjoy the playing. The great energy, enthusiasm and camaraderie is infectuous, and it really is like watching kids having a ball on the playground. This is where it all comes together: writers, directors and actors get to strut their stuff bringing theatrical magic to life.

This is what's so wonderful about PlayGround-LA: it provides a place where artists can do their art; where you can take chances and risks and you're not going to be sent to your room with no dessert if you "fail". (No one fails, and there's always plenty of dessert)  And it provides a place where joy and the enjoyment of the process of doing art is shared by all.

The moment I first heard about PlayGround, I knew something good was brewing, and I immediately got involved, as an artist and a donor. I've loved every minute of it.

Give it a shot. Support the PlayGround. I promise, you're gonna be happy ya did.

Michael Cavanaugh

To give to the PlayGround-LA Year-End Campaign, click the button above or visit today!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Support PlayGround-LA!

PlayGround-LA was launched last October and, in just our first year-and-a-half, we’ve produced nine rounds of Monday Night PlayGround, developing fifty-four original plays by more than two dozen L.A. playwrights and involving over three hundred L.A. theatre artists. With your support, PlayGround-LA has become a leading hub for the L.A. theatre community, where we can discover bold new voices for the stage and create new networks and opportunities.
To complete our second season, we need your help! Ticket sales cover less than half the cost of producing the Monday Night PlayGround series, with the balance made up by donations from individuals like you. Whether $25 or $250, every contribution counts! And we've got special perks to thank you for your support, from discount vouchers to a free copy of the Best of PlayGround anthology, and more!. This holiday season, please consider making a gift to the PlayGround-LA Year-End Campaign and help us secure the future of L.A. theatre, one playwright at a time!
To contribute to our Year-End Campaign on, click the link below, visit our website or call (323) 992-6766.

Happy Holidays!
Jim Kleinmann
Artistic Director


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

PlayGround-LA Alumni in the News Dec-13

See what PlayGround-LA Alumni are up to as we prepare for the December 9 round of Monday Night PlayGround.

Valerie Perri has been nominated for Best Leading Actress in a Musical (local production) for Sunset Boulevard by the critics from Broadway World. To vote, visit 

Marc Forget signed with Kepler Entertainment management and shot 2 short films in the last 2 weeks. 

Marc Jacobson stars in the viral video Girls Are A**holes: At a Bar, which received over 3 million views in 4 days. 

Allie Costa is playing Tiny Tammy in the musical LITTLE MISS SCROOGE at The Rubicon

Tom Misuraca's play Santa Baby will be produced at Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's Dysfunctional Family Xmas Festival in December. 

Katy Davis is just back from filming the short movie Absaroka: Sins in Wyoming — a direct result of having participated in PlayGround-LA last January. 

Molly Noble is performing in never fall so heavily again by fellow PlayGround SF member Gabriel Grilli at Brickabrack. 

Ivan Rivas just directed the Palm Springs premiere of Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz at the Palm Canyon Theatre. 

Gary Poux’s new film ASSASSINS TALE (currently on dvd) just released internationally. 

Arthur Keng performed in The Playwrights Foundation's workshop of Go On Living. 

Kloii Hollis was a "California Cowgirl" dancer for independent country singer Scotty McCoy's music video. She also played a supporting role in an Independent short film, ROUND HOUSE.

Joseph Patrick O'Malley recently narrated BLACK COBRA, a full length audiobook available on this Christmas.

Brittany Slattery is in rehearsals for Sarah Ruhl's THE PASSION PLAY at the Odyssey Theatre, directed by Bart DeLorenzo and opening January 18.

Tahmus Rounds appeared recently on THE BRIDGE on FX.

Katie Rubin just landed a commercial agent and a manager and is up for the lead role in an awesome play she feels she can't yet mention at an awesome theater in LA.  Pray for her?!

Laura Gardner appeared on CASTLE and LAKE ANNE at The Road Theatre.

Jennifer Chang is directing Lee Blessing's FORTINBRAS for the USC undergrad program in the Spring and was recently on an episode of TWO AND A HALF MEN.

Mary Linda Phillips has started rehearsals with The Open Fist Theater Company for the Tony Award-winning musical, James Joyce's THE DEAD, opening January 17th at The Greenway Court Theater in Hollywood. 

Robert Cucuzza has launched a revolutionary actor studio for LA:

Kathleen Cecchin is currently elevating the internet by recreating content in the manner of Oscar Wilde. Watch for it here: 

Laura Owen is thrilled to be in pre-production for her upcoming dramatic short, which she wrote and will be staring in.