Friday, January 3, 2014

PlayGround-LA and PlayGround Team Up for Jan 13 Topic

California playwrights from the Bay Area and Los Angeles will share the spotlight in a first-of-its-kind event on January 13 when PlayGround and PlayGround-LA, California’s leading playwright incubators, join forces to produce the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series simultaneously at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Zephyr Theatre. And in another first-ever twist, both programs will use the same topic, CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: Ten-Minute Plays Inspired by the California Experience. Writers have four-and-a-half days to generate their original short scripts inspired by the topic. The top six plays from each community will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings by leading local directors and actors and audiences will be invited to live tweet their experience using the hashtag #playgroundCA. Tickets can be purchased online at http://playground-la.org/boxoffice (for information on PlayGround, visit http://playground-sf.org).

California… a state of such incredible diversity and bounty, with its beaches, mountains, desserts, and valleys; the 12th largest economy in the world; birthplace of the United Nations; home to Hollywood and Silicon Valley; where dreamers come to dream big ideas and change the way we experience the world.

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 “Inspired by a Holiday Song”.

The mission of PlayGround-LA is to support the development of significant new local voices for the theatre. PlayGround-LA has developed a unique model for identifying and nurturing the best new writers, helping them to build a significant body of original work, and strongly weaving these artists into the family of local theatre professionals. PlayGround pairs early development playwrights with established, professional actors and directors and fosters the artistic relationships that develop.

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 51 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 local 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 local, national and international 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 theatre professionals, regularly working on leading local stages.

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 a holiday song

WHEN:
January 13, 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.
6-admission flex subscriptions (includes priority seating) start at just $75.

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