Friday, February 28, 2014

PlayGround-LA's March 10 Topic & Women's History Month Celebration

PlayGround-LA marks Women's History Month and continues its celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on March 10 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… HERSTORY: The Greatest Stories Never Told! 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 The six finalists will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings at 8pm on March 10. For tickets, low-cost subscriptions or for more information, the public can call (323) 992-6766, email or go online at

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 “Idioms of the Heart”.

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.

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PlayGround-LA’s Monday Night PlayGround is

In celebration of Women’s History Month, six original short plays by L.A.’s best new dramatists, inspired by the topic “HERSTORY: The Greatest Stories Never Told!”

March 10, 2014
Monday @ 8pm

Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90046

(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.

Friday, February 14, 2014

February People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The February People's Choice Award goes to Vincent Terrell Durham for his short play, A Change of Heart, presented as a staged reading at the "Idioms of the Heart" Monday Night PlayGround on February 10 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Vincent!

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

by Vincent Terrell Durham

DIANE PETERSON - Caucasian, late 30's to early 50's. Old enough to have had a 17 year old son.
RICHARD PETERSON - Caucasian, late 30's to early 50's. Diane's husband.
SIMON - African American, 20 - 25 years old. Should have hair. An Afro is ideal but not a must.

SETTING: Present day, sidewalk leading up to Simon's house.

RICHARD PETERSON enters carrying a duffle bag.
DIANE PETERSON enters a few feet behind him. She
carries a cake container. Both walk towards a house.
Both are disheveled from the three hour car drive.

Would it kill you to wait for your wife?
(RICHARD stops dead in his tracks.)

Waiting for the wife.
(DIANE reaches a waiting RICHARD and hands him the
cake container. DIANE then begins fussing with her hair
and clothing, trying to put things back in place.)

Why in the world are you lugging that duffle bag around with you, Richard?

(Taking in his surroundings.) This duffle bag is between me and this Simon fellow we’re
about to meet.

Simon fellow? Is that how you’re planning to address him? (Pause.) How do I look?

(Looking everywhere but at DIANE.) You look fine, Diane.

It might help if you looked at me.
(RICHARD takes a long look at his wife.)

You’ve done the best that you can.

Richard! I want to look perfect. Is my hair a mess? I should’ve worn my blue dress.

I don’t know why you’re worried about your appearance. You look just fine.

Tommy always liked when I made an effort. And he loved seeing me wear blue.
Remember that time I showed up at his baseball game in my curlers.
He wanted to kill me. (Imitating Tommy.) “Mom, you looked like you just stepped out
of a horror picture!” After that I promised I’d always look my best for him.


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