Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PlayGround-LA General Auditions

PlayGround-LA will host general auditions on Saturday, August 23 (12pm-7pm) and Sunday, August 24 (9am-3pm) at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood. Actors are being sought for the monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, taking place on second Mondays, October-March. Women and actors of color are encouraged to apply. Actors are asked to prepare 1-2 monologues not to exceed 3 minutes and may be asked to do a cold reading, subject to time. Auditions are by appointment only. To register for an appointment, contact Annie Stuart at annie@playground-la.org.

Each month, PlayGround-LA casts twenty or more professional actors to present script-in-hand readings of original short plays written by L.A. playwrights for the Monday Night PlayGround series. Actors rehearse for 1.5 hours on Sunday or Monday leading up to the performance, with a brief tech on Monday evening and the performance at 8pm. Actors each receive a $15 stipend for their participation.

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 nearly 700 original ten-minute plays by 200 Bay Area early-career writers and has commissioned/developed 54 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.

For more information on PlayGround-LA and the Monday Night PlayGround series, visit http://playground-la.org or follow us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/playground.losangeles and on Twitter at @PlayGround_LA.

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