Friday, October 31, 2014

October People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The October People's Choice Award goes to Karen Howes for her short play, The Effects of Drought on Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, presented as a staged reading at THE DROUGHT-inspired Monday Night PlayGround on October 13 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Karen!

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

THE EFFECTS OF DROUGHT ON MARY ZIMMERMAN’S METAMORPOSES
by Karen Howes

CAST
Stephen Steinman Male, age 35-45; Caucasian. Suave and hip theater director with 3 days tillopening and mounting problems. But he can take it. He's more concernedabout the bottom line than artistry, and he's more interested in a starlit thanhis wife. In the end, he's a good director who always comes throughbecause "the show must go on."

Mrs Giles Female, 45-60; any race. Stage Manager who has it under control and is always one step ahead. She's been doing this a long time.

Angela Steinman Female, age 35-45; probably Caucasian. At one time, she was the pretty ingenue who could wrap the audience and her husband, the director, around her finger. Age has got her, but she's still talented and has a high standard for theatrical ethics and artistry.

Poseidon Male, age 40-55; could be any race, but he's Stephen's brother. He carries a trident and looks like Poseidon, though he has also played the part of Moses (perhaps tussled white hair).

SET: director's chair on a bare stage.
TIME: The Present

STEPHEN, in his director’s chair facing a bare
stage, crosses off words in his script. MRS
GILES mops the floor. The SOUND of RAIN.

STEPHEN
Nope. Take it out! No rain.

MRS GILES
(looks to the sound booth) No rain, Jimmy! Cut the rain!

SOUND of WATER running.

STEPHEN
What’s that? Water? Why water? No running water.

MRS GILES waves the sound out. Now, the
SOUND of THUNDER, a DOWNPOUR.

STEPHEN
Are you kidding me? Does he need a thesaurus?

MRS GILES is on her headset. The storm stops.
ANGELA enters with a script. She’s fuming,
livid; doesn’t know what to say. Decides to act.

ANGELA
“He turned to wave at her. She waved at him while the ribbon of black water widened
between the ship and shore --until he was no longer distinguishable but still she could see
the ship . . . then the whole hull was gone”

STEPHEN
Angela?

ANGELA
and only “the sails” remained. “Empty and desolate blue --

STEPHEN
Mrs Giles?

ANGELA
“-- to lie down on the huge and vacant bed and give herself over to weeping.”
Angela cries. It’s honest., not overdramatic.

STEPHEN
What are you doing?? I’m -- I’m lost. Mrs Giles, what is this?

ANGELA
The script. It’s how it’s writen. It’s how I’m going to say it.

MRS GILES
She’s upset with you Mr Steinman

STEPHEN
(Counting on his fingers) “Wave, waved, water, ship, shore, ship, hull, sails, weeping.”
That’s nine words that engage the imagery of water. Nine thousand dollars.

ANGELA
Wave and waved don’t count. It means this (waves her hand) not --
She acts out a large wave coming at her

ANGELA
I need to tell you, Utah. It’s “time to dance with the Universe.”

STEPHEN
What is that?

MRS GILES
Patick Swayze. Point Break.

ANGELA surfs a giant wave while waving.

MRS GILES
Now she’s showing you that WAVE is a homograph. It has two meanings.

STEPHEN
I know what a homograph is (maybe he doesn’t), and I don’t care. Two words. It’s a two thousand dollar gamble that I’m not willing to take.

ANGELA
Then maybe you shouldn’t have slept with Aphrodite, you shit.

MRS GILES
She means Veronica Hud . . .

STEPHEN
I know who she means, and she’s wrong. I think maybe she’s just a little jealous because
instead of playing the young and pretty parts this time, Ms Angela Steinman was cast as
the Nursemaid, the Therapist, Erysichthon’s Mother, and the Scientist.

ANGELA
I think it’s more likely that she’s angry and hurt because her husband, the director, is
sleeping with the actress who is playing the young and pretty parts that should be mine.
(Playing a child as Erysichthon’s mother) “Sir, I swear by the god of the SEA that no one
except myself has come to this shore.”

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

PlayGround-LA's Nov 10 Topic Announcement!

Trick or treat? PlayGround-LA continues its third season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on November 10 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… MISTAKEN IDENTITY! Los Angeles-based playwrights in the inaugural PlayGround-LA Writers Pool 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. The six finalists will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings at 8pm on November 10. For tickets, low-cost 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/monday.

Ten days before the designated Monday, a topic is announced and the thirty-six playwrights in the PlayGround-LA Writers Pool 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 “The Drought”. 

The inaugural PlayGround-LA Writers Pool are:
Megan Breen, Cort Brinkerhoff, Ron Burch*, Tiffany Cascio*, Kathleen Cecchin*, Maurice Chauvet, John Corcoran*, Allie Costa*, Andrew Crabtree*, Kevin Crust*, Mike Deas, Thomas Dunn, Vincent Terrell Durham*, Joshua Fardon, Miguel Garcia, Forrest Hartl*, Elayne Heilveil, Tim Hill, Karen Howes, Susan Hunter, Sara Israel, Ian Kaye, Arthur Keng, Marc Ketchem, Carolina Rojas*, Raquel Rosser, Jessica Rowe, Katie Rubin, Richard Ruyle, Mercedes Segesvary*, Mark Sherstinsky*, Ann-Giselle Spiegler, Chelsea Sutton, Lucy Wang, Jennie Webb, and Lilliana Winkworth.
 * Best of PlayGround Award recipient 

ABOUT PLAYGROUND-LA

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.

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 the topic “The Drought”

WHEN:
November 10, 2014 at 8pm 

Additional Season Dates: 
December 8, 2014
January 12, 2015
February 9, 2015
March 19, 2015 

WHERE:
Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90046

HOW:
(323) 992-6766  or 
http://PlayGround-LA.org/monday 

ADVANCE TICKETS: $20, priority seating; $15, general admission; $10, student admission with ID. $20 general admission tickets at the door beginning one hour before the performance, subject to availability. 6-admission flex subscriptions (includes priority seating) start at just $75.

Friday, October 3, 2014

PlayGround-LA Announces Oct 13 Topic!

PlayGround-LA launches its third season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on October 13 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… THE DROUGHT! Los Angeles-based playwrights in the inaugural PlayGround-LA Writers Pool 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. The six finalists will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings at 8pm on October 13. For tickets, low-cost 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/monday.

Ten days before the designated Monday, a topic is announced and the thirty-six playwrights in the PlayGround-LA Writers Pool 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 “Star-Crossed Lovers”.

The inaugural PlayGround-LA Writers Pool are:
Megan Breen, Cort Brinkerhoff, Ron Burch*, Tiffany Cascio*, Kathleen Cecchin*, Maurice Chauvet, John Corcoran*, Allie Costa*, Andrew Crabtree*, Kevin Crust*, Mike Deas, Thomas Dunn, Vincent Terrell Durham*, Joshua Fardon, Miguel Garcia, Forrest Hartl*, Elayne Heilveil, Tim Hill, Karen Howes, Susan Hunter, Sara Israel, Ian Kaye, Arthur Keng, Marc Ketchem, Carolina Rojas*, Raquel Rosser, Jessica Rowe, Katie Rubin, Richard Ruyle, Mercedes Segesvary*, Mark Sherstinsky*, Ann-Giselle Spiegler, Chelsea Sutton, Lucy Wang, Jennie Webb, Lilliana Winkworth,
* Best of PlayGround Award recipient

ABOUT PLAYGROUND-LA

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.

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 the topic “The Drought”

WHEN:
October 13, 2014 at 8pm

Additional Season Dates:
November 10, 2014
December 8, 2014
January 12, 2015
February 9, 2015
March 19, 2015

WHERE:
Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90046

HOW:
(323) 992-6766  or

ADVANCE TICKETS: $20, priority seating; $15, general admission; $10, student admission with ID. $20 general admission tickets at the door beginning one hour before the performance, subject to availability. 6-admission flex subscriptions (includes priority seating) start at just $75.