Friday, November 28, 2014

PlayGround-LA's Dec 8 Topic Announcement!

Naughty or nice? PlayGround-LA continues its third season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on December 8 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… THE HOLIDAY PARTY! Los Angeles-based playwrights in the inaugural PlayGround-LA Writers Pool have four-and-a-half days to write and submit scripts inspired by the topic. The six finalists will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings at 8pm on December 8. For tickets, low-cost subscriptions or for more information, the public can call (323) 992-6766 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 “Mistaken Identity”.

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 Holiday Party”

WHEN:
December 8, 2014 at 8pm

Additional Season Dates:
    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.

November People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The November People's Choice Award goes to Ron Burch for his short play, Meeting Matt Damon, presented as a staged reading at THE MISTAKEN IDENTITY-inspired Monday Night PlayGround on November 10 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Ron!

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


MEETING MATT DAMON
by Ron Burch

CHARACTERS

HILARY — a woman in her 30s, any race
MATT DAMON — a man in his 30s, any race

LOCATION: A coffee shop.  A table and chairs.
TIME: Day.

Coffee shop.  A table and two chairs. HILARY, a woman in her 30s, sits in one of the chairs.  She has a large flower pinned to her chest.  She looks around for someone.  MATT DAMON, a man in his 30s, enters.  He spots her flower and crosses to her.

Matt
Hi, are you Hilary?

HILARY
Yes, it's such a pleasure to meet you.

They shake hands.

MATT
Yeah, thanks, you too. 

HILARY
So do you want some coffee?  My treat?

MATT
No, I'm good, thanks.  So I'm assuming the reason you contacted me was to talk about me setting up a website for you. I'm also a graphic designer so I can take care of that as well.

HILARY
Uh, no.

MATT
You have someone else for the graphic design?

HILARY
You're Matt Damon.

MATT
Yes, I'm Matt Damon.

HILARY
You're Matt Damon.

MATT
Didn't, didn't we just cover this.

HILARY
I am so HAPPY to meet you.

MATT
Do you want me to build a website for you?

HILARY
No, not at all.

MATT
So what can I help you with?

HILARY
I just LOVE your movies.

MATT
My movies.

HILARY
Yes.

MATT
Um, you do realize that I'm not Matt Damon, the actor.

HILARY
Oh yes.  That would be CRAZY if I thought you were actually Matt Damon.  You look nothing like him.

MATT
Oh thanks.

HILARY
I mean you're not BAD looking.  You're just not as handsome as Matt.

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, December 8, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

Friday, November 7, 2014

PlayGround-LA Nov 10 Selections Announced!

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 had four-and-a-half days to write and submit scripts inspired by the topic. 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 or go online at http://PlayGround-LA.org/monday.

This month’s selected plays/playwrights are:
Meeting Matt Damon by Ron Burch, directed by Tamiyka White
About Your Mother by Tiffany Cascio, directed by Lee Sankowich
Don't Shoot the Messenger Pigeon by Allie Costa, directed by Ivan Rivas
Criminally Dumb by Thomas C. Dunn, directed by Jim Kleinmann
Till Paris by Elayne Heilveil, directed by Ann-Giselle Spiegler
Survival of the Fittest by Susan C. Hunter, directed by Alejandra Cisneros

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, 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

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.

PlayGround-LA Company News Nov-14

Read on to learn more about PlayGround-LA Writers Pool recent news, current happenings, and upcoming events.

Ann-Giselle Spiegler's short play INDIVISIBLE, originally developed at Monday Night PlayGround, will be given a staged reading at the Phoenix Theater as part of the "Hormel Festival of New Plays and Musicals" in March 2015. http://www.phoenixtheatre.com/festival

Vincent Terrell Durham received final notice, at the end of October, that his 10-Minute play, TRASH DAY, was selected to be part of PICK OF THE VINE 2015! POV 2015 will run from Jan 9 -Feb 14, 2015 and will take place at Little Fish Theatre in the San Pedro / LA Waterfront Arts District. http://www.littlefishtheatre.org/wp/home-2/

Jennie Webb's new play CURRENCY received a reading through The Word @ The Road Theatre in NoHo; her one-act BUYING A HOUSE is part of GLO 2014, Nov 6-9 at Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica (where she's joined by Pool writer Allie Costa!).

Lucy Wang is moderating a panel for the University of Chicago Art Alumni Network entitled "Tell Your Story, Share Your Passion, and Get Funded" on Saturday, Nov 15, at the W Hotel.  If you're interested in attending and learning about the panelists, click here.

THE HAPPIEST PERSON IN AMERICA, a short film written and directed by Sara Israel, will be featured on the evening of November 14, 2014 as part of the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference hosted by DePaul University (Chicago, IL). Visit the conference's website at www.CriticalMixedRaceStudies.org and the film's website at www.TheHappiestPersonInAmerica.com.

This summer, Forrest Hartl's play HARVEST won first place at the Festival Theatre's new one-act play contest in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Also, his short film THE WHEXICAN screened at festivals in Oceanside and Los Angeles.

Allie Costa's play FEMME NOIR is having its world premiere this weekend at Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica as part of GLO 2014 (http://www.greenlightproductions.org). It was also selected for The Naked Expedition Project Reading Series (http://www.thenakedexpeditionproject.com) and had a staged reading at TheaterLab in New York. http://www.alliecosta.com

Thomas C Dunn’s play, THE THREAD MEN, is opening at the Stage Left Theater Theater, Nov 14-30. http://www.spokanestageleft.org/productions.html. His piece, THE TANGO, was just selected for an evening of monologues at the Riverside Theatre http://riversidetheatre.org/walkingthewireclassified.

Mercedes Segesvary is stage managing the world premiere of Bekah Brunstetter's new play hey brother at Son of Semele Theater, opening November 21st. Son of Semele Ensemble