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.

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