Friday, December 5, 2014

PlayGround-LA Company News Dec-14

See what PlayGround-LA Writers are up to as we prepare for the December 8 round of Monday Night PlayGround.

Timothy Hill just completed Grumpy Cat's worst Christmas ever for LifeTime network, which he co-wrote and directed. It's the first time an internet meme has been made into a movie. It aired last weekend and will continue to air until Christmas.

Jennie Webb, resident playwright at Rogue Machine, will be writing for the company's annual Around The Clock Play Festival, in an all-female playwrights night on Sunday, December 7th.

Katie Rubin has spent the past five months touring the country with her second hour and a half Stand Up Show, D#%k So Big. She is thrilled and excited to be back in LA, writing, petting her friend's dog, recording voice overs, auditioning for commercials and working with her healing clients. for more info.

Ron Burch's short play THE BABY is being produced in "Class Acts: One Act Play Program" at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts in Bloomfield, NJ on December 5-6, 2014. His short play CHRISTMAS SPIRIT is being produced in "Father Tony Zamboni's Christmas Shorts" at the James Downing Theatre in Chicago, IL on December 5-7, 2014. JOLLY SAINT DICK, another short play, is in Hobo Junction's "Hobo Robo 7: Hobos Nipping at your Nose" at the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago, IL on December 8-10, 2014.

Forrest Hartl is writing an interactive stress management workshop for Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs.

Allie Costa's funny play Tofurkey Day is being produced by two different theatres this winter. See it in Los Angeles December 6th-14th at Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse as part of Hard Candy Christmas, and in Chicago December 8th-10th at Greenhouse Theater Center as part of Hobo Fest 7. Tofurkey Day has previously been staged in Florida (where it was named Best of the Fest, Audience Choice), San Diego, and the UK. Three of Allie Costa's plays, including Don't Shoot the Messenger Pigeon (Nov 2014 PlayGround-LA selection), will be performed tonight, at Variations XVI in San Diego.

Kevin Crust is collaborating with director Chris Beach on MAP/SLAM, a theatre project inspired by humanity's impulse to map our various environments, for a Fall 2015 production. Follow their progress at

Joshua Fardon has written, composed and directed a short musical called I Will Go On and written and directed a (non-musical) short called The Dove for this year's Slap & Tickle Holiday Benefit Show - Tuesday Dec. 16 and Wednesday December 17 at 8PM at The Llllian Theatre. Twelve bucks gets you drinks and snacks - all proceeds go to weSPARK Cancer Support Center.

@IssaRae and ColorCreative.TV recently announced 31 quarter finalist selections for their search for 3 Writers / 3 Drama Pilots. Over 600 one-sheet submissions were received, and The Spencer Douglas Show, created by Vincent Terrell Durham, has earned entry into the next round. The ColorCreative team will now read 31 pilot episodes and announce 10 semi-finalists on December 8th. Vincent's pilot episode has been submitted and he looks forward to the hearing the results.

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