Friday, January 30, 2015

PlayGround-LA's Feb 9 Topic Announcement

Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs… what’s wrong with that? (Paul McCartney) PlayGround-LA continues its third season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on February 9 at the Zephyr Theatre with an early Valentine's Day present for Los Angeles theatre lovers: six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic, SILLY LOVE SONGS! 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 February 9. For tickets, low-cost flex passes 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 “The Future Reimagined”.

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*, Miguel Garcia, Forrest Hartl*, Elayne Heilveil, Tim Hill, Karen Howes, Susan Hunter, Sara Israel, Ian Kaye, Arthur Keng, Marc Ketchem, Carolina Rojas*, 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 over 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 “Silly Love Songs”

WHEN:
February 9, 2015 at 8pm

Additional Season Dates:
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. 4-admission flex passes (includes priority seating) start at just $60.

Friday, January 9, 2015

PlayGround-LA's Jan 12 Selections Announced!

What will tomorrow bring? PlayGround-LA continues its third season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on January 12 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… THE FUTURE REIMAGINED! 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 (see below) will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings at 8pm on January 12. For tickets, low-cost flex passes or for more information, the public can call (323) 992-6766 or go online at http://PlayGround-LA.org/monday.

The selected plays/playwrights are:
A TASTE OF THE FUTURE by Allie Costa, directed by Peter J. Kuo; A QUIET PAUSE BEFORE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE by Mike Deas, directed by Tamiyka White; HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU VISIT PARIS? by Vincent Terrell Durham, directed by Sylvia Blush; INFILTRATED LEARNING by Arthur Keng, directed Jim Kleinmann; ORGANIC MATTERS by Jessica Rowe, directed by Amy Scribner; and SAVED by Mercedes Segesvary, directed by Lee Sankowich. 

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 Holiday Party”.

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*, Miguel Garcia, Forrest Hartl*, Elayne Heilveil, Tim Hill, Karen Howes, Susan Hunter, Sara Israel, Ian Kaye, Arthur Keng, Marc Ketchem, Carolina Rojas*, 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 Future Reimagined”

WHEN:
January 12, 2015 at 8pm 

Additional Season Dates: 
            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 passes (includes priority seating) start at just $75. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

PlayGround-LA Company News Jan-15

See what PlayGround-LA Writers are up to as we prepare for the January 12 round of Monday Night PlayGround.

Allie Costa's play TWO GIRLS has been selected for the UNHEARD Festival, being produced by Goblin Baby Theatre Co. at The Bread & Roses Theatre in London this February. Allie recently narrated the audiobook THE GENEROSITY OF STRANGERS and is currently in rehearsal for the new musical INVISIBLE, among other things. http://www.alliecosta.com

Lucy Wang will be a guest on an episode of The Inclusion Show with Wallace Ford.  Her monologue Down There will be produced by Lady Bits: Unsolicited Comments on Womanhood, to be sponsored by Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in the spring.

Jennie Webb's short play REBECCA ON THE BUS was part of Little Black Dress INK's last Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Project, "Planting the Seed Festival," Jan 2 & 3 in Prescott, AZ.

Forrest Hartl will be teaching this spring in the Cerritos College and College of the Desert theatre departments.

Vincent Terrell Durham's 10-minute play TRASH DAY makes its debut at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, CA on January 9th. The play will run until February 14th as a part of Pick Of The Vine-Season 13. Early December saw the completion of TARGETS OF CHOICE with Renovation Productions. This video can be viewed on Youtube and Vimeo.

When not entertaining family from afar, Kathleen Cecchin is celebrating survivors of heart disease in a  feature entitled "Ladies in Red" for Bakersfield Magazine. You can find their profiles in the February 1st edition.

Back from many months on the road with her last hour and a half stand-up show, D#%k So Big, Katie Rubin is excited to be working with her spiritual healing clients, writing new material, and watching WAY too much Family Guy. 



Sunday, January 4, 2015

PlayGround-LA's Jan 12 Topic Announcement

What will tomorrow bring? PlayGround-LA continues its third season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on January 12 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… THE FUTURE REIMAGINED! 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 January 12. For tickets, low-cost flex passes 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 “The Holiday Party”.

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*, Miguel Garcia, Forrest Hartl*, Elayne Heilveil, Tim Hill, Karen Howes, Susan Hunter, Sara Israel, Ian Kaye, Arthur Keng, Marc Ketchem, Carolina Rojas*, 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 Future Reimagined”

WHEN:
January 12, 2015 at 8pm 

Additional Season Dates: 
            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 passes (includes priority seating) start at just $75.