Friday, February 27, 2015

PlayGround-LA's March 9 Topic Announcement

“Wait till they get a load of me!” - Joker. PlayGround-LA concludes its third season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on March 9 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… HEROES AND VILLAINS! 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 March 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 “Silly Love Songs”.

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 “Heroes and Villains”

WHEN: March 9, 2015 at 8pm

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 priority-seating flex passes are $60.

Monday, February 23, 2015

February People's Choice Award


The people have spoken... The February People's Choice Award goes to Jessica Rowe for her short play, Never Let It Go, presented as a staged reading at SILLY LOVE SONGS-inspired Monday Night PlayGround on February 9 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Jessica!

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

Never Let It Go
by Jessica Rowe

CHARACTERS
Tyler – Male, 20s-30s, any race.
Ryan – Male, 20-30s, any race.
Stephanie – Female, 20-30s, any race. 

An apartment. A couch facing the audience. TYLER is cleaning up. He picks up a shirt off the couch, sniffs it. Not too bad. Another shirt, another sniff—he chokes. No good. He tosses it off-stage.  

A quick knock on the door, and then RYAN enters. He is loud, kind of a dick.  

RYAN
Game Day! You better have stocked up because I am going to drink until I can’t feel my liver.
                                   
TYLER
You’re not supposed to feel your liver, Ryan. 

RYAN
Says you.  What are you doing?  

TYLER
I’m cleaning up, gimme a sec.

RYAN
Dude, don’t clean! That is not the point of Game Day. There is no clean in Game Day!  
                                     
TYLER
 I can enjoy the game without living like a complete animal.

RYAN
Again, not the point!

He throws himself on the couch. Tyler rolls his eyes, and walks off stage. 

TYLER
Make yourself at home. Try not to break anything.

RYAN
 (Voice raised) Bro you have no idea how much I need this. If my girlfriend asks me “do these boots match this outfit?” one more time, my face is going to melt off.

TYLER
(off-stage) What?


RYAN
Like, Indiana Jones, Arc of the Covenant style. Just… blerghhaa.

He mines the expression of one’s face melting off, Indiana Jones style. Tyler leans back on-stage.

TYLER
How many times did your mom drop you on your head as a kid? Ballpark figure. 

RYAN
Uh—

TYLER
That’s what I thought. What do you want to drink? 

RYAN
I’m not a chick, bro. Whatever will get me drunk.

Tyler huffs, leaves. Ryan finds a fancy remote. He randomly presses a bunch of buttons. Finally turns on the TV.

“Let It Go” from Frozen immediately starts playing. Ryan cringes, turns it down.  Tyler enters with beers. Ryan laughs at him.

RYAN (CON’T)
 What is this Disney shit, Tyler?

TYLER
Shut up. My sister was here with my niece yesterday. The kid’s obsessed with this movie. She must have forgotten the DVD.

RYAN
Sure.

TYLER
Just change the channel. I don’t ever wanna hear this song again.

RYAN
I dunno, the ice chick’s kinda hot. (pause) I’d hit it.

TYLER
She’s a cartoon.  

RYAN
No duh. But if you could

TYLER
You’re a pig.
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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, March 9, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

Friday, February 6, 2015

PlayGround-LA's Feb 9 Selections Announced!

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 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 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.

This month's selected plays/playwrights are:
Popcast by Tiffany Cascio, directed by Kitty Lindsay
Love in Flight by Susan C. Hunter, directed by Lee Sankowich
Birthday Blues by Ian Kaye, directed by Reena Dutt
Never Let It Go by Jessica Rowe, directed by Alejandra Cisneros
Role Play by Mercedes Segesvary, directed by Rondrell McCormick
Tune Deaf by Jennie Webb, directed by Jim Kleinmann

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.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

January People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The January People's Choice Award goes to Mercedes Segesvary for her short play, Saved, presented as a staged reading at THE FUTURE REIMAGINED-inspired Monday Night PlayGround on January 12 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Mercedes!

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


SAVED
by Mercedes Segesvary

Characters
LOIS: Female. Age; late 20’s/30’s. Wearing business casual clothes.
SUPERMAN: Male. Age; 30’s. Wearing a superman outfit, or a superman shirt / cape.
LUTHOR: Male. Age; 40’s. Wearing a nice suit.

Setting
No specific setting.

Time
Present Day

Props
A rope. Small box with a piece of kryptonite in it.

Lights up

Superman stands to one side. Luthor stands to the other side. Lois stands or sits in the middle, loosely tied up.

LUTHOR
Ha! Superman you can’t save her and save the people on that bridge. You have to choose.

SUPERMAN
You’ll never get away with it Luthor.

LUTHOR
Oh yes I will.

Luthor pulls out a small box from his pocket and opens it. It has kryptonite. He shows Superman and Superman becomes weak. As Superman struggles Luthor gets comfortable walking around superman.

LUTHOR
Poor little Superman. The mere sight of kryptonite can weaken you. Where are all your powers now? This is power! This is true power and I have it all. Your precious little Lois will be dead soon and so will those people on the bridge because you can’t save them.

SUPERMAN
I’ll stop you Luthor.

LUTHOR
Never.

Lois falls over and dies.

SUPERMAN
Lois!

Luthor puts the kryptonite on the floor and runs off stage with an evil laugh. Superman continues to struggle.

Lois lies on the floor. She begins to move.

LOIS
This is ridiculous.

SUPERMAN
What?

Lois begins to stand and removes her ropes.

LOIS
This is shit.

Luthor steps back on.

LUTHOR
Is there a problem?

LOIS
A problem? Are you fucking kidding me?

Luthor looks at Superman.

LUTHOR
I can’t work with this.

Superman stands and brushes off his legs.

SUPERMAN
Jesus, just die already.

LOIS
Lois never dies you idiot!

LUTHOR
Yeah, and Lois is worth saving.

LOIS
Excuse me?

LUTHOR
What? I’m just saying.

LOIS
Dick.

SUPERMAN
Are we still doing this?
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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, February 9, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.