Friday, October 30, 2015

PlayGround-LA Nov 9 Topic Announcement

PlayGround-LA continues its fourth season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on November 9 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… PRESIDENTIAL. Los Angeles-based playwrights in the 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 November 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 Water Plays”.

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 59 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.

The PlayGround-LA 2015-16 Writers Pool are:
Megan Breen*, Ron Burch*, Tiffany Cascio*, Kathleen Cecchin*, Allie Costa*, Vincent Terrell Durham*, Jennifer Fawcett, Kate Gibbens, Lauren Gorski, Forrest Hartl*, Elayne Heilveil, Howard Ho, Velina Hasu Houston, Karen Howes, Susan Hunter, Julianne Jigour, Ian Kaye, Arthur Keng, Eric Krueger, Jonathan Kuhn, Aurelio Locsin, Dana Lyman, Jennifer Maisel, Laura McGhee, Tracy Potter, Jordan Rawlins, Carolina Rojas*, Jessica Rowe, Mercedes Segsevary*, Jesse Shao, Mark Sherstinsky*, Nicki Spencer, Ann-Giselle Spiegler, Chelsea Sutton, Jennie Webb*, JP Williams
* Best of PlayGround Award recipient

PlayGround and PlayGround-LA’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 Water Plays”

WHEN: November 9, 2015 at 8pm

WHERE: Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046


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 priority-seating subscriptions are $60.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

PlayGround-LA Company News Oct-15

See what PlayGround-LA Writers are up to as we prepare for the October 19 round of Monday Night PlayGround.

Ron Burch's play MEETING MATT DAMON has been turned into a short film directed by Frieda de Lackner and will be in the San Jose International Film Festival on October 24, 2015. His short plays will be happening in Seoul, London, New York, and other places over the next couple months.  He's also an Executive Producer of DreamWorks Animation TV's DINOTRUX, which is currently on Netflix.

Allie Costa's play Don't Shoot the Messenger Pigeon, originally developed at PlayGround-LA, has been selected for the Gypsy Stage Repertory short play series and will travel through Florida starting in November. Her play Walking After Midnight, a fantasy-free retelling of Cinderella, will have its world premiere production at the Queensbury Theatre in Houston this December, produced by Cone Man Running Productions as part of Five Minute Milehttp://www.alliecosta.com/

Aurelio Locsin is expanding and trying to sell his short play Christmas Kisses, about a girl discovering her romantic orientation.

Forrest Hartl's short A Boy and His Dad won the award of merit at the 2015 Catalina Film Festival. 

Tracy Held Potter’s latest short film, Fashion Foes, is now online. https://vimeo.com/138257834

Laura McGhee's comedic play, A(hole)-Types, had its U.S. premier at her alma mater theater – The Second City Hollywood - this past September. Stay tuned for the remount about two dysfunctional high school friends that reunite in adulthood.

Vincent T. Durham has been busy putting the final touches on his piece A Concern of National Interest.  You can catch the end results through Oct 25th with TST at the Stella Adler.
http://www.townestreetla.org/

Chelsea Sutton's world premiere macabre adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchio, Wood Boy Dog Fish, written and developed in collaboration with Rogue Artists Ensemble, begins previews November 6 at the Bootleg Theater. http://rogueartists.org/woodboydogfish  Her play The Sudden Urge to Jump is receiving a reading at Wordsmyth Theater Company in Houston, Texas on November 9. 

Gentleman’s Pact, written by Karen Howes, is being presented by GreenLight Productions, Nov 5-15 at The Miles Memorial Playhouse In Santa Monica. The play started out as a ten-minute at PlayGround-LA, then blossomed into a half-hour one act which was produced in Chatham, NJ as part of the Jersey Voices Festival and in Newport Beach at The OCPA Discoveries Event. The GLO production is Thurs-Saturdays at 8Pm and Sundays at 2PM. Tickets are $20. Directed by Michelle Joyner. Starring Eric Toms, Joni Allen, Dan Riordan. http://www.greenlightproductions.org

PlayGround-LA's Oct 19 Monday Night PlayGround!

“I am to the world like a drop of water...” - William Shakespeare. On October 1, PlayGround-LA playwrights participated via livestream in a presentation by Planet Earth Arts, in preparation for the topic announcement for the Monday Night PlayGround regular season opener and Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival, taking place at 8pm, Monday, October 19 at Zephyr Theatre. PlayGround-LA playwrights had just four-and-a-half days to generate their original short scripts inspired by the presentation and topic (“The Water Plays”) and the top six works will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings on October 19. For more information, online tickets and discount season subscriptions, visit http://playground-la.org/monday.

Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival is a new initiative designed to inspire playwrights to create bold new works for the stage that explore issues of planetary sustainability and social justice. PlayGround-LA Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann commented, “Our partnership with Planet Earth Arts couldn’t have come at a more crucial time! The Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival represents an incredible opportunity for the Bay Area’s best new writers to help address issues central to our very survival.”

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 59 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.

The PlayGround-LA 2015-16 Writers Pool are:
Megan Breen*, Ron Burch*, Tiffany Cascio*, Kathleen Cecchin*, Allie Costa*, Vincent Terrell Durham*, Jennifer Fawcett, Kate Gibbens, Lauren Gorski, Forrest Hartl*, Elayne Heilveil, Howard Ho, Velina Hasu Houston, Karen Howes, Susan Hunter, Julianne Jigour, Ian Kaye, Arthur Keng, Eric Krueger, Jonathan Kuhn, Aurelio Locsin, Dana Lyman, Jennifer Maisel, Laura McGhee, Tracy Potter, Jordan Rawlins, Carolina Rojas*, Jessica Rowe, Mercedes Segsevary*, Jesse Shao, Mark Sherstinsky*, Nicki Spencer, Ann-Giselle Spiegler, Chelsea Sutton, Jennie Webb*, JP Williams
* Best of PlayGround Award recipient

PlayGround and PlayGround-LA’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.

Planet Earth Arts is an initiative of the Sustainable World Coalition, sponsored by Earth Island Institute, a (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization. Planet Earth Arts and Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival are made possible by the generous support of Stanford University, Sustainable World Coalition, University of California, Berkeley and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival is a collaboration between Planet Earth Arts, National Center for New Plays, PlayGround and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

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 Water Plays”

WHEN: October 19, 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. 6-admission priority-seating subscriptions are $60.