Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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

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.

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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

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.

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