Friday, January 29, 2016

PlayGround-LA Feb 8 Topic!

PlayGround-LA continues its fourth season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on February 8 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… SECRETS OF THE HEART. 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 February 8. 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 “Resolutions”.

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 750 original ten-minute plays by 250 Bay Area and Los Angeles early-career writers and has commissioned/developed 60 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, 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, Alison Minami, 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 “Resolutions”

WHEN: February 8, 2016 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.

Friday, January 8, 2016

PlayGround-LA Company in the News Jan-16

See what PlayGround-LA Writers are up to as we prepare for the January 11 round of Monday Night PlayGround.

Ron Burch’s January is shaping up like this:  ME AND MY SHADOW is in the “New Works Winter Festival” at Acme Theater, Maynard, MA; MEETING MATT DAMON, first done at PlayGround-LA, is in “Short +Sweet Sydney 2016” in Australia; THE ORIGIN STORY OF LEWIS HACKETT, first done at PlayGround-LA, is being done at Columbia Prep in NYC; and MEETING MATT DAMON, the short film directed by Frieda de Lackner and based on the PlayGround-LA short play, is being screened at the Hollywood Film Festival on January 10th.

Allie Costa's play THE INTERVENTION WILL BE TELEVISED runs at Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles January 19th through February 23rd, 2016 as part of Winter Shorts, a festival full of funny plays. Her play FEMME NOIR is being produced at Old Library Theatre in New Jersey through January 24th, 2016. Inspired by classic noir such as Double Indemnity, the play follows a female private investigator hired by a notorious playboy to solve a murder in 1944. Allie's piece HOW SOON IS NOW? runs January 18th through January 26th, 2016 as part of The Morrissey Plays, produced by San Francisco Theater Pub at the popular venue PianoFight. http://www.alliecosta.com/

Karen Howes' new full length play BAD MOON RISING was named a finalist in the Henley Rose new play competition, named after Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley. 
Karen Howes' full length play LAST FLIGHT OF THE MERCENARY is being featured in the NJ theater alliance festival with an Equity workshop at the Bickford theater on March 1st.

Kathleen Cecchin is preparing to shoot her short film about parking on Chicago's snowy streets this February. #prayforavortex #survivalofthefittest

Jennifer Maisel's MATCH has been named one of the top 10 finalists for the Jewish Plays Project Playwriting Award.

Vincent Terrell Durham's 10-minute play NOW will be featured in the Fade To Black Reading Series on January 8th and 9th in Houston Texas.  http://www.fadetoblackfest.com/#!
Crowd funding will soon begin for the full production of Vincent's play THE FERTILE RIVER.
https://www.facebook.com/The-Fertile-River-915844138502388/

Forrest Hartl's MARSHMALLOW WORLD, originally written for PlayGround-LA, was performed last month at the Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse.

Jonathan Kuhn will be one of the participants in The Moth's GRANDSLAM CHAMPIONSHIP on Monday, January 25th at The Echoplex. (http://themoth.org/events/event/grandslam-championship-11)
Elayne Heilveil's LOST AND FOUND, originally written for Playground LA, was chosen to be included in the upcoming anthology of "Best Ten Minute Plays of 2016."

Friday, January 1, 2016

PlayGround-LA's New Year's Resolutions

“O happy dagger!” – Juliet. PlayGround-LA continues its fourth season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on January 11 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… RESOLUTIONS. 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 January 11. 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 “A Very Hitchcock Christmas”.

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 750 original ten-minute plays by 250 Bay Area and Los Angeles early-career writers and has commissioned/developed 60 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, 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, Alison Minami, 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 “Resolutions”

WHEN: January 11, 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.