Monday, March 28, 2016

March People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The March People's Choice Award goes to Vincent Terrell Durham for his short play, A New Happily Ever After, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on March 14 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Vincent!

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

A NEW HAPPILY EVER AFTER
by Vincent Terrell Durham

CAST:
PRINCE CHARMING - Male, White, young, handsome, from the land of fairy tales.
CINDERELLA - Female, White, young, pretty, from the land of fairy tales.
EBONYERELLA - Female, Black, young, pretty, from South Central L.A.
CARMENITA - Female, Mexican, young, pretty, from South Central L.A.
FAIRY GODMOTHER - Female, White, any age, from Fairyland.

Setting: The front yard of Cinderella's farm house.

The year 2016 has intruded on Cinderella and Prince Charming in the form of wise talking Ebonyerella and street smart Carmenita.

AT RISE:

(An annoyingly happy fairy tale tune plays the entire
time, until other music is called for. PRINCE
CHARMING is kneeling down at the foot of
CINDERELLA. He is preparing to place the slipper
upon her shoe-less foot.)

PRINCE CHARMING
My dear Cinderella if this slipper fits, then you are the one I’ve been searching for. You are the one who captured my heart on that enchanted evening.

CINDERELLA
I would love nothing more then that, Prince Charming. Please place the slipper upon my bare foot. I’m sure it will fit quite nicely.

(EBONYERELLA enters and interrupts the action.)

EBONYERELLA
Hashtag - Cinderella so white.

PRINCE CHARMING
Yes, isn’t it wonderful?

EBONYERELLA
No, it’s not. It’s a lot like the Oscars. Hashtag - Cinderella so white.

PRINCE CHARMING
Oscars? What is this Oscars you speak of?

EBONYERELLA
Lately it’s very similar to a 1950s high school prom in Jackson Mississippi.

CINDERELLA
Pardon me, but you’re interrupting a very magical moment. The Prince is about to free me from a world of washing windows, scrubbing floors, and cleaning out soot filled fireplaces.

EBONYERELLA
Bitch please. It’s your house. You’re supposed to do all that shit. Try washing windows and scrubbing floors for a living and then going back to your own house and having to clean that too.

PRINCE CHARMING
Madam I cannot allow you to speak with such vulgarity to the one I love.

EBONYERELLA
That shoe ain’t on her foot yet. This flyer says that the Prince will search the entire kingdom for the one who fits the slipper.

PRINCE CHARMING
Yes, and I have searched my kingdom high and low.

EBONYERELLA
I ain’t see you coming over to the South Side.

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Join us on Monday, May 9 at the Zephyr Theatre for the 2016 Best of PlayGround Gala, a one-night celebration of the best short plays from this season’s Monday Night PlayGround series, with finalists to be announced shortly!

Monday, March 14, 2016

2016-17 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool Deadline: May 31!

Applications for the 2016-17 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool are being accepted, now through May 31, 2016. Only members of the Writers Pool may submit scripts as part of the monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, and from which are selected the six plays and playwrights for each year's Best of PlayGround. For specific eligibility requirements and responsibilities, see below or visit http://playground-la.org/submit.

To be eligible, writers must reside within the five counties of the Greater Los Angeles Area. To apply for a place in the 2016-17 writers pool, playwrights must submit a maximum ten-page double-spaced script (previously produced and unproduced scripts eligible) via email to scripts@playground-la.org as Portable Document Format (.pdf) attachment. Applications must be received by Midnight Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The script must have the playwright's name, address, email and phone number at the top of the first page of the script and include a detailed cast breakdown, and all pages must be numbered. Excerpts from longer works are not accepted but short plays that meet the above requirements and are derived from a longer work are accepted. Writers featured in the Best of PlayGround (2013-2016) need not submit a script but must send an email confirming interest in being in the pool by the deadline. Women and playwrights of color encouraged to apply.
To view sample script formats, click the link(s) below.
Submission Format #1 Submission Format #2
 

ANNOUNCEMENT & POOL REQUIREMENTS
The 2016-17 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool will be announced on or before July 1, 2016. Writers Pool members must commit to submitting for at least four of the six Monday Night PlayGrounds in any season. The submission of a script to Monday Night PlayGround grants PlayGround-LA the exclusive option to stage the play as part of the Monday Night PlayGround and, should it be so selected, to present the world premiere as part of The Best of PlayGround and publish the script in the "Best of PlayGround" anthology. Upon publication, PlayGround-LA serves as the exclusive licensor for English language stock and amateur rights in the U.S. and Canada.

For any questions not answered above, email to info<at>playground-la.org.


Friday, March 4, 2016

PlayGround-LA Company in the News Mar-16

See what PlayGround-LA Writers are up to as we prepare for the March 14 round of Monday Night PlayGround.

Allie Costa will be performing a song from Alien vs. Musical at A Little New Music at Rockwell Table & Stage on Tuesday, March 8th. Allie's one-woman play She Was Never Lost about Alice Liddell, who inspired Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is being presented at the 365 Women Festival March 3rd-March 6th at Monster Box Theatre in Michigan.  Allie's play Drop in the Ocean was selected for Bellarmine University International 10-Minute Play Festival, running March 16th through March 21st in Kentucky. Her comedy Breaking Cover hits the Urban Waves Open Hydrant Spring Short Play Festival March 18th through March 20th in New York.

Arthur Keng is performing in Tokyo Fish Story at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto and has an upcoming recurring role on Silicon Valley on HBO.

Jennie Webb’s full-length CRAZY BITCH was selected by EST/LA Artistic Directors to be presented on March 23 as part of Winterfest 2016, directed by Jenny O'Hara; casting will be announced soon for the Inkwell Theater's production of CURRENCY opening April 15 at VS Theatre, directed by Annie McVey.  jenniewebbsite.com

Ron Burch's short film, MEETING MATT DAMON, based on his play and directed by Frieda de Lackner, will be in the "Short Sweet Film Festival" in Cleveland, OH, March 4-6, 2016.  His ten-minute comedy, ME AND MY SHADOW, will be in “The 20th Annual One Act Festival – The Originals,” The Fine Arts Association, Willoughby, OH, April 8-23, 2016 and part of the "2016 Ohlone College Playwrights Festival," Fremont, CA, May 5-6, 2016. His short comedy, OBJECTUM SEXUALITY, will be published in Smith & Kraus' THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS OF 2016. DINOTRUX, his tv show on Netflix, drops its second season on March 11th!

Ann-Giselle Spiegler's play Inter-View, written for PlayGround-LA, will be performed this summer in Los Angeles as part of the "Motel Plays", a site specific work, setting six short plays about love and loss in an actual motel. Audiences will pick a room and see what unfurls in it, then move on to the next room.

Vincent Terrell Durham will have 3 pieces featured in the theatrical production, "In Response". Towne Street Theatre presents a multimedia, multi-author "response" to the systematic racism throughout America, told from a historical perspective through poetry, short plays, video and song. The show will run Fridays through Sundays from April 8th - April 24th at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Baby Black Jesus, originally produced by PlayGround-LA, will be featured during Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays at the start of April in Saint Louis, MO. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-response-2-tickets-21049443452

February People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The February People's Choice Award goes to Lauren Gorski for her short play, Emergency Operation, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on February 8 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Lauren!

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




EMERGENCY OPERATION
by Lauren Gorski

Cast in Order of Appearance
Adam - Male, 20s+, Any Race
Kelsey – Female, 20s+, Any Race
Nurse – Any Gender, Any Age, Any Race
Patient with Scissors Male – Any Age, Any Race
Doctor – Any Gender, Any Age, Any Race
Gail – Female, 50s, Any Race
Larry – Male, 50s, Any Race

An ER waiting room. Present day. A couple, ADAM and KELSEY (20s) stand in line for the NURSE receptionist. They look relatively healthy around sick PATIENTS.

KELSEY
This is crazy, Adam. I got a drink with a friend. That was it.

ADAM
You kissed him.

KELSEY
I told you he kissed me.

ADAM
You kissed him, Kelsey.

KELSEY
Fine. I kissed him. Is that what you want? Will you stop this now, please?

NURSE
Next.

The PATIENT in front of ADAM approaches the NURSE.

KELSEY
Adam.

ADAM
You kissed him.

KELSEY
It didn’t mean anything.

ADAM
How is that possible? Every time I kiss somebody it means something. My girlfriend. (aka YOU) My dog. Even my grandma, you know, because I’m never quite sure if I’ll see her again.

KELSEY
We had a few drinks. I was feeling good. I felt like kissing somebody. Anybody.

ADAM
See. That’s it. That’s the fucking problem. I don’t want to be someone in your life that you’re with just because “it feels good.”

NURSE
Next.

KELSEY
Can we have this conversation someplace else?

ADAM
No, it’s my turn. (approaches NURSE.)

NURSE
How can I help you?

ADAM
It’s my heart. I need a new one. Or a repair. Whatever my insurance covers. (pulls out IDs.)

NURSE
Excuse me?

ADAM
(points to KELSEY) She broke it. She ripped it out and spit on it and fucking used it like chewing gum. Or a punching bag. Or a piece of veal that you have to hit with a mallet so it collects all the flavor of the sauce. (off NURSE’s look) The point is, my heart is broken and it doesn’t work and I need a new one.

NURSE
This seems more like a private matter?

KELSEY
We were leaving. We can work this out by ourselves. I’m so sorry.

ADAM
I would like to see a doctor or surgeon as soon as possible. This is an emergency! I can’t live like this!

KELSEY
I’m sorry. He’s seen too many Meg Ryan movies.

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