Friday, September 23, 2016

PlayGround-LA's Oct 3 Topic Announced!

PlayGround-LA launches its fifth season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on October 3 at the Zephyr Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… “WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT,” drawn from the Declaration of Independence and with a particular resonance given the latest police killings of unarmed black men. 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 October 3. 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 year’s opener, “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 800 original ten-minute plays by nearly 300 Bay Area and Los Angeles early-career writers and has commissioned/developed 61 full-length plays by distinguished PlayGround alumni, premiering more than 21 of these through PlayGround’s innovative New Play Production Fund. 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.

The PlayGround-LA 2016-17 Writers Pool are:
Anthony Aguilar, Megan Breen*, Tiffany Cascio*, Kathleen Cecchin*, Kenneth Cosby, Allie Costa*, Vincent Terrell Durham*, Lena Ford, Lauren Gorski, Steve Harper, Forrest Hartl*, Elayne Heilveil, Howard Ho, Greg Hundemer, Susan C. Hunter, Julianne Jigour*, Jonathan Josephson, Jeremy Kehoe, Arthur Keng*, Jonathan Kuhn, Kitty Lindsay, Dana Lyman, Rhea MacCallum, Alison Minami, Scott Mullen, Nicholas Pappas, Nicholas Pilapil, Tracy Potter, Jessica June Rowe*, Richard Ruyle, Mercedes Segesvary*, Mark Sherstinsky*, Nicki Spencer*, Ann-Giselle Spiegler, Jennie Webb*, and JP Williams.
* Best of PlayGround Award recipient

PlayGround’s alumni have gone on to win local, national and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Lark, Humana Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and New York International Fringe 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 “We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident”

WHEN: October 3, 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. 6-admission priority-seating subscriptions are $60.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

PlayGround-LA Company in the News Sep-16

See what PlayGround-LA Writers are up to as we prepare for the season opening October 3 round of Monday Night PlayGround. 

Ken Cosby's short play HELLO? was presented as part of "A Light In Dark Places: A Collection Of Plays For Hope" at Stella Adler Theatre along with Jonathan Kuhn’s Looking Forward, in acknowledgement of Suicide Prevention week and presented in association with PlayGround-LA and PlayGround. Ken’s 10-minute play, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, SKIP, was selected for production as part of the International Hollywood Short and Sweet Festival on Sat. September 17 & Sunday September 18th at 2pm. For more details please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1648702495441760/ 

Susan C. Hunter recently produced a one-act play festival at WriteAct Repertory in Hollywood, featuring the talents of 8 Los Angeles playwrights.  Among the writers was PlayGround-LA's Elayne Heilveil whose piece, The Maestro, was a standout. Hunter's play, A Hill Too High, was also included in the line-up. 

Vincent Terrell Durham is excited to announce the West Coast Premiere of his new stage play THE FERTILE RIVER. The production will enjoy a 3-performance run, October 14-16, 2016, at ACME Hollywood Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at http://TheFertileRiver.bpt.me.  Visit http://thefertileriver.com/ for more information. 

Anthony Aguilar and his play, El Verde, was recently featured on KPCC’s The Frame. http://www.scpr.org/programs/the-frame/2016/08/15/51247/a-comic-con-of-sorts-for-a-neglected-audience/ 

Rhea MacCallum’s Asking For It will be produced by Little Black Dress, INK at the Prescott Center For the Arts in Prescott, AZ, Oct 6th - 8th, 7:30PM on the PCA Mainstage.  For more info:  http://www.pca-az.net/pca-presents.html

Jeremy Kehoe’s full-length, Movin’ on Up (www.movinonuptheplay), just completed a run at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival (www.fringenyc.org), Aug. 12 - 28, and his 10-minute play, Existential Magic Eight Ball, is currently running at the Short + Sweet Hollywood Festival (www.shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-hollywood). 

Kathleen Cecchin's short film PAM will screen at the Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverly Hills on September 23. Kathleen will be appearing in NEO Ensemble’s Airport Encounters at the Lounge Theater, opening on September 30  and running through October 16.

HOW I KNEW HER by Allie Costa makes its Midwest debut, September 16th through 25th at Eden Prairie Players. http://www.edenprairieplayers.com/2016oneacts.htm http://www.alliecosta.com 

Tracy Held Potter will be presenting 20 minutes of music and libretto from her screenplay, Science Fair the Musical, in the Musical Cafe Showcase November 12-14 at PianoFight in San Francisco. http://www.musicalcafe.org 

Nicholas Pilapil most recently produced the critically acclaimed world premiere of The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up by Carla Ching with Artists at Play and was accepted into The Vagrancy's 2016/17 Vagrant Writers Group. He is currently producing Two Mile Hollow by Leah Nanako Winkler, which will have a developmental staged reading in October, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival. Nicholas also executive produced and co-wrote the debut album Trust by singer-songwriter Michael Barnum, which will be released on September 30, 2016. 

Last month, Jonathan Josephson's play Grandpa and the Gay Rabbi was named one of the winners of the 2016 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival at Classic Stage Company in NYC. The play will be included in a Sam French anthology next summer. 

Howard Ho just completed a Center Theatre Group Literary Fellowship. He is currently developing a new play through the Vagrancy Writers Group for 2016-2017. 

Lena Ford has a reading of her new play, Hillary, Sunday, Oct. 2 at Theatricum in Topanga.

Check out Nicholas C Pappas' new play, Including Shooter, recently published by Playscripts, Inc. Link: https://www.playscripts.com/play/2789 

Elayne Heilveil has pieces in the upcoming Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2016 (Lost and Found) and Best Monologues of 2017 (The Tango).  She is currently directing Steve Nevil’s Welcome to Heretofore opening at Theatre West in October's West Fest. 

Ann-Giselle Spiegler is a member of "Mostly Comedy", an entertainment think tank currently consulting on a limited YA series for Hulu and is adapting her full length play Leaving Vero into a web series. 

Scott Mullen's play PINATA was just performed at Short + Sweet Hollywood, and he has two plays coming up in Neo Ensemble's AIRPORT ENCOUNTERS.

2016-17 Writers Pool and Season Announced!

PlayGround-LA, Los Angeles’s incubator for a new generation of playwrights, is pleased to announce the thirty-six playwrights selected for the 2016-17 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool. Over the course of the upcoming season (PlayGround-LA’s fifth!), these writers will generate over 160 original short plays, of which 36 will be developed as part of Monday NightPlayGround, a monthly script-in-hand staged reading series. Each month, PlayGround-LA announces a topic and invites members of the Writers Pool to submit original ten-minute plays inspired by the topic and written in just four-and-a-half days. The top six scripts are staged by leading local directors and actors and presented before a live audience on second Mondays*, October-March, at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood. The 2016-17 season opens at the Zephyr on Monday, October 3* and continues on November 14, December12, January 9, February 13 and March 13. Tickets are $15 general admission, $20 priority seating and $10 student admission with valid ID. Six-admission priority-seating introductory subscriptions start at just $60. For more information and to purchase subscriptions and tickets, visit http://PlayGround-LA.org/Monday. (* The October round will take place on the first Monday, October 3. All other rounds are on second Monday.)

The 2016-17 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool are:
Anthony Aguilar, Megan Breen*, Tiffany Cascio*, Kathleen Cecchin*, Kenneth Cosby, Allie Costa*, Vincent Terrell Durham*, Lena Ford, Lauren Gorski, Steve Harper, Forrest Hartl*, Elayne Heilveil, Howard Ho, Greg Hundemer, Susan C. Hunter, Julianne Jigour*, Jonathan Josephson, Jeremy Kehoe, Arthur Keng*, Jonathan Kuhn, Kitty Lindsay, Dana Lyman, Rhea MacCallum, Alison Minami, Scott Mullen, Nicholas Pappas, Nicholas Pilapil, Tracy Potter, Jessica June Rowe*, Richard Ruyle, Mercedes Segesvary*, Mark Sherstinsky*, Nicki Spencer*, Ann-Giselle Spiegler, Jennie Webb*, and JP Williams.
* Best of PlayGround Award recipient

About PlayGround-LA

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 800 original ten-minute plays by nearly 300 Bay Area and Los Angeles early-career writers and has commissioned/developed 61 full-length plays by distinguished PlayGround alumni, premiering more than 21 of these through PlayGround’s innovative New Play Production Fund. 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.

PlayGround’s alumni have gone on to win local, national and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Lark, Humana Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and New York International Fringe Festival, among others. Directors and actors participating in PlayGround are among some of the most distinguished theatre professionals, regularly working on leading local stages.

2016-17 Season
All performances take place at the Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

October 3, 2016* @ 8PM
November 14, 2016 @ 8PM
December 12, 2016 @ 8PM
January 9, 2017 @ 8PM
February 13, 2017 @ 8PM
March 13, 2017 @ 8PM

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).

Saturday, September 3, 2016

PlayGround-LA Auditions and Open House

On Sunday, September 11, PlayGround-LA will hold non-Equity auditions at the The Lounge Theatre for Los Angeles-based actors interested in participating in PlayGround-LA's public programs, including the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series and season-ending Best of PlayGround. Auditions will be by appointment only, from 12:30pm to 4:30pm, and scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. To sign up, actors should send an email to audition@playground-la.org with digital resume and headshot attached and availability for the 12:30pm-4:30pm period. PlayGround-LA will respond to all inquiries and confirm appointments, as available. Actors should prepare 1 or 2 monologues - your choosing - no longer than 3 minutes TOTAL. Actors may get asked to do some cold-reading if there is time. Women and actors of color are encouraged to apply. For more information on PlayGround-LA and the Monday Night PlayGround series, visit http://playground-la.org.

PlayGround-LA Open House

Want to learn more about PlayGround-LA, plans for the upcoming Monday Night PlayGround season, and how you can get involved? Want to meet the thirty-six playwrights of the recently-selected 2016-17 Writers Pool? Just want to hang out with PlayGround-LA friends? Please join PlayGround-LA Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann at The Lounge Theatre for a one-hour Open House and Q&A on Sunday, September 11 at 6pm. 

PlayGround-LA Open House
Sunday, September 11, 6pm

The Lounge Theatre (NOTE: This has been updated as of 5:00pm 9/8/16)
6201 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

To RSVP for the Open House, join the Facebookevent or email to info@playground-la.org.