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
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.
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
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