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

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.

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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 “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

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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