Wednesday, December 14, 2016

November People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The November People's Choice Award goes to Ann-Giselle Spiegler for her short play, Capital E Earth, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on November 14 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Ann-Giselle!

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

Capital E Earth
by Ann-Giselle Spiegler

Cast in Order of Appearance :
Bill – Male, Age 20-30, Any race, Not a writer.
Angie – Female, Age 20-30, Any race, A writer.

A modern day living room with a couch and small table with a couple of chairs. ANGIE is seated at the table, behind a laptop, trying to write. It isn’t going too well. BILL sits on the couch, also behind a screen, playing a game.

(Agitated) C’mon you little maggot, come on! Closer, closer, closer...there! THERE! I GOT YOU! I GOT YOU MAGGOT! I AM THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE!

He jumps up off the couch and does a little
grinding dance. While he dances...


(Annoyed) Will you keep it down, I am trying to write, here!

She stares blankly at the screen.

(Beat.) I can see that.

Well, your “M aster of the Universe “ dance derailed my train of thought and great art
takes concentration!

Oh the loss to the legacy of literature. How will we ever recover? I know! I will interpret
the loss in a dance.

He begins his dance again.

Oh my God! Are you twelve? Stop it!

I would stop, but I AM THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE!!!

I am never gonna get this done!

(Interested, stops dancing) What is it about this time?

The Earth.

Like, the Earth earth, or like...dirt.

Like, the Earth Earth. Capital E Earth.

Ooooh. Heavy then. Im-port-ant.

You could say that. Or, I SHOULD be saying that. If I could figure out what to write.

Come ON loooove that “Save the Earth, SHE is our Mother” hippy-dippy shizz. You haven’t eaten meat since the FIRST Clinton administration, your car is powered by fuel that used to cook french fries and I am pretty sure the compost pile in the back yard is going to qualify us as a duplex pretty soon ! This should be cake for you. Non GMO, cruelty free, no honey bees were harmed in the making of this cake, cake! Hurry up and finish it so we can order a pizza and I can shred your virtual corpse in a post apocalyptic non-recyclable world! (Doing his grinding right in her face as he says this..) Because I AM THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE!

Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, January 9, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

Friday, December 2, 2016

PlayGround-LA Dec 12 Holiday Extravaganza!

Come celebrate the holidays PlayGround-style on Monday, December 12 at the Zephyr Theatre with the latest round in our Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series. This month’s topic is “Nutcracker, Sweet!” PlayGround-LA playwrights have just four-and-a-half days to generate their original short scripts and the top six works will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings on Monday, December 12 at the Zephyr Theatre. For more information, online tickets and discount flex pass subscriptions, visit

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”, “We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident”, and last month’s “Awakening to the Dream of the Earth.”

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-LA’s Monday Night PlayGround is

WHAT: Six original short plays by L.A.’s best new dramatists, inspired by the topic “Nutcracker, Sweet!”

WHEN: December 12, 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.