Wednesday, December 6, 2017

PlayGround-LA Holiday Cookie Bake-Off


Planning to attend the December 11 Monday Night PlayGround “HolidayCelebration”? Looking for a creative way to support PlayGround-LA while simultaneously showing off your culinary skills? Participate in the Monday Night PlayGround Holiday Cookie Bake-Off! To participate, bring three-dozen freshly baked holiday cookies of your own making to the Monday Night PlayGround Box Office at the Zephyr Theatre by 7pm on Monday, December 11. Audience and artists will be invited to judge the entrants (taste, visual presentation, bold use of an unusual ingredient, audience favorite), with all proceeds from the bake-off going to support PlayGround-LA’s new play incubator programs. For more information, call (323) 992-6766 or email to info<at>playground-la<dot>org. For more information on the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, visit http://playground-la.org/monday.

 

December 11 Monday Night PlayGround "Holiday Celebration"

“Bah,” said Scrooge, “Humbug.” – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. PlayGround-LA puts its spin on the holidays with its annual Monday Night PlayGround “Holiday Celebration” as PlayGround’s 78 writers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles write their own original short plays inspired by this year’s topic, “Home for the Holidays.” The top six Bay Area scripts will be presented on Monday, December 11, 8PM at the Zephyr Theatre (the Bay Area will have its own “Holiday Celebration” on December 18). The evening will also include a special holiday cookie bake-off, with all funds raised supporting PlayGround-LA’s new play incubator programs. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets or more information, visit http://playground-la.org/monday.

Recent topics have included: “In the Beginning” and “Reap What You Sow.” The top six plays from each month are rehearsed for just one-and-a-half hours each and presented as script-in-hand staged readings at Monday Night PlayGround, now celebrating its sixth year in Los Angeles (and twenty-fourth in the Bay Area!). Audience members can experience the thrill of being a producer through the monthly People’s Choice Awards, helping to determine which plays and playwrights go on for consideration in PlayGround-LA’s annual showcase, the Best of PlayGround.

The playwrights of the 2017-18 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool are: Matt Ackels, Nayna Agrawal, Christopher Aguilar, Diana Burbano, Kathleen Cecchin*, Allie Costa*, Meagan Daine, Matt DeNoto, Vincent Terrell Durham*, Elayne Heilveil, Susan C. Hunter, Daniel Hurewitz, Jen Huszcza, Julianne Jigour*, Starina Johnson, Mark V. Jones, Jonathan Josephson, Arthur Keng*, Jonathan Kuhn, Mildred Inez Lewis, Dana Lyman, Rhea MacCallum*, David Meyers, Alison Minami, Scott Mullen, Rosie Narasaki, Nicholas C. Pappas*, Andrew Joseph Perez, Brittny Roberts, Jessica June Rowe*, Richard Ruyle, Joe Samaniego, Mercedes Segesvary*, Mark Sherstinsky*, Nicki Spencer*, and Jennie Webb* (* past Best of PlayGround finalist).

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 850 original ten-minute plays by 220 Bay Area and Los Angeles early-career writers and has commissioned/developed 75 full-length plays by distinguished PlayGround alumni. 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. For most if not all of the participating writers, PlayGround is the first professional staging their work has received and serves as their introduction into the professional theatre community.

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Company in the News Dec-2017

See what PlayGround-LA Writers are up to as we prepare for the December 11 round of Monday Night PlayGround.

Elayne Heilveil will have pieces in the soon to be released “Best Ten-Minute Plays, 2017”, “Best Women’s Monologues, 2017” and the upcoming “Best Ten-Minute Plays, 2018” by Smith and Kraus. The pieces were originated from Playground LA prompts.

Nayna Agrawal's play, SLUT, will appear in New York in December, courtesy of Clutch Productions. Her play, DHARMA, will appear at the AOA theater in mid January. And her play, REALITY CHECK, will be performed as part of Moving Arts car play series in Costa Mesa in January.

Diana Burbano’s play POLICARPA will be recorded for Podcast by the Parsnip Ship on Dec 8. http://www.theparsnipship.org/#climb-aboard.  dianaburbano.com

Allie Costa booked and filmed an episode of a streaming comedy series. She also recently appeared in a workshop of the new musical BRAVO. Her play, WHO SHE COULD HAVE BEEN, was selected for the Fantastic.Z festival, coming to Seattle in March 2018. http://www.alliecosta.com

Jonathan Josephson's short play BUBBIE IT'S COLD OUTSIDE will be part of Force of Naure's 'Twas The Rush Before Christmas, Nov 30-Dec 3 (fonproductions.com). His 10-minute GRANDPA AND THE GAY RABBI was recently published in the 41st Sam French Off-Off Broadway Collection.

Two of Rhea MacCallum's monologues from FOMO were selected for publication in Smith & Kraus' anthology The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2018.

David Meyers just shot a national commercial now running in NYC and LA, and booked a Feature Film that shoots this month.

Jennie Webb is excited that her "little rape comedy" REBECCA ON THE BUS - directed by Shaina Rosenthal, with Anna Lamadrid, Denah Angel & Tarah Pollock - was featured in Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA's Lanchpad Series on Sunday, December 3. jenniewebbsite.com + @jenniewebbsite

 



Thursday, November 30, 2017

November People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The November People's Choice Award goes to Jonathan Josephson for his short play, Dave’s Epic 40th Birthday Party, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on November 13 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Jonathan!

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


Dave's Epic 40th Birthday Party
by
Jonathan Josephson

Character Breakdown
Dave - Good-looking, almost 40 M, newly divorced, drives a BMW, kind of a douche.
Max - A little awkward, generally good-natured, drives a used Prius, bit of a dork, about 40 M.


Lights rise on swanky living room.
There’s a bar cart to one side, some
snacks, maybe some decorations.
The doorbell rings. Dave, dapper and
chill, crosses from the kitchen to
answer.

DAVE
(to the door)
One sec!
(to Alexa)
Alexa - play Dave’s Super Sweet 40th Birthday Party Awesome Mix.

Alexa plays Europe’s “The Final
Countdown” over the home stereo system.
It’s loud. Dave rocks out for a second
then crosses to the door - he opens it
to discover Max.

DAVE
Heyyyyo!
(surprised)
Oh Hi.

MAX
(yelling over the music)
Hey Dave, happy birthday!

Max hands Dave a bottle of wine.

DAVE
Thanks, thanks for coming- is that-?

MAX
A bottle of wine! Customary for a happy birthday!

DAVE
Thanks.

MAX
It’s really loud!

DAVE
What?

MAX
I said-

DAVE
I heard you kid- hold on- Alexa - music, off! Please.

The music turns off. Max looks around.

MAX
Great place you have here.

DAVE
Thanks. There’s a full bar outside and in the next room
there’s a spread that will make your draw drop - caviar,
prime rib off the bone, shrimp as big as lobsters. On the
deck there’s, well later - when more people get here we’ll
check that out. Can I get you a drink?

MAX
I’ll take whatever. And thanks again for the invite, it was
super nice of you to include me. In your awesome party thing.

DAVE
Any time.

MAX
I don’t know if you saw my response to the Evite. I said
“thanks for the invite” right on the Evite.

DAVE
I didn’t really look at it after I sent, what did you want to
drink? Do Julio? Blue Lable?

MAX
Whatever. I am easy.
(not cool)
Sooo easy.
(calibrate)
It’s been what - 15 years?

DAVE
Probably, more than that. I didn’t know you were still in town.

Dave hands Max a drink.

MAX
I wasn’t for a while. But I’m back. Got the invite, here I am.

Max drinks - he coughs and gasps uncontrollably.

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, December 11, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Company in the News Nov-2017

See what PlayGround-LA Writers are up to as we prepare for the November 13 round of Monday Night PlayGround.
Christopher Belen Aguilar co-produced and starred in the short film THE HIERARCHY OF NEEDS which will be premiering on November 19, 2017 at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival in their "Sex Sells Shorts" series.  http://paaff.gala-engine.com/2017/films/sex-sells/

Diana Burbano is one of the writers for Center Theatre Group’s sketch comedy show, “Chisme Y Queso” Performed at Eastside LUV in Boyle Heights https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/around-la/2017/chisme-y-queso/. She is also a member of Heal The Divide; you can read her latest contribution here: http://www.protestplays.org/2017/10/10/heal-the-divide-dreaming-by-diana-burbano/

Andrew Joseph Perez has just closed IN THE HEIGHTS at Musical Theatre West and finished releasing the second season of the webseries “Fixing Shakespeare with Communication” on his comedy page, YouTube.com/morningsandmondays.

Mildred Lewis has finished her first VR script for a French company that is putting together a series of shorts based on war letters. The series will commemorate next year's 100th anniversary of WWI.

Joe Samaniego’s play, ME, MYSELF & THE APOCALYPSE, will be playing at UCLA On Nov. 16,17 &  18 at 8:00 p.m.   www.tft.ucla.edu/theatertickets

Jonathan Josephson's immersive adventure, THOTH'S LABYRINTH, runs through November 11 as a part of Wicked Lit 2017 (wickedlit.org). His short play, BUBBIE IT'S COLD OUTSIDE, will be part of Force of Nature's 'Twas The RUSH Before Christmas, Nov 30-Dec 3. (fonproductions.com).

October People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The October People's Choice Award goes to Nicki Spencer for her short play, The Honeymoon, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on October 9 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Nicki!

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

THE HONEYMOON
by
Nicki Spencer

CAST BREAKDOWN
LAVENDER – Female – Age 30 –Any Race – Trying everything she can to stay upbeat and positive.
WARREN – Male – Age 35 – Any Race – A good man who committed a crime when he was desperate, young, and dumb, and is paying the price. Feeling guilty that his new wife is paying for his mistake.

LIGHTS UP. A dingy room. Dark, dirty. A BED at center and a table with two chairs DL. The mattress on the bed is old and dirty, covered with a large, questionable stain. WARREN sits in one of the chairs. LAVENDER enters. They embrace as if they haven’t seen each other in years, as if they both thought they would never see each other again in this close way. They let the embrace last.

WARREN
God I miss this.
(LAVENDER kisses him.)
How’ve ya been baby?

LAVENDER
You know how I’ve been, I talked to you a few days ago on the phone.

WARREN
I know… but that’s different. And I kinda realized we didn’t talk much about you or work or your painting? How’s the painting?

LAVENDER
It’s fine.

WARREN
Any new exciting projects?

LAVENDER
Look, hon, I love you, and I love talking to you, but I was kinda expecting, since this is our first meeting since we got married and since you’ve been… in here, that there’d be a little less talk and a little more…

LAVENDER gets in close to WARREN. He lets her.

WARREN
What are these clothes?

LAVENDER
Oh, yeah. Well, I spent the past month searching for the perfect dress for today. Seriously, I tried on like 20 dresses, and I then got here and the guard made me change into these. Can you believe that? Said my dress was too stimulating and it wouldn’t be good for me to walk passed the other inmates in it.

WARREN
(Intrigued) Stimulating huh?

LAVENDER
But it wasn’t! It was very nice. Something I’d wear to church, ya know— if I were one of those people who went to church. Anyway— (She puts on a sexy, seductive voice) Now I get to turn you on in these used rags that have probably never been washed and smell like BO.
(She does a sexy little dance. Smacks her butt. It’s cute, funny.)
Yeah, you like that baby?
(He laughs, but then there’s a switch to sadness.)

WARREN
I’m sorry they made you change. I didn’t know you couldn’t wear a dress.

LAVENDER
(Lavender notes his heavy tone. She won’t allow it.)
Don’t worry about it, babe. I wasn’t really planning on wearing the dress all that long if you know what I mean. Actually, I think we should take these rags off right now.
(She leads him further into the room towards the bed. She stops.)

WARREN
Everything ok?

LAVENDER
What is that?

WARREN
What?

LAVENDER
That stain right there in the middle of the bed.

WARREN
Oh yeah. Dammit, I meant to cover that with something.
LAVENDER
Is that blood?---

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

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Monday Night PlayGround's November Bounty

“As you sow, so shall you reap.” (Galatians VI) Monday Night PlayGround returns to the Zephyr Theatre on Monday, November 13, at 8 PM with a special pre-Thanksgiving performance, featuring six new 10-minute Plays, inspired by this month’s topic, “REAP WHAT YOU SOW.” The following week in Berkeley, PlayGround’s 6 finalists’ plays will be presented at Berkeley Repertory Theatre on Monday November 20, at 8 PM. Tickets are $15-$30 and the 5-admission series for the Northern and Southern California subscriptions are just $75. For tickets or more information, visit http://playground-la.org/monday.

PlayGround is the only theatre company in California to have Statewide, Northern, and Southern California, New Play Competitions.  PlayGround’s 78 Member Statewide Writers Company, primarily based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, compete to write original plays in four-and-a-half days. The tremendous diversity of California has infused the writers pool with many writers new, not only to California, but to the rest of the country as well.

Members of the 2017-18 78 Member Statewide PlayGround Writers Company have just four-and-a-half days to generate their original ten-minute plays inspired by the month’s  topic. The top six scripts in both Northern and Southern California will each receive an hour-and-a-half rehearsal and a professional script-in-hand staged readings at at either West Hollywood’s  Zephyr Theatre (Southern Writers Pool) November 13, 8 PM; or at  Berkeley Rep’s Peet’s Theatre (Northern Writers Pool) on November 20 8 PM.

The 36 playwrights of the 2017-18 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool are: Matt Ackels, Nayna Agrawal, Christopher Aguilar, Diana Burbano, Kathleen Cecchin*, Allie Costa*, Meagan Daine, Matt DeNoto, Vincent Terrell Durham*, Elayne Heilveil, Susan C. Hunter, Daniel Hurewitz, Jen Huszcza, Julianne Jigour*, Starina Johnson, Mark V. Jones, Jonathan Josephson, Arthur Keng*, Jonathan Kuhn, Mildred Inez Lewis, Dana Lyman, Rhea MacCallum*, David Meyers, Alison Minami, Scott Mullen, Rosie Narasaki, Nicholas C. Pappas*, Andrew Joseph Perez, Brittny Roberts, Jessica June Rowe*, Richard Ruyle, Joe Samaniego, Mercedes Segesvary*, Mark Sherstinsky*, Nicki Spencer*, and Jennie Webb* (* past Best of PlayGround finalist).
The 42 Playwrights of the San Francisco 2017-18 PlayGround Writers Company are: Lynn Aylward, Kathy Boussina, Madeleine Butler, Karen Catalona, Nara Dahlbacka, Rob Dario, Victoria Chong Der+, Ai Ebashi, Nancy Fishman, Elizabeth Flanagan, Jerome Joseph Gentes+, Akaina Ghosh, Lauren Gorski, Ruben Grijalva+, Garret Jon Groenveld+, Tanya Grove, Karen Hartline, Devony Hof, Sam Hurwitt, Genevieve Jessee+, Melissa Keith+, Kate Keleher, Katie May+, Alanna McFall, Jeanie Ngo, Cheryl Ossola, Ishai Padawer, Lana Palmer, Erin Marie Panttaja+, Ken Prestininzi+, Madeline Puccioni, Marsha Roberts, Annette Roman, Cleavon Smith+, Nic Sommerfeld, Aimee Suzara, Jon Tracy, Mary Weikert, Steven Westdahl, Zoe Young, Maury Zeff+, Lesli Zephyr, and Ignacio Zulueta+ (+ Resident Playwright). 

Recent PlayGround topics have included: “In the Beginning…,” “Artificial Intelligence,” and, as part of a now-four-year collaboration with Planet Earth Arts and Stanford University, “Awakening to the Dream of the Earth”. The top six plays each month are rehearsed for just one-and-a-half hours each and presented as script-in-hand staged readings at Monday Night PlayGround, now celebrating its sixth year in Los Angeles (and twenty-fourth in the Bay Area). Audience members can also experience the thrill of being a producer through the monthly People’s Choice Awards, helping to determine which plays and playwrights go on for consideration in PlayGround’s annual showcase, the Best of PlayGround.

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 850 original ten-minute plays by 220 Bay Area and Los Angeles early-career writers and has commissioned/developed 75 full-length plays by distinguished PlayGround alumni. 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. For most if not all of the participating writers, PlayGround is the first professional staging their work has received and serves as their introduction into the professional theatre community.
PlayGround’s alumni have gone on to win local, national and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, among others. Directors and actors participating in PlayGround are among some of the most distinguished theatre professionals, regularly working on leading local stages.
WHERE: The Zephyr Theatrte, 7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA

WHEN: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 8pm                        
Additional Season Dates:
December 11, 2017 at 8pm (Holiday Celebration)
January 8, 2018 at 8pm (Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival)
February 12, 2018 at 8pm
March 12, 2018 (Musical Theatre Night)

TICKETS: Tickets are $15 general admission ($30, priority seating) online in advance and $20 general admission at the door, subject to availability. 5-admission series subscriptions are just $75 and include priority seating.  For more information about the Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit www.PlayGround-la.org/monday

Friday, October 6, 2017

PlayGround-LA Oct 9 Selections!

“From small beginnings come great things.” (American Proverb) PlayGround-LA kicks off its 6th season on Monday, October 9, 8 PM at the Zephyr Theatre with an all-new season of the celebrated Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series. The topic for the first round, announced last Friday, is “IN THE BEGINNING...”. Members of the recently announced 2017-18 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool had just four-and-a-half days to generate their original ten-minute plays inspired by the topic. The top six scripts (see below) will each receive an hour-and-a-half rehearsal and a professional script-in-hand staged reading at the Zephyr Theatre on October 9. PlayGround writers in the Bay Area were given the same prompt and their finalists will be presented at Berkeley Repertory Theatre on October 16.  Tickets are $15-$30 and 6-admission series subscriptions are just $75. For tickets or more information, visit http://playground-la.org/monday.
The October 9 selected plays/playwrights are:
In the Beginning God Created Adam & Steve by Vincent Terrell Durham, directed by Tamiyka White; No Expectations by Elayne Heiveil, directed by Frieda de Lackner; Turn On, Tune In by Mildred Inez Lewis, directed by Rondrell McCormick; Stacey Gets Mad by Scott Mullen, directed by Jim Kleinmann; Balloon by Mercedes Segesvary, directed by Paris McCarthy; and The Honeymoon by Nicki Spencer, directed by Greg Bryan.
Ten days before the designated Monday, October-March, a topic is announced and emerging playwrights in the Greater Los Angeles Area 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. Recent topics have included: “We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident,” “A Cautionary Tale,” and “Awakening to the Dream of the Earth” as part of a now-four-year collaboration with Planet Earth Arts and Stanford University. The top six plays from each month are rehearsed for just one-and-a-half hours each and presented as script-in-hand staged readings at Monday Night PlayGround, now celebrating its sixth year. Audience members can also experience the thrill of being a producer through the monthly People’s Choice Awards, helping to determine which plays and playwrights go on for consideration in PlayGround’s annual showcase, the Best of PlayGround Gala.
The playwrights of the 2017-18 PlayGround-LA Writers Pool are: Matt Ackels, Nayna Agrawal, Christopher Aguilar, Diana Burbano, Kathleen Cecchin*, Allie Costa*, Meagan Daine, Matt DeNoto, Vincent Terrell Durham*, Elayne Heilveil, Susan C. Hunter, Daniel Hurewitz, Jen Huszcza, Julianne Jigour*, Starina Johnson, Mark V. Jones, Jonathan Josephson, Arthur Keng*, Jonathan Kuhn, Mildred Inez Lewis, Dana Lyman, Rhea MacCallum*, David Meyers, Alison Minami, Scott Mullen, Rosie Narasaki, Nicholas C. Pappas*, Andrew Joseph Perez, Brittny Roberts, Jessica June Rowe*, Richard Ruyle, Joe Samaniego, Mercedes Segesvary*, Mark Sherstinsky*, Nicki Spencer*, and Jennie Webb* (* past Best of PlayGround finalist).
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 850 original ten-minute plays by 220 Bay Area and Los Angeles early-career writers and has commissioned/developed 75 full-length plays by distinguished PlayGround alumni. 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. For most if not all of the participating writers, PlayGround is the first professional staging their work has received and serves as their introduction into the professional theatre community.
PlayGround’s alumni have gone on to win local, national and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, among others. Directors and actors participating in PlayGround are among some of the most distinguished theatre professionals, regularly working on leading local stages.


Company in the News Oct-2017

See what PlayGround-LA Writers are up to as we prepare for the October 9 round of Monday Night PlayGround.
Scott Mullen has two short plays, ALICE and ONE NIGHT IN THE CEMETERY, in Neo Ensemble's "Tales From the Scrypt" show in Hollywood (October 6-22), while his play WHEELCHAIR is still running in North Hollywood as part of Above the Curve Theatre's "Dark Stories".
Jonathan Kuhn's short play All That We See Or Seem was performed as a stage reading at the Chromolume Theater as part of Exposition Review's Short Play Series.
Starina Johnson’s plays ALL KINDS and BORDER TOWNS have been selected to Broads' Word Ensemble's Fall Staged Reading Series on Saturday, October 14th at 8PM and Sunday, October 15th at 2PM. Tickets are $8 and are available at http://broadswordensemble.com/shows/la-broads/. Also, her play Static will be performed in NEO Ensemble Theatre's spooky evening of ten-minute shorts called Tales from the Scrypt, which opens this weekend! Tickets available are at http://www.neoensembletheatre.org/
Andrew Joseph Perez is playing Sonny in Musical Theatre West's In The Heights running Oct. 20-Nov. 5 and, as always, there's new comedy at YouTube.com/morningsandmondays
Multiple PlayGround-LA writers have been selected for LA Broads, a staged reading festival produced by Broads' Word Ensemble and the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. Only two performances:  Saturday, October 14th at 8 PM and Sunday, October 15th at 2 PM at the Flight Theatre at the Complex in Hollywood. Playwrights: Nayna Agrawal, Tiffany Cascio, Allie Costa, Aja Houston, Uma Incrocci, and Starina Johnson. Directors: Elkin Antoniou, Lesley Asistio, June Carryl, Allie Costa, Gloria Iseli, Rachel Manheimer, Rasika Mathur, and Desiree York. Tickets: http://broadswordensemble.com/shows/la-broads/.
Two of Allie Costa's plays, Unfinished Business and Safe Distance, were both selected for The Fear Festival, running October 20th through October 22nd at Roebuck Theater in New York City.  http://www.alliecosta.com
Jonathan Josephson's Thoth's Labyrinth is included in "Wicked Lit 2017," an award-winning immersive theatre event at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery (Altadena, CA). Produced by Unbound Productions, Sept. 28-Nov. 11; limited availability, tickets at wickedlit.org.
Christopher Belen Aguilar’s short play Insect will be in an evening of original short plays from the EastWest Players David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at the Santa Monica Playhouse: Tuesday, October 17th at 7:30p. 
Mildred Lewis has been selected for the 2017 PLAY LA Workshop supported by Humanitas. (http://humanitasprize.info/welcome/?page_id=1319)
Nayna Agrawal's play, Catcall, will be presented at Bootleg Theater on Sunday, October 8th at 11 am. Tickets are free and can be found online at the Bootleg Theater website. In addition, her one-act play, Slut, will be presented October 14 and 15 via Broads World Ensemble. Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased on the BWE website.

Mark V. Jones just wrapped post on a short film he wrote, produced and directed called The Abortion Clause. The full-length play, Daughters of the Kush, for which he did set design and construction, previews Oct 12th and opens Oct. 13th at the Stella Adler Theater (6773 Hollywood Blvd). Runs three weeks; Friday - Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM. 
David Meyer's play We Will Not Be Silent recently premiered at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in West Virginia. The play tells the true story of Sophie Scholl, a German college student who led the only act of organized, public resistance to the Nazis during World War II. The play was featured in the New York Times, and NPR recommended the play, calling it "truly magnetic." Further regional productions are upcoming, and David hopes to find the West Coast premiere soon.
Diana Burbano is one of the writers for Center Theatre Group’s Chisme y Queso, performances ongoing: https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/around-la/2017/chisme-y-queso/. Her play Fabulous Monsters was recently performed at San Diego Rep’s first Latinx Play Festival http://www.sdrep.org/amigos.php
Brittny Roberts is currently taking submissions for the 3rd Annual Halloween Monologue-A-Looza at Samuel French Bookshop October 28th from 1-4pm. Monologues must be original, Halloween themed, 3 minutes or less and PG 13. Please send submissions to broberts@samuelfrench.com by Oct 25th to be considered.
The anthology-style sci-fi/thriller web series THREADS, for which Meagan Daine wrote a few episodes, was recently released on Go90. Her favorite hilariously creepy ep: "The Attendant."
This summer, Rhea MacCallum reached the milestone of having her 50th play produced when The Red Truck premiered at the City Theatre of Independence in Independence, MO.
Jennie Webb is proud to have been part of MADlab 2017; her new play FOOTPRINT, directed by Laura Stribling, will close the First Peek Readings Series on Sunday, October 8 at 1pm. http://movingarts.org/madlab-2017-first-look/





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Best of PlayGround-LA Lineup

PlayGround-LA, Los Angeles’s incubator for a new generation of playwrights, caps off its fifth season on Monday evening, May 8 at the Zephyr Theatre with the Best of PlayGround, a one-night gala celebration of the best playwrights and short plays selected from more than 160 submissions and 36 works developed as part of the season’s Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series. The Gala will feature an all-star performance of the six Best of PlayGround winners. Tickets start at $20-$40 and are available through the Box Office at 323-992-6766 or online at PlayGround-LA.org/bestof. All proceeds support PlayGround-LA’s playwright incubator programs.

Best of PlayGround

The six plays to be presented in this year’s Best of PlayGround are:
Take Your Daughter to Work by Tiffany Cascio
Shooting at the Universe by Vincent Terrell Durham
Bluster Bound by Arthur Keng
Exceeding the Purchasable Calories by Rhea MacCallum
All or Nothing by Nicholas C. Pappas
Interesting Question, Collette by Nicki Spencer

About the Playwrights

Tiffany Cascio (Take Your Daughter to Work) is a writer and TV producer from Sacramento. This is her fourth season with PlayGround-LA and her work’s featured in their 2014 & 2015 “Best Of” Anthologies. This summer her full-length play, Thanksgiving, will be produced for Hollywood Fringe and she can’t stop smiling about it!     

Vincent Terrell Durham (Shooting at the Universe) is a playwright who first honed his story telling skills as a stand-up comic. He’s authored over thirty short plays and five full length pieces, including The Fertile River. A powerful play about a southern family’s attempt to escape the sterilization orders of the North Carolina Eugenics Board.

Arthur Keng (Bluster Bound ) is a Los Angeles-based playwright and actor. Monday Night PlayGround selections include Antic Resolutions (Best of PlayGround-LA 2016), A Settled Matter, Dream Enforcement, Infiltrated Learning, Over the FallsForced Position, Bluster Bound, The Dream Scenario, and I Told You. MFA Acting, University of Southern California.
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Rhea MacCallum’s (Exceeding the Purchasable Calories) plays have been produced on six continents.  She is published with Smith & Kraus, Pioneer Drama, Original Works and Heuer Publishing.  A member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP, LAFPI and ALAP, she holds a BA from USC and MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School, NSU.  www.rheamaccallum.com  @rheaplaywright

Nicholas C. Pappas (All or Nothing) is a playwright, dramaturge, and director. Plays: Including Shooter (publisher: Playscripts), The Ballad of 423 and 424 (Heideman Award, Actor's Theatre of Louisville), and Fatty (Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor). Nick received his MFA from San Francisco State. @NicholasCPappas and nicholascpappas.com for more info on Nick’s directing, dramaturgy, and film projects.

Nicki Spencer (Interesting Question, Collette) is a screenwriter and playwright from Glendale, California. She graduated from USC's Masters in Professional Writing program in 2015 and spent most of last year working in the Czech Republic on an upcoming TV drama for the History Channel.

About PlayGround-LA

The mission of PlayGround-LA is to support the development of significant new local voices for the theatre. PlayGround-LA has developed a unique model for identifying and nurturing the best new writers, helping them to build a significant body of original work, and strongly weaving these artists into the family of local theatre professionals. PlayGround pairs early development playwrights with established, professional actors and directors and fosters the artistic relationships that develop.

Ten days before the designated Monday, October-March, a topic is announced and emerging playwrights in the Greater Los Angeles Area 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 “We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident,” “Zero-Sum Game,” and “A Cautionary Tale.”

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 850 original ten-minute plays by 220 Bay Area and Los Angeles early-career writers and has commissioned/developed 71 full-length plays by distinguished PlayGround alumni. 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. For most if not all of the participating writers, PlayGround is the first professional staging their work has received and serves as their introduction into the professional theatre community.

PlayGround’s alumni have gone on to win local, national and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, 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).

WHAT: Best of PlayGround Gala / A performance of the best short works from the fifth season!

WHEN: Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 8pm

WHERE: Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046

HOW: (323) 992-6766  or http://PlayGround-LA.org/bestof
TICKETS: $20-$40.