Friday, January 6, 2017

January 9 Monday Night PlayGround

PlayGround marks the New Year with the latest round in our Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series. PlayGround-LA playwrights had just four-and-a-half days to generate their original short scripts inspired by this month’s topic, “Zero-Sum Game,” and the top six works will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings on Monday, January 9 at the Zephyr Theatre. For more information, online tickets and discount flex pass subscriptions, visit

The January 9 playwrights and plays are:
The Pilot & The Predator by Anthony Aguilar, directed by Frieda de Lackner
Nothing Left to Lose by Lauren Gorski, directed by Paris McCarthy
Eat My Pie by Susan C. Hunter, directed by Lee Sankowich
King Lion Is Dead by Jonathan Josephson, directed by Edgar Landa
It's A Wonderful Life! (The Reboot) by Kitty Lindsay, directed by Jim Kleinmann
All or Nothing by Nicholas C. Pappas, directed by Rondrell McCormick

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 “Nutcracker, Sweet!”

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 “Zero-Sum Game”

WHEN: January 9, 2017 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.