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

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