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


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

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.

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.

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 ( 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