Monday, December 05, 2011

PlayGround Company in the News Dec-11

Read on to learn about PlayGround Company Members' recent news, current happenings, and upcoming events. 

The 2nd annual San Francisco One-Minute Play Festival, taking place December 17-18 at Thick House, features a plethora of PlayGround alumni, including Trevor Allen, Crish Barth, Tim Bauer, Erin M. Bregman, Christopher Chen, Garret Jon Groenveld, Daniel Heath, Aaron Loeb, Jonathan Luskin, Marisela Treviño Orta, Evelyn Jean Pine, Kenn Rabin, Geetha Reddy, Tom Swift, and Ignacio Zulueta.

Molly Noble was recently seen in Cutting Ball's Hidden Reading series, playing multiple roles in Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real, directed by M. Graham Smith. The first staged reading of Until You Hear My Story (the play Molly and Kenn Rabin have been developing with  the Men in Blue at Sam Quentin) will be held at the prison on December 17.   PlayGround actors Cathleen Riddley and Aldo Billingslea  as well as Dawn Scott, Brian Rivera and Catherine Castellanos are slated to play roles in the ongoing process towards a full production in early 2012.

Aurora Theatre Company has announced the selected works for this year’s Global Age Project, including PlayGround alumni Garret Jon Groenveld’s  The Hummingbirds and Lauren Yee’s In a Word. GAP Producer M. Graham Smith will direct Joel Drake Johnson’s Rasheeda Speaking. Tom Swift’s A Marriage was a finalist.

PlayGround recently hosted a table reading of Katie May’s new full-length commission, Manic Pixie Dream Girl or The Lily Chronicles Issue #1. The play will be workshopped in May and receive a public staged reading as part of the 16th annual Best of PlayGround Festival at Thick House, with Jon Tracy directing. An excerpt from the new play will be read at the December 19 Monday Night PlayGround. Next up is a reading of Jonathan Luskin’s full-length commission, Ecce Homo, directed by Meredith McDonough.

Virginia Reed will be directing The Merry Wives of Windsor at Livermore Shakespeare Festival next summer. She has been a Guest Professor, teaching at University of the Pacific in Stockton, this term. Gwen Loeb just finished a reading of Geetha Reddy's Girl In A Box, directed by Jessica Heidt, for the Playwrights Foundation’s In the Rough series. The play was originally developed through the Just Theater Lab series, led by co-artistic directors Jonathan Spector and Molly Aaronson-Gelb. Gwen starts rehearsals for Ken Slattery’s Truffaldino Says No in January, along with castmates Brian Herndon, Michael Phillis and director M. Graham Smith.


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