Monday, February 13, 2012

PlayGround Company in the News Feb-12

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

Katie May and Ignacio Zulueta are contributing writers to 915 Cayuga sketch comedy radio show, featuring a live band, and taped monthly in front of a live audience at Brava theater. They both had featured pieces in the show on Feb. 4. Katie May’s Rapunzel's Etymology of Zero will also be produced February 17-18 in Sydney, Australia as part of Short + Sweet, the largest festival of ten minute plays in the world. Brian Herndon will be doing a reading of Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng's musical The Fourth Messenger February 21 at the Ashby Stage, along with company member Danielle Levin and PlayGround regular Robert Brewer.  He is also doing Ken Slattery's Truffaldino Says No at Shotgun Players this summer, along with company members M. Graham Smith (director) and Gwen Loeb.

Evelyn Jean Pine's play, See. On. Unseen. The. Lost. featured in the 2011 Best of PlayGround Festival, will be produced by Stone Soup Theatre in Seattle as part of their Double XX Festival of women playwrights in April and May. Opening in early Feb. and running all month in Hollywood, Leah Halper has a short play, Way Home, about Fannie Lou Hamer, at Towne Street Theatre, LA's Premiere African-American Theatre Company. It's part of a ten-minute play festival on Love: The Black Experience.

Arisa White’s debut collection of poetry and prose, Hurrah’s Nest, is now available through Barnes & Noble. More info at

Earlier this year, one of Ross Nelson’s plays (Shrink-in-the-Box) was a finalist for the Heideman award (Actors Theatre of Louisville).  Just last week, SF SOTA performed Sexual Perversity in Año Nuevo under Brady Lea's direction, and he has a piece lined up for performance in May: Mounting Olympus at the Pear in Mtn View.

 Flip the Switch, a short play by PlayGround Writers Pool member Cass Brayton, is one of the pieces opening this month in GuyWriters Eat Our Shorts 4: Love and Other Disasters. "And no, it's not the first installment of my memoir," says Cass. "Not exactly." The show plays at StageWerx, 446 Valencia, San Francisco, on Friday and Saturday Feb. 24 and 25, then Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, March 1 thru 10. More info at

Lee Sankowich started rehearsal this month on James Sherman's Jacob and Jack at the Zephyr Theatre in Los Angeles. The show was recently a major success at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre. It opens mid March. Rachel Yong will be reading for Kris Perry in 8, a documentary play based on the Prop 8 trial Perry vs. Schwarzenegger at Stanford University on March 5, and she will also be performing in Divided Together March 8-10. Aldo Billingslea will be performing in Othello in April with the Marin Theatre Company, and in Spunk in July at Cal Shakes. Carolyn Doyle will be appearing in Boxcar Theatre’s upcoming production of A Lie of the Mind.

Molly Noble is currently directing a Stegner Fellow's short story, The Days of Being Mild down at Stanford for Word for Word. As a part of the Playwrights' Lab in Mill Valley, Ken Sonkin is directing two short plays for the 8th Annual Writers With Attitude Festival.Lines by Bernard Weiner and Robbed! by Dyke Garrison. Feb. 18 & 19 at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 

Garret Groenveld’s new play, The Hummingbirds, directed by Evrin Odcikin and featuring Playground company members Stacy Ross and Jomar Tagatac, was presented as a winning finalist for the Aurora Theatre's Global Age Project. Patrick Alparone is currently up at Portland Center Stage doing John Logan's Red opposite Daniel Benzali. Danielle Levin is doing a Word for Word reading at Stanford on the 17th and then in late May through June she'll be performing in Symmetry Theatre's production of Lauren Gunderson's: Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight.

Graham Smith is nearly finished casting for Barcelona production of Truffaldino Says No! Robert Sicular just opened The Taming of the Shrew at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Then he'll be playing "Boss" Mangan in Shaw's Heartbreak House which opens in April. It's being directed by Bruce Sevy and features two Bay Area greats: Lise Bruneau as Hersione and Sarah Nealis as Ellie Dunn.


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