Friday, April 13, 2012

PlayGround Company in the News Apr-12


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

At the 16th annual PlayGround Benefit & Awards Night on April 2, PlayGround feted this year’s Emerging Playwright Award winners (Garret Jon Groenveld, Genevieve Jessee, Robin Lynn Rodriguez, Mercedes Segesvary, Kirk Shimano, Cleavon Smith and Ignacio Zulueta) and also announced the 2012 June Anne Baker Prize winner (Robin Lynn Rodriguez) and 2012 PlayGround Fellowship winners (Ignacio Zulueta and Crish Barth). Congratulations to all!

Crish Barth’s FIRING RANGE, Emily Esner’s SPOTLIGHT and Daniel Heath’s SIREN – all written for the Monday Night PlayGround O’Neill collaboration this season – were selected for the Eugene O'Neill Foundation Playwrights Theatre to be stage-read on Sunday May 6, at Tao House. Josy Miller (former Artistic Director for Hapgood Theatre Company) will be directing the pieces with a stellar cast. The performances begin at 3 pm.

Ignacio Zulueta’s full-length play THE FELLOWSHIP, based on the short play originally developed for the 2010-11 Monday Night PlayGround “It Gets Better” season opener, will be showcased at AlterLAB’s April Salon on April 17 in San Rafael. His sketch comedy and short films can be seen in THE MAD STASH: DISCOVERY running April 19-26 at the Firehouse Collective North in Berkeley. His newest short play, MR. SULAWESI & THE HARVESTERS, can be seen at 60 Million Plus Theatre’s "THE DOLL EXHIBIT”, April 27 at the Sargent Johnson Gallery in the African American Art and Culture Complex of San Francisco. And finally, Ignacio is wrapping up his 2012-13 year as an Asian American Theatre Company Incubator member, where he and his fellow Asian-American PlayGround writers Kirk Shimano and Sang Kim developed new full-length works for the Bay Area and beyond.

Robyn Brooks’ THE HOUSE developed for PlayGround's February Topic, "Patterns of Chaos," has been selected to be staged as part of Tennessee Women's Theater Project (TWTP) Women's Work Festival 2012, in Nashville Tennessee, on May 20, 2012.

In April, City Light San Jose is doing a reading of Spring Shorts that includes Ross Nelson’s 10-minute play CLUB GASTRO which takes the concept of "food porn" to a new level. Next up will be a three week run of Pear Slices, at the Pear in Mountain View, running from May 11-June 3. His contribution to the evening will be MOUNTING OLYMPUS. Diane Sampson’s short play INTIMACY will be produced in June as part of New York City's Looking Glass Theatre's semi-annual Forum series. Nancy Carlin will be performing in SPRING AWAKENING (the musical!) at Center Rep, April 19-May 6. Molly Aaronson-Gelb is directing. http://www.centerrep.org/season1112/spring awakening.php

Lauren Yee's existentialist slasher comedy HOOKMAN will open this month in San Diego as part of UCSD's Baldwin New Play Festival. The show, directed by Larissa Lury, runs from April 19-28. Mark Routhier recently directed CHARLOTTE’S WEB, which opened on March 31 at Orlando Shakes, and had surgery for the torn meniscus in his right knee on April 12. Heal quickly, Mark!

Robert Sicular just opened HEARTBREAK HOUSE at the Denver Center and will finally be returning to California in May to do BILL W. AND DR. BOB at San Jose Rep. Ron Campbell just returned from his tour with Cirque du Soleil in Japan and will be in the Bay Area for the next couple months doing workshops at Berkeley Rep and is available for readings and kid's parties.

Alex Moggridge just finished performing in EAT YOUR HEART OUT in the Humana Festival for New American Plays at Actors' Theatre of Louisville. Cat Thompson is finishing as a teaching artist for the year at St. John's and at Tam High. Next she will be at Marin Shakes for Titania in MIDSUMMER and Clarice in David Ives' THE LIAR.

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