Friday, October 05, 2012

PlayGround Company in the News Oct-12

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

Tom Swift learned this past weekend that his Short Film, THE BEGINNING, winner of the Audience Choice Award for the First Annual PlayGround Film Festival, was selected for the Indianapolis LGBT FilmFestival.  The festival runs from Nov. 9 – 12 in Indianapolis.
 
Bennett Fisher’s full-length play HERMES is receiving its third production since its premiere in 2011 at Bread and WaterTheater of Rochester New York, opening Oct. 26. He is dramaturging THE STRINDBERG CYCLE at Cutting Ball, which opens Oct. 12. He also wrote the screenplay for the film S.E.R.P., which will receive it's first public screening in Oct. 21 and is headed to the festival circuit.

Michael Barrett Austin will be appearing in SF Playhouse's BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON directed by Jon Tracy, Oct. 9-Nov. 24.

Mary Baird is still in South Carolina doing THE UNEXPECTED GUEST by Agatha Christie.  She won't be back to CA until Nov. 7.

Nancy Carlin is directing "HONK!" for Shakespeare Santa Cruz/UCSC. It will run Nov 16 - Dec 9

Cindy Goldfield, Chris Winslow and D'Arcy Drollinger are working on a stage reading of MR. IRRESISTABLE, a new musical by Drollinger and Winslow, to be presented in NY in Spring '13, with a public reading on Oct. 26th at ODC.

Christopher Chen’s play THE HUNDRED FLOWERS PROJECT will premiere Oct. 28th at Crowded Fire. It will be playing at the Thick House through Nov. 17th. 

Ken Slattery is on the Writing Team for the next Killing MyLobster sketch comedy show "KML Does Not Fear The End" which runs at the Intersection for the Arts, Nov. 1-18.

Kirk Shimano’s first ever full length play to be produced is being presented by San Francisco Theater Pub. It's called LOVE IN THE TIME OF ZOMBIES and it's at the Cafe Royale on Post Street at Leavenworth. There are five performances: Oct. 15, 16, 22, 29, and 30. Opening night conflicts with PlayGround, unfortunately, but there are four other nights that are PlayGround friendly! Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested.
Patrick Alparone is performing in THE NORMAL HEART and ELEKTRA at ACT.  
                                                                                          
Molly Noble is working on the San Quentin play, directing PACK OF LIES at RVP for January. In 2013, she will be performing with Theatre Lunatico in venues around the Bay Area. The two dance/movement/theatre pieces are inspired by Chekhov's women and a refrigerator. 

Patricia Cotter co-wrote the book of a new musical, JUSTIN LOVE, which just opened in LA at The Celebration Theatre and will run through Nov. 18th. 

Tim Kniffin just started rehearsals for THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Berkeley Playhouse in the role of Captain Georg von Trapp.

October marks the official premiere of the new web series, "DR. DARK PRESENTS". Starring Robert Sicular and produced by Bethanie Baeyen, "DR. DARK PRESENTS" is a unique and entertaining foray into the world's great literature: stories told with relish - hold the mustard. More info at www.DrDarkPresents.com

Robert Sicular will be doing two free readings of the works of Edgar Allan Poe at the Berkeley Public Library. Oct. 16 at the main branch and Oct. 24 at the north branch, both shows at 6:30 PM. The show is entitled, THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER. More info call (510) 981-6241 or visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org If anyone has a venue or a Halloween party where you think they'd like a little Poe reading, please contact Robert at yamson@aol.com

Crish Barth's play DARYL HANNAH (from MSRI Monday last year) was selected for study and performance during the fall semester by the Bates College (Lewiston, ME) Directing 370 class, lead by Paul Kuritz. Lobsters are on Crish.

Reggie White is doing ANTIGONE with San Jose Rep for their fall school tours. The production of DOGSBODY that he did with Playwright's Foundation/InterSection is going to NY in November as a part of the Soulagraphie Festival. He also just became a member of AEA.

Ignacio Zulueta’s full-length comedy THE FELLOWSHIP received a grant from the Horizon Foundation for the advancement of LGBT issues.  His short comedy about vasectomy, SNIP SNIP, is part of the Repro Rights Benefit for Planned Parenthood at the Brava Theatre on Oct. 22.  For a lighter touch, his comic sketches written with Battle Stache Studios run from October 25-28 in their season closing PHENOMENA episode in Berkeley. His 10 minute play, THE AFTERSHOCK, has progressed to the Semi-Final round for 2013's PICK OF THE VINE production at Little Fish Theatre. He is also returning as a commissioned playwright for Playwright Foundation’s Third Annual SF One Minute Play Festival this December.  

Karen Macklin's 5-minute play The Doctor Is In will appear in an evening of short plays at Actors Theatre (855 Bush Street) on Monday night, October 1, at 8pm. The company producing the evening is aMios, and the play is directed by Lauren English.

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