Friday, November 09, 2012

PlayGround's 4th annual Eugene O'Neill Night

PlayGround announced this morning the topic for its fourth annual collaboration with the Eugene O’Neill Foundation to develop O’Neill-inspired short plays for the upcoming Monday Night PlayGround, taking place at 8pm, Monday, November 19 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.  In preparation for this month’s topic and in search of inspiration, the PlayGround playwrights took a field trip on November 4 to Tao House, O’Neill’s Danville home from 1937 to 1944 where he wrote some of his most significant plays.  That topic, Haunted by the Past, a theme infused throughout many of his works and particularly A Moon for the Misbegotten, will lead to the creation of more than thirty original short plays, of which six will be selected for presentation on November 19. For more background on the topic, visit Participating directors this month include: Joy Carlin, Jessica Heidt, and PlayGround Resident Directors Desdemona Chiang, Mina Morita, Michael French, and Jon Tracy. Selected plays will be announced via Facebook and PlayGround’s website on Friday, November 16. For tickets and more information, visit 

PlayGround audiences get to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, with free pre-performance discussions every month at 7:10pm, featuring playwrights and other special guests related to that month’s topic.  Audience members can also 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’s annual showcase, the Best of PlayGround Festival.

PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, provides unique development opportunities for the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including the monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, annual Best of PlayGround Festival, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund and, PlayGround’s newest initiative, the PlayGround Film Festival. To date, PlayGround has supported more than 185 local playwrights in the development and staging of nearly 650 original short plays and 41 new full-length plays, with 7 more commissions currently in development. For more information, visit

WHAT:          Occurring monthly, October-March, the popular Monday Night PlayGround series presents staged readings of thematically-connected short works by the Bay Area’s best new playwrights each month at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, staged by leading local professional actors and directors.  The given topic for the November 19 PlayGround event is “HAUNTED BY THE PAST .

WHERE:       Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

WHEN:          Monday, November 19, 2012 at 8pm
                        Additional Season Dates:
                        December 17, 2012
                        January 21, 2013 – Musical Theatre Night
                        February 25, 2013 – Collaboration with Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
                        March 18, 2013

TICKETS:     $15/$20 (priority seating), available online or at the door.  Pay-What-You-Can at the door beginning one hour before the performance, subject to availability.  Introductory subscriptions are just $60 (50% off priority seating).  For more information about the Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit


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