Friday, December 07, 2012

PlayGround December Topic Announcement!

PlayGround announced this morning the topic for the upcoming Monday Night PlayGround “HolidayExtravaganza”, taking place at 8pm, Monday, December 17 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. That topic, End of Days, will lead to the creation of more than thirty original short plays, of which six will be selected for presentation on December 17. The evening will also include PlayGround’s second annual Holiday Cookie Bake-Off (visit for Bake-Off rules) where PlayGround audience and artists can compete side-by-side for “Best in Decoration” and “Best in Taste” honors. Participating directors this month include: Michael Butler, Nancy Carlin, Josh Costello, Mina Morita, and PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann. Selected plays will be announced via Facebook and PlayGround’s website on Friday, December 14. 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 December 17 PlayGround event is “END OF DAYS .

WHERE:       Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

WHEN:          Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8pm
                        Additional Season Dates:
                        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.  4-admission flex subscriptions are just $60.  For more information about the Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit


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