Friday, March 29, 2013

PlayGround Company in the News Apr-13

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

DUCK DUCK OCTOPUS continues through April 12th. The show was conceived and directed by Gabriel Grilli, with contributing writer Ignacio Zulueta and assistant direction by Anthony Williams.

Bennett Fisher will begin graduate school at the UC San Diego MFA Playwriting program in the fall. Currently, his play DIS/CONNECTED is in rehearsal with NCTC's YouthAware program and he is dramaturging Andrew Saito's KRISPY KRITTERS IN THE SCARLETT NIGHT at Cutting Ball.

Brian Herndon is in rehearsals for BEING EARNEST at TheatreWorks right now. He will play Tranio in TAMING OF THE SHREW this summer at Livermore Shakes, and Edward Gant in EDWARD GANT'S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS.

Mercedes Segesvary's play, ALIVE AND WELL, will be one of eight plays in this year's East Village Chronicles Festival at the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York, opening April 15th. Mercedes will also be reading from her new work, THIS IS TERRY GROSS, at Lit-Up LA on April 7th. For info visit 

Michael Barrett Austin will be appearing in the new play HANGING GEORGIA at The Pear Avenue Theatre May 24th-June 9th.

Danielle Levin, Gabriel Grilli, Elena Wright, and Stacy Ross will be performing in THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE with Symmetry Theatre at the Berkeley City Club April 6th-April 28th. For info visit

Garret Jon Groenveld continues his journey with THE HUMMINGBIRDS in April. Following the ongoing tour in Bucharest, Romania, a second production will open in Mexico City at Lab Treces and run through April, followed by a third production to open in Zaragoza, Spain at Las Armas. A local reading featuring Stacy Ross and Elena Wright, will be on April 16th at Symmetry Theatre. The last Internationalist reading will take place in Zoetmeer, The Netherlands on Monday, April 22nd. There will be a fourth production in Berlin later this year.

Katja Rivera's current show EURYDICE has been extended through April 26th at Custom Made Theatre. She is also directing a staged reading of Leah Halper's play, BOZO TO SQUIRT at City Lights on April 9th and a production of ORPHEE at Theatre Pub on April 15th.

There are still a few spaces left in Julia McNeal's class at The Marsh SF on Playing Multiple Characters. The class is four Thursdays in April from 6:30-9:30pm. For more info, visit

Cindy Goldfield stars in D'Arcy Drollinger and Chris Winslow's new sci-fi thriller musical, MR. IRRESISTIBLE, opening Friday at LaMaMa in NYC.

George Maguire is directing THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Eugene O'Neill Tao House in May, THE PARIS LETTER by Jon Robin Baitz at NCTC opening January 2014, and GOD OF CARNAGE for Town Hall Theater in February 2013.

Tim Kniffin and Gwen Loeb begin performances of THE ARSONISTS at Aurora Theatre Company on April 5th.

Tracy Held Potter will begin her studies as a Dramatic Writing MFA student at Carnegie Mellon University in August 2013. Her short play THE LIBRARIAN WHO WAS ALLERGIC TO CATS will be performed in the solo performance showcase 'Women in Solodarity: Cat Ladies' by All Terrain Theater in April. Info at

Rachel Yong is moving to New York where she will continue writing and acting.

TIME SENSITIVE, written and directed by Amy Sass, will open April 18th and run Thursday-Saturday at 8pm at The Sanctuary for the Arts. For more info visit

William Bivins has been nominated for the 2012 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Original Script in the under 100 seat category for his play THE EDUCATION OF RAKE at Central Works.

Mary Baird is back home in California and looking forward to acting for PlayGround and other Bay Area theaters.

Patricia Cotter's new musical JUSTIN LOVE won two L.A. Drama Critics Circle awards: Best Production and Best Score.

Ross Peter Nelson's play DISCONTINUUM will be presented as part of Pear Slices 2013 at The Pear Avenue Theater in Mountain View from April 5th-28th. The literary journal Ellipsis will be publishing his play RETURN OF THE FROGS in their 2013 issue.

Ken Slattery's play TRUFFALDINO SAYS NO was nominated for 7 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards including Best Ensemble, Best Director, and Best Original Script. His play THE SHAKESPEARE BUG, a PlayGround commission from last season, will be produced by Killing My Lobster in September. M. Graham Smith will direct, and the cast includes David Cramer and Rosie Hallett.

Tom Swift's short film, THE BEGINNING, has been accepted into The London Independent Film Festival which runs in mid April. It has also been accepted to the Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.


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