Tuesday, July 02, 2013

PlayGround Company in the News Jul-13

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

Rosie Hallett and Aaron Wilton will be performing in Joan Holden’s FSM, a new play about the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, as a part of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, with readings on July 20 and July 28. Erin Bregman’s BEFORE & AFTER will also receive staged readings on July 20 and July 28, featuring company members Lizzie Calogero and Carla Pantoja. Anthony Williams and Cathleen Riddley will be performing in Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b-side for tray), with readings on July 20 and July 26.

From July 3 through August 3, PlayGround playwrights will be showcasing their full-length and short works as part of a month-long residency at the A.C.T. Costume Shop. Participating playwrights include Crish Barth, Erin Bregman, Victoria Chong Der, Garret Jon Groenveld, Daniel Heath, Brady Lea, Evelyn Jean Pine, Josh Senyak, Ken Slattery, Cleavon Smith, Tom Swift, and Ignacio Zulueta. For the complete calendar of events, visit http://playground-sf.org/calendar.shtml. 

Lauren Yee is participating in this summer’s Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Connecticut, where her new play SAMSARA will receive readings on July 5 and July 6. She is joined by PlayGround Education Coordinator Celine Delcayre who was selected for a dramaturgy fellowship at the O’Neill. 

Aldo Billingslea was named Santa Clara's first Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. 

Tim Bauer has been named Associate Head Writer of SPEAKEASY, an immersive theatrical experience being produced by Boxcar Theatre this fall. Meanwhile, his documentary about the Harwood, Texas, zombie attack will be produced this October at Florida's Hippodrome Theatre, at Washington's Key City Public Theatre, and at the University of Kentucky's Guignol Theatre. 

Molly Noble is acting in a reading of Kathy Rucker's new play Crystal Springs, directed by Tracy Ward, July 22 at 7 pm at Z Below. http://zspace.org/new-work/crystal-springs 

Mary Baird will be performing in LOVE IN THE DARK, a First Person Singular/Shotgun Cabaret presentation at the Ashby Stage on August 5 at 8pm. https://shotgunplayers.org/online/loveinthedark 

George Maguire is directing Eugene O'Neill's ANNA CHRISTIE for the O'Neill Foundation at Role Players in Danville in August.

Nancy Carlin is text coaching ROMEO AND JULIET at Cal Shakes (opens July 7) and directing Almost Maine for Marin Summer Theater in Novato, opening  July 18. 

Tracy Held Potter will be directing a piece by Megan Cohen for the Pint-Sized Plays showcase at Theater Pub in July. She is directing and producing The Fantasy Club, August 2-11, with All Terrain Theater. Tracy and Rachel Bublitz are writing and presenting BABIES, THE ULTIMATE BIRTH CONTROL: TERRIFYINGLY HILARIOUS PLAYS ABOUT PARENTING at the SF Fringe Festival, including Best of PlayGround Finalist PRINCESS AUDREY. 

Sean Owens' short film Climax was selected for this year's Frameline Festival, and played to a packed house on June 23, 2013. Sean is also producing a limited-run series of short plays and songs in private homes through August 2013, as part of Foul Play's Home Theatre Experience. 

Katie May’s MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL will perform at the New York International Fringe Festival, August 9-16 at The Living Theater, featuring the original San Francisco cast, including Michael Barrett Austin and the original San Francisco cast.

Tom Swift's MY NAME IS YIN (Best of PlayGround, 2004; Winner, Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival) will run for three weeks at 10 by 10 in the Triangle, at the ArtsCenter, in Carborro, NC. And, in other North Carolina news, Swift's short film THE BEGINNING has been accepted to the 18th Annual North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Jonathan Spector is producing two plays with Just Theater: A MAZE by Rob Handel, directed by Molly Aaronson-Gelb and UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, directed by Mina Morita and featuring PlayGround regular Mick Mize. They run July 12-August 4 at Live Oak Theatre.

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