Wednesday, September 04, 2013

PlayGround Company in the News Sep-13

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

Joy Carlin is opening Amy Herzog’s After The Revolution this week at Aurora ( She’ll be directing John Patrick Shanley’s new play, Storefront Church, at San Francisco Playhouse later this fall. You can still catch Joy opposite Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE on the big screen this month. 

Tracy Ward is directing What Every Girl Should Know by Monica Byrne for its West Coast Premiere at Impact Theater, running Sep 7-Oct 13.

Christopher Chen has won Vineyard Theatre's 2013 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. 

Robert Sicular is back in town and starting rehearsal at TheatreWorks for Warrior Class, directed by Leslie Martinson and opening in October. 

Gabriel Grilli and Anthony Williams are hosting a fundraising gala for their company, BrickaBrack, on Saturday evening, Sep 28 at the Temescal Art Center in Oakland. 

Michael Dougan’s short play, Jumpers, will be performed by Ross Valley Players as part of their RAW Fest, Oct 18-27. 

Gwen Loeb will be starting rehearsals soon for Pauline in A BRIGHT NEW BOISE at the Aurora, running Nov 8-Dec 8. 

George Maguire directed ANNA CHRISTIE for the Role Players Ensemble, in association with the O'Neill Foundation.  The show opens this Friday. 

Aaron Wilton is performing in Clybourne Park at Capital Stage Company (, running Sep 4-Oct 6. 

Carla Pantoja and Anthony Nemirovsky, joined by Julian Lopez-Morillas and Armando McClain will be in a reading of Robert Reich's play Milton and Augusto, directed by Joy Carlin, Monday, Sept 16  at 6pm at the Pacific Film Archive Theater. 

Ron Campbell is opening in Moscow this week with Cirque du Soleil. He will be reprising his role in R. Buckminster Fuller, The History (and Mystery) of the Universe at the San Jose Rep in January.

Aimee Suzara had a successful work-in-progress showing of her play A HISTORY OF THE BODY in partnership with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in May 2013, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, and the East Bay Community Foundation.  Keep an eye out as plans will begin brewing for its World Premiere.  Suzara was one of twenty Bay Area artists awarded a micro-commission by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts towards her work in 2013-2014.  She was also accepted as a Theater Bay Area ATLAS for Playwrights participant. Aimee's debut poetry book, SOUVENIR, will be released in February 2014 (WordTech Editions). 

Tracy Held Potter co-wrote Babies, the Ultimate Birth Control: Terrifyingly Hilarious Plays about Parenting, which will be presented at the SF Fringe ( beginning Saturday, Sep 7 at 4pm. Directed by Elena Wright, the program includes Tracy’s short play, PRINCESS AUDREY, from the 2012-13 Monday Night PlayGround. Elena Wright can also be seen in Marin Shakespeare’s A COMEDY OF ERRORS, running thru Sep 29.

Tracy’s Sweet, Sweet Revolution will receive a staged reading through Masquers Playhouse in Pt. Richmond on Sunday, Sept 8 at 7pm, directed by Lisa Drostova. Her piece Modernizing the Afterlife (originally written for 2012-13 PlayGround) will be featured in this year's Bay One-Acts Festival, Sep 14-Oct 5, directed by Katja Rivera. Other PlayGround writers featured in this year’s BOA Fest include Bill Bivins and Ignacio Zulueta.

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