Friday, November 08, 2013

PlayGround's 5th Annual Musical Theatre Night: S'Wonderful! S'Marvelous!

S’wonderful! S’marvelous! PlayGround writers will draw from the music of George and Ira Gershwin for their inspiration for the fifth annual Monday Night PlayGround Musical TheatreNight, taking place at 8pm, Monday, November 18 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Writers have four days to generate their original scripts, inspired by some of the greatest music written for the musical theatre, including Embraceable You, Fascinatin' Rhythm, Lady Be Good, Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, Our Love Is Here To Stay, S’Wonderful, and They Can't Take That Away From Me, among others. Performed on the set of Berkeley Rep’s current show, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, the Monday Night PlayGround performances will include accompaniment by noted Bay Area pianist and arranger Steve Sanders, currently working on The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at the Golden Gate Theatre. Tickets and discount season subscriptions can be purchased online at

PlayGround audiences get to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, with a free Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:10pm.  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 PlayGround Festival of New Works, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund. To date, PlayGround has supported more than 185 local playwrights in the development and staging of over 650 original short plays and 48 new full-length plays, with 3 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.  For November, PlayGround will present six original short plays inspired by the music of George and Ira Gershwin, performed with live accompaniment by noted Bay Area pianist and arranger Steve Sanders (1776, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess).

WHERE:       Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

WHEN:          Monday, November 18, 2013 at 8pm
                        Additional Season Dates:
                        December 16, 2013 – Holiday Extravaganza
                        January 13, 2014
                        February 17, 2014 – Math Night
                        March 17, 2014

TICKETS:     $15, available online or at the door.  Pay-What-You-Can at the door beginning one hour before the performance, subject to availability.  6-pack flex 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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