Read on to learn more about PlayGround Company Member and Alumni recent news, current happenings, and upcoming events.
Many PlayGround writers and alumni are featured in the upcoming One-Minute Play Festival, presented December 14-15 at Thick House by Playwrights Foundation. Writers include: Trevor Allen, Tim Bauer, William Bivins, Erin M. Bregman, Victoria Chong Der, Garret Jon Groenveld, Daniel Heath, Aaron Loeb, Jonathan Luskin, Katie May, Evelyn Jean Pine, Kenn Rabin, Geetha Reddy, Jonathan Spector, Aimee Suzara, Arisa White, Ignacio Zulueta, Andrew Saito, Tom Swift, Inbal Kashtan, and Robin Lynn Rodriguez, among others. Katja Rivera is directing nine of the short works. https://www.facebook.com/events/765646373461089
Cindy Goldfield just opened SNOOPY!!! at 42nd Street Moon (director), is heading into her 10th season of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at A.C.T., and is getting ready to direct Diane Sampson and Doug Katsaros’ new musical, THE TALE OF THE SLEEPING CUTIE, originally commissioned and developed by PlayGround.
Daniel Heath and Erin Bregman are among 25 finalists for CulturalDC’s Source Festival 2014, Daniel for his full-length DUST TO DUST which originated as a ten-minute PlayGround short and was developed by Just Theater, and Erin for A BID TO SAVE THE WORLD, a PlayGround full-length commission based on her 2009 Festival short. http://www.culturaldc.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/SF14.FLP_.Finalist-Media-Advisory.FINAL_.pdf
Gwen Loeb is currently performing in A BRIGHT NEW BOISE at the Aurora and will then be filming Sarah Overman's AFTERGLOW.
Brian Herndon start previews of Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness on Thursday at Shotgun Players. Previews are Pay-What-You-Can! The show opens December 13.
Aaron Wilton is in Capital Stage Company's one-man holiday show, The SantaLand Diaries, which runs Dec. 4-29. For more info: http://www.capstage.org/thePlaysSantalandDiaries13.html
Madeline Puccioni will see two of her ten-minute plays, DARK WINDOWS and THE INTERVIEW (developed in Daniel Heath's class), staged at the Show Off International Ten Minute Play Festival in San Juan Bautista in January, and THE INTERVIEW will be produced by The Towne Street Theatre Company at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood February 7-23, during their Seven by Ten Festival.
On Dec 3, the UNO Lab Theatre will present a staged reading of Ross Peter Nelson's new play, GMO. His short monologue, Chris Carol: Private Eye, will also appear in the Elm Theatre's Elm Christmas Show Dec 13-15.
BrickaBrack Artistic Director Gabriel Grilli is the writer/director of BrickaBrack’s new show, Never Fall So Heavily Again, which plays Friday, December 6th, Saturday, December 7th, and Saturday, December 14th at 8pm at the Lake Merritt Dance Center in Oakland. Molly Noble is in the cast and Anthony Williams is Consulting Director. http://www.brickabrack.org/
Mark Routhier directed the world premiere of Rob Keefe's THE CORTEZ METHOD at Orlando Shakespeare Theater this fall. He ran PlayFest, their new play festival in November with plays by Michael Aaron Santos, Kelly P. Lusk, Jennifer Hoppe-House, Lauren Gunderson, Andrea Stolowitz, John Biguenet and Lee Blessing. He is currently directing his first play at UCF, Deborah Zoe Laufer's LEVELING UP, which goes up January 16th. And in February, he will be directing Steve Yockey's PLUTO in the 4th leg of its NNPN Rolling World Premiere at Orlando Shakes. In May, he heads back to New Orleans to direct John Biguenet's BROOMSTICK. He's the Director of New Play Development at Orlando Shakes which has a partnership with UCF where he teaches Directing.
Robert Sicular is appearing again with the California Revels at the Scottish Rite Temple at Lake Merritt in Oakland. He plays John Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland, and the show is entitled Spirits of Haddon Hall. It plays December 13-15 and 20-22. A great Holiday tradition for the whole family!
George Maguire appeared last month in James Franco's film YOSEMITE and the indie WRIGHT MURDERS. He is directing Jon Robin Baitz' play THE PARIS LETTER at the NCTC.
Colin Johnson is going into rehearsals for Woody Allen's honeymoon motel which he's directing as part of Actors Ensemble of Berkeley’s production of relatively speaking. He’s also developing a one-act commissioned through San Francisco Olympians Festival 2014, monsters ball, based on the Greek monster typhon, developing a bill of horror radio plays with fellow PlayGrounder Ignacio Zulueta, and entering preproduction for a short film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s the terrible old man which he wrote and will be directing.
Michael Barrett Austin will be doing his annual candlelit reading of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory at St. John's Ross Fri. Dec. 13th at 7pm. Info: http://stjohnsross.org/events.html http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/507021
Rebecca Pingree will head into rehearsals in January to play Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun with Napa Valley Conservatory Theatre.
Nancy Carlin directed It's a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, running through December 8.
Mary Baird is working on Daylighting by Dan Wolf to be produced by Shotgun Players in 2014.
Louis Parnell will be doing several readings of original works in the 3Girls Theatre Salon Series and was just cast in INTO THE WOODS at San Francisco Playhouse.
Maury Zeff’s Babylon Salon is holding its Winter Reading this Saturday, December 7 at Cantina SF (580 Sutter Street in SF). It's a literary reading, featuring best-selling authors Steve Almond (in town from Boston) and Tom Barbash, among other. Doors at 6:30, event starts at 7:00. More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/226009090893120/