Friday, December 13, 2013

PlayGround's (Twisted) Holiday Extravaganza!

PlayGround writers have been cooking up a storm in preparation for the Monday Night PlayGround “Holiday Extravaganza”, taking place at 8pm, Monday, December 16 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. PlayGround announced the topic (“HOLIDAY RECIPE”) last Friday and writers had four days to generate their original scripts inspired by the topic. The top six plays will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings by leading local directors and actors. Tickets and discount season subscriptions can be purchased online at

The selected plays and playwrights are:
Mom's Ham by Rachel Bublitz, directed by Jennifer King
Simmering Tomatoes by Aimee Suzara, directed by Molly Aaronson-Gelb
Todd's Grandmother's Amazing Jello Surprise by Katie May, directed by Joy Carlin
Xmas Eve in Donner Pass by Andrew Saito, directed by Katja Rivera
Dear Mr. Fish by William Bivins, directed by M. Graham Smith
The Holliday Family Recipe for Proper Grieving Etiquette by Colin Johnson, directed by Jim Kleinmann

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 December, PlayGround will present six original short plays inspired by the topic, HOLIDAY RECIPE.

WHERE:       Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

WHEN:          Monday, December 16, 2013 at 8pm
                        Additional Season Dates:
                        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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