Monday, April 08, 2013

The 17th PlayGround Festival of New Works... New Name, Expanded Line-up!


PlayGround caps off its 2012-13 season with the Bay Area’s largest celebration of new works for the stage and screen – the 17th annual PlayGround Festival of New Works. Running May 1-26 at San Francisco’s Thick House (and other Bay Area locations), the festival features the 2nd annual PlayGround Film Festival, Festival Staged Readings of four new full-length plays, panel discussions, and the centerpiece of the festival, the Best of PlayGround 17, a fully-produced evening length program of six short plays selected from more than 190 submissions and 36 works developed as part of the season’s Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The Festival includes more than 40 performances, screenings and readings over four weeks, featuring more than 150 Bay Area writers, directors, actors, filmmakers and designers. All-Festival Passes begin at $50 and individual tickets are $15-$50. Tickets are available through the Box Office at 415-992-6677 or online at www.PlayGround-sf.org.

Best of PlayGround
The six plays to be presented in this year’s Best of PlayGround are:
Symmetrical Smack-Down by William Bivins, directed by Jim Kleinmann
Value Over Replacement by Ruben Grijalva, directed by Katja Rivera
The Spherical Loneliness of Beverly Onion by Katie May, directed by Rebecca Ennals
Simple and Elegant by Evelyn Jean Pine, directed by Tracy Ward
Significant People by Amy Sass, directed by Steven Anthony Jones
My Better Half by Jonathan Spector, directed by Michael French

Best of PlayGround finalists include Patricia Cotter for Play Ball and Tracy Held Potter for Princess Audrey.

PlayGround Film Festival
The six films to be presented in this year’s PlayGround Film Festival are:
Aegis (Jonathan Luskin/Mark Leialoha/Flying Moose Pictures, filmmakers; Jonathan Luskin, screenwriter)
The Secret Life of a Hotel Room (The Runnels Brothers, filmmakers; Garret Jon Groenveld, screenwriter)
Climax (Jeremy Solterbeck, filmmaker; Sean Owens, screenwriter)
Miss Finknagle Succumbs to Chaos (Amy Harrison, filmmaker; Kirk Shimano, screenwriter)
Obit (Brian Tolle, filmmaker; Geetha Reddy, screenwriter)
Undone (Bruce Coughran, filmmaker; Diane Sampson, screenwriter)


Festival Staged Readings
The four full-length plays selected for this year’s PlayGround Festival, each receiving two staged readings, are:
The Empty Nesters by Garret Jon Groenveld
Abominable by Katie May (A PlayGround commission)
Magnitude by Sean Owens
Hella Love Oakland by Robin Lynn Rodriguez (A PlayGround commission)

Diane Sampson was named a finalist for her new musical, The Tale of the Sleeping Cutie.

Demo Day
PlayGround will host its second Demo Day on Monday evening, May 20. This by-invitation-only event features short pitches by 6-8 producing teams for new full-length plays being readied for production and seeking investment. Two projects coming out of the first Demo Day (Oct 2012) have or will soon receive their world premiere at the A.C.T. Costume Shop – Katie May’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Evelyn Jean Pine’s First, about a young Bill Gates and the birth of the digital age. For more information about Demo Day or to request an invitation, contact PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann at info@playground-sf.org.


About PlayGround:
PlayGround is the Bay Area's leading playwright incubator. The mission of PlayGround is to support the development of significant new local voices for the theatre. More than just another play development program, PlayGround focuses on the creation of a true theatre community by nurturing the collaborative process between first-time or early development playwrights, and established, professional actors and directors. Over the past nineteen years, PlayGround has developed a unique model for identifying and nurturing the Bay Area’s best new writers, while helping them to build a significant body of original work. PlayGround alumni have gone on to win not only local but also national honors for short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre's Global Age Project, New York International Fringe Festival, the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, Guthrie Theatre, and The Drama League’s New Directors-New Works series, among others. More information at http://PlayGround-sf.org.


About the Plays:

Best of PlayGround

Symmetrical Smack-Down by William Bivins
In pro wrestling and love, make-believe keeps things safe; but what happens when two fighters and two lovers suddenly decide to get real?

Value Over Replacement by Ruben Grijalva
The official report on performance enhancing drugs in baseball is about to go public, and it will name names, giving sports radio host and former player Chip Fuller a lot to talk about.

The Spherical Loneliness of Beverly Onion by Katie May
A mortician’s assistant leads a quiet and lonely existence, until the forces of Fate and Luck step in to change her life forever.

Simple and Elegant by Evelyn Jean Pine
Once two sisters fight over a gold coin found in the belly of a silvery fish, can either girl live happily ever after?

Significant People by Amy Sass
Docents lead a tour through the preserved home-turned-historical-site of a noted author and his wife, providing an intimate and revealing look at the people behind the celebrities.

My Better Half by Jonathan Spector
A woman wronged by her husband must choose how to move forward with her life: forgiveness, therapy or perhaps… murder.

Festival Full-Length Staged Readings

The Empty Nesters by Garret Jon Groenveld
A middle-aged couple sets off on a sight-seeing adventure to mark their last child leaving the nest. But can you ever really go home again? 

Abominable or the Misappropriation of Beverly Onion by Forces Beyond Her Control by Katie May
A Yeti-obsessed mortician’s assistant finds herself at the mercy of Fate and Luck. Can she regain control of her life and fulfill her destiny?

Magnitude by Sean Owens
Three women make their annual pilgrimage to the mountain retreat of their departed mentor, lover and friend and begin to piece together the mystery of her life… and their own future.

Hella Love Oakland by Robin Lynn Rodriguez
Can a conscientious mother choose between raising awareness and raising her kids? 


About the Playwrights:

William Bivins (Symmetrical Smack-Down) is an award-winning playwright whose full-length productions include The Education of a Rake, The Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry, and Pulp Scripture, among others. He has won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, the Hyperion Project Original Play Competition, and numerous SF Fringe Awards. William is currently working on a reimagining of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for Mad Cap Productions. He lives in San Francisco and has a background in pecan farming.

Ruben Grijalva (Value Over Replacement) is a playwright, director, and filmmaker. His first full length play, Foresight (2010), explores the prospect of digital immortality. His short film, Shadow Ball (2007), about the Negro League ritual of baseball in pantomime, was recognized by Eastman/Kodak, screened at festivals worldwide, and included on the Official Best of Fest DVD series. He helped start Virtual Active, an exercise-media company that brings iconic sights from around the world to your treadmill. He is the recipient of a 2013 PlayGround Fellowship commission.

Garret Jon Groenveld (The Empty Nesters) is a founding writer with PlayGround and PlayGround Resident Playwright.  His play, The Hummingbirds, won the Internationalist Global Playwriting competition and is receiving productions in Bucharest, Romania, Mexico City, Mexico and Zaragoza Spain, with a final reading in April in Zoetmeer, the Netherlands. He is a recipient of four PlayGround commissions and a seven-time PlayGround Emerging Playwright Award winner for his short plays. He is the screenwriter for The Secret Life of a Hotel Room, featured in the second PlayGround Film Festival and adapted from the Best of PlayGround short play.

Katie May (The Spherical Loneliness of Beverly Onion; Abominable) is a playwright, comedy writer, and performer. Her plays include Black Sheep Gospel (Great Plains Theater Conference), A History of Freaks (finalist for the David Mark Cohen Award in playwriting), and Manic Pixie Dream Girl (PlayGround Fellowship commission) among others. Her short play Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero (Best of PlayGround, Short + Sweet Sydney) was published in the Best of PlayGround 2011. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Virginia Piper Writing Center and the National University of Singapore, a grant from the Society for Women in Film, and a PlayGround Emerging Playwright Award winner. She is currently working on a second PlayGround full-length commission, Abominable,  and on the web series Liz/Kat with Liz Anderson. May holds an MFA in Playwriting from Arizona State University.

Sean Owens (Magnitude) is the author of over 35 short and full-length plays, and the film version of Climax, which premiered in play form at PlayGround. He is currently working on Gogol Dossiers, a commission from Do It Live Productions, and Magnitude, a play for women over 40, selected for the PlayGround Festival of New Works.

Evelyn Jean Pine (Elegant and Simple) writes about the moment when you feel your world is brand new. A PlayGround Resident Playwright, she’s won the Emerging Playwright Award five times plus the June Anne Baker Prize.  Her PlayGround commissions include First, about Bill Gates and the first personal computer, premiering this July at A.C.T.’s Costume Shop, directed by Michael French. A 2013 Djerassi Resident Artist, she has an MFA from San Francisco State where she teaches performance studies.

Robin Lynn Rodriguez (Hella Love Oakland) is a second year member of PlayGround. She received PlayGround's Emerging Playwright Award and the June Anne Baker Prize for her short play Hella Love Oakland. The full-length version appears at this year's Festival. Her play Hedge was a finalist for the 2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.   

Amy Sass is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Ragged Wing Ensemble. As playwright, director, actor, choreographer, and visual artist, Amy's creative vision sits firmly at the crossroads of artistic disciplines. A member of PlayGround, Amy has won the People’s Choice Award twice for her short plays: Significant People and Structural Instability, and is the recipient of the 2013 June Anne Baker Prize and commission. Ragged Wing Ensemble credits include: Maybe Baby (Writer, Director), OPEN. (Writer, Director), Handless, (Writer, Director), and So Many Ways To Kill A Man (Writer, Clytaemnestra).

Jonathan Spector (My Better Half) is a playwright and director. His plays have been produced and developed with Aurora Theater, Playwrights Foundation, PlayGround, Source Theater Festival and St. Bonaventure College and he’s been a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New Harmony Project, and Juilliard Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship. His local directing credits include The Internationalist, 1001, Current Nobody, and I Have Loved Strangers, with his company Just Theater, and This Is All I Need with Mugwumpin. He is the recipient of a 2013 PlayGround Fellowship commission. He is currently pursuing an MFA in playwriting at SF State.


PlayGround Film Festival

Visit http://PlayGround-sf.org/filmfest/release_2013filmfest.pdf for the complete 2013 Film Festival announcement.


PLAYGROUND FESTIVAL of NEW WORKS
Master Calendar

Event:              PlayGround Film Festival
Dates:              May 1, 5:30pm and 7:30pm (Opening) at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Ave, Berkeley
                        May 2, 6:30pm and 8:30pm at Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco
                        May 3, 7:00pm and 9:00pm at Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco
                        May 4, 6:30pm and 8:30pm at Zaentz Media Center, 2600 Tenth Street, Berkeley
                        May 4, 7:00pm and 9:00pm at Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco
                        May 5, 6:30pm and 8:30pm at Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco
                        May 6, 7:00pm only at Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
                        May 10, 7:30pm only at 32TEN Studios, 3210 Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael
                        May 18, 10:00pm only at Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco
                        May 25, 10:00pm only at Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco
Tickets:          PlayGround Film Festival: $15-$25, discounts available for students, PlayGround subscribers and members, and groups of 10 or more. http://PlayGround-sf.org/filmfest


Event:            Best of PlayGround
Dates:            Thursdays - Sundays, May 9 - 26 (Friday, May 10th, press night)
Time:             Thurs. - Sat., 8pm; Sun., 7pm
Location:       Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco
Tickets:          Best of PlayGround: $25-$40 (general), discounts available for students, PlayGround subscribers and members, and groups of 10 or more. Thursdays, May 9, 16, and 23 are Pay-What-You-Can performances; Pay-What-You-Can tickets go on sale one hour before the performance, first-come first-served, subject to availability.
For tickets call (415) 992-6677 or on-line at www.PlayGround-sf.org/bestof.shtml


Event:            Festival Full-Length Staged Readings
Schedule:       May 18, 12:00pm – Reading #1, HELLA LOVE OAKLAND by Robin Lynn Rodriguez
                        May 18, 3:00pm – Reading #2, ABOMINABLE by Katie May
                        May 19, 11:00am – Reading #3, MAGNITUDE by Sean Owens
                        May 19, 2:00pm – Reading #4, THE EMPTY NESTERS by Garret Jon Groenveld
                        May 25, 1:30pm – Reading #5, THE EMPTY NESTERS by Garret Jon Groenveld
                        May 25, 4:00pm – Reading #6, HELLA LOVE OAKLAND by Robin Lynn Rodriguez
                        May 26, 12:30pm – Reading #7, ABOMINABLE by Katie May
                        May 26, 3:00pm – Reading #8, MAGNITUDE by Sean Owens
Tickets:          Festival Staged Readings: $15 suggested donation, online at www.PlayGround-sf.org/festival.shtml or at the door. All readings included in All-Festival Pass.


All-Festival Passes: An All-Festival Pass includes one guaranteed priority-seating ticket to each festival event, including the PlayGround Film Festival, Best of PlayGround, four Festival Full-Length Staged Readings, and other festival ticketed events as announced. Individual performance tickets must be reserved in advance and are subject to availability. $50 for 2013-14 PlayGround subscribers; $75 for non-subscribers. To purchase an All-Festival Pass, call (415) 992-6677 or go online at http://www.PlayGround-sf.org/boxoffice.


Saturday, April 06, 2013

Young Playwrights Contest Deadline Extended!



PlayGround has extended the submission deadline for the 2013 Young Playwrights Project and Contest. Aspiring high school dramatists now have until April 15 to submit an original 10-minute play inspired by this year’s topic, (RE)MAKING OF A LEGEND. Four finalists will receive professional staged readings as part of the Best of PlayGround 17 , a showcase for the Bay Area's best new playwrights and plays.  For submission guidelines, visit http://playground-sf.org/youngplaywrights.

“Through the Young Playwrights Project, PlayGround and Bay Area high schools partner to enable young writers to find their own expressive voice through the creation, development, and production of short plays,” stated PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann. With a generous planning grant from the California Arts Council Artists-in-Schools program in 2007, PlayGround began taking its unique playwright development efforts into Bay Area high schools as part of the PlayGround Young Playwrights Project. This year marks the fifth year of the Bay Area-wide Young Playwrights Project Contest.  This is a tremendous opportunity for creatively-inclined high school students to try their hand at writing in the ten-minute form with the possibility of seeing their work realized by Bay Area theatre professionals,” added PlayGround Education Coordinator Céline Delcayre.

High school students from the Bay Area nine counties are invited to submit original short scripts inspired by the assigned topic by the extended deadline of Monday, April 15, 2013 (full guidelines are available online at http://playground-sf.org/youngplaywrights). The same topic was also be assigned to PlayGround’s professional writers pool for the March 18th round of Monday Night PlayGround performed at Berkeley Rep.

Past Young Playwrights Project finalists include: Ayelet Schrek (Jewish Community High School of the Bay ’13), Alona Bach (Berkeley High ’11), and Hannah Sears (Urban School ’12).

SUBJECT:                                        Young Playwrights Project Contest
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:           Monday, April 15, 2pm (Deadline Extended!)
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:       http://playground-sf.org/youngplaywrights

Second PlayGround Film Festival Announced!

The lineup and schedule has been announced for the Second Annual PlayGround Film Festival, a leading showcase for the Bay Area’s best new filmmakers and writers and their short work. It’s the unique brainchild of PlayGround and Dances with Light, representing an incredible fusion of the local theatre and film communities. Ranging from comedy to powerful contemporary issues, the films are all adapted from some of the best short plays developed and produced by PlayGround over the last sixteen years and featured in the annual Best of PlayGround Festival. Each film has been created with the full collaboration of the original playwright and is followed by a short documentary about the writer. The Festival opens Wednesday, May 1 at Berkeley’s Rialto Cinemas Elmwood and continues through May 25 with additional screenings in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Rafael and Berkeley. For tickets and more information please call 415-992-6677 or visit http://playground-sf.org/filmfest. Scroll down to see the complete schedule.

Selected Films

AEGIS (Jonathan Luskin/Mark Leialoha/Flying Moose Pictures, filmmakers; Jonathan Luskin, screenwriter; based on the short play by Jonathan Luskin from the 2004 Best of PlayGround Festival)

THE SECRET LIFE OF A HOTEL ROOM
The Runnels Brothers, filmmakers; Garret Jon Groenveld, screenwriter; based on the short play by Garret Jon Groenveld from the 2008 Best of PlayGround Festival

CLIMAX
Jeremy Solterbeck, filmmaker; Sean Owens, screenwriter; based on the short play by Seam Owens from the 1999 Best of PlayGround Festival

MISS FINKNAGLE SUCCUMBS TO CHAOS
Amy Harrison, filmmaker; Kirk Shimano, screenwriter; based on the short play by Kirk Shimano from the 2012 Best of PlayGround Festival

OBIT
Brian Tolle, filmmaker; Geetha Reddy, screenwriter; based on the short play by Geetha Reddy from the 2005 Best of PlayGround Festival

UNDONE
Bruce Coughran, filmmaker; Diane Sampson, screenwriter; based on the short play by Diane Sampson from the 2010 Best of PlayGround Festival

About PlayGround
Since 1994, PlayGround has been a leading incubator for some of the Bay Area’s most promising new playwrights, premiering 110 original short plays by 57 Bay Area emerging playwrights from several thousand submissions through its Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series and Best of PlayGround Festival. PlayGround has also commissioned 48 new full-length plays and supports the premiere of many of these works in partnership with Bay Area theatres through its innovative New Play Production Fund. PlayGround alumni include a who’s who of the Bay Area’s best up-and-coming writers, including Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Aaron Loeb, Lauren Yee, Daniel Heath, Ken Slattery, among others, with many having their first professional production through PlayGround.

PlayGround’s alumni have gone on to win not only local but also national honors for short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, Guthrie Theatre, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, and The Drama League’s New Directors-New Works series.  Works have been premiered at numerous theatres throughout the Bay Area, including: Theatre Rhinoceros, San Jose Stage Company, Just Theater, and SF Playhouse. Of particular note is Aaron Loeb’s Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party which, following its premiere at SF Playhouse in 2008, received a sold-out run at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival (named “Outstanding Play”), its off-Broadway debut in 2010, and was produced around the country last season.

About Dances with Light
Barry Stone, owner of Dances with Light, made his first film in 1979. He has professional credits as an actor, composer and director in the theatre, and as a producer, director, writer, composer, actor, cinematographer and editor in film and television. His directorial credits include four episodes of the British hit series rENFORD rEJECTS, filmed in London for Nickelodeon and Channel Four, "All Ways Welcome", produced and directed for the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation, and numerous commercials, music videos and corporate films. Barry has been the cinematographer on forty-seven episodes of series television, six MOWs, numerous commercials and twenty-one feature films, notably Lie with me, Mouth to Mouth, Cherish, Triggermen, Pale Saints, Paris France, Rude, Dumbarton Bridge,  The Perfect Son and Dream with the Fishes.  Recently Barry produced and directed SNIFF, a feature length drama / documentary hybrid with Amanda Plummer, Neil Morrissey (and a lot of great dogs).

Synopses of Films:

AEGIS
Co-Directors Jonathan Luskin, Mark Leialoha
AEGIS follows the employees of a marketing firm as they compete to create the name for an enormous, wasteful, yet “green” sport utility vehicle. Under the direction of an abusive boss, they use modified acting exercises, or “Applied Marketing Dramatics”, to complete the task at hand. Director, writer, and producer Jonathan Luskin is a PlayGround veteran. He has received two Emerging Playwright Awards as well as a commission and short film grant for his play, Ecce Homo, featured in the inaugural PlayGround Film Festival. His work has been read at the Playwrights Lab, the Magic Theatre, and the Bay Area Shorts Festival. Jonathan has directed for theatre and film, animated visual effects, and is a co-founder of Flying Moose Pictures along with producer and director of photography Mark Leialoha. Mark has a passion for photography and film that spans over two decades, Mark has travelled throughout Europe, the US and Far East as a principal contributing photographer, his innovative and creative editorial & commercial photography featured in more than 75 magazines in over 25 countries. With extensive production skills, encompassing still & video camera operation, lighting, audio and editing, Mark offers a unique approach and vision to every project.

THE SECRET LIFE OF A HOTEL ROOM
Co-directors The Runnels Brothers
THE SECRET LIFE OF A HOTLE ROOM sheds new light on the popular saying “if walls could talk.” Three parallel stories unfold in one hotel room, including that of a businessman and recovering addict looking for redemption, a middle-aged couple trying to get away, and a honeymoon couple barely coming up for air. Garret Jon Groenveld is among the founding writers of PlayGround, and a seven-time winner of the Emerging Playwright Award. His play Missives, originally commissioned by PlayGround, appeared in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival in 2004, premiered in San Francisco in 2005 at Theatre Rhino and in New York in 2008 at 59E59 Theatres. His play, The Serving Class also commissioned by PlayGround, won the Global Age Project from the Aurora Theatre in 2010. He was an inaugural Resident Playwright of the Playwrights Foundation and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. In 2012, filmmakers Greg and Mark Runnels saw their animated feature film Bukowski: An Animated Life get optioned by Forest Whitaker's JuntoBox Films, acquired a filmmaker's residency at the CSU Stanislaus BFA program, and nabbed a development deal with Plasschaert and Associates at Paramount Studios. Their previous submission for the PlayGround Film Festival was Kenn Rabin’s Reunion.

CLIMAX
Director Jeremy Solterbeck
Climax tells the story of Beryl and Mason, a Noel Coward-esque couple, dressing for a party they’re destined never to attend. Sean Owens is the author of over 35 short and full-length plays, and the film version of Climax, based on his play premiered at the 1999 Best of PlayGround. He is currently working on Gogol Dossiers, a commission from Do It Live Productions, and Magnitude, a play for women over 40, selected for the PlayGround Festival of New Works. In 2000, Jeremy Solterbeck created the animated Moving Illustrations of Machines, a dark, surreal piece on the topic of cloning, entirely with hand drawn ink artwork. After success at film festivals, Solterbeck crewed in different positions on film shoots and music videos, got up to speed with the emerging field of 3D animation, and began specializing in combining live action with visual effects. He set up a boutique post production house and honed his chops in the music video world working with artists such as Mike Patton and Dan the Automator. He strives to create highly original, conceptual work focusing on storytelling, humor, and the use of visual effects or animation to propel the narrative.

MISS FINKNAGLE SUCCUMBS TO CHAOS
Director Amy Harrison
Miss Finknagle Succumbs to Chaos is the story of how one lonely librarian's impossible probabilities bring together four unlikely school friends. Celebrating his second year in the PlayGround Writers Pool Kirk Shimano’s original short play Miss Finknagle Succumbs to Chaos was featured this past May in the 16th annual Best of PlayGround Festival. His first full length play, Love in the Time of Zombies was
produced by San Francisco Theater Pub in October. Filmmaker Amy Harrison likes to delight her audiences with short films about unseen worlds and dark possibilities. Her work has screened in places as varied as New York’s Film Forum, the Museum of Modern Art, on MTV, and at the Virgin Mobile Festival before an audience of 60,000 (at a Bob Dylan concert). She teaches at a film school in San Francisco.

OBIT
Director Brian Tolle
Obit is the story of an aging man and his daughter as they cope with his decline. Writer Geetha Reddy's plays include Safe House and Blastosphere (with Aaron Loeb,). She received the 2005-2006 June Anne Baker Prize, five Emerging Playwright Awards and multiple alumni commissions from PlayGround. Her plays have been included in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Playwright's Revolution Festival, and the Playwrights Foundation's 'Rough Reading' series. Brian Tolle has written and directed short films for the past fifteen years. His most recent short, Tom Swift’s The Beginning, premiered at the inaugural PlayGround Film Festival and was recently selected for the Seattle and Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals. When he’s not producing his own films, he works as a visual effects artist for Hollywood movies. Since 2005 he has contributed to the visual effects for over twenty films.

UNDONE
Director Bruce Coughran
UNDONE explores the conflict between parents trying to cope, through acceptance and denial, with the possibly untreatable mental illness of their daughter. Writer Diane Sampson earned an M.A. in Creative Writing. She has penned two musicals, Oh, Progeny! and Writes and Re-writes, and the full-length plays, Charlotte Takes the Plunge and Naked, a 2010 PlayGround commission and recipient of the June Anne Baker Prize. Her short plays have appeared in venues as far afield as Miami and Seattle. Bruce Coughran is a freelance director headquartered in Berkeley who works on new plays, classics, experimental, and ensemble pieces. He is the founder of Indra’s Net Theatre in Berkeley in 2012. He is a member of Directors Lab West and Directors Lab Chicago, recipient of an SDC Observership, and a TBA ATLAS directing fellow. He is also an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

2nd annual
PLAYGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
Schedule of Screenings

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Ave  Berkeley
Wednesday May 1, 5:30pm/7:30pm (Official Opening)

Thick House, 1695 18th St., San Francisco
Thursday May 2, 6:30pm/8:30pm
Friday May 3, 7:00pm/9:00pm
Saturday May 4, 7:00pm/9:00pm
Sunday May 5, 6:30pm/8:30pm
Saturday May 18, 10:00pm
Sunday May 25, 10:00pm

Zaentz Media Center, 2600 Tenth Street, Berkeley
Saturday May 4, 6:00pm/8:00pm     

Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
Monday May 6, 7:00pm  

 32TEN Studios, 3210 Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael
Friday May 10, 7:30pm

Prices:             $15 ($10, students); $25, Opening
                        All-Festival Passes start at $50 (includes the Film Festival, Best of PlayGround and Festival Staged Readings)
Tickets:           (415) 992-6677
Online:            http://playground-sf.org/filmfest