Friday, January 10, 2014

Jan 13 Monday Night PlayGround CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' Selections!

California playwrights from the Bay Area and Los Angeles will share the spotlight in a first-of-its-kind event on January 13 when PlayGround and PlayGround-LA join forces to produce the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series simultaneously at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Zephyr Theatre. Writers had four-and-a-half days to generate their original short scripts inspired by the topic, CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: Ten-Minute Plays Inspired by the California Experience. The top six plays from each community will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings by leading local directors and actors and audiences will be invited to live tweet their experience using the hashtag #playgroundCA. Tickets can be purchased online at http://playground-sf.org/boxoffice (for information on PlayGround-LA, visit http://playground-la.org).

The selected plays/playwrights are:

Bay Area
Where 101 Becomes The 101 by Ruben Grijalva, directed by Evren Odcikin
A Star is Born by Melissa Keith, directed by Tracy Ward
Nixon, the app by Jonathan Luskin, directed by Rebecca Ennals
Stranger in a Stranger Land by Karen Macklin, directed by Margo Hall
I Have Found It! By Josh Senyak, directed by Gabriel Grilli
Last Stop in Gringolandia by Zoe Young, directed by Delia MacDougall

Los Angeles
Livin' the Dream by Mike Deas, directed by Lee Sankowich
Sassy Black Girl by Vincent Durham, directed by Jim Kleinmann
Imperfection is Beauty by Forrest Hartl, directed by Molly Noble
Hollywood Dreaming by Timothy Hill, directed by Jim Kleinmann
Dream Enforcement by Arthur Keng, directed by Lee Sankowich
Art of Love by Mercedes Segesvary, directed by Veronica Alicino

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 http://playground-sf.org.

In 2012, PlayGround expanded to Los Angeles with the launch of PlayGround-LA, in residence at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood. To date, PlayGround-LA has produced nine rounds of Monday Night PlayGround, engaging more than 300 Los Angeles artists in the development of 54 original short plays by dozens of local writers.

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