Friday, January 03, 2014

PlayGround and PlayGround-LA Team Up for Jan 13 Topic

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, California’s leading playwright incubators, join forces to produce the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series simultaneously at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Zephyr Theatre. And in another first-ever twist, both programs will use the same topic, CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: Ten-Minute Plays Inspired by the California Experience. Writers have four-and-a-half days to generate their original short scripts inspired by the topic. 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).

California… a state of such incredible diversity and bounty, with its beaches, mountains, desserts, and valleys; the 12th largest economy in the world; birthplace of the United Nations; home to Hollywood and Silicon Valley; where dreamers come to dream big ideas and change the way we experience the world.
 
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.

WHAT:          Occurring monthly, October-March, the popular Monday Night PlayGround series presents staged readings of thematically-connected short works by the Bay Area’s – and now Los Angeles’ – best new playwrights each month, staged by leading local professional actors and directors.  For January, PlayGround and PlayGround-LA will each present six original short plays inspired by the topic, CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: Ten-Minute Plays Inspired by the California Experience.

WHERE:       Berkeley Repertory Theatre                Zephyr Theatre
2025 Addison St                                 7456 Melrose Ave
Berkeley, CA                                      Los Angeles, CA

WHEN:          Monday, January 13, 2013 at 8pm
                         
                        Additional Season Dates:
                        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 www.PlayGround-SF.org. For more information on PlayGround-LA, visit www.PlayGround-LA.org.

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