Saturday, January 11, 2014

PlayGround Company in the News Jan-14

Read on to learn more about PlayGround Company Member and Alumni recent news, current happenings, and upcoming events.

The Eugene O’Neill Foundation's Playwrights’ Theatre will present staged readings of Eugene O’Neill-inspired short plays this Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12, at the Museum of San Ramon Valley in Danville, including works by Patricia Cotter, Ruben Grijalva, Karen Macklin, Katie May, Amy Sass, and Robin Lynn Rodriguez. The plays were originally written for the November 2012 Monday Night PlayGround O'Neill collaboration on the topic "Haunted by the Past." http://www.eugeneoneill.org/events/playwrightsTheatre.php

The Townsend Center Contemporary Drama Working Group, a group co-founded by former PlayGround pool member Joshua Williams, featured a reading of Cleavon Smith’s full-length play Before the Shadows of Night Are Gone, adapted from a short story by Frances Hwang, back on 4 December at the UC Berkeley Durham Studio Theatre.

Tom Swift is now writing a regular financial planning column for Theatre Bay Area, focused on the financial challenges facing artists.  You can find the debut column here:  http://www.theatrebayarea.org/editorial/Ask-the-Captain-Terrified-of-Taxes.cfm

Molly Noble is directing James and The Giant PeacH for the Marin Masque Unit. She is in pre production for Five Women Wearing The Same Dress by Alan Ball at the College of Marin ( March). She is in the dreaming stages of a 2015 production of The Cherry Orchard and is very excited about PlayGround-LA, where she will direct for the January 13 Monday Night PlayGround.

Andrew Saito's full-length play Sam the Ham will be featured in Theater Mu's 22nd Annual New Eyes Festival in Minneapolis, MN, in a public staged reading on January 26.

The 2013 Stuart Award for Best Performance by a Bay Area Actress was awarded by Stuart Bousel to Brandice Thompson, who played "Georgia Potts" in Evelyn Jean Pine's FIRST, directed by Michael French, produced this fall by PlayGround in partnership with Altair Productions and the Aluminous Collective. http://sftheaterpub.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/the-stuart-excellence-in-bay-area-theater-awards-for-2013/

Katja Rivera recently directed Ignacio Zuleta's two-minute play, Please Hold, at SOMArts "in The Hole”, as well as a reading of Grace(by Craig Wright) at DMT. She will be performing in PlayGround's Eugene O'Neill-inspired short plays in collaboration with the Eugene O'Neill Foundation this weekend (Jauary 11-12) at the San Ramon Valley Museum (see above).

Madeleine Butler’s short play THE BOX and Madeline Puccioni’s THE INTERVIEW have been selected for performance in the Sheherezade 14 Festival sponsored by the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco and staged by Wily West Productions. The Festival, an evening of eight short plays, will have a three-week run at the Exit Theatre in San Francisco in June 2014.

Inbal Kashtan’s 10-minute play, SAFE, was seen as part of Your Name Here's BLIPS! Festival of Queer Plays in NYC in December, and her one-minute play, CLIMATE CHANGE, will be seen at the end of January as part of Fast and Furious, a festival of one-minute plays at Stage Left Theater in Spokane, WA.

After having spent the fall touring to support his band Misner & Smith's new album, Sam Misner will be returning to Shotgun Players to play Nicolas Ogarev in the third installment of Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia trilogy: Salvage.

Ross Peter Nelson is a co-writer on a new one-act to be presented at the Southern Rep "Bacchanal".  http://www.southernrep.com/SEASON/bacchanal.HTM
Patricia Cotter is excited to share that her ten-minute play Rules of Comedy will be produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville 2014 A/I Tens showcase in January of this year. It will be performed at the Victory Jory Theatre in Louisville. Rules of Comedy is also a finalist for the Heideman Award which will be announced in January.

Rachel Bublitz's ten-minute play Baby Shower Games, will join the line-up for Acme Theater Productions’ New Works Winter Festival 2014 running January 10th-18th in Maynard, MA.

PlayGround alumnus Dave Garrett is mentoring students at Laney College in the writing of five interconnected ten-minute plays. They will be presented as a full production, with dance and original music, under the direction of Michael Torres, March 21-23, 2014.

Cathleen Riddley is in a world premeire of a play called The River Bride by former PlayGround writer Marisela Trevino Orta at AlterTheater Ensemble, directed by Ann Brebner and Jeanette Harrison, opening Saturday, January 11.

Steven Westdahl and the rest of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists have just begun their never-ending 50-weekends-a-year run of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, an ongoing experiment in staging 30 short plays in 60 minutes with over 25 years of history in Chicago and New York. http://www.sfneofuturists.com













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