Wednesday, February 12, 2014

PlayGround Company in the News Feb-14

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

Aaron Loeb has won the 2013 Glickman Award for his new play IDEATION, which premiered in the San Francisco Playhouse’s Sandbox Series this past fall. This is his third premiere at the Playhouse, following the success of FIRST PERSON SHOOTER and ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BIG GAY DANCE PARTY.

Ken Prestininzi just opened (as director) Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's new play, THE TOTALITARIANS, at Southern Rep in New Orleans, coming next fall to San Francisco.

Eric Fraisher Hayes recently directed a successful run of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker for Role Players Ensemble in Danville.

Molly Noble is currently Directing James and The Giant Peach for the Marin Masque Children's Unit and Five Women Wearing The Same Dress at College of Marin.

Rachel Bublitz's one-minute play Peeper was published in the Vine Leaves Literary Journal. You can read the play here:, on page 41. Rachel read her play Rewind at quiet lightning's monthly reading series, is was also published and is available in their literary magazine, sparkle + blink, and on their website. Rachel's one-act play Much Ado About Mathletes was selected for a production at San Francisco State University coming up in May. The Custom Made Theatre Co. in San Francisco has commissioned a full-length play from Rachel, based on the story of Pegasus. There will be a staged reading of this play this summer.

Robert Sicular is doing a reading of Cary Pepper's new play, Reclaimation, at the Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Thursday, Feb. 13th at 7:00 PM. Free admission.

George Maguire recently completed the pilot for the Web-series AFTERGLOW, and is the new villain voice for the game TOME. He also will direct CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF for the O'Neill Festival opening in September.

Anthony Williams will be filming two days in San Francisco on Diary of a Teenage Girl as Frankie. After the War Blues opens Marc 7th at UC Berkeley, directed by Steven Anthony Jones with Anthony Williams as Sleepy. 

Nancy Carlin is in rehearsal for Twelfth Night with Cal Shakes, playing Malvolio. She is touring locally and running at Intersection Feb 20- March 2.

Liz Anderson will be doing an improv gig in Dubai in March.

M. Graham Smith is about to kick off 4 weeks of the Global Age Project at Aurora Theatre, featuring 4 readings of as-yet-unproduced work of visiting prize-winners Kristoffer Diaz, Jami Brandli, MJ Kaufman, and Stephen Brown.

Gwen Loeb just completed filming webisode 1 of AFTERLOW by Sarah Overman. Gwen is now in rehearsals for Diane Sampson's TALE OF A SLEEPING CUTIE directed by Cindy Goldfield, set to open April 19 at Thick House, after which Gwen will be playing Mrs. Bennett in PRIDE & PREJUDICE Directed by Ginny Reed at Livermore Shakespeare Company.

Cindy Goldfield is directing the reading and production of The Tale of the Sleeping Cutie by Diane Sampson in April, and starring in the west coast premiere of Mr. Irresistible by D’Arcy Drollinger (book/lyrics) and Chris Winslow (music) in early June.

Ron Campbell is back in the Bay Area playing Bucky again in R. Buckminster Fuller, The History (and the Mystery) of the Universe at San Jose Rep. Opening Feb 5.

Will Dao will make his Bay Area musical debut in the Bay Area Children's Theater premiere of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon directed by Mina Morita. The production runs March 22 through March 16 at Berkeley's Osher Studio.

Lauren Yee is currently in rehearsals for The Architecture of Becoming at Women's Project, a collaboratively created project with the Women's Project Lab members. Her short The Play About the Aswang is part of Bread & Circuses, opening at Impact Theatre in February.

Molly Aaronson-Gelb is opening a remount of A Maze with Just Theater and Shotgun Players, running Feb 14-March 9t. Features PlayGround regulars Clive Worsley, Carl Holvick-Thomas, Lauren Spencer and others.

Madeline Puccioni's THE INTERVIEW will be produced in Towne Street Theatre's "7 by 10" Festival, February 6-23 at the Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood and Highland.

Bindlestiff will present staged readings of Aimee Suzara’s new work, A HISTORY OF THE BODY, directed by Desdemona Chiang, on Feb 15 at 3pm and Feb 16 at 5pm. Featuring Rinabeth Apostol, Carina Lastimosa Salazar, Michelle Talgarow, and Deedra Wong.

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