Friday, March 07, 2014

March 17 & Young Playwrights Contest Topic Announced!

The play’s the thing! PlayGround has announced the topic for the final Monday Night PlayGround of the twentieth season (and the topic for the 2014 Young Playwrights Contest), presented in association with first-time partner San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Rebecca J. Ennals, Artistic Director) and taking place at 8pm, Monday, March 17 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Drawn from Shakespeare’s As You Like It (which SF Shakes will produce for its 2014-15 Shakespeare On Tour production), the topic is:
‘All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…’

That topic will lead to the creation of more than thirty short plays, of which six will be selected for presentation on March 17. Selected plays will be announced via Facebook and PlayGround’s website on Friday, March 14. For tickets and more information, visit

PlayGround audiences will get to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, with a free pre-performance discussion on March 17 at 7:10pm, led by SF Shakes Artistic Director and PlayGround Company Member Rebecca J. Ennals and featuring Cal Shakes Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly and the selected PlayGround playwrights.  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.

The March topic will also serve as the inspiration for this year’s Young Playwrights Contest. Aspiring Bay Area high school dramatists now have until April 7 to submit their original short plays inspired by the topic. The top four student works will be presented as curtain-raisers before select performances of the 18th Best of PlayGround Festival, May 15-18, 2014, at Thick House. For guidelines and more information, visit

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 Best of PlayGround Festival, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund and, PlayGround’s newest initiative, the PlayGround Film Festival. To date, PlayGround has supported nearly 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of over 680 original short plays and 50 new full-length plays, including more than a dozen that have since premiered in the Bay Area. For more information, visit

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival began in 1983, with Free Shakespeare in the Park's debut production of The Tempest in Golden Gate Park. Today SF Shakes is a regional theater company and major arts-education provider. The Festival’s mission is to make the words and themes of Shakespeare accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status, or level of education. For more information, visit

WHAT:     Occurring monthly, October-March, the popular Monday Night PlayGround series presents staged readings of thematically-connected short works by the Bay Area’s best new playwrights each month at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, staged by leading local professional actors and directors.  The given topic for the March 17 PlayGround, presented in association with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, is “THE WORLD’S A STAGE AND ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN MERELY PLAYERS; THEY HAVE THEIR EXITS AND THEIR ENTRANCES; AND ONE MAN IN HIS TIME PLAYS MANY PARTS…” from Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

WHERE:    Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

WHEN:    Monday, March 17, 2014 at 8pm

TICKETS:    $15/$20 (priority seating), available online or at the door.  Pay-What-You-Can at the door beginning one hour before the performance, subject to availability.  4-admission flex subscriptions are just $60.  For more information about the Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit

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