Wednesday, March 12, 2014

PlayGround Company in the News Mar-14

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

6th Street Playhouse has selected Garret Jon Groenveld's The Empty NesterS for a world premiere production in February 2015 in Santa Rosa.  The play was a 2013 PlayGround Festival selection where it received a developmental workshop and public staged readings.

Erin Bregman’s Little Opera will host their first gala on Tuesday evening, March 18 with a special performance of AN ACCIDENTAL TRIP TO CANDYLAND. Erin heads to Washington DC later this month for a final workshop of A Bid to Save the World in preparation for the play's premier at the Source Festival in June.

Lauren Yee's play SAMSARA will have a reading at Arizona Theatre Company as part of their Cafe Bohemia Series. The play is scheduled to premiere at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre in 2015.

Gwen Loeb is starting rehearsals for Diane Sampson's SLEEPING CUTIE: A FRACTURED FAIRY TALE MUSICAL!, directed by Cindy Goldfield and 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. In June, Cindy will be performing in Darcy Drollinger’s MR. IRRESISTIBLE with Colin Thompson and Steven Shear.

Amy Harrison and Kirk Shimano’s short film, MISS FINKNAGLE SUCCUMBS TO CHAOS, the People’s Choice Award winner from the 2013 PlayGround Film Festival, is the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival online short film selection of March. The film has been making the rounds of film festivals all over the country.

Robert Sicular will be in the Cutting Ball Theater's staged reading of Wink by Jen Silverman, Friday March 21st and Saturday March 22nd, 8:00 PM, performed at The Exit Theater. He just completed two readings of Yussef El Guindi's The Mummy and the Revolution for the Playwrights Foundation’s In the Rough reading series.

Rebecca Pingree is playing Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun with Napa Conservatory Theatre through March 23.

Ron Campbell is playing Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of Baskervilles at TheatreWorks next. 

Rachel Bublitz' full-length play, Under The Gods' Golden Cleats, had a staged reading through the Dramatist Guild's Footlight Reading Series March 3rd.

Liz Anderson directed Vincent Terrell Durham’s A BAREFOOT EASTER for PlayGround-LA this past Monday. She leaves shortly for an improve tour in Dubai.

Bounce me in Your Knee, a short play by Zoe Young will appear in the Shotz showcase through The Amios West group at the Tides Theater in San Francisco on March 18th at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 and come with a beer!!

Arisa White is auditioning female vocalists for Post Pardon: The Opera. For more information visit

Ignacio Zulueta's RIOTS OF SPRING was a finalist for the Ground Floor 2014 at the Berkeley Rep. His short A GOOD MOM WITH A GUN will be read in April at City Lights Theater.

Colin Johnson wrapped production on his film adaptation of H.P Lovecraft's short story The Terrible Old Man and is actively submitting to festivals. He and Ignacio Zulueta are finalising episode 2 of The Krawlspace Tapes radio thriller series.

Katja Rivera is directing a staged reading of DYING CITIES at Douglas Morrison Theatre on April 1st.

This summer, Ken Sonkin is teaching acting at the SF Ballet School.  Next fall, he’s directing The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek at Sonoma State. He is directing Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg for Dragon Theatre opening in July.

You can read Karen Macklin’s latest feature story in the Bay Guardian, The Beautiful Path To Now, on the yoga exhibit at the Asian Art Museum.

Cathleen Riddley is currently nurse/chorus leader in African American Shakespeare Company's production of medea.

Anthony Williams opened AFTER THE WAR BLUES at UC Berkeley last Friday.

Elena Wright is headed to Carmel to perform VENUS IN FUR at Pacific Rep this April.

Mary Baird starts rehearsal April 7th for Daylighting at Shotgun. They will be performing a thank you benefit for the Library on the 16th of March.

Molly Noble is directing James and The Giant Peach (March at  Marin Center) and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress ( April at College of Marin).

Andrew Saito presents his new play Mount Misery at Cutting Ball Theater at 8pm on March 14 and 2pm on March 15 at 277 Taylor Street, San Francisco.

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