Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PlayGround Company in the News Apr-14

At this year’s PlayGround Gala, PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann announced the recipients of first-time commissions: 2014 June Anne Baker Prize winner Patricia Cotter and PlayGround Fellows William Bivins and Victoria Chong Der. Each will be working on a new full-length play over the next year. And in other new play news, PlayGround recently announced the four finalists for this year’s PlayGround Festival of New Works: Ruben Grijalva (VALUE OVER REPLACEMENT), Daniel Heath (DUST TO DUST), Robin Lynn Rodriguez (HEDGE),and Jonathan Spector (ADULT SWIM).

Garret Jon Groenveld’s The Empty Nesters, a 2013 PlayGround Festival selection, has been selected for the TRU Festival this June in New York, a different sort of festival with the goal of finding a production team to produce either NFP or commercially in and around New York.  Previously, MISSIVES appeared in the TRU Festival in 2006 and lead to a 2008 production of that first PlayGround commission.  Tony Award winner Martin Pratt will be directing the June 16 reading. THE EMPTY NESTERS will receive its world premiere at the 6th Street Playhouse next year.

Ignacio Zulueta's PlayGround-commissioned Kano & Abe (a daly city bible story) is a semi-finalist for the 2014 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and is in the running for the BAPF Finalist lineup to be announced shortly.

Lauren Yee will workshop new plays this month at Chicago's American Theatre Company ( and the Playwrights' Center ( in Minneapolis.

SanFranLand just won 4 awards at LA WebFest, including Best New Comedy, and Best Ensemble Cast, which include Liz Anderson and PlayGround regular Patrick Russell.  

Sam Misner is playing Russian poet and revolutionary, Nick Ogarev, in Tom Stoppard's trilogy, The Coast of Utopia at Shotgun Players. The shows runs through April 27th.

Amy Kirk Duvoisin moved to New Orleans in 2004. In 2008, she founded The Joan of Arc Project, a non-profit whose primary purpose is to create a street parade on Twelfth Night, also Joan of Arc’s birthday.  The parade walks the streets of the French Quarter each year with characters in medieval costume, horses, large-scale puppets, and hands out handmade items.

Michael Asberry is understudying in FENCES at Marin Theatre Company.

Steven Westdahl continues to perform weekly with the San Francisco Neo-Futurists and monthly at WRITE CLUB SF and Shipwreck SF

BrickaBrack begins rehearsals in mid-April for never fall so heavily again, written and directed by Gabriel Grilli with consulting direction by Anthony Williams. The dance-theatre piece opens May 16th.

Patrick Alparone is performing in EVERY FIVE MINUTES at the Magic with Jomar Tagatac, running through April 20

Zoe Young's play Here We are in Heaven appeared in this month's Shotz showcase of five-minute plays at the Tides Theater.

The first 6 scenes of Rachel Bublitz's horror play Rosie, Bloody Rosie will be read with Fresh Produced in Los Angeles on April 17th.

Robert Sicular started rehearsals for What the Butler Saw at the Jewel Theatre in Santa Cruz. More info at

Inbal Kashtan’s full length play, Interference, will have a developmental reading through the Playwrights Center of San Francisco on April 21. Her short musical dramedy, WMPS* and Warriors (WMPS* = Well Meaning People), is a semi-finalist for the 2014 Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Project: Planting the Seed, Festival of New Work, and was read in Santa Barbara on April 12.

Louis Parnell has done three readings in the "salon series" of 3GirlsTheatre, was recently nominated for a BATCC award for THE COUCH and starts rehearsals for INTO THE WOODS at San Francisco Playhouse in May.

Mark Sherstinsky’s A David Lynch Family Christmas was selected for this year’s Best of PlayGround-LA Gala on May 12. Also included is Mercedes Segesvary with IF I WERE A MAN.

Mercedes Segesvary's play It's Just Lunch, directed by Ivan Rivas, will be performed at The Other Space Theatre, Hollywood April 17 at 8pm ( and her play Man Legs Runs Free will be performed at the Metropolitan Playhouse, NYC through May 4 (

Molly Noble directed Five Women Wearing The Same Dress for College of Marin and will be appearing in Our Town, directed by Susannah Martin, at Shotgun Players in the fall.


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