Friday, May 09, 2014

PlayGround Company in the News May-14

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

Director/Writer Gabriel Grilli and Consulting Director Anthony Williams open never fall so heavily again, featuring performances by PlayGround regular Douglas Giorgis, on May 16th for a two-week run at Dance Mission. 

Erin Bregman's PlayGround commissioned A Bid to Save the World (2011 PlayGround Festival) is being performed in June at Washington DC's Source Festival. More information and tickets at 

Mary Baird can be seen in DAYLIGHTING at Shotgun Players, beginning previews May 21 and running thru June 22. 

Steven Westdahl and the rest of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists just won Best Theater in the SF Weekly Readers' Poll. Barely 6 months in existence and already the best. You can see why at Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind every Friday and Saturday at 9pm. 

Michael J. Asberry performed in Fences with the Marin Theatre Company in the role of 'Gabriel' for four shows during the first week of May. 

Patrick Alparone is rehearsing 36 stories by Sam Shepard at Word for Word/Z Space.  The show opens May 24.

LA web fest awarded SanFranLand 4 awards including Outstanding Ensemble (which includes Liz Anderson and PlayGround regular Patrick Russell)  and Outstanding New Comedy Series (plus awards for directing and editing). 

Aaron Wilton is in San Jose Rep's The Big Meal, which started previews last night and runs until June 1. 

Colin Johnson designed video projections for RAT GIRL, now playing as a part of DIVAFest at the Exit Theatre, and just launched the kickstarter campaign for TERROR RAMA, a live horror/comedy anthology he's directing in October.

Alumna Tania Katan is producing the award-winning story-performing series "Most of Lit Lounge" at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts featuring ALL of these literary rock stars (one from the Bay Area): 

Two members of the PlayGround Writer's Pool will have short plays staged by Wily West Productions in June. Madeleine Butler's play THE BOX and Madeline Puccioni's play THE INTERVIEW  will run as part of an evening of eight short plays in the Sheherezade 14 Festival at the Exit Theater in San Francisco. The Festival has just been extended to run for all four weekends in June. Tickets are available at, with discounts for preview night and purchases made before May 31. For more information, visit

Robert Sicular can be seen in What the Butler Saw, running at the Jewel Theatre in Santa Cruz through May 25th. For more info go to 

Eric Fraisher Hayes had the first public performance of his original play Tassajara 1964 this week.

Rebecca Pingree will be playing Prossy in Shaw's Candida (directed by Molly Aaronsen-Gelb), May 24 - June 14 at Town Hall Theatre of Lafayette. 

Ignacio Zulueta's world-premiere comedy THE FELLOWSHIP debuts June 18th at AlterTheater in San Rafael.  The opening scene was written expressly for PlayGround’s October 2010 “It Gets Better” topic. 

Fighting for Survival and Fourteen, two short plays written by Inbal Kashtan and directed by Jon Tracy, will be part of The Fringe of Marin, May 23 - June 1, in Program 1. For lower cost tickets that are part of a fundraiser, please contact Inbal at 

Rachel Bublitz's one-act play Much Ado About Mathletes will be at SFSU's Fringe Festival May 13, 15, and 17, for location and more details please visit the facebook event page: Rachel is also competing this month in WRITE CLUB SF; she will be reading a new work on May 20th at 8pm at the Make Out Room in San Francisco. Additionally, Rachel's ten-minute play Baby Shower Games is being produced by Love Creek Productions at the Producer's Club in New York City on May 30, 31, and June 1.

Michael Dougan’s first full-length play, Figments, has been named a semi-finalist in the 2014 Ashland New Play Festival competition. Final selections will be announced in June.

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