Wednesday, July 09, 2014

PlayGround Company in the News Jul-14

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

Karen Macklin’s PlayGround-developed play Stranger in a Stranger Land (2014 Best of PlayGround) is receiving a production in NYC as part of Nylon Fusion's one-act festival This Round's on Us, July 11-12. The set that includes her play starts at 9pm both nights. Gloria Maddox Theater, Manhattan.

Ken Sonkin is directing Take Me Out for Dragon Theater, July 11-20.

Louis Parnell is currently performing in INTO THE WOODS at the San Francisco
Playhouse Tues-Sun until Sept 6. He also appeared in a reading of a play by AJ Baker titled THE ANNIVERSARY EFFECT  at 3GirlsTheatre at Thick House this past Monday.

The ever-inventive Gwen Loeb and supremely precise Lindsey Marie Schmeltzer are breathing all kinds of wild and witty life into Livermore Shakespeare Fest's Pride and Prejudice, directed by Ginny Reed. 7 performances only - July 10-13; 18-20. 

Lee Sankowich will be producing and directing Robin Bradford's LOW HANGING FRUIT opening September 20 at the Zephyr Theatre in Los Angeles (previews begin Sep 12).

Colin Johnson’s short film The Dark Shift will be screened at the Comic Con International Independent Film Festival on July 24th in San Diego.

Patricia Cotter’s short play The Anthropology Section was just named as one of the finalists for the 2014 Heideman Award from the Actors Theatre of Louisville. The collaborative team of her new musical, Ladykillers, has added arranger Michael Teoli. 

Rachel Bublitz's new play based on the myth of Pegasus, Iro, Take Heart, will have a staged reading on July 29 at The Custom Made Theatre Co. in San Francisco. This event is free and open to the public. 

Arisa White’s Post Pardon: The Opera has its first public concert of songs on Sunday, July 13, 3pm, at The Marion Black Box Theater in Oakland. Tickets are $20 in advance:

Robert Sicular is starting rehearsals this month for Fetch Clay, Make Man at the Marin Theatre Company.

Michael Dougan’s full-length play, Figments, has been selected for the Playwrights Center of San Francisco fall Reading Series.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

PlayGround's 20th Anniversary Celebration

PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, will mark its twentieth anniversary with a special celebration and performance on Monday evening, September 15 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, home to the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series since 2003. Featured that evening will be the top six plays and playwrights selected from nearly 700 developed through the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series over the past twenty years. Earlier this summer, PlayGround engaged thirty-five members of the PlayGround community (writers, directors, actors, designers, subscribers and supporters) to help narrow the list down and today PlayGround is pleased to acknowledge the 21 playwrights and 24 plays identified as semifinalists for the 20th Anniversary Celebration (see below). The six finalists will be selected from this group by an all-star committee featuring Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris, Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, PlayGround Co-Founder Brighde Mullins, distinguished playwright/alumnus Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, and PlayGround Associate Director Annie Stuart. Selections will be announced August 1, 2014. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit

The 24 semifinalists are:
The Boy Who Did Not Listen To His Mother by Cass Brayton (2008)
John Jacob O'Reilly Smitherton's Bid to Save the World by Erin Bregman (2009)
When You Talk About This by Patricia Cotter (2014)
Riding Dragons by Victoria Chong Der (2014)
Value Over Replacement by Ruben Grijalva (2013)
The Secret Life of a Hotel Room by Garret Jon Groenveld (2008)
Wednesday by Daniel Heath (2009)
Mushroom Boy by Brady Lea (2005)
Panopticon by Aaron Loeb (2008)
All Thumbs by Aaron Loeb (2009)
Ecce Homo by Jonathan Luskin (2011)
Rapunzel's Etymology of Zero by Katie May (2011)
Investing by Evelyn Jean Pine (2007)
Gymnopedie #1 by Kenn Rabin (2009)
Honey, I’m Home by Geetha Reddy (2004)
Net by Geetha Reddy (2009)
Escapades by Mandy Hodge Rizvi (2011)
Hella Love Oakland by Robin Lynn Rodriguez (2012)
Undone by Diane Sampson (2010)
Truffaldino Says No by Ken Slattery (2009)
The Nurse’s Tale by Martha Soukup (2007)
The Beginning by Tom Swift (2005)
My Name Is Yin by Tom Swift (2004)

All of the scripts are available through the Best of PlayGround publication series at

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, among others. To date, PlayGround has supported 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of nearly 700 original short plays and 50 new full-length plays, including more than a dozen that have since premiered in the Bay Area. PlayGround’s alumni have gone on to win local, national, and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, Source Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre's Global Age Project, Internationalists Playwriting Prize, and New York International Fringe Festival, among others.  Their works have been premiered at numerous theatres throughout the Bay Area, including: A.C.T. Costume Shop, Shotgun Players, Impact Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, San Jose Stage Company, Just Theater, and San Francisco Playhouse. For more information, visit

WHAT:     PlayGround’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, featuring performances of the top six plays selected from nearly 700 works developed through the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series since 1994.

WHERE:    Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St, Berkeley, CA

WHEN:    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8pm

TICKETS:    $15 (general admission), $10 (student), $50 (host – includes pre-performance reception and priority seating), available online or at the door, subject to availability.  For more information about PlayGround’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, call (415) 992-6677 or visit

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: PlayGround Job Openings

REVISED as of September 1, 2014.

PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator and theatre community hub celebrating its twentieth anniversary this fall, seeks a qualified development professional for this new year-round, part-time contract position (13-20 hours/week) to work with the Artistic Director and board to diversify and expand PlayGround's funding. The contractor will work directly with the Artistic Director to: review and assess current fundraising streams, make recommendations for next steps, and implement approved steps. At least four years of progressive responsibility in fundraising required. Outstanding writing and speaking skills a must. Hourly rate commensurate with experience. Position will be open in September 2014. For more information about PlayGround, visit or To apply, email letter, resume, references, hourly rate, and writing sample to: jobs<at>

PlayGround also has openings for part-time interns (approx. 10 hours/week) in the areas of marketing, public relations, development, producing, and literary management. To apply, email letter, resume, references and writing sample to: jobs<at>

For more information on all current job openings, visit

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