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 http://playground-sf.org/events.
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 http://playground-sf.org/publications.shtml.
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 http://playground-sf.org.
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 http://PlayGround-sf.org/events.