Friday, August 01, 2014

PlayGround's 20th Anniversary Finalists Announced!

And the envelope please! From nearly 700 plays by 200 Bay Area playwrights developed over the past twenty years, PlayGround named last month the 24 semifinalists under consideration for PlayGround’s special 20th Anniversary Celebration, taking place Monday evening, September 15 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, home to the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series since 2003. And now, following review by an all-star panel that included Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris, PlayGround co-founder Brighde Mullins and Steinberg Award winner and PlayGround alumnus Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, PlayGround is pleased to announce the six finalists. The plays will be performed at the 20th Anniversary Celebration in PlayGround’s signature Monday Night PlayGround script-in-hand staged reading style, performed by twenty-three leading Bay Area actors. Advance tickets are $15 (a $50 host ticket includes a pre-show VIP reception and priority seating) and can be purchased online at

The 6 finalists are:
Panopticon by Aaron Loeb (2008)
Rapunzel's Etymology of Zero by Katie May (2011)
Net by Geetha Reddy (2009)
Hella Love Oakland by Robin Lynn Rodriguez (2012)
Truffaldino Says No by Ken Slattery (2009)
My Name Is Yin by Tom Swift (2004)

All of the scripts are available through the Best of PlayGround publication series at and, in celebration of PlayGround’s twentieth anniversary, PlayGround Publications will release a special 20th Anniversary anthology of the six finalists, available via online pre-order and at the September 15 event.

PANOPTICON by Aaron Loeb. Photo:
NET by Geetha Reddy. Photo:
HELLA LOVE OAKLAND by Robin Lynn Rodriguez. Photo:
TRUFFALDINO SAYS NO by Ken Slattery. Photo:
MY NAME IS YIN by Tom Swift. Photo: Tom Hauck.
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:     Advance online purchase - $15 (general admission), $10 (student), $50 (host – includes pre-performance VIP reception and priority seating). At the door, subject to availability - $20 (general admission).  For more information about PlayGround’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, call (415) 992-6677 or visit