Friday, October 10, 2014

PlayGround Announces Planet Earth New Play Festival Topic!

IS EARTH F**KED? On Tuesday, PlayGround playwrights attended a special presentation by the founders of Planet Earth Arts, a new initiative of Sustainable World Coalition, in preparation for the topic announcement for the Monday Night PlayGround season opener and inaugural Planet Earth New Play Festival, taking place at 8pm, Monday, October 20 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and being repeated in its entirety at 7:30pm, Tuesday, October 21 at Stanford’s Cubberley Auditorium. This morning, PlayGround announced the topic: IS EARTH F**KED?, drawn from a session of earth and space scientists at the Fall 2012 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, held annually in San Francisco. Fifty Bay Area playwrights have just four-and-a-half days to generate their original short scripts inspired by the topic and the top six works will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings on October 20 and October 21. For more information on this month’s topic, visit Tickets and discount season subscriptions can be purchased online at

Planet Earth New Play Festival is a new initiative designed to inspire playwrights to create bold new works for the stage that explore issues of planetary sustainability and social justice. PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann commented, “Our partnership with Sustainable World Coalition couldn’t have come at a more crucial time! The Planet Earth New Play Festival represents an incredible opportunity for the Bay Area’s best new writers to help address issues central to our very survival.”

PlayGround audiences get to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, with a free Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:10pm, featuring members of Planet Earth Arts Initiative and selected playwrights.  Audience members can also experience the thrill of being a producer through the monthly People’s Choice Awards, helping to determine which plays and playwrights go on for consideration in PlayGround’s annual showcase, the Best of PlayGround Festival.

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 PlayGround Festival of New Works, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund. To date, PlayGround has supported 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of nearly 700 original short plays and 54 new full-length plays, with 3 more commissions currently in development. For more information, visit 

WHAT: Occurring monthly, October-March, the popular Monday Night PlayGround series presents staged readings of thematically-connected short works by the Bay Area’s best new playwrights each month at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, staged by leading local professional actors and directors.  The given topic for the October 20  PlayGround season opener and inaugural Planet Earth New Play Festival is “IS EARTH F**KED?.

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

WHEN: Monday, October 20, 2014 at 8pm
[NOTE: The program is repeated in its entirety on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30pm at Stanford’s Cubberley Auditorum.]

Additional Season Dates:
November 17, 2014 – Musical Theatre Night
December 15, 2014 – Holiday Extravaganza
January 26, 2015
February 16, 2015
March 16, 2015

TICKETS:       Tickets are $15 general admission ($20, priority seating) online in advance and $20 general admission at the door, subject to availability. Introductory subscriptions are just $60 (50% off priority seating).  For more information about the Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

PlayGround Company in the News Oct-14

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

Aaron Loeb’s 2014 Glickman Award winner, IDEATION, opened at San Francisco Playhouse to rave reviews and will run through Nov 8. The play was originally developed at Just Theater’s 2011-12 New Play Lab and further developed at the Playwrights Foundation’s 2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, going on to receive its world premiere last fall in San Francisco Playhouse’s Sandbox Series.

M. Graham Smith directs Will Dao, Rosie Hallett, and Carla Pantoja in Shotgun Players’ HARRY THAW HATES EVERYBODY, running October 15 through November 16.

Co-writers Amy Sass and Anthony Clarvoe (PlayGround PlayLab Faculty) are opening their world premiere of REDWOLF at Ragged Wing Ensemble's new venue The Flight Deck at 1540 Broadway in Downtown Oakland. Shows run Oct 17-Nov 8. Fri, Sat, Sun. A fable for adults, REDWOLF is a tale of a young woman's journey from girlhood to wolfhood.

Ken Sonkin is directing The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace at Sonoma State University, Oct 16-25.

Ignacio Zulueta writes for ShotzSF at the Tides Theatre this Oct 28th on the theme: ZOMBIE!

Jonathan Spector’s play IN FROM THE COLD is opening with Just Theater at the Live Oak Theater, Nov 1-23.

PlayGround Film Festival co-founder Barry Stone is working on a fun short film series entitled WATER MOVIES to bring attention to the serious issue of water conservation. Look forward to performances from PlayGround company members such as Patrick Russell

Genne Murphy's radio play OUTSIDE THE WIRE was shortlisted for the 2013 BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition.

Karen Macklin's 2014 Best of PlayGround play STRANGER IN A STRANGER LAND will be produced in Texas this month in the New Foundations Theatre Festival.

Ross Peter Nelson will have a short play (and a photograph) in the Tabard Theatre's 10x10 series.  Oct 10-25, San Jose.

Molly Noble is on the reading committee for Aurora Theatre Company’s 2015 Global Age Project.

Robert Sicular resumes his performance in the recent Marin Theatre Company co-production of Fetch Clay, Make Man at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD. The show plays Oct 10 - Nov 2.

Liz Anderson is directing and producing THE TROLL, a short WWII science fiction film.

Rebecca Pingree is headed to London for a year to complete an intensive Ensemble MA with Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. 

Ron Campbell is performing this October with Teatro Zinzanni at the SF Supper Club.

Teddy Spencer is beginning rehearsals as Iago for Arabian Shakespeare Festival’s OTHELLO after his leading performance in a short film written in iambic pentameter entitled THE LABYRINTH IN TIME.