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


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