Friday, November 07, 2014

PlayGround's 6th Annual Musical Theatre Night Topic!

Who Could Ask For Anything More?! PlayGround writers will again draw from the music of George and Ira Gershwin for their inspiration for the sixth annual Monday Night PlayGround Musical Theatre Night, taking place at 8pm, Monday, November 17 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Writers have four days to generate their original scripts, inspired by the topic “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and the songs of the current Broadway touring show of the same name, including some of the greatest music written for the musical theatre – Someone to Watch Over Me, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, ‘S Wonderful, and the title song Nice Work If You Can Get It, among others. Performed on the set of Berkeley Rep’s current show, the Monday Night PlayGround performances will include accompaniment by noted Bay Area pianist and arranger Steve Sanders (1776, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess). Tickets and discount season subscriptions can be purchased online at http://playground-sf.org/boxoffice.

PlayGround audiences get to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, with a free Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:10pm.  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 more than 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of over 700 original short plays and 54 new full-length plays, with 3 more commissions currently in development. For more information, visit http://playground-sf.org.

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.  For November, PlayGround will present six original short plays inspired by the music of George and Ira Gershwin, performed with live accompaniment by noted Bay Area pianist and arranger Steve Sanders (1776, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess).

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

WHEN: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8pm            
Additional Season Dates:
December 15, 2014 – Holiday Extravaganza
January 26, 2015
February 16, 2015
March 16, 2015

TICKETS: $15 general admission ($20, priority seating) in advance, $20 at the door.  Pay-What-You-Can at the door beginning one hour before the performance, subject to availability.  6-pack flex subscriptions are just $60 (50% off priority seating).  For more information about the Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit www.PlayGround-sf.org.

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