Tuesday, December 02, 2014

PlayGround Company in the News Dec-14

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

The 5th Annual San Francisco One-Minute Play Festival at The Brava Theater on December 15th & 16th is a benefit for Playwrights Foundation and features many PlayGround folks, including Trevor Allen, Tim Bauer, Erin Bregman, Rachel Bublitz, Victoria Chong Der, Anthony Clarvoe (faculty), Garret Jon Groenveld, Daniel Heath, Aaron Loeb, Jon Wai-keung Lowe, Jonathan Luskin, Peter Nachtrieb, Naomi Newman, Evelyn Jean Pine, Andrew Saito, Jonathan Spector, Aimee Suzara, Tom Swift, Arisa White, and Ignacio Zulueta. Visit The Brava! For Women in the Arts website or the Brava Box Office to purchase, 415-641-7657.

Rachel Bublitz’s play MOM'S HAM, performed last December in PlayGround's Holiday Recipe, will join the line-up for the Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse's Hard Candy Christmas playing December 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th in LA  https://www.facebook.com/events/389569651198595/. Another of Rachel’s holiday plays, OY OY OY, MERRY CHRISTMAS! will be performed in Chicago with the James Downing Theatre on December 6th and 7th  http://www.jamesdowningtheatre.com/.

Ignacio Zulueta's horror radio play DOWN BY THE LAKE airs in Chicago at Wildclaw Theater's Deathscribe.

Molly Noble is currently playing Mrs. Gibbs in Shotgun Players' OUR TOWN. 

Teddy Spencer will be playing Mick in a reading of the new play YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE with the Alma Theatre Company at the Tides Theatre in San Francisco. More information can be found at http://www.thealmatheatrecompany.com/about/

Gwen Loeb is spending December in Yosemite performing as a principal in the Bracebridge Dinner, Holiday Choral, and SAY IT WITH MUSIC review in the Ahwahnee Lodge. She sends her love to the entire PlayGround family and cannot wait to see everyone in January!

Mark Routhier is directing a new play called (A LOVE STORY) at the University of Central Florida and then a world premiere called BAD DOG at Orlando Shakes.
Both were part of PlayFest 2013 (which Mark runs).

Bethanie Baeyen is stage managing the Christmas Revels at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland. An American Journey takes us through the traditions of song and dance in the Northeast, Appalachia, New Orleans, and the West. The chorus creates outstanding live music interwoven with a story about a mysterious stranger and a man at the crossroads. This show for all ages opens Dec 13, 2014.  http://californiarevels.org

Katja Rivera directed THREE TALL WOMEN at Custom Made Theatre, playing through December 14, and is assistant directing OUR TOWN with Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage, opening December 11.

Michael J. Asberry will be appearing in AlterTheatre's production of LANDLESS in January and February 2015.

Michael Barrett Austin is supporting Kathleen Turner in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS from Nov 21-Jan 4. http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1415/8238.asp He will also be performing a candlelit reading of Truman Capote's A CHRISTMAS MEMORY at St. John's in Ross at 5pm on Sat. Dec. 13. http://www.stjohnsross.org/christmas.html

Andrew Saito’s satire about a domestic worker, LA LECHERA, is being presented on December 2 @ 7pm at Crowded Fire Theater at The Thick House. Admission is free. http://www.crowdedfire.org/2014matchbox/. Andrew translated LIFE IS A DREAM, which will be showing at The Cutting Ball Theater on Sunday, December 7 @ 1pm. Admission is free. http://cuttingball.com/hidden-classics/  In MOUNT MISERY, Andrew imagines Donald Rumsfeld and Frederick Douglass’s interactions across time. Saturday, December 13 @ 2pm at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Admission is free with museum admission  http://cuttingball.com/news/mount-misery-reading-at-moad/

Aaron Wilton will be in Capital Stage Company's (http://capstage.org/) production of David Sedaris's one-man show THE SANTALAND DIARIES from December 3-27. 

Liz Anderson is the Managing Director for a three-week acting/filmmaking program for NYU in LA.


  1. When I read that Michael Barrett Austin was "supporting" Kathleen Turner in Red Hot Patriot, I thought he was assisting her offstage. But then I went to see it, and there he was on stage! Way to go, Michael!


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