Friday, December 05, 2014

PlayGround's Dec 15 Topic Announcement

“I am the Ghost of Christmas Present,” said the Spirit. “Look upon me!” PlayGround writers will indeed look upon the fabled holiday spirit and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for their inspiration for this month’s Monday Night PlayGround Holiday Extravaganza, taking place at 8pm, Monday, December 15 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Writers have four days to generate their original ten-minute scripts, inspired by the topic “Ghost of Christmas Present,” with the top six plays to be performed on the set of Berkeley Rep’s current show. Tickets and discount season subscriptions can be purchased online at

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

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 December, PlayGround will present six original short plays inspired by the “Ghost of Christmas Present.”

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

WHEN: Monday, December 15, 2014 at 8pm
Additional Season Dates:
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.  4-admission priority seating flex passes are just $60.  For more information about the Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit


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