Tuesday, January 06, 2015

PlayGround Company in the News Jan-15

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

Ignacio Zulueta directs Zoë Young's POOR YORICK at the Shelton Theater for ShotzSF: Shotzpeare this Tuesday January 6th at 8pm, being produced in collaboration with SF Shakes and presented as part of the Shakespeare Theatre Association's 2015 conference. Also appearing in this tonight’s ShotzSF is Daniel Heath's short play The Code, a contemporary riff on Shakespeare's double-cross-dressing boy actors. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1093091/ 

Patricia Cotter's play The Anthropology Section will be presented as part of THE TENS at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, January 13-17.

Kenn Rabin served as Archive Producer on the new film, SELMA, which tells the story of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to earn voting rights for African-American citizens. The film is particularly timely given current events in Missouri, New York and elsewhere. It opened in NY and LA to unanimous critical approval on Christmas Day, and opens elsewhere around the country Friday, January 9.

Ruben Grijalva is directing the short film adaptation of his own play Value Over Replacement, seen as part of Best of Playground 17.

Meghan Kathleen O'Connor has taken on the role of Co-Artistic Director for the 2015 season of Theater Pub, helming monthly performances and readings at the new theater venue PianoFight in San Francisco. She is looking for original scripts and project proposals. If you have an idea or play, please contact her at thesingingwriter@gmail.com.

Julia McNeal has started rehearsals for A Lie of the Mind at the Magic Theatre, directed by Loretta Greco (first preview Jan 28th).

Lauren Yee is starting rehearsals for SAMSARA at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre, opening February 13. SAMSARA was workshopped at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival in 2012.

Michael Barrett Austin is supporting Kathleen Turner in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS, extended through January 11th. http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season. Next up, Michael will perform in NICK AND NORA at 42nd Street Moon, April 1-19. http://42ndstmoon.org/2014-2015-season

Mary Baird is in rehearsal for INDIAN INK at ACT. First preview is Jan 14 and the show opens Jan 21 and runs until Feb 8th.

Rachel Bublitz's ten-minute play Mom's Ham, written and performed in PlayGround's 2013 Holiday Special, is a semi-finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Rachel will attend the conference in Washington State this February. Rachel was commissioned by the San Francisco Olympians Festival to write a one-act play inspired by Circe. Finally, Rachel is proud to announce she hit her goal of submitting a play a day in 2014 with 366 submissions.

Steven Westdahl (https://twitter.com/swestdahl/) and the rest of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists continue their ongoing and ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes with Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (Editors’ Pick, Theatre Bay Area; Best Theater of SF – SF Weekly’s 2014 Readers’ Poll; Best of the Bay – SF Bay Guardian 2014). After a wildly successful first year, they've bid a fond farewell to the Boxcar Theater on Natoma and will be touring the show to SF venues like Exit, Kunst-Stoff Arts, and Stage Werx while continuing to search for a full-time home. Find out more at http://www.sfneofuturists.com/

Molly Noble is currently playing Mrs. Gibbs in Shotgun Players' OUR TOWN, now extended through Jan 25. https://shotgunplayers.org/Online/ourtown

Ken Prestininzi’s COOKIE PLAY is running at the Trap Door Theatre in Chicago, Jan 8-Feb 14, 2015. http://www.theatreinchicago.com/cookie-play/7433/

Ross Peter Nelson's one-act, IN THE END, will be featured as part of Real|Unreal, at Playhouse NOLA, Jan 22-25. http://www.southofuqbar.net/#!current-production/cb3i

Louis Parnell will be directing a new musical entitled MOMENTS OF TRUTH by Patricia Milton and Caroline Altman for 3GirlsTheatre in the fall.

Ken Sonkin is directing The Foreigner at Contra Costa Civic Theatre, opening April 3, 2015.

2014 was a great year for PlayGround alumnus Mark Routhier.  Here's what happened with the four shows he directed: LEVELING UP by Deborah Zoe Laufer -- Theatre UCF -- Named in the Top Ten Plays of 2014, Orlando Sentinel; PLUTO by Steve Yockey -- Orlando Shakespeare, NNPN Rolling World Premiere -- Named in the Top Ten Plays of 2014, Orlando Sentinel; ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST adapted by Dale Wasserman -- The NOLA Project (New Orleans) -- Named Best Play of the Year, Best Director of a Drama by Times-Picayune; THE BEST OF ENEMIES by Mark St. Germain -- Orlando Shakespeare Theater -- Named in the Top Ten Plays of 2014, Orlando Sentinel. He starts directing a new play called (a love story) by Kelly Lusk at Theatre UCF on January 12th and follows that with a world premiere called BAD DOG by Jennifer Hoppe-House at Orlando Shakes.

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