Tuesday, January 06, 2015

PlayGround Launches S.T.E.M. Night!

Over the past eleven winters, PlayGround playwrights have found a rich source of inspiration from PlayGround’s annual Math Night, drawing upon the field of mathematics in the development of more than 300 original short plays as part of the celebrated Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series performing at Berkeley Rep. With the twelfth year, PlayGround’s most popular themed evening will expand to include the fields of science, technology and engineering, resulting in the all-new STEM Night. The first STEM Night will take place on Monday, January 26 at Berkeley Rep with the first STEM topic to be announced on Friday, January 16. Advising PlayGround artistic staff on the expanded program will be the STEM Council, a committee of science- and mathematically-minded advisors and supporters. To learn more about STEM Night and the STEM Council, contact PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann at jim<at>playground-sf.org or call (415) 992-6677.

Each month, PlayGround announces a topic to the forty-eight playwrights in the PlayGround Company and the writers have four-and-a-half days to generate original ten-minute scripts inspired by the topic. The top six plays are rehearsed for just one-and-a-half hours each and presented as script-in-hand staged readings at Monday Night PlayGround, now celebrating its twenty-first year. Audience members can 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 January’s new STEM Night, PlayGround will present six original short plays inspired by a science/mathematics topic to be announced January 16.

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

WHEN: Monday, January 26, 2015 at 8pm
Additional Season Dates: 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 www.PlayGround-sf.org.

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