Monday, February 23, 2015

PlayGround Announces 20th Anniv Gala Honorees!

PlayGround has announced the line-up for this year’s 20th anniversary Gala fundraiser on Monday, April 6 at American Conservatory Theater: award-winning playwright and television writer Theresa Rebeck and Bay Area director/filmmaker Amy Glazer. The evening features an onstage conversation with Rebeck and Glazer, a reception and silent auction, seated dinner, and presentation of the 2015 PlayGround Emerging Playwright Awards, June Anne Baker Prize and PlayGround Fellowship. Co-chairs for this year’s gala are Beverly Butler and Aaron Loeb.

Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts at the Music Box Theatre; Seminar at the Golden Theatre; Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House at Playwrights Horizons; The Understudy at the Laura Pels Theater in a Roundabout Theatre Company production; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Omnium Gatherum (co-written, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003) was featured at the Humana Festival, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre. Her newest work, Poor Behavior premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2011. Dead Accounts, commissioned by the Cincinnati Playhouse, premiered January 2012. Seminar continues to run on Broadway.

In television, Ms. Rebeck has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch. She was the creator of the NBC drama Smash.  She has been a writer/producer for Canterbury’s Law, Smith, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. Her produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks andSeducing Charlie Barker, an adaptation of her play, The Scene. Awards include the Mystery Writer’s of America’s Edgar Award, the Writer’s Guild of America award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody, all for her work on NYPD Blue. She has won the National Theatre Conference Award (for The Family of Mann), and was awarded the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award in 2003 for The Bells. Mauritius was originally produced at Boston’s Huntington Theatre, where it received the 2007 IRNE Award for Best New Play as well as the Eliot Norton Award.  Other awards include the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, a Lilly Award and in 2011 she was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek.

Amy Glazer has directed numerous World, American and West Coast premieres. Recent productions include Seminar by Theresa Rebeck and Becky Shaw, Tigers Be Still, Harper Regan, Animals Out of Paper, Shining City, and The Scene at SF Playhouse. For Magic Theatre her work included Sam Shepard's The God Of Hell, Rebecca Gilman's The Crowd You're In With, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Blue Surge and The American in Me, Steven Belber's Drifting Elegant and Tape, and Barry Gifford's Wyoming. For Marin Theatre Company Amy has directed What The Butler Saw, Frozen, Displaced, Life x 3, My Old Lady, The Music Lesson, Misalliance, Candida and Indiscretions. She has also directed plays for Eureka Theatre, TheatreWorks, SJ Stage Company and the Assembly Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Also a filmmaker, Amy has directed Ball Lightning by Barry Gifford, Drifting Elegant by Steven Belber and Seducing Charlie Barker by Theresa Rebeck, both available on VOD, Netflix and Amazon. All three films were developed from plays she previously directed. Amy Glazer is a theatre and film professor at San Jose State University.

Gala host committee members include past honorees Colman Domingo, Amy Freed, Philip Kan Gotanda, Jonathan Moscone, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Bruce Norris, Lynn Nottage, Carey Perloff, and Octavio Solis. The honorary committee includes Joy Carlin, Delia Ehrlich, Lara N. Gilman, Maurice Kanbar, Zandra Faye LeDuff, Fred Levin & Nancy Livingston, Rebecca Martinez, Jill Matichak, John & Pamela Walker, and Lynn Webb.

All proceeds benefit PlayGround and its award-winning new play incubator programs. Since 1994, PlayGround has nurtured more than 200 Bay Area playwrights, supporting the development of over 700 original short plays and 54 new full-length plays. PlayGround alumni have gone on to win local, national and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, DC’s Source Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre's Global Age Project, Internationalists Playwriting Prize, and New York International Fringe Festival, among others.; this event serves to recognize and support the ongoing efforts of these theatre artists.

Event: 20th anniversary PlayGround Benefit & Awards Night with Theresa Rebeck and Amy Glazer

Date/Time: Monday, April 6, 2015

Location: American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA

Tickets: Host Table of 10 - $10,000

Premium* Table of 10 - $5,000
Benefit Table of 10 - $3,000
Premium* Individual Ticket - $500
Benefit Individual Ticket - $300

* Premium tables and premium individual tickets include priority seating
nearest our guests-of-honor and listing as part of the benefit honorary committee.

For more information, call (415) 992-6677, or visit


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