Friday, February 06, 2015

PlayGround's Feb 16 (Post-Valentine's Day) Topic Announcement

“Love Me, Love Me Not…” Not looking forward to Valentine’s Day this year? Planning your recovery from that day of sugary overdose and the illusion of the perfect relationship? PlayGround writers will provide their own solution with a special Post-Valentine’s Day Monday Night PlayGround, 8pm, Monday, February 16 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, in a co-production with local restauranteur, entrepreneur and theatre producer David Steele. Writers have four days to generate their original ten-minute scripts, inspired by the topic “Twisted Love Stories (Bay Area Edition),” with the top six plays to be performed on the set of Berkeley Rep’s current show. Writers have been encouraged to explore stories that have a clear sense of place in the Bay Area. Contemporary stories where love doesn’t always work out the way you think it will. Love thwarted, unrequited love, betrayed love, screwed-up love, love for all the wrong reasons, etc. And, of course, the people caught up in it all. Tickets and discount season subscriptions can be purchased online at http://playground-sf.org/boxoffice.

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. 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 http://playground-sf.org.

David Steele (Co-Producer) is an active contributor to the local San Francisco area with several business ventures influencing the lifestyle, health and wellness of individuals in the community. His involvement includes owning the yoga studio Moxie Yoga & Fitness and as Managing Partner of several restaurants: Flour + Water, Central Kitchen, Salumeria, and Trick Dog, that focus on creating atmospheres of spectacularly high standards while maintaining a sense of their humble beginnings. He is also an Executive Director of J.P. Morgan Securities, a Wealth Management division of J.P. Morgan. The arts and entertainment worlds are particularly important to David, primarily though his work as a partner in Noise Pop, which promotes music and culturally significant events, but also as a mixed media/collage artist, an aspiring playwright, and as a producer of plays. He co-produced the premiere of Katie May’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl at the A.C.T. Costume Shop and subsequently in New York City at the New York International Fringe Festival. He serves on the board of PlayGround.

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 February’s Post-Valentine’s Day performance, PlayGround will present six original short plays inspired by “Twisted Love Stories (Bay Area Edition)”.

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

WHEN: Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8pm              
Additional Season Dates: 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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