Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PlayGround & Planet Earth Arts Celebrate Earth Day Week!

Continuing their successful collaboration launched last October, PlayGround and Planet Earth Arts have teamed up again to celebrate Earth Day Week with four evenings of new short and full-length plays on environmental issues in professional staged readings at Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley. The celebration kicks off on Earth Day, April 22 at 7:30pm at Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium, with a program of two short plays – Rachel Bublitz’s Reading Babar in 2070 and Maury Zeff’s The Universe on Ice – followed by the first public reading of Erin Marie Panttaja’s new full-length, Preapocalyptica, commissioned by PlayGround and Planet Earth Arts and adapted from her short play of the same name. The program repeats Thursday evening, April 23 at 8pm at Cal’s Durham Studio Theatre, Friday, April 24 at 8pm at Stanford’s Roble Hall Theater (with the addition of William Bivins' The Announcement), and concludes Friday, May 1 at 8pm at Cal’s Wheeler Auditorium. The readings will be followed by panel discussions with the playwrights, faculty and leading environmentalists. The short plays were originally developed for the Planet Earth New Play Festival and Monday Night PlayGround last October. All Planet Earth New Play Festival / Earth Day Week (Spring 2015) events are free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

On Thursday, April 23 at 4pm, PlayGround and Planet Earth Arts partner with UC Berkeley’s Contemporary Drama Working Group (CDWG) for student readings of short plays The Announcement by William Bivins and The Bake Sale by Mandy Hodge Rizvi, as well as the first public reading of Kirk Shimano’s one-act, Android. Bishop. Countess. Microbe. Megan., directed by Bay Area theatre veteran Joy Carlin. Android… was commissioned by PlayGround and Planet Earth Arts and adapted from Shimano’s ten-minute play, The Android and the Bishop. 

Join Planet Earth Arts, PlayGround, Stanford University and University of California Berkeley for a powerful theatrical evening of bold staged readings by the Bay Area’s leading actors that SF Weekly described as amazing...a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language. Experience the raw energy and excitement of talented playwrights unleashing their imaginations on the timely planetary issues of climate change, mass extinctions and the future of life as we know it. Leave your preconceived notions about environmental issues at home, and come prepared to be challenged, enlightened, and inspired.

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 Best of PlayGround Festival, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund and, PlayGround’s newest initiative, the PlayGround Film Festival. To date, PlayGround has supported 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of more than 700 original short plays and 55 new full-length plays, including more than a dozen that have since premiered in the Bay Area, New York and around the country. PlayGround alumni represent the who’s who of the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Aaron Loeb, Erin Bregman, Garret Jon Groenveld, Geetha Reddy, and Lauren Yee, among others. For more information, visit 

Planet Earth Arts is an initiative of the Sustainable World Coalition, sponsored by Earth Island Institute, a (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization. Planet Earth Arts and Planet Earth New Play Festival are made possible by the generous support of Vinit Allen, Stanford University, Sustainable World Coalition, University of California, Berkeley and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Planet Earth New Play Festival is a collaboration between Sustainable World Coalition/Planet Earth Arts, National Center for New Plays, PlayGround and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

WHAT: Planet Earth New Play Festival / Earth Day Week (Spring 2015)


Wednesday April 22, 2015 / 7:30pm
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford University

Thursday April 23, 2015 / 4pm & 8pm
Durham Studio Theater/Dwinelle Hall, University of California - Berkeley

Friday April 24, 2015 / 8:00pm
Roble Hall Theater, 374 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford University

Friday May 1, 2015 / 8:00pm
Wheeler Auditorium, University of California – Berkeley

TICKETS: All readings are free and open to the general public. Reservations are recommended but not required. To reserve tickets, visit

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