Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PlayGround Announces 2015-16 Writers

PlayGround has announced the thirty-six playwrights selected for the 2015-16 PlayGround Writers Pool. Over the next six months, these playwrights will generate more than 180 original short plays inspired by monthly prompts as part of the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series. The top six plays each month will receive professional script-in-hand staged readings led by leading Bay Area directors and actors. PlayGround officially kicked off its 22nd season on Monday with a special Monday Night PlayGround “Alumni Night” featuring six short plays on the topic “Race Matters” by PlayGround alumni writers. The next Monday Night PlayGround is Monday, October 12 at Berkeley Rep, with six plays on an environmental topic to be announced, as part of the second annual Planet Earth New Play Festival. The remaining Monday Night dates are: November 16 (“Musical Theatre Night”), December 21 (“Holiday Extravaganza”), January 25 (“S.T.E.M. Night”, date still to be confirmed), February 15, and March 21 (“WomenArts Night”). Tickets are on sale for all performances and six-event subscriptions begin at $60. For more information and tickets, visit http://playground-sf.org/monday.

2015 Alumni Night. Photo by Jerome Joseph Gentes.
The 2015-16 Writers Pool are: Zara Benner, William Bivins, Kathy Boussina, Erin Bregman, Rachel Bublitz, Madeleine Butler, Amy Claussen, Patricia Cotter, Victoria Der, Nancy Fishman, Jerome Joseph Gentes, Ruben Grijalva, Garret Groenveld, Tanya Grove, Karen Hartline, Colin Johnson, Melissa Keith, Sang Kim, Elliott Kopstein, Bonnie Kwong, Karen Macklin, Katie May, Naomi Newman, Isaac Ontiveros, Erin Panttaja, Evelyn Pine, Madeline Puccioni, Jennifer Roberts, Amy Sass, Kirk Shimano, Cleavon Smith, Amber Sommerfeld, Cherie Song, Martha Soukup, Aimee Suzara, Steven Westdahl, Josh Williams, Davern Wright, Zoe Young, Maury Zeff, Lesli Zephyr, and Ignacio Zulueta.

In addition, PlayGround has selected ten playwrights to participate in its Playwrights Residency program, each working on the development of a new full-length play over the next year: William Bivins, Erin Bregman, Rachel Bublitz, Victoria Der, Ruben Grijalva, Garret Groenveld, Evelyn Pine, Amy Sass, Steven Westdahl, and Davern Wright.

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, among others. To date, PlayGround has supported more than 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of 730 original short plays and 55 new full-length plays, including more than a dozen that have since premiered in the Bay Area. PlayGround’s alumni have gone on to win local, national, and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre's Global Age Project, Internationalists Playwriting Prize, and New York International Fringe Festival, among others.  Their works have been premiered at numerous theatres throughout the Bay Area, including: A.C.T. Costume Shop, Shotgun Players, Impact Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, San Jose Stage Company, Just Theater, and San Francisco Playhouse. For more information, visit http://playground-sf.org.

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