Friday, September 04, 2015

PlayGround Company in the News Sep-15

Read on to learn more about PlayGround Company Member and Alumni recent news, current happenings, and upcoming events.

Katie May’s ABOMINABLE (or The Misappropriation of Beverly Onion by Forces Beyond her Control) was selected for the Lark’s Playwrights Week, Oct 2-8, and will receive a public reading on Oct 7 at 7pm. A PlayGround commission and 2014 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, the play is scheduled for its world premiere in a PlayGround co-production in June.

Rebecca Ennals directed SF Shakes’ production of ROMEO AND JULIET with fellow company members Gwen Loeb as the Nurse and Carla Pantoja as Tybalt. Plays at the Presidio until September 13th and at McLaren Park from September 19-27th in San Francisco. Gwen will then be performing in the one woman show, GERTRUDE STEIN, GERTRUDE STEIN, GERTRUDE STEIN, with 1st Person Singular, 10/22-10/30.

Evelyn Jean Pine’s short play, HALF LIVES ON THE HIGHWAY, the imagined meet-up between Egyptian atomic scientist Sameera Moussa and Hollywood actor Rita Hayworth will be part of 365 WOMEN A YEAR IN LOS ANGELES: an afternoon of new plays about extraordinary women in history, at Samuel French Bookshop in Los Angeles at 1:30 PM on Saturday, September 26. Plays by PlayGround-LA stalwarts, Allie Costa and Jennie Webb, are also part of the show. 

Tania Katan is sharing her superhero powers of storytelling around the country, speaking about the viral campaign she instigated at Axosoft, IT WAS NEVER A DRESS stops include the international S.H.E. Summit in New York, October 6 and 7th, as well as the Business of Software in Boston on September 22nd

Carolyn Doyle will be appearing at Brava Theatre on October 15th with EXPRESSING MOTHERHOOD:  Stories about motherhood shared on stage. #exmoshow

Louis Parnell is directing the world premiere of MOMENTS OF TRUTH, a new musical by Caroline Altman and Patricia Milton, which will play Sept 18-Oct 19 at the Royce Gallery in SF.  After that, he will appear in THE NETHER at the San Francisco Playhouse in January, as well as workshopping ENTANGLEMENT, a new play by AJ Baker in which he will both act and direct.

Steven Westdahl put on his producer, director, and actor hats to proudly present the West Coast-premiere of ZURICH PLAYS, a DADA history of the DADA art movement, as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at The EXIT Theater. Westdahl plays Tristan Tzara. Ignacio Zulueta plays Andre Breton. Four performances only between 9/12-25.

Ignacio Zulueta is the conceptual world designer for Matthew Briar and the AGE OF RESURRECTION at Send him your short plays about love to be considered for production in Bindlestiff Studio's 2016 Love Edition ( by Sept. 8

Ken Sonkin just finished directing Michael Patrick Gaffney’s one man show, THE OLDEST LIVING CATER WAITER at Z Below. He is also the Head Writer for Killing My Lobster’s HALLOWEEN SHOW and ROSEMARY’S LOBSTER at PianoFight.

Liz Anderson begins production this month for her upcoming webseries NECESSSARY EVIL, and her film collaboration with Katie May, RAPUNZEL’S ETYMOLOGY OF ZERO, is now complete and hitting festivals!

Rinabeth Apostol & Jomar Tagatac will be performing in MONSTRESS! at A.C.T. September 16 - November 22.

Robert Sicular is appearing in the second half of the run of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS at South Coast Rep which played this Spring at Berkeley Rep. Opens September 11th and plays through October 11th.

Jon Tracy is directing MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with TheatreFirst, opening September 12th at John Hinkle Park.

Bonnie Wailee Kwong's launch party for her poetry book, RAVEL, will be held on Sept 26, 2-6 pm at Random Parts Gallery in Oakland.  Playground Company members and their friends are invited.  There will be a reception, performances of her poetry, and showings of her digital poems.  Ravel was a finalist for two national poetry book awards.

Brian Herndon is in rehearsal for THE NANCE, and will be reprising his role as Mr. Elton in TheatreWorks’ revival of JANE AUSTEN’S EMMA.

Teddy Spencer is excited to return from a stint in South Bend, IN where he is performing in William Shakespeare’s long lost first play, ABRIDGED at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. He will also begin rehearsals for Edward/Robert Ferrars’ SENSE & SENSIBILITY at the Sacramento Theatre Company alongside his partner Lindsey Marie Schmeltzer.

Madeline Puccioni's play, THE SATURDAY NIGHTERS,  will be a structural part of Towne Street Theatre L.A.'s IN RESPONSE show, an ongoing multi-media exploration of racism and a theatrical "response" to police brutality against black people,  and the numerous police shootings of unarmed black men in the news of late. Madeline is a company member of TST. THE SATURDAY NIGHTERS was first developed for PlayGround last year.

Naomi Newman will be doing two staged readings on Oct. 4 of her 10-minute plays about climate change (one written for Playground) at Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Sustainable Practice for a Sustainable World all day event. 

Douglas B. Giorgis just completed playing Wilbur in CHARLOTTE’S WEB at Marin Theatre Company and will open the world premiere of MOMENTS OF TRUTH in September as The Man with 3 Girls Theatre Co.

Nancy Carlin will be performing in THE PRICE, directed by Joy Carlin, with Jewel Theatre Company in Santa Cruz, Sept 10 - Oct 4

Michael Barrett Austin recently closed Central Works' PROJECT AHAB; OR, EYE OF THE WHALE at the Berkeley City Club, and is looking forward to the new PlayGround season and to meeting his first daughter, arriving any day now!

Mary Baird will be performing with "Empowering Women Play Festival" Sept 21st 8 p.m. at the John & Jean Knox Performing Arts Center at Contra Costa College, San Pablo, CA

Rosie Hallett is performing in THE COUNTRY HOUSE at TheatreWorks through September 20.

Garret Jon Groenveld's play, THE SERVING CLASS (a PlayGround commission), will be a part of Red Fern Theatre's annual play reading series at the 14th St. YMCA in NYC on September 24.  More info soon at: 

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