Friday, December 11, 2015

PlayGround Hitchcock-Themed Holiday Celebration!

“What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.” – Alfred Hitchcock. PlayGround continues its twenty-second season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on December 21 at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… A VERY MERRY HITCHCOCK CHRISTMAS. Bay Area-based playwrights in the PlayGround Writers Pool have four-and-a-half days to write and submit scripts inspired by the topic. The six finalists will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings at 8pm on December 21. Six plays by Los Angeles playwrights based on the same topic will be performed at West Hollywood’s Zephyr Theatre on December 14. Advance tickets are $15-$20 and $20 at the door, subject to availability. For tickets and more information, visit

The monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series provides a unique opportunity for the debut of fresh new works by the Bay Area’s most promising new voices, performed by some of the Bay Area’s favorite actors on what is typically their only night off. PlayGround audiences get to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, with a free Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:10pm, with several of the featured playwrights.  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 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 750 original short plays and 60 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

WHAT: Occurring monthly, September-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 the December 21 “Holiday Extravaganza”, PlayGround will present six original short plays inspired by the topic: A VERY MERRY HITCHCOCK CHRISTMAS!

WHERE: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2015 Addison St, Berkeley, CA

WHEN:  Monday, December 21, 2015 at 8pm
Additional Season Dates:
January 18, 2016
February 15, 2016 – S.T.E.M. Night
March 21, 2016 – WomenArts Night

TICKETS: Tickets are $15 general admission ($20, priority seating) online in advance and $20 general admission at the door, subject to availability. 5-admission Flex Passes are just $75 (25% off priority seating).  For more information about the Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit


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