Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Upcoming Playwriting Classes & Workshops (Oct-Dec)!

In the coming weeks, PlayGround will offer more than thirty hours of classes, workshops and scene-reading sessions designed to take your dramatic writing to the next level. Whether you're an apsiring, early-career or veteran playwright, we've got a class for you. Staring at just $40 per session and with early-bird and multi-class discounts, the price is right! For the complete Fall 2015 class schedule, visit http://playground-sf.org/classes. To register, visit http://playground-sf.org/register.

10/26: Playwriting Intensive - Dialogue with Garret Jon Groenveld
Did you ever think that dialogue is like an invisible string traveling through the most intriguing areas of the human body? Travel with us from the mind, to the breath, into the ear and back to the mind and out of another mouth! Wild trip, huh? Dialogue is a fascinating translation of ideas that distinctly define a character, a moment, a desire. Learn how to tap into the most distinct dialogue you can imbue within your characters. Registration: $40 (Save 10-20% with an Intensive Pick-2, Pick-3 or Pick-4 subscription).

11/2: Playwriting Intensive - Conflict/Stakes with Amy Sass
How can you enrich the elements in your play by seeking more conflict? The play form asks playwrights to focus on drama: the crisis, the excitement, the thrill, the disturbance. If you have been blinded by your play, can’t see the future of its progress, come join us for a session on how to torque your conflict, freshen your stakes, and turn your pages into a crying exploration of how much you can push characters, drama, twists and turns! Registration: $40 (Save 10-20% with an Intensive Pick-2, Pick-3 or Pick-4 subscription).

11/4: Recess provides a safe, supportive lab to hear your work read aloud by leading local professional actors, in a community of your peers, with support from a professional dramaturg/facilitator. New this year, PlayGround brings one of its most coveted in-house programs to the public, on first Wednesdays, October through March, 7pm-10pm, at the PlayGround PlaySpace. Bring an original short play or an excerpt from a longer work, hear it read aloud, and gain valuable feedback from peers, the actors, and our professional dramaturg/facilitator. Registration: $40 (Save 10-30% with an Intensive Pick-2, Pick-3, Pick-4 or 6-session subscription).

11/10-12/15: PlayLab II with Anthony Clarvoe
This six-session workshop can be taken in tandem with PlayLab I or independently and will enable you to further explore in greater depth the art and craft of playwriting. Get the tools to complete the next draft of your play-in-progress! Shop talks, targeted writing exercises, and discussions will be driven by your questions and needs. The final session will include readings of student work and facilitated feedback. Registration: $300 ($240 when registering by Early-Bird deadline, Oct 29).

11/30: Playwriting Intensive - Action with Jim Kleinmann
Are you cramped by too much back-story? Stuck in the “I don’t know what to do next” game? Action in your play is just like throwing a snowball down a mountain and watching it gather speed into a monster wrecking ball of force, taking out anything in its path! Or it’s just like skiing for the first time: let the action happen in the present! Seize the moment of your story; even when it is in the longest of lift lines. Action is about the forward motion of the elements in your play. PlayGround will help you in this session take control of your story and get it rocking in its most exciting rhythm. Registration: $40 (Save 10-20% with an Intensive Pick-2, Pick-3 or Pick-4 subscription).

12/2: Recess provides a safe, supportive lab to hear your work read aloud by leading local professional actors, in a community of your peers, with support from a professional dramaturg/facilitator. New this year, PlayGround brings one of its most coveted in-house programs to the public, on first Wednesdays, October through March, 7pm-10pm, at the PlayGround PlaySpace. Bring an original short play or an excerpt from a longer work, hear it read aloud, and gain valuable feedback from peers, the actors, and our professional dramaturg/facilitator. Registration: $40 (Save 10-30% with an Intensive Pick-2, Pick-3, Pick-4 or 6-session subscription).

12/7: Playwriting Intensive - Plot with Jim Kleinmann
Have you ever set your sights on traveling from point A and realized you’re actually at point G? As a writer, you are the driver, designated to show an audience your story. Before you do, how clear is your travel map? And if you don’t use maps but follow the stars, then how do you make “the how” happen? Whether you are a planner, a navigator, or a creature of inspiration, understanding your plot is a key insight to the backbone of your piece. Learn how to understand and strengthen the “how” of your play. Registration: $40 (Save 10-20% with an Intensive Pick-2, Pick-3 or Pick-4 subscription).

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

PlayGround Company in the News Oct-15

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

Davern Wright co-wrote THROUGH THE WALL with Anthony Clarvoe, Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko, and Sango Tajima for Ragged Wing Ensemble (Amy Sass, Artistic Director), opening Oct. 23 at the Flight Deck and playing Fridays through Sundays until Nov. 7. Wright is also performing in SAIL AWAY at 42nd St. Moon, starting previews Oct. 28, opening Sat. Oct.31, and playing Wednesdays through Sundays until Nov. 15.

Doyle Ott is directing Aaron Loeb’s Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party at Sonoma State University opening Oct 15th, running through the 24th. 

Nancy Carlin is performing in THE PRICE for The Jewel Theater in Santa Cruz through October 4. She begins rehearsals for THE MONSTER BUILDER at the Aurora on October 13. 

Teddy Spencer and Lindsey Marie Schmeltzer will both appear in SENSE & SENSIBILITY at the Sacramento Theatre Company, September 30th - October 25th. Spencer is playing Edward and Robert Ferrars and Schmeltzer is playing Marianne Dashwood.

Julia McNeal plays Heather in the critically acclaimed American Premiere of FRED’s DINER by Penelope Skinner, at the Magic Theatre. Great ensemble cast. Must close October 11th!

Colin Johnson will be directing a fundraiser reading for next year’s production of TERROR RAMA 2: PROM NIGHT, Monday October 12 at Pianofight in SF. He is also producing and acting in this month’s installment of SF SHOTZ: IN THE DARK on Wednesday Oct 14, 8pm, also at Pianofight.

Ignacio Zulueta is the world designer and contributing writer for Epic Immersive's MATTHEW BRIAR AND THE AGE OF RESSURECTION at San Jose's History Park from Oct. 16-18. Drinks and dinner included with price of admission at bit.ly/briartix. His short plays THE REFUGE and 57 VARIETIES will be performed, respectively, at PianoFight (SF) on Oct. 14th for SHOTZ: IN THE DARK and at the Queensbury Theatre (Houston) from December 9th-19th for Cone Man Running's Five Minute Mile. 

Madeline Puccioni’s short play, THE SATURDAY NIGHTERS, will open October 10 in Towne Street Theatre's new show, IN RESPONSE, at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles. IN RESPONSE is a witty, heartbreaking, hilarious, angry, tender multi-author "response" to police shootings and systemic racism in law enforcement in America. It is a balanced, moving exploration of the effects of racism on each and every one of us.

Gwen Loeb has just closed ROMEO AND JULIET with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and will next be performing in THERE THERE: AN EVENING WITH GERTRUDE STEIN with First Person Singular 10/22-30. Only 20 tickets per night for this intimate salon with Gertrude, so get 'em while they last! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2341996

Tracy Ward is directing the World Premiere of ARTIC REQUIEM: The Story of Luke Cole and Kivalina at ZBelow, by Sharmon Hilfinger and Joan McMillen.
Previews Oct 23, 24, Opens Oct 25. Runs till November 15.

Lauren Yee's play KING OF THE YEES goes into rehearsals for the Goodman Theatre's New Stages Festival this month, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody, starring Francis Jue. The workshop production will run Nov 1-15 in Chicago. This summer, she received commissions from South Coast Rep and Denver Center, which she is currently working on.

L. Zephyr's play, THE SECOND NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, will be performed this coming December at the ALPHA NYC Theatre Co. Not wanting the southern part of the country to feel left out, her play, I'M FIRST, which speaks to sibling rivalry in the womb, will be included in the upcoming Cone Man Running Play Festival In Houston, Texas.

Madeleine Butler's play, A COMFORTABLE LIFE, will be staged during the first two weeks in December as part of Sheherezade's Last Tales, a festival of short plays produced by the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco. The play was originally written as a submission for Monday Night PlayGround and workshopped in Recess. Adam Sussman will direct.

Jon Tracy is opening THE CREATURE at Cinnabar Theater, Our Country's Good at University High School and is preparing to run Groundswell's inaugural 10-Day theatre intensive in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.

Mary Baird is doing a reading of JOHN at A.C.T. on Oct 23rd. She is also going to Groundswell, an international theatre intensive led by Jon Tracy, in Nov. in San Miguel de Allende and doing a reading performance of Holiday Memories in Ross on Nov. 27,28 with Michael Barrett Austin

Robert Sicular continues with the run of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS at South Coast Rep through October 11th. On October 23, he will give a reading of selected stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe at the San Anselmo Library

Jonathan Luskin is off to the Djerassi Artists Residency in October/November to revise THE LONG ARC, a play he started during last year’s PlayGround residency and is also developing a new web series. 

Douglas Giorgis continues to play "The Man" in MOMENTS OF TRUTH at the Royce Gallery thru October 18. Plus, he is super excited for the new PlayGround season. 

M. Graham Smith is directing THE ROVER at Shotgun Players, Oct 15- Nov 15.

Evelyn Jean Pine's three pieces of very short fiction will be featured in Issue #16 of Vine Leaves Literary Journal.

Cindy Goldfield is looking forward to beginning rehearsals for her 12th season of A Christmas Carol at A.C.T.

Michael Barrett Austin and his lovely wife Emily welcomed their first daughter Lucille Elizabeth Austin into the world on September 3rd, 2015! Austin will also be performing in PlayGround’s October Monday Night series.

Julia Brothers waves hello from the gorgeous shores of Monaco, vacationing, gambling and hoping to meet a prince. C'est la vie!

Jane Eisner's one act play DEAR TEXAS, a play inspired by transgender voices, premieres at The Flight Deck on Friday October 9 at 9:30PM and at the Your True Gender conference at Cal Poly on Sunday October 11 at 1:00PM. DEAR TEXAS, is directed by John R. Lewis and features a six actor ensemble. Tickets are free and seating is open.

2nd Annual Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival

“I am to the world like a drop of water...” - William Shakespeare. Last Thursday, PlayGround playwrights attended a special presentation prepared by Planet Earth Arts, in preparation for the topic announcement for the Monday Night PlayGround regular season opener and second annual Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival, taking place at 8pm, Monday, October 12 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and being repeated in its entirety at 7:30pm, Wednesday, October 14 at Stanford’s Roble Hall. PlayGround playwrights have just four-and-a-half days to generate their original short scripts inspired by the presentation and topic (“The Water Plays”) and the top six works will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings on October 12 and October 14. Six plays by Los Angeles playwrights based on the same topic will be performed at West Hollywood’s Zephyr Theatre on October 19. For more information, online tickets and discount season subscriptions, visit http://playground-sf.org/monday.

Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival is a new initiative designed to inspire playwrights to create bold new works for the stage that explore issues of planetary sustainability and social justice. PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann commented, “Our partnership with Planet Earth Arts couldn’t have come at a more crucial time! The Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival represents an incredible opportunity for the Bay Area’s best new writers to help address issues central to our very survival.”

PlayGround audiences get to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, with a free Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:10pm, featuring members of Planet Earth Arts and selected 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 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 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of more than 730 original short plays and 59 new full-length plays, with 6 more commissions currently in development. For more information, visit http://playground-sf.org.

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 Arts New Play Festival are made possible by the generous support of Stanford University, Sustainable World Coalition, University of California, Berkeley and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival is a collaboration between Planet Earth Arts, National Center for New Plays, PlayGround and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
 
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.  The given topic for the October 12  PlayGround regular season opener and second annual Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival is “The Water Plays.

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

WHEN: Monday, October 12, 2015 at 8pm
[NOTE: The program is repeated in its entirety on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30pm at Stanford’s Roble Hall.]
                         
Additional Season Dates:
November 16, 2015 – Musical Theatre Night
December 21, 2015 – Holiday Extravaganza
January 25, 2016 – S.T.E.M. Night (date to be confirmed)
February 15, 2016
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. 6-admission Introductory subscriptions are just $60 (50% off priority seating).  For more information about the Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit www.PlayGround-sf.org/monday