Monday, April 04, 2016

PlayGround Company in the News Apr-16

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

Molly Noble just opened Nina Wise's The Kepler Story at CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium running through April 10. She and Patricia Cotter head to New Jersey and NYC in late April to develop Patricia’s play, The Surrogate, as part of the Women Playwrights’s Series at Centenary Stage Co.  PG Company Member Julia Brothers is part of the cast (!), which culminates in a staged reading on April 27th.  Molly is also directing Claire Barron’s magical play You Got Older for the Shotgun Champagne reading series on May 9-10.  www.mollynoble.com.

Aimee Suzara was selected for the Cal Shakes' Artist-Investigator program and has begun working with the Oakland group of Asian and Pacific Islander Youth, AYPAL, to engage in theatrical work for their May Arts festival and beyond.  "The program asks artists to lead our investigation into what the performances of the future might look like and to help us discover what happens when the arts are more deeply integrated into community life. We have selected three artists with experience in performance and community engagement to work with one organization to develop a participatory artmaking project with the organization’s clients/members."

For Joy Carlin, next week starts with the super Gala for PlayGround at Berkeley Rep where she will be chatting publicly with two wonderful men of the theatre: Carl Lumbly and Stephen Adly Guirgis! She hopes to see you all there. On Tuesday, she starts directing the west coast premiere of Arje Shaw's wonderful Broadway play THE GATHERINGS that will open in SF (ROYCE Theatre) and later move to Berkeley ( Live Oak Theatre).

Just Theater's New Play Lab Series kicks off this month, with readings of brand new full length plays by PlayGrounders Aaron Loeb, Jonathan Spector, and Chris Chen, directors include PlayGrounders M. Graham Smith and Nancy Carlin. April 18 - May 3 at the Flight Deck.

David Cramer and Anne Darragh will perform in Amy Sass’s WHALE’S WAKE, running April 15-May 7 at the Flight Deck in a Ragged Wing Ensemble-PlayGround co-production.

Robert Sicular and Rosie Hallet, having just completed Word for Word's Stories by Emma Donoghue and Colm Tóibín at Z Below, now take the show on a tour of France! Bon Voyage! www.zspace.org/w4w

Will Dao opens VIETGONE at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, April 3, 2016. A brash new sex comedy that's not your typical war story, VIETGONE runs through October 29, 2016.

Roberta D'Alois has received a scholarship to attend the Kenyon Playwrights Conference  in June, where she will work with artistic staff from Woolly Mammoth and Atlantic Theatre Company to develop her full length play, The Flesh Is Willing.

Carol Marshall's play, IT'S MIDNIGHT I AM ALONE (AT LEAST I THOUGHT I WAS) WRITING A PLAY, will be part of the Piedmont Players One Act Festival at the Piedmont Center For The Arts this June. L. Zephyr's short play, SPACE PIRATES will also be presented at Piedmont Players One Act Festival.

Brian Herndon and Danielle Levin will be portraying Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, in JEKYLL AND HYDE at Central Works performing in May and June.

Louis Parnell will next be directing LOW HANGING FRUIT by Robin Bradford that opens in July as well as the world premiere of ENTANGLEMENT by AJ Baker, both directing and performing in, opening in November. Both shows are produced by 3GirlsTheatre and both will be performed at Z Below in San Francisco.  

Cindy Goldfield is directing and choreographing Most Happy Fella for 42nd Street Moon.  Opens April 27th and runs through May 15th.

Evelyn Jean Pine and Katja Rivera’s play, The Invisible Project, will be read on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 PM by Anton’s Well Theater Company in residence at the Berkeley City Club.

All the best from San Diego where Ron Campbell is finishing up an extended run of R. Buckminster Fuller at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, and then he’s off to Argentina to play The King of the Clowns in Cirque du Soleil's production of Kooza in Buenos Aires. Looking forward to being back amongst ya after that.

Maury Zeff's one-act play I WANNA BE SO DATED (originally inspired by writing exercises in PlayGround classes taught by Daniel Heath and Jim Kleinmann) premiered at the Vermont State Drama Festival in March.

Madeline Puccioni's short play, THE SATURDAY NIGHTERS, opens April 9 at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood, and runs through April 23, in Towne Street Theatre's groundbreaking show about black men, black families and the American justice system, IN RESPONSE. THE SATURDAY NIGHTERS, was originally developed for PlayGround.

Ross Peter Nelson's full-length play, COLTER'S HELL, will be featured in the Last Chance New Play Fest, April 15-24, in Helena, MT. A comic eco-fantasy, this play pits legendary mountain man John Colter against the animals of the mountain west to contrast the environmental challenges of the 19th century with those of today. http://www.experimentaltheatrecoop.org/lcnpf-2016/

Rapunzel's Etymology of Zero recently screened at the Fargo Film Festival, was nominated for an award at the Winter Film Awards in NYC, and won Best Animated Short last Sunday at the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival. Next Week Katie May and Liz Anderson will screen it at the Women and Minorities in Media Festival in Baltimore.

Davern Wright will perform in Golden Thread Production’s THE MOST DANGEROUS HIGHWAY IN THE WORLD at Thick House, May 6-29. http://www.goldenthread.org/2016-season/highway/

Liam Vincent is currently in ART at Center Rep.

Nancy Carlin is performing in Sarah Treem's The How and The Why at the Aurora Theatre Company thru May 22.

California College of the Arts, TheOrangeBox, and Double Backbone theatre present THREE ONE-ACT PLAYS by Vanessa Flores, Kate Robards and Zoe Young. Directed by Keiran King.  Wednesday, April 20- 24, 2016.

Teddy Spencer is currently rehearsing for the World Premiere of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED) with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, opening April 21st at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC

Michael Barrett Austin will be appearing in Boeing Boeing at San Jose Stage, April 6-May 1. www.thestage.org

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