Tuesday, September 06, 2016

PlayGround Company In The News Sep-16

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

Amy Glazer’s latest feature film, KEPLER’S DREAM (a kid’s film perfect for 9-12 year old girls), will be premiering at the Mill Valley Film Festival in the Family Film section on Friday, October 7 at 6:30pm at the Lark Theater. Additional show times include Thursday, October 13 at 3pm (Lark Theatre) and Saturday, October 15 at 11am (Sequoia 2).

Short play THE STORY OF OUR LIVES, written by Madeleine Butler, has made it into the semi-finals for the FABUM  “A Strong Woman” 10-minute play festival in Washington D.C. THE STORY OF OUR LIVES was originally written for Monday Night PlayGround, where it won a People’s Choice Award.

On September 26 at 7:30pm at The Shelton Theater in San Francisco, Aren Haun will be having a developmental reading of his full-length play, A SEPARATION. The reading is produced by Playwrights Center of San Francisco and will be free of charge. For more information about the play click here: http://playwrightscentersf.org/stagedreadings/synopses/PCSFFall2016ReadingSeries.htm#Haun

Garret Jon Groenveld's short play, HE COMES UP BEHIND ME, will be in the first After Orlando project, Monday September 12, 7 pm at Eugenio MarĂ­a de Hostos Community College, Bronx, NYC. The project is a response to the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando on June 12.  60 playwrights contributed 3-minute plays that will be performed at fourteen venues (and counting) across the country including Round House Theatre in Maryland, The Inge Center, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; Philadelphia Theatre Company and a special marathon reading at Finborough Theatre Co.

PlayGround playwright Steven Westdahl (most recently seen as the Yeti in Katie May’s Abominable) will be partnering with The Unscripted Theater Co. to give his short play, I HATE GERSHWIN, the Un-Scripted treatment (an unrehearsed staged reading by a team of actors before those same actors then improvise the characters and situations into a full length two-act play). The Un-Scripted experience will be taking place on Saturday, September 24 at 8pm at the Un-Scripted Theater in San Francisco. More information here: http://www.un-scripted.com/act-1-scene-2

Liz Anderson will be playing Rosalind in the Petaluma Shakespeare Company production of AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Chloe Bronzan.  The production also features PlayGround regular Heather Gordon and opens September 16th.

Carla Pantoja joins fellow PlayGround company members, Lizzie Calogero, Maryssa Wanlass, Rosie Hallett, and Davern Wright in performing THE WINTER’S TALE with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival at the Presidio through Sept 18th and at McLaren Park's Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre until Oct 2nd. The production is directed by Rebecca Ennals.

SPENDING THE END OF THE WORLD ON OKCUPID by Jeffrey Lo starts rehearsals for its world premiere at Fremont’s Ohlone College, who commissioned the piece.

Cindy Goldfield will be appearing in the Center Rep production of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU and is also preparing to direct BAKER STREET at 42nd Street Moon.

M. Graham Smith is teaching his directing course, DIRECTING WITH PRECISION, at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre this fall, Oct 12-Nov 16 (http://www.berkeleyrep.org/school/classes-adult.asp#tabbed-nav=directing), and directing a workshop of THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE for the CAATA festival at Oregon Shakespeare Festival on October 6, in Ashland Oregon.

Originally developed for ON THE SPOT, an SF TheatrePub production, Madeleine Puccioni’s COOLEY’S REEL will be recorded as an audio play by FAD Theatre for i-Tunes this September. COOLEY’S REEL will also be staged at the Northern Arizona Playwright’s Festival on September 11 and 12 as well as by Santa Cruz County Actor’s Theatre in their 8x10’s festival in January 2017.

SIMON DAWES BECOMES A PLANET by Alex Moggridge is now in rehearsals in New York. It will be showing at the Access Theatre, September 23-October 8, 2016.

Evelyn Jean Pine and Katja Rivera's new full-length play, THE INVISIBLE PROJECT, about invisibility as both a super-power and a super bummer, will have a Dramatists Guild San Francisco Footlights staged reading at the Phoenix Theater at 7pm on Friday, October 7.

Nicole Jost’s one-act play, SLUT, was produced by Gadfly Theatre Productions in Minneapolis in June. Her short plays, MARIA and CHARLIE, were produced in San Francisco by ReproRights! Theater as part of their “Women and the Body Politic” benefit performance for NARAL on August 25. Nicole was awarded the James Milton Highsmith Playwriting Award for her play, THE TERROR FANTASTIC, as well as the Browning Society’s Myna Brunton Hughes Award for her poem “Sucia”. You can read her short play THUG in the Spring 2016 issue of Transfer Magazine.

BURNING CITIES by Simon Fill has just been accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of Proscenium Theatre Journal. In November 2014, BURNING CITIES won the BETC Generation Award and was workshopped by Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company at the Denver Center with a public staged reading at Chautauqua in Boulder.

Teddy Spencer is currently in rehearsals for the title role in MACBETH with the Arabian Shakespeare Festival, directed by Terri McMahon. Performances run September 29–October 16 at the Royce Gallery in San Francisco.

In celebration of Aurora Theatre’s 25th anniversary, Joy Carlin will be directing a revival of DEAR MASTER by Dorothy Bryant. The production is currently in previews with an official opening on September 8. The production features Kimberly King and Michael Ray Wisely.

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