Friday, October 07, 2016

3rd Annual Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival

“Physical degradation of the natural world is also the degradation of the interior world of the human.” (Thomas Berry, “The New Political Alignment,” in The Great Work, 110). This 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 third annual Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival, taking place at 8pm, Monday, October 17 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. PlayGround playwrights have just four-and-a-half days to generate their original short scripts inspired by the presentation and topic (“Awakening To The Dream of the Earth”) and the top six works will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings on October 17.  For more information, online tickets and discount season subscriptions, visit

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 more than 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of over 750 original short plays and 61 new full-length plays, with 6 more commissions currently in development. For more information, visit

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 17  PlayGround regular season opener and third annual Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival is “Awakening to the Dream of the Earth.

WHERE: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St, Berkeley, CA

WHEN: Monday, October 17, 2016 at 8pm

Additional Season Dates:
November 21, 2016– Musical Theatre Night
December 19, 2016 – Holiday Extravaganza
January 16, 2017 – S.T.E.M. Night
February 20, 2017 – Social Justice Night
March 20, 2017 – WomenArts Night

TICKETS: Tickets are $15 general admission ($30, 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


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