Friday, November 11, 2016

The Mozart Musicals: We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

 In the wake of the Presidential election and a divided nation questioning what it means to be an American, PlayGround looks back to the country’s origins and a uniquely American art form, the musical, for inspiration for the upcoming Monday Night PlayGround and our 7th annual Musical Theatre Night. In partnership with 42nd Street Moon, PlayGround will foster the creation of six original short musicals inspired by the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident” from the Declaration of Independence and set to the music of one of the great musical ‘pop’ stars of the time, Mozart, and his Serenade No. 13 in G Major (“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”), completed just 11 years after America’s defining declaration. PlayGround playwrights have just four-and-a-half days to generate their original short scripts inspired by the topic (“The Mozart Plays: We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident”) and the top six works will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings with live accompaniment by violist Katie Wreede and cellist Carla Kaufman on November 21 at Berkeley Rep’s Peet’s Stage. For more information, online tickets and discount season subscriptions, visit

Each month, PlayGround announces a topic to the thirty-six playwrights in the PlayGround Writers Pool and the writers have four-and-a-half days to generate original ten-minute scripts inspired by the topic. Recent topics have included: “A Very Hitchcock Christmas,” “Artificial Intelligence,” and “Awakening to the Dream of the Earth” as part of a now-three-year collaboration with Planet Earth Arts and Stanford University. The top six plays from each month are rehearsed for just one-and-a-half hours each and presented as script-in-hand staged readings at Monday Night PlayGround, now celebrating its twenty-third year. PlayGround audiences get to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, with a free Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:10pm.  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 over 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of more than 750 original short plays and 61 new full-length plays, with 6 more commissions currently in development. For more information, visit

42nd Street Moon celebrates and preserves the art and spirit of the American Musical Theatre. We contribute to its evolution and continuing vitality by presenting intimately produced performances of classic and rarely performed musical works. Through our productions, educational programs, and community outreach, we are committed to increasing the awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage and cultural perspective of the musical theatre and its vast influence on the world stage. 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.  The given topic for the November 21  PlayGround Musical Theatre Night is “The Mozart Musicals: We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident.

WHERE:    Berkeley Repertory’s Peet’s Stage
2025 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

WHEN:    Monday, November 21, 2016 at 8pm
        Additional Season Dates:
        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. 5-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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