Wednesday, December 07, 2016

PlayGround Company In the News Dec-16

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

Diane Sampson’s THE SOUND OF MOONLIGHT is one of eight short plays being produced by the Playwrights Center of San Francisco in PlayOffs, their annual fundraiser. Performances are 12/1-3 and 12/8-10. More info at

Check out the script-in-hand performance of Eugene O'Neill's Dynamo for the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, directed by Eric Hayes, at the Tao House at the start of January. It will feature fellow PlayGround vets Aaron Wilton and George Maguire.

L. Zephyr's, AFTER THE HOLIDAYS, will be performed as a part of Holidays With A Twist, at PianoFight. Dec 4th, 10th, 11th and 12th. Nothing says Christmas quite like unemployed, melting snowwomen.

The short film adaptation of Ruben Grijalva's VALUE OVER REPLACEMENT makes its world premiere at the Bahamas International Film Festival Saturday, December 10 in Nassau. The new film, adapted from the Best of PlayGround 17 short play of the same name, was directed by Grijalva and stars Craig Marker, Rod Gnapp, Elena Wright, Gabriel Marin, and Daryl Anthony Harper.

 Rachel Bublitz's play OY OY OY, MERRY CHRISTMAS! is being produced in the James Downing Theatre's Short Play Festival December 3, 4, 10, and 11 near Chicago, Illinois.
  The second play of the TheatreFirst season, Vs., continues through December 17th. The book was written by Cleavon Smith with lyrics by Reggie D. White and music by Stephanie Prentice.
Louis Parnell
continues to perform in the 3Girls Theatre production of ENTANGLEMENT (which he also directed) by AJ Baker through Dec 17. The show plays Thurs-Sun at Z Below at 450 Florida St in SF.

Each One Reach One is recruiting theater artists to mentor incarcerated youth. Dave Garrett will be leading playwriting workshops in December, January and March

Steven Westdahl the actor appears onstage as Ben Jonson the playwright in the American premiere of Clive Barker's Paradise Street, running Dec. 1st - 17th at The EXIT Theater.

ONE GOOD DAY by Simon Fill was just selected for the Ianiro Festival of Plays in the Bay Area.

Nic A. Sommerfeld is still performing as Spock at Oasis in SF till December 10th! Nic is also performing in KMLZ at Z Space on December 15th, 16th, and 17th. 

Congratulations are in order for Laylah Muran de Assereto who directed four of the plays in PCSF's PlayOffs 2016 opening Dec 1st at Exit Stage Left!!! Laylah has also been appointed Artistic Director of Spare Stage theatre company.

Robert Sicular returns to the California Revels this holiday season. This year's theme is A Child's Revels in Wales with Robert starring as Dylan Thomas. For tickets and more info:

Named as one of the 30 YBCA Arts and Social Justice Fellows tasked with exploring the question "What is Citizenship?" over the next 12 months is our very own Roberta D'Alois!!!!

Evelyn Jean Pine's play, INVESTING, about why autocratic leaders attack and expel Muslims and Jews, is being staged by Theatre Ariel, Philadelphia's Jewish Theatre. Evelyn will also be performing with other San Francisco State Faculty at Solo Sundays at StageWerx on December 11 at 7:00pm.

Truman Capote's A CHRISTMAS MEMORY at a candlelit church in Ross at 7pm on Fri. Dec. 2 and 2pm on Sat. Dec. 3. by Michael Barrett Austin and Mary Baird. Mary will also be presenting REEL BY REEL at 8:00pm on December 8 at the Magic. 

Madeline Puccioni's three little RICO PLAYS (a homeless old Chihuahua crooner seeks a humane human - and a bath ) bookended the Playwrights Foundation's stellar FLASH PLAYS on Dec 3 and 4! Brava Theatre SF! Opening January 17, her COOLEY'S REEL will be up and dancin' again for Actor's Theatre of Santa Cruz and she hopes to see you there!


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