Friday, January 13, 2017

PlayGround Company in the News Jan-17

Congratulations go to Aaron Wilton for teaming up with Symmetry Theatre and TheatreFirst to do a staged reading of his play, THE PLAY ABOUT A DICK, on Sunday night! The reading also served as a benefit for Planned Parenthood and starred PlayGrounders Stacy Ross, Jomar Tagatac and Teddy Spencer.  

Douglas Giorgis is continuing to perform multiple roles in the development of the new play "Slice" by Robin Bradford.

Starting February 24 Mary Baird will be an understudy for JOHN at the Strand in SF while also enjoying a monologue class with Meryl Shaw and Lauren English. 

Madeline Puccioni's COOLEY'S REEL is up and dancin' right now through Feb. 5 at the Santa Cruz Actors Theatre's 8x10@8 Festival!   She'll be there on January 14 for the 3pm matinee.  She hopes to see you there!  In February, Madeline's EURYBIA AND THE PIRATE QUEEN and SARAH GOODIN will join plays by Victoria Chong Der, Genevieve Jesse McCall, and Carol Lashof in Those Women Productions' ESCAPE VELOCITY show at Temescal Arts Center!  Join us for pizza at LaneSplitter's next door afterward? 

Heartland Plays has just published eight ten-minute plays by Ross Peter Nelson. The scripts available include pieces initially developed at Playground, the Pear Theatre, Southern Rep, and others.      

Gwen Loeb will be in a reading of Diane Sampson's play, THE GREATER GOOD, directed by Molly Noble, and then heading to New York to perform in Lisa Rafel and Gary Malkin's new musical CAN YOU HEAR ME BABY under the direction of Cara Reichel, the Producing Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company.

After performing in a sold-out run of VIETGONE at Seattle Rep in December, Will Dao will be returning to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (opens 2/25) and THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (opens 6/16).

George Maguire performed in a stage reading of DYNAMO for the Eugene O'Nell Festival. He is producing the film GENERATIONS - a SAG short shooting locally in March.

Lean In With Liz!, a ten-minute play by Rachel Bublitz, will be performed in Greenbrier Valley Theatre's 2017 New Voices Play Festival the first weekend of February in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Additionally Rachel's full-length play Ripped is receiving an in-house reading with Salt Lake Acting Company this January.

Meghan Trowbridge (O'Connor to you all) has taken on the role of Literary Director for PianoFight's Pint Sized Plays Festival. Submissions are now open to anyone who resides in the Bay Area, and has a play that is set in a bar. The plays should last only as long as it takes a character to finish a pint of beer - this could be a few seconds to a max of 8 pages. Find the submission guidelines and how to submit your scripts here:      

Writing  a post-apocalyptic immersive theater piece for an abandoned mine complex in Outokumpu, Finland, for the February 2017 incarnation of the international multimedia Decameron Project, during Finland's centennial celebration is our very own Ignacio Zulueta.

Teddy Spencer is currently preparing to begin the first US tour of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED) with the Reduced Shakespeare Company this January.

On Monday, January 9th at the GLBT History Museum 4127 18th Street, San Francisco, Rhino in the Castro presented a reading of TENN by Kathy Boussina. TENN, an evocation of celebrated gay playwright Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover, Frank Merlo, viewed through the lens of the unconventional therapeutic relationship that develops between Williams and his psychoanalyst.  As the play unfolds, Williams's haunted past surfaces and Frank struggles to save his partner and keep their love intact.


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