Monday Night PlayGround “Adapt a Folktale or Myth"”
Mon Feb 20 2023 at 07:00 pm
Freight & Salvage | Berkeley, CA
Zhǐyào nǐ xīn chéng zhì jiān, niàn niàn huíshǒu chù, jìshì língshān.
“Nothing in this world is difficult, but thinking makes it seem so. Where there is true will, there is always a way.” – The Monkey King, from Journey to the West, a classic Chinese mythology story
Playwright incubator PlayGround has announced the prompt for the fifth Monday Night PlayGround staged reading event of its 29th season. Thirty-six San Francisco Bay Area writers had just four-and-a-half days to generate their original scripts inspired by the prompt to ADAPT A CLASSIC FOLK TALE OR MYTH as they vie for one of six slots in the next round of this year’s Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, presented live at Freight & Salvage and simulcast online on February 20th at 7pm PT. PlayGround’s sister companies, PlayGround LA, PlayGround NY and – new this year! – PlayGround Chicago will present their own interpretations of the theme on February 13, February 27, and March 6, respectively. All PlayGround programs in all four regions are being performed under SAG-AFTRA New Media agreements, providing union wages and protections for all performers. Monday Night PlayGround is admission-free (donations gratefully accepted) and advance reservations are required. For the complete schedule or to reserve tickets, visit https://playground-sf.org/monday.
PlayGround’s celebrated Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series on third Mondays are held in-person this year at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage (although the November 21 performance was held at Potrero Stage). Each month, PlayGround announces a topic and writers have just four-and-a-half days to generate their original ten-page script. The top six scripts are matched with directors and a cast of leading local professionals and rehearsed for just ninety minutes on the day of the performance. The six short plays are performed as script-in-hand staged readings for an in-person and live-stream viewing audience. 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 short play showcase, Best of PlayGround. Advance reservations are required. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted and directly support artist compensation. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for in-person performance at Potrero Stage.
PlayGround’s 2022-23 Writers Pool, the thirty-six Bay Area-based writers competitively selected to participate in the monthly series, are: Monique Hafen Adams, Barbara Anderson, Esther Banegas Gatica, Nicole Bruno, Madeleine Butler, Jediah Craig, Cherielyn Ferguson, Ipsheeta Furtado, Sam Hurwitt, Tejahra Jacobs, Lisa Kang, Ruth Kirschner, Anne Yumi Kobori, Steve Koppman, Jennifer Le Blanc, Kristy Lin Billuni, Justin P. Lopez, David MacFadden-Elliott, Daniel Martinez, Bacilio Mendez II, Matthew Morishige, Vicky Pham, Bridgette Portman, Alexis Roblan, Anthony Sampson Semandiris, David Schweidel, Susan Sher, Marissa Skudlarek, Alexis Standridge, Max Tachis, Lisa Thompson, Eteya Trinidad, Michael Tuton, Kaz Valtchev, Michael Waterson, Christian Wilburn, Maggie Wilson+, Maury Zeff
Supporting PlayGround playwrights and the Monday Night series are the members of the PlayGround Company, representing some of the Bay Area’s leading directors, actors, designers, and stage managers. The 2022-23 PlayGround Company includes: Molly Aaronson-Gelb, Angel Adedokun, Patrick Alparone, Liz Anderson, Rinabeth Apostol, Michael Asberry, Michael Barrett Austin, Mary Baird, Aldo Billingslea, Millie Brooks, Julia Brothers, Nicole Apostol Bruno, Lizzie Calogero, Ron Campbell, Joy Carlin, Nancy Carlin, Tessa Corrie, David Cramer, Will Dao, Anne Darragh, Dodds Delzell, Livia Gomes Demarchi, Carolyn Doyle, Nora el Samahy, Rebecca Ennals, Gisela Feied, Britney Frazier, Michael French, Claire Ganem, Sarah Gasser, Norman Gee, Douglas B. Giorgis, Amy Glazer, Cindy Goldfield, BW Gonzalez, Gabriel Grilli, Christian Haines, Rosie Hallett, Eric Fraisher Hayes, Brian Herndon, Monica Ho, Laura Humphrey, J Jha, Colin Johnson, Jennifer King, Dean Koya, Danielle Levin, Amy Lizardo, Jeffrey Lo, Gwen Loeb, George Maguire, Melanie Marshall, Alicia Mason, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong, Julia McNeal, Bacilio Mendez II, Sam Misner, Brady Morales-Woolery, Lisa Morse, Khary L. Moye, Molly Noble, Joseph Patrick O’Malley, Karen Offereins, Annete Oliveira, Soren Oliver, Ely Sonny Orquiza, Melissa Ortiz, Doyle Ott, June Palladino, Carla Pantoja, Louis Parnell, Jed Parsario, Michael Phillis, Krystle Piamonte, Rebecca Pingree, Stephanie Prentice, Ezra Reaves, Virginia Reed, Cathleen Riddley, Katja Rivera, Adrian Roberts, Stacy Ross, Adam Roy, Katie Rubin, Patrick Russell, Lindsey Marie Schmeltzer, Louel Senores, Robert Sicular, Jeunee Simon, M. Graham Smith, Ken Sonkin, Lauren Spencer, Teddy Spencer, Chris Steele, Howard Swain, Jomar Tagatac, Emilie Talbot, Danielle Thys, Isabel Anne To, Jon Tracy, Dane Troy, Mark Rafael Truitt, Liam Vincent, Ian Walker, Maryssa Wanlass, Tracy Ward , Reggie D. White, Aaron Wilton, Elena Wright
PlayGround, California’s leading playwright incubator, provides unique development opportunities for the Bay Area’s, Los Angeles’ and now New York’s and Chicago’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 300 early career playwrights, developing and staging more than 1,000 of their original short plays through the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series and the PlayGround Festival. PlayGround has also commissioned 100 new full-length plays by 70 of these writers through its Commissioning Initiative and, through the innovative New Play Production Fund, has directly facilitated the premiere of 34 plays at theatres of every size, including three that have gone on to NYC and other major theater communities. In 2017, PlayGround renovated and relaunched the former Thick House Theater in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill as Potrero Stage, a state-of-the-art center for new plays, home to PlayGround’s expanding artistic programs and some of the Bay Area’s most distinguished new play developers and producers. Over the past twenty-eight years, PlayGround has served to identify some of the most important new local voices for the theatre. PlayGround’s alumni have gone on to win local, national, and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Glickman Awards (4 of the past 5 winners!), Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and The Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, among others. PlayGround received the 2009 Paine Knickerbocker Award for outstanding contributions to Bay Area theatre, 3 BATCC Awards for Best Original Script for PlayGround commissions, a 2014 National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing (founder of the Tony Awards®), and a 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
WHAT: PlayGround Announces Topic for Fifth Monday Night PlayGround of Season 29: “ADAPT A CLASSIC FOLKTALE OR MYTH”
WHERE: Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
WHEN: Monday, February 20th, 2022 at 7pm PT
Final Season Date:
March 20, 2023, 7pm Pacific
TICKETS: Admission is free (donations gratefully accepted) but advance reservations are recommended. To reserve tickets for in-person or online viewing, visit https://tickets.playground-sf.org.
COVID PROTOCOLS: Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all in-person attendees. For the complete safety protocols, visit https://potrerostage.org/health-safety-protocols.
Where is it happening?Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, United States
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