Each month, from October through March, PlayGround announces a topic to a pre-selected writer's pool of Bay Area emerging professional playwrights, inviting the submission of original ten-page plays. The best six of these plays are presented as staged readings before a live audience on the third Monday of the month at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, featuring some of the Bay Area's best directors and actors. PlayGround opens the season with a special "Alumni Night" performance and celebration. Pre-show discussions each month provide additional insight into the writers' process, the state of Bay Area theatre, and other aspects emerging out of the monthly topics.
Topic: THE MOZART MUSICALS
Six Short Musicals inspired by the topic "We hold these truths to be self-evident"
and set to Mozart's Serenade No. 13 in G Major ("Eine Kleine Nachtmusik")
with live accompaniment by Katie Wreede (viola) and Carla Kaufman (cello)
Presented in association with 42nd Street Moon
American Man by Vanessa Flores, (assistant directed by LeeAnn Dowd!)
We Were Promised by Tanya Grove
We Hold These Children by Genevieve Jessee
Anna Verdad for State Rep by Meghan O'Connor
The Green Book, 1954 Edition by Maury Zeff
The Dream of the Founding Mother by Ignacio Zulueta