The PlayGround Experiment

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Volume 51

The PlayGround Experiment Volume 51


Special Thanks to Welcoming Committee of Marie Eléna O'Brien and Nick Locilento. Stage Directions by Aja Singletary and Thomas Dieter.

Photos by Danielle Winston.

 

ACT 1

Inspection
By Laurel Lockhart
Read by Kirsten Hopkins and Paul Pakler
SD: Thomas

 

The Incident
By Emily Comisar
Read by Christine Redhead and David Michael Kirby
SD: Aja

 

Let There Be Love
By Mrinalini Kamath
Read by David Adam Gill, Joy Jacobs, Paul Peglar, Sajiv Pillai, and Yvette King
SD: Thomas

Intermission


ACT 2

Scarlet Flame
By Danielle Winston
Read by Charlie Wilson and Priyanka Krishnan
SD:  Aja

 

Thin Blue Line
By Brad Makarowski
Read by David Davila, Diana Cherkas, Drew Jordan, and Sharlene Hartman
SD: Thomas

 

Waiting for Waiting
By Miles Butler
Read by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk, Amy Lopatin, Dante Jayce, Jj Condon, Rhonda Dodd, and Starr Kirland
SD: Aja

Volume 50

The PlayGround Experiment Volume 50

WOW! We're 50!!!! What a great way to celebrate. Kudos to all playwrights, actors and attendees. Special thanks to Welcoming Committee of John Robert Tillotson and Mrinalini Kamath. Stage Directions read by Karen Elliott and Spencer Aste.

Thanks again to Photographer with the mostest Priyanka Krishnan.

 


 
ACT 1

Shut Up I’m on a Diet
By Catherine Weingarten
Read by Paul Peglar and Rachel Franco
SD:  Karen

 

Patty
By Manning Jordan
Read by Nilsa Reyna and Marie Eléna O'Brien
SD: Spencer

 

Daughters of the Dewy Decimal
By Jona Tarlin
Read by Ashley Marie Ortiz, Cait Johnston, Kerry Kastin, Kirsten Hopkins, and Mischa Goodman
SD:  Karen

Intermission


ACT 2

Aztec Pirates and the Insignificance of Life on Mars
By David Davila
Read by Alexandra Castro, Daniel Hidalgo, Lillian De Leon, Raul Meruelo, and Selina Fonesca
SD: Spencer

 

McGurk’s Suicide Hall
By Evan Edwards
Read by Andrew Glaszek, Bryn Packard, Diana Cherkas, Jackson Perrin, Jasmine Spiess, Spencer Aste, Tim Torre, and Yvette King
SD: Karen

 

Pitchfork in the Road
By Dave Droxler/Paul Pakler
Read by Betty Hudson, Courtney Williams, Dave Droxler, Jayson Kerr, Paul Pakler, and Priyanka Krishnan
SD: Spencer

Volume 49

The PlayGround Experiment Volume 49


Stage Direction by Amy Hayes and Tim Laschkolnig. Special Thank to Welcoming Committee Natalie Neckyfarow and Marina Barry.

Photos by the awesome Priyanka Krishnan.

 

ACT 1

Fragments
By Andy Halliday
Read by Andrew Glaszek and Jeffrey Vause
SD:  Amy

 

Of Life Will By
By Ashley “Ajax” Jackson
Read by Charlie Wilson and Starr Kirkland
SD: Tim

 

By Amy Gijsbers van Wijk
Read by Madeleine Maby, Miles Butler, Priyanka Krishnan, and Todd Butero
SD:  Amy

Intermission


ACT 2

Evil In His Mind
By Frank J. Avella
Read by David Michael Kirby, Derek Martin, Jake Robertson, and Yvette King
SD: Tim

 

Stardust or The End Of Martin
By Leif Meneke
Read by Ariel Estrada, David Adam Gill, George Pappas, Josette Marina Murray, and Stacey Raymond
SD: Amy

 

Middle Management
By Diana Cherkas
Read by Adam Parrish, Alexandra Bonesho, Jasmine Spiess, Julia Botero, Kirsten Hopkins, Mike Lesser, and Theresa Cao
SD: Adam

Volume 48

The PlayGround Experiment Volume 48


What a great night. Kudos to all Playwrights, Actors and on lookers. Special Thanks to Welcoming Committee of Adam Parrish and Diana Sara Cherkas. Stage Directions by Eugenia D'Ambroise and Matt Silver. Special Thanks to Photos by Ericka Mitton!

Stage Directions:
Eugenia D'Ambrosio/Matt Silver

Photos by Ericka Mitton
 

 


ACT 1

Minions on the Moon
By John Robert Tillotson
Read by Andrew Glaszek
SD:  Eugenia

 

Ad Nausuem
By Christopher Buchanan
Read by Dana Kaufman and David Adam Gill
SD: Matt

 

Swinging Nuns
By Marina Barry
Read by Betty Hudson, Catherine Overfelt, Kendra Augustin, Theresa Cao, and Tim Torre  
SD: Eugenia

Intermission


ACT 2

From A to Double D
By Mandy Murphy
Read by Caitlin Mileon, Raul Meruelo, and Roberta Ahrens
SD: Matt

 

The Wrights
By Jonathan Calindas
Read by Graceann Dorse, Jayson Kerr, Jeffrey Vause, Julia Botero, and Miles Butler
SD:  Eugenia

 

Magic Violin
By Ollie Fielding
Read by Claire Shiell, David Michael Kirby, Eugenia D'Ambrosio, and Paul Pakler
SD: Matt
 

Volume 47

The PlayGround Experiment Volume 47
Kudos to all writers, actors and all in earshot of Think Coffee. Exciting new work, Chicken soup and fun was had by all, well only the raffle winners got the chicken soup. Special Thanks to our Welcoming Committee David Adam Gill, Julia Botero, Nilsa Reyna. And to our amazing Stage Direction readers: Christopher Buchanan and Marie Eléna O'Brien.

Stage Directions:
Christopher Buchanan/Marie Eléna O'Brien

 
ACT 1

White People’s Problems
By Mike Lesser
Read by Diana Cherkas, Jayson Kerr, Jonathan Chang, and John Racioppo
SD:  Marie Eléna

 

Abomination!
By Adam Parrish
Read by Ari Rossen, Chad Anthony Miller, Jimmy Moon, Marie Eléna O'Brien, and Rhonda Dodd
SD: Christopher

 

Reservations
By Jeffrey Vause
Read by Amber Avant, Christopher Buchanan, Elise Hudson, Paul Pakler, and Raul Mereulo
SD:  Marie Eléna
Intermission

ACT 2

One in a Thousand Thousand
By David Michael Kirby
Read by Catherine Overfelt and Charlie Wilson
SD: Christopher 

 

Cracks
By Jacob Marx Rice
Read by Mandy Murphy, Peyton Edwards, Theressa Coa, and Tim Burke
SD: Marie Eléna

 

Westerners
By Kit Goldstein Grant
Read by Andrew Glaszek, Brad Makarowski, Courtney Williams, and Hakim Rashad
SD: Christopher

Volume 46

The PlayGround Experiment Volume 46 A some celebrating a holiday we at the PGE celebrated the work of our amazing actors and playwrights. Kudos to all who attended. Special thanks to Ashley Jackson for being the host with the most! Mandy Murphy, Jasmine Spiess for being a welcoming Welcoming Committee. David Michael Kirby for doing double duty and Welcoming and Photographer!

Stage Directions:
Chad Anthony Miller

Photos by David Michael Kirby

 


ACT 1

Bobby’s Home
By David Brian Colbert
Read by Akyiaa Wilson, Charlie Wilson, Rhonda Dodd, and Sheila Joon

 

Untitled Ghost Play
By Blair Ingethron
Read by Cait Johnston, Estelle Lee, Raul Meruelo, and Ysabel Jasa

 

The C-Word
By Matthew Hardy
Read by Alexandra Bonesho, Katherine Puma, and Kirsten Hopkins

 

ACT 2

Fair Trade
By Nilsa Reyna
Read by Bryn W Packard, Julia Botero, Lillian De Leon, Mandy Murphy, and Maria Rojas

 

Experimenting with Katz
By David A. Gill
Read by Anne Newhall, Jacob Lovendahl, Marie Eléna O'Brien, and Paul Pakler

Volume 45

The PlayGround Experiment Volume 45 and 2nd Anniversary. What a way to celebrate 2 years of bringing artists together! Thank to all the artists who came to celebrate, participate and enjoy each other. Super Thanks to our welcoming committee Diana Sara Cherkas, Jeffrey Vause and Kit Goldstein Grant. To the photographic eye of Priyanka Krishnan. And to our Stage Directions Folk Maya Rosewood and Roy Flores. We are thrilled that you have found a HOME with us at The PlayGround Experiment.

Stage Directions:
Maya Rosewood / Roy Flores

Photos by Priyanka Krishnan

 


ACT 1

Hometown
By Laurel Lockhart
Read by Ari Rossen and David Michael Kirby
SD: Maya

 

Dropping the Handercheif
By Kendra Augustin
Read by Priyanka Krishnan and Raul Meruelo
SD: Roy

 

Happy Valentines
By Kimberly Kalaja
Read by Katherine Puma, Natalie Neckyfarow, and Ysabel Jasa
SD: Maya


ACT 2

The Olde Curiosity Shoppe
By Brad Makarowski
Read by Alexandra Bonesho, Amber Avant, David Adam Gill, Kyle Minshew, Marie Eléna O'Brien, and Miles Butler
SD: Roy

 

Untitled Matchmaking Play
By Mrinalini Kamath
Read by Alexandra Castro, Govind Kumar, and Paul Pakler
SD: Maya

 

Angels Watching From Afar
By Christopher Buchanan
Read by Christine Redhead, Chris Smith, and Courtney Williams
SD: Roy

Volume 44

Volume 44 was voluminous!!! 36 actors 6 playwrights. Friends. Prizes and no booze and we still had an amazing time! Kudos to everyone who attended, participated, thought about coming but had to make dat money, but will make it to another one. Special thanks to Welcoming Committee Rock stars: Christopher Buchanan, Natalie Neckyfarow. And special thank you to our Photographer extraordinaire Priyanka Krishnan!

Stage Directions:
Evan Edwards/Sharlene Hartman

Photos by Priyanka Krishnan

 


ACT 1

Westerners
By Kit Goldstein-Grant
Read by Andrew Glaszek, Brendan Daugherty, Courtney Williams, and Joshua Fulton
SD: Sharlene

 

AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS
By David Davila
Read by Alexandra Castro, Gabriel Bernal, Lillian Andrea De Leon, Nicholas Robert Ortiz, Raul Meruelo, and Selina Fonesca
SD: Evan

 

Wounded Knee
By William Wade
Read by Chris Smith, Dana Kaufman, Evan Edwards, Rich Gomez, Tim Burke, and Ysabel Jasa
SD: Sharlene
Intermission
ACT 2

 

The Reluctant Recluse
By John Robert Tillotson
Read by Anne Newhall, David Michael Kirby, Gilbert Cruz, Grant Neale, Jodie Lynne McClintock, and Sharlene Hartman

 

Middle Management
By Diana Cherkas
Read by Ari Rossen, Evan Edwards, Jackson Perrin, Jasmine Spiess, Jeffrey Vause, Kirsten Hopkins, and Sharlene Hartman
SD: Sharlene/Evan

 

Pitchfork in the Road
By Dave Droxler and Paul Pakler
Read by Ariel Estrada, Betty Hudson, Dave Droxler, Jayson Kerr, Paul Pakler, Priyanka Krishnan, and Starr Kirkland
SD: Evan

 

Volume 43

Thanks to the Welcoming Committee of Christopher Buchanan, Diana Sara Cherkas and Emily Cordes. Stage Directions read by Jeneen Terrana and Arthur Gregory Pugh. Photographer Extraordinaire James Eden.

Stage Directions:
Arthur Gregory Pugh/ Jeneen Terrana 

Photos by James Eden

 

ACT 1

From A to Double D
By Mandy Murphy
Read by Lillian Andrea De Leon and Nicholas Robert Ortiz
SD: Jeneen

 

The Gatekeeper
By Blair Ingethron
Read by Michael Markham and Sarah Young
SD: Arthur

 

Guru
By Jessica Luck
Read by Cait Johnston, Cotton Wright, and Starr Kirkland
SD: Jeneen


ACT 2

The C-Word
By Matthew Hardy
Read by Alexandra Bonesho, Katherine Puma, and Marie Elena’ OBrien
SD: Arthur

 

Or Life Will…
By Ashley “Ajax” Jackson- 
Read by Amy Seidel, Dante Jayce, and Arthur Gregory Pugh
SD: Jeneen

 

How to Murder Your Ex
By Leif Meneke
Read by Ari Rossen, Courtney Williams, Jonas Cohen, and Rich Gomez
SD: Arthur

Volume 42

What a great evening as always. Kudos to all who came and played with us. Special thanks to our Welcoming Committee of Leif Meneke and Mandy Murphy. And to our Photographer for the evening James Eden!

Stage Directions:
Dante Jayce/Kirsten Hopkins

Photos by James Eden

ACT 1

Judith
By Melisa Annis
Read by Betty Hudson and Julia Botero
SD: Kirsten

 

The Pet Play
By Noemi de la Puente
Read by Jonas Cohen, Ysabel Jasa, Dante Jayce, and Kirsten Hopkins
SD: Dante/Kirsten

 

White People’s Problems
By Mike Lesser
Read by Cotton Wright, Daniel Anthony Hidalgo, Jayson Kerr, and Paul Pakler
SD: Kirsten


ACT 2

Abomination
By Adam Parrish
Read by Ari Rossen, Charlie Wilson, David Adam Gill, Ellen Toomey, Jimmy Moon, and Laurel Lockhart
SD:Dante 

 

Rude Awakenings
By Marie Eléna O'Brien
Read by Caitlin Mileon, Dave Droxler, David Gill, Evan Edwards, Marie Eléna O'Brien, Priyanka Krishnan, Steven Peacock Jacoby
SD: Kirsten

 

Checked Out
By Alex Castro
Read by Brendan Daugherty, David Michael Kirby, Lillian Andrea De Leon, Manny Sanchez, and Raul Meruelo
SD: Dante
 

Volume 41

The PlayGround Experiment:
The PG Evolution: Volume 41
Welcoming Committee:
Jeaniene Green/ Laurel Lockhart/ Priyanka Krishnan

Stage Directions:
Miles Butler/ Peyton Edwards

Photos by Tim Lorge

 
ACT 1

24 Hours
By Marina Barry
Read by Cait Johnston and Jonas Cohen
SD: Miles

 

 

The Wrights
By Jonathan Calindas
Read by Brad Makarowski, Chris Smith, Maria Peyramaure, Miles Butler, Ysabel Jasa
SD: Miles

 

Incomplete Party
By Danielle Winston
Read by Charlie Wilson and Diana Cherkas
SD: Miles

 

ACT 2

My Three Rooms
By Rachel Mann
Read by Nancy Nagrant and Nina Covalesky
SD: Peyton
 

 

Unfinished
By David A. Gill
Read by Carla Briscoe, Kelsey Claire, Kim Reinle, Marie Eléna O'Brien, and Peyton Edwards
SD: Peyton

 

 

Please Fuck Me, I’m Lonely
By Andy Halliday
Read by Andrew Glaszek, Andrew Schoomaker, Daniel Anthony Hidalgo, David Michael Kirby, and Jeffrey Vause
SD: Peyton
 

Volume 40

The PG Evolution Volume 40
What an exciting 1st Volume of 2017. All the playwrights and actors were in top form and the excitement was percolating like the delicious coffee sold at Think coffee on Mercer street. (insert smile) Thanks to everyone who came out to support. Special thank to our welcoming committee of Andy and Courtney! Super star Stage Direction readers Juan & Jasmine And of course photohostest with the mostest Tim Lorge.

Welcoming Committee:
Andy Halliday/Courtney Williams
Stage Directions:
Jasmine Spiess / Juan Roman Jr.
 

 


ACT 1

Johnnie Rosalies Turn
By Jeaniene Green
Read by Arthur Gregory Pugh, Christine Smith, and Natasha A. Williams
SD: Juan

 

Tomorrow We Love
By Jeffrey Vause
Read by Andrew Glaszek, Jeffrey Vause, Sarah Young, and Tim Torre
SD:  Jasmine

 

A Sequel
By Jona Tarlin
Read by Cait Johnston, Joy Lynn Jacobs, and Kyle Minshew
SD: Juan


ACT 2

Cracks
By Jacob Marx Rice
Read by Caitlin Mileon, David Michael Kirby, Mandy Murphy, and Priyanka Krishnan
SD: Jasmine

 

The Walk-Up
By Emily Comisar
Read by Diane Quinn, Elise Hudson, Jasmine Spiess, Jim Cairl, Marie Eléna O'Brien, Natalie Neckyfarow, and Paul Pakler
SD:  Juan

 

Members of the Choir
By Evan Edwards
Read by Andrew Glaszek, Anthony Aloise, Brian Childers, David Adam Gill, Ian Whitt, Jayson Kerr, Raul Meruelo, Spencer Aste, and Tomike Lee Ogugua
SD:  Jasmine 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume 39

The PlayGround Experiment Volume 39 Last of the year and it was awesome as always. Special Thanks to Welcoming committee superstars Dana Kaufman and Evan Edwards. And of course photos by Tim Lorge

Stage Directions:
Mandy Murphy/Tim Burke

 

ACT 1

 

Box Thorn
By Jim Cairl
Read by Diana Cherkas and Vishaal Reddy
SD: Tim

 

The Gatekeeper
By Blair Ingethron
Read by Bryn W Packard, Cait Johnston, and David Michael Kirby
SD:  Mandy

 

It’s Not Carmen
By Laurel Lockhart
Read by Charlie Wilson, Courtney Williams, David Adam Gill, and Jeaniene Green
SD: Tim


ACT 2

 

Abuelas or the Poverty Cycle
By David Davila
Read by Alexandra Castro, Julia Botero, Lillian Andrea De Leon, Lizette Cruz, and Nicole Orabona
SD: Mandy

 

Vatican Falls
By Frank J. Avella
Read by Andrew Glaszek, Brendan Daugherty, Carlotta Brentan, Ian Whitt, and Peter Endrigian
SD: Tim

 

Rude Awakenings
By Marie Elena’ O’Brien
Read by *Ari Rossen, Brian Dykstra, Dave Droxler, Mandy Murphy, Marina Barry, Paul Pakler, and Priyanka Krishnan
*SD:  Ari 

 

Volume 38

The PlayGround Experiment Volume 38
What a fun night. Kudos as always to all the actors and playwrights and those who came out to support. Special thanks to the amazing Welcoming Committee Ashley Jackson, David Michael Kirby and Evan Edwards. Stage Direction read by the dynamic duo of Leah Raymond and Stacey Raymond. Photos by Tim Lorge! YAY Tim.

 

 

Stage Directions:
Leah Raymond/Stacey Raymond 

ACT 1

Untitled
By John Tillotson
Read by John Tillotson
SD: N/A

 

The Giant Hoax

By Kit Goldstein-Grant
Read by Dave Droxler, Diana Cherkas, Jeffrey Vause, Maya Rosewood, Thea Brooks, and Tim Burke
SD:  Stacey 

 

Pet Play
By Noemi de la Puente
Read by Leah Raymond, Lillian de Leon, Matt Hardy, and Stacey Raymond
SD: Leah/Stacey


ACT 2

White People’s Problems
By Mike Lesser
Read by Cait Johnston, Hakim McMillian, John Racioppo, and Jon Wan
SD: Leah

 

All Catherine
By Marina Barry
Read by Daniel Hidalgo, Jennifer Fouche, Katherine Puma, Nancy Nagrant, and Socorro Santiago
SD: Leah

 

Ian & Maggie
By Tim Lorge
Read by Ari Rossen, David Gill, Graceann Dorse, Michael Markham, Priyanka Krisnan, and Sharlene Hartman
SD:  Stacey 

 

Volume 37

The PlayGround Experiment Volume 37
We as an artistic community needed to be together and do what we do. Support, Love and cr\m Lorge.

 

 

ACT 1

The Rule Book Can’t Apply
By Christopher Buchanan
Read by Dana Kaufman, Diana Cherkas, and Ysabel Jasa

 

wAke-Journey
By David Michael Kirby
Read by Andrew Glaszek and Tim Torre

 

For Grandma Tina
By Ashley “Ajax” Jackson
Read by Betty Hudson and Starr Kirkland


ACT 2

Rhythms
By Mrinalini Kamath
Read by Alexandra Castro, Joy Jacobs, and Ren Jackson

 

Babies with Rabies
By Jonathan Calindas
Read by Dave Droxler, Jasmine Spiess, and Jeffrey Vause

 

Unfinished
By David A. Gill
Read by Kelsey Claire, Kim Reinle, Marie Eléna O'Brien, and Wendy Herlich