The PlayGround Experiment

A safe place for Playwrights, Actors and Others Creatives to Meet And Play!

Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 76

Featured Playwrights: Adam Parrish, Blair Ingenthron,  Brad Makarowski, David A. Gill , Erin Moughon, Ilene Fischer

Featured Actors: TBD

Name *
Name
PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Aug
4
3:00 PM15:00

The PG Evolution: Stage Experiments

Step 4 of The PG Evolution: Stage Experiments

Two plays continue the development process by adding directors, rehearsal and a little time.   Guests are requested to partake in  a short moderated talk back based on questions provided prior to reading.

 

Admission/Snacks are Free!    Wine $5    Raffle tickets  $5 Prizes TBA

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Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #17

Diversity/Representation in The Artistic Process
We're Here We’re Queer+

 

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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Aug
13
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 77

Featured Playwrights: Aaron Johnson, Andy Halliday, Christopher Buchanan, Marie Elena' O'Brien, Maura Kelley, Mike Lesser

Featured Actors: TBD

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Aug
27
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 78

Featured Playwrights: A. Jacks, Jonathan Calindas, Mandy Murphy, Marina Barry, Natalie Neckyfarow, Pete Casanave

Featured Actors: TBD

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

The PG Evolution: Stage Experiments

Step 4 of The PG Evolution: Stage Experiments

Two plays continue the development process by adding directors, rehearsal and a little time.   Guests are requested to partake in  a short moderated talk back based on questions provided prior to reading.

 

Admission/Snacks are Free!    Wine $5    Raffle tickets  $5 Prizes TBA

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Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 79

Featured Playwrights: Ariel Estrada, David Davila, David Michael Kirby, Jim Cairl, Ollie Fielding, Peter Macklin

Featured Actors: TBD

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 80

Featured Playwrights: Ericka Mitton, Jeanette Bonner, Laurel Lockhart,  Matt Silver, Noemi de la Puente, Thomas Dieter

Featured Actors: TBD

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #18

Diversity/Representation in The Artistic Process
From Thought to Page, Page To Stage

 

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

The PG Evolution: Required Reading #6

Read these 4 plays in the comfort of your home and then meet with the playwrights to discuss in a fun, safe, environment.  If you are attending you are required to read all 4 plays and have read The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionaire which will be used. You will receive the plays 10 days prior to event.

Plays/Playwrights:

To Be Announced

You will receive all four plays

Limited to 20 PlayGrounder's

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Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

Drop and Give Me 10: 6

A PG Experience "FUN"draiser

DROP AND GIVE ME 10

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Time to exercise your creative muscles. 

1. Playwrights will be assigned PlayGround Experiment Actors and writing prompts.

2.   Playwrights have one week to  write the first 10 minutes of their newest play with those actors in mind. 

3. Actors read this new work created for them as we celebrate the birth of this new work over food and wine.

Snacks/Beverages/Wine will be a plenty.

$10 Fundraising Contribution.

Onlookers encouraged to attend.

 

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Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #19

Politics in Theatre
Getting an MFA from the Electoral College

 

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

The PG Evolution: First Reads Festival #7

The First Reads Festival is a marathon of readings of full plays written by our playwrights and selected to be a part of The PG Evolution a development process.  Scenes from these plays have been featured throughout the Volumes. Prior to this table read all the plays were a part of Required Reading and now we are presenting them to be heard for the first time in full.  

Actors from our casting pool have been cast and will sit around a table and read the plays for the benefit of the playwright.  The audience will be invited to observe this  process  and be an active participant by filling out The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionnaire to help the playwright continue to develop their work

WE REQUEST A MINIMUM SUGGESTED DONATION OF $10,

TO HELP SUPPORT THIS AND OTHER PGE PROGRAMS

SNACKS AND BEVERAGES WILL BE PROVIDED.

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Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #20

Taboos in Theatre
Nudity, Violence, Profanity, etc.. Fun times? Or Theatre No-No’s?

 

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

The PG Education: Big Picture Brand Bootcamp

Your web presence is currently working for (or against) you—24/7 and around-the-world.

  Led by Tony Howell

Led by Tony Howell

In this exclusive workshop with digital guru Tony Howell, you will:
• Strategize a "big picture" plan for your brand, life and career.
• Learn how to balance online and offline, as well as personal and professional.
• Discover the simple secrets to successful photo and video shoots.
• End your website shame, confusion and fears.
• Get the formulas to achieve real results on social media.
• Stop the #1 mistake of Apple users everywhere.
• Start to love the power and possibilities provided by digital technology!

Whether you're an established presence or an emerging brand, do not miss this inspiring and informative workshop. You'll leave with a deeper sense of purpose, power and a more professionally polished presence!

No need to bring anything except a pen or a pencil—though smart phones and social media are welcomed and encouraged.


Tony Howell is a brand and digital strategist for Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Olivieraward-winning artists. Featured by Google, SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Actors’ EquityAssociation, and more, his writing also appears regularly in Backstage. Before becoming anentrepreneur, he was an actor performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, The Kennedy Center,National Tours, and more. His new job (and joy) is to #DesignYourFuture—building your brand and business to change the world. In additionto offering scholarships to his paid programs,Tony donates 100% of all the profits from his book, Artists to Artist to the ACLU, and apercentage of annual profits to The Actors Fund. 

$20 plus wine/snacks

PLEASE RSVP BELOW

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Name
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Jul
9
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 75

Featured Playwrights: Danielle Winston, Mario Soto, Nilsa Reyna, Olivia Reevell, Sarah Young, Tim Lorge

Featured Actors: TBD

Name *
Name
PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Jul
7
1:00 PM13:00

The PG Evolution: First Reads Festival #6

PLAYS/PLAYWRIGHTS:

1pm Joshua by Ollie Fielding

Featuring: Arthur Gregory Pugh, George Pappas, Jasmine Spiess, Monica Rounds, Nilsa Reyna

Is Joshua Bowden the #secondcoming? In a divided time when social media controls our lives, Joshua has the attention of the world and the belief of his flock, but can he earn the faith of his daughter?

3pm The Swinging Nuns by Marina Barry

Featuring:  Annie Keris, Betty Hudson, Claire Shiell, Sue Barrett, Topher Payne

Prayers received. Prayers answered. The Lord sure works in mysterious and comical ways in getting the nuns of Our Lady of Perpetual Motion Catholic High School out of their financial woes. Can they do-sa-do out of the red and into the black?

 

5:30pm Threaded in the Air by David Michael Kirby

Featuring: Catherine Overfelt, Laura Johnston, Madeleine Maby, Peter Macklin, Vaylyn Peterson

"To mend each tattered Faith/ There is a needle fair..."
One devastating loss after another has torn the young Edwards family apart. Will a haunting midnight journey through relationships past and present restore their love, their faith, their family?

7:30pm Into His Hand by Mandy Murphy

Featuring: A. Jacks,  Bryn Packard, Nicole Orabona, Paul Peglar

Welcome to the arena, where bull-riders are Kings and women can only watch. Meet Jessica Jackson, a rider’s gal, who's got everything she’s supposed to want. Will she be able to withstand the jolts and lurches of her life or will she be bucked off?

Name *
Name
Which play are you attending? *
Come to 1, 2, 3 or all 4.
Please bring a friend or 12.

 

Full Casts to be announced shortly.

TO HELP SUPPORT THIS AND OTHER PGE PROGRAMS

SUGGESTED DONATION OF $10,

SNACKS AND BEVERAGES WILL BE PROVIDED.

The First Reads Festival is a marathon of readings of full plays written by our playwrights and selected to be a part of The PG Evolution a development process.  Scenes from these plays have been featured throughout the Volumes. Prior to this table read all the plays were a part of Required Reading and now we are presenting them to be heard for the first time in full.  

Actors from our casting pool have been cast and will sit around a table and read the plays for the benefit of the playwright.  The audience will be invited to observe this  process  and be an active participant by filling out The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionnaire to help the playwright continue to develop their work

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Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #16

Enter pursued by Director
Enhancing The Director/ Playwright/Actor Dialogue

TALKING POINTS:

  • Who are you? What do you do? What are the qualities in a director you want to work with?
  • What are your expectations of the first day of rehearsal?
  • How does communication play a part in making that experience positive?
  • What are the tools that directors can use to foster a safe, creative environment? 
  • Under what circumstances might a director & playwright or director & actor relationship break down?
  • Directors: what are the behaviors of actors & playwrights that drive you crazy?    
  • Actors and Playwrights: What behaviors would label a director as difficult?
  • What are some common misconceptions about the director's job?
  • Should there be a conversation about "process"? When, and by whom?
  • When do directors have the right to make adjustments to the scripts?
  • How do you balance your own creative process needs with the needs of the other creatives? Should you be willing to compromise? If so, when and on what?

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

Name *
Name
What Best Describes You! SELECT ONLY ONE!

 

RSVP REQUIRED

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

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Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

The PG Education: The Art and Science of Auditioning

$20 to cover costs

PLEASE RSVP BELOW

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  Led by   LAURA STANCZYK, C.S.A.

Led by LAURA STANCZYK, C.S.A.

Laura Stanczyk is a Producer and an award winning Casting Director.
On Broadway, Off-Broadway & Nationally, she has cast SIDE SHOW, AFTER
MIDNIGHT, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, FOLLIES, LOMBARDI,
RAGTIME, IMPRESSIONISM, THE SEAFARER, RADIO GOLF, CORAM
BOY, TRANSLATIONS, DAMN YANKEES, DIRTY DANCING, CAREFREE,
POISON (Origin), THE GLORIOUS ONES (Lincoln Center Theatre), THE
CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Atlantic & International Tour), THE BROTHER
SISTER PLAYS (The Public), TRYST, FLIGHT, URINETOWN, WONDERFUL
TOWN and WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (with Kathleen Turner and
Bill Iriwn – also West End). Other theatre includes: BROADWAY CENTER
STAGE (The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), GHOST BROTHERS OF
DARKLAND COUNTY (John Mellencamp/Stephen King and T. Bone Burnett),
ARE YOU THERE MCPHEE (John Guare), COTTON CLUB PARADE
(Encores! with Jazz at Lincoln Center), HARPS AND ANGELS (Taper,) ME
MYSELF & I, FETCH CLAY MAKE MAN, GRUESOME PLAYGROUND
INJURIES (World Premier, Alley Theatre), THE GUARDSMAN (adapted by
Richard Nelson) (Kennedy Center), MASTER CLASS, THE LISBON
TRAVIATA , RAGTIME & BROADWAY THREE GENERATIONS (Kennedy
Center), GOLDEN AGE (Philadelphia Theatre Company), DON’T DRESS FOR
DINNER (Royal George, Chicago), THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (Gaiety
Theatre, Dublin / West End), GATE/BECKETT (Lincoln Center Festival), LONG
DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Druid Theatre Company, Galway and Dublin
Theatre Festival), THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Rough Magic,
Dublin). She regularly casts for Hartford Stage Company, Chicago Shakespeare
Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington D.C., The Alley Theatre, The

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Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 74

Featured Playwrights:  A. Jacks, David Davila, Kit Goldstein-Grant, Matt Silver, Peter Macklin, Ryan Ramirez

Featured Actors: TBD

Name *
Name
PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

Drop and Give Me 10 V: Who's Your Daddy?

A PG Experience "FUN"draiser

DROP AND GIVE ME 10 V: Who's Your Daddy?

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Time to exercise your creative muscles. 

1. Playwrights will be assigned PlayGround Experiment Actors and writing prompts.

2.   Playwrights have one week to  write the first 10 minutes of their newest play with those actors in mind. 

3. Actors read this new work created for them as we celebrate the birth of this new work over food and wine.

Writing Prompts ARE: 

1. First 10 minutes of a new play  

2. Something must “Drop”  (literal/metaphorical/symbolic)   

3. Must be a familial relationship in the scene.

4. Must takes place near water

5.  Something must be eaten during the scene.

TEAMS ARE: (Playwright in Bold)

Adam Parrish- Mandy Murphy, Rhonda Dodd

Erin Moughon-Kelsey Pressnall, Sevrin Anne Mason

Laurel Lockhart-Denise Ivanoff, Natalie Neckyfarow

Leif Meneke- Andrea Steiner, Jim Cairl, Marie Elena O’Brien

Mario Soto- Catherine Overfelt, Evan Edwards, Sonia Lopes  

Maura Kelley-Christine Smith, David Michael Kirby, Helene Galek

Mike  Lesser- Matt Silver, Prudence Wright Holmes

Nicholas Cocks-Danielle Clare, Paul Peglar

Solomon LeBlanc- David A. Gill. Lily Fryburg

Stuart Green- Jake Golliher, Matthew Menendez, Taylor Mitchell

Name *
Name
If you RSVP as an Actor we may ask you to read Stage Directions for one of the 10 play that are being read.

Snacks/Beverages/Wine will be a plenty.

$10 Fundraising Contribution.

Onlookers encouraged to attend.

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Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 73

Featured Playwrights: Aaron Johnson, Andy Halliday, Angela Hsu, Erin Moughon, Laurel Lockhart, Mike Lesser

Featured Actors: Amanda Shi, Andrew Griffen, Anne Newhall, Annie Kerris, Ari Rossen, Catherine Overfelt, Charlie Wilson, David A. Gill, Doug Rossi, Graceann Dorse, Imran Sheikh, Jason Nadal, Jayson Kerr, Jeffrey Vause, Jimmy Moon,
Khalid Rivera, Kirsten Hopkins, Kyle Minshew, Madeleine Maby, Maria Rojas, Marie Elena O'Brien, Mario Soto, Paul Pakler, Starr Kirkland, Topher Payne

Name *
Name
PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #15

Diversity/Representation in The Artistic Process
Ethnicity

Special Guest Moderator: Ariel Estrada

TOPICS To be Conversed: 

  • Who are you? What do you do? What do you want to take away from this experience?
  • How do we define diversity / equity / inclusion? What does diversity actually look like on stage?
  •  What are some positive examples of racially inclusive theater? Are there specific actors or writers who consistently nail it?
  • Which is more impactful: producing plays about diverse communities or casting roles more diversely? 
  • What are stereotypes? When is it justified to use them, if ever? 
  • How do we get actors of color to show up to calls that are not traditionally thought of as their type? How do we get theaters to cast outside of their comfort zone?
  • Who should have the final say in casting when diversity is involved? Playwright? Director? Producer? 
  •  If you're white, then what should the role/responsibility be, if any, in working towards more racially diverse theater? Where is the balance between not doing enough and taking over the cause?
  • What can we do, as an artistic community, to promote inclusion from the earliest stages of development that can influence professional levels?  

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Name *
Name
Select the one that best describes you!

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

The PG Evolution: Required Reading #6

Read these 4 plays in the comfort of your home and then meet with the playwrights to discuss in a fun, safe, environment.  If you are attending you are required to read all 4 plays and have read The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionaire which will be used. You will receive the plays 4 weeks prior to event.

Plays/Playwrights:

Threaded in the Air- David Michael Kirby

Cutter-Mandy Murphy

The Swinging Nuns- Marina Barry

Joshua- Ollie Fielding

You will receive all four plays By May 7th 

EVENT IS SOLD OUT! 

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The PG Evolution: Volume 72
May
28
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 72

Featured Playwrights: Christopher Buchanan Jenny Crakes, Marie Elena O'Brien, Pete Casanave, Prudence Holmes, Stuart Green

Name *
Name
PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

Featured Actors: Arthur Gregory Pugh, Ashley Jackson, Charlie Wilson, Daniel Hidalgo, Dave Droxler, David Sitler, Diane Quinn, Evan Edwards, James Edward Becton, Jasmine Spiess, Jayson Kerr, Kirsten Hopkins, Kyle Minshew, Leah Rabinowitz, Lily Fryburg, Lindsay Rootare, Mandy Murphy, Maria Isabella Rojas, Marie Eléna O'Brien, Michael Flood, Perryn Pomatto, Peter Macklin, Peyton Michelle Edwards, Sonia Lopes

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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The PG Evolution: Volume 71
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 71

Featured Playwrights: Adam Parrish, Danielle Winston, Evan Edwards, Kirsten Hopkins, Noemi de la Puente,  Thomas Dieter

Featured Actors: TBD

Name *
Name
PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #14

Life as An Artist:
Strategies for Surviving, Striving and Thriving

Talking Points:

·     What does your life as an Artist look like currently?

·     Describe a perfect day where you felt like an accomplished artist.

·     What are the best jobs / industries / gigs to keep your artistic life moving forward? 

·     What are your best tips/tricks for keeping artistic momentum?

·     What are your signs that you are in a slump?

·     What is the difference between taking a mental break vs. procrastinating? 

·     What questions do you ask yourself when deciding whether a gig/show/job is financially viable?

·     What resources do you use for news/auditions/submissions that keep you in the know and the mix?

·     How do you keep yourself artistically healthy?  Both physically and mentally? 

·     Is there something you learned tonight that you can implement to make success feel closer and accessible? 

Name *
Name
DICIPLINE! *
SELECT THE ONE THAT BEST SUITS YOU!

 

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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May
4
6:00 PM18:00

The PG Education: Taxes/Budget for the Artist

Now that tax season is done, learn about how to budget, prepare for next year with new tax laws and how to think about the money you are gonna make. 

$20 to cover costs

PLEASE RSVP BELOW

Name *
Name
  Led by Sandra Karas

Led by Sandra Karas

Sandra Karas is an attorney, tax accountant and estate/retirement planner with background in the arts, theatre, music and education.  She lectures regularly on tax, estate planning, debt management, budget and finances to myriad professional, labor and arts organizations.  Her philosophy and approach to her practice is to empower each client with the tools needed to navigate the unpredictable seas of his/her own financial and professional life.  With information comes understanding and the confidence to set attainable goals and manage the vagaries of life.  Sandra treats each client with the utmost of respect and values a mutually beneficial relationship.  She is proud of the many long-term associations she has cultivated and always welcomes a new member to the practice.  An avid volunteer, she also serves on the governing boards of 2 performing arts unions:  Actors’ Equity Association as its Secretary-Treasurer and SAG-AFTRA as a New York Local Board Member.  Among other duties, she is Director of VITA, an all-volunteer, pro bono tax assistance program.  Sandra earned her BFA from Ithaca College, her MA from Schiller International University in Berlin, Germany, her MFA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her JD from Syracuse University College of Law.  She is admitted in all New York State Courts, Federal District Court, United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court.  Sandra is married to Andrew Karas and they have two children:  Christina, an Environmental Scientist who lives in Maine and Alexander, a Mechanical Engineer who lives in New York.

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Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 70

Featured Playwrights: David A. Gill, Ilene Fischer, Jeffrey Vause, Kendra Augustin ,Leif Meneke, Maura Kelley

Featured Actors: TBD

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Apr
22
5:00 PM17:00

The PG Experience "Fun"draiser DANCEALATES®:Barre Class

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What is DANCEALATES®: Barre? A flowing, energizing workout that combines the core principles of Pilates with the strengthening, lengthening and toning techniques found in traditional jazz and ballet barre workouts. The perfect blend of deep muscle toning, core strength and flexibility with rhythms to fuel the fun and take your fitness to the next level.

This is a bare foot class please bring a mat or towel as there is some work on the floor. We will be playing showtunes the entire class. (Singing optional)

How to attend:

Or
send $10 to The PlayGround Experiment on VENMO
Please notate date you would like to attend.

RSVP Required
 
To ensure we have enough equipment and space. 

 

Name *
Name
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Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

The PG Experience "Fun"draiser DANCEALATES®:Barre Class

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What is DANCEALATES®: Barre? A flowing, energizing workout that combines the core principles of Pilates with the strengthening, lengthening and toning techniques found in traditional jazz and ballet barre workouts. The perfect blend of deep muscle toning, core strength and flexibility with rhythms to fuel the fun and take your fitness to the next level.

This is a bare foot class please bring a mat or towel as there is some work on the floor. We will be playing showtunes the entire class. (Singing optional)

How to attend:
Buy $10 worth of raffle tickets at Volume 69
Or
send $10 to The PlayGround Experiment on VENMO
Please notate date you would like to attend.

RSVP Required
 
To ensure we have enough equipment and space. 

 

Name *
Name
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Apr
9
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 69

Featured Playwrights: Blair Ingethron, Emily Comisar, Heidi Armbruster, Jonathan Calindas, Olivia Reevell, Ravin Patterson

Featured Actors: TBD

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #13

Diversity/Representation in The Artistic Process

Navigating Age, Height, Weight, Handicapable…

Questions to be Conversed:

Round Robbin / 1: What has brought you here today? Is there a specific demographic of diveristy you feel is misrepresented or excluded? What are the stigmas / sterotypes associated with it? 

2: When is it appropriate for someone to play a trait that is not their own? (For example: height, weight, age, autistic, mentally ill, disabled, deaf, blind, etc.) 

3. When does a writer have permission to create characters / stories outside of their own experience? 

4. How can we make the audience more accessible to people with disabilities? What are the financial costs in creating an inclusive production? 

5. When revisiting established pieces, what are the best tactics to inspire fresher, more diverse interpretations of the production? 

6. What are some examples of productions that have succeeded? Why? 

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This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 68

COME CELEBRATE OUR 3rd ANNIVERSARY!

Featured Playwrights: Andy Halliday, Jake Golliher,

Jill Pullara, Jona Tarin, Mike Lesser, Sarah Young

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Featured Actors: Andrew Glaszek, Andrew Griffin, A. Jacks, Catherine Overfelt, Charlie Wilson, Cheeyang Ng, Dave Droxler, David Michael Kirby, Evan Edwards, Jackson Perrin, Jayson Kerr, Kelvyn Mitchell, Madeleine Maby, Mandy Murphy, Marie Eléna O'Brien, Maya Rosewood, Michael Markham, Mischa Goodman, Nick Locilento, Nicholas Ortiz, Paul Pakler, Peter Macklin, Peyton Edwards, Sara Parcesepe, Tim Burke, Veronica Dang

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 67

Featured Playwrights: A. Jacks, Christopher Buchanan, David Michael Kirby, Erin Moughon-Smith, Jenny Crakes, Mrinalini Kamath

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

Featured Actors: TBD

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Mar
10
12:00 PM12:00

The PG Evolution: First Reads Festival #5

The First Reads Festival is a marathon of readings of full plays written by our playwrights and selected to be a part of The PG Evolution a development process.  Scenes from these plays have been featured throughout the Volumes. Prior to this table read all the plays were a part of Required Reading and now we are presenting them to be heard for the first time in full.  

Actors from our casting pool have been cast and will sit around a table and read the plays for the benefit of the playwright.  The audience will be invited to observe this  process  and be an active participant by filling out The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionnaire to help the playwright continue to develop their work

1:00 PM The Olympia by Laurel Lockhart

The place he wanted to escape. The place he once called home. The Olympia, an old world diner struggling to survive in small town, USA. What price is Daniel willing to pay to keep the dreams of a family alive?

Featuring: TBD

3:30 PM The GateKeeper by Blair Ingenthron

A frustrated TV star. A pushy producer. An ambitious beauty vlogger. A dedicated personal assistant. In modern day Hollywood, who really has the power?

Featuring: TBD

5:30 PM The Lady Warrior of Dundalk by T.S. Lorge

A bar in Dundalk, Ireland, 1961,  war plans are made, a man is betrayed and a woman tries to preserve her family.

Featuring: TBD

7:30 PM Aztec Pirates and The Insignificance of Life on Mars by David Davila

What makes someone a traitor to their race? Johnny Montenegro has just been accused of genocide by the man he’s been tasked with deporting. In a split-second he’ll have to choose between his identify, his duty, and his sanity.

 Featuring: TBD

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Which Play Are you Attending? *
Come to one , 2 , 3 or all 4?
Brining Friends is totally encouraged.

WE REQUEST A MINIMUM SUGGESTED DONATION OF $10, TO HELP SUPPORT THIS AND OTHER PGE PROGRAMS.

SNACKS AND BEVERAGES WILL BE PROVIDED.

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Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #12

Demystifying Constructive Criticism

 Enhancing The Actor/Playwright Dialogue

Topics to be Conversed:

What is your utopian relationship between a playwright and an actor?

Playwrights: What are the questions you love to get from actors?

Actors: What are the questions you love to get from playwrights?

Playwrights: What are the behaviors from actors that are pet peeves?

Actors: What are the behaviors that define a playwright as difficult?

Playwrights: Is it appropriate for actors to give line suggestions, alterations to scene, suggestions for plot? If so, when?

Actors: Is it appropriate to ask a playwright to help with line readings, character help, scene misinterpretation? If so, when?

Playwrights: When getting feedback (questions, comments, criticism) what are the most helpful ways to phrase that feedback?

Actors: When being asked for feedback from a playwright, how should they phrase their questions to get the actor’s POV ?

All: What tips, skills, tricks do you use to not take feedback personally?

All: What critiquing technique’s have you used when working on new works?

e.g. The Liz Lerhman Technique?  The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionnaire? 

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots  RSVP REQUIRED

Name *
Name

 

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

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Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 66

Featured Playwrights: Aaron Johnson, Andrea Magder, Dave Droxler/Paul Pakler, Kirsten Hopkins, Noemi de la Puente, Thomas Dieter

Featured Actors: TBD

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Name
PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Feb
18
5:00 PM17:00

Drop and Give Me 10: IV a new beginning

A PG Experience "FUN"draiser

DROP AND GIVE ME 10

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Time to exercise your creative muscles. 

1. Playwrights will be assigned PlayGround Experiment Actors and writing prompts.

2.   Playwrights have one week to  write the first 10 minutes of their newest play with those actors in mind. 

3. Actors read this new work created for them as we celebrate the birth of this new work over food and wine.

We are super excited to have you all be a part of this exciting Program.  Please Confirm you read and received.

5 Criteria Must be Included:   

1. First 10 minutes of a new play  

2. Something must “Awaken”  (literal/metaphorical/symbolic)   

3. Something must be associated with the month of February

4. Play starts in a Laundromat

5.  A Language other than English is used

Playwright/Actor Match-Ups

Adam Parrish-Christine Smith,Madeleine Maby, Marie Elena’ OBrien
David A. Gill- Denise Ivanoff, Helene Galek
David M. Kirby-David Sitler, Jasmine Spiess
Evan Edwards-Catherine Overfelt,Loralee Tyson
Jillian Pullara- Kelvyn Mitchell,Marta Rymer
Marina Barry- Charlie Wilson, Kirsten Hopkins
Matt Silver- Jenny Crakes, Leah Rabinowitz
Maura Kelly- Khalid Rivera, Nick Locilento
Prudence Holmes- Peyton Edwards, Sara Parcesepe
Stuart Green- Elizabeth Jasicki, Michael Flood

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If you attend as an Actor you may be asked to read stage directions.

Snacks/Beverages/Wine will be a plenty.

$10 Fundraising Contribution.

Onlookers encouraged to attend.

 

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