The Best of PlayGround 10: A Festival of New Writers & New Plays
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Grand and uplifting, Les Misérables is a powerful affirmation of the human spirit and one of the most popular musicals of all time. Woodminster Amphitheater hosts an outdoor production of this tale of passion and revolution in 19th-century France, which won seven Tony Awards on Broadway and was made into an Oscar-nominated film. Cozy up under a blanket and watch ex-convict Jean Valjean's struggle for redemption and the young, innocent love of his adopted daughter Cosette and the student Marius are set against the tumultuous backdrop of the French Revolution. It's a celebration of the human struggle for love, justice and happiness in the face of hardship, carried forward on a gorgeous score, including the beloved songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "One day More," "Do You Hear the People Sing?" and more. Learn More
PlayGround, San Francisco’s incubator for the next generation of playwrights, marks its 10th anniversary this season of The Best of PlayGround: A Festival of New Writers & New Plays. Festival evenings are comprised of seven fully-produced short plays (approximately 10 minutes each in length). These plays are selected from among the 36 works developed as part of the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series held throughout the past season at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Monday Night PlayGround events, each based around a single theme, have broken new ground with topics such as “In Media Res” (in the middle), “Where the Wild Things Are” (a collaboration with Berkeley Rep), “Resolutions,” “Inspired by the Beatles,” “1906: Plays inspired by SFMOMA’s exhibition 1906 Earthquake: A Disaster in Pictures,” and a unique collaboration with Berkeley’s Mathematical Sciences Research Institute centered on “game theory” with the resulting topic “Zero-Sum Game.”
The 2005/2006 Writers Pool is comprised of: Tim Bauer; Jon Brooks; Cass Brayton; Kenyon Brown; Samantha Chanse; Christopher Chen; Mia Chung; Brian Couch; Bill D’Agostino; Sharon Eberhardt; David Garrett; Daniel Heath; Cynthia Heimel; Steve Koppman; Rebecca Kutlin; Brady Lea; Aaron Loeb; Jonathan Luskin; Carol Marshall; Richard McKern; Scott McMorrow; Patricia Milton; Vincent Montague; Ross Nelson; Evelyn Pine; Kenn Rabin; Geetha Reddy; Molly Rhodes; Mark Routhier; Diane Sampson; Nick Sholley; Ken Slattery; Martha Soukup; Tom Swift; David Talley; and Jeffrey Wincek.
Sunday, May 21 at 2pm – One Performance Only!
*The Best of PlayGround *
Of the 61 plays premiered by 39 playwrights during the first nine years of The Best of PlayGround festivals, we have selected nine works by nine writers to represent “the best of the best.” These works will be presented for a single collected staged reading for a festival-within-a-festival as part of our tenth anniversary festivities this year.