Dear Friends,

Now that the Monday Night PlayGround season is over, we’ll be missing you this month in participating in our wonderfully frantic and spontaneous evening of short plays, but we’re not sitting back by any means. We’re gearing up for our biggest event of the season, the Best of PlayGround Festival. That’s right—the plays have been announced! Read on!

  1. Best of PlayGround FESTIVAL Lineup!
  2. PlayGround & KQED Release 7th PODCAST!
  3. 2008-09 SUBSCRIPTIONS & 50% Savings on 2008 Festival Tickets!
  4. PlayGround MEMBERS Save 50% on 2008 Festival Tickets Too!
  5. Be a FAN OF PLAYGROUND on our new FACEBOOK page!
  6. SHARE PlayGround with a Friend!

Photo: Tom Hauck. Brian Herndon and Karen Aldridge in Evelyn Pine's Investing from the Best of PlayGround Festival 11 (May 2007).


Best of PlayGround FESTIVAL Lineup!

Imagine a world where all your favorite short pieces from all the Monday Night PlayGrounds throughout the PlayGround season came together every night in joy and harmony. That, my friends, is the 2008 Best of PlayGround Festival, and its time has finally come.

The short plays selected for this year’s Festival are:

O Happy Dagger by Crish Barth, directed by Tracy Ward
The Boy Who Did Not Listen To His Mother by Cass Brayton, directed by Nancy Carlin
The Secret Life of a Hotel Room by Garret Jon Groenveld, directed by Lee Sankowich
Leo by Daniel Heath, directed by Jessica Heidt
Panopticon by Aaron Loeb, directed by Barbara Oliver
The Known World by Geetha Reddy, directed by Chris Smith
Giving Up The Ghost by Lauren Yee, directed by Jim Kleinmann

The Best of PlayGround Festival runs May 8 through May 25 at the Thick House, 1695 18th Street (off Arkansas), in San Francisco. Performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sunday evenings at 7pm. To purchase tickets, call (415) 401-8081 or click here to visit our online box office.

SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase a pair of tickets to the first week of the Festival (May 8-11) by May 1 and save up $5 off each admission. Call (415) 401-8081 or visit the online box office and use promo code ENEWS5X. This offer is subject to availability and discounts may not be combined. Want to save even more? Subscribe or become a PlayGround member today and save 50% on tickets to the first two weeks (see below for details)!

Also included in the Festival are staged readings of five full-length plays in development by Garret Jon Groeveld, Evelyn Pine, Geetha Reddy, Molly Rhodes and Tom Swift. To see the complete schedule and learn more about the readings, click here.

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PlayGround & KQED Release 7th PODCAST!

PlayGround and KQED are have just released their seventh collaboration in their ongoing short play podcast series: Kenn Rabin's REUNION. Originally premiered at the 2004 Best of PlayGround Festival, Reunion features Delia MacDougall and PlayGround Company member Eric Fraisher Hayes, directed by PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann. In Reunion, playwright Kenn Rabin rips a story from today’s headlines with Gillette, a convicted sex offender, recently released but unable to find a community willing to accept him and let him start his life over. His salvation may come in the most unlikely of forms: one of his victims.

Previous podcasts distributed through KQED's The Writers' Block include: Aaron Loeb's Sever, Geetha Reddy's Honey, I'm Home, Tom Swift's The Beginning, Garret Jon Groenveld's Ondine and Missive, and Brady Lea's Sewermonster Diaries.

To listen to this podcast or check out the other releases, click here. For more information on The Writers' Block, click here.

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2008-09 SUBSCRIPTIONS & 50% Savings on 2008 Festival Tickets!

2008-09 Monday Night PlayGround subscriptions are on sale with Introductory Subscriptions starting at just $45 - that's 50% off general admission! Guarantee your tickets for a full season of the Bay Area's most popular staged reading series in residence at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

SPECIAL OFFER: Subscribe today and you'll also save 50% off admission to any performance in the first two weeks of the 2008 Best of PlayGround Festival. This offer is valid May 8-18 only, subject to availability and discounts may not be combined. Upon confirmation of your subscription order, we'll send you a promotion code good for your 50% discount. Already subscribed? Your promotion code is on its way (or email us if you don't receive it).

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PlayGround MEMBERS Save 50% on 2008 Festival Tickets Too!

Can't subscribe today and still want to save 50% on Festival tickets? When you contribute $25 or more to the 2007-08 PlayGround Annual Campaign, you'll not only earn our deep thanks and gratitude, you'll also receive a special promotion code good for half-off tickets to any Best of PlayGround Festival performance in the first two weeks. That's a $40 value! This offer is valid May 8-18 only, subject to availability and discounts may not be combined. Upon confirmation of your donation, we'll send you a promotion code good for your 50% discount. Already contributed this season? Your promotion code is on its way (or email us if you don't receive it).

CHALLENGE GRANT DOUBLES YOUR IMPACT!

PlayGround has received an anonymous challenge grant, providing a 1:1 match for first-time donors of $25 who contribute by May 18. Help us meet this challenge, double the impact of your gift, and save on Festival tickets to boot!

To become a PlayGround Member today, click here.

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Be a FAN OF PLAYGROUND on our new FACEBOOK page!

We’re on Facebook! We’re new, and still developing our page and our fan base, so please visit us and be a fan. Click here to sign up today!

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SHARE PlayGround with a Friend!

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I hope to see you at the theatre!

Jim Kleinmann
Artistic Director
PlayGround
(415) 704-3177 (vm/fax)
jim@playground-sf.org