PlayGround Publications is proud to present The Best of PlayGround series, an anthology of the best short plays from the annual Best of PlayGround Festival. Click on to hear audio podcast. Click on to see video clip.

NEW: Best of PlayGround (2014) San Francisco and Best of PlayGround (2014) Los Angeles!

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2014) - San Francisco

Featuring the six plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround 18 (SF), May 8-25, 2014:
The Broken-Tooth Comb by William Bivins
When You Talk About This by Patricia Cotter
Riding Dragons by Victoria Chong Der
Mr. Wong's Goes to Washington by Ruben Grijalva
Stranger in a Stranger Land by Karen Macklin
Love Spacewalked In by Maury Zeff

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2014) - Los Angeles

Featuring the six plays/playwrights of Best of PlayGround 2 (L.A.), May 12, 2014:
Origin Story by Tiffany Cascio
Little Swan, a Pas de Deux by Allie Costa
A Change of Heart by Vincent Terrell Durham
Mass Effect by Forrest Hartl
If I Were a Man by Mercedes Segesvary
A David Lynch Family Christmas by Mark Sherstinsky

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2013) - San Francisco

Featuring the six plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround 17 (SF), May 9-26, 2013:
Symmetrical Smack-Down by William Bivins
Value Over Replacement by Ruben Grijalva
The Spherical Loneliness of Beverly Onion by Katie May
Simple and Elegant by Evelyn Jean Pine
Significant People by Amy Sass
My Better Half by Jonathan Spector

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2013) - Los Angeles

Featuring the six plays/playwrights of the Best of PlayGround 1 (L.A.), May 13, 2013:
Romeo and Jules by Ron Burch
Pinocchia by Kathleen Cecchin
The Kid in the Trunk by John Corcoran
The Prince and the Closet Castle by Andrew Crabtree
Waiting for Kafka by Kevin Crust
Flight Time by Carolina Rojas Moretti

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2012)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, May 3-27, 2012:
Childless by Garret Jon Groenveld, music by Christopher Winslow
Ships in the Day by Genevieve Jessee
Hella Love Oakland by Robin Lynn Rodriguez
Room for Rent by Mercedes Segesvary
Miss Finknagle Succumbs to Chaos by Kirk Shimano
You Eat What You Kill by Cleavon Smith
Meet the Breeders by Ignacio Zulueta, music by Don Seaver

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2011)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, May 5-29, 2011:
Calling the Kettle by Brady Lea, music by Christopher Winslow
Ecce Homo by Jonathan Luskin
Escapades by Mandy Hodge Rizvi
Frigidare by Arisa White
Rapunzel's Etymology of Zero by Katie May
See. On. Unseen. The. Lost. by Evelyn Jean Pine
This is My Body by Daniel Heath

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2010)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, May 6-30, 2010:
7 Nightmares by Erin Bregman
A Futurist Supersaga in Six Acts by Tim Bauer
The Audition by Alex Moggridge
Back to Earth by Evelyn Jean Pine, music by J. Raoul Brody
The New Season by Tom Swift
The Safety of Pools by Malachy Walsh
Undone by Diane Sampson

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2009)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, May 7-31, 2009:
All Thumbs by Aaron Loeb
Gymnopédie #1 by Kenn Rabin
John Jacob O'Reilly Smitherton's Bid to Save the World by Erin Bregman
Net by Geetha Reddy
Seen by Evelyn Jean Pine
Truffaldino Says No by Ken Slattery
Wednesday by Daniel Heath

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2008)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, May 8-25, 2008:
Giving Up The Ghost by Lauren Yee
Leo by Daniel Heath
O Happy Dagger by Crish Barth
Panopticon by Aaron Loeb
The Boy Who Did Not Listen To His Mother by Cass Brayton
The Known World by Geetha Reddy
The Secret Life of a Hotel Room by Garret Jon Groenveld

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2007)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, May 10-20, 2007:
I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Tim Bauer
Investing by Evelyn Pine
Isle of Dogs, Part II by Richard Weingart
Man Plus Woman Equals... by Molly Rhodes
Seagull by Daniel Heath
The Nurse’s Tale by Martha Soukup
Unpleasantries by Aaron Loeb

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2006)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, May 11-21, 2006:
And Now, A Word from Our Sponsors by Tom Swift
Nowhere Man by Tim Bauer
Portals of the Past by David Garrett
Sexual Perversity in Año Nuevo by Ross Peter Nelson
Sewermonster Diaries by Brady Lea
Three Divided Into One by Molly Rhodes
Three, Um, Sisters by Geetha Reddy

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2005)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, May 12-22, 2005:
Back by Evelyn Pine
Hands in Trash by Sharon Eberhardt
Mushroom Boy by Brady Lea
Obit by Geetha Reddy
Sever by Aaron Loeb
Spotter by Mark Routhier
The Beginning by Tom Swift

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2004)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, June 10-27, 2004:
Aegis by Jonathan Luskin
I Left My Heart on the 38 Geary by David Garrett
Honey, I'm Home by Geetha Reddy
My Name Is Yin by Tom Swift
Reunion by Kenn Rabin
The Maror the Merrier by Aaron Loeb
The Wait of the World by Maria Rokas

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2003)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, June 12-29, 2003:
Cold Calls by Martha Soukup
Hunters And Gatherers by Kenn Rabin
I'd Like To Buy A Vowel by Cass Brayton
Letterophilia by Kristina Goodnight
Plans And Peccadilloes by Maria Rokas
Sound by Aaron Loeb
The Vigil by Michael Lütz

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (2002)

Featuring the seven plays/playwrights of The Best of PlayGround Festival, June 13-30, 2002:
A Pocket Full Of Memories by David Garrett
Celadon Box #8 by Kenn Rabin
Missive by Garret Jon Groenveld
Peter's Place In The Stars by Carol Marshall
Remember Paris by Brady Lea
Shameful/Shameless by Aaron Loeb
The Bandersnatch by Kristina Goodnight

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THE BEST OF PLAYGROUND (1997-2001)

Featuring seven plays selected from the first five years of The Best of PlayGround Festival (formerly the PlayGround Emerging Playwrights Festival):
A Bouncing Baby Girl by Mary Michael Wagner
Iowa by Malachy Walsh
Ondine by Garret Jon Groenveld
One Of Those Things by Veronica Xavier Andrew
Sudden Descent by Sean Owens
The Docent by Mark Sherstinsky
The Golden Yes by Daniele Nathanson and Tania Katan

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S BIG GAY DANCE PARTY by Aaron Loeb

Originally commissioned and developed by PlayGround, Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party premiered at SF Playhouse in 2008. It won "Outstanding Play" honors at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2009, in a BlueRare Productions, SF Playhouse and PlayGround co-production and received its Off-Broadway debut in 2010. It is receiving productions around the country in 2011-12 and was recently published by Playscripts.

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