Living Room Series


 

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ABOUT THE LIVING ROOM SERIES 

Now in its 26th year, The Living Room Series is a New Play Development program, which embodies The Blank’s commitment to developing new work by diverse voices from both established and emerging writers. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented voices are strongly encouraged. The Blank is firmly committed to supporting gender parity and diversity.

The Living Room Series (LRS) takes place on Monday evenings at the 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood between Labor Day and Memorial Day. LRS offers a week-long rehearsal process for the playwright, director, and actors to explore and refine the play before presenting it to an audience.

The performances are minimally staged, with actors carrying scripts, and are a wonderful opportunity for the playwright to get a sense of the play’s full potential.

 

LIVING ROOM SERIES INFO

 

All performances begin at 8:00pm and take place at
The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre
6500 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood
unless otherwise noted.

For reservations click on the button below each play description.

You have the option to donate ahead of time with a credit card.  Every donation counts for both your taxes and our theatre magic.

Don’t fret, you can still make a reservation online and pay cash at the door or nothing at all. We just want you there to see a new play!

 

LIVING ROOM SERIES SCHEDULE

Monday September 17th
NATHAN C. JONES: A LOVE STORY?       Based on an idea by Amir Levi            Book by Vanessa Claire Stewart
Lyrics by Brendan Milburn & Vanessa Claire Stewart
Music by Brendan Milburn
Directed by Daniel Henning  

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Monday September 24th
BENDING REEDS
Written by Brent Askari

Bending Reeds concerns Ali Farzan, a Persian screenwriter who comes home to Boston to attend an early screening of his first produced film. However, when Ali’s mother learns that his movie traffics in negative stereotypes, arguments ensue that expose decades-old family secrets involving key moments in Modern Iranian history… and cause Ali to confront his own identity as a Persian-American.

Writer Bio
Brent Askari is a writer, actor, and ensemble member of Mad Horse Theatre Company. His play Hard Cell was developed at the 2017 PlayPenn Conference, given a staged reading at EST L.A.’s Winterfest Series, and will receive its world premiere as part of Geva Theatre Center’s 2018-2019 Mainstage Season. Some of his other recent plays include: Digby’s Home (Semi-finalist O’Neill Playwriting Conference, produced at Mad Horse Theatre); Cocktails and Travails (Winner of Neil Simon Festival’s National New Play Contest, produced at The Theater Project); American Underground (Semi-finalist O’Neill Playwriting Conference); Bending Reeds (Semi-Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival). In addition, he has had plays produced at or developed by Vital Theatre, Melrose Theatre, The 78th Street Theatre, The Boston Theatre Marathon, The Santa Fe Playhouse Different Festival, The John Houseman Theater, New American Theatre, The Drilling Company, Choice Theatricals, Penobscot Theatre Company, Swarthmore College, Eastern Connecticut State University, and the College of Southern Nevada. Brent has also been a finalist for the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award and the Reva Shiner Comedy Award. He was part of HBO’s New Writers Project and has written screenplays for Paramount Pictures, Marvel Films, MTV, and Reveille Entertainment. As an actor, Brent has appeared in numerous theatrical productions and audio dramas. He narrated the syndicated children’s television program Animal Science, which was nominated for a national Daytime Emmy in 2014.

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Monday October 8th
TO DANCE WITH JUDY
Written by OSA BUNCHER
Directed by  TBD

Everything is on the line when two African American children are picked for a dance number with the legendary Judy Garland in the 50s film “A Star Is Born”

Writer Bio
Osa Buchner is a playwright based in Chicago. Her play, The Underground Railroad, was produced at eta Creative Arts Foundation as part of its Showfolk Daytime Series for Youth program.

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Monday October 15th
THE SHOOTERS OF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT
Written by Matthew Paul Olmos

On November 22nd, 1963, just after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, two shooters from Dealey Plaza meet in an undisclosed location while waiting for their handlers to give further instruction. An exploration of how we citizens both vilify and pedestal our leaders; how easily our belief or aversion of our leaders can turn to radicalism.

Writer Bio
Matthew Paul Olmos is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient, New Dramatists Resident Playwright, Center Theatre Group LA Playwright Workshop Writer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab Playwright, Humanitas Play LA Workshop  Playwright, Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting, National Latino Playwriting Awardee, and La MaMa e.t.c.’s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Awardee as selected by Sam Shepard.

He spent two years as a Mabou Mines/SUITE Resident Artist being mentored by the late Ruth Maleczech and is a former New York Theatre Workshop’s Emerging Artist Fellow, Baryshnikov Arts Center Artist in Residence, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Resident Artist, INTAR H.P.R.L Playwright, Rising Circle Collective Playwright, terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwright; he is also an Echo Theater Company Resident Playwright and an Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member. He is a proud Kilroys nominator.

His work has been presented both nationally and internationally, taught in university, and is published by Samuel French and NoPassport Press. He’s currently working on a devised piece, AMERICAN NATIONALISM PROJECT, with director Luke Harlan and designer Nick Benacerraf, which was developed through New York Theatre Workshop’s Adelphi Residency. He is also collaborating with composer April Guthrie on a play with music, entitled WE WALK ALONG THE CHRISTMAS BRIDGE, exploring the racial polarization of the left and right; as part of Center Theatre Group’s LA Workshop. He is currently working on THE PRESIDENTIAL PLAYS, which explore Americans tumultuous relationship to our presidents. And will soon complete his 3-play cycle with SO GO THE GHOSTS OF MÉXICO, PART THREE with a world-premiere at Undermain Theatre, Dallas, TX. www.matthewpaulolmos.com.

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Monday October 22nd
POLICARPA
Written by Diane Burbano

In a future Colombia  the brilliant but mad Ingrid Bolivar collects young women and turns them into weapons. She finds Policarpa, a girl with magical gifts. Will Policarpa resist the temptation to become a creature of destruction and instead become a savior?

Writer Bio
Diana Burbano, is a Colombian immigrant, an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Diana’s plays focus on female protagonists and social issues. Work: Policarpa (Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brown Swan lab 2017), Fabulous Monsters (Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep 2017), Caliban’s Island (2017 Headwaters New Play Festival), Enemy|Flint April 2018 at Rio Hondo College, and Linda, (English and Spanish), which has been seen all over the world. She was the 2018 playwright in residence for Marfa Live Arts in Marfa TX, and recently directed her own commissioned play for Creede Repertory.

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Monday October 29th
ALL NEW CELLS
Written by Aliza Goldstein
Directed by Christopher James Raymond

When Nils’s ex-girlfriend commits suicide, she drags him back into a toxic online roleplay scene he swore he’d never return to. He’d been doing okay sticking to his seven-year plan for getting over their breakup – but now, everyone either blames him or expects him to have answers, and he’s getting nasty anonymous messages that might be coming from beyond the grave.

Writer Bio
Aliza Goldstein is an Orange County, CA-based playwright originally hailing from Northeast Florida. She holds a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University with a double Major in Anthropology (class of 2013) and has a day job in the video game industry.

Aliza’s work has been performed at theaters across the country, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., but most often at the Blank Theatre Company in Los Angeles, CA, where her play A Singular They debuted on the mainstage in Spring 2016. She is the winner of the 2013 John Golden Prize for Undergraduate Playwriting, the 2015 Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize (A Singular They), and the 2017 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award for the World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play (A Singular They).

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LIVING ROOM SERIES SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

The submission period for the 2018-19 season will be open from June 1 through July 30, 2018.

All submissions must be done via Submittable.

SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY

  • Submission must be full-length (we regret that one-acts or ten-minutes will not be considered at this time).
  • Submission must not have received a full production. Submissions that have received full productions, even if they have undergone significant post-production revisions, will not be considered. The Blank considers staged readings and academic productions exceptions to this rule.
  • Playwright may only submit one script per submission period.
  • If a script was declined for a prior season, please note what significant revisions have been made (in your Artistic Statement).
  • Materials must be submitted as PDFs. For information on how to create a pdf, please visit: http://www.wikihow.com/Create-PDF-Files.