Living Room Series



ABOUT THE LIVING ROOM SERIES 

Given the current restrictions on live performances in Los Angeles, the Fall lineup of LRS will be produced digitally and streamed for your enjoyment!

Now in its 30th year, The Living Room Series is a New Play Development program embodying 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) normally takes place on Monday evenings between Labor Day and Memorial Day at our 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood. 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 for the Fall 2020 will occur online.

Normally, live 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 in advance.  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, OCTOBER 12th

TABLESCAPE

Written by Jeanette Farr
Directed by Laura Stribling 
 
Synopsis: 
Pratt and Joe want a closed adoption, but the teenage birth mother has other ideas, forcing hidden truths about relationships, parenthood, and politics.
 
Writer Bio:
Jeanette Farr’s plays have been produced around the world including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Her work has been recognized by the Nevada Arts Council, The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.  She has served on the executive board with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, responding to new works, and received the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for 2019. In addition, she has served as a reader for the various awards through the Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards program.  Some highlights in playwriting have included, Playwright in Residence with Tofte Lake Center (with Liz Engelman), WordBRIDGE Playwrights’ Lab, and Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings Series; Playwright in Residence with Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Jeanette has had plays performed at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville (A Growing Problem) and was a Heideman Award Finalist (My Life as a Circus Baby), and City Theatre, Miami – Winter Shorts Festival (Fulfillment Center). A Central Valley California native, Jeanette has been commissioned by Sierra Repertory Theatre to adapt Yoshiko Uchida’s children’s story, Journey to Topaz for touring; Her play, Blue Roses, based on the life of Rose Williams won the international playwriting competition for Prospect Theatre Project. Jeanette’s plays can be found at Original Works Publishing, Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, 10-minute-plays.com, and The New Play Exchange. Jeanette currently lives in Los Angeles where she has written, produced, and directed new plays with SkyPilot Theatre Company, Moving Arts, Scribe Stages, and The Secret Rose Theatre. Jeanette is a proud member of The Antaeus Playwrights’ Lab, The Playwrights Union and the Dramatists Guild of America. 
 
 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19th

THE SNAKE GOD OF FIJI (A Prequel to Hedda Gabler)  

Written by Katherine Vondy
Directed by Desiree York 
 
Synopsis: 
In Ibsen’s play, Hedda Gabler burns the manuscript written by Eilert Lövborg, her former lover. The world never knew what was written in that book. Until now. Exploring the roles that memory and desire have in storytelling, The Snake God of Fiji (A Hedda Gabler Prequel) tells the peculiar tale of this mysterious book’s creation.
 
Writer Bio:
Katherine Vondy is a writer and director with credits spanning theater, film, and literature. Kat received the Davey Foundation Theatre Grant for her play The Fermi Paradox, and The Broken Heart of Gnocchi Bolognese, her award-winning short film, has screened at festivals worldwide. The recipient of writing residencies from Palazzo Stabile, the Vermont Studio Center, Starry Night, and Wildacres, Kat’s plays have been developed with the HBMG Foundation, Salt Lake Acting Company, Campfire Theatre Festival, Paper Wing Theatre Company, and The Vagrancy (where she currently serves as playwriting group moderator). As a director, Kat recently helmed “Troublemaker” for The Pussy Grabber Plays LA Pop-up as well as The Complete Human Experience, a live show from noted musical comedy group Lost Moon Radio. She also directed the world premieres of All Terrain Theater’s Suddenly Split and Swiping Over by Tracy Held Potter, and Jon Caren’s Friends In Transient Places with Fresh Produce’d LA. She is a fan of both naps and puns. Find more information about all her creative adventures at katherinevondy.com
 
 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26th

THE PASSION OF M

Written by David Robson 
Directed by Seth Reichgott
 
Synopsis:
At the funeral of her husband, the former president of the United States, Melania recalls her life before and after meeting Donald Trump. From her childhood in Communist Slovenia to her complicated and controversial stint as the first lady, Melania takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through the joy, and pain, of a life, lived alongside the most powerful and dangerous man on earth.
 
Writer Bio:
David Robson is an award-winning playwright whose work for the stage has been hailed as “compelling”, “forceful”, and “gut-wrenching” by the New York Times, and “an important contribution to the contemporary theater” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. 
 
Plays include BY THE EYE, WITHOUT CONSENT, BIRTHRIGHT (PlayPenn Semi-finalist), THE PASSION OF M. (Living Room Series), CLAY WARRIOR, MULEHEADED, AFTER BIRTH OF A NATION (Best Playwright Award, Broadway World), PRICELESS, PLAYING THE ASSASSIN (Philadelphia Critics’ Award Nomination for Best New Play), PLAYING LENI (co-written with John Stanton), A FEW SMALL REPAIRS, MAN MEASURES MAN (Barrymore Nomination), AFTER DENMARK, and OUT OF PLACE (Julie Harris Playwriting Award Runner-Up).  His work has been seen at Penguin Rep, TheaterWorks Hartford, Delaware Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, Act II Playhouse, Blank Theatre Company, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Bated Breath Theatre, Lark, White Pines Productions, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, New Theatre, Madhouse Theater, Yellow Taxi Productions, City Theater Company, and Theater Catalyst, among others.  He is also the author of more than 20 books for young adults, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Murder of Emmett Till, and The Black Arts Movement. 
 
 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16th

EARLY DAYS 

Written by Jeff Tabnick 
 
 
Synopsis:
Allison and Teddy seem so similar. They’re both 40! They both want a baby! They both want to be more present in their lives! For Christ’s sake, they love each other! So why is this romance going so badly? An exploration of how gender, trauma, and f***-ups catch up to us in middle age.
 
Writer Bio:
Jeff’s plays include The Intimacy Effect (Vital Joint, JTK Productions), The Problem of Verisimilitude (DUAF), I Found Her Tied to My Bed (Lightning Strikes, Strange Roads and Propinquity Productions), Something Truly Monstrous (The Blank Theatre), An Idiot (Hangar Theatre’s Lab Company, Propinquity Productions) and Tonight at Noon (workshops at EST, Telluride Playwright’s Festival, Acme Theatre, Drilling Company). His work has been included in collections published by Backstage Books and Smith & Kraus. His ten-minute plays have been produced nationally and internationally.
 
 

 

Monday November 23rd 

NO REMEDY

Written by Ariella Carmell

Synopsis:

Near the end of World War I, 18-year-old Clara returns to her bourgeois London home after a “rest for her nerves” has proven unproductive in helping her cope with the loss of her mother, but when she begins to undergo psychoanalysis, what she wants to help her might only push her further over the edge.
 
Writer Bio:
Ariella Carmell is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she was named the 2019 recipient of the Olga and Paul Menn Prize in Playwriting. A writer since the age of 12, she attended the 2014 Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop and the 2015 Iowa Young Writers Studio. In the past, she was named a 2014 Foyle Commended Poet of the Year, a 2015 recipient of three National Scholastic Gold and Silver Medals, and a finalist for the LUMINA Fiction Prize. Her prose, poetry, and dramatic writing have been published in The Brooklyn Review, Spry, Words Dance, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Bare Fiction, among other journals. After having her one-act plays staged as part of the 2015 and 2016 Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival and holding internships at 21 Laps Entertainment and Red Wagon Entertainment, her main ambitions now lie in playwriting and screenwriting. As the 2019 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellow in Screenwriting, awarded by the Writers Guild of America, East, Ariella will spend the year after graduating writing a new full-length screenplay.
 
 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7th

WAKE THE BODY

Written by Matthew Ackles 
Directed by Christopher James Raymond 
 
Synopsis: 
In Wake the Body, three brothers battle over inheritance during their father’s funeral vigil. The play’s central tension rises between Owen Cowper, who’s lived his whole life shackled to this dying Texas town, and his older brother Ford, who left years ago for a rambling existence. To secure his freedom, Owen will have to get through his brothers, who harbor agendas of their own. The ensuing clash unearths a surprising relative, a buried secret, and a loss of faith. As the three siblings battle, they become increasingly aware of a fourth person in the room—the body lying in the corner.
 
Writer Bio:
Matt Ackels is a Los Angeles-based television writer and playwright. He is currently writing the first season of his debut drama series for Amazon and recently sold a second series to Skydance Studios. Other screen credits include work on two seasons of Netflix’s Trolls and an upcoming feature written for Bobby Goldstein Productions. His stage credits include seven produced plays – four at Tony Award-winning theatres – which have been touring continuously since 2012. His newest play is being developed through a commission from the Alley Theatre in Houston. Matt’s work has received awards from the Planet Earth Arts Foundation, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, PlayGround-LA, and elsewhere. His short fiction has appeared in The Athenaeum, The Southern California Review, and Nix Hydra. He is a native Texan of Lebanese heritage.
 
 

LIVING ROOM SERIES SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The submission period for the Spring 2021 lineup will be open in September 28 to October 20, 2020.

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.