Living Room Series



ABOUT THE LIVING ROOM SERIES 

Now in its 29th 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 16th 

NIXON ON NIXON

Written by Sean Waldron

Directed by Bree Pavey

President Richard Nixon has resigned from office, he is held up, alone in a beach house, once owned by actor Steve McQueen. He drowns his sorrows in alcohol and medication

Writer Bio:

Sean Waldron worked for the LA Cultural Affairs Department, organized and supervised the Shakespeare in the Park program, and the LA Opera. Plays produced in LA: Shout, The Atomic Veteran, Ground Zero, and Happy Valley. Sean has also written and produced three short films, Injustice, American Hate, and the Coat.

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Monday September 23rd 

 NO, LOVE ME

Written by Mattie Bayne

Directed by Deidra Edwards   

 After Hanna suffers a surprisingly heartbreaking rejection, a group of twenty-something women gathers for a ceremonial sadness dinner to piece each other back together over food and drink.

Writer Bio Mattie is a filmmaker, playwright, and comedian from Baltimore, Maryland who grew up with a single mom, attended an all-girls school, is an Ovarian Cancer survivor, and has been to 29 Hootie and the Blowfish concerts and counting! She is passionate about voice, storytelling, and bringing people together. Mattie is a recent recipient of a BFA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts. This year, she and her team were selected to make a USC Senior Thesis Film titled, “Practice Funeral”. Most recently, Mattie interned at the United Talent Agency and will start a full-time position in the Fall in the agent trainee program. She just completed her tenor as the artistic director of USC’s premier sketch comedy troupe, The Suspenders, with their spring show, “An Awkward Prom Night”. After completing her junior spring semester in London at the Queen Mary University of London, Mattie moved to New York City to work as a general production intern on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She also writes pages of stand up material and feels determined to one day do something with it.

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Monday October 14th

THE FALL 

Written by Susan Ferrara 

Directed by Julie Ann Emery

Two awkward neighbors meet and stumble toward love in a matter of 72 hours over cake, writing deadlines and hospital emergencies.

Writer Bio

Award‑winning actor-playwright, Susan is a three-time O’Neill semi-finalist, two-time New Dramatist and Leah Ryan finalist. Her plays include BUZZ (Director, Carrie Preston; World Premiere production dates pending; Rever-ie Next Generation Playwriting Award; development readings with the At-lantic Theater Company and New York Theatre Workshop; Baltic Writing Residency finalist; Women’s Project Lab semi-finalist; Jane Chambers Award honorable mention);  THE MACHINE (Global Age Finalist); THE SILVER KITCHEN (Naked Angels, Tuesdays@9; Red Theatre Chicago Playwriting award finalist); GERTRUDE (second round, Sundance MENA Theatre Lab, DecadesOut reading and workshop; Bridge Playwriting Contest semi-final-ist, THE FALL (Baltic Writing Residency, semi-finalist). Susan has been seen on stage at the Public Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, among many. Her play, THE WONDER (Writer/Actor, Directors: Julie Ann Emery and Kevin Earley) won Best of the Festival at the International United Solo Festival and was nominated for the William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Award. Web/Film: Onion News Network; award‑nominated series regular on the award-winning webseries THEN WE GOT HELP (written/directed by Julie Ann Emery), BRIDESBURG (directed by Jeff Barry). AEA, SAG/AFTRA, DG,  terraNova Groundbreakers and Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive alumna. susanferrara.com

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Monday October 28th

THE LAST, BEST SMALL TOWN

Written by John Guerra-Johnson

Directed by Rachel Park

A modern day “Our Town” set in Southern California just before and throughout the financial crisis.

Writer Bio 

John Guerra-Johnson is a Latinx writer and dramaturg who lives in Los Angeles.  A Southern California native, he is interested in what makes this place unique, challenging, and alluring. His plays include The Last, Best Small Town,(Troy), Separate Parts, Nahar, Static, and Empty Bellies. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, he is a lover of science fiction, cooking, and unreliable narrators.

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Monday, November 4th

THE SPARKLING CITY OF OMAR MAZEN

Written by Jack Feldstein 

Today, the West faces a crisis of refugees and immigration. And the families who emigrate? How do they cope with displacement and reconciling the old with the new? In THE SPARKLING CITY OF OMAR MAZEN, the son in an immigrant Muslim family struggles to find his path in small- town Australia and follow his own dreams.

Writer Bio

Jack Feldstein is an award-winning writer and neon animation filmmaker. His almost thirty neon animation films, including The Ecstasy of Gary Green, The Adventures of James Joyce and A Wondrous Film about Emma Brooks have screened worldwide from Lincoln Center and NY’s Angelika Cinema to Rotterdam International  Film Festival and Sydney International  Film Festival. His neon animation films about scriptwriting, The Fantastical World of Scriptwriting and The Psychology of Scriptwriting have also been internationally acclaimed as a writer, his playscripts including A House Like Any Other and Three Months with Pook have won prizes in Australia, Britain and the USA. His plays have been staged with many productions in Australia, New York and all over the USA. Falling in Love with Mr Dellamort was his first foray into the world of musical theater.Originally from Australia, he lives in New York City and developed his plays at Workshop Theater in Midtown where he was an artist member.

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Monday November 11th

SAM & RICK

Written by Jeff Stolzer

A two character play that recounts the true story of the unlikely friendship between acclaimed author Samuel Beckett and Rick Cluchey, an inmate in San Quentin Prison who was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Writer Bio

Jeff  Stolzer’s full-length plays  include  SURVIVORS  (Arts  Club  of  Washington National  Playwriting  Award;  O’Neill  Playwrights Conference   semi finalist; Princess    Grace    Award    semifinalist); UNSPORTSMANLIKE  CONDUCT (Woodward/Newman Drama Award finalist; Detroit New Works Festival winner; Last   Frontier   Theater   Conference;   Blank   Theatre   Living   Room   Series); STORAGE  LOCKER  (IATI  Theater Mainstage; Pickering  Award for  Playwriting Excellence third  prize); and  PARALYZED  (JET  Theater  Festival  of New  Plays; Ohio State-Newark New Play Contest third prize; O’Neill Playwrights Conference semi finalist; McLaren  Memorial  Comedy  Playwriting  Competition semi-finalist). His short plays have  been  produced  at  festivals in  New  York  City  and around the United  States.  EMERGENCY  ROOM,  a  darkly  comedic  one-act  about the dysfunctional American health  care  system, received  the  Upstage  Playwright Award from  Houston’s  Upstage  Theatre. His   latest   short   play,   MISS IRRELEVANT ,inspired by the  #MeToo  movement, received  its  world  premiere on June 30, 2018 at Sugartown Shorts in Brooklyn, NY. Jeff was a writer for ABC’s WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE and Fox’s SPORTS GENIUSES. He was also the sole writer of more than 400 episodes for the syndicated radio program LITTLE KNOWN LEGENDS OF SPORTS. As  a  screenwriter,  Jeff  has  developed  screenplays  for  Sony  Studios,  Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Disney Studios.

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LIVING ROOM SERIES SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The submission period for the 2019-20 season will be open in July 25th-August 13th, 2019.

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.