Living Room Series


Now in its 25th 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.

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.

Script submissions for this season of The Living Room Series workshops are currently closed.  Submissions for our next season will be accepted during the Spring of 2017 via Submittable.




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!




Monday January 16th
Written by William Missouri Downs
Directed by Shaina Rosenthal

A comedy about a woman – a freethinking, atheist from California – who is forced to teach at a fundamentalist Christian College in Kansas and falls in love with Donald Trump.

Rachael Fox, Hunter Garner, Rob Lecrone, Joanna Strapp

Writer Bio
William Missouri Downs has had 150 productions of his plays from the Kennedy Center to the San Diego Rep and won numerous playwriting awards including two rolling premieres from the National New Play Network. He’s twice been a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill. He’s published four books on playwriting, screenwriting and the art of theatre. Samuel French and Playscripts have published his plays. He’s also been produced in Spain, South Africa, Singapore, Switzerland, Austria, Israel and South Korea. He has his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and has written for several NBC sitcoms.



Monday January 23rd
Written by Jacob Cox
Directed by Ryland Shelton

The only thing more territorial than the escaped koala living in Ray Slinger’s backyard is Ray himself. His sense of protectionism goes into overdrive when Natalie (Nate), his gender-nonconforming daughter, pops in for a stay and, John, his unemployed brother, shows up with a suitcase full of woe. When John discovers that Ray is about to lose his visitation rights, he teams up with Ray’s neighbor, Gabby, and goes about trying to convince Natalie that Ray is worthy of her time. Their plan backfires when the duo stumbles onto something that hits Ray a little too close to his heart. Can this twentieth-century man survive the dawning of the twenty-first?

Zuzu Farrington, JoNell Kennedy, Christopher Reiling, Mark Skeens, Peter Wylie

Writer Bio
Joseph Cox’s full-length plays include Koalas (a National Playwrights Conference and Princess Grace Playwriting Award Finalist), St. Paulie’s Delight (National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist and Dayton Playhouse FutureFest Finalist), and Thirst (world premiere with Cold Basement Dramatics in Chicago). His work has been developed by Chicago Dramatists, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Portland Stage Company, Something Marvelous Festival, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Jamestown Arts Center,and The Artistic Home. He is a graduate of Lawrence University in Wisconsin and the Writing Program at Second City Chicago, and is currently a Network Playwright with Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.



Monday January 30th
Written by Carol Flint
Directed by TBA

In a Playhouse in Posterity, a pair of Founding Fathers and a Founding Mother confront the legacy of Rebellion.  Did they bequeath “We the People” a compromised dream or a democratic nightmare?


Writer Bio
With “After Shays” Carol returns to playwriting after a brief hiatus in television, during which she wrote and produced over 400 hours of episodic drama, including “China Beach,” “LA Law,” “ER,” “The West Wing,” and “Royal Pains.” An Emmy winner for Best Drama, Carol has multiple Emmy and Writers Guild of America Award nominations.   She was Playwright-in-Residence at Florida Studio Theatre for two seasons and has an MFA in playwriting from UC Davis.



Check back often for updates on the rest of the season!




Submissions for the 2017-18 season will be accepted in the Spring of 2017 via Submittable.


  • 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.
  • Materials must be submitted as PDFs. For information on how to create a pdf, please visit: