Living Room Series



ABOUT THE LIVING ROOM SERIES 

Now in its 28th 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 May 13th
HOT TRAGIC DEAD THING
Written by Ashley Rose Wellman
Directed by Christopher James Raymond

Bekah, a teenage social outcast recovering from a failed suicide attempt, and Miles, a golden boy with a hidden thirst for violence, are thrust into the same house when their parents try to blend their families after disastrous marriages. Bekah and Miles express their budding attraction and increasing obsession with leaving a mark on the world by plotting something horrific at their high school. Hot Tragic Dead Thing is a comedic tragedy that asks which way to point the gun.

Writer Bio

Ashley Rose Wellman is a Los Angeles playwright whose plays have received staged readings and productions at Pasadena Playhouse, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles, The Blank Theatre, Rogue Machine Theatre, TossPot Productions, Midnight Summit Ensemble, Red Cup Theatre Company, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference PlayLab and Mainstage. She won the 2018-2019 Humanitas PLAY LA Award, and she is a two-time Finalist and two-time Semi-Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She has also been a Finalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award, and a Semi-Finalist for the Princess Grace/New Dramatists Award. She is a founding member of the Barelight Writers Project, a member of the New West Writers Group at EST/LA, and a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company Playwrights Lab. She received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California.

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Monday May 20th
THE BABY PROJECT
Book by Lori Ada Jaroslow
Lyrics by Fonda Feingold and Lori Ada Jaroslow
Music by Fonda Feingold and Noriko Olling
Director: Richard Israel
Musical Director: Noriko Olling
Choreographer: Jayne Ava


Dana Jacobson, a fortyish, gay, single New Yorker, leaves her colorful family of origin and moves to Los Angeles to start one of her own. While at the mercy of the foster care system, the L.A. public schools, HMO’s, and L.A. traffic, Dana does find her own clan, though they look quite different than what was on her vision board. Ultimately, THE BABY PROJECT gives voice to the ever-evolving face of the American family.

Writer Bio

The Baby Project received an NEA grant in 2013 to support a developmental workshop at The Road Theatre in Los Angeles. It was also in the NYMF Developmental Reading Series in 2016. Other current writing projects include Lenna, a full length musical with composer Morgan Hollingsworth which is a story about how opioid addiction and Alzheimer’s disease eclipse and destroy a family. Lori is developing a solo show and TV pilot called Sub, and a solo play called Sunrise, Sunset. Ms. Jaroslow co-produced and directed the multi award-winning CD series, Tell Me a Story. The final installment, Women of Wonder won the 2010 Audie Award for Best Original Work. Lori’s acting work includes performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally and at sea. Ms. Jaroslow toured nationally with Donna McKechnie in her act as her only BG singer/dancer. Also an educator, Lori has written and directed innumerable plays with and for children, ages 5 to 85.

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LIVING ROOM SERIES SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The submission period for the 2019-20 season will be open from June 1 through June 31, 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.