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


NEW DATE TBD

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.  www.jeanettefarr.com


NEW DATE TBD

THE VIRGIN MISSLE CRISIS

Written by Hoyt Hilsman

Directed by Barbara Bain

Synopsis

It’s October, 1962. Soviet missiles in Cuba are poised to launch at the US. President Kennedy announces a blockade on TV. Fear grips America. Sixteen-year old Duncan Ambrose wants to lose his virginity before the world ends. Which could be in about 36 hours.

Writer Bio 

HOYT HILSMAN is an award-winning writer, educator and critic, and most recently a candidate for Congress. (hoythilsman.com) He has written screenplays for a number of studios and television networks, including Disney, Sony, New Line, ABC, NBC and CBS, and his stage plays and musicals have been produced in theaters around the country and abroad, and have won numerous awards. His television script, Foggy Bottom, based on his childhood in Washington, was honored at the 2005 Slamdance Festival. Mr. Hilsman is a former television and theater critic for Daily Variety and now is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com/hoyt-hilsman) He has written, produced and directed several independent films, television series and internet productions. He has taught screenwriting and playwriting at the UCLA Writer’s Program and is the founder of the Pasadena Writers Workshop. His students have written and directed television shows from Everybody Loves Raymond and The O.C. to Law and Order and Dexter, feature films like Twilight and Step Up, as well as having their novels published and their plays produced. He is also a past President of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, a judge of the PEN West Literary Awards and served on the Curriculum Guidance Committee of the UCLA Writer’s Program.


Monday April 20th

GARGOYLES

Written by Diana Burbano

Directed by Jesus Reyes

A retired silent film star, moves herself and her teenage daughter to an isolated tropical island. Their calm existence is upended when a wounded soldier moves into their village.

Writer Bio

Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Policarpa, Semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Festival 2018, Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2018, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brown Swan lab 2017, Drama League Rough Draft series May 2017, Honorable Mention, Jane Chambers Award 2017, Parsnip Ship 2017. Fabulous Monsters, Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep 2017, Festival51 2016 winner Picture me Rollin’, 35th William Inge Festival, Inkfest/2cents, Silueta, (about Ana Mendieta), with Tom and Chris Shelton, Caliban’s Island (TYA) 2017 Headwaters New Play Festival at Creede Repertory (Published by YouthPLAYS). Linda was written for the 365 Women a Year project and has been featured in more that 20 festivals over the last year, including Center Theatre Group’s community library series. She was a writer for Center Theatre Group’s Chisme y Queso series, Rogue Artists Plummer Park project and Kaiser Permanente’s Educational touring show. She has a commission with Alter Theatre in San Rafael and is part of Center Theatre Group’s Writers Workshop for 2018-2019.

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Monday May 4th

EARLY DAYS 

Written by Jeff Tabncik 

Synopsis

A man (Anton Chekhov) feels nothing at his brother’s funeral and so goes halfway around the world to cry.  At age 30, callous playwright Anton Chekhov feared a miserable life and an early death. His first two plays had failed, his brother had died, and he’d become consumptive. In a bid to be anyone but himself, he undertook a near suicidal journey across Siberia to do a census of Russia’s most notorious penal colony. But is reinvention possible in even the remotest corners of the world?

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

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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.