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.
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 April 3rd
Written by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
Directed by Shaina Rosenthal
Professor is a closeted artist/academic who paints images of death-row meals on china plates. This final choice fascinates her, and she’s got a personal stake in a life otherwise devoid of options. But more than that, she creates each plate from the safety of her academic ivory tower — without ever meeting the actual prisoner. Up close and personal is not her thing, especially when it comes to facing her own gender identity. But all that’s about to change. Pressured by her tenure committee, she has her first face-to-face with the next inmate to die: Texas prisoner Trevor Monroe. But Trevor wants a stay of execution, not a final meal. And when Professor takes to social media to help his cause, it sets off a series of life-altering events for the artist, the prison warden, and the man about to die.
Giovanni Adams, Dana Lyn Baron, Connor Kelly-Eiding, J.J. Hawkins, Elizabeth Lanier, James MacDonald, Shanel Moore, David Myers, Anna-Laurie Rives
Barbara’s work has been produced/developed in NYC at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage,Roundabout, Rattlestick, Women’s Project, EST, New Georges, AracaWorks, Urban Stages,NYC Fringe Festival, Fringe NYC Encore Series, the Summer Play Festival, Stella Adler Acting Studio, and Modern-Day Griot; Regionally, at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Rep, Geva Theatre, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Hangar Theatre, Victory Gardens, Boston Playwrights Theatre, LA’s Elephant Theatre, Long Beach Playhouse, New Mexico’s Fusion Theatre, Chicago’s Collaboraction Theatre, Trustus Theatre, Overtime Theatre, and more. Published by Smith & Kraus and Indie Theatre Now, she has won or placed in the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Sundance Playwriting Lab, Princess Grace Award, the Heideman Award, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Julie Harris Playwriting Award, the Trustus Theatre Playwrights Festival, among others. She is a New Georges affiliated artist.
Monday April 10th
YOUR MARRIED FRIENDS
Written by Emma Jeszke
Directed by Laura Stribling
After several failed attempts at conceiving a child and one brutal miscarriage, Jen is left wondering where to take her life, and her marriage. In the midst of her grief, it seems that everything is effortlessly falling into place for her best friend, Angela—in her relationship and in her career. A deep dive into the nature of relationships and female friendship, Your Married Friends tells the story of two very different couples trying to navigate love, loss, and parenthood.
Emma Jeszke is a playwright, book editor, and beauty blogger. Her work includes Your Married Friends (Living Room Series @ The Blank Theatre), Manic Pixie Dream Girl (University of Michigan), The Coincidentals (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival), and Working in Restaurants (Renegade Theatre Festival, Dexter Community Players). She studied theater at the University of Michigan and the Moscow Art Theatre. She edits books at Theatre Communications Group, the largest publisher of theatrical literature in North America. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and lots of cats.
Monday April 17th
WE WILL BE DARK
Monday April 24th
Written by Jennie Webb
Directed by Rachel Berney Needleman
In the not-so-distant future, the .1% is ensconced in the Ivory Towers of Academia. A privileged few pride themselves on creating a culture of fluid gender identity, filled with celebrity and free of sexual violence. A young woman named Aika may have something to say about that. Except that no one can hear her. Of course. So who will tell her story in a world that’s lost the words to deal with unspeakable crimes? JILT is a play about power, beauty and justification set in a post-rape culture.
Reba W. Thomas
Jennie Webb is an independent LA playwright in residence at Rogue Machine Theatre (where her dark retail comedy YARD SALE SIGNS premiered, directed by Elina de Santos) and Theatricum Botanicum (where she runs workshops and “Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights”). Her works have been produced in locally (most recently, CURRENCY at Inkwell Theater, directed by Annie McVey) and nationwide; supported by programs including The Playwrights Center’s PlayLabs, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Little Black Dress INK, 365 Women A Year, National Winter Playwrights Retreat and Road Theatre Summer Playwrights Festival; and published by Heinemann Press and Indie Theater Now. She is a member of the Playwrights Union, EST/LA Playwrights Unit and PlayGround-LA writer’s pool. She co-founded LA Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI). jenniewebbsite.com & @jenniewebbsite
Check back often for updates on the rest of the season!
LIVING ROOM SERIES SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
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: http://www.wikihow.com/Create-PDF-Files.