Living Room Series



ABOUT THE LIVING ROOM SERIES 

Given the current restrictions on live performances in Los Angeles, the Fall lineup of LRS will be produced digitally and streamed for your enjoyment!

Now in its 30th year, The Living Room Series is a New Play Development program embodying 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) normally takes place on Monday evenings between Labor Day and Memorial Day at our 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood. 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 for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 will occur online.

Normally, live 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 link below each play description.

You have the option to donate in advance.  Every donation counts for both your taxes and our theatre magic.

 

LIVING ROOM SERIES SCHEDULE:


March 22, 2021

11 SECONDS (AKIRA KUROSAWA IN HELL) – STILL PLAYING!

Written by Karen Huie
Directed by Peter Kuo

Synopsis: Akira Kurosawa’s first color film is dismissed by critics. The reknowned director of “Rashomon”, “Seven Samurai” and “The Hidden Fortress” (on which “Star Wars” is based), is shunted for funding and chooses suicide. When Akira was seventeen, his older brother, a narrator of silent Japanese films committed suicide when sound destroyed his career. He was twenty-three. Akira arrives in Meido, Japanese Hell, where his fate is to be determined when he has paid for all his sins. He is desperate to find his brother; he would understand. But he is paired with Toshiro Mifune, with whom he had a falling out after making sixteen successful films together. They must find a way to get through the three gates of hell in order to reach the Pureland/Redemption. 

Writer Bio: Karen Huie is an actor/writer/Voiceover artist. Scenes from her plays, “Yasuko and the Young Samurai” and “Songs of Harmony” were published in v.1, 2 of “Multicultural Theatre”, ed. Ellis. “Maiden Voyages” and “Songs of Harmony” were produced at the Stockton Civic Theatre. “Songs of Harmony ”, produced at East West Players in Los Angeles attained her a sitcom pilot deal from Castle Rock Entertainment (Seinfeld) and CBS. “Return from Gold Mountain” was presented at East West Players and Ensemble Studio Theatre, both in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Writers Guild and Antaeus Playwrights Lab. She is a member of the WGAw and the DG.

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April 5, 2021

QUIK-MART

Written by Charles Gershman
Directed by William Steinberger

Synopsis: We’re in New York City in the future. Climate refugee Abdullah and his wife and son operate a bodega in upper Manhattan. When a refugee from a different land tries to buy out his shop, a strange negotiation erupts as the realities of a changing planet bear down on a new kind of immigrant.

Writer Bio: Charles Gershman (he/they) is a Midwest-bred queer playwright/TV writer. He is a Dramatists Guild Foundation Playwriting Fellow, a 2019 Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner, and a 2019 Relentless Award Semifinalist. His award-winning play The Waiting Game premiered at 59E59 Theaters in 2019. His play Free & Proud recently had an acclaimed run in the UK (Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre503), where it was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and the SIT-Up Award and called ‘One of 10 must-see queer shows in town’ (London Evening Standard). It is published by Oberon Books (UK). In the DGF Fellows Program he has been developing an untitled new play about a modern family and their foster teen, with mentorship from Diana Son. Other plays are currently being developed with support from The New Group, All For One, the Flea Theater, and the Lark. Charles earned an MFA in dramatic writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2018 and a BA in history at Columbia University. He is a member of the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and has been a teaching artist at several colleges, including The New School’s Eugene Lang College, where two of his plays are regularly taught in an undergraduate playwriting class on adaptation. He is repped by Susan Gurman (gurmanagency.com). Website: www.charlesgershman.com

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April 19, 2021

IMMACULATE HEART

Written by Matthew Riopelle
Directed by TBD

Synopsis: Weeks away from taking her final vows, a young, idealistic semi-cloistered nun returns home to break the news to her domineering mother that she’s left the order.

Writer Bio: Matthew Riopelle is a screenwriter and playwright. Shortly after receiving his BFA from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Matthew moved to New York City where he studied with playwright Dan O’Brien and apprenticed under Edward Albee’s protege, Glynn O’Malley. He moved to Los Angeles and was hired by Dan Halsted, (NIXON, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, GARDEN STATE) to write the biopic CHAVEZ about UFW leader Cesar Chavez. In 2013 Lifetime Entertainment hired Matthew to write THE GOOD MOTHER which starred Helen Slater and Beverly D’Angelo. His second movie for the network ZOE GONE, premiered in April of 2014 to over 2 million people and remains the one of the networks most repeated movie. His first pilot LEFT was optioned by Warner Horizon and Adam Shankman’s production company, Offspring Entertainment. He has pitched at USA, WE, TNT, THE CW, MTV, WGN, A&E, Alloy Entertainment, Lifetime, ITV, MarVista, HBO, JuVee, Amazon, Showtime, OWN and Netflix. Other projects include features, SULLIVAN IN CUBA, GOODBYE ARTHUR and LOVE, OLIVIA as well as the pilots BROKEN DOLL and BLIND PIG.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

THE PEDO PUNCHERS PLAY

Written by Bailey Jordan Garcia
Directed by Bree Pavey

Synopsis: In the darkest corners of the internet lurk the worst that humanity has to offer — as well as the self-appointed guardians who bait and “catch” them in the name of justice, right, and views on Youtube. The Pedo Punchers, college-aged kids in a middle-of-the-middle-of-Texas town, lure men off of Grindr by pretending to be underaged boys, then meet them at the local Walmart where they livestream and expose these “pedos” on camera to their thousands of followers. Yet the Punchers themselves are a tangled mess of questionable motivations, naked ambition, and homophobia. This dark tragicomedy peeks behind the curtain of modern-day vigilantism and asks if good things can come from bad intentions.

Writer Bio: BAILEY JORDAN GARCIA is a NYC-based playwright and actor currently working towards a BFA in Playwriting from The New School. While still just at the beginning of their career, they’ve been fortunate that her work has garnered interest from the theatre community. They became a winner of The Young Playwrights Festival with the Blank Theatre in 2020 with their piece What to Expect When You’re Expecting Our Lord and Savior (a play that also won “Best Play” at the 2020 Players Theatre Short Play Festival). Their full-length play Tvilah (or Arriving Where She Left) received a reading with The Bechdel Group in the fall of 2019 and has a production lined up for 2021! Their new play, Eternal Contrast, just had a workshopped reading at The New School. They’ve also gotten the chance to learn and/or work alongside playwrights like Young Jean Lee, Laura Maria Censabella, Katie Pearl, Daniel Alexander Jones, Nick Pappas, and the documentary theatre group, The Civilians. When they aren’t writing or seeing as much theatre as humanly possible, Bailey can usually be found at Bethesda Fountain, cuddling with their 3-legged pup, or talking your ear off about Angels in America. baileyjordangarcia.com

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May 17, 2021

SOHNI MAIWAHL (or the potter’s daughter)

Written by Simran Bal
Directed by Lauren Campedelli

Synopsis: When the daughter of a potter in 16th century India falls in love with a man outside of her caste and country, she dives into taking extreme measures to keeping their romance alive.

Writer Bio: Simran is a Northwestern University graduate (2019) where she studied Theater performance. She is represented by Stewart Talent, Chicago. After graduating, Simran developed written work with Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, and Jackalope Theatre. She is a current Second City Conservatory student, and will attend the National Theatre Institute’s Advanced Playwriting Semester with an O’Neill Scholarship.

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LIVING ROOM SERIES SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The submission period for our 31st season will open in summer 2021.

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.