The Living Room Series
The LIVING ROOM SERIES is The Blank’s New Play Development Program. Since its inception in 1991, LRS has been giving artists of all levels an opportunity to grow and stretch their talents in a safe and nurturing environment.
Presented nearly every Monday night from Labor Day to Memorial Day, the Living Room Series presents new plays free to the public. These are “workshop” presentations and have a small rehearsal process.
They are not “readings” with actors getting one 2 hour rehearsal. These are “Workshops” which allow a rehearsal process and an opportunity for the playwright, director and actors to explore the material while putting it on its feet. They are simply staged, presented with “book in hand” (meaning actors carry scripts), and are a wonderful opportunity for audiences and the playwright to get a sense of the plays full presence and how it might be staged in a full production.
We have developed plays by well-established playwrights like Steven Sater (Tony Award winner for SPRING AWAKENING), Jonathan Tolins, Mark Saltzman, Michael John LaChiusa as well as hundreds of emerging playwrights.
The plays we have developed have gone onto Laguna Playhouse, Colony Theatre, Transport Group (NYC), Black Dahlia Theatre, Brideswell Theatre (London) among others.
The LIVING ROOM SERIES is also a Mainstage development tool for The Blank. Our Mainstage Productions of SUKIE AND SUE: THEIR STORY, DICKIE & BABE, HEADS, A HOLE IN THE DARK, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, AS IS, FIRST LADY SUITE, PRECIOUS SONS, STARR STRUCK, BREAKING THE CODE, CHESS, THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, GERTRUDE STEIN & A COMPANION, and ISN’T IT ROMANTIC have all come out of LRS.
The Living Room Series takes place Monday nights 8pm at:
2nd Stage Theatre
6500 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Wilcox)
Hollywood CA 90038
For reservations please e-mail email@example.com
Suggested Donations Start at $10
Upcoming in The Living Room Series:
Monday, December 2nd
NO SHOW! HAPPY THANKSGIVING and HAPPY HANUKKAH!
Monday, December 9th
Written by Nicole Acton
Directed by Alina Phelan
McComb 1964 parallels the iconic civil rights movement and the modern struggle for gay rights. Helen Foster’s world is shaken during the summer of 1964 when the civil rights movement invades her hometown of McComb, MS. While her sister, Tess, is trying to hide her relationship with the black son of the family’s maid, Helen is developing feelings for Margo, a freedom fighter. Soon, Helen’s world is turned upside down, and she has to make a decision whether she wants to do what right or what’s expected. When she chooses wrong, the consequences of her actions reach farther than she ever could have imagined.
Troy Blendell, Christine Breihan, Blaire Chandler, Justine Dorsey, Kerris Dorsey, Simbi Kali, Brandon Scott, David Wilcox
Nicole Acton is a double-major in Creative Writing and Theatre at Knox College in Galesburg, IL where she is lulled to sleep at night by the sound of near-constant trains. She is a three-time winner of The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival (2011, 2012, 2013). She was a 2012 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and is a winner of the 2013 Young Playwrights, Inc National Playwriting Competition. Her plays have been produced in Hollywood, CA, Interlochen, MI, and Galesburg, IL. She hails from Hudsonville, MI, where there are cornfields instead of trains. She likes crêpes and cats and cookie dough ice cream, but she likes plays most of all.
Monday, December 16th
Written by Devon O’Brien
Directed by Jason Weiss
The play is about Anna, a fierce and vital woman in her 80s who has no wish to die, and Savannah, a young woman in her 20s -- a seemingly clueless artiste, like Chekhov’s Nina -- who cares for her and who has little will to live. The women could not be more different, yet they are stuck with each other day after day... What do they give one another and what do they steal...? Each woman owns something the other desperately seeks. ANNA is set in a Park Avenue penthouse in New York City circa 1980.
Barbara Bain and Briana Brown
Devon O'Brien is an actress and writer. Her play Flight Plan had its World Premiere in Los Angeles: as did her award-winning one-act, Cake. Her play American Portraits -- an imaginary marriage of the images of John Singer Sargent and the words of Clyde Fitch -- has been seen in London, Los Angeles, and in Lenox, MA at Shakespeare & Co.. Recently, O'Brien completed a screenplay, Three Girls Hunting,for an independent producer. Her novella, Of Lice and Men, was published serially, in 30 posts, on The Huffington Post. Last December, she published A Poem for Newtown, also on The Huffington Post. O'Brien's essays have appeared in Vogue Magazine: one is anthologized in the book, Nostalgia in Vogue. She is the proud mother of two excellent writers, Quentin Moore and Thomas Moore. She is thrilled to be a part of The Living Room Series at The Blank.
Monday, December 23rd & December 30th
NO SHOW! MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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