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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested Donations Start at $10
Upcoming in The Living Room Series (all shows at 8pm)
Monday, May 12th
THE KING’S FACE
Written by Steven Young
Directed by Bjørn Johnson
Based on the true story of a wounded warrior. 1403, the battle of Shrewsbury, King Henry IV secures his crown, only to have his son, Prince Harry of Monmouth, struck down. Hurtling at full thrust, a projectile shears the Prince’s left cheek mutilating flesh, gristle and bone, before coming to rest at the base of the skull. The wound festers and the life of the future monarch is in jeopardy.
Dozens of healers are summoned and all fail. Alone in a chamber of Kenilworth Castle, certain he has been abandon by both family and God, the Prince faces his mortality alone. As a last resort, London surgeon and counterfeiter, Jonathon Bradmore, is released from prison, and ordered, on pain of death, to save the Prince.
Fighting the constraints of archaic medical practices, Bradmore must pierce the defensive shell built by the terrified youth; a journey that will forge an inseparable bond, question the complexity of leadership and reveal the true nature of a man who will alter history, the future King Henry V.
Arthur Hanket and Chris Kauffmann
The King’s Face was the winner of both the FutureFest and Southwest Playwriting Competitions, is a Landing Theatre Company semi-finalist for New American Voices and is a live semifinalist for the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte Nuvoices playwriting competition. The King’s Face received staged readings at Panglossian Productions in Williamsburg, VA and Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth. Blank Canvas is a top 50 finalists for the Heideman Award at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Steven’s new play The Night Witches is currently in production at the Brighton Media Center in the UK. The Wal*Mart-ians is a finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award at the Bloomington Playwrights Project and a Jerome Fellowship Finalist with the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis. Produced at the Boxer Rebellion Chicago Arts & Entertainment heralded the Wal*Mart-ians as the Best Comedy of the Year. Under the Overpass is the literary award winner for the TeCo Theatricals New Play Competition and is a finalist for the Method and Madness playwriting festival in DFW. The Resurrectionists was nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Citations, nominated for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award at the Abingdon Theatre, NYC, and received productions at the Virginia Stage Company and the Boxer Rebellion. Cheddar Heads was a finalist for the Prop Thtr National Showcase of New Plays in conjunction with the National New Plays Network, receiving productions at the Theatre Building-Chicago and the Milwaukee High School for the Performing Arts. The Night We Bombed Lincoln Towing was a finalist and received a staged reading at the Method and Madness play festival. His new short play Exit Caesar Chavez was selected as a workshop participant at the Mid America Theatre Conference and is a semi-finalist for the National ATHEA conference. Steve is an Assistant Professor of Drama at Texas Women’s University and holds a certificate in novel writing from City University of London. His working novel The Anatomist was selected in the top 40 out of thousands of entrants for the BBC show Novel Pitch.
Monday, May 19th
Written by Mike Bencivenga
Directed by Bjørn Johnson
In the fall of 1975 Mags Esposito returns to her suburban Long Island home when she's suspended from school. Instead of finding the comforting refuge she desires she steps into a war zone. Her parents are in full battle mode, hashing and rehashing the disappointments of their marriage. And her father is on edge because he's reached the age where all the men in his family have died from heart attacks. The one bright note is her youngest brother Eddie who has found a unique and startling way to deal with his nervous stutter that has worsened as he deals with the rigors of high school. 'Bad Hearts' is a drama about the fragility of dreams and the conspiracy of hope we need to survive the forces that threaten them.
Mike attended New York University as a film and theater major and has divided his time between the two ever since. On stage he has written, directed, produced and acted in one acts and full length plays (with the Lightning Strikes Theater Company) as well as improv comedy (as one of the Chainsaw Boys) in New York, Chicago, Boston and LA. His first full length play, Single Bullet Theory, was produced in 2003 and in the spring of 2005 Mike wrote and directed Couplets; a play with music that he created using Shakespeare’s sonnets as the dialogue and lyrics for the piece. In 2010 he completed his third play, Billy & Ray, about the tumultuous creation of the screenplay for the classic film ‘Double Indemnity.’ Billy & Ray recently enjoyed a sold out, extended run at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank. The production, directed by the great Garry Marshall, was described by the LA Times as “a delicious world premiere” and Onstage Los Angeles said, “Bencivenga’s two act romp is a must for film aficionados and folks who love a well spent evening in the theatre.” Mike has adapted Billy & Ray as a screenplay that's currently in development. Last year his play Summer on Fire; a comedy about sex, our fractured political system and fame, was presented to a sold out audience at The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Reading series in April. Mike is very proud to have his latest work, Bad Hearts, presented tonight at The Blank as well.
MAY 19TH IS THE LAST LRS OF THE SEASON. PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL JUNE 5-29 AT STELLA ADLER THEATRE! LRS WILL BEGIN AGAIN ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2014
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