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:


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 MAHIWAL (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.