Living Room Series


ABOUT THE LIVING ROOM SERIES 

Now in its 28th 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. 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) 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.

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 January 21st (MLK DAY)
UNEARTHED
Written by Lavinia Roberts
Directed by Bree Pavey

Myra and her father are among the few to make it to an alien refugee camp after the destruction of Earth. They struggle to build a new life and question their new education, reluctant to embrace this new alien culture and abandon all identity as “People of Earth.” When Myra makes a new friend with one of the locals and shares stories of a now ruined planet, their two worlds might be brought closer together.

Writer Bio
Lavinia Roberts is an award winning playwright, visual artist, and educator. She is published with Pioneer Drama, Heuer Publishing, Brooklyn Publishers, Big Dog Plays, Applause Books, Smith and Kraus, Plays: The Drama Magazine for Young People, and others. She has received productions in over 50 states, in cities such as Washington D.C., Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia. Her work has been viewed internationally in cities such as Bath, London, Port Elizabeth, Athens, and Mumbai.

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Monday January 28th
HITCH
Written by James McLindon

A man in his 30’s picks up a teenage hitchhiker, and quickly discovers that all of his preconceived notions about this bi-racial young woman are wrong … as wrong as all of her preconceived notions about him.

Writer Bio
James graduated Harvard Law School summa cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow and twice a Next Voices Playwriting Fellow at the New Repertory Theatre in Boston. He has also had residencies at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Lark, PlayPenn, Cap21, Seven Devils, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Telluride Playwrights Festival, Ashland New Plays Festival, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Ledig House.

Prizes: Nominee: Joseph Jefferson Citation, Best New Play; Finalist: Kaufman and Hart Prize for New American Comedy; Heideman Award for ten-minute plays (five times), Actors’ Theatre of Louisville; Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Julie Harris Award (twice); Winner: Best comedy, Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards; John Gassner Playwriting Award (twice), Jane Bingham Prize; Siena College International Playwrights Competition; Grove Theatre Center New Play Initiative competition); Hudson River Classics Showcase Theatre’s W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Competition; Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival (three times); Nancy Weil New Play competition; John Gassner New Play Festival; Eileen Heckart Full-length Drama competition; Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Competition.

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Monday February 4th
AFTER THE FALL
Written by Miki Kim
Directed by Kate Jopson

Abby, an Asian-American public defender in Los Angeles, is not only single and pregnant, she’s the primary caregiver for her adoptive father — a Vietnam veteran in the late stages of dementia. When she’s assigned to defend a Laotian Hmong man accused of murdering four white hunters, she accepts the help of an enigmatic Vietnamese nurse to care for her father. The case and the nurse push Abby into the world of war and a culture she has ignored most of her life.

Writer Bio
Miki Kim is a native Hawaiian playwright who received an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her play A Tita, ABroad, a one-woman show about moving to the continental United States from Hawai’i, was the recipient of two Los Angeles Dramalogue awards, and her screenplay Fixing Jane was a finalist in VisionFest. As an actor, she has worked at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and California Shakespeare Festival.

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Monday February 11th
SURVIVAL OF THE UNFIT
Written by Oren Safdie
Directed by Maria Mileaf

A 38 year old man with little ambition and not much for looks brings home his new girlfriend for his parents to meet where he still lives.

Writer Bio
Oren Safdie attended the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University before turning his attention to playwriting. After receiving his MFA from Columbia Oren was awarded a Woolrich Fellowship, which he used to launch The West End Fate Theatre Bar on New York’s Upper Westside. He was a playwright-in-residence at La MaMa, and artistic director the Malibu Stage Co. where his off-Broadway/London hit PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES first debuted. (The Wall Street Journal mentioned it as one of the top six new plays of the last decade.) His next play, THE LAST WORD, also moved off-Broadway, starring two-time Emmy Award Winner Daniel J. Tranvanti (“Hill Street Blues”). Other productions include the recent Off-Broadway hit UNSEAMLY, FALSE SOLUTION, MR. GOLDBERG GOES TO TEL AVIV, CHECKS & BALANCES, THE BILBAO EFFECT, musicals WEST BANK, UK, JEWS & JESUS and FIDDLER SUB-TERRAIN, and LA COMPAGNIE, which he developed into a ½-hour pilot for Castle Rock/CBS. (Five of these productions were NY Times Critic’s Pick.) As a screenwriter, Oren scripted the film YOU CAN THANK ME LATER starring Ellen Burstyn, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Newport Film Festival; and the Israeli film BITTERSWEET, which play the Jerusalem and Montreal World Film Festivals. Playwrights Canada Press, Dramatists Play Service, Broadway Play Publishing and Original Works Publishing have published his plays, and he is the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, The John Golden Foundation and The Graham Foundation. THINGS TO DO IN MUNICH will have its world premiere at Arkansas Public Theatre in November, 2018. Oren has taught at the University of Miami and Douglas College in Vancouver.

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Monday February 18th
THE RAKE OF HIS HEART
Written by Diane Baia Hale

A gay British officer serving as a spy during World War II is forced to choose between whether he should sacrifice all for country or for love.

Writer Bio
Diane Baia Hale is an award -winning Chicago- based playwright. Her historical drama, THE MARBLE MUSE, about the doomed relationship between pioneering American female sculptor Louisa Lander and celebrated author Nathaniel Hawthorne, was a winner for Capital Repertory Theatre’s NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 6 and for Boomerang Theatre Company’s 2016 First Flight Festival. A semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2015 National Playwrights Conference, THE MARBLE MUSE also took third prize in the 84th Annual (2015) Writer’s Digest Magazine Writing Competition in the Stage Play category, as well as third place in the 2015 Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women. In addition, the play was a finalist for Theatricum Botanicum’s 2016 Seedlings Series and a finalist honoree for Echo Theatre’s Big Shout Out New Play Contest; it also received an Honorable Mention for the Ohio State University-Newark’s 2015 New Play Contest. The Marble Muse has had staged readings with The Blank Theatre Company’s Living Room Series; Boomerang Theatre Company; Yellow Rose Productions; Echo Theatre’s Echo Reads; Greenhouse Theater Center’s Trellis Project; and Get Lit(erary) at Le Petit Marche/Williams Street Repertory. The play was also the focus of a paper entitled “The Marble Muse: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa Lander, and the Crucible of American Art” that Diane delivered to the 2016 Summer Conference of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.

Diane is also the author of the play, The Wisdom of Serpents, a finalist for the 2009 Jane Chambers Award. The work has had concert performances at Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, McHenry County College, and Chicago Dramatists, as well as a reading for the University of Denver’s Voltaire Society, for which Diane also presented the lecture, The Pen is a Mighty Sword: One Fencer’s Journey as a Playwright. The published version of The Wisdom Of Serpents is now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at your local bookstore.

Other full-length dramas include The Rake of His Heart (previously titled Rake: finalist, 2013 Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Play Competition; semi-finalist 2014 Pride Films and Plays Contest; staged reading, Chicago Dramatists, Chicago, Illinois); The Lion’s Share (staged reading, Chicago Dramatists); Dragon’s Teeth (workshop production and staged reading, First Stage, Hollywood, California); and The Fencing Lesson (staged reading, Chicago Dramatists).  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and was a 2009 – 2011 Senior Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.

Diane has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s in business administration from the University of Denver. She received her writing training through extensive course work with the Playwrights’ Program at the University of California at Los Angeles Extension and the
Writers Program at the University of California at Irvine Extension; she also studied acting through the Laguna Playhouse Acting Program. A former college instructor, she was the owner of Lionheart Fencing Academy, coaching athletes for local, regional and national -level competition and choreographing swordplay for the stage. Diane is now at work on two new plays, Unto the Dogs and Lissadell, as well as a nonfiction book of popular history that further explores the relationship between Louisa Lander and Nathaniel Hawthorne depictedin her award-winning play, The Marble Muse.

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Monday February 25th
BOOM
Book By June Carryl
Lyrics by Wilson Boyd, June Carryl, Mia Milan
Music by Wilson Boyd, Mia Milan

A left wing hotshot black female journalist is working on a story about the latest presidential scandal when a series of homophobic posts is unearthed on a blog she wrote years earlier

Writer Bio
June Carryl received the 2017 ADAA Saroyan/Paul Human Rights Playwriting Prize and is a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Prize. Favorite acting roles include Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret at Celebration Theatre, Gerty Fail in Failure: A Love Story (CTG Block Partyand Coeurage Theatre Company), both directed by Michael Matthewsand the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet at A Noise Within, directed by Damaso Rodriguez. Recent directing includes Between Friends at EST/LA’s One Act Festival, and The Secret Life of Bicycles for The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival.

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Monday March 11th
COME UNTO ME
Written by Troy Loftin
Directed by Shaina Rosenthal

A homeschooled girl in rural Texas tries to keep her single friendship alive while her parents’ marriage erupts around her.

Writer Bio
Troy Loftin is a playwright and screenwriter based out of Los Angeles, California. His plays have been seen at the University of Houston, Wordsmyth Theatre, The Rec Room, BETA Theatre and the Ensemble Studio Theatre LA. Troy is a current member of EST/LA’s NewWest Playwriting Program. He was also a participant in the 2016 Writer’s Retreat sponsored by The Lark and Theresa Rebeck. Troy was previously the Literary Associate for Landing Theatre Company, and the Dramatist Guild Ambassador for the Houston region. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a B.F.A in Playwriting/Dramaturgy and a minor in Classical Studies.

Monday April 15th
SEPH
Written by Tori Keenan-Zelt
Directed by Hannah Wolf

In this contemporary reimagining of the Persephone myth, a teenage goddess straddles her divorced parents’ realities until she meets a human girl and must define her own power to remake a ruined world.

Writer Bio
Tori Keenan-Zelt Originally and proudly from Pittsburgh, Tori writes curiosity-chasing plays that sniff out in-between spaces in big theatre to change the world. Many of them decide to become comedies. Her current and recent work includes How the Baby Died (Ingram New Works), [nbd], Seph (Araca Project, Princess Grace Finalist), Air Space (Kilroys 5 Most Recommended Plays, Ingram New Works Lab, Princess Grace Finalist), Truth/Dare (Project Y Theatre, Best Ensemble Pittsburgh Fringe, Kilroys List, Princess Grace Finalist), Egypt Play (InterAct 20/20 Finalist), Episode #121: Catfight! (Yale Cabaret), and others. An alumna of the Ingram New Works Lab, Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGround PlayGroup, Bastard Playground @ The Drama League, Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab, & the Actors’ Studio Playwright/Director Unit, she has written for Colonial Williamsburg’s Emmy Award-winning PBS education series and has been named an Emmy Nominee, Kilroys Lister, Jerome Finalist, Princess Grace Finalist, Playwrights of New York Nominee, and some other things. She is an affiliated writer with The Lark, The Playwrights’ Center, Ingram New Works Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit, Fresh Ground Pepper, and the Dramatists Guild. Several of her short plays are published by Next Stage Press. AB, Harvard. MFA, NYU Tisch Asia (Singapore).

 

LIVING ROOM SERIES SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The submission period for the 2018-19 season will be open from June 1 through July 30, 2018.

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.