Living Room Series



The Spring 2022 lineup for LRS will be produced digitally to ensure the continued health and safety of our creative teams and audiences.

We hope to be back in person for Fall 2022!

 

ABOUT THE LIVING ROOM SERIES 

Given the current challenges of live performance in Los Angeles, the Spring 2022 lineup of LRS will be produced digitally and streamed for your enjoyment!

Now in its 31st 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 Spring 2022 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:


01/10/2022

THE LUCKY ONES

Written by: LIA ROMEO
Directed by: CHRISTOPHER JAMES RAYMOND

Synopsis:

Vanessa and Janie are best friends… until a devastating diagnosis forces them to consider what that friendship means and how much it matters.  Vanessa is sick, and she’s getting sicker, while Janie is embarking on a new love affair.  As Janie tries to balance her role as a caretaker with her dreams for her own future, the cracks in the friendship begin to emerge.  An exploration of the value and complexity of female friendship in a patriarchal society.

Writer Bio:

Lia Romeo is a playwriting fellow at the Juilliard School. Her play, The Forest, was developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and was scheduled to receive a National New Play Network rolling world premiere this season (postponed due to the coronavirus). Her play Sitting and Talking, starring Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick, premiered at Mile Square Theatre and has subsequently been presented by Laguna Playhouse, New Jersey Rep, Seven Devils New Play Foundry, and other companies. Other plays have been produced off-Broadway at 59E59 and regionally around the country. Four of her plays have been recognized by the Kilroys List. She was the winner of City Theatre’s National Short Playwriting Award, and has been a nominee or a finalist for the Heideman Award, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Kesselring Prize, and the Steinberg Award. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus. She is the associate artistic director with Project Y Theatre Company and the founder/coordinator of the Project Y Playwrights Group, and she teaches playwriting at Primary Stages/ESPA and in the M.A. program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She earned her B.A. from Princeton and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE LUCKY ONES!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROGRAM PDF!

 

02/21/2022

LES FRÉRES 

Written by: SANDRA DALEY-SHARIF
Directed by: WILL STEINBERGER

Synopsis:

Les Fréres: Inspired by Lorainne Hansberry’s Les Blancs, Les Fréres tells the story of three estranged brothers of Haitian descent. They come home to Harlem for their father’s final days. Memories filled with anger and abuse surface as they deal with their father’s death. Each recalls, differently, feelings of abandonment, betrayal, and loss. Will they retreat into the lives they have forged for themselves or will they try to make a new life despite a history of pain. The play deals with issues of historical trauma, race, culture, family, and identity. 

Writer Bio:

Sandra is an Afro-Caribbean writer living in Savannah where she is currently Professor of Dramatic Writing at SCAD University. The Fire This Time presented a reading of her full-length play Hedda: A Portrait of a (Young) Woman and a production of her short play Anonymous, which was also produced by the EstroGenius Festival. Sandra’s play Straddling the Edge is on The Kilroy List, a Barbour Award finalist, and was recently workshopped at the cell theatre, directed by Kira Simring. Les Fréres is a Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist, on the Kilroy List, and a Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR LES FRÉRES!

 

03/07/2022

KILL SHELTER

Written by: ASHLEY ROSE WELLMAN
Directed by: CHRISTOPHER JAMES RAYMOND

Synopsis:

Colleen, a compassionate but disillusioned woman who works in a “kill shelter”, struggles to defend her controversial work to her teenage daughter, who has recently started to mirror Colleen’s past relationship mistakes. Haunted by the voices of the animals she has to euthanize near-constantly, and navigating a risky flirtation with a young intern at the shelter, Colleen and those around her struggle to break free from the cages they’re trapped in.

Writer Bio:

Ashley Rose Wellman is an LA playwright with plays developed at Pasadena Playhouse, The Blank Theatre, EST/LA, Antaeus, IAMA, Echo Theater, Midnight Summit Ensemble, Spinning Plates Co., USC, the Valdez Theatre Conference, and the Great Plains Theatre Commons. She won the Humanitas PLAY LA Award, is a two-time Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and a Semi-Finalist for the UCROSS / The Blank Theatre Future of Playwriting Prize. She is highlighted on the 2020 Kilroys List and is a member of Playwrights Union, New West at EST/LA, and the Antaeus Playwrights Lab. Dramatic Writing MFA from USC.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR KILL SHELTER!

 

03/21/2022

SOMETHING ELSE

Written by: MARIA BRANDT
Directed by: TBD

Synopsis:

In Something Else, Rachel has purchased Cynthia, an AI programmed to be a younger version of herself, hoping this will help mend her relationship with her partner Michele. At first, Rachel uses Cynthia to address some past experience with “Mr. John,” a fictionalized version of someone she worked with twenty years earlier. As the play progresses, though, it becomes clear that something else is hidden in Rachel’s unconscious. It’s not until she uses an experimental electrode method of programming Cynthia that she confronts the consequences of her own childhood mistakes, and accepts more fully the long history of her sexuality. She chooses finally to relinquish Cynthia, and she and Michele begin dealing directly with one another.

Writer Bio:

Maria Brandt has published plays, fiction, and nonfiction in several literary magazines, including InDigest, Arts & Letters, Prime Number Magazine, Sante Fe Quarterly, Coal Hill Review, VIDA, and Cleaver. Her collection New York Plays was produced by Out of Pocket Productions in Rochester, NY, and published by Heartland Plays; her novella All the Words won the Grassic Short Novel Prize and was published by Evening Street Press; her full-length play The Cell was developed at Geva Theatre Center’s Regional Writers Showcase and again at their Festival of New Theatre; her full-length play Swans premiered at Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage and was revived as an all-deaf production by IGNITE of Greater Rochester; and her full-length play Something Else was developed at Geva Theatre Center’s Regional Writers Showcase. Maria teaches Creative Writing at Monroe Community College and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a founding member of Straw Mat Writers and the Rochester Playwrights Group.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR SOMETHING ELSE!

 

04/04/2022

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

Written by: BARBARA BLUMENTHAL-EHRLICH
Directed by: TBD

Synopsis:

Darkly comic, non-linear and sometimes surreal, THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS explores a teacher’s battle with grief in the wake of a deadly school shooting. Sandra is haunted by her four on-stage student victims and challenged by the sole survivor, Annie, who wants Sandra to join her crusade to end gun violence. While Sandra is emotionally paralyzed, Annie is energized — desperate to use her outrage to overcome her survivor’s guilt. As Annie’s facade crumbles, Sandra struggles to break through her sadness. But can she do it in time to save Annie? An intense, muscular tale about the toll of gun violence in our schools and on our psyches.

Writer Bio:

Productions include Hitting the Wall, off-Broadway Theatre Row (Prod.Tony-winner Arielle Tepper Madover); Sister Sister, Northern Light Theatre (Edmonton, Canada, Nominated, Elizabeth Sterling Best Original Play Award); Boy Girl Boy Girl, Trinity Rep (Providence, Winner, Clauder Award for Playwriting Excellence); Double Vision and Absolute Flight: A Reality Show With Wings, both in the NY International Fringe Festival (the former transferred off-Broadway Fringe Encore Series); Romeo Chang, Overtime Theatre (San Antonio, Winner ATAC Globe Award, Best Production); Still Life, Forward Flux Productions (Seattle); Big City, Trustus Theatre (Columbia, S.C., Winner: New Play Award); Work developed in NYC: Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Roundabout, Rattlestick, Cherry Lane, Stella Adler, ARACAworks, Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally: Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva, Victory Gardens, Palm Beach Dramaworks, The Blank, Capital Stage, Rogue Machine, Elephant Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Luna Stage, Garry Marshall Theatre. Won: Beverly Hills Julie Harris Playwriting Award, The Israel Baran Award, FutureFest, and was a runner up for the Sundance Playwriting Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, New Harmony Project, Princess Grace Award, and the Heideman Award. Nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and included on the Kilroy List. Published by Smith and Kraus and Applause Books. MFA/Artist-in-Residence, Brandeis University. barbarablumenthalehrlich.com

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!

 

05/09/2022

STORY AVENUE

Written by: MEL NIEVES
Directed by: TBD

Synopsis:

A group of childhood friends do their best to navigate the maze of their day to day adult working class life, through love and loss, maintaining a household, a roof over their heads, food on the table, raising children and staying employed while living with the crippling fears of being just a paycheck or two away from finding themselves out on the streets and never getting the opportunity to fulfill their hopes and dreams of a better life not just for themselves, but for their family.

Writer Bio:

Born and a raised in New York City, Mel Nieves is a graduate of The William Esper Studio and a long time member of the award winning LAByrinth Theater Company and The Actors Studio Playwright-Director Unit.

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LIVING ROOM SERIES SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The submission period for our 32nd season will open in summer 2022.

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: https://www.wikihow.com/Create-PDF-Files.