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 April 1st
THE GOOD SAMARITAN

Directed by  Sylvia Cervantes Blush
Written by Wendy MacLeod

When Héctor, a Guatemalan teenager working at a nearby agri-business,
hides in a college student’s car, she has to figure out how to protect
him.

Writer Bio

Wendy MacLeod’s newest play Slow Food recently premiered at
Merrimack Repertory Theater and The Laugh Track is slated tobe
produced at ACT in Seattle. Women in Jeopardy! which premiered at Geva
Theater, is now being done around the country.  Her other plays include
Sin(The Goodman, Second Stage), Schoolgirl Figure(The Goodman
Theatre), The Water Children and Juvenilia (Playwrights Horizons), and
Things Being What They Are (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf
Theatre) and The House of Yes (Gate Theater and Soho Rep)–which
became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey. Her play Schoolgirl
Figure was optioned by HBO, she did a pilot Ivory Tower for CBS, and
she was the Executive Story Editor on Ryan Murphy’s first show
Popular. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is a winner of The
New Yorker caption contest.

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Monday April 8th
THE CALM BEFORE
Written by Deborah Yarchun

the calm before is a two-character father-daughter drama set in Rockport, TX the night Hurricane Harvey makes landfall. Ellen desperately attempts to get her recalcitrant disabled father, a conservative 65-year old former Navy SEAL, out. As the hurricane bears down – difficult parts of their past and their current ideological differences play out; the two brace themselves for a night of tough winds, tough love, and confronting uncomfortable truths.

Writer Bio

Deborah Yarchun is a NYC-based playwright and a member of the 2018-2019 Civilians’ R&D Group. Her plays have been produced and developed across the United States and in Canada. Her honors include two Jerome Fellowships at The Playwrights’ Center, a 2017-2018 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, an EST/Sloan Commission, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, a residency at the William Inge Center for the Arts, and Women in the Arts & Media Coalition’s 2019 Collaboration Award. Deborah earned her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. You can read more about her work at DeborahYarchun.com.  

 

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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).

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Monday April 29th
SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD
Written by Marilynn Barner Anselmi

Two women lose family members to murder in a small southern city.

Writer Bio
After 30 years in the south, Marilynn just may begin to qualify as a North Carolinian.  In her pre-writing life, Marilynn taught in many settings including middle school, community college, university and the state prison system.   In 2007, Marilynn’s son was killed in an accident while attending DePaul University in Chicago. She turned to writing plays in an attempt to deal with this devastating loss. Since then, she’s written thirteen full-length scripts, several short scripts and a couple of short screenplays.  Her work has been produced in sixteen states(and counting) including Pride Films and Plays (Chicago); The Studio Theatre (Washington, DC); National Black Theatre Festival (Winston-Salem, NC); The Detroit Repertory Theatre; August Wilson Center(Pittsburgh, PA); Tennessee Stage Company (Knoxville, TN);  The Blank Theatre (Hollywood, CA);SNAP Productions (Omaha, NEB); and Open Fist Theatre (Los Angeles, CA).  Marilynn was awarded the 2015 Mark Gilbert Award, NC Playwrights Project. Her work has been named a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Conference, a finalist for Playwrights First (National Arts Club, NYC), finalist for New Work Festival (Phoenix Theatre), finalist for the Susan Nim Award (Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Alaska), semi-finalist for the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition (Buffalo, NY), semi-finalist PlayPenn Conference (Philadelphia, PA).  Her short movies have been included in numerous national film festivals and she received an award at the 2016 Black International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany.  Marilynn’s most produced script, You Wouldn’t Expect, will receive its off-off Broadway debut at American Bard Theatre in September, 2018.  For more information on past and upcoming productions, visit www.marilynnbarneranselmi.com

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Monday May 6th
AMERICAN ANT MOTEL
Written by James La Bella

An aspiring politician returns home to celebrate the Fourth of July with his ex-Neo-Nazi mother, who’s taken up a bizarre new belief system.

Writer Bio
James La Bella is a current Junior at Emerson College, pursuing a degree in Music Theatre. He is the President of the Emerson Playwrights Collective, a group on campus devoted to developing and exploring works by early-career playwrights. His piece That’s What It’s All About was produced by The Blank Theatre as part of their Young Playwrights Festival, and read at the Emerson Theatre Graduate Festival. He’s studied playwriting under Andrew Clark at Emerson, and through Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theatre Training Program. Dramaturgical work includes supplemental work for Oklahoma and Rags at The Goodspeed Opera House, and on Coffee Table Play at Emerson College. On-stage credits include Phaedra in La Cage Aux Folles, Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Ulysses in Flora and Ulysses. He hopes to attend graduate school to study playwriting in the future, and is excited to continue exploring writing and art-making in the world as it continues to shift and change.

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Monday May 13th
HOT TRAGIC DEAD THING
Written by Ashley Rose Wellman
Directed by Christopher James Raymond

Bekah, a teenage social outcast recovering from a failed suicide attempt, and Miles, a golden boy with a hidden thirst for violence, are thrust into the same house when their parents try to blend their families after disastrous marriages. Bekah and Miles express their budding attraction and increasing obsession with leaving a mark on the world by plotting something horrific at their high school. Hot Tragic Dead Thing is a comedic tragedy that asks which way to point the gun.

Writer Bio

Ashley Rose Wellman is a Los Angeles playwright whose plays have received staged readings and productions at Pasadena Playhouse, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles, The Blank Theatre, Rogue Machine Theatre, TossPot Productions, Midnight Summit Ensemble, Red Cup Theatre Company, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference PlayLab and Mainstage. She won the 2018-2019 Humanitas PLAY LA Award, and she is a two-time Finalist and two-time Semi-Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She has also been a Finalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award, and a Semi-Finalist for the Princess Grace/New Dramatists Award. She is a founding member of the Barelight Writers Project, a member of the New West Writers Group at EST/LA, and a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company Playwrights Lab. She received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California.

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Monday May 20th
THE BABY PROJECT
 Book by Lori Ada Jaroslow
Lyrics by Fonda Feingold and Lori Ada Jaroslow
Music by Fonda Feingold and Noriko Olling
Director: Richard Israel
Musical Director: Noriko Olling
Choreographer: Jayne Ava


Dana Jacobson, a fortyish, gay, single New Yorker, leaves her colorful family of origin and moves to Los Angeles to start one of her own. While at the mercy of the foster care system, the L.A. public schools, HMO’s, and L.A. traffic, Dana does find her own clan, though they look quite different than what was on her vision board. Ultimately, THE BABY PROJECT gives voice to the ever-evolving face of the American family.

Writer Bio

The Baby Project received an NEA grant in 2013 to support a developmental workshop at The Road Theatre in Los Angeles. It was also in the NYMF Developmental Reading Series in 2016. Other current writing projects include Lenna, a full length musical with composer Morgan Hollingsworth which is a story about how opioid addiction and Alzheimer’s disease eclipse and destroy a family. Lori is developing a solo show and TV pilot called Sub, and a solo play called Sunrise, Sunset. Ms. Jaroslow co-produced and directed the multi award-winning CD series, Tell Me a Story. The final installment, Women of Wonder won the 2010 Audie Award for Best Original Work. Lori’s acting work includes performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally and at sea. Ms. Jaroslow toured nationally with Donna McKechnie in her act as her only BG singer/dancer. Also an educator, Lori has written and directed innumerable plays with and for children, ages 5 to 85.

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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.