Living Room Series


 

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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 October 22nd
POLICARPA
Written by Diana Burbano
Directed by Jesus Reyes

In a future Colombia  the brilliant but mad Ingrid Bolivar collects young women and turns them into weapons. She finds Policarpa, a girl with magical gifts. Will Policarpa resist the temptation to become a creature of destruction and instead become a savior?

Writer Bio
Diana Burbano, is a Colombian immigrant, an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Diana’s plays focus on female protagonists and social issues. Work: Policarpa (Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brown Swan lab 2017), Fabulous Monsters (Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep 2017), Caliban’s Island (2017 Headwaters New Play Festival), Enemy|Flint April 2018 at Rio Hondo College, and Linda, (English and Spanish), which has been seen all over the world. She was the 2018 playwright in residence for Marfa Live Arts in Marfa TX, and recently directed her own commissioned play for Creede Repertory.

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Monday November 5th
TONIGHT IN DREAMLAND
Written by  Cheri Steinkellner
Directed by Daniel Henning

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Monday November 12th
BRANWELL (AND THE OTHER BRONTËS): AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY EDITED BY CHARLOTTE BRONTË
Written by Stephen Kaplan

The Brontë siblings (Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne) fight to keep the real world from crashing in on their cherished private fantasy worlds.

Writer Bio
Stephen Kaplan’s plays include: Death Defying (Fusion, Academy Theatre, NJ Rep/Theatre Brut); Branwell (and the other Brontës) (semi-finalist: O’Neill); Community (finalist: Seven Devils; semi-finalist: Premiere Stages); Exquisite Potential (finalist: Woodward/Newman, semi-finalist: Seven Devils); A Real Boy (59E59 Theatre in NYC, semi-finalist: PlayPenn, Ashland NPF, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest and MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); una casa/a home (finalist: Landing Theatre’s New American Voices, Route 66 New Play Development); For Unto Us (published by DPS); In Mrs. Baker’s Room (Commission: Abingdon, Theatre Southwest); The Seventh Son (semi-finalist: Ronald M Ruble New Play Festival). He is the New Jersey Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild. Visit www.bystephenkaplan.com for more info.

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Monday November 19th
ALL NEW CELLS
Written by Aliza Goldstein
Directed by Christopher James Raymond

When Nils’s ex-girlfriend commits suicide, she drags him back into a toxic online roleplay scene he swore he’d never return to. He’d been doing okay sticking to his seven-year plan for getting over their breakup – but now, everyone either blames him or expects him to have answers, and he’s getting nasty anonymous messages that might be coming from beyond the grave.

Writer Bio
Aliza Goldstein is an Orange County, CA-based playwright originally hailing from Northeast Florida. She holds a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University with a double Major in Anthropology (class of 2013) and has a day job in the video game industry.

Aliza’s work has been performed at theaters across the country, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., but most often at the Blank Theatre Company in Los Angeles, CA, where her play A Singular They debuted on the mainstage in Spring 2016. She is the winner of the 2013 John Golden Prize for Undergraduate Playwriting, the 2015 Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize (A Singular They), and the 2017 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award for the World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play (A Singular They).

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Monday December 17th
AFTER THE FALL
Written by Miki Kim
Directed by Leslie Ishii

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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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.