The Fall 2021 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 Spring 2022.
ABOUT THE LIVING ROOM SERIES
Given the current challenges of live performance in Los Angeles, the Fall 2021 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 the Fall 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:
Written by: CHRIS SULLIVAN
Directed by: KAZU TAKEDA
Jumping between past and present, two male skateboarders form a secret relationship amidst the macho culture of professional skateboarding.
Christopher Sullivan is a playwright, screenwriter, and director who likes to tell funny stories about sad people. He is a current member of The Echo Theater Playwrights Lab, and a former member of Youngblood, the Obie-Award winning playwrights group at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. His work has been seen at EST, The Flea, The Tank, NYU, Silent Barn, ICA (London), Big Funk Company, (Paris), and has been taught at universities around the country such as UCSD. He holds an MFA from the USC John Wells Writing for Screen and Television department, and a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch. His episodic series Guess I’m a Ghost, was seen at SeriesFest, NYC Web Fest, DC Web Fest, and won Best Web Series at the Los Angeles Film Awards. He is a winner of the Filmmatic Inroads Fellowship, and his work has been recognized by the Sundance Episodic Lab, Austin Film Festival, Slamdance, Scriptapalooza, PAGE International, and more.
Written by: SANDRA DALEY-SHARIF
Directed by: CHRISTOPHER BURRIS
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.
Sandra Daley-Sharif is an Afro-Caribbean artist, living in Harlem. She is an OBIE Award-winning producer, award-winning playwright, director, actress, and dramaturg. Sandra is a recipient of the Josephine Abady Award. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College under the mentorship of Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Two of her plays made it to the Kilroys List 2017. She is a 2019 Princess Grace Award finalist. Most recently, 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. She received a SPACE on Ryder Farm Creative Residency, where she began her new play The Island Bull’s Wife, an honorable mention for her play Katrina and Sandy for the EstroGenius Festival, and was named a NYFA Fellowship Finalist for Playwriting. Sandra’s play Straddling the Edge is a 2020 Bay Area Festival semi-finalist, Barbour Award finalist, and was recently workshopped at the cell theatre, directed by Kira Simring. Les Fréres is a 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist and a 2017 Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist. (I AM WAITING ROR AN YPDATED BIO FROM PW)
Written by: SOPHIE TEGENU
Directed by: JAYONGELA WILDER
In a modern day re-contextualization of The Great Gatsby, “Grand” sharply unravels the American Dream through the journey of a young Black woman banker who dreams of being a painter, and an older iconic actress who hosts wild parties, does not attend them, and nostalgically dreams of a certain lily-white boy.
A black female playwright based in Philadelphia, and the winner of the Leota Diesel Ashton Prize in Playwriting. Sophie graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May of 2020 with degrees in English Literature and Political Science. Her plays have been workshopped at Washington University and PlayPenn’s new play development conference. Currently, a development intern for Harbinger Pictures, providing book and script coverage. She has worked as an Editorial Intern for Sauce Magazine, St. Louis’ premiere food and drink magazine, and an intern at Main Line Today, a lifestyle magazine in PA. She loves giraffes, James Baldwin, and limes.
Written by: CASSANDRA HSIAO
Directed by: ANGELA OH
When a wealthy girl befriends Marley, a 15-year-old aspiring artist in NYC Chinatown, she finds herself at odds between her new friend and her traditional Chinese mother, who needs her help with their family nail salon.
Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at Yale University, majoring in Theater Studies and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. Her poetry, fiction and memoirs have been recognized by Inklette, Rambutan Literary, Animal, Claremont Review, Jet Fuel Review, National YoungArts Foundation, Arts By The People, and more. Her plays have been selected as finalists for national playwriting competitions held by The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, Princeton University, Durango Arts Center, California Playwrights Project and YouthPLAYS. She has also won a Gracie Award for her entertainment journalism and was recognized as a Voices fellow for the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).
Written by: DEBORAH YARCHUN
Directed by: TBD
Fourteen-year-old Brooke is in trouble. Her sixteen-year-old sister, Ivy, is manic and increasingly violent, and their mother, Gail, refuses to acknowledge the danger. As Brooke struggles to hold her family together, she copes by tracking a great white shark. This leads her to Luis, a troubled fifteen-year-old boy intent on swimming out to meet the shark in the ocean. As their friendship deepens, Brooke becomes increasingly aware of the shark drawing closer in her own life: that her sister, in a manic fit, might kill her. Set in present-day southern Florida, between coastal floods, Great White is a coming-of-age drama that explores unremitting love for family, and the consequences of inaction.
Deborah Yarchun’s honors include two Jerome Fellowships, the 2020 Neukom Literary Arts Award for Playwriting, a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, an EST/Sloan Commission, and The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Her plays have been produced or developed with The Civilians’ R&D Group, The New Harmony Project, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Northern Stage, Amphibian Stage Productions, Centenary Stage Company, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, Williams Street Rep, and the William Inge Center for the Arts. Deborah is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. She earned her MFA at the University of Iowa.
Written by: KEVIN KAUTZMAN
Directed by: CHRISTIAN PARKER
In the darkly comic drama, social media content moderators lose their mind at work as they struggle to perform well enough to get a better job at the Company, whose mission is to “Connect the World” but whose platform is increasingly becoming an unruly tool for global discord and the worst the human Id can devise.
Kevin is a playwright and screenwriter originally from North Dakota. He has been a fellow at the Playwrights’ Center and Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, where he completed his MFA, and is the co-founder of the experimental writers’ group at cutedgecollective.com. His work has appeared around the US and UK, has been reviewed by outlets including the Guardian, and is in print from Broadway Play Publishing, Oberon and Playscripts. In addition to his writing, he co-hosts a podcast about the dark side of creativity at artofdarkpod.com and can be found online at kevinkautzman.com. He lives in St. Paul.
Written by: ASHLEY ROSE WELLMAN
Directed by: CHRISTOPHER JAMES RAYMOND
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.
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.
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 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.