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: KEVIN KAUTZMAN
Directed by: ABBIE LUCAS
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.
KILL SHELTER – (rescheduled for spring! NEW DATE TBA!)
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.