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:


05/23/2022

MORE OF A HEART

Written by: DAVE OSMUNDSEN
(Winner, Inaugural Ucross + The Blank Theatre – Future of Playwriting Prize)
Directed by: Allen MacLeod

Synopsis:

When Mary-Ellen’s son Zachary was diagnosed with Autism, she became his fiercest advocate. But now, Zachary is grown up and having his own thoughts and feelings about her advocacy. When an unexpected crisis hits their lives, mother and son must say the things that need to be said before time runs out.

Writer Bio:

Dave Osmundsen (He/Him/His) is an autistic playwright and dramaturg whose work explores the intersections of queerness and neurodiversity. His work has been seen and developed at KCACTF Region 8, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop, B Street Theatre, the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Midwest Dramatists Conference, Phoenix Theatre Company, Clamour Theatre Company, and more. He was one of two recipients of the Blank Theatre and Ucross Foundation’s inaugural Future of Playwriting Prize. His play Light Switch was the 2021 Distinguished Achievement recipient of the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, an Honorable Mention finalist for BAPF 2021, longlisted for the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award, a finalist for the 2020 Carlo Annoni Playwriting Prize, and a semi-finalist for the 2020 National Playwrights Conference. His one-act, A Firework Unexploded, was a semi-finalist for the NYC Audio Theatre Writing Contest and was produced by Pint-Sized in London. His plays have been published by or are forthcoming in The Dionysian, Canyon Voices, Exposition Review and Broadway Play Publishing. He is a resident playwright with Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, a neurodiverse theatre company based in Providence, RI. MFA: Arizona State University.

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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.