Living Room Series



ABOUT THE LIVING ROOM SERIES 

Now in its 29th 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 September 16th 

NIXON ON NIXON

Written by Sean Waldron

Directed by Bree Pavey

President Richard Nixon has resigned from office, he is held up, alone in a beach house, once owned by actor Steve McQueen. He drowns his sorrows in alcohol and medication

Writer Bio:

Sean Waldron worked for the LA Cultural Affairs Department, organized and supervised the Shakespeare in the Park program, and the LA Opera. Plays produced in LA: Shout, The Atomic Veteran, Ground Zero, and Happy Valley. Sean has also written and produced three short films, Injustice, American Hate, and the Coat.

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Monday September 23rd 

 NO, LOVE ME

Written by Mattie Bayne

Directed by Deidra Edwards   

 After Hanna suffers a surprisingly heartbreaking rejection, a group of twenty-something women gathers for a ceremonial sadness dinner to piece each other back together over food and drink.

Writer Bio Mattie is a filmmaker, playwright, and comedian from Baltimore, Maryland who grew up with a single mom, attended an all-girls school, is an Ovarian Cancer survivor, and has been to 29 Hootie and the Blowfish concerts and counting! She is passionate about voice, storytelling, and bringing people together. Mattie is a recent recipient of a BFA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts. This year, she and her team were selected to make a USC Senior Thesis Film titled, “Practice Funeral”. Most recently, Mattie interned at the United Talent Agency and will start a full-time position in the Fall in the agent trainee program. She just completed her tenor as the artistic director of USC’s premier sketch comedy troupe, The Suspenders, with their spring show, “An Awkward Prom Night”. After completing her junior spring semester in London at the Queen Mary University of London, Mattie moved to New York City to work as a general production intern on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She also writes pages of stand up material and feels determined to one day do something with it.

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Monday October 7th

BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN THINGS

Written by Dean Bruggeman

The Kendrick family of Portland, Oregon are anxious to move past the chaotic 2016 presidential election and into the relative tranquility of the Obama-Clinton transition; with nine days to go, however, Trump’s Teflon candidacy is making the poll numbers and pundit predictions ring frighteningly hollow…

Writer Bio

Dean’s theatre career began in ’89 under the guidance of actor-director Lonny Chapman at Group Repertory Theatre, which produced the 1994 world premiere of Show & Tell. Dean has collaborated on numerous projects as a company member at Company of Angels; West Coast Ensemble; The Production Company; Road Theatre Co. (serving as Roadsigns Reading Series coordinator 2001-2006); and Eclectic Company Theatre (ECT, Eclectic Voices Reading Series coordinator 2009-2014). He is currently a Resident Artist with Theatre Unleashed and is a longtime member of Dramatists Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, and Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. Dean served as literary manager at Celebration Theatre (2004-2005) and on the GLAAD Media Awards theatre committee (2002-2005). Playwriting lab affiliations have included Golden West Playwrights (in residence at Road Theatre Co. 1994-1998); The King’s Conscience Playwrights (1990-1993, co-founder); and the 1990 UCLA Extension Playwrights Workshop. Projects receiving recognition include Memory Grove, a semifinalist for the 2012 National Playwrights Conference at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and a finalist at Playhouse on the Square’s inaugural (2013) New Works @ the Works Festival in Memphis; SuperMom, selected for ECT’s 2013 Hurricane Season National Playwriting Competition and for the inaugural season (2011-12) of PlayGround-L.A. at the Zephyr Theatre; A Sweet Lollapalooza, a 2011-12 PlayGround-L.A.selection; Damien, chosen for ECT’s 2011 Hurricane Season; Grace, first runner-up in First Stage Hollywood’s 2006 Monologues Unlimited; and Big, Wonderful Wyoming, a 2004 Lark Theatre Playwrights Week semifinalist. The University of Washington School of Drama/Undergraduate Theater Society in Seattle produced the world premiere of Untitled Perversion No. 3and the regional premiere of Only the Moon Howin March 2018. As a screenwriter, Dean is in pre-production with a web series adaptation of Only the Moon Howls. His short film Knock Her Socks Off was an official selection at the 2015 Flagler, Trail Dance, and Temecula Independent Film Festivals. As an actor, he has appeared in many stage productions and more than two dozen short films.  Dean has worked extensively on the studio side of the entertainment industry, including several positions with Universal Studios; DreamWorks Animation; and Warner Bros. Pictures. An avid runner, he has logged 36 half marathons. He is married and has two dogs. Please visit deanfarellbruggeman.com for more of his work.

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Monday October 14th

THE FALL 

Written by Susan Ferrara 

Directed by Julie Ann Emery

Two awkward neighbors meet and stumble toward love in a matter of 72 hours over cake, writing deadlines and hospital emergencies.

Writer Bio

Award‑winning actor-playwright, Susan is a three-time O’Neill semi-finalist, two-time New Dramatist and Leah Ryan finalist. Her plays include BUZZ (Director, Carrie Preston; World Premiere production dates pending; Rever-ie Next Generation Playwriting Award; development readings with the At-lantic Theater Company and New York Theatre Workshop; Baltic Writing Residency finalist; Women’s Project Lab semi-finalist; Jane Chambers Award honorable mention);  THE MACHINE (Global Age Finalist); THE SILVER KITCHEN (Naked Angels, Tuesdays@9; Red Theatre Chicago Playwriting award finalist); GERTRUDE (second round, Sundance MENA Theatre Lab, DecadesOut reading and workshop; Bridge Playwriting Contest semi-final-ist, THE FALL (Baltic Writing Residency, semi-finalist). Susan has been seen on stage at the Public Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, among many. Her play, THE WONDER (Writer/Actor, Directors: Julie Ann Emery and Kevin Earley) won Best of the Festival at the International United Solo Festival and was nominated for the William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Award. Web/Film: Onion News Network; award‑nominated series regular on the award-winning webseries THEN WE GOT HELP (written/directed by Julie Ann Emery), BRIDESBURG (directed by Jeff Barry). AEA, SAG/AFTRA, DG,  terraNova Groundbreakers and Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive alumna. susanferrara.com

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Monday October 21st

TEEN DAD

Written by Adrienne Dawes

Directed by Julianna Ojeda

 “Teen Dad” subverts the popular regional theatre “kitchen-sink beach house play” to share a heartfelt, comedic exploration of generational trauma and recovery in a mixed race Black and Latinx family.

Writer Bio

Adrienne Dawes’ plays include Denim Doves, Am I White, You Are Pretty, Jesus Loves Good Christians, and Heritage, Her-i-tage, and Hair-i-tage. Her work has been produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater, American Repertory Theatre of London, Live Girls! Theatre, Little Fish Theatre Company, New England Academy of Theater, New Jersey Repertory Company, Hyde Park Theater, St Idiot Collective and American Theater Company (Chicago, IL). Her plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc, Smith & Kraus, Heuer Publishing, Heartland Plays and Vintage Books. Adrienne is the recipient of the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting. Her play Am I White was a finalist for the 2012 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and a semifinalist for the 2012 Princess Grace Award. Am I White won the David Mark Cohen New Play Award (2015 Austin Critics Table Awards), an award for Outstanding Original Script (2015 B. Iden Payne Awards) and was honorably mentioned by The List (The Kilroys) of recommended new plays by female and trans authors. Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ScriptWorks, and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX. She is currently based in Tulsa, OK as part of the first writing cohort of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, supported by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. For more information, please visit: www.adriennedawes.com

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Monday October 28th

THE LAST, BEST SMALL TOWN

Written by John Guerra

Directed by Rachel Park

A modern day “Our Town” set in Southern California just before and throughout the financial crisis.

Writer Bio 

John Guerra is a Latinx writer and dramaturg who lives in Los Angeles.  A Southern California native, he is interested in what makes this place unique, challenging, and alluring. His plays include The Last, Best Small Town,(Troy), Separate Parts, Nahar, Static, and Empty Bellies. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, he is a lover of science fiction, cooking, and unreliable narrators.

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Monday, November 4th

THE SPARKLING CITY OF OMAR MAZEN

Written by Jack Feldstein 

Today, the West faces a crisis of refugees and immigration. And the families who emigrate? How do they cope with displacement and reconciling the old with the new? In THE SPARKLING CITY OF OMAR MAZEN, the son in an immigrant Muslim family struggles to find his path in small- town Australia and follow his own dreams.

Writer Bio

Jack Feldstein is an award-winning writer and neon animation filmmaker. His almost thirty neon animation films, including The Ecstasy of Gary Green, The Adventures of James Joyce and A Wondrous Film about Emma Brooks have screened worldwide from Lincoln Center and NY’s Angelika Cinema to Rotterdam International  Film Festival and Sydney International  Film Festival. His neon animation films about scriptwriting, The Fantastical World of Scriptwriting and The Psychology of Scriptwriting have also been internationally acclaimed as a writer, his playscripts including A House Like Any Other and Three Months with Pook have won prizes in Australia, Britain and the USA. His plays have been staged with many productions in Australia, New York and all over the USA. Falling in Love with Mr Dellamort was his first foray into the world of musical theater.Originally from Australia, he lives in New York City and developed his plays at Workshop Theater in Midtown where he was an artist member.

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Monday November 11th

SAM & RICK

Written by Jeff Stolzer

A two character play that recounts the true story of the unlikely friendship between acclaimed author Samuel Beckett and Rick Cluchey, an inmate in San Quentin Prison who was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Writer Bio

Jeff  Stolzer’s full-length plays  include  SURVIVORS  (Arts  Club  of  Washington National  Playwriting  Award;  O’Neill  Playwrights Conference   semi finalist; Princess    Grace    Award    semifinalist); UNSPORTSMANLIKE  CONDUCT (Woodward/Newman Drama Award finalist; Detroit New Works Festival winner; Last   Frontier   Theater   Conference;   Blank   Theatre   Living   Room   Series); STORAGE  LOCKER  (IATI  Theater Mainstage; Pickering  Award for  Playwriting Excellence third  prize); and  PARALYZED  (JET  Theater  Festival  of New  Plays; Ohio State-Newark New Play Contest third prize; O’Neill Playwrights Conference semi finalist; McLaren  Memorial  Comedy  Playwriting  Competition semi-finalist). His short plays have  been  produced  at  festivals in  New  York  City  and around the United  States.  EMERGENCY  ROOM,  a  darkly  comedic  one-act  about the dysfunctional American health  care  system, received  the  Upstage  Playwright Award from  Houston’s  Upstage  Theatre. His   latest   short   play,   MISS IRRELEVANT ,inspired by the  #MeToo  movement, received  its  world  premiere on June 30, 2018 at Sugartown Shorts in Brooklyn, NY. Jeff was a writer for ABC’s WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE and Fox’s SPORTS GENIUSES. He was also the sole writer of more than 400 episodes for the syndicated radio program LITTLE KNOWN LEGENDS OF SPORTS. As  a  screenwriter,  Jeff  has  developed  screenplays  for  Sony  Studios,  Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Disney Studios.

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Monday November 18th

THE TROUBLED

Written by Mousa Kraish 

Directed by Christopher James Raymond 

A member of the PLO and a member of the IRA deal with the circumstances around them while secretly having a love affair.

Writer Bio

Mousa Kraish is a Palestinian-American actor, writer, and director from Brooklyn, New York, who can currently be seen as the mysterious genie known as The Jinn on Starz’ hit series “American Gods”. Mousa trained at the conservatory program at the Atlantic Theater Company as well as at The Barrow Group and The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab. In his career he has had the good fortune to work with a number of great directors including Steven Spielberg (“Munich”), Mike Nichols (“Charlie Wilson’s War), Justin Lin (“Finishing the Game” and “Fast and Furious”) and Greg Mottola, for whom Mousa appeared in the Judd Apatow- produced runaway summer hit “Superbad.” He played the cook Habib on the AMC series “Feed the Beast” opposite David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess; other television appearances include “Transparent”, “Designated Survivor”, “Madam Secretary”, “Homeland”, “Chuck”, “Covert Affairs”, “Blue Bloods”, “Parenthood”, “Arrested Development”, and “Men of a Certain Age”. His film credits include “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan”, as well as the independent features “King of California”, “Super Zeroes”, “Overnight”, and “Echo Park”. Mousa has also written and directed several short films and plays, both of which have appeared in numerous festivals and his portrait photography has been exhibited in Los Angeles. His short film “The Last Deli in Brooklyn” has appeared in the HollyShorts Film Festival, The Coney Island Film Festival and Dances with Films Film Festival in the last few years.


Monday December 2nd

FALLING SLANTED SAD & CRAZY

Written by Chelsea Sutton

 A dark comedy about a kidnapping gone bad, dead crows, and Twinkies. In a feed shop in Jurupa Valley, California, somewhere along the 91 freeway, Kara is trying to find her own place in the world – which is definitely not here.

Writer Bio: Chelsea Sutton is a fiction writer, playwright, and screenwriter, and a 2016 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow. Her plays have been finalists for the O’Neill Playwrights, PlayPenn, and Seven Devils Conferences, the Ingram New Works Lab, the Stanley Drama, Woodward/Newman Drama, Reva Shiner Comedy, and International UNIMA Young Writer awards, a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and a Humanitas PlayLA Award Winner. She was a creative writing artist in residence at Willapa Bay AiR and Tin House Writers Conference in 2017 and a 2018 Sewanee Writers Conference Playwright Fellow. She was nominated for a Stage Raw Award for her play Wood Boy Dog Fish, written for Rogue Artists Ensemble, which recently received its second production in the inaugural season at the Garry Marshall Theatre. In 2017, she co-wrote with Lisa Dring the critically acclaimed, immersive Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin for Rogue Artists Ensemble. She is currently working on a short story collection, Curious Monsters, which was a Runner-Up for the 2018 Madeline P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize, and her first novel. She is a graduate of the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. Chelseasutton.com / @crsutton (instagram) / @wthcoffeespoons (twitter)

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Monday December 9th

MONICA: THIS PLAY IS NOT ABOUT MONICA LEWINSKY

Written by Dianne Nora

Directed by Christopher James Raymond

Through a series of scenes between Monica Lewinsky and different imagined lovers, this play asks what the cost of intimacy is, how we reckon with our past selves, and what we talk about when we talk about Other Women.

Writer Bio

Dianne Nora is a playwright, theatre scholar, and comedy writer who lives and works in Chicago, Brooklyn, and Dublin, Ireland. Her full-length plays include Notes on Arrival and Departure, Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky (semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2018), Julie (25F), Western Country, In Rooms Such As These, Everybody’s Legs, Wasps (semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2014), Ye That Dwell In Dust, and Prodigal. She recently assisted her mentor Tracy Letts on the world premiere of his play The Minutes, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. She is co-writing a parody of the Bible with Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion, along with a satirical biography of the entrepreneur Elon Musk, anticipated from Grand Central Publishing this fall. BA: NYU; MPhil: Trinity College Dublin; MFA: Columbia University School of the Arts.

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Monday December 16th

GARGOYLES

Written by Diana Burbano

Directed by Jesus Reyes

A retired silent film star, moves herself and her teenage daughter to an isolated tropical island. Their calm existence is upended when a wounded soldier moves into their village.

Writer Bio

Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Policarpa, Semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Festival 2018, Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2018, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brown Swan lab 2017, Drama League Rough Draft series May 2017, Honorable Mention, Jane Chambers Award 2017, Parsnip Ship 2017. Fabulous Monsters, Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep 2017, Festival51 2016 winner Picture me Rollin’, 35th William Inge Festival, Inkfest/2cents, Silueta, (about Ana Mendieta), with Tom and Chris Shelton, Caliban’s Island (TYA) 2017 Headwaters New Play Festival at Creede Repertory (Published by YouthPLAYS). Linda was written for the 365 Women a Year project and has been featured in more that 20 festivals over the last year, including Center Theatre Group’s community library series. She was a writer for Center Theatre Group’s Chisme y Queso series, Rogue Artists Plummer Park project and Kaiser Permanente’s Educational touring show. She has a commission with Alter Theatre in San Rafael and is part of Center Theatre Group’s Writers Workshop for 2018-2019.

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LIVING ROOM SERIES SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The submission period for the 2019-20 season will be open in July 25th-August 13th, 2019.

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.