PlayGround-LA Company in the News March-2019

See what PlayGround-LA  Writers and Alumni are up to as we prepare for the March 11th Monday Night PlayGround!

Jonathan Wickremasinghe-Kuhn’s play VOWS and Allie Costa’s
PHANTOM PAINS will be featured in Stage Left Theater in Spokane, WA as part of the Fast & Furious Festival March 15th-17th.

Amanda Andrei’s play BLACK SKY, a speculative drama about five genius girls sent to repair an electrical grid in the forests of Virginia, will kick off the University of Southern California’s New Works Festival 2 on April 5. Join us! More info here.   

Diana Burbano is currently playing Amalia Morales in AMERICAN MARIACHI by Jose Cruz Gonzalez at Arizona Theatre Company.

Tiffany Cascio’s play POPCAST, developed at PlayGround LA, will be performed at “Max 10.” Sponsored by the Broad Humor Film Festival, it’s a reading of short plays by female writers on March 4th, 7:30pm at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA.

Allie Costa’s plays MINDSTREAM and DROP IN THE OCEAN are both running at The Hudson Theatres in L.A. March 29th-31st as part of INK Fest. See the world premiere of Allie’s play HEARTSONG, inspired by the life and music of Sara Bareilles, at the 365 Women a Year Festival at Rover Dramawerks in Texas March 28th-April 6th. For more information on these and other projects, visit

A monologue Elayne Heilveil wrote from this seasons prompt was accepted into a new anthology of “100 Monologues from New Plays” by Applause cinema and theater books.

Forrest Hartl will be directing the University of Redlands new works festival in the fall of 2019.

Howard Ho was recently featured in Compose LA, a city-wide concert series celebrating new works in LA. Performed at the Aritani Theatre, his concert included an improvised musical set with Cold Tofu Improv, an excerpt form his original musical PRETENDO, and an excerpt from his score to the world premiere play TALES OF CLAMOR, which closed at the Aritani Theatre on March 3rd.

Uma Incrocci will be appearing in ALL IN THE TIMING at North Coast Repertory April 10  – May 5

Coming in March, Jonathan Josephson’s CHUBBY BUNNY (published by YouthPLAYS) will be produced Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory in NorCal and his adaptation of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW (Stage Rights) will be staged by Webster County High School in West Virginia.

Chris Karmiol’s ten-minute play HELPLINE will be produced at the Festival of Ten at the SUNY College of Brockport in Rochester NY. Two weekend performances March 1 – 3 and 7 – 10.

Mildred Lewis will have her book for her GREEN BOOK: THE MUSICAL read by the playwrights group of Ensemble Studio Theatre-Los Angeles.

Rhea MacCallum’s EXCEEDING THE PURCHASABLE CALORIES, which was developed through Playground-LA and included in the Best of Gala in 2017, will be produced this spring by several theaters including the Elite Theater Company in Oxnard, CA, Eden Prairie Players in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and the Players Theatre in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Roger Q. Mason has been commissioned by Company of Angels, Los Angeles’ oldest resident theatre company (founded 1958 by Leonard Nimoy, et al) to write THE CALIFAS TRILOGY.  This trilogy of plays will investigate the transition of California from the Spanish Colonial period to the Mexican Occupation, the American acquisition, and the current day.  The first piece in the trilogy is BURNS IN THEIR VEINS, which assays the downfall of Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California, at the hands of his over-ambitious brother-in-law John Forster.  A showcase will be presented by Company of Angels in the fall, followed by a production in the fall of 2019.

SCOTT MULLEN has 10 different short plays being done around the country this month, including his Playground-LA play 172 PUSH-UPS, which is in the midst of a 4-week run as part of Barrington Stage’s 10×10 Festival in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  

Madeline Puccioni will see 4 of her new short plays up on their feet for her L.A. company, Towne Street Theatre, April 5 in a reprise of the award winning show, IN RESPONSE:THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN.

Brittny Roberts has two shows being produced by 2cents theatre group at their all female playwrights festival, Acting Out INKfest, happening March 29-31 at the Hudson Theatres in Hollywood… FUCK THERAPY will be the late night comedy feature Saturday at 11pm… and SOME CHEAP MOTEL is a dark and twisted one-act that will have two performances during the festival.

A story about Jonathan Wickremasinghe-Kuhn’s embarrassing incident at Target will be performed at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ for Laughing Pig THEATRE’S MONOLOGUE CAFE: #FML on March 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th.