Under Construction Playwrights Group
THE ZOOM SERIES produced by Jami Brandli, Meeghan Holaway, and Carlyle King.
2 Evenings of Short Plays!
Streaming Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th at 6 PM PT (9 PM ET)
THE STATEMENT by Bernardo Cubría
Directed by Chelsea Gonzalez
Late to put out a “Black Lives Matter” statement, the marketing team at White Claw holds an emergency meeting to find the right words while remaining on-brand.
BUBBLE by Jennifer Maisel
Directed by Sara Guerrero
Two women hover on the brink, juggling the insanity of solo parenting in the pandemic. How far will they go for their friendship?
SNOWFLAKE by Velina Hasu Houston
Directed by Stewart J. Zully
Two college administrators of color meet online with an applicant they think is Black. Much to their surprise, while the applicant identifies as Black, she looks White. The encounter blows to smithereens all notions of race and ethnic diversity.
Running Time: 1 hour
ExZOOMED by Steve Apostolina
Directed by Steve Apostolina
23 years after their mysterious breakup, two ex-lovers reunite on Zoom. Inner secrets will finally be exhumed – and truth is king.
TERRORIST IS SPELLED K-A-R-E-N by Aja Houston
Directed by Inger Tudor
Grocery stores. Parks. Sidewalks. Restaurants. At home. Black couple, Toni and X, fight daily for their survival as they move through these commonplace spaces that are regularly targeted by the American terrorist group, KAREN. When one member violently attacks X, Toni struggles to help put the pieces of his soul back together KAREN sought to annihilate.
REACH by Jennie Webb
Directed by Susan Diol
A short comedy about the ways in which we connect, or try to, Reach takes a peek at socially-distanced friends during a time when the dual pandemics of Covid-19 and Racism hit Los Angelenos—and bring them together—in rather revealing ways.
EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY by Jami Brandli
Directed by Ann Hearn Tobolowsky
A long-time married couple struggles to adjust to the never-ending pandemic living situation while their marriage counselor wrestles with her own problems.
Running Time: 50 minutes
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2019-2020 UNDER CONSTRUCTION PLAYWRIGHTS GROUP:
Lisa Kenner Grissom
Velina Hasu Houston
UNDER CONSTRUCTION at THE ROAD:
In 2019 Carlyle King and Jessica Broutt brought together a group of eleven playwrights, both emerging and established writers, to meet bimonthly to create and workshop new plays. They called it UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Each playwright entered the group with the beginnings of a new play. The work would be developed collaboratively. This program is modeled for playwrights who would benefit from a structured space to receive feedback from peers, all in the supportive environment of The Road. This group furthers The Road’s mission to develop socially and politically relevant voices and thoughts to the American stage, as well as continues to establish our company as a leader and champion of new work in Los Angeles.
THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY:
Located in the heart of the NoHo Arts district-the fastest growing arts district in Los Angeles County. Fiercely committed to that most dangerous of theater missions-the dedication to new works-The Road Theatre Company led by founding artistic director Taylor Gilbert and artistic director Sam Anderson, is a multi-award-winning theater that has been named one of the top ten intimate theater companies in Los Angeles (LA Weekly). It is home to over 150 theater artists devoted to the creation of the highest level of work.
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION 2 SUBMISSION INFO
The Road is proud to begin its second year of Under Construction, a playwright’s group that develops socially and politically relevant voices and thoughts to the American stage. Under Construction will be meeting virtually in 2021, and is open to playwrights on a national level. We will be selecting 10 playwrights to join the 2021 cohort.
Beginning in January, this group will meet twice a month on Wednesday evenings. Each playwright must enter this group with the beginnings of a new play, and we will work collaboratively for 1 year on the development of each play. This program is modeled for playwrights who would benefit from a structured space to receive feedback from peers, all in the supportive environment of The Road.
The goal of Under Construction is simple: to leave with a deeper knowledge of playwriting through collaborating and sharing with one’s peers, and for each participant to create a new piece that is workshop ready. Initial drafts will be read by fellow playwrights, but participants in this program will also have access to The Road’s ensemble of theatre artists for private readings, as well as support from the Artistic Team at The Road.
Please let us know if you would like to apply for Under Construction at The Road, by giving us a 25 page sample of your work and a pitch for the next play you’d like to work on. Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to hearing from you! Deadline is November 15, 2020.
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10747 Magnolia Boulevard
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