Playground Inc

Rating: 5 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Environment

Location: 268 Bush St #2912 San Francisco CA 94104 USA

Mission: PlayGround is the Bay Area's leading playwright incubator. Our mission is to support the identification and professional development of the Bay Area's most promising emerging playwrights and, in the process, ensure the future of the American Theatre.
Programs: PlayGround's current programs include: the Monday Night PlayLab staged reading series, featuring six monthly readings of original short works by Bay Area emerging writers; the Emerging Playwright Awards and Festival, showcasing the top six writers and their work from each season of Monday Night PlayGround; the Commissioning Initative, by which PlayGround commissions and develops 6-7 new full-length plays each season; the New Play Production Fund, facilitating the premiere of new plays by local playwrights in partnership with Bay Area theatres; the Young Playwrights Project, recognizing the Bay Area's top high school dramatists; and monthly playwriting Intensives, led by some of the Bay Area's top professional playwrights, dramaturgs and producers.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been participating in PlayGround's staged readings for twelve years. I have watched as they moved into bigger and better theaters, guided more playwrights and commissioned great new plays. Their audience base is dedicated and PlayGround helps knit together a large portion of the Bay Area acting community.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

When was the last time you met a professional playwright? Go ahead, I'll give you a minute to think about it. Well there you go. You very likely never have. Why is that? Because they're rare? No. There are a hell of a lot of playwrights out there. Because they're ashamed? No. A professional playwright is more than delighted to admit her career. Because many are un-produced? Yup! That's pretty much the case. There's a strong absence of organizations whose main purpose is to develop and support the emerging playwright. PlayGround Inc is a rare gem that fits this need. This organization brings together actors, directors, stage technicians, theatre administration and audience to put new works on stage all in an effort to support emerging playwrights in their profession. Check them out, read about them, go see a Monday night performance. After one show you'll be able to brag, "Hey, I know a professional playwright."

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are plenty of theatrical organizations who claim to be committed to developing new plays and nurturing new playwrights, but few actually are. PlayGround doesn't do classics. They don't do the "the hot new play" that everybody else in town is doing. PlayGround ONLY does brand new plays that nobody has seen yet. But that's not all they do. Their commitment to playwrights means that they help writers get their brand new plays produced. Many PlayGround developed plays have gone on to become "hot new plays." Over time, some may even become classics.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Playground is a wonderful organization, and one of the most important ones for the theater community in San Francisco. Playground recognizes rising talent in the local theater world and offers burgeoning and more accomplished playwrights, actors, and directors an opportunity to be part of a thriving community and to showcase their talents. I can't imagine what theater would be like in San Francisco without this vital --and ever growing -- force in the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

PlayGround is an extraordinary theatre company. I have worked as a director for this Bay Area jewel for the past six years. I have worked with scores of talented playwrights, excellent actors and the most loyal audience base imaginable. Playground's mission bonds and empowers playwrights (and the artists who work to reveal their voice and vision.) and builds community. New play commissions abound and company programming is ever changing and imaginative. As a company, we are respected, challenged and rewarded continually by leaps of faith and risk by all involved. You are hereby warned: The daring nature of Monday Night PlayGround is addictive for artists, donors and audiences members alike! Come see it and believe it!

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

PlayGround is an amazing organization that lies at the heart of the Bay Area theatre community. Through its Monday night series and many other programs offering opportunities to writers, actors, and directors, as well as audiences interested in seeing burgeoning professionals working on new plays in development. Nowhere else can you witness such a breadth of talent and such a massive collaborative effort between so many Bay Area artists. It is amongst the most important and vital non-profits in the Bay Area arts scene.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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