Up Next: MUCH ADO @ The Old Globe

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Up Next: MUCH ADO @ The Old Globe

The Old Globe today announced that it will present The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program’s production of William Shakespeare‘s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by James Newcomb, Nov. 9 – Nov. 17, 2013 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Nov. 9 at 8:00 p.m.

2/25/13: Monday Night PlayGround Math Night

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Join us for our 10th annual Math Night, presented in association with Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, featuring six short plays inspired by an assigned prompt (“FEARFUL SYMMETRY”) and written in just four-and-a-half days. The top six scripts (see below) will be presented at Monday Night PlayGround on February 25. Come discover creativity in the making. For more info, visit http://playground-sf.org/monday.shtml. For background on this month’s topic, visit http://playground-sf.org/topic.shtml.

Symmetrical Smack-Down by William Bivins, directed by Amy Mueller
The Night Dances by Karen Macklin, directed by Molly Aaronson-Gelb
The Spherical Loneliness of Beverly Onion by Katie May, directed by Virginia Reed
Death Claim by Tom Swift, directed by Jim Kleinmann
My Better Half by Jonathan Spector, directed by Jon Tracy
The Decision of Menelaus by Ignacio Zulueta, directed by Delia MacDougall

There’s a free pre-show talk with the playwrights and mathematicians of MSRI at 7:10pm. Bonus Feature: The show will begin with the reading of an excerpt from Crish Barth’s new full-length play commission, O HAPPY DAGGER.

Tickets ($15; $10 for registered students), four-admission flex subscriptions are available online at http://playground-sf.org/boxoffice.

From the archives: Youmans’ “Without A Song”

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From the archives: Youmans’ “Without A Song”

Check out this recording from my 2009 Beijing tour of Give Me The Simple Life.

“Without A Song” by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu

Tyler Kent

with G. Scott Lacy at the piano


PHOTO CALL: J.Ed Araiza’s MEDEAStories @ NY’s SITI Company

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PHOTO CALL: J.Ed Araiza's MEDEAStories @ NY's SITI Company



by J.Ed Araiza

Presented at SITI Company in New York City on January 18th, 2013, MEDEAStories is J.Ed Araiza’s original adaptation of Euripides’ Medea. The result of a collaboration of twenty-three theatre artists from ten countries around the globe, the company included:

Tyler Kent, Marjolayne Auger, Virginia Logan, Pálína Jónsdóttir, Sarah Rae Mitchel, Kelley Swindall, Nikki Ferry, Tina Yotopoulou, Maridee Slater, Ilias Rafailidis, Christian LeMay, Dan Balkin, Matthew Mauer, Elisa Pbb, Gabriel Olivares Sanabria, Damian Alexander Bernardo, Alexandra Viteri Arturo, Andy Sowers, Neal Utterback, Danielle Faitelson, J.Ed Araiza, Gian-Murray Gianino, and Kelly Maurer.


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Martuni’s Piano Bar
4 Valencia St, San Francisco, California 94103-1102

The winter Christmazwankzahannukastice arrives but once a year. Mr. Joe Wicht asks you to join his wacky band of troubadours for a most traumatic holiday showcase. Featuring his favorite arrangement of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” plus a slew of completely irrelevant and inappropriate numbers, the showcase features the talents of LEANNE BORGHESI, TYLER KENT and CARA BURGOYNE.

Be prepared to drink, too. But that goes without saying.


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Six 10-Minute Plays on the Topic: “HAUNTED BY THE PAST”

BERKELEY, (November 09, 2012) – PlayGround announced this morning the topic for its fourth
annual collaboration with the Eugene O’Neill Foundation to develop O’Neill-inspired short plays for 
the upcoming Monday Night PlayGround, taking place at 8pm, Monday, November 19 at Berkeley 
Repertory Theatre. In preparation for this month’s topic and in search of inspiration, the PlayGround 
playwrights took a field trip on November 4 to Tao House, O’Neill’s Danville home from 1937 to 1944 
where he wrote some of his most significant plays. That topic, Haunted by the Past, a theme infused 
throughout many of his works and particularly A Moon for the Misbegotten, will lead to the creation of 
more than thirty original short plays, of which six will be selected for presentation on November 19. For 
more background on the topic, visit http://playground-sf.org/topic.shtml. Participating directors this 
month include: Joy Carlin, Jessica Heidt, and PlayGround Resident Directors Desdemona Chiang, Mina 
Morita, Michael French, and Jon Tracy. Selected plays will be announced via Facebook and 
PlayGround’s website on Friday, November 16. For tickets and more information, visit 

PlayGround audiences get to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, with free pre-performance 
discussions every month at 7:10pm, featuring playwrights and other special guests related to that 
month’s topic. Audience members can also experience the thrill of being a producer through the 
monthly People’s Choice Awards, helping to determine which plays and playwrights go on for 
consideration in PlayGround’s annual showcase, the Best of PlayGround Festival.PlayGround – 2
PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, provides unique development opportunities 
for the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including the monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged 
reading series, annual Best of PlayGround Festival, full-length play commissions and support for the 
production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund and, PlayGround’s 
newest initiative, the PlayGround Film Festival. To date, PlayGround has supported more than 185 local
playwrights in the development and staging of nearly 650 original short plays and 41 new full-length 
plays, with 7 more commissions currently in development. For more information, visit 


WHAT: Occurring monthly, October-March, the popular Monday Night PlayGround series 
presents staged readings of thematically-connected short works by the Bay Area’s best 
new playwrights each month at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, staged by leading local
professional actors and directors. The given topic for the November 19 PlayGround 
event is “HAUNTED BY THE PAST ”. 

WHERE: Berkeley Repertory Theatre 
2025 Addison St 
Berkeley, CA
WHEN: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 8pm

Additional Season Dates:
December 17, 2012
January 21, 2013 – Musical Theatre Night
February 25, 2013 – Collaboration with Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
March 18, 2013

TICKETS: $15/$20 (priority seating), available online or at the door. Pay-What-You-Can at the 
door beginning one hour before the performance, subject to availability. Introductory 
subscriptions are just $60 (50% off priority seating). For more information about the 
Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit http://www.PlayGroundsf.org.

Media Contact: Jim Kleinmann, Artistic Director
PlayGround, 3286 Adeline St #8, Berkeley, CA 94703-2485
Phone 415.992.6677 Fax 415.704.3177 Email: jim@playground-sf.org

A little Cole Porter

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A little Cole Porter

Here’s a teaser of a Cole Porter medley I recorded in 2011 with Brian E Buckner: “Anything Goes/Let’s Misbehave.” 

5/8 – ALTAIR, A full-length play by Evelyn Jean Pine

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A full-length play by Evelyn Jean Pine
Directed by M. Graham Smith

It’s 1976 and the only way to get your hands on a computer is to “roll your 
own.” So assemble the hobbyist kit advertised in _Popular Electronics_ and score 
a copy of Altair BASIC software. Without warning, you’re part of the first epic 
battle of the computer age. On one side: the hackers, the Future, the 
Revolution. On the other side: 20-year old Bill Gates. And boy, is that guy 
pissed. (Commissioned and developed by PlayGround, Jim Kleinmann, Artistic 
Director, as part of the Best of PlayGround Festival 2012. Check out the 
festival of 10-minute plays here: http://www.playground-sf.org/bestof.shtml
(This play is not for kids.) 

$10 at the door

The Thick House

1695 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107


A look back at A Doctor in Spite of Himself @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

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FEBRUARY 10–MARCH 25, 2012

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Photos courtesy of kevinberne.com

4/8 – BIJOU: EASTER SUNDAY (Does Anyone Still Wear An Easter Bonnet?)

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Join us at Martuni’s AFTER your day in the Park with the Sisters. The evening festivities feature the best new voices in town, including indy singer/songwriter MOLLY GAZAY, theatrical soprano NIKKI ARIAS, pop stylist ROBB HUDDLESTON and comedic singer TYLER KENT. 

With our favorite pianist to the stars, Mister ALAN CHOY. Don’t be surprised if Alan offers up at least one of his magical, mystical kiss-and-tell-me-more tales!

Hosted by MRS. TRAUMA FLINTSTONE, with Door Gent Bill Wicht. $7 cover ($5, if wearing an Easter Bonnet).


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