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Give to the PlayGround Annual Campaign and watch your investment in the Bay Area’s best new playwrights grow! Help fuel PlayGround’s unique incubator programs, including Monday Night PlayGround and the 16th annual Best of PlayGround Festival!

PlayGround is the Bay Area's leading playwright incubator. The mission of PlayGround is to support the development of significant new local voices for the theatre. More than just another play development program, PlayGround focuses on the creation of a true theatre community by nurturing the collaborative process between first-time or early development playwrights, and established, professional actors and directors. Over the past seventeen years, PlayGround has developed a unique model for identifying and nurturing the Bay Area’s best new writers, while helping them to build a significant body of original work. The beneficiaries of our efforts are the writers, their collaborators and the audiences these artists serve – today and in the future.

Since its founding in 1994, PlayGround has supported more than 170 early career playwrights, developing and staging nearly 600 of their original short plays through the Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series and Best of PlayGround Festival. PlayGround has also commissioned 41 new full-length plays by 18 of these writers through its Commissioning Initiative and has directly facilitated the premiere of numerous works through its innovative New Play Production Fund.

PlayGround alumni have gone on to win not only local but also national honors for short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre's Global Age Project, New York International Fringe Festival, the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, Guthrie Theatre, and The Drama League’s New Directors-New Works series, among others. Works have been premiered at numerous theatres throughout the Bay Area, including: Theatre Rhinoceros (Garret Groenveld’s MISSIVES), San Jose Stage Company (Trevor Allen’s TENDERS IN THE FOG and LOLITA ROADTRIP), Just Theater (Erin Bregman’s DOWN A LITTLE DIRT ROAD) and SF Playhouse (Aaron Loeb's FIRST PERSON SHOOTER and ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S BIG GAY DANCE PARTY, Geetha Reddy’s SAFE HOUSE, and Daniel Heath’s SEVEN DAYS). Of particular note is the aforementioned ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S BIG GAY DANCE PARTY which, following its premiere at SF Playhouse in 2008, was subsequently produced at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2009 where it sold out its six-performance run in advance and was named “Outstanding Play” of the Fringe. In 2010, it received its off-Broadway debut and will be performed around the country in 2011-12 (it was recently published by PlayScripts).

PlayGround alumni are among the Bay Area's most sought-after new playwrights, regularly receiving readings, workshops, commissions and productions for their original work. A sample of Bay Area professional theatres currently or recently collaborating with PlayGround-developed writers includes: Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, SF Playhouse, Shotgun Players, San Jose Rep, San Jose Stage Company, AlterTheater, Crowded Fire, Climate Theater, Impact Theatre, and Just Theater.

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