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Lisa Morse and Aaron Wilton in "Bright Shining Sea" at the 2018 PlayGround Festival of New Works.

PlayGround Announces 2019 Festival of New Works

The annual new-play fest will feature world premieres by Katie May and Ruben Grijalva.

SAN FRANCISCO: PlayGround has announced the lineup for its 2019 PlayGround Festival of New Works. The festival, which showcases staged readings and workshops of plays by local playwrights, will also feature two world premieres. The programming will run May 15-June 16 at the Potrero Stage.

The festival will include the Best of Playground 23 (May 9-26), featuring performances from the company’s year-round Monday night play series.

The lineup will also feature the world premiere of Katie May’s A History of Freaks (May 13-June 15), about a traveling circus and its sideshow performers struggling to survive in a modern world. May’s play, commissioned by the College of Idaho and developed there in 2009, was developed further at a past PlayGround Festival.

The second world premiere will be Anna Considers Mars (May 20-June 16), by Ruben Grijalva, about Earth becoming increasingly inhospitable and a future on Mars becoming a reality. The play, also developed at a past PlayGround Festival, was co-commissioned by PlayGround and Planet Earth Arts.

The festival’s staged readings (May 25-26) will showcase new works by local writers.

Lastly, the company will present works as part of its Young Playwrights Project (May 16-19).

Founded in 1994, PlayGround is a new-play incubator in the Bay Area and supports the development of new plays by local playwrights.

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