Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights July 2017 NewsFlash


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- How To Submit So Your Plays Get Produced!
- ALAP's Busy Spring and Summer... and now vacation!
- The 2017 Reading Festival - Bicoastal Again!
- The Big Fall Event: Save the Date!
- A note from Dan
- Warning: ALAP Theatre Advisory
- Wanna Host a Salo(o)n?

- New Works Lab Update
- NewsFLASHes

How To Submit So Your Plays Get Produced!

ALAP is on vacation (see story below this).

HOWEVER, we were invited to invite all of YOU to a special event being put on by The Dramatists Guild on Sunday, August 6, at 3:00 PM, and we're sure a lot of you will want to attend.

It's a seminar called "How To Submit So Your Plays Get Produced" and it's being presented by Dramatists Guild Council Member and Western New York Regional Rep Donna Hoke.

You hear it all the time: the only difference between unproduced playwrights and produced playwrights is that produced playwrights get their work into the world. That translates to submissions and networking, a daunting task that we’d like to make easier. This session covers resources for finding opportunities, tips for easier submission, success stories from cold calls, and remote networking.

Donna Hoke is resident and ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, and her work has been seen in 40 states and on five continents. Plays include The Couple Next Door (Princess Grace semi-finalist), Safe (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), Brilliant Works of Art (2016 Kilroys List), and ELEVATOR GIRL (2017 O’Neill finalist). Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children's book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. She has received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop Hearts of Stone, as well as an Artie Award for Outstanding New Play (Seeds). For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo's Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation.

In addition to her work with the Dramatists Guild, Donna is a blogger, and moderator of the 11,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook. Recent speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, and Chicago Dramatists. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, the soon-to-be-published Workshopping the New Play, and at

Sunday, August 6, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 PM

Los Angeles Theatre Center
(Room/ space within complex TBA)
514 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

This event is FREE. To attend, RSVP to

ALAP's Busy Spring and Summer... and now vacation!

May, June, and early July was a busy time for ALAP!

In Our Own Voices happened at Barnes and Noble in Santa Monica. Our Hollywood Fringe Show, The [ ] Box, had five successful performances, and we hosted a Fringe Playwrights' Mixer. The 9th Annual Pride Playreading Festival took place at West Hollywood's Plummer Park. And our 20th Annual -- can you believe it's been that long?!? -- Summer Picnic was another great fun event.

Plus there was a New Works Lab, a Salo(o)n in May, and another in July -- there was too much going on in June for a Salo(o)n too!

So now it's time to once again hang out that ol' "Gone Fishing" sign for a month or so. Co-Chairs Jon and Dan are both gonna take a little time off, so that they'll be refreshed and ready to go in September.

Ergo... if you join or renew... or write us with questions... please be aware it may take a little time to get back to you. ALSO, no matter when you write, please remember the people running ALAP are volunteers, and sometimes we can't respond to your email request immediately because we're, well, trying to make a living or something like that...

We appreciate your patience, and wish you a great rest of the summer! (And if you'd like to volunteer to help out, we'd appreciate that even more...!)

The 2017 Reading Festival -- Bicoastal Again!

Last year, for the first time, the plays chosen for the ALAP Reading Festival received rehearsed readings in New York as well as Los Angeles, and we're happy to announce that will be the case again this year!

ALAP Vice Chair Rose Desena -- our gal in the Big Apple -- will produce the readings in New York shortly after the Los Angeles readings, which will take place at our Big Fall Event on October 7.

Submissions are now open, with a deadline of August 31. Click here for the guidelines and entry form (it's also available on the website) and then get writing!

Big Fall Event: Save the Date!

And speaking of the Big Fall Event, it's set for Saturday, October 7. Mark your calendar and plan to take part!

Full details will come in the September NewsFlash, but current plans call for a Producer/ Director/ Playwright Exchange... The Playwright's Playpen... the 2017 Reading Festival... the Cocktail Party Honoring Lifetime Members... and a new program to be called Other Voices, Our Voices. It's still in the planning phase, but we think it'll be an exciting addition to the day -- stay tuned!

Once again, the Fall Event will take place at West Hollywood's Plummer Park. We look forward to seeing you there on October 7!

A note from Dan

I don't usually write personal notes in the newsletter, but the last few months have been a bit tumultuous for me, and have also affected how ALAP has functioned, so here goes.

I was diagnosed with some heart "issues" earlier this year, which required medication and treatment, and eventually I wound up having heart surgery on July 10, the day after the ALAP Picnic. While I've been assured everything is now fine, it's been a bit of a... um... challenge, which is why (for example) this is an August NewsFlash rather than the usual July issue, and why it's taking so long to process memberships and get some other chores done.

Thank you to all those who wished me well (I'll refrain from thanking those who wished the opposite!), and, if nothing else, the surgery showed that I do have a heart, even if it's a hard one at times...

I hope to see all of you at the Big Fall Event -- and at another event in September, which we'll announce soon! Watch this space.

Dan Berkowitz

Warning: ALAP Theatre Advisory

ALAP prefers to concentrate on the positive: we really like to tell our members about theatres and theatre-makers who are honorable and professional, and whose services we can recommend. However, as a service and support organization, we would be remiss if we didn't also offer warnings when we feel they're needed.

The Lounge Theatre was on ALAP's "recommended" list for several years, as its two spaces are well-maintained, convenient, and were, in our opinion, well-managed. ALAP did its Fringe show there in 2015, and chose the venue again for our 2017 show.

Unfortunately, while the theatre is still attractive, we must issue an advisory to our members to use caution when booking the space. For this year's Fringe show, ALAP feels it did not receive the full services for which we contracted -- and for which we paid a fairly hefty price -- and when we contacted the theatre management, we were condescended to and told nothing could be done. We then followed up with a letter to the theatre's owner, dated July 7: as of this date, we have not been given the courtesy of a reply.

Everyone makes mistakes; professionals acknowledge them, apologize, and either correct the problem or offer to make up for it in some way. That was not done here.

If the situation changes, we will update you.

Wanna Host a Salo(o)n?

ALAP's monthly Salo(o)ns are small, informal gatherings at which we discuss a topic of interest, then socialize over snacks and champagne. They're held at members' homes, but all the member has to do is provide the space: ALAP brings the food and drinks, so hosting is a breeze!

We're looking for Salo(o)n hosts for September through December. If you'd like to be a Host with the Most, please write Dan or Jon (email addresses at the bottom of the newsletter) and let us know!


East West Players hosted a Lab reading of Alison Minami's The Dreamers in July -- congratulations to Alison and many thanks to EastWest!

ALAP's New Works Lab Coordinator Jonathan Munoz-Proulx reports upcoming Labs are scheduled at LATC, EST/LA, ARC, and Watts Village. Watch for submission announcements!

For details and guidelines about the Lab, click "New Works Lab" in the navigation column to the left.



ALAP's May Salo(o)n, hosted by Dan Berkowitz. Yes, Dan does live in a nightclub with funky lighting.

In brighter light, ALAP's longest-running program, In Our Own Voices, drew a good crowd to Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica...

... where the participating playwrights included Alexandra (far right)...

... Lesley Asistio (far left)...

... Christine Avila...

... Jeff Bergquist (far right)...

... Mary Burkin...

... Yazmin Escribano (far right)...

... Katherine King (far right)...

... and Steven Lee (left).

At the first rehearsal for ALAP's Hollywood Fringe show (L-R) cast members Royana Black, JP Hubbell, and Mariah Bonner, producer Brian Raine, and cast member Bret Shefter.

ALAP's shy, demure co-chair Dan Berkowitz welcomes guests to the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Playwrights' Mixer, which doubled as an opening party for the ALAP show...

... where Lifetime Member Scott Sandoe offered to do door duty checking people in...

... and Elin Hampton checked out the hors d'oeuvres to be sure they were fit for human consumption...

... playwright Marilyn Fu (L) with Mariah Bonner, who not only appeared in ALAP's show but also starred in a Fringe show written by Marilyn...

... L-R playwrights Vincent Terrell Durham, Nikki Fuller, Christopher Belen Aguilar, and William Waters shared a laugh.

The 2017 ALAP/ City of West Hollywood Pride Play Reading Festival featured work by playwrights (L-R) Vincent Terrell Durham, Benjamin Scuglia, Scott Mullen, Starina Johnson, Elixeo Flores, and Christopher Belen Aguilar. The event was hosted and narrated -- for the 9th year in a row -- by Vice Chair Ann L. Gibbs (she's the short one in front, wearing the baseball cap!)

Mary Steelsmith and husband Steve Lee were the first arrivals at the Summer Picnic, and so were able to relax alone for a few minutes before...

... other people arrived and gathered in one of the pavilions...

... or around the firepit...

... or in the pool...

... and this was the food table at the start...

... before the Hungry Hordes descended upon it...

... and later, Jeremiah Benjamin showed his delight at winning his Tacky Door Prize of two super-duper action figures from the 99-Cent Store...

... while host Paul Elliott was, if anything, even more delighted at winning a roll of toilet paper with Donald Trump's face on every sheet.

At East West Players' New Works Lab reading of Alison Minami's The Dreamers (L-R): Snehal Desai (EWP Artistic Director), Marie Reine Velez, Whitney Tenney-Pak, Ricky Pak, Alison Minami, Elaine Loh, Kevin Ezeh, Carolina San Juan, Tim Croak, and Misao McGregor.

July's Salo(o)n was hosted by Brian Raine, and among the participants were (L-R) Peter Colley, Jacques Freydont, Christopher Belen Aguilar, Lesley Asistio, Paul Moore, and Gary Thomas. Christopher moderated the discussion, which was a continuation of the discussion which began at the May Salo(o)n: "The New Imperative: How Much (or How Little) Do We Need to Take Into Account Cast Size, Gender, Ethnicity, Etc., If We Want to Get Produced?"


PLEASE NOTE: The NewsFlash and the weekly Member News Email can only publicize your writing. However, if you're acting in a show... or have directed one... or whatever... feel free to post it on ALAP's Facebook page!

UPCOMING: THRU AUG 5: Thomas J. Misuraca's Joey & Chuck, Theatre Southwest, 8944 Clarkcrest Street, Houston, TX

CONGRATS: To Dan Berkowitz, whose Crime and Punishment: The Musical! was done at Son of Semele in Jul... Bruce Bonafede, whose Interview with the Publisher was read at Coachella Velley Rep, Rancho Mirage in Jun... Peggy Chane, whose Trust Your Local Squirrel was done at Flamboyan Theatre, NYC in Jun... Paul Elliott, whose TBD (To Be Determined) was selected as a 2017 AACT NewPlayFest Winner, and will be published by Dramatic Publishing and have its world premiere at the Lincoln (NE) Community Playhouse... Jacques Freydont, who was nominated for Outstanding Writing of an Original Play or Musical for Eviction Notice... Jonathan Josephson, whose Holmes, Sherlock and the Consulting Detective was done at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Jun-Jul... Don Lewis, whose Broadway slam! was done at Vinadore Studio Cafe in May... Vicki Meagher, whose Social Glue was done at Fresh Ink Theatre, Boston in May... Felix Racelis, whose What Would Barbie Do? was read at Drama West, and House of Sticks was done at MOments Playhouse, both in Jul... David Rambo, whose The Tug of War was done at LA Theatre Works in May... Guillermo Reyes, whose Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown was done at Macha Theatre in Jun... Scott Mullen, whose Pinata was done at Hollywood Fringe in Jun... Jessica Jill Turner, whose Charlie Moose Makes His Move
was done at Hollywood Fringe in Jun...

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