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- ALAP's 2017 Annual Meeting and 12th Nite Party!
- A Personal Note from Co-Chair Dan Berkowitz
- ALAP at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe!

- New Works Lab Update
- Dramatists Guild Fund Awards Grant to ALAP
- NewsFLASHes


Yeah, it's that time again! Or will be on Monday, January 9, when our host will -- for the first time -- be the fabulous Celebration Theatre -- an Ovation Award nominee for its first season in its new home!

Will you be there with us?!?

This official leap into the ALAP year is always a lot of fun, and this time will also be chockful of info about some big developments regarding not only ALAP but playwriting in California in general (see following story).

The "business meeting" will start at 7:30 PM, and you'll learn about what ALAP has in store for 2017.

AND, as always, we'll go around the room so that each of you can fill us in on what you have coming up. Hearing what members and guests have in store is always a high point of the meeting, and we want to make sure everyone gets an equal say, so we'll be limiting individual remarks to 25 seconds, time limit to be enforced by a really annoying-sounding kitchen timer.

Soooo... please consider writing down what you want to say and rehearsing it ahead of time -- think of it as your Tony or Oscar speech! You can actually say a lot in 25 seconds...

After the meeting, we'll adjourn to the lobby for desserts, champagne, and networking. Celebrate with us at Celebration -- be there or be square!

And speaking of Square, we'll have ALAP's Square credit card apparatus on hand, so if you'd like to renew your membership -- or join! -- you'll be able to do so on the spot.

We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, January 9, 2017
Doors open 7:00 PM

7:30 PM Meeting, followed by Party
Celebration Theatre
6760 Lexington Avenue (corner of McCadden)
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Street Parking (be sure to read the signs)
The theatre is one block north of Santa Monica Boulevard, and one block east of Highland Avenue. While there is generally plenty of parking available in the area, please give yourself enough time to find it!

This event is FREE, but reservations are essential. Send an email to with your full name and how many in your party. Reservations close at 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 8.

A Personal Note from Co-Chair Dan Berkowitz About Important (and less important) Stuff

As some of you know, I had back surgery on November 8 -- yes, I literally took a knife in the back on Election Day -- and have been recovering since (one reason the usual November NewsFlash went by the wayside). Thanks to those of you who sent good wishes, and to those who sent the other kind, the doctors claim I'm going to be fine, so ha ha on you!

One of the nicest surprises of my drug-fueled recovery period was being notified that I'd been nominated to the National Council of The Dramatists Guild. In brief, the Council voted to add "Regional Councilors" to its usual membership roster, and divided the country into regions for this purpose. California is its own region, and if elected, I would represent California on the Council.

As some of you also know, I served as the Guild's West Coast Member Liaison from 1998 to 2007, when I became its first LA Regional Rep, a position I held until 2009. Many of you still remember my column (called "L.A. Confidential") which appeared in the first 67 issues of The Dramatist magazine. Some of you even remember it fondly (!)

My "opponent" in the election is Larry Dean Harris, who is well-known to a lot of you, and who became the second LA Regional Rep when I stepped down.

I'm not going to be coy: I'd really like to win this, and if you're a member of the Guild who lives in California, I'm asking for your vote (I've been told only CA Guild members get to vote for this position).


Whether it's Larry or me who gets the job, this is a big deal, and has the potential to give California playwrights -- as well as writers in other regions around the country -- a larger and more direct voice in how we live our lives and practice our art. For almost a century, the Guild and its Council have been pretty much New York-centric, and now that's about to officially change, at least a little.

I invited Larry and Josh Gershick -- the third and current LA Regional Rep -- to join us at the Annual Meeting on January 9, and they have both accepted. We intend to stand shoulder-to-shoulder to emphasize, first, the importance of Guild membership to all playwrights (so if you're not a member, join! Go to or talk to Josh at the 12th Nite Party); and second, to ask that whether you vote for me or Larry, please vote -- because it's important.

ALAP at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe!

The submissions are in, the plays are in the hands of the judges -- at least a few of whom are probably reading them right this minute -- and we'll get the initial scores by the end of January. A second round of judging of the "finalist plays" will take place early in February, and we hope to have the lineup finalized before you can say "Hollywood Fringe 2017!"

Putting on a Fringe show is a major undertaking, and having volunteers would be an enormous help. If you're interested in being part of the production -- stage managing, working the door, helping with props or costumes, or anything else -- please contact Brian Raine, who once again will be serving as ALAP's Producer for the show. His email is

See you at the Fringe!


ALAP's New Works Lab had a busy 2016, and Lab Coordinator Jonathan Munoz-Proulx is working on the next slate of Labs. Watch your inbox for submission deadlines!

For details and guidelines, click "New Works Lab" in the navigation column to the left. at to make a reservation.

Dramatists Guild Fund Awards ALAP Grant

The Dramatists Guild Fund has awarded ALAP a generous grant to help us in our programs for playwrights in Southern California -- and elsewhere!

FYI, we currently have members in 15 states, D.C., and recently got our first member in New Zealand: ALAP goes worldwide!

Many thanks to the Dramatists Guild Fund -- the money will be put to good use!


Dramameme: Making America Dramatic Again! -- ALAP's 2016 Fall Event -- opened with a Producer/ Director/ Playwright Exchange, whose participants posed for the camera after making their presentations...

... and then broke into small groups for networking and exchanging business cards...

... while later in the day, (L-R) Ed Asner
, Maggie Grant, and Renee Taylor did a last-minute rehearsal before the Play Reading Festival...

... and Ed, sitting with Co-Chair Dan Berkowitz, showed what he thinks of intrusive photographers...

... the cast of the Reading Festival took a final Curtain Call...

... as did the playwrights whose works were represented. Front row, Carol Anne Seflinger (L) and Anne Flanagan; rear L-R, Dan Berkowitz, Stanley Brown, Starina Johnson, and Felix Racelis. Not pictured: Anna Nicholas, who was working in Palm Springs...

... even the audience, which included 3-time Emmy Winner Barbara Bain (L) was glamorous...

... and while all that was happening in West Hollywood, the New York cast was rehearsing in the famed Lambs Club...

... before performing for a full house in New York two days after the LA Readings...

... but back in LA, at the party after Dramameme, Lifetime Member Scotty-Miguel Sandoe (foreground) seems to be saying "That guy behind me looks an awful lot like Ed Asner..."

... to which Lifetime Member Carol Anne Seflinger seems to be answering "Only because he is..."

... while everyone enjoyed the fabulous hors d'oeuvres.

Later in October, Moving Arts presented a New Works Lab reading of Rom Watson's play Lying Beneath the Surface. L-R: James Egan, Mark Kinsey Stephensen, Rom, Stacey Highsmith, Sara Wagner, Noel Arthur, and Daniel Dorr...

... and Rom poses with Sara Wagner and Cece Tio.

On November 5, honoring the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Inner City Cultural Center, Co-Chair Dan Berkowitz (far left) participated on a theatre panel with, among others, L-R, Wren Brown of Ebony Repertory Theatre, Snehal Desai of East West Players, and Josefina Lopez of CASA 0101. Photo courtesy of Jheanelle Brown and Ernest Dillihay.

Later in November, folks gathered for one of ALAP's famous Salo(o)ns at Jon Dorf's house!

And in December, ALAP's Ruling Junta gathered for its annual top-secret meeting, at which it routinely plots the takeover of LA theatre. L-R: Gene Lesser, Brian Raine, Gary Young, Dan Berkowitz, Ann L. Gibbs, Jonathan Munoz-Proulx, Diane Grant, Jon Dorf, and Lesley Asistio...

... and when the camera isn't looking, they show why they ARE the ruling junta.

Well-crowned Gene Lesser, who stepped down after many years as a Vice Chair, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation. He probably would have preferred cash, but ALAP is poor...

... but not so poor that we couldn't have a swell time at December's Salo(o)n, held a few days after Christmas at the home of former Vice Chair (and NY Times best-selling author!) Catherine Pelonero.


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 JAN 22: Thomas J. Misuraca's Light Shadows, Small Fish Radio, (or search Small Fish Radio on iTunes)... JAN 23: Roger Q. Mason's White Dress, (reading), Kraine Theatre, 85 East 4th Street, NYC, 212-460-0982...

CONGRATS: To the ALAP members who had work in Neo Ensemble Theatre's Airport Encounters (Larry Gene Fortin, Beth Polsky, and Rom Watson) in Sep-Oct... the Short + Sweet Hollywood Festival (Don Lewis: We Believe; Felix Racelis: Bride of Godzilla; Norelle Scott: Bridget and Iain) in Sep... Theatre West's WestFest (Ann L. Gibbs and Judith Allen: To Bury a Stranger; Linda L. Rand: Pebbles; The Tracks Stop Here; and The Jeopardy Curse; Michael Van Duzer: Incitation to the Dance) in Oct... and whose work is included in the book 30 Short Plays for Passionate Actors (Susan C. Hunter, Stephanie Hutchinson, Arthur M. Jolly, and Mona Deutsch Miller)... Alpha Blair, whose script The Good Samaritan won for Best Youth/Family Feature Screenplay in the Action on Film International Film Festival and Writers Celebration... Richard Buckner, whose Con Te Partiro was read at the West Hollywood Community Center and Oaks Elks Lodge, Thousand Oaks, both in Dec... Eugene Butler, whose The Cross Over was done at Actors Forum Theater in Nov... Peter Colley, whose Marathon of Hope (The Terry Fox Musical) was done at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, Waterloo, ON, and I'll Be Back Before Midnight was done at Arena Players Rep Theatre, Centerport, NY, both in Oct; The Ghost Island Light was done at Theatre Orangeville, Orangeville, ON in Oct-Nov; and I'll Be Back Before Midnight (aka Gansehaut) did a national tour of Germany Oct-Dec... Chris DiGiovanni, whose Lost (in a moment without clarity) was read at EST-LA in Nov... Vincent Terrell Durham, whose Shooting at the Universe was done at PlayGroundLA in Nov... Paul Elliott, whose TBD - To Be Determined was read at The Writers Guild in Sep... Buddy Farmer, whose Rockne was read at the American Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University in Nov... John Glass, whose Three Creepy Plays was done at Attic Theatre, Santa Ana, and The Witch Makes Five was done at Brookhurst Middle School, Anaheim, both in Oct... Cailin Harrison, whose Defenders was workshopped at Son of Semele in Dec... Stephanie Hutchinson, whose Carved-Out Light was done at Obsidian Theatre, Houston, TX in Nov... Jonathan Josephson, whose That Laurence Fishburne Play was read at Little Candle Productions in Oct, and Holmes, Sherlock and the Consulting Detective was read at LA County Arboretum in Nov... John Lane, whose Pendergast Holdings was read at Stage Door Rep Theatre, Anaheim in Oct... Rhea MacCallum, whose Law & Order: Trump's Immigration Team (TIT) or Keepers of Klassic Kulture (KKK) and the Smarter Smart Gun was read at Torrent Theatre, NYC in Nov...
Thomas J. Misuraca, whose Cyber-O was read at Scripps Ranch Theatre, San Diego in Sep, and at Asylum Theatre, Las Vegas in Nov; Vessel & Entity was produced for radio by Post-Meridian Radio Players, Somerville, MA, It's the Law was read at Chappaqua (NY) Library Theatre, and Cocktail Party was done at North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, San Diego, all in Oct; Offender was done at Whitefire Theatre, and Fear Itself was produced for radio by Small Fish Radio Theatre, Chicago, both in Oct-Nov; and The Last Days of the Gingerbread Man was done at Obsidian Theatre, Houston, TX in Nov... Schaeffer Nelson, whose Mice was read at EST-LA in Oct... Phil Olson, whose A Nice Family Christmas was done at the Lonny Chapman Group Rep Theatre in Nov-Dec... Felix Racelis, whose Hollywood Walk of Shame was one of the five finalists in the 2016 Trustus Playwrights' Festival; and Bride of Godzilla was read at DramaWest in Oct, and will be included in the anthology The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2017, to be published by Smith & Kraus in Dec 2017 ... Jeffrey Scharf, whose Who's Got Me? was done at PianoFight, San Francisco in Nov... Art Shulman, whose The Yentas Wear Red Hats was done at Secret Rose Theatre in Nov-Dec... Mary Steelsmith, whose Josefina Exercises Her Franchise was read at DramaWest in Oct... Ladd R. Sullivan, whose CHRISTMAS, Carol was read at EST-LA in Dec... Rom Watson, whose The Thing on the Doorstep was done at Offending Shadows Theatre Company in Oct, and Norma Desmond's Christmas Carol was read at Neo Ensemble Theatre in Dec... L. Trey Wilson, whose Three Part Disharmony was done at BGB Studios and EST-LA, both in Oct...

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