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- 2018 Pride Play Reading Festival Submissions Open
- ALAP's 2018 Fringe Show in the Hands of the Judges
- ALAP Partners with Dramatists Guild Foundation
- The Next ALAP Salo(o)n

- Why You Should Attend ALAP Events...
- New Works Lab Update
- NewsFLASHes

2018 Pride Play Reading Festival

For the 10th year in a row, ALAP has been awarded a grant from the City of West Hollywood to present rehearsed readings of new LGBTQ-themed plays as part of West Hollywood's One City One Pride Celebration in June. We thank the City and its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission for their continued support!

The Festival will be held in June -- date to be determined shortly -- and will consist of five short plays to be selected by a panel of judges from around the country.

This year's theme for One City One Pride is "I Remember: Our Stories, Our Courage, Our Joy." While it's not mandatory that plays submitted for the festival reflect this theme, playwrights are encouraged to consider it. The only hard-and-fast rules are that the plays must be LGBTQ-themed or feature prominent LGBTQ characters, and must be 10 minutes or less in length.

Submissions are now being accepted. To read the rules and how to submit, click here. The submission deadline is March 31.

Since the festival is being underwritten by a grant, everyone who participates -- playwrights, actors, and directors -- will receive a small stipend. You won't get rich, but it's a nice way of adding to the fun.

Fringe Fest Plays Go to the Judges

Submissions for ALAP's 2018 Fringe Festival entry -- Kiss My Ax! -- are now in the hands of the judges. We'll soon know which ones have been chosen and which ones will get the ax...

Once the plays have been chosen, ALAP will put out a call for actors, and will also be seeking a stage manager, possibly a musician or band, and a few volunteers to help with the production. If you'd like to be part of ALAP's Fringe show, check your inbox regularly for email announcements.

And plan to come see us in June at the Fringe!

ALAP and the Dramatists Guild Foundation Present a Traveling Master Program!

We're delighted to report that the Dramatists Guild Foundation has enlisted Tony-winning playwright/ actor Sarah Jones as its latest Traveling Master, and will partner with ALAP to present two events featuring her.

Ms Jones, the author and performer of the award-winning Bridge and Tunnel, will bring her latest one-woman show, Sell/ Buy/ Date, to the Geffen Playhouse, opening February 27. While in Los Angeles, she will offer a Master Class for ALAP members, and will also participate in a talkback with ALAP and Dramatists Guild members following one of the performances. In addition, Ms Jones will interact with playwriting students at local universities.

Check your inbox for info once the details have been worked out.

ALAP is honored to be part of this program, and thanks the Dramatists Guild Foundation for its support!

The Next ALAP Salo(o)n

The next ALAP Salo(o)n -- where we meet at a member's home, discuss a topic of interest, then socialize over snacks and champagne -- will take place on Wednesday, February 7 at 8:00 PM in West Hollywood.

If you'd like to suggest a topic of discussion, let us know! We'll announce it when we do the "last call" next weekend.

The Salo(o)n is FREE and open to all, and is a great opportunity to meet other theatre people in a relaxed, informal setting. If you'd like to attend, send an email to by Tuesday night, February 6, and we'll send you the address.

And if you'd like to host a Salo(o)n, please let us know! We provide the refreshments, all you need to do is provide the space. Be a host with the most!

Why You Should Attend ALAP Events!

Another in a series of testimonies from ALAP members. We recently received this from Stephanie Hutchinson:

Years ago at an ALAP event, I attended a session with Jon Dorf in which he introduced us to Google Alerts -- that is, entering the titles of our works, in order to be alerted if anyone is producing them. Lo and behold, I was recently notified of a newspaper headline which read “Comedy Gold: One-act plays will bring a night of laughs.” I was surprised to see my name and play title listed as being part of this program from a high school in Kansas. I contacted both the principal and theatre teacher and politely but pointedly requested payment. Voila, I was sent payment for two performances which I otherwise would not have known existed. Thanks, ALAP!


After five years as ALAP's New Works Lab Coordinator, Jonathan Munoz-Proulx, has stepped down to concentrate on his directing career.

We're delighted to report that Ariana Burrell and David Meyers have agreed to take over and become Co-Coordinators of the Lab!

They had their first meeting earlier this month, and are enthusiastic about continuing the work of the Lab, which is about to begin its 17th year!

Watch your inbox for announcements of upcoming Labs. And in the meantime, many thanks to Jonathan, and all best wishes going forward to David and Ariana!


At the January Salo(o)n -- and no, it didn't take place in a nightclub, it was at Dan Berkowitz's house -- (L-R) Ariana Burrell, Adam Goldberg, Lesley Asistio, and Javi Mulero took part in the discussion...

... while Rom Watson tried to cut the cheese with the ax which will play a big role in ALAP's Fringe show, titled Kiss My Ax!

The audience gathered for ALAP's 2018 Annual Meeting at Celebration Theatre...

... and when we went around the room so attendees could report on their activities, incoming New Works Lab Co-Coordinator Ariana Burrell rose to speak as her Co-Coordinator David Meyers (to her right in the photo) sat and listened...

... Co-Chair Dan Berkowitz had one of his "You talkin' to me?!?" moments, right before the tacky door prizes were presented...

... to a group of enthusiastic recipients. Jeremiah Benjamin (bottom right) appeared particularly happy to have won not only a packet of condoms, but also a pregnancy test -- both purchased from The 99-Cent Store.


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 FEB 10: Rom Watson's Three Syllables of Shame (part of Stories of NOHO Place), Actors Workout Studio, 4735 Lankershim Boulevard, NoHo, FEB 19: Dan Berkowitz's The Twinkie Defense (reading), Plays and Pizza, 129 Orchard Street, NYC, MAR 10: Vicki Meagher's Baby Brain, Actors Studio at The Tannery, Mill #1, Suite 5, Newburyport, MA,

CONGRATS: To Judith Allen, whose Jolly Holidays and Other Memes was done at Theatre West in Dec... Peter Colley, whose I'll Be Back Before Midnight was done at Chelmsford Theatre Workshop, UK in Jan... Gregory Crafts, whose The Anniversary Issue was read at studio/ stage in Jan... Vincent Terrell Durham, who had a play in Playground-LA in Dec... Paul Elliott, whose TBD - To Be Determined won the AACT Award, and was done at Lincoln (NE) Community Playhouse in Jan; the play will be published by Dramatic Publishing Company... Buddy Farmer, whose Joey & Mare was done at Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano, in Jan... Michael Goldstein, whose Homeless Count was done at Eclectic Theater in Jan... Sam Gooley, whose The Moderates was read at Theatre of NOTE in Dec... Elin Hampton, whose A Little Culture was done at Acme Theater, Maynard, MA in Jan... Felix Racelis, whose Dream a Little Dream was done at Stella Adler in Oct, and Fallen Comrade was done at Skylight in Jan... Mary Steelsmith, whose Outsourcing Christmas
was done at Acme Theater, Maynard, MA in Jan... Ladd R. Sullivan, whose Juliet & Romeo was read at EST-LA in Jan...

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