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- ALAP & LAFPI Celebrate Female Playwrights!
- ALAP Takes Over Dramatists Guild
- Cocktails, Anyone?
- Pride Festival Submissions Open!
- ALAP at the Hollywood Fringe
- DVD of Equity Panel Available
- Wanna Host a Salo(o)n?

- New Works Lab Update
- In Memoriam
- NewsFLASHes

SWAN Day 2017

ALAP, in collaboration with the LAFPI -- the Los Angeles Female Playwrights' Initiative -- will celebrate women theatre artists on SWAN Day, March 25. SWAN stands for "Support Women Artists Now" -- and ALAP and LAFPI will host an event bringing female playwrights together to read from their work, supported by female directors and actors (both male and female).

It's a free, public afternoon of readings that will feature Micro-Reads submitted day-of from any woman writer in attendance, and short plays by female ALAP members, collaborating with a team of women directors and actors (of all genders).

If you're a female writer and would like to participate in the Micro-Reads, plan on arriving at 11 am with 1 page, 400 words or less. Micro-Reads will then be cast by a director and presented to kick off the afternoon of readings at 12:30 pm.
Please note: Micro-Reads scripts will be considered in the order in which they are received (hopefully we'll get to them all, but it's not guaranteed!) Micro-Reads guidelines here: Questions? Contact And for more info about LAFPI, visit

If you're a female ALAP member with a monologue, short play or excerpt from a full-length play you’d like to submit, please send to no later than March 10, 2017. Submissions should not exceed 10 minutes running time. Works by ALAP playwrights will be read starting at 2 pm.

We’re also looking for female directors and actors who can commit to the whole day, 10 am - 5 pm. Email ALAP SWAN Day coordinator Kristen Lazarian if you’re interested:

Saturday, March 25, 2017
11:00 AM to submit Micro-Reads

12:30 PM Presentation of Micro-Reads
2:00 PM Presentation of ALAP Member Readings
4:00 PM Snacks and Networking

Community Center at Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard (between Vista and Fuller)
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Parking lots off both Santa Monica and Fountain; please note 3-hour time restriction in the Santa Monica lot. Street parking is also available, but make sure to read signs

This event is FREE, seating is first-come, first-served.

ALAP Takes over Dramatists Guild

Okay, the headline's a joke.

HOWEVER, as a result of the recent Guild election, two ALAP members will soon take their seats at the table as members of the governing Council of The Dramatists Guild of America.

Before the election, 63 of the 65 members of the Council lived in the New York metropolitan area. Starting this month, there will be five "regional councilors" who live and work outside New York, and have been elected specifically to represent playwrights who also live outside New York. It may not change the way the Guild functions immediately -- or ever -- but it does mean that the concerns of playwrights around the country will be brought to the Guild by Council members who actually live there.

ALAP Member Donna Hoke, who currently serves as the Guild's Western New York Regional Rep, was elected to represent the New England Region, which consists of the New England states, plus New York State outside New York City; and Co-Chair Dan Berkowitz was elected to represent California, which is its own region.

Congratulations to both of them, and let's wish them well!

Cocktails, Anyone?

Soon it will be April, and while we may not get many April showers in LA, we do get cocktails -- at ALAP's Spring Cocktail Party!

This annual event brings together ALAP members and friends for two hours at the end of a spring weekend for hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, the host's signature Cosmopolitans, and lots of networking and conversation.

It's a lot of fun, and lets everyone get to know other members in a relaxed, informal setting. It's only $6 for ALAP members, $12 for non-members, and Lifetime Members get in for free -- it's the biggest bargain in the history of the Universe!

(And, of course, there are tacky door prizes. How can you miss it?!?)

This year's party is on Sunday, April 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at a private home in West Hollywood. The party is open to all, but space is limited, and we must have your prepaid reservation in hand by a couple of days before.

Download the invitation here -- it's also available on the website -- and send it in with your check. OR pay online by clicking "Join ALAP!" on the website's opening page and choosing "Cocktail Party" in the dropdown menu for the PayPal button. We'll provide the address once we have your payment in hand.

Pride Festival Submissions Open

For the 9th year in a row, ALAP has received a grant from the City of West Hollywood to present readings of new LGBTQ plays as part of the City's One City One Pride celebration in June. The grant was smaller than in past years -- everyone's cutting back! -- but will enable us to do a program of short plays, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 17th, at West Hollywood's Plummer Park.

ALAP members may submit one short play (running time cannot be more than 10 minutes), and submissions will, as always, be judged by a panel of theatre professionals who have no connection to ALAP. Five short works will be selected.

And since the Festival is supported by a grant, it means everyone who participates -- playwrights, directors, and actors -- will get paid! Don't get too excited: it's not a lot of money. But it'll get you a drink or two (depending on which bar you go to...), and that ain't bad.

Download the submission form here (it's also available on the website) and then get writing -- the deadline is April 15!

ALAP at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe!

The judges have spoken, and ALAP has its Fringe show!

Six short plays were chosen from a record number of entries to make up ALAP's entry in the Hollywood Fringe -- an hour-long show called The [ ] Box, which revolves around a small, mysterious wooden box. What's in the box? Who's in the box? What does the box do? And is it... alive? These questions and more will be asked and answered in five performences at The Lounge Theatre in June. We hope you'll come to see it!

The plays and playwrights are:

The Memory Box by Dan Berkowitz
Cohn Crosses Over by Joe Godfrey
A Shaggy Dog Story by Leigh Kennicott
The Box in the Park by Mona Deutsch Miller
Who's Afraid Of... by Brian Raine
Celebrity Death Watch by Rom Watson

Brian Raine will once again produce for ALAP, and Dan Berkowitz will direct. Auditions will be scheduled soon, so if you're an actor and wants to participate, watch for the announcement!

We're also looking for a Stage Manager, so if you -- or someone you know -- would like to work on a fabulous Fringe show, get in touch!

AND... we'd like to incorporate a "Strolling Musician" who will open the show, and play briefly during the set changes to help set the mood. If you play an instrument which is portable -- a guitar, a violin, a clarinet, an accordion! -- and would like to be considered, let us know as well.

If you're interested either in stage managing or being the Strolling Musician, write and put "Fringe Show" in the subject line.

And if you'd like to volunteer for anything else, such as helping at the door, write Brian at

See you at the Fringe!

Missed the Equity/ 99-Seat Panel? See it on DVD!

If you missed February's panel titled Nightmare or "No Problem"?: How to Get Your Play Produced Under Equity's New LA Rules, don't despair: ALAP taped the program, and you can get it now on DVD!

Click on "The ALAP Store" in the column to the left, download the order form, and send it in with your check.

The DVD is available for a mere $10 donation -- what a deal!

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 are held at members' homes, but all the member has to do is provide the space: ALAP brings the food and drinks so hosting can be a breeze!

The February Salo(o)n was hosted by Judith Allen, in March our host was Jon Dorf, and in April we'll be at Brian Raine's house.

Would you like to be a Salo(o)n host in May or June, or later in the year? If so, please write Dan or Jon (email addresses at the bottom of the newsletter) and let us know!


ALAP's New Works 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.

In Memoriam

Longtime ALAP member Roy Battocchio died recently. He was the author of a number of plays, including the full-lengths Thicker Than Water and Dead Wrong, and many short works. Roy also worked extensively in television, where his credits included episodes of The Love Boat and the position of Head Writer for The New Hollywood Squares.

Roy was a very funny man and a terrific writer, but we will remember him most for being a true, old-fashioned, gracious gentleman. ALAP will miss him.


ALAP's 2017 Annual Meeting and 12th Nite Party featured a good-sized audience at Celebration Theatre...

... where the first order of business was the Dramatists Guild's three LA Regional Reps to date talking about the Guild election, which was imminent. Dan Berkowitz (L), the first rep, and Larry Dean Harris (R), the second rep, flank current rep Josh Gershick
. We asked audience members to take photos, and this one was taken by Gavin Glynn...

... while Felix Racelis snapped this one, featuring ALAP's "Ruling Junta" L-R, Lesley Asistio, Ann L. Gibbs, Jonathan Munoz-Proulx, Dan Berkowitz, Jon Dorf, and Brian Raine. Not pictured: Rose Desena (who was in New York), Diane Grant (who had the flu), and Gary Young, who waited to appear in the picture below, also taken by Felix...

... where Gary talks to Dan and Jon -- and the audience -- about the upcoming In Our Own Voices reading series...

... while Josh Gershick took this shot of Lesley and Jonathan reporting on ALAP's Diversity Outreach, which has already brought in 10 new members...

... and Josh also took this one of Dan and Jon reporting what ALAP has in store for 2017...

... before they both went royally nuts while Jon took a selfie...

... after the meeting, Josh chatted with Alexandra...

... while Jon and the rest of the crowd enjoyed champagne, desserts, and conversation.

Later in January, member Luis Alfaro (at podium) accepted the Ovation Award for Best Playwriting for an Original Play for his Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles.

A big crowd gathered for the February Salo(o)n, hosted by Judith Allen...

... where participants included L-R Trey Nichols, Alison Minami, Rom Watson, and Paul Ali...

... and L-R, Gavin Glynn, Christopher Aguilar, Dan Berkowitz, Dan Margules, Brian Raine, and Polly Grose.

Later in February, onstage at Burbank's Victory Theatre, ALAP hosted a discussion of the topic Nightmare or "No Problem"?: How to Get Your Play Produced Under Equity's New LA Rules...

... and the panelists were (sitting, L-R) Joe Calarco, Thomas J. Misuraca, and Maria Gobetti, and (standing, L-R) Steven Leigh Morris, Nancy Beverly, Josh Gershick, and Ann L. Gibbs, who also moderated.


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 MAR 12: Linda L. Rand's That Sinking Feeling, Sundog Theatre, 2205 Richmond Road, Staten Island, NY, THRU MAR 25: Rom Watson's work in The Box: Los Angeles, Black Box, 6322 Santa Monica Boulevard, tickets at the door... MAR 9: Gay Theatre: Its History and Its Future, a panel featuring ALAP members Mary Casey, Tom Jacobson, and Robert Patrick, West Hollywood Library Community Room, 625 North San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood... MAR 9-11: Dan Berkowitz's When Oprah Says Goodbye, BRIEFS Festival, .Zack Performing Arts Center, 3224 Locust Avenue, St. Louis, MO, MAR 10-11: Lucy Wang's My Aim Is True, Silk Road Art Gallery Theater, 83 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT, tickets at the door... MAR 11: Kres Mersky's The Life and Times of A. Einstein, Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 310-559-1676... MAR 18: Amy Simon's She's History!, Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard, 310-308-0947... MAR 18-19: Jonathan Josephson's Fishburne, Marshmallows, and the Gay Rabbi, Chance Theater, 5522 East La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, APR 25-30: Lucy Wang's It Ain't Easy Being Chinesey, Pan Asian Rep @ Studio Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC, 212-868-4030...

CONGRATS: To Alexandra, whose Confessions of a G-Man was read at Samuel French Bookstore in Dec... Luis Alfaro, whose Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles won the Ovation Award for "Best Playwriting for an Original Play" in Jan... Judith Allen and Mary Burkin, who both had work read at Theatre West in Mar... Dan Berkowitz and Frank Farmer, who were semi-finalists for the Still Crazy After All These Years Festival, and Ron Burch, whose play was chosen for the Festival... Dan Berkowitz, whose A Lovely Little Life was done at Stage Q, Madison, WI in Feb... Alpha Blair, who is included in the recently released iBook The Top 100 Indie Writers in the World Part 1... Diana Burbano, whose Linda was read at Robert Louis Stevenson Library in Feb... Larry Gene Fortin, whose Sundown in Beaver Creek was read at Neo Ensemble Theatre in Jan... Diane Grant, whose The Last of the Daytons won 2017 PlayFest Santa Barbara, and was read at Center Stage Theatre in Jan... Adam Hahn, whose Murder... Murder... Murder... was done by Sky Pilot Theatre in Jan-Feb... Elin Hampton, whose F4 was read at Storefront Theatre, Waxhaw, NC in Mar... Kenny Hargrove, whose The Last Christmas was read at EST/LA in Feb... Susan C. Hunter and Jonathan Josephson, who both had work in PlaygroundLA in Jan... Jeremy Kehoe, whose God Help Us was done at Monster Box Theatre, Waterford, MI in Jan-Feb... Roger Q. Mason, whose The White Dress was read at Bootleg Theatre in Mar... Alison Minami, whose Face to the Sun was read at Nakano Theatre, Torrance in Feb... Thomas J. Misuraca, whose To Be Or X Tube was read at FirstStage in Jan, and Tabby Flufferwinkle. Cat's Private Eye! was done by Small Fish Radio Theatre, Chicago in Feb... Robert Patrick, who had short plays showcased in Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi, Sci-Fi at La Mama in NYC in Feb... Felix Racelis, whose Date 'N Switch was read at FirstStage in Jan...

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