THE PLAYGROUP, LLC

All Original all the Time

Supporting the local arts community

The playgroup llc

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All Original

Founded in 2010, we are dedicated to serving the local arts community. Our shows include 2 full length plays and our ever popular Short Cuts series consisting of 8 short, 10 minute plays. Our shows are a combination of original comedies and dramas submitted by local South Florida  playwrights and chosen for production via a calculated selection process.  We are all original, all the time!

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Our Venue

We produce our 3 original shows each season at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, Fl. Tickets are available at willowtheatre.org or by calling 561-347-3948

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Other Events

We host a playwright/actors workshop once a month at the Boca Raton library at 95th and Glades road. All are welcome. No charge. 

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Next Show November 2019

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Previous Shows - Our Wildly popular Short Cuts Series

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8 Short and Sweet Plays that Cut to the Chase

     

The Playgroup’s wildly popular shorts program came back for its 9th season, featuring the very best in South Florida playwriting talent: comedies, dramas and a few surprises. Eight amazing ten-minute plays by South Florida playwrights. 

Director

     

Brenda Aulbach

Producer

Teresa Biber LoMonte

The Plays

     

Young Entrepreneurs by Judy Marilyn Goldstein 

When you care enough to shut others up.
Going Up Again by Cynthia Morrison 

Help can come from where you least expect it.
Therapy Dog by Les Abramovitz 

You can’t put lipstick on a dog. 

Larry by Steve D’Oliveira 

What if God was one of us? 

One Smear Fits All by Marc Rohr 

Truth is in the imagination.
A Closed Space - In the Dark by Gale Baker 

Sometimes things become clearer in the dark.
The Other Side by Brian Dever 

Who would you want as your eternity partner?
A Clean Sweep by Susan Shafer 

Love can come in dirty places

The Actors

Jill Brown, Fran Friedman, Mark Kroczynski, Daniel Malone, Jacqueline Misholy, Rachel Swanzy, Tom Turner, Gabriel Vasquez 



Previous Shows - Can't Live WithouT You

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Sometimes an old dream, like an old friend, can show up when you need it the most.

Synopsis

Donny Hollenbeck thinks he has created the perfect life for himself. He has a lucrative writing career, a nice girlfriend, and a great looking home in Florida. But when Bobby Cramer, a character from a novel he abandoned years ago, pays him a visit, he starts to realize the place where his dreams took a wrong turn. 

About the Playwright

Philip Middleton Williams’s first play was The Hunter, followed by Dark Twist, The Purer, Brighter Years,  Here’s Hoping,  Can’t Live Without You,  Ask Me Anything, Last Exit, A Life Enriching Community, and Which Way to the Beach. A Moment of Clarity was a finalist in the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting in 2017. His work has also been seen in the South Florida One-Minute Play Festivals, the Midwest Dramatist Conference 2017 and 2018, The William Inge Theatre Festival New Play Lab 2016 and 2017, Odenbear Theatre of Taos, New Mexico, Theatre Roulette of Columbus, Ohio, and the 2018 Short+Sweet Festival of Sydney, Australia.  He is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Cast

Robert Ayala, Carla Jackson Heller, Leslie Kandel, A. J. Ruiz, Anthony Wolff 

Director

 JERRY JENSEN (Guest Director) is very excited to work with The Playgroup and Philip Middleton Williams, with whom he collaborated on three one acts for New Theatre’s Miami 1-Acts, Last Exit, A Life Enriching Community and Which Way to the Beach.  Jerry’s directed shows for nine local theater companies including: Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues & Rumors; The Lion in Winter; A Thousand Clowns; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; My Fair Lady; All The Great Books (Abridged); The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room, Private Lives, It’s Only a Play!, Love! Valour! Compassion!,  Kindertransport, and The Goodbye Girl - The Musical He’s also been in high demand as Production Stage Manager for over two dozen productions, including Hair for MNM Productions at the Kravis Center, The Addams Family Musical and Murdered to Death at Evening Star Productions, Island City Stage’s revival of The Timekeepers at Levis JCC; 3 shows for the B’Nai Torah Theater Arts Series; a full season at The Plaza Theatre, and two seasons for twelve New Theatre productions, including several world premieres. As Executive Director of the Wichita Center for the Arts, he oversaw the Midwest Premiers of Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden and Rags and the World Premiere of John Caird’s eventual Tony-nominated Broadway musical Jane Eyre.  Additionally, he’s acted in over 60 shows in 9 states, locally in 12 Angry Men, Doubt, Bent, Footloose, and 1776. A great big thank you to everyone in The Playgroup and the Willow Theatre staff for bringing this play and its characters literally to “life”.

New trailer

Check out the fully staged production trailer for Can't Live Without You

Can't Live Without You Trailer

Check out this great trailer for our upcoming production

Meet the cast of can't Live without you

Previous Shows - Approaching the speed of life

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Opening Season

Our first show of this season opened with a very funny original play, Approaching the Speed of Life

Synposis

Doris and Ned are spending a lovely Christmas Eve with their daughter Sadie. The holiday spirit is dampened by the sudden appearance of their estranged son, Junior, dressed in a prison jump-suit. The police arrive shortly, hot on Junior's trail, but where did Junior run off to? It's a cat and mouse game and a not-so-typical Christmas for the family - or the police.

About the Playwright

Todd Caster, playwright, is co-founder of Theatre Arts Group in New York's Hudson Valley and The Palm Beach PlayMakers in Delray Beach, Florida. His most notable works produced by The Playgroup LLC include Broken Angels, Little Piggies, and Surfing the Rubicon. He has had over 30 short plays produced by a myriad of regional and national theaters and has had two monologues published by Meriwether Publishing and are included in Audition Monologues for Young Women and The Theatre Audition Book 2. Todd is the newly elected Artistic Director and Producer of the Playgroup and lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Mary Ellen.

Video

Approaching the Speed of Life promo video

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