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20th Annual PlayGround Festival Features Katie May’s Nationally Recognized “Abominable,” June 6-July 9 at Thick House in San Francisco

You know you’re in for a wild and crazy time when you see the full title to Katie May’s latest play, Abominable, or the Misappropriation of Beverly Onion by Forces Beyond Her Control. May’s dark comic adventure is part Alice in Wonderland, part Star Wars, and pits Luck against Fate in a wager to prove who is the more powerful force in the universe.
The life of Beverly Onion, the world’s loneliest mortician’s assistant, becomes the medium for their contest. From speed dating, to a penthouse apartment, to trekking across Nepal, Beverly is sent on a journey to discover her destiny (and an unlikely soulmate) in a play that explores the power of loneliness and the inevitability of fate. And one of the characters is a Yeti – truly “abominable.”
Abominable is directed by Symmetry Theatre Company Artistic Director Chloe Bronzan and features Lisa Morse, Steven Westdahl., Amy Resnick, Nican Robinson, Chad Deverman, and Gwen Loeb.

National Recognition. Abominable is a Lark Playwrights’ Week Selection and O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist. May is the author of Manic Pixie Dream Girl, which premiered at the A.C.T. Costume Shop in 2013 and subsequently in NYC at the New York International Fringe Festival. Abominable was commissioned and originally developed by PlayGround and is a co-production with Symmetry Theatre Company. (Left: Playwright Katie May)

Tickets for Abominable: $25-$45 / All-Festival Passes start at $80. Go to
Performance Schedule:

June 6-July 9, 2016

Monday, June 6, 8pm (First Preview)
Tuesday, June 7, 8pm (Second Preview)
Wednesday, June 8, 8pm (Opening & Press Night)

Monday, June 20, 8pm
Thursday, June 23, 8pm
Friday, June 24, 8pm
Saturday, June 25, 2pm

Saturday, July 2, 8pm
Sunday, July 3, 2pm
Sunday, July 3, 7pm

Friday, July 8, 8pm
Saturday, July 9, 2pm
Saturday, July 9, 7pm

The 20th Annual PlayGround Festival of New Works features more than 44 performances and readings of the best new plays by Bay Area playwrights. The six-week event runs June 2-July 10 at Thick House, 1695 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107. For more information on the festival, visit
About PlayGround
PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator and theatre community hub, provides unique development opportunities for the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including the monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, annual PlayGround Festival, full-
length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local
playwrights through the New Play Production Fund.

To date, PlayGround has supported more than 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of over 750 original short plays and 61 new full-length plays, with 6 new commissions currently in development. For more information, visit (640x426)

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