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January 1, 2013 > Bare Bones staged readings return with ÒGruesome Playground InjuriesÓ

Bare Bones staged readings return with ÒGruesome Playground InjuriesÓ

Submitted By Susan E. Evans

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) is excited to introduce ÒGruesome Playground Injuries,Ó the first production in the 2013-2014 "Bare Bones" staged reading series. The eccentrically amusing and affecting play by Rajiv Joseph was inspired by a barroom conversation the playwright had with a friend who shared wild stories about all the injuries he had as a child.

Truly a different type of love story, ÒGruesome Playground InjuriesÓ tells the story of Kayleen and DougÕs relationship over a period of 30 years. We first meet them in an elementary schoolÕs nurseÕs office. Doug has ridden his bicycle off of the roof and Kayleen is plagued by another mysterious stomach ailment. Their lives episodically intersect, as the two connect and reconnect, comparing their scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.

The play had its world premiere in 2009 in Houston at the Alley Theatre. Wooly Mammoth presented its East Coast premiere in 2010, followed by its New York premiere directed by Scott Ellis at Second Stage Theatre in 2011.

ÒGruesome Playground InjuriesÓ will be staged on Tuesday, January 8 and is appropriate for ages 14 and up. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached at (510) 881-6777. Information is also available at

Gruesome Playground Injuries
Tuesday, Jan 8
8 p.m.
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
22311 N. Third St., Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Tickets: $10 open seating

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