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New plays need oxygen to grow, but opportunities to rehearse and stage works in development can be hard to come by. That’s where the Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series comes in. For nearly 30 years, every Monday night from September to May, the Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood has hosted freshly developing work by a consciously inclusive roster of emerging playwrights. Rehearsed and sparsely staged reading/performances offer everyone involved a chance to hone their craft, and audiences an exciting peek at the future of the L.A. stage. This week’s offering is Marge, written by Chase Yenser and directed by Laura Stribling, presenting a family drama culminating in an intervention during an East Coast snowstorm, with all the birthday party-meets-intervention roller coaster of emotions you can handle.

The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theater, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Mon, Jan. 13, 8 p.m.; $15. theblank.com/livingroomseries.

LA Weekly