Hartland, 2017 Play Reading Series - Skylight TheatreINK

Inkubator, Skylight Theatre CompanyHEARTLAND

 new play reading

written by John Grabow
directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks


Saturday, August 26   12:00pm

1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles 90027

IN-Konversation talk with the writer follows immediately after to help develop the work further.

It's present day Detroit as seen through the eyes of two neighbors: Jack, an urban farmer, who comes to the blighted east side of the city to start an organic farm and beekeeping operation; and Levi, whose house stood on the site of Jack’s new farm before being torn down by the city. Jack has hope for a bright (and green) future for Detroit, turning Motown into Growtown. Levi believes that the End Times are near – and not just in Detroit – and doesn’t want to be around for the party.


WRITER: JOHN GRABOW- His plays have been produced in Los Angeles and elsewhere. As in his new play, HEARTLAND, he was born in Detroit, Michigan and has a farm, albeit not an urban one, in the mountains of Idaho where he grows organic alfalfa and barley.  [BIO and PHOTO]

DIRECTOR: ANITA DASHIELL-SPARKS- A director of shows such as "Letters from Zora" and a producer, her creative work and scholarship have been seen in theatres across the country, including the Pasadena Playhouse and the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theater. [BIO and PHOTO]

I chose to write Heartland in part because I was born in Detroit and am a farmer, albeit not an urban one. Beyond that, at the “heart” of Heartland is the problem of income inequality in America viewed from the perspective of two neighbors in a devastated Detroit neighborhood – an urban farmer returning to the city of his birth via Greenwich, Connecticut after his father has been convicted of insider trading, and a displaced, elderly resident who came from Mississippi with his sharecropper father as part of the Great Migration of the nineteen-twenties and thirties.

INKubator Artist and Play Development Program includes:

  • INK Play Reading Series, new plays from across the greater Los Angeles area
  • PlayLAb, invitation only professional play writing laboratory
  • LAb WORKS, festival of new plays from the PlayLab writers
  • INK Works, extended workshop series 
  • SOLOmojo, solo performance intensive
  • Take 8, adult writing workshop
  • unAUTHORized, writing workshop for young adults 18-28
  • UNDERground, a unique theatrical mentoring program for young adults
  • LYRIC PROJECT, a unique creative experience for high school age teens