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labworks 2015 title box FRANCES AND THE ARGONAUTS
previously: Alma Mater

staged reading

written by Louisa Hill
directed by Jonathan Munoz-Proulx

It’s 1893 and Frances doesn’t know how to serve tea. An odd duck at her all-women’s college, all she wants is to get her teaching degree. And maybe receive penance for accidentally killing her lizard. But everything changes when she meets Lydia, who has a secret of her own. Together they embark on an adventure of self-discovery by creating a play, where they’re free to don the costumes of their true selves.  But when their newfound identities collide with the Victorian social pressures that govern the world outside their college, there are devastating consequences.

When you discover who you are by playing pretend, what happens when the curtain comes down?

Cast in Alphabetical Order:
Maggie Blake, Allie Costa, Alexis Genya, Leah Gonzales, Phoebe Kuhlman, Lindsey Mixon, Brianne Sanborn 

Skylight Theatre / SkyLab


1. What inspired you to become a writer?Louisa Hill, resident writer PlayLab-Skylight Theatre, Los Angeles

I had a deep urge to tell stories that mattered to me. 

2. What's the one piece of advice that you were given that's really stuck with you?

Write what hurts.

3. What's your favorite thing about writing for the theater?

The intrinsically communal nature of theatre--the collaboration with other artists and with the audience. 

4. What's the best play you've seen in the last year (and where)?

Two of the best plays I saw this past year were Cineastas at Redcat and Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea at Skylight (!).

5. Where's your favorite place to go in L.A?

The Hollywood Forever cemetery for the Cinespia outdoor movie screenings.  


LAb WORKS is a festival of new plays by our resident PLAYlab writers performed as workshop productions and as readings in our 'black box' theatre. These are truly new plays; each year the PLAYlab writers begin and complete a new play from scratch. 

Join the creator IN-Konversation immediately following. This moderator assisted chat allows the writer to immediately solicit audience feedback to further advance their project. It's a unique opportunity for the writer to ask pointed questions about what works and what doesn't.

INKubator is our development program and includes:
    ▪    Play Reading Series, works from across the greater Los Angeles area
    ▪    PlayLab, invitation only professional play writing laboratory
    ▪    LAb Works, annual festival of new plays from the PlayLab writers
    ▪    INK Works, extended workshop series
    ▪    SOLOmojo, solo performance intensive
    ▪    unAUTHORized, writing workshop for 18-28 year olds
    ▪    The Lyric Project, teen lyric writing workshops taught in LA high schools and detention centers culminating in a Concert of new songs