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labworks 2015 title box BEFORE WE DO

staged reading

written by Boni B. Alvarez
directed by Gene Franklin Smith

Hazel and Junior are very close to tying the knot. That means mother-of-the-groom, Lovie, only has a week left to stop it!

Cast in Alphabetical Order:
Tenelle Cadogan, Angel Star Felix, Victoria Hoffman, Moronai Kanakoa, Kila Kitu

Skylight Theatre / SkyLab


1. What inspired you to become a writer? Boni Alvarez crop pic

I couldn’t hand with the acting thing, but I still wanted to be in the room.  

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

‘You should consider yourself a playwright as much as an actor’.  A professor told me that in college.  I paid her no mind.  Now and then, I wonder what if . . . what if I had listened to her then?

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

Playing with people.  Writing for all the talented people I know and adore.  

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

Here Lies Love has stuck with me.  That was a few years back at The Public in NYC.

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

Dim sum in Chinatown, cocktails in WeHo, beer in EHo, and chicken at Roscoe’s or Kyochon.

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