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labworks 2015 title boxMIDNIGHT REQUISITION

workshop performance

written by Craig Jessen
directed by Rachel Berney Needleman

In the wake of their father's death, three daughters are confronted by their estranged mother and her billionaire second husband. Sure, making nice is on the table. But sweet, sweet revenge feels much more in keeping with their father's legacy....

Cast in Alphabetical Order:
Belen Greene, Sally Hughes, April Lowe, Armando Ortega, Carl Weintraub, Susan Wilder

Skylight Theatre / SkyLab


1. What inspired you to become a writer?Craig Jessen, playwright LAb WORKS 2015

My wife tells me I'm a writer because my Mercury is in Taurus. While I don't know what that means, I do know that I've always enjoyed playing make believe; imagining what the world would be like if it were just a bit more magical than it really is. I also tend to think in corollary ideas simultaneously. Maybe some day this will lead to a dissociative identity disorder, but for now it makes writing dialogue between opposing forces a natural thing to do.

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

I'll give you two. The first was from my scenic design professor in undergrad. In reference to problem solving, he would say "think about what you do know, not what you don't know." A second was from a playwriting professor in grad school. He said the most interesting conflict isn't good vs. bad, but good vs. good.

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

The collaborative process of re-writing when a group of actors start playing with the text.

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

I was very taken by Skylight's production of The Sexual Life of Savages last season. I was coming off a lengthy research and writing process about sexuality with The End of Sex, and it was invigorating to see many of those ideas I'd been wrestling with tackled from a different angle.

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

Now don't you dare all start going there, because part of the appeal is its seclusion. But there is a beautiful hike near the beach called Paseo Miramar that takes you up a steep trek to a view of both the city and the ocean. It's breathtaking (though that could simply be said steepness of the trek).

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