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staged reading

written by Tom Lavagnino
directed by Bob Bailey

It’s the year 2056.  “Synths” are indistinguishable from human beings.  But  when  two  flesh-and-blood  brothers  inherit  the  family  “Pick  Your Part” salvage yard (an operation no longer focused on automobile parts, but, rather, on the selling of arms, legs, heads, and other accoutrements of robots exclusively), then agree to work the business together (despite severe  philosophical  misgivings  on  both  sides),  their  combustible relationship takes on decidedly “old-fashioned” emotional dimensions.

Cast in Alphabetical Order:
Nadege August, Amber Coney, Craig Jessen, Bianca Lemaire, Ben Pronsky, James Sloyan

Skylight Theatre / SkyLab


1. What inspired you to become a writer?Tom Lavagnino, resident PLAYLab writer - Skylight Theatre, Los Angeles

I love stories, but lack the skills of a true verbal raconteur.  Writing a narrative, though -- and creating characters to populate them -- is the next best thing.

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

Joshua Logan, when advising a young actor whether or not she should pursue a career as a thespian, said : "If anything is going to stop you -- let it."  True words of wisdom!

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

I love the temporal nature of the theater experience.  If you didn't see Dennis Quaid and Randy Quaid playing the brothers in the L.A. Stage Company's version of Sam Shepard's TRUE WEST (directed by Gary Sinise) back in 1983, then you didn't see it.  You missed it.  It was never put on film or video.  (And the same holds true for more recent, amazing things I've seen, like Ed Harris in Neil LaBute's WRECKS

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

The production of Rebecca Gilman's LUNA GALE, at the Kirk Douglas, was pretty damn good.

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

The tee at the sixth hole of Roosevelt Golf Course in Griffith Park (where an incredible view of Downtown Los Angeles can be seen) -- but only if I'm hitting the ball well.

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