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labworks 2015 title box THE LAST DAYS OF THE MORTEVILLE HISTORICAL VILLAGE AND SHOPPE

staged reading

written by Ron Burch
directed by Royana Black

A comedy about the workers of an historical-recreation village whose benefactor dies, leaving them to try to figure out how to keep the place going before the Manager and the heirs shut it down and sell it for land development.

Cast in Alphabetical Order:
Royana Black, Melissa Brandzel, JP Hubbell, Gary Poux, Leann Slaby, John Staley

Skylight Theatre / SkyLab

5 QUESTIONS FOR WRITER, Ron Burch

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

Seeing Chris Durang's "Marriage of Bette and Boo"

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

a)"Nobody knows anything." William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade

b)"In writing, you must kill your darlings." Faulkner

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

When it works.  The scariest:  when it doesn't.

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

Chalk Rep's "Lady Windermere's Fan"

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

Corner of Glendale and Silver Lake Blvd:  Silver Lake Library, Silver Lake Wine and the Red Lion Tavern.  Try the Hungarian Bratwurst!


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