Bespoke Plays

Staged Readings in LA, NY and London

A different way to experience new writing” - London Theatre 1

"So refreshing, exciting...Staged readings obviously aren’t new, but what Bespoke are trying to do with them right now is something to be admired and cherished.“  - Everything Theatre

“London must welcome such well-produced events showcasing new writing” - A Youngish Perspective

"Absolutely beautiful writing and truly stunning performances."  - Los Angeles patrons

Postponed: Los Angeles

Unfortunately this reading has been canceled due to covid but we hope to reschedule it at some point in the future. Appologies!

UP NEXT: Los Angeles

Full Production: August 22-25 @ The Pico

Written by Ellie Pyle. Directed by Stephanie Sheh.

An intimate negotiation of complex conflicts of interest that begins in the early morning after the 2016 election, when a successful journalist receives a call from a corporate programmer who may or may not have invented an algorithm that can remove anonymity from the internet.

Justin Lawrence Barnes

Justin is thrilled to be back with Bespoke! Working with this amazing team has been incredibly refreshing. Other theatre credits include: Lady Face (Bespoke Plays), Graves (Bespoke Plays), Mercury (The Road Theatre) Christa McAuliffe’s Eyes Were Blue (Kirk Douglas), Alice in Wonderland ( A Noise Within), Argonautika (A Noise Within) and Encounter (Impro Theatre). Film & TV: Iago (JuVee productions) , Barbarians (Netflix English Dubbing) & We Are The Wave (English Dubbing). Training: The Juilliard School - Group 44. 

Elinor Gunn

Elinor is delighted and grateful to be working with this group of artists on this timely and beautiful play. Recent theatre: The Tempest (Antaeus), The Angel Next Door (North Coast Rep & Laguna Playhouse), Arms and the Man (Jewel Theatre). Upcoming: Joan at South Coast Rep. TV credits include: Ratched, The Dropout, Legacies, Paradise City.

Recently in LA: at the Hollywood Fringe

Tiffany Smith

The Sphere of Fixed Stars In the Heavens

By J. Holtham
Starring  VonDexter Montegut II and Tiffany Smith
Directed by J. Holtham and Ellie Pyle
Produced by Laurie Goulding

On a rooftop in North Hollywood, Owen and Elodie meet at a friend's birthday party. Then they meet again. And again. And again. They get to know each other, learn about each other, and maybe start to like each other. Again. And again. And again. For both of them, this one encounter challenges what they know about love, desire, hope and time. They discover that nothing lasts forever...except some things do.


VonDexter Montegut II

Previously: LONDON 

Set in the not too distant future, a population boom and resource crisis have resulted in the placement of birth control in the water supply. If you want to have a baby, you and your partner undergo a rigorous application process. All applications are processed by an algorithm, run by The Bureau.

When a couple is approved, they receive a year’s supply of clean water. It is customary to throw a Water Party to celebrate. This is the story of one such party.

Water Party marks the UK premiere of Bespoke Plays!


CAST

Analiese Emerson

Jay Faisca

Madeleine Herd

Eva-Marie Kung

Jake Solari

Nathan Adams Stark

Rui Maria Pego

It’s late one night in 2059 when Hyacinth, an engineer, decides to emotionally dismantle her butler, Cleve. Cleve... is a sexy robot. What follows is an exploration of power dynamics in robot romance, the future of life extension, and the sublimated genius of women in this sci-fi tango about how to define human, and how to transcend it.


CAST

Freddy Carter (Shadow and Bone, Masters of Air)

 Danielle Galligan (Shadow and Bone, Obituary)

A group of creative-types hunker down in a room to create...something important. Stories, debate, accusations fly as loyalties are tested. Creation is a messy endeavor.


CAST

Jay Faisca

Patrick Shearer

Deanna Myers

Nathan Adams Stark

Jake Solari

Analiese Emerson

Oliver Nazareth Aston

Our Mission

Bespoke Plays creates international opportunities for writers with diverse stories and worldviews, by developing new plays in Los Angeles, New York, and London, through a process customized to the goals of the writer and readiness of the play.

What is a staged reading?

A staged reading is a performance of a new play that gets as close as it can to the feel of a production with 25 hours or less of rehearsal and the actors keeping their scripts in their hands. Not having to memorize lines frees up the actors to focus on their characters and the writer to make changes to the script during the rehearsal process once they start to hear it out loud. All you NEED for a staged reading is actors and scripts, but we're a bit extra, so we like to throw in a bit of blocking, lights, sound, or costumes when we can.

About Us

Bespoke Plays is a writer-driven company of playwrights who work in genre across TV, Film, Games, Comics and Podcasts. The plays we’ve developed in our first four seasons have run the gamut of science fiction, historical romance, dark comedy, magical realism, and political drama. Our core writers all have experience not just working in multiple mediums but recognizing the strengths of a story for adaptation in one medium vs another. Actors in our company have had significant roles in shows such as Star Trek: Discovery, The Magicians, Yellowjackets, Leverage, The Affair, City on the Hill, Supergirl, Daredevil, Punisher, Madam Secretary, Supernatural, Westworld, Sailor Moon, Girls5eva and House of Cards as well on Broadway and in National Tours. All of our casts have been multicultural and many have included the full gender and sexuality spectrum. The stories that we choose to tell and the artists behind the scenes also represent gender parity and this diversity of worldviews. We offer opportunities for cultivating multi-hyphenates as writers and actors frequently switch hats as well as crossing over into directing and producing. Our readings are customized to the goals of the writer and the readiness of the play and we have always paid our actors and directors union recommended stipends. We believe theater is a community first, and a vital living artform where future diverse content and talent can still be discovered.