Now (not) playing
We have not died (or run out of money) but...
Due to some unexpected changes in the timeline for summer renovations of our home, The Pico, we need to postpone our two June shows: ANALOGUE and MEET CUTE.
Anyone who knows us knows that we are "the show must go on!" kind of people, but in this specific case, we want to prioritize your viewing experience over our faith that "it all turns out well," mysterious as it may be.
Thus, like The Pico, we will be taking the next two or three months to write more plays and cross some revisions off our to-do list, so that when both Bespoke Plays and The Pico return, we'll be better than ever!
Keep an eye out for our Season Two announcement sometime later this summer!
And though this is not the note we planned to end our first season on, we are still incredibly proud of the work you have enabled us to do this year (9 plays!) and extremely excited to take everything we've learned and apply it to all the years to come.
In the meantime, remember plays!
Ellie, Christine, and the Bespoke Plays team
Bespoke Plays is an LA based theater company dedicated to new works.
Our mission is to offer play readings customized to the goals of the writer and readiness of the play, for Los Angeles writers with diverse stories and worldviews, while supporting local charities and nonprofits.
We’ve remembered several plays. Here they are below.
For interest and inquiries in any specific play, please feel free to contact us.
2019 O’Neill Center National Playwright’s Conference Semi-Finalist
An all female sci-fi rom-com, Meet Cute tells the story of two women who meet in a bar for the first time - or is it the twelfth? The high concept is matched only by the lyrical language.
Written by Christine Boylan (The Punisher, Cloak & Dagger), Meet Cute was directed by Gina Young (Femmes: A Tragedy, SORORITY) and presented on September 24, 25 and 27, 2018. Gina Hiraizumi and Nicole DeSousa lead a cast completed by Victoria Ortiz, Cynthia Hamidi and Lisa Dinkins.
SOURCES is 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.
Fresh off his New York Innovative Theater Award for best actor, Ryan McCurdy (Greencard Wedding) made his Los Angeles debut alongside Ellie Pyle, in her play SOURCES, under the direction of Alan Smyth on October 26 and October 28, 2018.
Written in the tradition of SLEUTH and DEATHTRAP, the play's very much the thing in this tale of a low-rent movie producer kidnapped by a street gang to pay off a debt. But don't be fooled; things are very much not what they seem in this story of crime and mistaken identity. By the end the lines between victim and victor become decidedly blurred.
Written by Geoffrey Thorne (LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, LEVERAGE, BLACK PANTHER’S QUEST), Dark People was presented starring Aldis Hodge (UNDERGROUND, LEVERAGE, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON). Directed by Bola Ogun (ARE WE GOOD PARENTS?, THE WATER PHOENIX), the cast also included: David Julian Hirsh, Wade Allain-Marcus and Jeffrey Omura.
SUPPER follows four super rich and estranged brothers who are definitely not based on infamous right-wing industrialists the Koch brothers. As they reunite in Japan on the eve of the eldest brother’s wedding, what follows is a savage feast of lies, recriminations, and bitter truths served with a side of jet-black humor. Supper is a brute farce custom built for the age of Trump.
Darrett Sanders, Alex Elliott-Funk , Keiko Elizabeth, Joel Scher and Will McFadden reprised their roles from Theatre of NOTE’s Stage Raw nominated production of Phinneas Kiyomura’s SUPPER in a reading at at The Pico (10508 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064), January 15th and 17th at 8pm, under the direction of Alina Phelan.
SCOPE / LIFE IN PARADOX
SCOPE, written by Alex Engel and directed by Brian Golden, is about a gay army sniper who grapples with his sexuality and morality in the American military before navigating the treacherous political process to deliver sudden and decisive change. Scope stars Gregory Marcel..
LIFE IN PARADOX, written by Laura Bensick and directed by Christine Boylan, is a documentary drama that spans nine years in the playwright's life after her brother receives a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. It's an intimate, real-life exploration of mental illness in a family. Life In Paradox stars Bryce Lee Townsend, Lauren Letherer, Phil Ward, and Lisa Dinkins
Deborah Ann Woll (DAREDEVIL, PUNISHER, TRUE BLOOD) stars in SNAKESKIN SUIT, a new play about a date with the devil by J. Holtham (PITCH, CLOAK AND DAGGER). TIM JO (THIS IS US, PITCH), Anniwaa Buachie, Thomas Cunningham and Rachael Hip Flores complete the cast under the direction of Mike Rozycki at The Pico (10508 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064), April 28 @ 2 p.m. & April 30 @ 8 p.m..
Lily's new boyfriend is funny, charming, sweet and one hell of a kisser. There's one catch: he's The Devil. Literally. Satan Incarnate. He's retired, left all that demon business behind, is just a nice Guy Standing in front of a nice girl. But still. When you're dating in L.A., is that really a deal breaker? Is eternal damnation too high a price for having love? SNAKESKIN SUIT is a comedy about falling in love, making it work and whether or not the road to hell is paved with good dates.
Jayna Sweet stars in PRETTY, a new play by Michael Yichao. Mike Bash, Thomas L Cunningham, Corrine Glazer, Christie Harms, Rachael Hip-Flores, Ned Thorne, and Aaron Warner complete the cast under the direction of Dana Luery Shaw at The Pico (10508 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064), May 14 and May 16 @ 8 p.m..
Pretty is a fictional story drawing from true experiences that explores the triumphs and trials of a young girl growing up, taking an intimate and hard look at the expectations and narratives we place on women from a young age. (Content warning: this play deals with the subject of sexual assault. There are no depictions of violence in this performance.)
The pitch email that started all this came from Christine, sent to Ellie, and read as follows:
“Writer-driven company. New work, out loud and / or on its feet, for a goodly packed audience of responsive human beings.
In other words: Fuck it, let's do it ourselves.
Hit me back if this sounds terrifying in a good way or cool or fun or necessary to your survival or to say ‘love you but kindly fuck off,
Ellie opted for “necessary to my survival” and admitted that she had been a theatre producer off and on since she was 19 and knew how to pull this off. From there, willing writers were summoned to Christine’s living room. And thus, Bespoke Plays was born.
Our current goal: one play a month, until we die. (Or run out of money.) Eight months and eight plays later, we’re still on track.
Over the course of our readings, we have supported the following charities with half or our ticket proceeds:
LA LGBT Center
LA Food Bank
End the Backlog
Downtown Women’s Center
Bespoke Plays is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Bespoke Plays must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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