Rogue Lab
Reading Series

The Inaugural Rogue Lab Readings Series is a four-day event that includes readings of seven new works written, directed, and designed by emerging LA artists, as well as post-show discussions and receptions.

Playwrights: Lisa Sanaye Dring, Eric Fagundes, John Guerra, Mildred Inez  Lewis, Chelsea Sutton, and Jennie Webb, and a special new play presentation by writing team Taylor Coffman and Z. Lupetin. Designers: lighting designer Caitlin Eby, choreographer Rhonda Kohl, costume designer Lori Meeker, puppet designer Morgan Rebane, puppet designer Mark Royston, and composer and video artist Anthony Storniolo. Directors: Claudia de Vasco, Estela Garcia, Jessica Hanna, Scarlett Kim, Ricky Pak, and Rebecca Wear.

May 31 – June 3, 2019

Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday at 12pm, 3pm, and 7pm;
Monday at 7pm.

Plummer Park’s Community Center, Room 5
7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood.

$5 suggested donation per reading or $25 Rogue Lab Pass which guarantees admission to all seven readings and a reception.

The Rogue Lab Reading Series is supported by funding from The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division.

Reading Line-Up

To Leave Is To Die A Little

June 1, 2019 at 2pm
By John Guerra
Costume Design by Lori Meeker
Directed by Ricky Pak

When Talia Ortiz returns to the rural California town of her birth, she has no idea that a chance encounter in a Greyhound bus station could mean the death of everyone she holds dear. Their only hope? To flee north through a California ravaged by violence and mega-drought towards an uncertain future in the Republic of New Cambria. To Leave Is To Die A Little is a story of family, migration, and the enduring dignity of the human spirit in the face of an ever more dangerous world. 

The Secret Life of Freeways

June 2, 2019 at 12pm
By Mildred Inez Lewis
Choreography by Rhonda Kohl
Directed by Scarlett Kim

In The Secret Life of LA Freeways, Pio Pico returns from beyond the grave after an earth shattering tsunami to challenge his descendants to acknowledge his legacy, buried in LA's freeways, in exchange for their safety. 

The Goblin Market

June 2, 2019 at 7pm
By Eric Fagundes
Puppet Design by Mark Royston
Directed by Jessica Hanna

Inspired by Christina Rossetti’s poem of the same name, two sisters, Laura and Lizzie, try to follow a seemingly simple plan created by their employer, Monopolozon, that promises to lead them to happiness. But, temptation comes in many forms and the call of the Goblin market is too strong to resist. 


Far Worse Things

May 31, 2019 at 7pm
By Chelsea Sutton
Puppet Design by Morgan Rebane
Directed by Claudia de Vasco

In this modern reimagining of the Frankenstein story, two urban explorers go on their final adventure into an abandoned warehouse in Los Angeles, only to find that there are monsters watching them wherever they go – and they don’t look the way you imagine. Far Worse Things is a story of obsession, decay, and rules meant to be broken.

Not Cake

June 1, 2019 at 7pm
By Jennie Webb
Lighting Design by Caitin Eby
Directed by Estela Garcia

Set in 1924 and 2024, Not Cake is the story of a singular woman in a multi-cultural Los Angeles neighborhood who’s determined to use her gifts to help other women. But after 100+ years of fighting for change, she’s about ready for her time to be up. Not Cake is a new play about privilege and class, appropriation and agency.

A Season (Working Title)

June 2, 2019 at 3pm
By Lisa Sanaye Dring
Composed by Anthony Storniolo
Directed by Rebecca Wear

A Season is a new play exploring the strange unfolding of an unlikely friendship between a woman and her employer.


A Special Rogue Lab Presentation
June 3, 2019 at 7pm
By Taylor Coffman and Z. Lupetin
Performed by Taylor Coffman
Directed by Brooke Seguin

A woman awakes in a motel room without any idea of who she is or how she got there. Telling her strange story into an old camcorder, she begins to realize she isn’t the runaway housewife she seems to be - but in fact a powerful member of a lost alien race that once lived on earth.