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SkyPilot Taking Submissions for Runway Development Track

SkyPilot Theatre Company, a well-established greenhouse for the development of new works, announces it’s new development track – SkyPilot Runway. Submissions for SkyPilot Runway’s 2017-18 season will be accepted until June 2, 2017.

“We’ve slightly altered our mission statement to develop not only work we plan to fully stage in the future, but interesting work we feel could benefit from development in a playwright-friendly environment,” says Sean Abley, SkyPilot’s new dramaturg and literary manager. “SkyPilot started out as a playwright-centric company, and we felt it was time to extend our reach beyond our mainstage season. We hope by supporting early drafts of work by a diverse group of playwrights and then sending them out into the world, we can do our part to contribute to a more diverse theatrical landscape in general.”

SkyPilot Runway will include 6-8 readings a season. The process will include a rehearsed, fully staged, script-in-hand reading directed by a prominent Los Angeles theater director in partnership with the playwright and dramaturg, followed by a intensely focused feedback session after the reading moderated by the dramaturg. Playwrights must be in the Los Angeles area, and available for all rehearsals and the reading.

In addition to the first Runway reading, Daniel Rover Singer’s The Cave, SkyPilot Runway will present readings of Loss of Limb by Liz Shannon Miller (Lights Off, Eyes Closed), and a play currently being developed by SkyPilot company member, trans playwright Natalie Nicole Dressel (Raise Your Hand…From the Dead!).

Los Angeles playwrights interested in having their work developed via the SkyPilot Runway track  should submit the following by June 2, 2017:

  • A copy of a full length play (no one-acts or musicals) including synopsis and any previous development of the work;
  • a bio;
  • a statement of any length explaining their goals for the script

Late submissions will not be considered.

Although there are no cast or technical limitations for SkyPilot Runway readings, playwrights wishing to be considered for a SkyPilot Theatre mainstage production should submit scripts with 6 or fewer characters, and minimal tech requirements.

Due the anticipated volume of submissions, SkyPilot Theatre Company will not be able to respond with feedback for those scripts not chosen for the Runway track.

Submit all materials to SkyPilotRunway@gmail.com.

“Big thanks to Sean Abley and SkyPilot Theatre for producing a fine staged reading of my new work The Cave.  I couldn’t have imagined a better cast of enthusiastic actors and Sean was an impressively organized producer.  The reading and post-show discussion proved essential tools to analyze my work-in-progress in front of an audience.  I’d even use exclamation points to express my praise but I NEVER use exclamation points.  Never!!”  — Daniel Rover Singer, Founder, Reduced Shakespeare Co.

SkyPilot Runway Presents Daniel Rover Singer’s THE CAVE

We’re excited to announce that SkyPilot’s newest developmental program, SkyPilot Runway, kicks off on April 5th with a staged reading of Daniel Rover Singer’s The Cave.

Join us for a staged reading of Singer’s new comedy and offer feedback to the playwright!

It’s FUN and FREE entertainment on a Wednesday night in Hollywood.

April 5th, 2017 at 8pm

The Pan Andreas Theatre

5119 Melrose Ave


Sean Abley

SEAN ABLEY (Board Member, Dramaturg/Literary Manager, Resident Playwright)

Sean Abley was born and raised in Helena, MT. After a stint in the theater department at the University of Montana, he moved to Chicago where he cofounded the Factory Theater. While there, he wrote, directed and appeared in over 20 shows, including ATTACK OF THE KILLER B’S (Backstage West Garland Award for the L.A. restaging), REEFER MADNESS (non-musical version), BITCHES, SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS: THE MUSICAL, NUCLEAR FAMILY, CORPSE GRINDERS, and P.  After moving to Los Angeles, Sean’s playwriting career continued to flourish, with hundreds of productions of his two dozen-plus plays all across the U.S. and around the world including the musicals WELCOME TO THE AFTERLIFE! and HORROR HIGH: THE MUSICAL; the comedies THE ADVENTURES OF ROSE RED (SNOW WHITE’S LESS-FAMOUS SISTER), THE END OF THE WORLD (WITH PROM TO FOLLOW), and DR. FRANKINCENSE AND THE CHRISTMAS MONSTER; an ever increasing number of plays for high school actors; and the decidedly adult fare L.A. TOOL AND DIE: LIVE! He is currently an MFA candidate in the Playwrights Lab at Hollins University (2017).

A staff writing job on the YOU DON’T KNOW JACK cd-rom series opened the doors to scripted television, with multiple episodes of SO WEIRD (Disney Channel), SABRINA – THE ANIMATED SERIES (ABC), DIGIMON (Fox Kids) and MEGA BABIES (Fox Kids); pilots for MTV and Voxxy.com; and several animated pilots for Klasky-Csupo including TURBO SNAIL, SCHMUTZ, and BENCH PRESSLY AND SHO-GIRL (with Ahmet Zappa, starring Bruce Campbell and Tim Curry). In the “Where exactly does this fit in?” category, Sean also wrote the scripted material for the MEN IN BLACK: ALIEN ATTACK theme park attraction at Universal Studios Florida. Sean created the gay horror blog, Gay Of The Dead, one of the most popular blogs on Fangoria.com.

Collection of Scripts Soon to Be Published!

Our Night of the Living Dead: A Celebration of B-Movies fundraiser is about to be published! Now, if you didn’t get to join us for that ridiculously fun night, you can read and laugh along!

A very special thank you to Sean Abley of Plays To Order (and our newest board member!) for getting this all to

Keep as eye out for a book signing and maybe, just maybe, a Night of the Living Dead 2!


SkyPilot Theatre Company Presents Murder…Murder…Murder

SkyPilot Theatre Company

Presents the World Premiere of


By Adam Hahn

Directed by Lois Weiss

Runs January 13th to February 5th—Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Sundays at 2pm.

Pan Andreas Theatre, 5119 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here or call 800-838-3006

It’s been one day since the murder of Lucius Grainvaile, ruining a perfectly good weekend for a small party of society’s somewhat elite at the Grainvaile Estate. Thank goodness among them is Edwin Montrose, the well-known detective! (Well, a moderately well known detective…Surely some have heard of him…Just look at his scrapbook!) Murder…Murder…Murder is a hysterical classic case of “Who done it?”, where everyone’s a suspect and the subsequent murders provide additional clues.

Written by Adam Hahn, author of critically acclaimed SkyPilot productions including KONG: A GODDAM THIRTY FOOT GORILLA, EARTHBOUND (LA Weekly Pick of the Week) and THE MERMAID WARS, comes a hilarious new comedy reminiscent of all your favorite detective crime dramas.

Set Design by Jordan Craig

Lighting Design by Douglas Gabrielle

Starring: Catherine Cox, Natalie Dressel, MacKenzie English, Stephen Juhl, Kelly Goodman, Marie Pettit Gregson, Sarah Marcum, Morry Schorr, and Duane Taniguchi

Night of the Living Fundraiser: A Tribute to B-Movies!


Join SkyPilot Theatre Company for a hilarious night of 6 one-act ten minute plays!

You’ll have the chance to watch it all with a good drink in hand after having possibly won a little something-something in a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $10 at the door and if you’re worried about parking, there’s a $5 valet and street parking available.

If you can’t make it but still would like to support us, no problem! Click the donate button on the right side of this page to give any amount!

Come celebrate B-Movies, new work, and local theatre with SkyPilot!


Pan Andreas Theatre
5119 Melrose Ave.


Written and directed by Sean Abley

Written by Kelly Goodman
Directed by Lois Weiss

Written by Greg Machlin
Directed by Joe Luis Cedillo

Written by Nathan Wellman
Directed by Travis Synder-Eaton

Written by Nic Dressel
Directed by Sofija Dutcher

Written by Adam Hahn
Directed by Arden Haywood Smalls


Jim Blanchette
David Caprita
Catherine Cox
Nic Dressel
Sofija Dutcher
Jude Evans
Kelly Goodman
Brad Griffith
Brittany Hoagland
Stephen Juhl
Sarah Marcum
Colleen McCandless
Patricia Mizen
Ian Nemser
Chris Palle
Marie Pettit
KK Ryder
Duane Taniguchi
Tina Walsch
Dwana white

In June at THE FRINGE!


SkyPilot Theatre Company

Presents the World Premiere of


Directed by Morry Schorr

 Part of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival


OVERLAY is a one act play set in a dystopian future where the horrifying realities of war have been replaced with adorable video games. But no matter how remote the act of killing has become, can we ever be far from the burden of guilt below the surface?  No one ever has to feel they have blood on their hands.  Maybe they should.

By Adam Hahn, author of critically acclaimed past SkyPilot productions including KONG:  A GODDAM THIRTY FOOT GORILLA, EARTHBOUND, LA Weekly Pick of the Week and THE MERMAID WARS.

Starring:  Nic Dressel, Shelby Janes, Patricia Mizen*, Arden Haywood Smalls and Duane Taniguchi

Set Design by Elijiah Flores



Saturday, June 4 at 10pm (Preview)

Saturday, June 11 at 5pm

Monday, June 13 at 6pm

Thursday, June 16 at 8pm

Saturday, June 18 at 7:30pm

Sunday, June 19 at 4:30pm

Wednesday, June 22 at 8:30pm


The Black Box Theatre at the new Sacred Fools Theatre Complex

6322 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA  90038

Tickets are $15 ($12 for the June 4 preview performance) and can be purchased at http://www.skypilottheatre.com/  or hollywoodfringe.org  or call 800-838-3006


Press Contact:

Shelby Janes




*equity member


Duane Taniguchi


Duane was born and raised in Hawaii on the beautiful (but crowded) island of Oahu. He is very happy and proud to be a  member of The SkyPilot Theatre Company. His theater credits include: CLUTCH (SkyPilot Theatre), Terence McNally’s BAD HABITS (Underground Theater), REBECCA’S GAMBLE (Rick Walters’ Theatrecraft Playhouse), I’M NOT JUST A COMIC GENIUS (The Secret Rose Theater), THE WINTER CRANE (The Fountain Theater), SOULS ON FIRE (The Met Theater). TV/Film credits include: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Jimmy Kimmel Live, MAD-TV, Crossed The Line, Suburban Commando, The Prince.

Reviewers love INHALE HARMONICA!


World Premier of


Directed by PAT TOWNE

“The play is a paean to the lives inhabited by many a southern poet and playwright, the likes of Thomas Wolfe, Carson McCollough, and Tennessee Williams. It’s the tale of a fractured, frenetic family, forever searching for the freedom we all so crave.” — Tolucan Times

“The moments of humor were brilliantly written, and most welcome.” … “The ending has a powerful punch. So much so, it left me contemplating life. To me, that is great storytelling.” — EvocativeMatters.com

“Making its ‘World Premier’ on stage at the Studio/Stage in Los Angeles is an original dramatic production … a play about a family that is dealing with everything from dark secrets, racial overtones, and the soul of a family that is very gritty, bitter and completely raw in expressing their prejudices — it’s called INHALE HARMONICA. I particularly loved the chemistry and realism of the performances, and that mixed with a darker subject matter made for an edge-of-your-seat experience…”

“SkyPilot Theatre’s production of “Inhale Harmonica” is a dramatic, adult drama about the misgivings in a family that really knows that secrets need to remain secrets as long as they can. Even if the most serious of prices need to be paid at whatever the cost. Yes, there is a harmonica and it actually plays an interesting ‘character’ too in this production. (No spoilers here.) You’ll have to bring your family and friends for this Kentucky-sized slice of grit, passion and a family gone-wrong. There is adult language and a few bursting gunshot sound effects. Check them out at www.SkyPilotTheatre.org and tell them Lorenzo sent you from www.FaceBook.com/TheGeekAuthority!”

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 16 at Studio/Stage at 520 N. Western Ave.

Press and professional comps at 805-208-3249.

Tickets at:  www.brownpapertickets.comwww.goldstar.com.

$5 discount on-line only using code PORCH.

INHALE HARMONICA Opens October 16!

                            Get tickets HERE!

                            Previews October 9 and 10 at 8 pm, October 11 at 7 pm. 
                            Performances October 16 – November 15, 2015, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 7 pm.
                            At Studio/Stage: 520 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004.
                           Tickets are $20. 
                           Press and professional comps contact skypilottheatre@gmail.com or call 805-208-3249.


Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here or call 800-838-3006


SkyPilot Theatre Company invades the 2015 Hollywood Fringe!

Presenting the World Premiere of


By Adam Hahn

Directed by Nicholas Leland

In August, 2001, the United States was hit with a surprise attack by mermaids. For nearly 14 years, we’ve been fighting The Mermaid Wars, badly. In this converging collection of scenes and monologues, our enemies have never been so deadly or so lovely.

Starring Anthony Backman, Jeff Blumberg, Sohani Holland Cagliero, Tony DeCarlo, Kesia Elwin, Lise Hart, Claire Harvey, Jennifer Hogan, Darla Rose Jaffe, Lana Rae Jarvis, Starina Johnson, Henry Knotts, Claire Lake, Damien Landini, Ann-Marie Lariccia, Kerr Lordygan, Lauren Manzano, Christopher Palle, Marlon Samuda, Morry Schorr, Lejon Stewart, Jennifer Strand, Marisa Van Den Borre, Kayla Vosburg, Tina Walsch and Dwana White.

From the writer of SkyPilot’s critically acclaimed production’s KONG: A GODDAMN THIRTY FOOT GORILLA and EARTHBOUND: AN ELECTRONICA MUSICAL (LA Weekly “Pick of the Week”)

June 5th thru June 28th, 2015. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 8pm

Studio/Stage 520 N. Western Ave (One block south of Melrose), Los Angeles, CA 90004

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here or call 800-838-3006

For more information, visit www.SkyPilotTheatre.com or www.HollywoodFringe.org
or call 800-838-3006.

Press and professional comps contact skypilottheatre@gmail.com or call 323-229-2753


Get your tickets HERE!

Click here to watch the trailer!

CLUTCH Opening March 30th

SkyPilot Theatre Company
presents the World Premiere of

By Liz Shannon Miller

Directed by Kristina Lloyd

CLUTCH is ripped right from the headlines — at least the sports headlines — as it contends with the concussion injuries experienced by professional football players, and the ruined lives that result. A serious topic with very humorous moments, CLUTCH takes place at the funeral of one-time NFL wide receiver Gordon Beers. Guests to include his estranged family, a fantasy football addict, a neuroscientist who’s hungry for brains, and the man who knocked Gordon out of the league.

Starring Henry Knotts, Phoebe Kuhlman, Damien Landini, Ellen Rae Littman, Bobby Neely, Duane Taniguchi and Dwana White

March 30th through May 5th, 2015. Monday and Tuesdays at 8pm

The Oak Room at the Sportsmans Lodge Event Center (next to River Rock Lounge) 12833 Ventura Blvd (at Coldwater Canyon), Studio City, CA 91604

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here or call 800-838-3006
Press and professional comps contact skypilottheatre@gmail.com or call 323-229-2753