Original One-Acts Festival Returns to SkyPilot

Submit New Plays By September 1, 2019

SkyPilot Theatre Company, a non-profit ensemble company of actors, directors and designers producing provocative, compelling and challenging new works for the Los Angeles theatre-going audience, will once again present a selection of original one-act plays this fall. Playwrights are invited to submit works based on the theme “Future Shock.”

Future Shock was a 1970 book written by futurists Alvin and Heidi Toffler. The authors define the term as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies under the perception of “too much change in too short a period of time,” predicting that our post-industrial society will be marked by a transient culture where everything ranging from goods to human relationships will be temporary while losing familiarity that traditional institutions (family, national identity, religion, professions) once provided. Not to mention the fear of climate change, over-population, a rise of nationalism, and more.

Playwrights are asked to submit one-acts that deal with any of the following issues: too-rapid change, a transient society, the dangers of an over-populated world or the sense of the familiar or old institutions are quickly fading away. They could be as large as the end of society or as simple as why your new cell-phone is already obsolete. They can be dramas, comedies, satires, be funny or sad, involve any genre, be based in reality, fantasy or science fiction and be pro or con on any position. The only solid rule is that the plays include a strong voice, a solid plot and good characters who stand for something.

Parameters are as follows:

  • Length – 20-30 minutes maximum

  • 6-8 characters maximum

  • Submission Deadline – September 1

  • Original, never produced material only, no adaptations

  • No musicals

  • No historical costumes or elaborate sets

  • Subject can be either pro or con the chosen theme (no diatribes)

  • $20 submission fee (PayPal or Venmo to SkyPilotSubmissions@gmail.com)

Please submit plays with “One Act Festival” in the subject line to SkyPilotSubmissions@gmail.com by September 1st.


SkyPilot’s Next Runway is Helen & Troy!

Wednesday, July 10th at 8pm! $5 at the door.


SkyPilot Theatre Company continues the ever-popular Runway series with our third selection, Helen & Troy, which will be performed Wednesday, July 10 at 8pm at Oh My Ribs! Theater, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. The production is open to the public with tickets for $5 at the door.

SkyPilot Runway is a play reading series that helps to develop new plays in the early drafts stage. The readings are directed by prominent Los Angeles theatre directors in partnership with the playwrights. They are rehearsed, staged, on their feet and performed with scripts-in-hand, immediately followed by a focused feedback session with a moderator, the playwright, and the audience.

Helen & Troy, written by Amy Tofte and directed by Kristina Lloyd, is a re-telling of the Helen of Troy legend from the point of view of a “plain Jane” Helen and her beautiful best friend Sena. When Sena is mistaken for Helen and seduced away by Paris, she gets a taste of being worshipped and doesn’t want to let it go. Helen uses the opportunity to flee the now-started Trojan War – and her overbearing title – to find happiness on her own. But will she?

Tofte, a winner of a Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2015, has written several works and has been a semi-finalist for several competitions including the nuVoices Festival, Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival, Source Festival, The Bridge Initiative and Headwaters New Play Festival. Her play FleshEatingTiger premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was remounted at the Hollywood Fringe where it was named part of the “Best of Fringe” and nominated for Best Play.

We will continue its 2019 Runway Series slate this August with Honeymoon Suite by Kelli Bowlden, followed by The Queen’s Fool by Kathleen Grotzinger in the fall and A Twisted Christmas Carol by Phil Olson later in the year.



WHEN: Wednesday July 10, at 8 PM
WHERE: Oh My Ribs! Theater 6468 Santa Monica Blvd 90038
TICKETS: $5 at the door