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Leslye Headland

LESLYE HEADLAND is a Los Angeles-based playwright, screenwriter and director. B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Robert Moss Prize in Directing from Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Theatre: Bachelorette (Second Stage Uptown), Assistance and the rest of the Seven Deadly Plays series (IAMA Theatre Company). TV: “Terriers” on FX, created by Ted Griffin and Shawn Ryan. Film: she wrote and directed the adaptation of her play Bachelorette, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2012, and recently wrote a remake of About Last Night for Screen Gems and executive producer Will Gluck. (As of February 2012)

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Leslye Headland on "Assistance"

You've heard the old adage that "Hell is other people." Of course you have. Yawn. It's been so oft-repeated that I suppose Hell has lost some of its gravitas, much to the delight of whoever may be in charge down there. I recently heard Tim Keller, one of my favorite Christian writers, sum up Hell in a refreshingly terrifying way. In discussing Camus' Myth of Sisyphus, Keller defined Hell as: "having to execute a pointless act from which nothing ever comes except the need to do it again."

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Tim Sanford and Leslye Headland

Tim: Leslye, why would a bright, capable young person such as yourself like theater? Leslye: (Laughs) How did you get enmeshed in this funny business? Oh my god, how can you not like theater? I think I was just like most people who are young, and when they’re in high school they don’t really know what’s going on... and I fell in love with Stephen Sondheim. I was obsessed with Stephen Sondheim. I wasn’t really a musical theater nerd or a drama nerd but when I moved high schools, they were doing a production of Company and I really wanted to be in it.