Dead Skin_A Queer Australian Play

International Premier


A Queer Australian Play

 Diversity Entertainment, producer Jessica Orcsik, and playwright Laneikka Denne are thrilled to present the international premiere of Dead Skin. A hybrid text of queer and hetero “love” stories challenging what it truly means to love and be loved; at seventeen. It is a coming-of-age story of a mother and daughter navigating the toxicity of their own relationships, searching for the truest form of love; an inherent maternal connection. Written and starring State Theatre Company x Flinders University Young Playwright’s Award winner Laneikka Denne and Directed by Stage Scene LA’s Outstanding Direction Award Peter Blackburn; this coming-of-age previews June 2 and runs through Hollywood Fringe Festival Saturday, June 25, 2022. 

Dates & Previews:

Preview: Friday June 10 2022, 2:00 PM | 90 mins & Saturday June 11 2022, 11.30AM

Opening: Thursday June 16 2022, 6:00 PM | 90 mins

Sunday June 19 2022, 1:30 PM | 90 mins

Thursday June 23 2022, 9:30 PM | 90 mins

Saturday June 25 2022, 6:30 PM | 90 mins

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Laneikka Denne is an award-winning writer from Western Sydney. She wrote her debut play Dead Skinat seventeen, which was awarded the State Theatre Company x Flinders University Young Playwright’s Award and premiered at Kings Cross Theatre in 2021, published by Australian Plays. Laneikka is the recipient of the Diversity Entertainment Creative Mentorship 2022, within this program her play Dead Skin will be performed in Hollywood Fringe and Off-broadway in New York while she works on a feature film adaption of the play for Diversity Entertainment, LLC. She has also been shortlisted for the Emerging Playwright Canberra Commission. In 2021, her debut short MITSUKU was selected by ScreenJam Productions in the UK to be produced in 2022, along with her short OI in pre-production with Office Dog Productions. She writes for SBS and is producing a program called The Monologue Collectivewhere teenagers write monologues for teenagers to perform for the HSC, supported by Create NSW, the Rodney Seaborn Foundation, Australian Plays Transform, CWA NSW, PYT Fairfield, and KXT. Young queer women are at the heart of all of her work, as she seeks to represent real women with agency and intrigue. 


Peter Blackburn (director) is a prolific, award-winning theatre director, teacher, coach and filmmaker renowned in the Australian scene. Peter has worked alongside – and been taught by – some of the world’s most spectacular industry minds, including Larry Moss, Noni Hazlehurst, Ellen Burstyn, Peter Evans, Mike Alfreds and many more. After collaborating with renowned acting coach Larry Moss on Holding the Man in 2014 for the Australian Theatre Company (Los Angeles), Peter gained his Masters of Directing from the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University). In 2019, he was awarded a Mike Walsh Fellowship for Directing through NIDA and the Hayden Group for his contribution to theatre in Australia. His staging of Brendan Cowell’s Ruben Guthriefor the Australian Theatre Company (Los Angeles) in 2016 won the LA Scene Award for Best Comedy, Best Director, and Best Ensemble in the Intimate Theater categories. Since emerging on the independent theatre scene in Melbourne in 2011, Peter has contributed to upwards of 30 productions. He became a member of Bitten By Theatre Company in 2021, after helming their breakout festival success The Trial of Dorian Grayby Gabriel Bergmoser in 2019 and re-teaming for the web series The Pact in 2020. 

Executive Producer/Artistic Director

Jessica Orcsik professional career began at age 4 on TV show Richmond Hill and has worked as an actress/performer on various TV & Film Productions, Theatre & Stage Productions, Music Videos etc. Her experience in public speaking, mentoring and hosting events lead to her successful podcast ArtArtistBiz set to be turned into online talk show in 2023. Getting her start with J.O. International Productions she produced various international events, festivals and competitions and charity events. CEO of Diversity Entertainment, LLC/Diversity Pictures she’s dedicated to innovative projects/stories reflective of inclusive and diverse worlds, whilst representing, mentoring and providing resources for artists and creatives with collaborative opportunities in content creation and production. Jessica’s film “A Death Perspective” received awards including Best Indie Short & Best Women’s Short at Independent Short Awards, honourable Mention at Global Shorts LA (IMDB) and Artists Emerging Initiative with Ermantourage.  Associate producer on Australian feature “Unsound” winning Melbourne Queer Festival and rated 3rd for Top 10 Australian Films of 2020. Now streaming on Netflix. Several feature films, plays and limited series are in development for 2022, inc Dead Skin, Enigma & Mercy. Enigma received awards and selection at LA Independent Women Film Awards and Sydney Women’s International Film Festival. Jessica’s latest project is producing the Queer Australian play DEAD SKIN launching at Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2022.

“Dead Skin” is a truly astonishing play and it stays with you. I keep returning to the stage, seeing them playing out this story, with an ominous suspension of faith.  It’s really excellent and every actor, all Australian, beautifully delivers on the promise of their roles.”

Noho Arts District 

“Wonderful to see such innovative work from a refreshingly queer perspective… here queer love is presented from a distinctly Gen Z perspective, with an ease and acceptance.” 

The Queer Review

“A furious and urgent work that shatters the cobwebs off the stale queer narrative. This blistering new work is staggering in it’s emotional depth and raw with it’s honesty. Nothing is held back as the story thunders and cracks upon the stage

Arts Review

“A brilliant, multi-coloured sparkler!” 

Stage Whispers

“A roiling urgency… there’s something that burrows in, like a reminder of a younger self, a study of dangerously open hearts. Keep an eye out for Laneikka Denne.”

Sydney Morning Herald

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