by Aidan La Poche

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Welcome to Modelland! A never-ending capitalistic, girlboss nightmare that doubles as an ice cream store. The play subjects Jessa, Jenna and Taloola as they aim to work their way up the corporate ladder and make the powers that be, including Big T, notice them. Modelland offers a satirical take on corporate pinkwashing, beauty standards and cycles of desire.




Aidan La Poche is a playwright, director and costume designer based in New York City. As a playwright, Aidan’s work has been produced at Playwrights Horizons Downtown, Broke People Play Festival, Irvington Theater, NYU Tisch and The Tank. They were recently honored as a finalist for the 2024 Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival and by Jewish Plays Project as a semi-finalist for their play Barbra Streisand. They were also honored as a finalist of Enough! Plays Against Gun Violence for their play 17 and Tired.




How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?

The impetus for this play was my experience working at a trendy clothing store. I thought the environment was somewhat hostile and competitive, a feeling that was exacerbated by the constant reminder to smile while attempting to sell overpriced crop-tops. I spent a lot of time at the store mindlessly folding in the back room which was where I really began to consider the intersection of influencer culture/modeling and consumerism, especially in relation to young people searching for an aspect of themselves to commodify, something that could grant them an escape from the monotony of a retail job.

I am also endlessly inspired by America’s Next Top Model.


What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?

If you don’t speak French, you would never guess that my last name means ‘the pocket’ in French!


What are some of your favorite plays?

I love Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Hedda Gabler. Also Daddy, by Jeremy O. Harris.


Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?

I’m currently working on a contemporary adaptation of Euripides’ The Bacchae!

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