Molly Miller

Molly was raised in Woodinville, WA and grew up building forts in the forest and running through poison ivy to escape imaginary tree monsters. She left the woods to attend The University of Chicago where she double majored in Political Science and Theatre. After graduation Molly became the youngest performing improviser on a house team at the iO Theater and was cast in productions at the Court Theatre, The Annoyance and The Second City. While performing, Molly partnered with The Public House Theatre to write and produce a series of plays, including her long-running dramedy, Double Booked. In 2015 she wrote and executive produced Tribulation: The Musical, which opened for a six month run at the Mission Theatre where it received critical acclaim and went on to mount at the New York Fringe Festival. In 2017 Molly began her MFA in Screenwriting at USC where she was an Annenberg Fellow and the recipient of the 2018 Edward Small Screenwriting Award. Since graduating Molly has become obsessed with the criminal justice system. When she’s not at court Molly can be found watching crime dramas while doing jigsaw puzzles.

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The Wobbler

Two white lawyers on the verge of old age sit in a courtroom waiting for their cases to be called. Both are representing young men who got into tussles with the law. One of the attorneys reads the paper. His finely pressed sleeve falls to reveal a gold watch. The other fumbles with folders in a fine leather briefcase. The newspaper man folds the paper in his lap. A thought just struck him. “You know, I feel for these kids. I did tons of stupid shit when I was young.”

Update: Graffiti with Molly Miller Reading

According to the arresting officer, at 7 am on June 29, Danny walked down North Avenue 54 wearing gloves and holding a spray paint can. He stopped outside a 7/11, shook the can, and spray painted “HLXP1” on the beige wall above the overloaded dumpsters. Then, he turned down York Street and sprayed “HLXPARK1” on the cracked curb of the 7/11’s parking lot. He nodded at his handiwork. The graffiti was a gang tag, meant to mark Highland Park’s territory and assert the gang’s status in the neighborhood. HLP and...

$7.99 Half Rotisserie Chicken

The sign read “Half Rotisserie Chicken — $7.99” On June 1, 2019, 43-year-old Mario Morataya stepped into the Super A Foods while his wife waited outside with their six-month-old baby. Morataya worked a minimum wage job at the recycling center, but it wasn’t nearly enough to pay his family’s bills. His wife was hungry. He was hungry. The rotisserie chicken glistened on its heating tray. According to loss prevention agent Adrian Murphy, Morataya looked to the left and looked to the right, then shoved...

The Law of Unintended Consequences

The law of unintended consequences is that actions always have unanticipated effects. Ms. Roberts, a homeless trans woman, was shaking. Her thin frame stood protectively over her upended shopping cart of belongings. It contained everything she owned in the world. Some people would call it trash, but to her it was her wardrobe, her pantry, and the place where she kept all items of sentimental value. Now it lay scattered on the pavement, mixed with dirt and unsanitary debris. Roberts stared at the ground...

The Truths of Louie Cordero

“You do solemnly state that the testimony you may give in the cause now pending before this court shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God.” This is the oath taken by all witnesses who give testimony before a California court. It is the oath that Louie Cordero took when he was called to the stand.  Cordero is testifying in the trial of his step-brother, Cristian Iraheta, who is charged with attempted murder. Cordero looks small on the stand, slack jawed with...

It’s Kind of Like a Heist… Or Dodgeball

It’s kind of like a heist — think Ocean’s Eleven. You assemble a rag-tag team of 12 to 14 professionals to carry out your operation. There’s just one problem: they have no skills. Even if they do, they are expressly forbidden from using their skills during the heist. They can’t research the heist online or talk to reporters about the heist. It’s really best if they don’t know anything about the heist before it begins.  That’s jury duty: a random selection of citizens without specialized legal knowledge who are assembled to...