"Top Ten - Recommended” - Stage Raw
The past is prologue. What happens when people from diverse backgrounds experience the firsthand accounts of ten survivors who were labeled "undesirable" and thrust into Hitler’s systematic genocide? Playwright Wendy Kout disturbingly links then and now so that we may understand what breaks us apart and embrace what bonds us together. NEVER IS NOW is just the beginning of the conversation.
Never is Now was adapted from Survivors by Wendy Kout, commissioned, developed and produced by the CenterStage Theatre at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director.
“I am ever inspired by our capacity to change… our world, our country, and ourselves. ‘Never is Now’explores the perilous past through the prism of our perilous present as a warning for our future,” says Wendy Kout
Wendy Kout is an award-wining writer and producer. Stage credits include We Are the Levinsons, which made its world premiere at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, and won Broadway World Regional awards for BEST PLAY and BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY. Film credits include Dorfman in Love, produced by Leonard Hill Films and starring Elliott Gould, Sara Rue and Haaz Sleiman. Television credits include Creator and Co-Executive Producer of the hit ABC series, Anything But Love, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis. Wendy is also a proud member of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre and on the Honorary Board for the Boston Jewish Film Festival.
Directed by Tony Abatemarco and Celia Mandela Rivera. The cast stars Evie Abat, Adam Foster Ballard, Eliza Blair, Michael Kaczkowski, Joey Millin, Sarah Tubert.
The creative team includes Luis Mateo (Scenic Design), Mylette Nora (Costume Design), Caroline Andrews (Lighting Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), Producers Gary Grossman and Michael Kearns, Associate Producer Wendy Hammers.
Skylight Theatre Companywas honored to have their multi-award winning production of Rotterdamat Center Theatre Group’s 2019 Block Partyat the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The production won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award in 2018 for Best Production. Additional LADCC awards for Rotterdaminclude Writing and Lead Actress. It also received top honors at the 2018 Stage Raw Awards, winning Production of the Yearand Leading Actress awards. Recognized as a “powerhouse of new play development”by Dramatist Magazine, this year Skylight presented their first full-length original musical “Bronco Billy - The Musicalgarnering nine Stage Raw Award nominations. Many of Skylight’s World Premieres have gone on to be performed nationally and internationally: Church & Stateopened Off Broadway in 2017, has had 42 productions with 13 more scheduled; Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea(a co-production with Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble) received the prestigious Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association Citation and multiple productions. Skylight’s resident writers have enjoyed productions nationwide, received the esteemed USA Ford Fellowship in Theater and Performance (Sigrid Gilmer), and a Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize (Louisa Hill, – Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers). Skylight’s resident-writers program is helmed bythe Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Tony Award nominated playwright, Lee Blessing.
Skylight continues their popular ‘Beyond Conversation’series for audiences that want more from their theatergoing experience. The weekly post-Sunday matinee guest panel discussions allow audiences to gain deeper insights into the contemporary themes of the play and chat informally community leaders. Schedule will be posted on Skylight’s website: (www.skylighttheatre.org. Guests and discussion topics may be subject to change.
“Never Is Now” runs at 8:30pm Fridays, 4:00pm and 8:30pm Saturdays, and 2:00pm Sundays through October 27, 2019 Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets start at $20. Information and reservations: (213) 761-7061 or (866) 811-4111. Online ticketing: http://SkylightTix.org