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A new, dark, comedy about race and class, directed by multi-award winner Michael A. Shepperd
With a hostile takeover of a neighborhood block party and bouncy houses, Penelope Lowder’s newest play set in historic West Adams takes an uncomfortable look at altruistic gentrification gone wrong.
Perhaps reshaping a newly adopted neighborhood in your image isn’t as lofty as one might think.
"My goal with this play is for audiences to be unsettled by the myopic vision of the new colonials,” explains playwright Penelope Lowder. “They seed the divide and fuel racism, ultimately destroying so many black and brown people."
The creative team includes Stephen Gifford (Scenic Design), Mylette Nora (Costume Design), Donny Jackson (Lighting Design), Jesse Mandapat (Sound Design), David Murakami (Projection Design), Michael Teoli (Original Music), Michael O’Hara (Properties), Gary Grossman, Michael Kearns (Producers).
Skylight Theatre Company received two 2020 Ovation Awards for their World Premiere production of Bronco Bill - The Musical in the categories of Book, and Music & Lyrics for an Original Musical and a 2020 Scenie Award for Best World Premiere Musical. In 2019 they were honored to have Center Theatre Group produce their multi-award winning production of Rotterdam at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of Block Party. The production won the 2018 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production, and awards for Writing and Lead Actress. It also received top honors at the 2018 Stage Raw Awards, winning Production of the Year and Leading Actress awards. Recognized as a “powerhouse of new play development” by Dramatist Magazine, in just the last three years two plays originating at Skylight have been performed Off Broadway, The Wrong Man and Church & State the later has had 50 productions in 32 states 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, SkyLab, is helmed by the Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Tony Award nominated playwright, Lee Blessing.
Skylight continues their popular ‘Beyond Conversation’ series for audiences that want more from their theater experience. Following select performances, invited guests chat with the audience offering insights into the contemporary issues and themes of the play. Schedule will be posted on Skylight’s website: www.skylighttheatre.org. Guests and discussion topics may be subject to change.
Presenter / Producer: Gary Grossman, Michael Kearns, Skylight Theatre
Theater > Theatrical Comedy
Event Phone: 213-761-7061
1816 ½ North Vermont
, CA. 90027
Los Angeles CA 90027
LA - Hollywood / Westside
North Hollywood / Burbank / Glendale
Performance Dates: 2/1/2020 - 3/8/2020
8:00pm Thursdays, 8:30pm Fridays, Saturdays, 3:00pm Sundays
Closing: March 8, 2020
$20 - $50
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