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Skylight Theatre Company kicks off their new season with the World Premiere of SHADES OF DISCLOSURE, created and performed by the revolutionary voice of QueerWise. This is a truthful, and testimonial account of the AIDS crisis today, running through March 11, 2017
“Unique, intriguing, original, and stirring” - EDGE
Multi-award winning theatre in Los Angeles
“Packs an undeniable first person impact...a beautiful sense of activism” - Stage Raw
- "TOP TEN"
Spanning from the 1988 display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington DC to the worldwide Women’s Marches, Shades of Disclosure celebrates the triumphant lives of real people whose personal stories have been forgotten or silenced.
Individuals, of varying stripes, relive their intimate and heartfelt histories while speaking to a sixteen-year old who, after bravely announcing her queerness, finds herself at a precarious turning point in American politics. In Shades of Disclosure she discovers a band of mentors who tell it like it was, is, and how they hope it can be.
“We are committed in telling our stories, as honestly as we can, and we hope that it encourages others to do the same. Ultimately, we know that honesty about ones SELF is a beautiful, unifying, and galvanizing force that we need to carry into 2017 if we are to survive, thrive, and maintain Who We Are” - Michael Kearns (Director)
QUEERWISE is a Los Angeles based group of LGBTQ writers and spoken word artists, creating performance pieces. Beginning with Late Awakenings, part of the Skylight Theatre Company’s INKubator series, in 2011, the collective returns to lead Skylight’s 2017 season with more than a dozen theatrical works, some individually presented at Beyond Baroque, the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Akbar Highways Performance Space, Spirit Studio, One Institute Art Gallery, Noho’s Lit Crawl and the Silver Lake Library. Utilizing history, humor, and honesty, QueerWise explores the shifting cultural realities of being queer in Twenty-First Century America.
Director Michael Kearns has devoted himself to the illumination of HIV/AIDS in artistic terms. From his internationally acclaimed solo work to his local activist involvement, Kearns’ voice — as a director, writer, producer, and actor — has never abated. In 1986, Michael helped conceive and directed AIDS/US, a revolutionary piece of theater that dared to present real-life stories told by PWAs (People With AIDS), produced by Gary Grossman three decades ago.
"We need to question not only our own personal commitment to end bigotry, racism, and gender inequality, but the commitment of every American. This needs to happen in our actions as well as our words. Skylight Theatre Company has been working with Queerwise since 2011 and we are proud to give these voices a home to tell their personal stories, and to ask “who are we?” – Gary Grossman (Producing Artistic Director)
OUR CAST: Albert Auben, Gil Feroli, Cheri Gaulke, Randy (Joe) Gravelle, John Glenn Harding, Jessie Jacobson, Sophie Kim, Darrell Larson, Timothy Mack, Mason Mahoney, Jen O’Connor, Roland Palencia, Christine Papalexis, Jim Pentecost, Ken Pienkos, David Trudell
OUR PRODUCTION TEAM: Stephanie Kerley Schwartz (Scenic Design), Derrick McDaniel (Lighting Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), Nicholas Santiago (Projection Design)
Skylight Theatre Company discovers, develops and produces new, exhilarating works that expand mainstream theatre while nurturing and educating the people who create them. A recipient of the prestigious Steinberg National Theatre Critics Citation (Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea – Nathan Alan Davis), Skylight’s resident PlayLAb writers have been recognized with productions nationwide, a national 2014 USA Ford Fellowship in Theater and Performance (Sigrid Gilmer), and locally as a winner in the 2015 Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize (Louisa Hill). Skylight won 4 Ovation Awards in 2014 for The Wrong Man and Pray To Ball (the most of any intimate theatre in LA). LA Weekly included the Skylight’s productions of Years To The Day, Open House and Sexsting on their TOP TEN list of plays for 2013. Skylight's first year as a company dedicated to developing new plays was 2011 their production of Hermetically Sealed made the LA Times annual list of Top Ten Plays, and Mad Women moved from Los Angeles to La MaMa in New York. Since then, plays developed by Skylight have been performed in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Oregon, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and internationally in Scotland and France. For more information, script submission policy and production history go to http://skylighttheatrecompany.com
Shades of Disclosure runs at 8:00pm on Saturdays, and 3:00pm on Sundays through March 11, 2017 (no performance on February 26th). Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 - $40. Reservations: 213-761-7061 or online at http://SkylightTix.com
Presenter / Producer: Gary Grossman and Skylight Theatre Company with Associate Producer Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx
Theater > Drama
Event Phone: 213-761-7061
1816 ½ North Vermont
Los Angeles CA 90027
LA - Central / Downtown
Performance Dates: 2/25/2017 - 3/11/2017
3:00pm on Sundays
(no performance on Feb 26th - Oscar Sunday)
$15 - $40
For reservations call: 213-761-7061 or online at http://SkylightTix.com
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