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America Adjacent

America AdjacentJon Lawrence Rivera Directs Boni B. Alvarez's New Play at Skylight Theatre (2018 LA Drama Critics Circle Award - Best Production and Stage Raw Award - Production of the Year for “Rotterdam”)

In pursuit of the American Dream, six pregnant Filipina women risk everything. Confined to a one-bedroom one-bath unit in East Hollywood, they do their best to overcome fears of jail and deportation so that their children can have a better life. Playwright Boni B. Alvarez examines the promise of U.S. Citizenship asking, “How far would you go to give your child a better future?”

“As the child of Filipino immigrants, I have always been fascinated by the American Dream,” says playwright Alvarez. “In America Adjacent I wrestle with what the dream actually is, how it is packaged and marketed abroad, and what the reality is for anyone ever achieving it.”

Boni B. Alvarez is a Los Angeles-based writer-actor, and resident member of Skylight’s playwriting laboratory where he created and developed his plays Dusty De Los Santos and Bloodletting, the latter having it’s World Premiere at Playwright’s Arena with a subsequent run at CTG’s 2018 Block Party at The Kirk Douglas Theatre. Additional works include Fixed, Dallas Non- Stop, Driven, Ruby and Tragically Rotund.

Jon Lawrence Rivera is the recipient of the Inaugural Career Achievement Award from Stage Raw, and he is a five-time Ovation Award nominee. He returns to Skylight Theatre having previously directed The End Times by Jesse Shao and Obama-ology by Aurin Squire (This Is Us) for the company. Jon has collaborated with Mr. Alvarez on Bloodletting (Kirk Douglas Theatre and Playwrights’ Arena), Dallas Non-Stop, and Ruby, Tragically Rotund.

The cast includes Evie Abat, Angela T. Baesa, Toni Katano, Hazel Lozano, Samantha Valdellon
Sandy Velasco, and Arianne Villareal.

Creative team includes Gary Grossman and Tony Abatemarco (Producer), Giselle Töngi Walters (Associate Producer), Christopher Scott Murrillo (Scenic Design), Matt Richter (Lighting Design), Austin Quan (Sound Design), and Mylette Nora (Costume Design).

Skylight Theatre Company is honored to be presenting their multi-award winning production of Rotterdam at Center Theatre Group’s Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre March/April 2019. The production won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award in 2018 for Best Production. Additional LADCC awards for Rotterdam include 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, many of Skylight’s World Premieres have gone on to be performed nationally and internationally Church & State opened Off Broadway in 2017, has had 44 productions with 18 more scheduled in 2019 Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea (a co-production with Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble) received the prestigious Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association Citation. Skylight’s resident writers PlayLAb, helmed by Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Tony Award nominee Lee Blessing, includes alumni that have enjoyed productions nationwide, the prestigious USA Ford Fellowship in Theater and Performance (Sigrid Gilmer, 2014), and a Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize (Louisa Hill, 2015 – Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers).
Skylight continues their popular series, “Beyond Conversation.” The weekly post Sunday matinee discussion panels allow audiences to gain deeper insights into the themes of the play. Hosted by Filipino-American Giselle Töngi Walters (Kababayan LA), the five scheduled stage talks begin February 24. A full list of guest speakers, dates and topics will be posted on Skylight’s website

America Adjacent runs at 8:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3:00pm Sundays, and 8:00pm Monday March 4, 11, & 18, through March 24, 2019. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 - $41. Information and reservations: (213) 761-7061 or (866) 811-4111. Online ticketing:

Presenter / Producer: Skylight Theatre Company

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Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 213-761-7061

Skylight Theatre
1816 ½ North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90027

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 2/16/2019 - 3/24/2019
Saturday, 02/16/2019
Sunday, 02/17/2019
Friday, 02/22/2019
Saturday, 02/23/2019
Sunday, 02/24/2019
Friday, 03/01/2019
Saturday, 03/02/2019
Sunday, 03/03/2019
Monday, 03/04/2019
Friday, 03/08/2019
Saturday, 03/09/2019
Sunday, 03/10/2019
Monday, 03/11/2019
Friday, 03/15/2019
Saturday, 03/16/2019
Sunday, 03/17/2019
Monday, 03/18/2019
Friday, 03/22/2019
Saturday, 03/23/2019
Sunday, 03/24/2019

Performance Times
8:30pm Fridays and Saturdays
3:00pm Sundays
8:00pm on Mondays March 4, 11, 18
Closing: March 24, 2019

Ticket Information:
15 - $41
Discounted tickets include:
Students $20 (online), $15 (at the door) - valid picture ID required
Under age 30: $25
Seniors 65+: $29

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