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America Adjacent

Written by: Boni B. Alvarez

Directed by: Jon Lawrence Rivera

Producers: Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco
Associate Producer: Giselle Töngi Walters


They come for a future --

THE STORY: In pursuit of the American Dream, six pregnant Filipina women risk everything. Confined to a one-bedroom, on-bath unit in Hollywood the women 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 and ask, “How far would you go to give your child a future?”

  • America Adjacent Skylight Theatre Co 2019

Schedule

Skylight Theatre; Feb 9 – March 24
Opening Night Feb 16

Fri/Sat 8:3opm, Sun 3:00pm
plus Mon 8:00pm on March 4, 11, 18

TICKETS         BUY FRIENDS PASS
Now 'til Jan 31:
Early Bird: $22.50 (for shows Feb 17 - March 3 & all Mondays)
Previews (Feb 9-15): $15 - $18
Beginning Feb 1
: Premium $41; Standard $35

Available discounts on Standard Tickets:  Students, Under 30, Seniors 65+ (Eligibility: See Ticketing Policies)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+

WORLD PREMIERE
2018-2019 Season

MEET THE ARTISTS - OPENING NIGHT Feb 16

You'll rub elbows with local artists and luminaries. After the show talk with the writer, director, actors and designers while  enjoying a dessert reception and drinks after the show! Your Opening Night Ticket helps support rising Artists and Play Development at Skylight.

OPENING NIGHT TICKETS

  • Boni B. Alvarez, playwright
    Boni B. Alvarez
    writer

    BONI B. ALVAREZ is a Los Angeles-based writer-actor.  His plays include BLOODLETTING, FIXED, NICKY, DALLAS NON-STOP, DRIVEN, DUSTY DE LOS SANTOS, and RUBY, TRAGICALLY ROTUND.  His work has been produced/developed at Playwrights’ Arena, Center Theatre Group – Kirk Douglas Theatre, Skylight Theatre Company, Echo Theater, Coeurage Theatre, Chalk Rep, Moving Arts, Artists At Play, 2g (NYC), Theatre Rhinoceros (San Francisco), PFP (Seattle), InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  He has been a Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission.  He is a Resident Playwright with New Dramatists and Skylight Theatre’s PlayLAb.

  • Jon Lawrence Rivera, director
    Jon Lawrence Rivera
    director

    JON LAWRENCE RIVERA is the recipient of the first Career Achievement Award from Stage Raw, a NY Fringe Festival Award, an LA Weekly Award, and is a five-time Ovation Award nominee. He is the founding Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Arena. Previous collaborations with Mr. Alvarez: BLOODLETTING (also at the Kirk Douglas Theater), DALLAS NON-STOP, and RUBY, TRAGICALLY ROTUND. Most recently, Rivera directed the following critically-acclaimed world premieres for Playwrights’ Arena: BABY EYES by Donald Jolly, I GO SOMEWHERE ELSE by Inda Craig-Galván, LITTLE WOMEN by Velina Hasu Houston, BILLY BOY by Nick Salamone, THE HOTEL PLAY (performed in a hotel), THE END TIMES by Jesse Shao (co-production with Skylight Theatre Company), @THESPEEDOFJAKE by Jennifer Maisel, CIRCUS UGLY by Gabe Rivas Gomez, PAINTING IN RED by Luis Alfaro, and THE ANATOMY OF GAZELLAS by Janine Salinas Schoenberg). Other recent works include: BINGO HALL by Dillon Chitto, FAIRLY TRACEABLE by Mary Kathryn Nagle, CRIERS FOR HIRE by Giovanni Ortega, STAND-OFF AT HWY #37 by Vicky Ramirez, FLIPZOIDS by Ralph B. Peña (also in Manila).

  • Evie Abat, AMERICA ADJACENT - Skylight Theatre Company 2019
    Evie Abat
    actor

    (Janelle May) EVIE ABAT most recently, she appeared as Emilia/Brabantio in OTHELLO at The Actor's Center, and as supporting characters in films that ran in several film festivals. Previously, she also played Reggie Fluty in in THE LARAMIE PROJECT at The Secret Rose and as Leelee in the premiere run of BLOODLETTING at Atwater Village Theater. She is psyched to join this all Fil-Am cast for another Boni Alvarez masterpiece! Thanks to Jon, Boni, Raul and Skylight for having me!

  • Angela Baesa, AMERICA ADJACENT -Skylight Theatre Company 2019
    Angela T. Baesa
    actor

    (Roshelyn) ANGELA T. BAESA's acting background is in theatre, but she is also pursuing a film and TV career. She finished a feature, 8 DAYS CARLO, filmed in Mexico. Starred as the lead in MY HAUNTED HOUSE on Lifetime (LMN), and several short films, ANITO and BICULTURAL, that have been circling the festival circuits in the US and abroad. She trained with Stan Kirsch Studios, The Second City, iO West, BGB. She loves camping, skiing and hiking with the bears of the Sequoias.

  • Toni Katano, AMERICA ADJACENT - Skylight Theatre Company 2019
    Toni Katano
    actor

    (Paz) TONI KATANO is proud to be a Filipino-American, Southern California native who became enamored with acting at a young age performing in school plays. She studied at the Strasberg Theater Institute. Toni has produced plays with Sixty-Six Theater and can be seen in the upcoming films THE FLORIST AND NANAY KO alongside Cinderella’s Paolo Motalban. Toni is thrilled to join the cast of AMERICA ADJACENT and wishes to thank her parents and the entire production team.

  • Hazel Lozano,k AMERICA ADJACENT 2019 Skylight Theatre Company
    Hazel Lozano
    actor

    (Administrator) HAZEL LOZANO is a 1.5-generation Fil-Am theater artist. Nagdakulo iya sa Bicol, tapos lumipat siya sa Washington State (UW PATP 2017). Since moving to LA a year ago, Hazel has played Iago in OTHELLO (Griot Theatre), an Australian misfit in GOT YOU (Exit Strategies/Raze the Space), and a wannabe mermaid in OF GOVERNMENT (Son of Semele). She is honored to help bring this baby into the world! Thank you for supporting unheard voices! @atypicalhaze

  • Samantha Valdellon, AMERICA ADJACENT - Skylight Theatre Company 2019
    Samantha Valdellon
    actor

    (Sampaguita) SAMANTHA VALDELLON is a proud NY native, actress and violinist. Other theatre credits include TWELFTH NIGHT, FAILURE: A LOVE STORY (Coeurage Theatre), FLUFFY BUNNIES IN A FIELD OF DAISIES (The Infinite Monkey Project) and THE BRAHMIN AND THE TIGER (here&now theatre company). Recent film credits include LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED? (Genius Pictures) and BIRTH PANGS (Stink Films USA). Maraming salamat po to the America Adjacent family for this amazing experience. Love and gratitude to family, friends, and Danny.

  • Sandy Velasco, AMERICA ADJACENT 2019- Skylight Theatre Company
    Sandy Velasco
    actor

    (Aimee) SANDY VELASCO is an actor, writer and comedian. She’s the proud creator of the award-winning comedy webseries, “MISS GUIDANCE” and has performed as an improviser at UCB and Improvcity. She can also be seen performing stand up comedy at the famous Ice House Comedy Club. Theatre credits include: Coeurage Theatre Company, Artists At Play, Playwrights' Arena, East West Players and Company of Angels. “Blessed to be back on stage representing another Fil-Am story, thanks to Boni!” @thesandyvelasco

  • Arianne Villareal, AMERICA ADJACENT - Skylight Theatre Company
    Arianne Villareal
    actor

    (Divina) ARIANNE VILLAREAL is thrilled to be making her LA theatre debut with these amazing Fil-Am women! A daughter of immigrants, she grew up in the Cincinnati area. Regional credits include: THE 25TH…SPELLING BEE (Actors Theatre Indiana); THE PILL, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, 4000 MILES (Phoenix Theatre); SOUTH PACIFIC (Beef & Boards); 4000 MILES (JET Theatre). BA Theatre/Music, U. Indianapolis. Thanks to the creative team and Raul Staggs Casting, and to her friends, family, and mentor for their unending support.  More at: ariannevillareal.com @villareally

     

DESIGNERS

SCENIC DESIGN: Christopher Scott Murillo
LIGHTING DESIGN: Mathew Richter
COSTUME DESIGN: Mylette Nora
SOUND DESIGN: Austin Quan

PRODUCTION STAFF

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Christopher Hoffman
REHEARSAL STAGE MANAGER: Garrett Crouch
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne
MARKETING ART AND PROGRAM DESIGN: Guillermo Perez
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHER: Ed Kreiger

Schedule

Skylight Theatre; Feb 9 – March 24
Opening Night Feb 16

Fri/Sat 8:3opm, Sun 3:00pm
plus Mon 8:00pm on March 4, 11, 18

TICKETS         BUY FRIENDS PASS
Now 'til Jan 31:
Early Bird: $22.50 (for shows Feb 17 - March 3 & all Mondays)
Previews (Feb 9-15): $15 - $18
Beginning Feb 1
: Premium $41; Standard $35

Available discounts on Standard Tickets:  Students, Under 30, Seniors 65+ (Eligibility: See Ticketing Policies)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+

WORLD PREMIERE
2018-2019 Season

MEET THE ARTISTS - OPENING NIGHT Feb 16

You'll rub elbows with local artists and luminaries. After the show talk with the writer, director, actors and designers while  enjoying a dessert reception and drinks after the show! Your Opening Night Ticket helps support rising Artists and Play Development at Skylight.

OPENING NIGHT TICKETS

  • Boni B. Alvarez, playwright
    Boni B. Alvarez
    writer

    BONI B. ALVAREZ is a Los Angeles-based writer-actor.  His plays include BLOODLETTING, FIXED, NICKY, DALLAS NON-STOP, DRIVEN, DUSTY DE LOS SANTOS, and RUBY, TRAGICALLY ROTUND.  His work has been produced/developed at Playwrights’ Arena, Center Theatre Group – Kirk Douglas Theatre, Skylight Theatre Company, Echo Theater, Coeurage Theatre, Chalk Rep, Moving Arts, Artists At Play, 2g (NYC), Theatre Rhinoceros (San Francisco), PFP (Seattle), InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  He has been a Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission.  He is a Resident Playwright with New Dramatists and Skylight Theatre’s PlayLAb.

  • Jon Lawrence Rivera, director
    Jon Lawrence Rivera
    director

    JON LAWRENCE RIVERA is the recipient of the first Career Achievement Award from Stage Raw, a NY Fringe Festival Award, an LA Weekly Award, and is a five-time Ovation Award nominee. He is the founding Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Arena. Previous collaborations with Mr. Alvarez: BLOODLETTING (also at the Kirk Douglas Theater), DALLAS NON-STOP, and RUBY, TRAGICALLY ROTUND. Most recently, Rivera directed the following critically-acclaimed world premieres for Playwrights’ Arena: BABY EYES by Donald Jolly, I GO SOMEWHERE ELSE by Inda Craig-Galván, LITTLE WOMEN by Velina Hasu Houston, BILLY BOY by Nick Salamone, THE HOTEL PLAY (performed in a hotel), THE END TIMES by Jesse Shao (co-production with Skylight Theatre Company), @THESPEEDOFJAKE by Jennifer Maisel, CIRCUS UGLY by Gabe Rivas Gomez, PAINTING IN RED by Luis Alfaro, and THE ANATOMY OF GAZELLAS by Janine Salinas Schoenberg). Other recent works include: BINGO HALL by Dillon Chitto, FAIRLY TRACEABLE by Mary Kathryn Nagle, CRIERS FOR HIRE by Giovanni Ortega, STAND-OFF AT HWY #37 by Vicky Ramirez, FLIPZOIDS by Ralph B. Peña (also in Manila).

  • Evie Abat, AMERICA ADJACENT - Skylight Theatre Company 2019
    Evie Abat
    actor

    (Janelle May) EVIE ABAT most recently, she appeared as Emilia/Brabantio in OTHELLO at The Actor's Center, and as supporting characters in films that ran in several film festivals. Previously, she also played Reggie Fluty in in THE LARAMIE PROJECT at The Secret Rose and as Leelee in the premiere run of BLOODLETTING at Atwater Village Theater. She is psyched to join this all Fil-Am cast for another Boni Alvarez masterpiece! Thanks to Jon, Boni, Raul and Skylight for having me!

  • Angela Baesa, AMERICA ADJACENT -Skylight Theatre Company 2019
    Angela T. Baesa
    actor

    (Roshelyn) ANGELA T. BAESA's acting background is in theatre, but she is also pursuing a film and TV career. She finished a feature, 8 DAYS CARLO, filmed in Mexico. Starred as the lead in MY HAUNTED HOUSE on Lifetime (LMN), and several short films, ANITO and BICULTURAL, that have been circling the festival circuits in the US and abroad. She trained with Stan Kirsch Studios, The Second City, iO West, BGB. She loves camping, skiing and hiking with the bears of the Sequoias.

  • Toni Katano, AMERICA ADJACENT - Skylight Theatre Company 2019
    Toni Katano
    actor

    (Paz) TONI KATANO is proud to be a Filipino-American, Southern California native who became enamored with acting at a young age performing in school plays. She studied at the Strasberg Theater Institute. Toni has produced plays with Sixty-Six Theater and can be seen in the upcoming films THE FLORIST AND NANAY KO alongside Cinderella’s Paolo Motalban. Toni is thrilled to join the cast of AMERICA ADJACENT and wishes to thank her parents and the entire production team.

  • Hazel Lozano,k AMERICA ADJACENT 2019 Skylight Theatre Company
    Hazel Lozano
    actor

    (Administrator) HAZEL LOZANO is a 1.5-generation Fil-Am theater artist. Nagdakulo iya sa Bicol, tapos lumipat siya sa Washington State (UW PATP 2017). Since moving to LA a year ago, Hazel has played Iago in OTHELLO (Griot Theatre), an Australian misfit in GOT YOU (Exit Strategies/Raze the Space), and a wannabe mermaid in OF GOVERNMENT (Son of Semele). She is honored to help bring this baby into the world! Thank you for supporting unheard voices! @atypicalhaze

  • Samantha Valdellon, AMERICA ADJACENT - Skylight Theatre Company 2019
    Samantha Valdellon
    actor

    (Sampaguita) SAMANTHA VALDELLON is a proud NY native, actress and violinist. Other theatre credits include TWELFTH NIGHT, FAILURE: A LOVE STORY (Coeurage Theatre), FLUFFY BUNNIES IN A FIELD OF DAISIES (The Infinite Monkey Project) and THE BRAHMIN AND THE TIGER (here&now theatre company). Recent film credits include LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED? (Genius Pictures) and BIRTH PANGS (Stink Films USA). Maraming salamat po to the America Adjacent family for this amazing experience. Love and gratitude to family, friends, and Danny.

  • Sandy Velasco, AMERICA ADJACENT 2019- Skylight Theatre Company
    Sandy Velasco
    actor

    (Aimee) SANDY VELASCO is an actor, writer and comedian. She’s the proud creator of the award-winning comedy webseries, “MISS GUIDANCE” and has performed as an improviser at UCB and Improvcity. She can also be seen performing stand up comedy at the famous Ice House Comedy Club. Theatre credits include: Coeurage Theatre Company, Artists At Play, Playwrights' Arena, East West Players and Company of Angels. “Blessed to be back on stage representing another Fil-Am story, thanks to Boni!” @thesandyvelasco

  • Arianne Villareal, AMERICA ADJACENT - Skylight Theatre Company
    Arianne Villareal
    actor

    (Divina) ARIANNE VILLAREAL is thrilled to be making her LA theatre debut with these amazing Fil-Am women! A daughter of immigrants, she grew up in the Cincinnati area. Regional credits include: THE 25TH…SPELLING BEE (Actors Theatre Indiana); THE PILL, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, 4000 MILES (Phoenix Theatre); SOUTH PACIFIC (Beef & Boards); 4000 MILES (JET Theatre). BA Theatre/Music, U. Indianapolis. Thanks to the creative team and Raul Staggs Casting, and to her friends, family, and mentor for their unending support.  More at: ariannevillareal.com @villareally

     

DESIGNERS

SCENIC DESIGN: Christopher Scott Murillo
LIGHTING DESIGN: Mathew Richter
COSTUME DESIGN: Mylette Nora
SOUND DESIGN: Austin Quan

PRODUCTION STAFF

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Christopher Hoffman
REHEARSAL STAGE MANAGER: Garrett Crouch
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne
MARKETING ART AND PROGRAM DESIGN: Guillermo Perez
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHER: Ed Kreiger

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