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Hostage - Now Playing

Written By Michelle Kholos Brooks

Directed by Elina de Santos

THE STORY: Worlds collide when a mother deals with the aftermath of traveling to Tehran to gain the release of her son, a marine held captive during the Iran hostage crisis. Based on true events, HOSTAGE is about the backlash one family must endure when it has the courage to make the political very, very personal.

"In our increasingly polarized society, perhaps there are lessons we can gather from the idealism of an everyday person; a mother, having the courage to stand outside politics out of love for her son." - Michelle Kholos Brooks

Schedule

Skylight Theatre - May 19 – June 24
Previews May 19, 20, 21, 25
Opens May 26, 2018

TICKETS: $15 - $41 or Use your 'Friends Pass'
Opening Night: $50 - $250

Tickets

  • Michelle Kholos Brooks
    Michelle Kholos Brooks
    Writer

    An award-winning playwright with productions staged across the U.S. and Canada.  Hostage was selected as a finalist for the 2016/17 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Fratti Newman Political Play Contest, and was a Showcase finalist for the National New Play Network. Hitler’s Tasters, winner of the 2017 Susan Glaspell Award debuts at Centenary Stage Company in April 2018, followed by an October production by the New Light Theatre Project, New York. Kalamazoo, co-written with Kelly Younger, was the winner of the 2014 Riva Shiner Comedy Award, Bloomington Playwright’s Project. It has been published by Dramatists Play Service and has been produced across the country. Family Planning made its world premier at the Colony Theatre, Los Angeles and was a finalist for the Riva Shriner Comedy Award. Brooks’ play, Chair was a finalist for the Firehouse Theatre’s Festival of New American Plays.

    Other select works for the stage include: Two Parents, Two Weddings, Two Years, (Wings Theatre, New York; Laurel Grove Theatre Company, Los Angeles); See How We Are (Laurel Grove Theatre Company); Love and Other Allergies (Vox Humana Theatre Ensemble. Additional staged readings of various works have been produced at Snapshots, a benefit to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation; Pacific Resident Theatre, Los Angeles; The Road Theatre Company; Los Angeles; The Boston Court Theatre, Pasadena; Venue 9 Theatre, San Francisco; The Barrow Group, New York; Drama West, Los Angeles; Wordsmyth Theatre, Houston and the Bay Street Theatre, New York.

    Publications include Dramatists Play Service, Room literary magazine and The Daily Beast.

    Brooks is a former journalist and producer for public radio programs such as Marketplace and The Savvy Traveler. She earned a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Otis College of Art and Design. Brooks is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwright’s Center and Pacific Resident Theatre.

  • Elina de Santos
    Elina de Santos
    Director

    Co-Artistic Director Rogue Machine Theatre: 5 World premieres; IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW, Katherine Cortez, DIRTY FILTHY LOVE STORY, Rob Mersola, NICE THINGS, Vince Melocchi, YARD SALE SIGNS, Jennie Webb. American Premiere, Oliver Cotton’s DAYTONA. West Coast Premieres: BHUTAN, Daisy Foote, VIVIEN, Rick Foster, STOP KISS, Diana Son, and FALLING, Deanna Jent.  Founder Celebrating Voices, youth playwriting program serving Boys and Girls Club of America.

    PRT: ORPHEUS DESCENDING, A DELICATE BALANCE (LA Premiere), ROCKET TO THE MOON, DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Skylight Theatre: 3 World Premieres, HOSTAGE by Michelle Kohlos Brooks (May 2018), CHURCH & STATE by Jason Williams, THE SEXUAL LIVES OF SAVAGES by Ian McDonald. WCJT: NEW JERUSALEM, BROKEN GLASS. Pasadena Playhouse; WCP of VINCENT IN BRIXTON, Odyssey: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, SPEED THE PLOW (LA Premiere), AWAKE & SING!, ALL MY SONS. Regional credits: ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler (ICT), ROMEO & JULIET: CIRCUS VERONA, (DWT), AWAKE & SING!, BTF & PPT.

    Recipient of the LADCC Milton Katselas Distinguished Achievement in directing, 2012. Member: Actor's Studio Directors unit and the SDC serving on 2 committees.

  • Tracie Lockwood
    Tracie Lockwood
    actor

    Returning to the Skylight after starring in their 2016 production of Church and State, Tracie is a member of Pacific Resident Theatre, and a founding member of Rogue Machine Theatre, she appeared in: Henry V, Turn of the Screw, Pocatello, A Permanent Image (LADCC Award) and more.  She has also performed locally at the Odyssey, and the Pasadena Playhouse.

  • Vaneh Assadourian
    Vaneh Assadourian
    actor

    Vaneh Assadourian is a Los Angeles-based actor and director born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Selected credits include: Theater (Actor): HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST (the LATC); AS YOU LIKE IT (The Southland Company); THE ORANGE GARDEN (Theatricum Botanicum); TALL TALES: MYTHS OF MAGICAL TREES (UCLA and The Geffen Playhouse); MERCY STATION (The Vagrancy); UNCOVERED CITIES (Circle X Theatre). She received a BA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

  • Jack Clinton
    actor

    Jack was last seen performing his one-person show, "Not to be Negative but…" at the United Solo festival where it was picked to be part of an anthology. He has also performed it at the Comedy Central Stage. Jack has performed in numerous plays on both coasts.

  • Zachary Grant
    Zachary Grant
    actor

    Zachary studied at the British American Drama Academy in London and is a graduate of the School of Dramatic Arts at USC. He was seen as William in Punk Rock directed by Lisa James at the Odyssey Theatre and in the film Being Charlie directed by Rob Reiner.

  • Christoher Hoffman
    Christopher Hoffman
    actor

    Christopher Hoffman began acting at age 10 in his hometown of Evanston, Illinois with the role of Will Stanton in an adaptation of Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising". He continued acting through high school and college, earning a BFA from USC before making the move to NYC.  After a two-year internship at The Public Theatre, Christopher produced and acted in dozens of off-Broadway plays including playing 17 different roles in Gia Forakis's award winning "Solo Allegro Cappuccino" as well as his favorite role to date - Bobby Sands in "Awaiting the Lark".  After returning to LA, Christopher has pursued a TV and film career while working at The Skylight Theatre Company as Production Stage Manager.  His credits included recurring work in David Milch's "Luck", Jeffrey Bouchard on "Better Off Ted" and as the casually racist white guy on "Everybody Hates Chris".

  • Satiar Pourvasei
    actor

    Notable theatre credits include Marco in the critically acclaimed production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at Pacific Resident Theatre, Bingley in PRIDE & PREJUDICE, Dionysus in THE BACCHAE, and the Count in DRACULA.   Television credits include Days Of Our Lives, J.A.G., and The Practice.  Satiar is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.F.A. - Acting degree.

     

DESIGNERS

SCENIC DESIGNER: Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Brian Gale
SOUND DESIGNER: Christopher Moscatiello
COSTUME DESIGNER: Naila Aladdin Sanders
ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGNER/ PROPERTY MASTER: David Phillips

PRODUCTION STAFF

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Shen Heckel
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Garrett Crouch
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne
MARKETING ART DESIGN: Llance Bower
PROGRAM DESIGN: Guillermo Perez
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHER: Ed Kreiger

Schedule

Skylight Theatre - May 19 – June 24
Previews May 19, 20, 21, 25
Opens May 26, 2018

TICKETS: $15 - $41 or Use your 'Friends Pass'
Opening Night: $50 - $250

Tickets

  • Michelle Kholos Brooks
    Michelle Kholos Brooks
    Writer

    An award-winning playwright with productions staged across the U.S. and Canada.  Hostage was selected as a finalist for the 2016/17 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Fratti Newman Political Play Contest, and was a Showcase finalist for the National New Play Network. Hitler’s Tasters, winner of the 2017 Susan Glaspell Award debuts at Centenary Stage Company in April 2018, followed by an October production by the New Light Theatre Project, New York. Kalamazoo, co-written with Kelly Younger, was the winner of the 2014 Riva Shiner Comedy Award, Bloomington Playwright’s Project. It has been published by Dramatists Play Service and has been produced across the country. Family Planning made its world premier at the Colony Theatre, Los Angeles and was a finalist for the Riva Shriner Comedy Award. Brooks’ play, Chair was a finalist for the Firehouse Theatre’s Festival of New American Plays.

    Other select works for the stage include: Two Parents, Two Weddings, Two Years, (Wings Theatre, New York; Laurel Grove Theatre Company, Los Angeles); See How We Are (Laurel Grove Theatre Company); Love and Other Allergies (Vox Humana Theatre Ensemble. Additional staged readings of various works have been produced at Snapshots, a benefit to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation; Pacific Resident Theatre, Los Angeles; The Road Theatre Company; Los Angeles; The Boston Court Theatre, Pasadena; Venue 9 Theatre, San Francisco; The Barrow Group, New York; Drama West, Los Angeles; Wordsmyth Theatre, Houston and the Bay Street Theatre, New York.

    Publications include Dramatists Play Service, Room literary magazine and The Daily Beast.

    Brooks is a former journalist and producer for public radio programs such as Marketplace and The Savvy Traveler. She earned a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Otis College of Art and Design. Brooks is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwright’s Center and Pacific Resident Theatre.

  • Elina de Santos
    Elina de Santos
    Director

    Co-Artistic Director Rogue Machine Theatre: 5 World premieres; IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW, Katherine Cortez, DIRTY FILTHY LOVE STORY, Rob Mersola, NICE THINGS, Vince Melocchi, YARD SALE SIGNS, Jennie Webb. American Premiere, Oliver Cotton’s DAYTONA. West Coast Premieres: BHUTAN, Daisy Foote, VIVIEN, Rick Foster, STOP KISS, Diana Son, and FALLING, Deanna Jent.  Founder Celebrating Voices, youth playwriting program serving Boys and Girls Club of America.

    PRT: ORPHEUS DESCENDING, A DELICATE BALANCE (LA Premiere), ROCKET TO THE MOON, DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Skylight Theatre: 3 World Premieres, HOSTAGE by Michelle Kohlos Brooks (May 2018), CHURCH & STATE by Jason Williams, THE SEXUAL LIVES OF SAVAGES by Ian McDonald. WCJT: NEW JERUSALEM, BROKEN GLASS. Pasadena Playhouse; WCP of VINCENT IN BRIXTON, Odyssey: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, SPEED THE PLOW (LA Premiere), AWAKE & SING!, ALL MY SONS. Regional credits: ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler (ICT), ROMEO & JULIET: CIRCUS VERONA, (DWT), AWAKE & SING!, BTF & PPT.

    Recipient of the LADCC Milton Katselas Distinguished Achievement in directing, 2012. Member: Actor's Studio Directors unit and the SDC serving on 2 committees.

  • Tracie Lockwood
    Tracie Lockwood
    actor

    Returning to the Skylight after starring in their 2016 production of Church and State, Tracie is a member of Pacific Resident Theatre, and a founding member of Rogue Machine Theatre, she appeared in: Henry V, Turn of the Screw, Pocatello, A Permanent Image (LADCC Award) and more.  She has also performed locally at the Odyssey, and the Pasadena Playhouse.

  • Vaneh Assadourian
    Vaneh Assadourian
    actor

    Vaneh Assadourian is a Los Angeles-based actor and director born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Selected credits include: Theater (Actor): HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST (the LATC); AS YOU LIKE IT (The Southland Company); THE ORANGE GARDEN (Theatricum Botanicum); TALL TALES: MYTHS OF MAGICAL TREES (UCLA and The Geffen Playhouse); MERCY STATION (The Vagrancy); UNCOVERED CITIES (Circle X Theatre). She received a BA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

  • Jack Clinton
    actor

    Jack was last seen performing his one-person show, "Not to be Negative but…" at the United Solo festival where it was picked to be part of an anthology. He has also performed it at the Comedy Central Stage. Jack has performed in numerous plays on both coasts.

  • Zachary Grant
    Zachary Grant
    actor

    Zachary studied at the British American Drama Academy in London and is a graduate of the School of Dramatic Arts at USC. He was seen as William in Punk Rock directed by Lisa James at the Odyssey Theatre and in the film Being Charlie directed by Rob Reiner.

  • Christoher Hoffman
    Christopher Hoffman
    actor

    Christopher Hoffman began acting at age 10 in his hometown of Evanston, Illinois with the role of Will Stanton in an adaptation of Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising". He continued acting through high school and college, earning a BFA from USC before making the move to NYC.  After a two-year internship at The Public Theatre, Christopher produced and acted in dozens of off-Broadway plays including playing 17 different roles in Gia Forakis's award winning "Solo Allegro Cappuccino" as well as his favorite role to date - Bobby Sands in "Awaiting the Lark".  After returning to LA, Christopher has pursued a TV and film career while working at The Skylight Theatre Company as Production Stage Manager.  His credits included recurring work in David Milch's "Luck", Jeffrey Bouchard on "Better Off Ted" and as the casually racist white guy on "Everybody Hates Chris".

  • Satiar Pourvasei
    actor

    Notable theatre credits include Marco in the critically acclaimed production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at Pacific Resident Theatre, Bingley in PRIDE & PREJUDICE, Dionysus in THE BACCHAE, and the Count in DRACULA.   Television credits include Days Of Our Lives, J.A.G., and The Practice.  Satiar is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.F.A. - Acting degree.

     

DESIGNERS

SCENIC DESIGNER: Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Brian Gale
SOUND DESIGNER: Christopher Moscatiello
COSTUME DESIGNER: Naila Aladdin Sanders
ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGNER/ PROPERTY MASTER: David Phillips

PRODUCTION STAFF

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Shen Heckel
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Garrett Crouch
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne
MARKETING ART DESIGN: Llance Bower
PROGRAM DESIGN: Guillermo Perez
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHER: Ed Kreiger

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