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2019 Center Theatre Group Block Party Production - Kirk Douglas Theatre
Best Production - LADCC Awards 2018, Production of the Year - Stage Raw Awards 2018

written by: Jon Brittain
directed by: Michael A. Shepperd


A queer love story about all of us --

THE STORY: New Year’s. Rotterdam, 2018. Alice has finally found the courage to come out to her parents as a lesbian. But before she has the chance, her girlfriend, FIona, reveals that she has always identified as a man, and now wants to live as one, sending their relationship into a tailspin.

A bittersweet comedy with deeply human characters, both flawed and hilarious, ROTTERDAM poses powerful questions about love and identity.

  • Rotterdam - CTG Block Party

Schedule

Kirk Douglas Theatre - March 28 - April 7, 2019

$25 Tickets Use Code: SKYLIGHT

Link for Best Available Seats (no discount) is here

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+

2018 - 2019 Season

Kirk Douglas Theatre (more info)
9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232

Set Magic on stage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Watch to see what we mean (turn your audio on to see how it all works with the music). And yes, the "magic" desk makes a return appearance as well!

Center Theatre Group Videos

HISTORY

A 2017 Olivier Award Winning play, ROTTERDAM was produced in 2017 - 18 at Skylight Theatre by Skylight Theatre Company with Hartshorn - Hook Productions.

Original Skylight West Coast Premiere
produced by: Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco, Andrew Carlberg
associate producers: Joshua Gershick, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Christopher Aguilar, Shaina Rosenthal

Skylight's production is the winner of three Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards: Best Production (tied with “Hamilton”), Writing – Jon Brittain, and Lead Performance – Ashley Romans for her portrayal of Fiona/Adrian. The production also garnered Production of the Year and another performance award for Ashley Romans from Stage Raw along with unanimous critical acclaim and a performance run at Skylight that included three extensions.

The London production produced by Hartshorn - Hook Productions, played in 2015 and 2016 to critical acclaim and sold out houses, ROTTERDAM went on to win the prestigious 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.  The original cast performed a limited run in New York May/June 2017.  The Olivier Awards recognize excellence in London's professional theatre and is equivalent to Broadway's Tony Award.

The Artists of Rotterdam - CTG Block Party

  • Jon Brittain
    Writer

    Jon Brittain, winner of the Olivier Award for Rotterdam, is a playwright, comedy writer and director.

    His plays include The Wake, The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo, What Would Spock Do? and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad).

    He co-created the critically acclaimed show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and its sequel Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows. He was one of the 503Five 2012/2013 and has worked extensively with Old Vic New Voices. He has written for Radio 4’s The Now Show and Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball, and created and starred in the online sketch show HodgePodge. He directed both of John Kearns’s Fosters Award winning stand-up shows Sight Gags for Perverts and Shtick, and Tom Allen’s shows Both Worlds and Indeed.

    For Rotterdam, in addition to his 2017 Olivier Award win, Jon was nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards 2016.

  • Michael A. Shepperd
    Director

    MICHAEL A. SHEPPERD is the Co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ award-winning ‪Celebration Theatre‬ (CT).

    Directing credits include: The Boy From Oz (Ovation Award, LADCC Award, Best Director), The View Upstairs, The Next Fairy Tale, [title of show], A Gay Christmas Carol, GaGa Gardens, The Max Factor Factor, Rent. Michael is a Resident Director for The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival and numerous others.

    Acting roles include Fences (Troy; Ovation, LADCC Nominations), Bootycandy (LADCC nom, Ovation, Stage Raw Win), The Color Purple (Mister; Ovation award), Steel (Ovation Award), Master Harold and the Boys ( NAACP theatre nom), Intimate Apparel (NAACP Award), Choir Boy (NAACP nom) and Shout Sister Shout. Broadway/Regional credits include: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors, Caroline, or Change, Whipping Man. TV: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Soul Man, Hot In Cleveland, Wizards of Waverly Place, Monk, Criminal Minds, NCIS. #transisbeautiful

  • Miranda Wynne
    Actress

    MIRANDA WYNNE (Alice) is a Los Angeles native. She recently played Cissy Franks in the West Coast premiere of Punk Rock at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. After graduating from UC-San Diego with her B.A. in Theatre and Communications, she performed at the La Jolla Playhouse‬, Santa Monica Playhouse, Art Share LA, The Whitmore-Lindley, NoHo Arts Center and Theaterlab in NYC.

  • Ashley Romans, ROTTERDAM,Skylight Theatre Company
    Ashley Romans
    Actress

    ASHLEY ROMANS (Fiona/Adrian) moved to Los Angeles just two years ago to pursue acting. She performed in Charm at Celebration Theatre in 2016, and has recently completed Finding Johnny and The Devil Lives in Clarksville County. Previous work includes August Ninth, and TV Junkie. For more info: Instagram @romansash or imdb.com/ashleyromans

  • Ryan Brophy
    Actor

    RYAN BROPHY (Josh) graduated from USC's School of Dramatic Arts in May 2018. For his professional debut in ROTTERDAM at the Skylight, he was nominated for both the Ovation and StageRaw award for Best Featured Actor. Other LA credits include Oppenheimer at Rogue Machine. USC: Romeo and Juliet, The Country Wife, You Can’t Take It With You, That Long Damn Dark. British American Drama Academy: The Love of The Nightingale. Short film: We Could Have Danced (USC), The Gift of the Magi (UCLA). Multimedia: Is the Sky Falling? (dir. Bill T. Jones). YoungArts 2014 Silver Award winner in Spoken Theatre and 2013 Cherub (Northwestern University).

  • Audrey Cain
    Actress

    AUDREY CAIN (Lelani): was seen recently in East West Players production of La Cage Aux Folles, and Friends in Transient Places by Fresh Produce’d LA. She has also performed The Fountain Theatre, Chalk Rep and EST-LA. More info: www.audreycain.com

DESIGNERS:
SET and LIGHT DESIGN: Jeff McLaughlin
COSTUME DESIGN: Naila Alladin Sanders
SOUND DESIGN: Christopher Moscatiello

SKYLIGHT PRODUCTION STAFF:
DRAMATURG: Joshua Gershick
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs
DIALECT COACH: Tuffet Schmelzle
ORIGINAL MARKETING ART DESIGN: Llance Bower


Skylight Theatre Company has always been drawn to personal stories.

Stories created by artists that help stimulate conversation, raise our consiousness, and expand our hearts.

Discovering “Rotterdam” has been an exciting challenge. As the producers of a play featuring a transgender character just beginning his transition, our aim is to present an accurate and authentic portrayal.

We have enlisted members of the trans community, Josh Gershick and Christopher Aguilar, as our associate producers and guides into this world and with their help we've met many insightful members of the trans/GNC community. It has been an amazing and revealing journey and we are hungry for more.

We want to continue the conversation with you and hope that you'll join us at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2019. We hope that you'll linger after the show and share your insights and experience with us in the lobby.  Most of all, we hope that you'll come to feel welcomed and part of the Skylight family as we continue our journey with ROTTERDAM.

Schedule

Kirk Douglas Theatre - March 28 - April 7, 2019

$25 Tickets Use Code: SKYLIGHT

Link for Best Available Seats (no discount) is here

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+

2018 - 2019 Season

Kirk Douglas Theatre (more info)
9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232

Reviews

Los Angeles Times - Critics Choice, Darryl Miller

"Rotterdam" arrives in Los Angeles in a PITCH-PERFECT staging at the Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz.  ABSORBING... Gifted young cast  ...plunges so deeply into the heart of the matter that we respond with whole catalogs of emotion. Shepperd's staging is so crisp that even the between-scenes set changes have a choreography to them.

Stage Raw- Top 10 Recommended, Julio Martinez

TOP TEN! A compelling new age love story that is enhanced by its TRANSCENDENT casting

BroadwayWorld, Gil Kaan

Convergence of FANTASTIC TALENTS - writing, directing & acting. Make ROTTERDAM a destination YOU NEED TO VISIT.

Broadway World, Shari Barrett

BRILLIANT writing, direction and character portrayals. Ashley Romans... performance will ASTONISH YOU.

Los Angeles Blade, John Paul King

Crisp, entertaining production of this DECEPTIVELY FUNNY Olivier-winner...
Brittain’s BRILLIANT PLAY is truly universal in its scope...in a single moment, everything changes.  Anyone who has been in a long-term relationship – straight, gay, trans, or otherwise – will certainly recognize that situation.  To put it metaphorically, we’ve all been to Rotterdam.

Los Angeles Post, Dan Berkowitz

The play is EXTRAORDINARY. A beautifully written, brilliantly directed, gorgeously produced, and wonderfully acted TRIUMPH. Rotterdam is FUNNY, it’s SAD it’s WISE, it’s ABSURD, it’s EMOTIONAL, it’s PROFOUND, and yes, it’s TOPICAL. But don’t let that scare you off.

Edge Media Networks, Dale Reynolds

REFRESHING. Thoroughly INTRIGUING...truly an extraordinary welcomed addition... Extremely well-directed...Superb cast

StageSceneLA - WOW!, Steven Stanley

L.A. intimate theater at its most cutting-edge and compelling. A RIVETING, THRILLINGLY STAGED West Coast Premiere. Michael A. Shepperd once again proves himself one of L.A.'s most ELECTRIFYING stage wizards.

LA Weekly, Deborah Klugman

GO! Shepperd hasn’t earned his reputation as one of L.A.’s best directors for naught.
Billed as “a queer love story about all of us,” the SHOW LIVES UP TO THAT HYPE.

Theatre Notes, Paul Myrvold

The cast is EXTRAORDINARY...Rotterdam is a Polished, Brilliant, NOT TO BE MISSED piece of theatre.

Discover Hollywood, Annette Semederjian

Perfect show to see for a NIGHT OF GREAT THEATER. Relatable and heartwarming.
It is such a topical and engaging story that brings the human experience in all its shapes and forms to life the way only the Skylight Theatre can produce.

Ticket Holders LA, Travis Michael Holder

An urgently important play, intelligently exploring territory which other writers haven’t yet really touched with such UNDERSTANDING, HUMOR, and an overwhelmingly sense of HUMANITY…incredibly timely

On Stage and Screen, Erin Conley

A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT, exploring complex issues rarely seen in media with honesty and sensitivity. It is a play that will not only make you think, but teach you about
life experiences and identities you may not share, at a time in the world when understanding others and showing compassion feels so critical. DON'T MISS IT.

Set Magic on stage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Watch to see what we mean (turn your audio on to see how it all works with the music). And yes, the "magic" desk makes a return appearance as well!

Center Theatre Group Videos

HISTORY

A 2017 Olivier Award Winning play, ROTTERDAM was produced in 2017 - 18 at Skylight Theatre by Skylight Theatre Company with Hartshorn - Hook Productions.

Original Skylight West Coast Premiere
produced by: Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco, Andrew Carlberg
associate producers: Joshua Gershick, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Christopher Aguilar, Shaina Rosenthal

Skylight's production is the winner of three Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards: Best Production (tied with “Hamilton”), Writing – Jon Brittain, and Lead Performance – Ashley Romans for her portrayal of Fiona/Adrian. The production also garnered Production of the Year and another performance award for Ashley Romans from Stage Raw along with unanimous critical acclaim and a performance run at Skylight that included three extensions.

The London production produced by Hartshorn - Hook Productions, played in 2015 and 2016 to critical acclaim and sold out houses, ROTTERDAM went on to win the prestigious 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.  The original cast performed a limited run in New York May/June 2017.  The Olivier Awards recognize excellence in London's professional theatre and is equivalent to Broadway's Tony Award.

The Artists of Rotterdam - CTG Block Party

  • Jon Brittain
    Writer

    Jon Brittain, winner of the Olivier Award for Rotterdam, is a playwright, comedy writer and director.

    His plays include The Wake, The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo, What Would Spock Do? and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad).

    He co-created the critically acclaimed show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and its sequel Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows. He was one of the 503Five 2012/2013 and has worked extensively with Old Vic New Voices. He has written for Radio 4’s The Now Show and Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball, and created and starred in the online sketch show HodgePodge. He directed both of John Kearns’s Fosters Award winning stand-up shows Sight Gags for Perverts and Shtick, and Tom Allen’s shows Both Worlds and Indeed.

    For Rotterdam, in addition to his 2017 Olivier Award win, Jon was nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards 2016.

  • Michael A. Shepperd
    Director

    MICHAEL A. SHEPPERD is the Co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ award-winning ‪Celebration Theatre‬ (CT).

    Directing credits include: The Boy From Oz (Ovation Award, LADCC Award, Best Director), The View Upstairs, The Next Fairy Tale, [title of show], A Gay Christmas Carol, GaGa Gardens, The Max Factor Factor, Rent. Michael is a Resident Director for The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival and numerous others.

    Acting roles include Fences (Troy; Ovation, LADCC Nominations), Bootycandy (LADCC nom, Ovation, Stage Raw Win), The Color Purple (Mister; Ovation award), Steel (Ovation Award), Master Harold and the Boys ( NAACP theatre nom), Intimate Apparel (NAACP Award), Choir Boy (NAACP nom) and Shout Sister Shout. Broadway/Regional credits include: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors, Caroline, or Change, Whipping Man. TV: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Soul Man, Hot In Cleveland, Wizards of Waverly Place, Monk, Criminal Minds, NCIS. #transisbeautiful

  • Miranda Wynne
    Actress

    MIRANDA WYNNE (Alice) is a Los Angeles native. She recently played Cissy Franks in the West Coast premiere of Punk Rock at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. After graduating from UC-San Diego with her B.A. in Theatre and Communications, she performed at the La Jolla Playhouse‬, Santa Monica Playhouse, Art Share LA, The Whitmore-Lindley, NoHo Arts Center and Theaterlab in NYC.

  • Ashley Romans, ROTTERDAM,Skylight Theatre Company
    Ashley Romans
    Actress

    ASHLEY ROMANS (Fiona/Adrian) moved to Los Angeles just two years ago to pursue acting. She performed in Charm at Celebration Theatre in 2016, and has recently completed Finding Johnny and The Devil Lives in Clarksville County. Previous work includes August Ninth, and TV Junkie. For more info: Instagram @romansash or imdb.com/ashleyromans

  • Ryan Brophy
    Actor

    RYAN BROPHY (Josh) graduated from USC's School of Dramatic Arts in May 2018. For his professional debut in ROTTERDAM at the Skylight, he was nominated for both the Ovation and StageRaw award for Best Featured Actor. Other LA credits include Oppenheimer at Rogue Machine. USC: Romeo and Juliet, The Country Wife, You Can’t Take It With You, That Long Damn Dark. British American Drama Academy: The Love of The Nightingale. Short film: We Could Have Danced (USC), The Gift of the Magi (UCLA). Multimedia: Is the Sky Falling? (dir. Bill T. Jones). YoungArts 2014 Silver Award winner in Spoken Theatre and 2013 Cherub (Northwestern University).

  • Audrey Cain
    Actress

    AUDREY CAIN (Lelani): was seen recently in East West Players production of La Cage Aux Folles, and Friends in Transient Places by Fresh Produce’d LA. She has also performed The Fountain Theatre, Chalk Rep and EST-LA. More info: www.audreycain.com

DESIGNERS:
SET and LIGHT DESIGN: Jeff McLaughlin
COSTUME DESIGN: Naila Alladin Sanders
SOUND DESIGN: Christopher Moscatiello

SKYLIGHT PRODUCTION STAFF:
DRAMATURG: Joshua Gershick
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs
DIALECT COACH: Tuffet Schmelzle
ORIGINAL MARKETING ART DESIGN: Llance Bower


Skylight Theatre Company has always been drawn to personal stories.

Stories created by artists that help stimulate conversation, raise our consiousness, and expand our hearts.

Discovering “Rotterdam” has been an exciting challenge. As the producers of a play featuring a transgender character just beginning his transition, our aim is to present an accurate and authentic portrayal.

We have enlisted members of the trans community, Josh Gershick and Christopher Aguilar, as our associate producers and guides into this world and with their help we've met many insightful members of the trans/GNC community. It has been an amazing and revealing journey and we are hungry for more.

We want to continue the conversation with you and hope that you'll join us at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2019. We hope that you'll linger after the show and share your insights and experience with us in the lobby.  Most of all, we hope that you'll come to feel welcomed and part of the Skylight family as we continue our journey with ROTTERDAM.

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