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Rotterdam

written by: Jon Brittain

directed by: Michael A. Shepperd

produced by: Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco, Andrew Carlberg

associate producers: Joshua Gershick, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Christopher Aguilar

ROTTERDAM - a queer love story about all of us

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.

Skylight presented the West Coast Premiere of the 2017 Olivier Award Winning play.

STORY: New Year’s. Rotterdam, 2017. Alice has finally found the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s lesbian. But before hitting send, her girlfriend reveals that she has always identified as male, and now wants to start living as one. "No, Alice, I don’t want to become a man, I just want to stop trying to be a woman.”

HISTORY:  Playing in 2015 and 2016 in London to critical acclaim and sold out houses, ROTTERDAM won 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.

Schedule

November 11, 2017 - January 28, 2018

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+

BEYOND CONVERSATION STAGE TALKS

Enhance your experience.  We hope to bring more to the conversation begun by the play ROTTERDAM, and illuminate the breadth and depth of transgender experience as it is authentically lived.

2018
Sun. Jan. 7 | TRANSGENDER IN THE WORKPLACE
Sun. Jan 14 | IN G-D'S IMAGE: TRANSGENDER PEOPLE OF FAITH
Sun. Jan 21 | TRANSGENDER ACROSS THE GENERATIONS
Sun. Jan 28 | MOTHERS OF TRANSGENDER CHILDREN
2017
Sun. Nov. 12 | A FAMILY TRANSITIONS Part 1
Sun. Nov. 19 | TRANSGENDER THROUGH THE HISTORICAL LENS
Sun. Nov. 26 | FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT: FOUR DECADES OF ACTIVISM
Sun. Dec. 3 | THE COUPLE'S JOURNEY
Sun. Dec. 10 | A FAMILY TRANSITIONS Part 2
Sun. Dec 17 | PROTECTING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN TODAY'S POLITICAL CLIMATE

Spoken Word Events

Join us for two special spoken word events with community artists sharing their experience, strength, passion & hope, preceding the performance of “Rotterdam.”

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 7:00pm - in recognition of Trans Remembrance Day with Nicky Endres, Audrey Kuo, Josh Gershick
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 7:30pm - in recognition of World AIDS Day

Skylight Alley

Celebrity Mondays

Meet some of your favorite actors at 'ROTTERDAM'. It’s easy to meet people at Skylight. Say hello before the show, share something to drink at intermission. Ask questions. Take a selfie.
All guests are subject to availability.

2018
Mon. January 8 | LEA THOMPSON
Mon. January 15 | CARLSON YOUNG

2017
Mon. November 13 | SHARON LAWRENCE
Mon. November 27 | BARRETT FOA
Mon. December 4 | RIDER STRONG
Mon. December 11 | THOMAS SADOSKI
Mon. December 18 | JONATHAN LIPNICKI

The Artists of Rotterdam

  • 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
    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) will be graduating from USC's School of Dramatic Arts in December; Rotterdam marks his LA professional debut. While at USC he has performed roles in Romeo and Juliet, The Country Wife, You Can’t Take It With You, That Long Damn Dark. He also performed in The Love of The Nightingale at the British American Drama Academy in London, and worked with Bill T. Jones on the multimedia performance piece Is The Sky Falling? for the Young Arts 2015 Backyard Ball and Gala in Miami. He is the Young Arts 2014 Finalist/Silver Award winner. Ryan has also served as Editor and Staff Writer of USC Annenberg Media's Theatre & Dance column, and interned at Voltage Pictures, Showtime Networks, and Telsey + Company's New York office.

  • 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
PROP MASTER: Michael O'Hara

PRODUCTION STAFF:
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Garrett Crouch
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Shen Heckle
DRAMATURG: Joshua Gershick
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs
DIALECT COACH: Tuffet Schmelzle
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne - PRESS KIT
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.

We hope you'll join us at Rotterdam.  We hope that you'll linger after the show and share your insights and experience with us.  Most of all, we hope that you'll come to feel welcomed and part of the Skylight family.

Schedule

November 11, 2017 - January 28, 2018

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+

Reviews

Los Angeles Times - Critics Choice

"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- Recommended

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

BroadwayWorld

Convergence of FANTASTIC TALENTS - writing, directing & acting.
Make ROTTERDAM a destination you need to visit.

Broadway World

BRILLIANT writing, direction and character portrayals

Los Angeles Blade

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

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

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

StageSceneLA - WOW!

L.A. intimate theater at its most cutting-edge and compelling.
A RIVETING, THRILLINGLY STAGED West Coast Premiere.

LA Weekly

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

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

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

A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT 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.

Media

BEYOND CONVERSATION STAGE TALKS

Enhance your experience.  We hope to bring more to the conversation begun by the play ROTTERDAM, and illuminate the breadth and depth of transgender experience as it is authentically lived.

2018
Sun. Jan. 7 | TRANSGENDER IN THE WORKPLACE
Sun. Jan 14 | IN G-D'S IMAGE: TRANSGENDER PEOPLE OF FAITH
Sun. Jan 21 | TRANSGENDER ACROSS THE GENERATIONS
Sun. Jan 28 | MOTHERS OF TRANSGENDER CHILDREN
2017
Sun. Nov. 12 | A FAMILY TRANSITIONS Part 1
Sun. Nov. 19 | TRANSGENDER THROUGH THE HISTORICAL LENS
Sun. Nov. 26 | FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT: FOUR DECADES OF ACTIVISM
Sun. Dec. 3 | THE COUPLE'S JOURNEY
Sun. Dec. 10 | A FAMILY TRANSITIONS Part 2
Sun. Dec 17 | PROTECTING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN TODAY'S POLITICAL CLIMATE

Spoken Word Events

Join us for two special spoken word events with community artists sharing their experience, strength, passion & hope, preceding the performance of “Rotterdam.”

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 7:00pm - in recognition of Trans Remembrance Day with Nicky Endres, Audrey Kuo, Josh Gershick
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 7:30pm - in recognition of World AIDS Day

Skylight Alley

Celebrity Mondays

Meet some of your favorite actors at 'ROTTERDAM'. It’s easy to meet people at Skylight. Say hello before the show, share something to drink at intermission. Ask questions. Take a selfie.
All guests are subject to availability.

2018
Mon. January 8 | LEA THOMPSON
Mon. January 15 | CARLSON YOUNG

2017
Mon. November 13 | SHARON LAWRENCE
Mon. November 27 | BARRETT FOA
Mon. December 4 | RIDER STRONG
Mon. December 11 | THOMAS SADOSKI
Mon. December 18 | JONATHAN LIPNICKI

The Artists of Rotterdam

  • 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
    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) will be graduating from USC's School of Dramatic Arts in December; Rotterdam marks his LA professional debut. While at USC he has performed roles in Romeo and Juliet, The Country Wife, You Can’t Take It With You, That Long Damn Dark. He also performed in The Love of The Nightingale at the British American Drama Academy in London, and worked with Bill T. Jones on the multimedia performance piece Is The Sky Falling? for the Young Arts 2015 Backyard Ball and Gala in Miami. He is the Young Arts 2014 Finalist/Silver Award winner. Ryan has also served as Editor and Staff Writer of USC Annenberg Media's Theatre & Dance column, and interned at Voltage Pictures, Showtime Networks, and Telsey + Company's New York office.

  • 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
PROP MASTER: Michael O'Hara

PRODUCTION STAFF:
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Garrett Crouch
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Shen Heckle
DRAMATURG: Joshua Gershick
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs
DIALECT COACH: Tuffet Schmelzle
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne - PRESS KIT
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.

We hope you'll join us at Rotterdam.  We hope that you'll linger after the show and share your insights and experience with us.  Most of all, we hope that you'll come to feel welcomed and part of the Skylight family.

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