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Never Is Now

Written by Wendy Kout

Directed by Tony Abatemarco, Celia Mandela Rivera

Produced by Gary Grossman, Michael Kearns

Co-Producer: Wendy Hammers


The past is prologue

-- THE STORY: What happens when people from diverse backgrounds experience the firsthand accounts of ten survivors who were labeled "undesirable" and thrust into Hitler’s systematic genocide. Playwright Wendy Kout disturbingly links then and now so we may understand what breaks us apart and embrace what bonds us together. A unique event, NEVER IS NOW is just the beginning of the conversation.

Adapted from Survivors by Wendy Kout commissioned, developed and produced by the CenterStage Theatre at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director.

Schedule

Skylight Theatre: Sep 14 - Oct 27th
Opening Night September 21

Performs: Fri. 8:30pm, Sat. 4:00pm & 8:30pm, Sun. 2:00pm
No performance on Sun. Sep 29

ASL Interpreted Performance:  4:00pm Oct. 19 only (Oct 4 postponed)

TICKETS

Groups Sales (8+): Contact local Box Office

New Play
2018-19 Season

Join us for the Opening Night Celebration and Benefit

You'll rub elbows with local artists and luminaries. After the show talk with the playwright, actors, directors and designers while enjoying a dessert reception and drinks!

Your Opening Night ticket helps to support rising artists and the development of new work. Dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and the people we work with, Skylight discovers, develops, and produces acclaimed world premiere plays that capture the imagination of contemporary audiences and begin conversations.

Beyond Conversation

Enhance your experience.

We hope to bring more to the conversation begun by the play NEVER IS NOW. Informal chats with invited guests last 20-25 minutes and begin immediately after the performance.

Details and Guests

Sat. Sep 28, 4:00pm - THE DEMISE OF DEMOCRACY
Sat. Oct 5, 4:00pm -  WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO BE A "DISABLED" ARTIST AND ACTIVIST TODAY?
Sun. Oct 6, 2:00pm - BULLYING - THE SOCIAL EPIDEMIC
Sat. Oct 12, 4:00pm  - THE NEW GHETTO
Sun. Oct 13, 2:00 - ARE THERE GENERATIONAL IMPACTS TO THE HOLOCAUST?
Fri. Oct 18, 8:30pm - HUMAN RIGHTS TODAY
Sat. Oct 19, 4:00pm - IS ACTIVISM WORKING?
Sun. Oct 20, 2:00pm - STOPPING ANTISEMITISM
Sat. Oct 26, 4:00pm - A DIFFERENT KIND OF SURVIVING

ASL Interpreted Performances

American Sign Language Interpreted performance is scheduled: 4:00pm Oct 19.  ASL seating area is indicated in purple.

The Artists of Never Is Now

  • Wendy Kout NEVER IS NOW playwright 2019
    Wendy Kout
    writer

    Wendy Kout's Stage credits include: WE ARE THE LEVINSONS won Broadway World Regional awards for Best Play and Best Ensemble, NAKED IN ENCINO won Marlowe Awards for Best New Play and Best Production Comedy and SURVIVORS has been performed in over 20 schools and reached over 7,000 students in New York.   Screenplay credits: Festival award-winning DORFMAN IN LOVE, starring Elliott Gould, Sara Rue and Haaz Sleiman.   Television credits: Creator and Co-Executive Producer of ABC comedy, “ANYTHING BUT LOVE”, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis.

  • Tony Abatemarco actor/director
    Tony Abatemarco
    director

    As an actor, TONY ABATEMARCO won the Ovation Award for Lead Actor in The Mystery of Irma Vep and he is a three-time Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle nominee for lead performance, including South Coast Rep’s Bach at Leipzig, and most recently for Red at International City Theatre, Long Beach. Tony has appeared in Long Beach Opera’s The Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky, LA Opera's Wonderful Town by Leonard Bernstein and in the Mozart Festival’s Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart. He received two National Endowment Directing Fellowships, founded two seminal L.A. theatres: Accident Theatre and The Night House, and has directed on Broadway (Julie Harris in Lucifer’s Child), at The Arts Theatre in London’s West End (Robyn Peterson’s Catwalk Confidential), regionally and in Paris. Selected on-camera work includes How to Get Away with Murder, the films Town & Country, Sleeping with the Enemy, HBO’s Sacrifice, The L Word, E.R. and Frasier. As a playwright, he has won LA Weekly and Drama-Logue awards. His play, Beautified, world premiered at Skylight Theatre, 2012; and his latest, Forever House, premiered here in 2016. His collected plays are being published by F-Stop Books in 2018.

  • Celia Mandela Rivera Never Is Now, Skylight Theatre Company
    Celia Mandela Rivera
    co-director

    Celia is so grateful to make her directing debut of a fully staged production alongside the wonderful Tony and their talented cast. She considers herself an artist and activist and is always humbled when she has the privilege to combine the two. She believes storytelling can heal, validate and influence and hopes that the audience experiences at least one of these. She wants to thank God, Sammy, her parents and brothers. Special shout out to Wendy Kout for honoring the stories of so many survivors. IG: CeliaMandela

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

    ( WOMAN #1) Evie Abat is thrilled to be returning to her Skylight Theatre home, where she enjoyed a successful run earlier this year as Janelle Mae in the all-Filipina cast of AMERICA ADJACENT. She was most recently seen on the Broadwater Main Stage during the Fringe Festival, playing the musical-loving Dr. Krupke in COME BACK, and in front of the camera in the upcoming, SAG-AFTRA web series, CRAZY.  She thanks Tony, Gary, Raul, and Wendy for having her on this wonderful stage again, and send much love to Greg and Sissy for putting up with her frequent requests for line runs. Representation: Luxe Talent Agency.

  • Adam Foster Ballard NEVER IS NOW 2019 Skylight Theatre
    Adam Foster Ballard
    actor

    (MAN #2) Adam Foster Ballard is a SAG-AFTRA actor based in Los Angeles. Select theatre credits include: La Jolla Playhouse: ACCOMPLICE; Theater Asylum’s BARD FICTION (PULP SHAKESPEARE), Color and Light Theatre Company’s: THE BULLY PROJECT.  Select regional/national commercials include: Men’s Warehouse, HBO, McDonalds, and IHOP. He will also be recurring in the web-series I WOULD HAVE KISSED YOU. He is represented by Aqua Talent. More info available at adamfosterballard.com

  • Eliza Blair NEVER IS NOW, Skylight Theatre 2019
    Eliza Blair
    actor

    (WOMAN #2) Eliza Blair's selected credits include: DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Robin the Clown/Lucifer - Long Beach Shakespeare), PROOF (Catherine), MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Isabella), INTO THE WOODS (Baker’s Wife), VINEGAR TOM (Betty - Powerhouse Theater). Upcoming: Family Affair (Lead - feature film). Training: LAMDA, Atlantic Acting School. Education: B.A. Theater Dance & Media, Harvard College. Thank you to AMT Artists, Inc. Unendingly grateful to artists and activists everywhere. eliza-blair.com.

  • Michael_Kaczkowski NEVER IS NOW, Skylight Theatre 2019
    Michael Kaczkowski

    (MAN #3) Michael Kaczkowski is excited to make his debut at the Skylight. Originally from Seattle, Michael is a recent graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts where he acted in many stage productions and short films. He would like to dedicate this performance to his family who were some of the many thousands of Polish people whose lives were changed forever by the Holocaust.

  • Joey Millin, NEVER IS NOW, 2019 Skylight Theatre
    Joey Millin
    actor

    (MAN #1)  Joey Millin is proud to be part of such an important piece of theatre, which is also his first full production with Skylight Theatre. Other theatre credits include: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Antaeus), STUPID F**KING BIRD (The Garage Theatre), ALL NEW PEOPLE (The Actor’s Workout Theatre), and various readings at Skylight. Web Series: PARKER AND THE CREW (Disney), CATCHING A BREAK. Upcoming Films: MISDIRECTION and THRESHOLD. Training: Studied Theatre at USC and BADA.

  • Sarah Tubert, NEVER IS NOW, Skylight Theatre 2019
    Sarah Tubert
    actor

    (WOMAN #3) Sarah Tubert performed with Anteaus Theatre Company, Deaf West at the Pasadena Playhouse, and The Group Rep.  On TV: “SWITCHED AT BIRTH” opposite Katie Leclerc and Marlee Matlin. Most recently Guest Star on “CLAWS”.  Additional credits include “SAND ANGELS.” On YouTube, her ASL version of  “HAMILTON” and “THIS IS ME” have over one million hits. Sarah has Film and TV projects in development and enjoys a career as a Motivational Speaker, Emcee and ASL Consultant. Sarah is currently the Setter and Captain of the US National Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team.

DESIGNERS

SCENIC AND LIGHTING DESIGN: Caroline Andrew
COSTUME DESIGN: Mylette Nora
SOUND DESIGN: Christopher Moscatiello
VIDEO DESIGN: Lily Bartenstein

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
VIDEO PRODUCTION: MM Studios, Maxwell Morro
INTERNS: Matt Gardner, Grace Lee

Schedule

Skylight Theatre: Sep 14 - Oct 27th
Opening Night September 21

Performs: Fri. 8:30pm, Sat. 4:00pm & 8:30pm, Sun. 2:00pm
No performance on Sun. Sep 29

ASL Interpreted Performance:  4:00pm Oct. 19 only (Oct 4 postponed)

TICKETS

Groups Sales (8+): Contact local Box Office

New Play
2018-19 Season

Join us for the Opening Night Celebration and Benefit

You'll rub elbows with local artists and luminaries. After the show talk with the playwright, actors, directors and designers while enjoying a dessert reception and drinks!

Your Opening Night ticket helps to support rising artists and the development of new work. Dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and the people we work with, Skylight discovers, develops, and produces acclaimed world premiere plays that capture the imagination of contemporary audiences and begin conversations.

Beyond Conversation

Enhance your experience.

We hope to bring more to the conversation begun by the play NEVER IS NOW. Informal chats with invited guests last 20-25 minutes and begin immediately after the performance.

Details and Guests

Sat. Sep 28, 4:00pm - THE DEMISE OF DEMOCRACY
Sat. Oct 5, 4:00pm -  WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO BE A "DISABLED" ARTIST AND ACTIVIST TODAY?
Sun. Oct 6, 2:00pm - BULLYING - THE SOCIAL EPIDEMIC
Sat. Oct 12, 4:00pm  - THE NEW GHETTO
Sun. Oct 13, 2:00 - ARE THERE GENERATIONAL IMPACTS TO THE HOLOCAUST?
Fri. Oct 18, 8:30pm - HUMAN RIGHTS TODAY
Sat. Oct 19, 4:00pm - IS ACTIVISM WORKING?
Sun. Oct 20, 2:00pm - STOPPING ANTISEMITISM
Sat. Oct 26, 4:00pm - A DIFFERENT KIND OF SURVIVING

ASL Interpreted Performances

American Sign Language Interpreted performance is scheduled: 4:00pm Oct 19.  ASL seating area is indicated in purple.

The Artists of Never Is Now

  • Wendy Kout NEVER IS NOW playwright 2019
    Wendy Kout
    writer

    Wendy Kout's Stage credits include: WE ARE THE LEVINSONS won Broadway World Regional awards for Best Play and Best Ensemble, NAKED IN ENCINO won Marlowe Awards for Best New Play and Best Production Comedy and SURVIVORS has been performed in over 20 schools and reached over 7,000 students in New York.   Screenplay credits: Festival award-winning DORFMAN IN LOVE, starring Elliott Gould, Sara Rue and Haaz Sleiman.   Television credits: Creator and Co-Executive Producer of ABC comedy, “ANYTHING BUT LOVE”, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis.

  • Tony Abatemarco actor/director
    Tony Abatemarco
    director

    As an actor, TONY ABATEMARCO won the Ovation Award for Lead Actor in The Mystery of Irma Vep and he is a three-time Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle nominee for lead performance, including South Coast Rep’s Bach at Leipzig, and most recently for Red at International City Theatre, Long Beach. Tony has appeared in Long Beach Opera’s The Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky, LA Opera's Wonderful Town by Leonard Bernstein and in the Mozart Festival’s Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart. He received two National Endowment Directing Fellowships, founded two seminal L.A. theatres: Accident Theatre and The Night House, and has directed on Broadway (Julie Harris in Lucifer’s Child), at The Arts Theatre in London’s West End (Robyn Peterson’s Catwalk Confidential), regionally and in Paris. Selected on-camera work includes How to Get Away with Murder, the films Town & Country, Sleeping with the Enemy, HBO’s Sacrifice, The L Word, E.R. and Frasier. As a playwright, he has won LA Weekly and Drama-Logue awards. His play, Beautified, world premiered at Skylight Theatre, 2012; and his latest, Forever House, premiered here in 2016. His collected plays are being published by F-Stop Books in 2018.

  • Celia Mandela Rivera Never Is Now, Skylight Theatre Company
    Celia Mandela Rivera
    co-director

    Celia is so grateful to make her directing debut of a fully staged production alongside the wonderful Tony and their talented cast. She considers herself an artist and activist and is always humbled when she has the privilege to combine the two. She believes storytelling can heal, validate and influence and hopes that the audience experiences at least one of these. She wants to thank God, Sammy, her parents and brothers. Special shout out to Wendy Kout for honoring the stories of so many survivors. IG: CeliaMandela

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

    ( WOMAN #1) Evie Abat is thrilled to be returning to her Skylight Theatre home, where she enjoyed a successful run earlier this year as Janelle Mae in the all-Filipina cast of AMERICA ADJACENT. She was most recently seen on the Broadwater Main Stage during the Fringe Festival, playing the musical-loving Dr. Krupke in COME BACK, and in front of the camera in the upcoming, SAG-AFTRA web series, CRAZY.  She thanks Tony, Gary, Raul, and Wendy for having her on this wonderful stage again, and send much love to Greg and Sissy for putting up with her frequent requests for line runs. Representation: Luxe Talent Agency.

  • Adam Foster Ballard NEVER IS NOW 2019 Skylight Theatre
    Adam Foster Ballard
    actor

    (MAN #2) Adam Foster Ballard is a SAG-AFTRA actor based in Los Angeles. Select theatre credits include: La Jolla Playhouse: ACCOMPLICE; Theater Asylum’s BARD FICTION (PULP SHAKESPEARE), Color and Light Theatre Company’s: THE BULLY PROJECT.  Select regional/national commercials include: Men’s Warehouse, HBO, McDonalds, and IHOP. He will also be recurring in the web-series I WOULD HAVE KISSED YOU. He is represented by Aqua Talent. More info available at adamfosterballard.com

  • Eliza Blair NEVER IS NOW, Skylight Theatre 2019
    Eliza Blair
    actor

    (WOMAN #2) Eliza Blair's selected credits include: DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Robin the Clown/Lucifer - Long Beach Shakespeare), PROOF (Catherine), MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Isabella), INTO THE WOODS (Baker’s Wife), VINEGAR TOM (Betty - Powerhouse Theater). Upcoming: Family Affair (Lead - feature film). Training: LAMDA, Atlantic Acting School. Education: B.A. Theater Dance & Media, Harvard College. Thank you to AMT Artists, Inc. Unendingly grateful to artists and activists everywhere. eliza-blair.com.

  • Michael_Kaczkowski NEVER IS NOW, Skylight Theatre 2019
    Michael Kaczkowski

    (MAN #3) Michael Kaczkowski is excited to make his debut at the Skylight. Originally from Seattle, Michael is a recent graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts where he acted in many stage productions and short films. He would like to dedicate this performance to his family who were some of the many thousands of Polish people whose lives were changed forever by the Holocaust.

  • Joey Millin, NEVER IS NOW, 2019 Skylight Theatre
    Joey Millin
    actor

    (MAN #1)  Joey Millin is proud to be part of such an important piece of theatre, which is also his first full production with Skylight Theatre. Other theatre credits include: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Antaeus), STUPID F**KING BIRD (The Garage Theatre), ALL NEW PEOPLE (The Actor’s Workout Theatre), and various readings at Skylight. Web Series: PARKER AND THE CREW (Disney), CATCHING A BREAK. Upcoming Films: MISDIRECTION and THRESHOLD. Training: Studied Theatre at USC and BADA.

  • Sarah Tubert, NEVER IS NOW, Skylight Theatre 2019
    Sarah Tubert
    actor

    (WOMAN #3) Sarah Tubert performed with Anteaus Theatre Company, Deaf West at the Pasadena Playhouse, and The Group Rep.  On TV: “SWITCHED AT BIRTH” opposite Katie Leclerc and Marlee Matlin. Most recently Guest Star on “CLAWS”.  Additional credits include “SAND ANGELS.” On YouTube, her ASL version of  “HAMILTON” and “THIS IS ME” have over one million hits. Sarah has Film and TV projects in development and enjoys a career as a Motivational Speaker, Emcee and ASL Consultant. Sarah is currently the Setter and Captain of the US National Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team.

DESIGNERS

SCENIC AND LIGHTING DESIGN: Caroline Andrew
COSTUME DESIGN: Mylette Nora
SOUND DESIGN: Christopher Moscatiello
VIDEO DESIGN: Lily Bartenstein

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
VIDEO PRODUCTION: MM Studios, Maxwell Morro
INTERNS: Matt Gardner, Grace Lee

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