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Skylight LIVE 2021: The Shot

Donations benefit the Violence Intervention Program and Skylight Theatre Company.

THE SHOT

Before Katharine Graham became the publisher of the Washington Post, she was a wife with a secret.

Written by: Robin Gerber
Directed by: Michelle Joyner

Starring: Sharon Lawrence

Produced by Laurie Bernhard, SPARK Theatricals

Post performance Q&A with the creative team and other guests, moderated by Dr. Astrid Heger.
- Extended viewing through Sunday, May 2, includes recording of the live chat.

"The Shot" was incubated at Ojai Playwrights Conference

Schedule

April 24, 2021
Watch on demand through May 2, 2020

Learn More: Violence Intervention Program


PLAYWRIGHT'S NOTE

"The Shot grew from writing my book about Katharine Graham, and trying to understand the intimate partner violence she endured. Abuse of any kind against women is deeply connected to the cultural failure to embrace women’s full equality. I hope the play will help women who are abused to feel less alone in their suffering and struggle. I hope it will help everyone understand that violence against women must end. While The Shot is based on Katharine Graham’s life, the intimate details grew from many interviews with women who had the courage to share their stories with me, and I’m sincerely grateful." - Robin Gerber

Robin Gerber (Playwright) wrote THE SHOT as her first play, which was selected for the 2017 Ojai Playwrights Conference. After a well-spent youth involving drugs, sex and feminist activism, Robin took the next logical step and became a Washington, D.C. lawyer. She worked on Capitol Hill for a legendary leader of the House of Representatives, before leaving to be a labor lobbyist during the Clinton years. Robin's post-politics writing life includes: The bestselling advice book, Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way (Penguin), Katharine Graham (Penguin), Barbie and Ruth, about the founder of Mattel (HarperCollins), and the novel Eleanor vs. Ike, which imagines Eleanor Roosevelt running for President in 1952 (HarperAvon). Robin has toured the professional speaking circuit, motivating audiences at many Fortune 500 companies with stories from the lives of great women leaders. She has also appeared as a guest historian for the Biography and History channels and is a featured speaker on the upcoming CNN documentary on Eleanor Roosevelt. More at: robingerber.com

Sharon Lawrence (Actor) earned a degree in journalism from the UNC-Chapel Hill, and went on to be prominently featured on stage and screen over the last 25 years. Her television work includes her multiple EMMY nominated and SAG award-winning run on the series NYPD Blue, as well as notable stints on hit shows such as Queen Sugar, Shameless, Dynasty, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Desperate Housewives, Rizzoli & Isles, and Grey’s Anatomy, earning her another EMMY nomination. Film work includes the indie hits Middle of Nowhere from Ava DuVernay and The Lost Husband, both on Netflix. Sharon spent 10 years on Broadway in Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, and as Velma in Chicago. In Los Angeles she worked at The Mark Taper Forum in Poor Behavior, The Mystery of Love and Sex. At the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, she was seen in Love, Noel, as well as in several roles at the Geffen Playhouse and at the Pasadena Playhouse in A Song At Twilight, A Kid Like Jake, and Orson’s Shadow, for which she was nominated for an Ovation Award and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Currently, Sharon is on CTGLA’s DigitalStage in The Gaze, No Homo and is filming the new series REBEL for ABC. Non-profit service has played a major role in Sharon's life as former Chair of the Women in Film Foundation, current Chair the Board of Heal the Bay, and as a Trustee of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. IG @sharonelawrence

Michelle Joyner (Director and Dramaturg) has helmed plays with Shakespeare and Co., Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Santa Monica Rep, Greenlight Productions, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, LA Women’s Shakespeare, Ojai Playwrights Conference and others. She has directed a film based on the play she directed, Sweet Nothings, which is currently hitting the festival circuit. Michelle leads The Long Table, a women’s writing group. She is also an accomplished stage and screen actor and has written ten studio screenplays. More at: michellejoyner.com

Laurie Bernhard (Producer, SPARK Theatricals) develops and produces daring plays that provide a lens into the human condition. Currently, SPARK Theatrical has multiple projects under development in Los Angeles and New York. SPARK Theatrical connects plays with non-profits that share a common vision, providing audiences the opportunity for education and action. Laurie is on the Board of the NewYorkRep, where she is Producing Director, the NewYorkRepWest, Ojai Playwrights Conference, and Thunder River Theatre Company. More at: SPARKtheatrical.com

Violence Intervention Program (VIP): Was founded in an effort to protect and treat all victims of family violence and sexual assault. For over 30 years VIP has been executing and expanding that vision. Prior to 1984, the Los Angeles area was a very different place for a child who had been physically or sexually abused. Victims were “diagnosed” as having been abused, and were then tossed into the child welfare system with few resources or support. VIP support programs cover the spectrum from Child Abuse, to Adult, Elderly and LGBTQ needs in Los Angeles County. More at: violenceinterventionprogram.org

Violence Intervention Program

Skylight Live – Spotlight on Change 2021 offers entertainment that invites understanding, fresh beginnings, and opportunities to grow while helping others.

The online series is designed to bring people together and create connection while we're living lives distanced and apart.  Please visit our partner organization's websites to learn more about who they are and what they do.

Schedule

April 24, 2021
Watch on demand through May 2, 2020

Learn More: Violence Intervention Program


PLAYWRIGHT'S NOTE

"The Shot grew from writing my book about Katharine Graham, and trying to understand the intimate partner violence she endured. Abuse of any kind against women is deeply connected to the cultural failure to embrace women’s full equality. I hope the play will help women who are abused to feel less alone in their suffering and struggle. I hope it will help everyone understand that violence against women must end. While The Shot is based on Katharine Graham’s life, the intimate details grew from many interviews with women who had the courage to share their stories with me, and I’m sincerely grateful." - Robin Gerber

Robin Gerber (Playwright) wrote THE SHOT as her first play, which was selected for the 2017 Ojai Playwrights Conference. After a well-spent youth involving drugs, sex and feminist activism, Robin took the next logical step and became a Washington, D.C. lawyer. She worked on Capitol Hill for a legendary leader of the House of Representatives, before leaving to be a labor lobbyist during the Clinton years. Robin's post-politics writing life includes: The bestselling advice book, Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way (Penguin), Katharine Graham (Penguin), Barbie and Ruth, about the founder of Mattel (HarperCollins), and the novel Eleanor vs. Ike, which imagines Eleanor Roosevelt running for President in 1952 (HarperAvon). Robin has toured the professional speaking circuit, motivating audiences at many Fortune 500 companies with stories from the lives of great women leaders. She has also appeared as a guest historian for the Biography and History channels and is a featured speaker on the upcoming CNN documentary on Eleanor Roosevelt. More at: robingerber.com

Sharon Lawrence (Actor) earned a degree in journalism from the UNC-Chapel Hill, and went on to be prominently featured on stage and screen over the last 25 years. Her television work includes her multiple EMMY nominated and SAG award-winning run on the series NYPD Blue, as well as notable stints on hit shows such as Queen Sugar, Shameless, Dynasty, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Desperate Housewives, Rizzoli & Isles, and Grey’s Anatomy, earning her another EMMY nomination. Film work includes the indie hits Middle of Nowhere from Ava DuVernay and The Lost Husband, both on Netflix. Sharon spent 10 years on Broadway in Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, and as Velma in Chicago. In Los Angeles she worked at The Mark Taper Forum in Poor Behavior, The Mystery of Love and Sex. At the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, she was seen in Love, Noel, as well as in several roles at the Geffen Playhouse and at the Pasadena Playhouse in A Song At Twilight, A Kid Like Jake, and Orson’s Shadow, for which she was nominated for an Ovation Award and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Currently, Sharon is on CTGLA’s DigitalStage in The Gaze, No Homo and is filming the new series REBEL for ABC. Non-profit service has played a major role in Sharon's life as former Chair of the Women in Film Foundation, current Chair the Board of Heal the Bay, and as a Trustee of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. IG @sharonelawrence

Michelle Joyner (Director and Dramaturg) has helmed plays with Shakespeare and Co., Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Santa Monica Rep, Greenlight Productions, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, LA Women’s Shakespeare, Ojai Playwrights Conference and others. She has directed a film based on the play she directed, Sweet Nothings, which is currently hitting the festival circuit. Michelle leads The Long Table, a women’s writing group. She is also an accomplished stage and screen actor and has written ten studio screenplays. More at: michellejoyner.com

Laurie Bernhard (Producer, SPARK Theatricals) develops and produces daring plays that provide a lens into the human condition. Currently, SPARK Theatrical has multiple projects under development in Los Angeles and New York. SPARK Theatrical connects plays with non-profits that share a common vision, providing audiences the opportunity for education and action. Laurie is on the Board of the NewYorkRep, where she is Producing Director, the NewYorkRepWest, Ojai Playwrights Conference, and Thunder River Theatre Company. More at: SPARKtheatrical.com

Violence Intervention Program (VIP): Was founded in an effort to protect and treat all victims of family violence and sexual assault. For over 30 years VIP has been executing and expanding that vision. Prior to 1984, the Los Angeles area was a very different place for a child who had been physically or sexually abused. Victims were “diagnosed” as having been abused, and were then tossed into the child welfare system with few resources or support. VIP support programs cover the spectrum from Child Abuse, to Adult, Elderly and LGBTQ needs in Los Angeles County. More at: violenceinterventionprogram.org

Violence Intervention Program

Skylight Live – Spotlight on Change 2021 offers entertainment that invites understanding, fresh beginnings, and opportunities to grow while helping others.

The online series is designed to bring people together and create connection while we're living lives distanced and apart.  Please visit our partner organization's websites to learn more about who they are and what they do.

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