LOS ANGELES: Skylight Theatre Company has announced three plays for its 2020 season.
“We support cutting-edge, contemporary playwrights and offer them a home here,” said producing artistic director Gary Grossman in a statement. “As theatre artists, we shed light on our current culture and the state of our communities, both locally and nationally. We are committed to raising important questions and creating the necessary conversations that will help to make a kinder world by ending bigotry, racism, and gender inequality.”
The season will kick off with the world premiere of Penelope Lowder’s West Adams (Jan. 30-March 8), a dark comedy about a hostile neighborhood block party that confronts issues of race and class. The cast will include Allison Blaze, Clayton Farris, Johnathan Medina, and Jenny Soo. Michael A. Sheppard will direct.
Next up will be Lavender Men, An Emancipation Play (April 17-May 31), by Roger Q. Mason. The historical fantasia follows Taffeta, a self-proclaimed “fabulous queer creation of color,” who steps back in time invades the private world of Abraham Lincoln to tackle issues of LGBTQ+ inclusion and visibility that still challenge us today. Lovell Holder will direct.
Following will be Boni B. Alvarez’s Emmylu (TBA), which explores the conversations and issues polarizing the U.S. through the story of a Filipino immigrant family who is divided. Alana Dietze will direct.
A fourth play will be announced at a later date.
Founded in 2011, Skylight Theatre Company develops and produces new works and nutures writers with its resident PlayLab program.