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Skylight Theatre Company presents the West Coast Premiere of “Rotterdam” by Jon Brittain Directed by Ovation Award Winner Michael A. Shepperd

Opening at 8:30pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 with reception to follow
A queer love story, about all of us…
Los Angeles (October 10, 2017) – New Year’s. Rotterdam, 2017. Alice has finally found the courage to email her parents to tell them she’s a lesbian. But before Alice hits send, 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.
Amid a breaking wave of transgender stories in popular culture (Transparent, Boy Meets Girl, and  Orange is the New Black), Jon Brittain has created a groundbreaking play, with deeply relatable characters that are flawed, and hilarious. Rotterdam is a comedy with powerful questions about love and identity at its core.
Jon Brittain received the Olivier Award in 2017 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre and was nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards, with a nomination for the Off West End Award as well. His plays include The Wake, The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo, What Would Spock Do? and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad). Brittain co-created the critically acclaimed show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho (winner of both the Brighton Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence, at Brighton Fringe, and the Micheál Mac Liammóir Award for Best Male Performance at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival) 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. Brittain has written for Radio 4’s The Now Show and the Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball. He created and starred in the online sketch show HodgePodge.
“Everything I’ve ever written has had some kind of comedic angle to it. To entertain someone is an excellent way to open them up to new thoughts, says Brittain. This story is an optimistic one. Given what’s happening in the world today, I think we need a bit of optimism.
“To live your truth out loud can be dangerous,” added director Michael A. Shepperd. “But to take that step into your authentic self can make you much more powerful than anything the world can throw at you. This is the world of Rotterdam.”
Michael Sheppard (Director) is the Co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ award-winning Celebration Theatre. 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, and 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), and Choir Boy (NAACP nom). Broadway/Regional credits include: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors, Caroline, or Change, Whipping Man. TV: Curb Your EnthusiasmSoul ManHot In ClevelandWizards of Waverly PlaceMonkCriminal MindsNCIS. #transisbeautiful
Produced by Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco, Andrew Carlberg, and Hartshorn – Hook Productions Ltd. Associate Producer: Josh Gershick
Skylight Theatre Company discovers, develops and produces new, exhilarating works that expand mainstream theatre while nurturing and educating the people who create them. A recipient of the prestigious Steinberg National Theatre Critics Citation (Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea – Nathan Alan Davis), Skylight’s resident PlayLAb writers have been recognized with productions nationwide, a national 2014 USA Ford Fellowship in Theater and Performance (Sigrid Gilmer), and locally as a winner in the 2015 Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize  (Louisa Hill – Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers). Skylight won 4 Ovation Awards in 2014 for The Wrong Man and Pray To Ball (the most of any intimate theatre in LA). LA Weekly included the Skylight’s productions of Years To The DayOpen House and Sexsting on their Top Ten list of plays for 2013. Their first year as a company dedicated to developing new plays, 2011, found Skylight’s production of Hermetically Sealed on theLA Times annual list of Top Ten Plays, while Mad Women moved from Los Angeles to La MaMa in New York. Since then, plays developed by Skylight have been performed Off-Broadway and in other New York theaters, Chicago, Washington D.C., Oregon, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and internationally in Scotland and France. For more information, script submission policy and production history go tohttp://skylighttheatre.org
Cast: Ryan Brophy (Young Arts 2014 Finalist/Silver Award winner); Audrey Cain (East West Players production of La Cage Aux Folles, and Friends in Transient Places by Fresh Produce’d LA with appearances at the Fountain Theatre, Chalk Rep and EST-LA); Ashley Romans (Charm at Celebration Theatre in 2016, and The Devil Lives in Clarksville County); Miranda Wynne (Cissy Franks in the West Coast premiere of Punk Rock at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble)
Production Team: Jeff McLaughlin (Set and Lighting Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), Naila Aladdin Sanders (Costume Design), Christopher Aguilar (Asst. to the Director), Tuffet Schmelzle (Dialect Coach), Raul Clayton Staggs (Casting Director)

Rotterdam opens at 8:30pm Saturday, November 11th and plays at 8:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; 2:00pm on Sundays; and 8:00pm on Mondays through December 11, 2017. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 – $41. Reservations: 213-761-7061 or or 866-811-4111. Online athttp://SkylightTix.com

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