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Winner of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Award for Comic Playwriting, the World Premiere production of resident writer Louisa Hill's LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD'S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS opened at the Skylight Theatre Company on April 8th and has been extended through May 28, 2017, directed by Tony Abatemarco.
The roots of reproductive justice are unearthed in this poetically raw play by Louisa Hill. Knocked up as a teenager, Dee finally meets the baby she gave up for adoption. Only thing is, the baby is now 25, really into death metal, and wants nothing to do with her. “What does choice mean if you've got no other options? To me the play is about considering the heartbreaking consequences of following the rules at the cost of family” – Louisa Hill; Playwright
Louisa Hill received the Mark Twain Award for Comic Playwriting from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the same year she received her MFA from the University of Iowa's Playwrights' Workshop in 2012, where she was the Iowa Arts Fellow. In February 2016, Hill's play The Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers was awarded Third Place for the Humanitas/Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize, receiving a staged reading at the Kirk Douglas Theatre directed by Seema Sueko. As the writers' assistant for the A&E procedural Unforgettable, Hill wrote the script for the episode “Breathing Space,” which aired in January 2016. The previous year, she wrote the story for the episode “Moving On.” Most recently she was the writers' assistant for Jill Soloway's new show I Love Dick.
“Louisa elevates dialogue to raw, surprising, and sometimes poetic heights while forging this consequential story. Stylistically, it is a perfect sandbox for inventive staging” - Tony Abatemarco; Director
Broadway director Tony Abatemarco, recognized for his work on Lucifer's Child directing Julie Harris in both the Broadway production and film for A&E TV will helm this production at the Skylight Theatre. His regional directing credits include work at Pasadena Playhouse, The Taper, Too, Santa Fe Stages, La MaMa ETC, and Theatre Grévin in Paris. At the Arts Theatre in London's West End, Tony directed Robyn Peterson's Catwalk Confidential. A graduate of The Juilliard Drama Division, as an actor he has won top honors for his lead performances in The Mystery of Irma Vep (Ovation & LA Weekly Awards), Bach at Leipzig (LA Drama Critics' Circle Nominee), La Bete (Ovation Award nominee), Slow Motion (LA Weekly and LA Drama Critics' Circle Award Nominee), and his original Four Fathers (LA Weekly and Dramalogue Awards), as well as for his direction (6 LA Weekly and 18 Dramalogue Awards). Tony won the first Ted Schmitt “Innovation in Small Theatre Award” from Theatre LA and he was the recipient of the first DGA/ SSDC George Stevens Observership. He served as Director of LA Live! at the Natural History Museum and was Artistic Director of Jacques D'Amboise' National Dance Institute at The Mark Taper Forum, for Center Theatre Group.
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OUR CAST: Corryn Cummins (Dee), Adrian Gonzalez (Male Chorus), Amy Harmon (Female Chorus), Michaela Slezak (Corie), and Marilyn Winkle (Cello)
OUR PRODUCTION TEAM: Cindy Lin (Scenic Design), Jeff McLaughlin (Lighting Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), and Sarah Figoten Costume Design)
Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers runs at 8:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00pm on Sundays through May 28, 2017. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 - $39. Reservations: 213-761-7061 or online at http://SkylightTix.com