Theater Feature: WEST ADAMS (Skylight Theatre)

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by Nia Liat on July 29, 2020

in Theater-Los Angeles,Virtual


Playing for one performance only tomorrow, July 30, 2020, at 3pm PST, is Skylight presents their smash hit play West Adams, a story about the absurdity of racism. After the archival recording as it was performed before an audience at Skylight Theatre, join a guest panel — which will include the writer, director, and cast — for a special dialogue. You can watch it FREE, but you need to sign-up first.

A contemporary, dark, comedy about race and class. With a hostile takeover of a neighborhood block party, Penelope Lowder’s newest play set in historic West Adams takes an uncomfortable look at altruistic gentrification gone wrong. Perhaps reshaping a newly adopted neighborhood in your image isn’t as lofty as one might think.

Some thought the play went too far, others felt it didn’t go far enough. Since the death of George Floyd conversations have changed.

“My goal with this play is for audiences to be unsettled by the myopic vision of the new colonials,” explains playwright Penelope Lowder. “They seed the divide and fuel racism, ultimately destroying so many black and brown people.

Written by Penelope Lowder / Directed by Michael A. Shepperd
Performed by: Andrés M. Bagg, Allison Blaize, Clayton Farris, Jenny Soo
Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 3pm PST
make online reservations here
tickets are FREE (donations accepted)
click here for more info on Skylight Live

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Michael Kearns July 31, 2020 at 7:13 pm

Thanks, Nia Liat, for your generosity in calling attention to such a beautiful piece that deserves our attention now more than ever. Your care in handling the complexities of the subject matter shines through.


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