Theater Preview: AMERICA ADJACENT (Skylight Theatre Company Streams the World Premiere Production)

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by Nia Liat on August 18, 2020

in Theater-Los Angeles,Virtual


Reservation are FREE but required

During this week’s Skylight Live time slot on Thursday, August 20th at 3pm PST, the company will stream the archival video of America Adjacent by Boni B. Alvarez. In early 2019 the production premiered at the Skylight Theatre, directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Run time including post Q&A id about 2 hours. (Meet the writer and director beforehand on Vimeo here.)

In pursuit of the American Dream, six pregnant Filipina women risk everything. Confined to a one-bedroom one-bath unit in East Hollywood, they do their best to overcome fears of jail and deportation so that their children can have a better life. Playwright Boni B. Alvarez examines the promise of U.S. Citizenship asking, “How far would you go to give your child a better future?”

“As the child of Filipino immigrants, I have always been fascinated by the American Dream,” says playwright Alvarez. “In America Adjacent I wrestle with what the dream actually is, how it is packaged and marketed abroad, and what the reality is for anyone ever achieving it.”

The cast includes Evie Abat, Angela T. Baesa, Toni Katano, Hazel Lozano, Samantha Valdellon, Sandy Velasco, and Arianne Villareal.

Creative team includes Gary Grossman and Tony Abatemarco (Producer), Giselle Töngi Walters (Associate Producer), Christopher Scott Murrillo (Scenic Design), Matt Richter (Lighting Design), Austin Quan (Sound Design), and Mylette Nora (Costume Design).

Immediately following the performance, Skylight continues their popular series, “Beyond Conversation” a post show discussion which allows audiences to gain deeper insights into the themes of the play. Stay and meet the writer and the director.

“Is it an American dream or an American nightmare, setting a course for citizenship in today’s divided atmosphere? It is thrilling for me to be working with this talented writer and an all-Filipino female cast to bring this humorous and heartbreaking play to life,” adds director Jon Lawrence Rivera.

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