Ali is thrilled to announce that she will be joining the 2021/2021 Geffen Playhouse Writers’ Room. A group for Los Angeles-based playwrights, The Writers’ Room is a product of the Geffen’s deep commitment to supporting new plays and specifically to fostering bold, relevant work by the vibrant artistic community of this city. During a one-year residency, playwright members gather monthly at the Geffen to share their work and receive feedback from their peers in a forum facilitated by Rachel Wiegardt-Egel, the Geffen’s Manager of New Play Development. In addition to the feedback of their fellow writers, members receive dramaturgical support from the theater’s artistic staff, a ticket to all Gil Cates Theater shows at the Geffen for the season in which their residency takes place, and the opportunity to further develop their work with a director and actors in a culminating reading that may be open to the public. The 2020/2021 cycle of The Writers’ Room will commence virtually, with plans for participants to also collaborate in person when possible, in accordance with local government health and safety guidelines. The participants for 2020/2021 are Meghan Brown, Diana Burbano, Donald Jolly, Matthew Paul Olmos, T.Tara Turk-Haynes and Ali Viterbi. More information can be found here.
11th Annual Women of Valor
June 13 @ 7:30pm and June 23 @ 2pm
San Diego REP | San Diego, CA
By Ali Viterbi, Todd Salovey, Leah Salovey, Sarah Price-Keating, and Rebecca Myers
Directed by Ali Viterbi
A woman of valor, who shall find? The Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Art Festival’s centerpiece each year has honored and profiled remarkable women and pillars of the San Diego Jewish community. In every Woman of Valor, we tell stories of strength and inspiration to create a portrait of the resilience of our community. In a time of isolation, we feel that these stories are more essential than ever.
This year, each Woman of Valor will be highlighted in one of six video episodes, premiering online at 7:30 PM on June 11, 14, 16, 18, 21 and 23 on San Diego Repertory Theatre’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page. The videos will remain available to view online after they premiere.
Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist 2020
Ali’s play SHAME SPIRAL (or a probably-bad-stupid-nobody-will-ever-want-to-watch-it play about The Bachelor) was selected among over 735 as one of 35 finalists for this year’s Bay Area Playwrights Festival. She is thrilled to be a finalist, along with some of her dear friends and talented colleagues. The press release can be found here.
IN EVERY GENERATION
November 13 – December 13, 2020
Victory Gardens Theater | Chicago, IL
By Ali Viterbi
Directed by Devon de Mayo
Each Passover, for four millennia, we ask: why is this night different from all other nights? And each year, the Levi-Katz clan has answered, while struggling with questions of race and religion that never seem to get resolved. The family finds strength in tradition (vegan brisket or no); but each year of celebration brings more pressing questions about the future: if trauma is generational, then must we be defined by it? Will we ever be free? Written by Ali Viterbi, In Every Generation was the 2019 winner of the National Jewish Playwriting Contest, and will have its world premiere at Victory Gardens, staged by Devon de Mayo (If I Forget, Victory Gardens).
And click here for the Chicago Tribune’s press release.
IN EVERY GENERATION
By Ali Viterbi
IN EVERY GENERATION has won The Kennedy Center’s 2020 Second Place awards for the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award and the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award.
JEAN KENNEDY SMITH PLAYWRITING AWARD: Supported by VSA, the International Organization on Arts and Disability, and Kennedy Center Access. The Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, named after the founder of VSA, is offered for the outstanding student-written script that explores the human experience of living with a disability.
ROSA PARKS PLAYWRITING AWARD: The Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, presented in association with the Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, celebrates one of the great Americans of the civil rights movement, and recognizes the outstanding student or faculty-written full-length play on the subject of social justice and/or civil rights.
The ceremony at The Kennedy Center has been cancelled due to COVID-19.