In Every Generation

One family. One holiday. Four millennia. The Levi-Katz family celebrates Passover again and again (and again and again) and while times, location, and languages change, traditions stay the same. Over matzah ball soup and (vegan) brisket, the close-knit clan contends with questions of race, religion, and inter-generational trauma. The present echoes the past—and the past the present—as the family repeatedly reenacts the exodus from Egypt, each time asking themselves: must we define ourselves through trauma? Will we ever be free? And why is this night different from all other nights?


Production History:

  • Production (upcoming) – Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago, IL), dir. by Devon de Mayo, Spring 2022
  • Production (upcoming) – San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego, CA), dir. by Todd Salovey, Summer 2022
  • Workshop – The Kennedy Center/National New Play Network (Washington, D.C.), dir. Howard Shalwitz, 2019
  • Reading – National Jewish Playwriting Award, Jewish Plays Project (New York, NY), dir. Howard Shalwitz, 2019
  • Staged Reading – San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego, CA), 2019
  • Staged Reading – The Barrow Group (New York, NY), 2018
  • Staged Reading – North Coast Repertory Theatre (San Diego, CA), 2018
  • Staged Reading – Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Alaska), 2018


  • Second Place Winner of the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, The Kennedy Center, 2020
  • Second Place Winner of the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, The Kennedy Center, 2020
  • Winner of the National Jewish Playwriting Contest, Jewish Plays Project, 2019
  • Semi-finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2019


“Playwright Ali Viterbi , judging by In Every Generation, is a fresh young voice with much to say… [The play] touches upon intergenerational expectations, care for aging parents, divorce, intermarriage, homosexuality, interracial adoption, sibling rivalry, and tensions over religious practice. All are deftly woven into an engaging tapestry, beginning with a three generational family celebrating a Passover seder in the present… The large audience and standing ovation reflected the strong, positive reaction to the excellent presentation.” – Eileen Wingard’s article in the San Diego Jewish World: “Ali Viterbi Play Hits Hot Button Issues.” The rest of the glowing review can be found here!

“…The dialogue is tender and honest, and the fact that the readers learned so much Italian and Hebrew is most impressive!..This is quite an accomplishment for a writer so young.The show’s focus on miracles and inquiry makes for an interesting dichotomy. Luckily, as Jews, we’re allowed to question. I left the theater with several questions and few answers. However, I think that in order to seek resolution, I will have to look to our past, evaluate the present, and speculate about the future.  I think that’s what Ali Viterbi had in mind when she wrote this provocative script.” – Eva Trieger’s article in the San Diego Jewish World: “Viterbi’s IN EVERY GENERATION debates Jewish Questions.” The rest of the glowing review can be found here!