Inkubator, Skylight Theatre CompanySURVIVORS

 new play reading of a docu-drama inspired by the lives and words of Holocaust survivors

written by Wendy Kout
directed by Risa Brainin

cast: Amy Greenspan, Amy Gumenick, Josh Heisler, Mark Jacobson, Joey Millin, Lizzie Zerebko

Saturday, December 16,  2:00pm Reserve your seat Now

1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles 90027

IN-Konversation talk with the writer follows immediately after to help develop the work further.

Survivors, an hour docu-drama, tells the story of the Holocaust through eye-witness testimony of eleven Holocaust survivors. A young cast, the approximate age of the survivors during the Holocaust, serve as our guides on this perilous journey. Through oration and enactment, the survivors convey how they each overcame impossible obstacles and also went on to lead full and contributing lives. Suitable for young adult and adult audiences, Survivors honors the fortunate few, the helpers who saved them, and the victims whose voices were silenced. This remembrance of the past also confronts us with the content of our own character in our challenging present.

WRITER: WENDY KOUT - Stage credits include "We Are the Levinsons", which world premiered at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, "Naked in Encino", which world premiered at JCC CenterStage in Rochester, NY and the O’Neill Conference Finalist, "Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Helen Gahagan Douglas", co-written with Michele Willens... [BIO and PHOTO]

DIRECTOR: RISA BRAININ - Recent projects include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Syracuse Stage and Indiana Repertory Theatre and “A” Train, which won the “Best Production” award of the 2017 United Solo Festival. Brainin has directed at many theatres across the country including Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis... [BIO and PHOTO]


In June 2017, Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director of the JCC CenterStage theatre in Rochester, NY, commissioned me to write an easily producible, no-tech, hour play which would honor Holocaust survivors and serve as an outreach program for middle schools. The play is inspired by the eleven remarkable souls depicted and all victims and survivors of genocide and hatred. We hope Survivors will be published and produced in any venue in any community to encourage tolerance, inclusiveness and social justice. Hatred cannot be normalized.

INKubator Artist and Play Development Program includes:

  • INK Play Reading Series, new plays from across the greater Los Angeles area
  • PlayLAb, invitation only professional play writing laboratory
  • LAb WORKS, festival of new plays from the PlayLab writers
  • INK Works, extended workshop series 
  • SOLOmojo, solo performance intensive
  • Take 8, adult writing workshop
  • unAUTHORized, writing workshop for young adults 18-28
  • UNDERground, a unique theatrical mentoring program for young adults
  • LYRIC PROJECT, a unique creative experience for high school age teens