The Devil's Wife, Skylight Theatre 2017 World Premiere

 

 

 

 

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The Devil's Wife, Skylight Theatre 2017 world premiereInspired by an ancient Italian folktale

A "WICKEDLY GOOD" Steampunk Fable... of Gothic Proportions!

A handsome, wealthy landowner who woos three sisters isn’t what he seems.   But neither are they. A harrowing comedy, that goes to hell.

World Premiere

THE DEVIL'S WIFE

written by Tom Jacobson
directed by Eric Hoff


Audience Talks
Sat. July 22 - Talk with Playwright, Tom Jacobson
Sat. August 12 - Talk with Director, Eric Hoff
Sat. August 26 - Talk with special guest Rev. Greg Goethals S.J. (see below)

Performed in repertory with The Lost Child

Running Time: 80 minutes

Skylight Theatre: 1816 1/2 N. Vermont, Los Angeles 90027

BEYOND CONVERSATON - Art Into Action, Skylight Theatre

Saturday, August 26
Beyond Converation Post Show Chats

Guest Panelist, Rev. Greg Goethals, S.J.

Discussion topic: Good. Evil. And Topics raised in the play

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REVIEWS:

A diabolical THRILL RIDE with smarts and wit.
Pitch-perfect comic timing. Intelligence, wit... DELIGHTFULLY CREEPY ...whimsical mash-up of fairy-tale tropes and modern sensibilities.
- LA Times review

Swear to God! THE DEVIL'S WIFE's Wickedly Good! ...SSSizzling!...scores high on all fronts - Tom Jacobson's witty script (with a message), spot-on delivery by its talented cast of four, smooth direction by Eric Hoff, all complemented by Skylight Theatre team's first-rate technical elements. Go see if THE DEVIL'S WIFE will make you a believer in God. Or the Devil? -BroadwayWorld review

WOW!an all-around terrific cast deliver one DELICIOUSLY STYLIZED performance after another. Savvy direction...provides a devilishly entertaining mix of chuckles and chills at the Skylight - StageSceneLA review

BITINGLY FUNNY and bordering on WICKEDLY, SLYLY inappropriate.  Monumentally CHARMING and slickly produced by the committed folks at the Skylight Theatre Company - TicketHoldersLA review

A newly-minted folk tale...sly witticisms. BRILLIANTLY wince-inducing battle - Showmag review

Clever, amusing...ROLLICKING BLACK COMEDY that includes some serious underpinnings
– LA Splash review
A DELECTABLE little FABLE about free will - Stage Raw review

IMPRESSED me
... Real depth. comedy based on broad strokes that contain complexity… all the characters come to vivid life earns praise not only for the cast and playwright but director Eric Hoff.
– Night Tinted Glasses review

A FUN piece… WICKED SENSE OF HUMOR. Assured direction keeps the action moving smoothly and quickly - Haines His Way review

Synopsis: Three sisters with a vast but bankrupt estate engage the services of a handsome lawyer who proposes an unusual solution:  he will marry one of them and support the whole family if a third of their acres become community property.   The eldest sister, Bonita, is reluctant to marry but agrees for the good of her siblings.  Her new husband, Nick, has only one rule:  Bonita must never go in the basement, a regulation enforced by Ratel, an ancient and disrespectful servant.  Bonita is lured into the basement when she sees it is full of gold and is never seen again.  When Nick gives her sisters the sad news, the middle sister, Dulce, proposes taking her sister's place, but soon she too enters the forbidden basement and disappears, seduced by the handsome men lurking there.  Devastated, frightened and suspicious, the third sister, Sofia, is forced to marry Nick by the agreement she and her sisters signed, and finds out her husband is not who he seems.  And neither is the servant.  Nor the mysterious basement.  Does Sofia have the power to save not only herself and her sisters, but the whole world.


 

 'BEHIND THE SCENES'

Click to play - 51 secs.

 'WICKEDLY GOOD'

Click to play - 57 secs.


WRITER: 

Tom Jacobson, THE DEVIL'S WIFE, 2017 Skylight

 

TOM JACOBSON has had more than 80 productions of his plays, including the award-winning Bunbury, Tainted Blood, Ouroboros, and The Twentieth-Century Way which premiered at The Theatre @ Boston Court and the New York International Fringe Festival (five Ovation Award nominations, four Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle nominations, one GLAAD Award nomination, Fringe Festival Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, PEN Center Award for Drama) and moved Off Broadway to Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre... READ FULL BIO HERE.   [ Interview with the writer available HERE ]

DIRECTOR: 

Eric Hoff , THE DEVIL'S WIFE, 2017 Skylight

 

ERIC HOFF  His work in Los Angeles includes: Amos (Bootleg Theater), Monsters We Imagined (UCLA). In New York, he directed Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre), When We Met (CAP21) and About a Woman Named Sarah, by Lucas Hnath (59E59). Directing credits in Chicago include the original production of Hit the Wall (Inconvenience at Steppenwolf Garage), The Life and Death of Madam Barker, The Skriker (Red Tape Theatre), The Walk Across America for Mother Earth (Red Tape Theatre at Steppenwolf Garage).. READ FULL BIO HERE

CAST:

Alana Dietze, THE DEVIL'S WIFE, 2017 Skylight

 

ALANA DIETZE: Favorite stage appearances have been with the Echo Theater Company, The Vagrancy, Theatre of NOTE, Circle X, Padua Playwrights and others. She was nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Leading Actress for Everything Will Be Different with Echo. Onscreen she has appeared in numerous independent projects. Directing credits include The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, DRY LAND (Ovation Award for Best Production, selected for CTG’s Block Party program), and A Small Fire.

 

Mariel Neto, THE DEVIL'S WIFE, 2017 Skylight

 

MARIEL NETO: A Bay Area native with an extensive background in theater since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts. Mariel garnered three Seattle Times Footlights Awards, after successful seasons at Milwaukee Repertory and ACT. She has also performed with CalShakes, Azeotrope, The Erickson, and more. Her onscreen appearances include 7 MINUTES opposite Jason Ritter and Kris Kristofferson, and Showtime’s critically acclaimed series MASTERS OF SEX.

 

Everette Wallin, THE DEVIL'S WIFE, 2017 Skylight

 

EVERETTE WALLIN: Was born in Memphis, TN. Attracted to acting at a young age, Everette has performed in numerous plays. In Los Angeles, this is his fourth play he has participated in produced by Skylight Theater Company, previous work includes the 2015 production of  DISCONNECTION. Everette has appeared in such hit television shows as HBO's Deadwood and The Newsroom, Bones, NCIS, and Rosewood.

 

Carolyn Zeller, THE DEVIL'S WIFE, 2017 Skylight

 

CARO ZELLER: Born in San Juan, PR, Caro (Carolyn) graduated from FIU, and received her Master from USC in Acting. Her theatre work includes: Nicky (Coeurage Theatre Company), Fefu and Her Friends (Circle X and Just Toys) Water by the Spoonful (Theatre Squared), Scar Tissue (CoA), Anatomy of Gazellas (Playwrights' Arena), Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo (Nat. Tour), Paloma (LATC) American Night: the Ballad of Juan Jose (LATW). She has appeared in the following Films: Bruising for Besos, Over the Moon, Kiss Me, Crime School, The Wallet

 

DESIGNERS:

SET DESIGN: Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
LIGHT DESIGN: Jeff McLaughlin
COSTUME DESIGN: Sarah Figoten

SOUND DESIGN: Christopher Moscatiello
FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER: Mike Mahaffey

PRODUCTION STAFF:

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Christopher Hoffman
REHEARSAL STAGE MANAGER: Ben Altman
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne
MARKETING ART DESIGN: Llance Bower