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What happens when contemporary people from diverse backgrounds experience the firsthand accounts of ten survivors who were labeled “undesirable” and thrust into Hitler’s systematic genocide. Playwright Wendy Kout disturbingly links then and now so we may understand what breaks us apart and embrace what bonds us together. NEVER IS NOW is just the beginning of the conversation.
Never is Now written by Wendy Kout
Directed by Lori Mulstein
Produced by A. J. Campbell, Quarantine Players (quarantineplayers.org)
WOMAN #1 BETH, HELEN Lynn Neal
WOMAN #3 AMY, ELLEN, EVIE Sarah Tubert
Never is Now is dedicated to the ten survivors who entrusted us with their stories: Eva Vezer Abram, Ellen Arndt, Erich Arndt, Arthur Hertz, Evie Schuerman Jacobson, Helen Prysuskier Levinson, Rosemarie Marianthal Molser, Henry Silverstern , Carl Voldman, Kurt Weinbach …and the victims and survivors of all atrocities. Adapted from Survivors by Wendy Kout commissioned, developed and produced by the CenterStage Theatre at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director. Never Is Now was developed and had its World Premiere on September 21, 2019 at Skylight Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA. Gary Grossman, Artistic Director. Historic photos are in the public domain.
Eliza Blair is honored to return to Never is Now! Eliza is a film, television, and theatre actor and intimacy coordinator from Northern California. Selected credits: Civil Defense (Multihouse Entertainment); Never is Now (Woman #2, Skylight Theatre); Peter Pan (Peter Pan, Long Beach Shakespeare); Proof (Catherine); Measure for Measure (Isabella); Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife). Upcoming: Family Affair (feature film); Maybe Someday (feature film). Training: LAMDA, Atlantic Acting School. Education: B.A. Theater Dance & Media, Harvard College. Thank you to Kreativ Media Partners and AMT Artists, Inc. Unendingly grateful to artists and activists everywhere. Donate to Eliza’s LA LGBT Center Marathon Fundraiser at give.classy.org/elizablair. IMDb: imdb.me/elizablair. Website: eliza-blair.com.
MAN #3 ALEX, CARL Michael Kaczkowski
Michael Kaczkowski is a film and theatre actor based in Los Angeles. He appeared in Skylight Theatre Company’s original production of Never is Now in Fall 2019, and is excited to revisit this play in a new medium. Michael graduated with a BA in Acting from the USC School of Dramatic Arts in 2019. He would like to dedicate this performance to his Grandparents, Jan and Eva Kaczkowski, who are Polish-born survivors of the Holocaust.
MAN #1 JASON, KURT, HENRY.
Robert Beard has appeared at Riverside Center in Fredericksburg, VA, in the 2019 Christmas Spectacular, La Cage Aux Folles (Renaud/Dindon), Beauty and the Beast (Maurice), My Fair Lady (Col. Pickering),
White Christmas (Gen. Waverly), Les Miserables (Thenardier alternate), Phantom (Carriere), Anything Goes (Sir Evelyn), and Fiddler on the Roof (Rabbi). A BFA graduate in theatre and music from East Carolina University, he has also appeared in Judgment at Nuremberg (Ernst Janning) (Outstanding
Featured Actor Award, Washington Area Theatre Community Honors), South Pacific (Emile de Becque), 1776 (Secretary of Congress), Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant of Police), Oliver! (Sowerberry), and La
A JD graduate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he is a practicing attorney, and concentrates his practice in cases involving abused and neglected children and adults, and children
in foster care.
Trevor Butler is an alumni of the School at Steppenwolf in 2014, and the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in 2016. And as his second appearance working in a Quarantine Players reading, he’s forever grateful to play MAN 2 in such a weighted story within stories. AJ Campbell is just as amazing as ever, Lori Muhlstein doesn’t fall short either, and
Wendy Kout rounds out his entire experience with such a brave and poignant play. Never is Now is such an appropriate title, and he has a million thank you’s because of it.