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Playwright Wendy Kout was commissioned by CenterStage Theatre in Rochester, NY to write a Holocaust play, based on the lives of ten survivors who immigrated to Rochester. A month later, while watching Neo-Nazis march with tiki torches in Charlottesville, Wendy realized she wasn’t just writing a history play. She was writing a warning play.


Approximately 10,000 students experienced SURVIVORS throughout Rochester and surrounding areas at 25 public and private schools and at CenterStage Theatre.


Playwright Wendy Kout was asked by Skylight Theatre Company in Los Angeles to pen a full-length adaptation of SURVIVORS weaving in contemporary conflicts. The resulting iteration of the project, NEVER IS NOW, played to a multi-generational, diverse audience of over 2000 during a limited run.


After a Covid hiatus, SURVIVORS toured schools and stages in Philadelphia, PA,  and Victoria, B.C. Canada.


Arts For Change launched the WestCoast schools and stages tour in March at Calabasas High School, then performed at Adat Ari El Temple in Valley Village and Camp Alonim in Simi Valley. The sold-out public premiere was presented by and at Museum of Tolerance in LA on September 10th and received a standing ovation.  The public performance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on October 15th also received a standing ovation.  On October 19, thanks to a donor and the support of the Santa Barbara Unified School District and Santa Barbara Education Foundation, SURVIVORS was performed for 700 public school students and their teachers at the Marjorie Luke Theatre.  That night the play was performed for the public, sponsored by the ADL Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties, Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara and received a standing ovation.  


SURVIVORS touring productions continue in Los Angeles, the West Coast, Rochester, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Victoria and Vancouver, B.C. Canada. New touring productions are launching in St. Paul, MN and Honolulu, Hawaii.

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