Genre: Historical/Memoir Drama
Productions: Touring school productions (2022) by Theatre Ariel in Philadelphia and Bema Productions of Victoria BC Canada. Produced in over 25 schools in NY, (2019), Public performances CenterStage Theatre, Rochester, NY (2019, 2018), Victor Schools performance (2018), Holocaust Days of Remembrance Program at Jewish Foundation of Greater Rochester (2019, 2018)
Developed: Skylight Theatre Company INKubator Staged Reading (2018)
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The New York Times reports a recent survey finds the Holocaust is fading from memory. The study also finds "all students should learn about the Holocaust at school".

Survivors answers that concern and that call. Commissioned by CenterStage Theatre, Rochester, NY, this hour long, educational and inspiring drama enacts the story of the Holocaust through eye-witness testimony of ten survivors. A young cast are our guides on this perilous journey. So, we see the young survivors as they experience their frightening ever-changing world. Suitable for young adult and adult audiences, this play about the past is a warning and a wake up call for the present and the future. Never forget! Never again! Never is now!

The ten survivors' actual testimony can be viewed on this historic web archive, www.rochesterholocaustsurvivors.org, which was developed by the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information (CHAI) of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Rochester, NY.

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Chosen for Presentation
2017 Alliance for Jewish Theater Conference, Boston, MA


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"...a new take on teaching..."
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Genre: Drama
Productions: Virtual production by Quarantine Players, Washington, D.C. (April 2021), Performing at the Tools for Tolerance conference for California educators Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA (2020), Skylight Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA (2019), USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2019)
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What happens when 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.

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.


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Splash Magazine
“Intense and electrifying - NEVER IS NOW asks a host of thought-provoking questions. But, perhaps more importantly, it does so through glimpses of the very personal lives of people forced to experience the events in these tumultuous times.”
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Stage Raw
“Top Ten - Recommended. Never is Now says it best: ‘We tell the truth and inspire others to keep fighting’... A cast diverse in age, race, ability, and sexuality — remarkably differentiates among their various roles.”
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“Go see it. An extremely rare moment in time in which a portion of history… is presented in a very unique unveiling. The voice is different and you will be different for seeing it”
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Culver City News
“Never Is Now offers thought-provoking theatre at its best.”
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Better Lemons
“This is a theatre experience that you will be thinking about long after the curtain falls. I know I was.”
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Stage and Cinema
“Very powerful...very important play. Moving performances”
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Larchmont Buzz
“Never Is Now plays a role in ensuring we will 'Never Forget.’ Personal stories...employing projections to powerful effect.”
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Hollywood Times
“Wendy Kout’s daring play within a play illuminates today’s ugly realities while recounting the dark legacy of the Nazi genocide. Find the time this weekend and see this powerful production.”
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Night Tinted Glasses
“Does more than tug at the heart strings, actually beating on one's heart like a drum… Savor the raw, seemingly effortless flow of story... It moves us, as it should. As it must.”
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Joe Straw
“Run! Run! Run! ... A fascinating night of theatre… quietly beautiful and wonderfully effective. Wendy Kout’s work cries out for an awakening, mostly for the people who turn their heads or tune out the unpleasantness around them.”
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Purdue study
“A research study conducted by a Purdue Convocations staff member has found that live theater can be used as a teaching tool to enhance student learning and retention of information — and even levels of empathy.”
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We Are the Levinsons
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Productions: New Jewish Theatre, St. Louis, MO (2020), First International Production, Bema Productions, Victoria, B.C. (2019), World Premiere Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (2017)
Reading: Staged reading, West Coast Jewish Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (2020)
Developed: Private reading via Skylight Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA
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Rosie, a comedy writer with mother issues, surprises her parents with a trip home. And life surprises Rosie with losing her mother, moving in with her grieving father, hiring a live-in transgender caregiver and being confronted with her own daughter’s mother issues. Sanity, survival and humor are tested and love is deepened in this three generation family and chosen family comedy/drama.


2017 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards


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“Best of the Week!”

“Powerful & touching world premiere with humor & heart… wonderful laughs & likeable characters that imbue us with hope.”
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“…it is a funny play, and genuinely funny plays are hard to find. It is also a thoughtful play, and a heartfelt play that delves into some difficult but fairly universal passages of life.”
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Naked in Encino
Genre: Comedy
Productions: Official Premiere CenterStage Theater, And Toto Too Theatre Company
Developed: Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival, Pac Rep Hyperion Playwright Competition Finalist, Midtown International Theatre Festival – nominated for OUTSTANDING READING
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Five diverse women gather at a self-help seminar to question life, death and liposuction. All hell and humor erupt, surprises and secrets shock and though no pat answers are provided, there is solace in sisterhood.


Winner of Four Marlowe Awards Including:


Carol White Llewellyn, RCTV
"Lavishly laced with both laugh out loud comedy and just the right touch of poignancy and pathos, this is a not-to-be missed play…"

"… it makes for a perfectly entertaining evening of theatre."

"...engaging, unpredictable..."




My Town
Genre: Adaptation Comedy/Drama
Developed: Workshop Reading, Skylight Theatre Company, (2022) The Road Theatre Company, THE WORD staged reading (2018), Skylight Theatre Company INKubator Staged Reading, DR2 Staged Reading

A modern, tragi-comic re-imagining of Thornton Wilder’s classic, Our Town. Goodbye white, provincial Grover’s Corners. Hello sprawling multi-ethnic Los Angeles, where badass, black Emily, chaser of the Hollywood dream, meets stoner, Jewish Josh, chaser of skirts. Times, technology, gender roles and race relations change but struggle through life, love, and loss remain our human condition.


Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Helen Gahagan Douglas

Co-written with Michele Willens

Genre: Historical Drama
Productions: Woolly Mammoth Theatre -Benefit reading for National Women's Law Center, Landmark Theatre - Benefit reading for People for the American Way, Landmark Theatre – Benefit reading for Nation Magazine, Symphony Space – Benefit Reading for Nation Magazine
Developed: Florida Studio Theatre Summer Reading Series, Shotgun Productions Summer Reading Series, Geffen Playhouse Staged Reading, Edgemar Theatre Staged Reading

This drama laced with wit is set in Hollywood and Washington and follows the infamous 1950 Senate race that first brought entertainment and politics together. That’s when a young Richard Nixon falsely accused his opponent, the beautiful, liberal congresswoman, wife of Melvyn Douglas, and ex-Broadway star, Helen Gahagan Douglas, of being a Communist.

Nixon earned the name “Tricky Dick,” Helen was dubbed the “Pink Lady.” He ascended to the Presidency… until Watergate. She was forgotten… until now. Hubris has a tragic cost for both flawed heroine and complicated villain. And politicians’ dirty tricks continue to cost us all.


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Wake Up Call
Genre: Personal/Political Comedy/Drama
Productions: Skylight Live, Skylight Theatre Company, streamed on YouTube September 24 - September 30, 2020.

Co-written with Jeff Reno. This 36-minute play is a timely comedic and dramatic exploration of the power of honesty to effect change. A ZOOM call reuniting a former couple serves as the catalyst, inspiring a diverse group of characters to learn it is never too late to make a better choice.


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Courage Takes the Stage
Genre: History/Political Drama
Productions: Skylight Live on Facebook and YouTube, April 30, 2020.

Co-created with Michele Willens. A twelve-minute chronological collection of inspiring and comforting quotes through crisis in history, leading to our present perilous times. Spoken by actors, artists, poets and community members: A mother and young daughter, a doctor and nurse, the head Librarian of Los Angeles, religious leaders. An inspiring reminder of how we survived through time and risen from our falls.


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Ten Minutes that Changed the Country
Genre: History/Political Drama
Productions: Fundraiser for California Congressional Candidate, Katie Hill, Wende Museum in Los Angeles.
Special Guest: Nancy Pelosi

A ten-minute history of resistance and protest told by famous, infamous and unknown citizens, who shaped our nation. An inspiring reminder that to sustain our democracy, we must participate in democracy.

Destination Thanksgiving
Genre: Hurt-to-Hope Comedy
Productions: Skylight Theatre Company in Association with Art Division present a Stage Reading Benefit to Feed L.A.’s Hungry for Thanksgiving Day

A ten-minute play told in real time where an embittered divorcee drives her equally embittered daughter to their family Thanksgiving dinner. What a difference a drive together can make.

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