Ali Viterbi

Ali Viterbi

Ali Viterbi is a second-year MFA playwright at UC San Diego, television writer, and educator. Her plays have been produced across the globe, from New York City to Melbourne, Australia. Her play Period Sisters is a Finalist for the 2018 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She graduated from Yale in 2014 and received Yale’s top playwriting prize. Ali’s work has been developed, produced, or commissioned by...
Ali Viterbi is a second-year MFA playwright at UC San Diego, television writer, and educator. Her plays have been produced across the globe, from New York City to Melbourne, Australia. Her play Period Sisters is a Finalist for the 2018 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She graduated from Yale in 2014 and received Yale’s top playwriting prize. Ali’s work has been developed, produced, or commissioned by Roundhouse Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, HERE Arts Center, The Drama League, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, The Barrow Group, The Owl and Cat Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Horizon Theater Company, TinyRhino, Wildacres Residency, Yale College, and The Centropa Institute. Ali also completed a graduate certificate in Television Writing from UCLA, and her pilot “44 Steps” was a quarterfinalist in the Sundance Episodic Storytelling Lab and the CineStory TV Fellowship. She is the associate producer of the annual Lipinsky San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, and she teaches undergraduate playwriting at UC San Diego.

Plays

  • Period Sisters
    “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” But to the sisters of Theta Beta (Chapter Beta Theta), the word “help” can mean many things. When sweet and self-conscious Joni rushes “Thay Bay,” an exclusive sorority in Southern California, she plunges into a world of Dirty Disney parties, aquamarine pancake bake-a-thons, and bulimia dream ballets, ultimately discovering the pain and...
    “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” But to the sisters of Theta Beta (Chapter Beta Theta), the word “help” can mean many things. When sweet and self-conscious Joni rushes “Thay Bay,” an exclusive sorority in Southern California, she plunges into a world of Dirty Disney parties, aquamarine pancake bake-a-thons, and bulimia dream ballets, ultimately discovering the pain and loneliness lurking beneath Theta Beta’s shiny veneer. Yet even while critiquing the highly traditional and inimitably American rituals of sorority life, Period Sisters embraces the redemptive power of female relationships. Theta Beta’s motto, “for each other,” becomes both a question and a challenge, as playwright Ali Viterbi explores what women owe other women, and what we each owe ourselves. A stylized and surreal theatrical work, Period Sisters mixes pop culture with pageantry, and superficial with sacred, to create a searing portrait of life as a young, 21st-century woman.
  • In Every Generation
    IN EVERY GENERATION is a mystical journey through continents, languages and generations of a family and nation’s stories. An Italian Jewish family joins together for Passover Seders year after year, era to era. Over matzah ball soup and (vegan) brisket, sibling rivalries simmer, plagues fall, and miracles are both remembered and forgotten. IN EVERY GENERATION asks what happens to a people once they are no...
    IN EVERY GENERATION is a mystical journey through continents, languages and generations of a family and nation’s stories. An Italian Jewish family joins together for Passover Seders year after year, era to era. Over matzah ball soup and (vegan) brisket, sibling rivalries simmer, plagues fall, and miracles are both remembered and forgotten. IN EVERY GENERATION asks what happens to a people once they are no longer in danger? How does a community collectively adjust to freedom?
  • Deadheads
    This full-length, non-linear, two-actor play chronicles Sadie and Ethan’s twenty-year relationship as they follow the Grateful Dead across the country. As Sadie and Ethan travel from concert to concert, from crappy motel room to crappy motel room, the audience follows the triumphs and travails of their relationship. While they navigate issues from collegiate concerns to marital challenges, Sadie and Ethan fall...
    This full-length, non-linear, two-actor play chronicles Sadie and Ethan’s twenty-year relationship as they follow the Grateful Dead across the country. As Sadie and Ethan travel from concert to concert, from crappy motel room to crappy motel room, the audience follows the triumphs and travails of their relationship. While they navigate issues from collegiate concerns to marital challenges, Sadie and Ethan fall in and out of love with the Dead, as well as with each other. The play investigates how healthy relationships become abusive, and why people remain committed to each other over time. Played to the music of the Grateful Dead, Deadheads asks “Where does the time go” when you think you’re in love.
  • Joshua
    Anya’s boyfriend was Caleb’s best friend. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death, Anya and Caleb ditch school to go to the desert. And maybe fall in love. And maybe conjure a ghost. JOSHUA looks at that moment in time where life moves us from a place of youth and innocence into the place that will shape our adult selves. As we look back, how do we reconcile the missed opportunities, the things we...
    Anya’s boyfriend was Caleb’s best friend. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death, Anya and Caleb ditch school to go to the desert. And maybe fall in love. And maybe conjure a ghost. JOSHUA looks at that moment in time where life moves us from a place of youth and innocence into the place that will shape our adult selves. As we look back, how do we reconcile the missed opportunities, the things we didn’t say, the paths we didn’t take? And will they even matter to our older selves?
  • Quick, Change
    Gabriel Fox, a famous actor nearly past his prime, makes a comeback as Richard III at a prominent, Tony-Award winning summer-stock theater. As Fox pursues a secret and questionable relationship with his twenty-one-year-old dresser Annie, he grows increasingly connected to the power-hungry Richard, only to find that his behavior will no longer go unchallenged. Drawing from Shakespeare's play, yet firmly...
    Gabriel Fox, a famous actor nearly past his prime, makes a comeback as Richard III at a prominent, Tony-Award winning summer-stock theater. As Fox pursues a secret and questionable relationship with his twenty-one-year-old dresser Annie, he grows increasingly connected to the power-hungry Richard, only to find that his behavior will no longer go unchallenged. Drawing from Shakespeare's play, yet firmly grounded in the present, QUICK, CHANGE explores power imbalance in the American theater, the repercussions of ‘networking,’ and the way people use and dispose of others. QUICK, CHANGE is a biting, urgent look at our culture at a tipping point.
  • Baddest Bitch of Camp Shalom
    Lips, Tiny, J, and Schwartz (aka the Core Four) are best friends forever, DUH. At Camp Shalom, a Jewish sleepaway summer camp, they make lanyards, train to become Rockstar kissers, play ‘Never Have I Ever,’ fake suicides, fight, and make-up. But when the Core Four retaliates in a massive prank war against their rival tent, secrets are exposed, and friendships are threatened. BADDEST BITCH OF CAMP SHALOM...
    Lips, Tiny, J, and Schwartz (aka the Core Four) are best friends forever, DUH. At Camp Shalom, a Jewish sleepaway summer camp, they make lanyards, train to become Rockstar kissers, play ‘Never Have I Ever,’ fake suicides, fight, and make-up. But when the Core Four retaliates in a massive prank war against their rival tent, secrets are exposed, and friendships are threatened. BADDEST BITCH OF CAMP SHALOM examines the way internalized misogyny is engrained in young women. How does the way we teach young girls about sex echo throughout their adult lives? And is female friendship the virus or the cure?
  • Shtetl Stories
    Commissioned by CENTROPA, the Jewish historical institute dedicated to preserving 20th century Jewish family stories from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, Shtetl Stories chronicles the lives of ten Lithuanian Holocaust survivors. Adapted verbatim from interviews that Centropa conducted, Shtetl Stories preserves the memory of the world that was destroyed--not just its destruction.
  • How He Learned to Love the Bomb
    The Cold War: November 1962. Adam and Eve fall in love... in a top-secret missile silo, three hundred feet under the ground.