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 was 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 was 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
    After freshman Joni joins sorority Theta Beta, she learns that sisterhood means more than the colors you wear. Accompanied by her troubled best friend Kate, Joni spirals down a rabbit hole of bulimia dream ballets, Bachelor restoration comedies, and Dirty Disney ragers. Confronted with a world that confounds her expectations, Joni forces all the members of Theta Beta to ask: what do women owe other women? And...
    After freshman Joni joins sorority Theta Beta, she learns that sisterhood means more than the colors you wear. Accompanied by her troubled best friend Kate, Joni spirals down a rabbit hole of bulimia dream ballets, Bachelor restoration comedies, and Dirty Disney ragers. Confronted with a world that confounds her expectations, Joni forces all the members of Theta Beta to ask: what do women owe other women? And in our post-#metoo era, what’s next? Mixing comedy and catharsis, superficial and sacred, Period Sisters tells a tale of synced-up cycles, consent, and culpability, creating a searing portrait of life as a young, 21st century woman.
  • In Every Generation
    One family. One holiday. Four millennia. The Levi-Katz family celebrates Passover again and again (and again and again) and while times, location, and languages change, traditions stay the same. Over matzah ball soup and (vegan) brisket, the close-knit clan contends with questions of race, religion, and inter-generational trauma. The present echoes the past—and the past the present—as the family repeatedly...
    One family. One holiday. Four millennia. The Levi-Katz family celebrates Passover again and again (and again and again) and while times, location, and languages change, traditions stay the same. Over matzah ball soup and (vegan) brisket, the close-knit clan contends with questions of race, religion, and inter-generational trauma. The present echoes the past—and the past the present—as the family repeatedly reenacts the exodus from Egypt, each time asking themselves: must we define ourselves through trauma? Will we ever be free? And why is this night different from all other nights?
  • 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?
  • Shame Spiral
    THE BACHELOR franchise—all prurience, prudishness, and antiquated gender politics. It’s everything we love, everything that shames us, and everything we are ashamed of loving. SHAME SPIRAL engulfs audiences in the alternate reality of reality TV, with its false eyelashes, artificial conflicts, and promises of true love. As the "real" world fades into the distance, contestants participating in the 23rd...
    THE BACHELOR franchise—all prurience, prudishness, and antiquated gender politics. It’s everything we love, everything that shames us, and everything we are ashamed of loving. SHAME SPIRAL engulfs audiences in the alternate reality of reality TV, with its false eyelashes, artificial conflicts, and promises of true love. As the "real" world fades into the distance, contestants participating in the 23rd Season contend with a shocking revelation about fan favorite Lauren S, and the massive internet shitstorm that subsequently hits the fan. Meanwhile audiences, viewers, and even a certain playwright sit back and watch another’s public shaming... an act that comes with its own pleasures, pains, and—yes—shame.