In Every Generation
by Ali viterbi
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?
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 Round House 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 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.