Neva has seen all sides of the stage in her professional life as a dramatist. With acting credits in over 60 productions, writing credits, directing and producing credits numbering more than 20 shows, and countless other engagements, Neva has seen and done it all. Of a recent performance she says: "I wrote 'Raptured: the Disappearance and Discovery of Aimee Semple McPherson' to provide the role of an aging superstar for an older woman. Sister Aimee is also very modern for her times."
Love in the Time of Covid
A Zoom Presentation
February 12th at 7 pm & February 13th, 2021 at 2 pm
6 New Short Plays by
Bridgette Dutta Portman, Richard Talavera, Neva Hutchinson
Directed by Neva Hutchinson
Original Score: Jenny Beyer Cornell
Tech Support: Cari Pang Chen
Alec Braun, Paul Costello, Rosannie Garraud, Ruth Anne Lambert, Julie Lanesey, John McGill, Alejandro Mejia, Susan Mitchell
A benefit for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Listen to the Playwrights - Green Room on Air with Ray Renati
"The War of the Worlds" was directed by Neva Hutchinson. This was a live Virtual Event and a reenactment of the 1938 broadcast by Orson Wells. The reading was for one night only. Friday, October 30 at 7:00 pm. Tickets were $10.
The Equity cast included Alec Braun, Rosannie Garraud, Lydia Cuffman, Skip Bushee, Susan Mitchell, John McGill, Morganne Ardwan and Talbott Lin.
"Hamlet's Ghost" written by Neva Hutchinson, was directed by Ray Renati. This was live Virtual Event!
This Equity reading was for two nights only. Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets were $10.
A de-constructed form of Shakespeare’s text, this play has 7 characters and the Ghost as a shapeshifter. What does the Ghost really want? Is it revenge? Or is it something else, that only Hamlet can give him?
The Equity cast included Benoit Monin as Hamlet, Louis Parnell, Norman Gee, Emily Corbo, Neva Hutchinson, Richard Talavera, Christian Haines and Allen McKelvey.
Synopsis: A romantic, bittersweet comedy, Love Letters begins when Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner are eight years old in 1937. They write to each other for 50 years, from summer camps and boarding schools, in marriage and divorce. Throughout it all, their feelings for one another are never lost.
"A play that requires no embellishment in order to become a full-bodied theatrical experience." (The Hollywood Reporter)
Written by A.R. Gurney.
Directed by Cristina Anselmo.
Featuring Ray Renati and Neva Hutchinson (both members, Actors Equity Association, Equity Project Code).
Premiered: September 15-16 2019, at the Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City.
Synopsis: Based on the hardscrabble life of entertainment evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, "Raptured" is a new play written by Neva Hutchinson.
Sister Aimee grew up in Canada, married fellow evangelist Robert Semple, and was a missionary in China. After his death, she re-married at a young age to Harold "Mack" McPherson. Feeling "the call", she left him and toured cross-country with her mother and two children, using a tent as a church building. Eventually, she founded and built the 4 Square Temple Church that stands today in Los Angeles. Her charity and media spectacles helped build her celebrity. She reached thousands of people with her preaching on the radio, and then she disappeared.
"Raptured" is about the disappearance and discovery of Aimee Semple McPherson in May of 1926. She was gone for six weeks, and claimed she had been kidnapped. A ransom was asked for and gathered. Some of her public believed that she was not kidnapped, but with her married lover, Kenneth Ormiston in a bungalow by the sea. She was called up to a Grand Jury trial on charges of loose morals.
"Raptured: the Disappearance and Discovery of Aimee Semple McPherson" is based on facts and augmented by the author's imagination.
October 26 - November 3, 2018.
Phoenix Theatre, San Francisco.
Written by Neva Hutchinson
Directed by Ray Renati
Synopsis: Catherine is a professor's widow, living as a hermit in Austin, TX, the object of much gossip and suspicion in her neighborhood, due to events surrounding her husband's death. Arturo is a Cuban refugee, a writer turned gardener, summoned to tame Catherine's chaotic back yard. Both are haunted by the ghosts of their previous lives, and both are victims of actions done in service of survival. Through an intense afternoon and evening, Arturo and Catherine will embark on a journey through their deepest fears and desires, and ultimately, find themselves on the shore of a new beginning.
Phoenix Theatre, San Francisco, October 2016.
Written by Robert Schenkkan and directed by Bruce Bierman.
Golden Thread Productions presented an Armenian Family’s Story of Survival and Reconciliation.
September 15 - October 9, 2011.
Written by award-winning playwright Adriana Sevahn Nichols. Directed by Hafiz Karmali with original music by Penka Kouneva. Commissioned by Middle East America: A National New Plays Initiative at the Magic Theatre (Fort Mason Center).
"The Women" by Clare Boothe Luce
"After Liverpool" by James Saunders