Theatre Is Dead!
Shows in order of appearance:
Was Going To
Created By Ellie Strayer
This piece is about the specific feeling of numbness you get when you’re stuck in a routine. It’s very much a response quarantine, and it’s very much gathered from the emotional and sensory responses of someone in a post-grad position watching the rest of the world fall apart. This piece is primarily a claymation, however contains elements of frame-by-frame animation, watercolor, and pen on paper. It also includes footage from the window of a plane during a flight from Denver to Boston at the very beginning of the world unraveling (March, 2020).
*CONTENT WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON
Written by Emmy Kuperschmid Directed by Terry Kitagawa
Editing by Robyn Huey
Kitty - Lyndsay Tucker
Jess - Marth Brown
Margaret - Nina Gravlin
Kitty is a fifteen year old girl who, after being uprooted in the middle of the year, finds comfort and control in vlogging and the internet. But as her viewers increase, so do her mother's stage-mom tendencies--and what happens when Kitty makes a real life friend who wants to be in a video with her?
X-Stream: An Online Play Reading About Reading Plays Online
Written By Casandra Clifford Directed by Rebecca Schilsky
Angela - Liliana Mastroianni Hector - Sterling Ross
Tate - Erin Frances Speirs
All zoom productions are unintentionally Annie Baker plays. The prolonged silences. The awkward pauses.
The stark fourth wall created by your computer camera and the World Wide Web. One may think “hey that’s awesome! I love The Flick!” or “The Aliens is totally rad; I’d dig that happenstance,” but this unintentional theatricality comes at a price: control. As artists on zoom, we lack the ability to control pacing! Diction! WiFi! Outside car noises! Parent’s footsteps! And many other technical issues. This makes
productions- and rehearsals- harder than they’ve ever been before. In this piece, we get the inside scope on an attempted play reading. But will X-steam be an Alien success? Or a Flick turned Flop?
The Cat's Ashes
Written by Lee Harrison Daniel Directed by Ellie Strayer
This is a non-play. Whatever that means is correct. It is about everything and anything and nothing. It takes place in The Shower, Cyberspace, Starbucks but more Fucked up, and Minnesota, but it also doesn’t. Please watch it.
Zoom Haunted House
Written and Created by Eliza Kuperschmid
Featuring: Eliza Kuperschmid, Sean Cheney, Georgia Ossorguine, Addie Scenti, Grace Hill, Geri Cynamon, Maddie Sassoon, Chris Morabito, Julia Guarneri, Hannah Margolis, Kayleigh Duggan, Jordan Gonzales, Penn Hoen, Becca Schilsky, Nick Leonard, Danielle Sun, Olivia Sun
Isn’t Zoom... scary? Am I actually on mute right now? Am I stuck on mute forever? Who’s going to be in that breakout room? Are my friends shit-talking me in the private chat? Can the professor see that I’m not wearing pants?
A harrowing (and potentially silly) exploration into the horrors of video conferencing.
if this is bad don't tell me
Writing, Design, and Animation by Catie LeCours
Lew - Padraig Bond
Cora - Grace Alberti
Zosia - Catie LeCours
Jill - Amalia Culpepper-Wehr
Dorian - Patrick Carter
Niamh - Marina Kalaw
Violin - Joseph Dugan
There are two countries in this story. This Country, and the Other Country. Six people exist. Cora, a tired woman who condemns religion before it can condemn her. Lew, an eccentric man who drifts with intention. A Girl who knits sweaters, spells, promises, garlands, nests, blankets, and plots. A sweet Child who feels everything deeply. A Boy who seeks color, beauty, light— enlightenment. And Niamh, a poet.
Written and Edited by Karen Stewart
Melanie - Calliope Pina Parker
Theresa - Cornelia Silsbee
Lily - Audrey Erikson
Man - Ian LoCascio
VOICES: Giuliana Mancini, Isabella Iorio, Madeline Rose Parks, Anne McDonagh, Laurel Ledesma, Nanouli Shevardnadze, Cashel O’Malley, Jess Kantorowitz, Julia Gazzara, Jordan Hurley, Lolo Rosado, Audrey Pugh, Rachel Ruecker, Kiara Negroni-Martinez, Nora Kraft, Erin Browning, Piper Lewis, Beau Valentine LaBranch
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Everyone I sent fragments of
this play to at various early hours of the morning, GarageBand (much love), and Harry Edward Styles, the king of my heart since 2012.
See Program for Artist's Note
So, What Are You Looking For On Here?
Devised by Ellie Strayer, Kendrick Weingast, Laur Bailor
Written by Ellie Strayer
Edited by Kendrick Weingast
Voices by Dave Seidman-Joria
This piece is a meditation on the virtual dating scene, specifically dating apps, in 2020. Lifting conversations and experiences from their own lives, devisors Ellie Strayer, Kendrick Weingast, and Laur Bailor have been able to piece together emotional interactions that exist in a heteronormative space in order to explore themes of sameness, loneliness, and double standards.