Kentwood Players presents
New Playwrights’
Virtual Theater Series

As the opening approached of our March–April 2020 show, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, we became increasingly aware of the danger of the COVID pandemic. And on the afternoon before it was to open, we realized that it was just too dangerous to bring audiences into the theater—it was really too dangerous even to bring the actors together (unless they wore masks and practiced social distancing).

While we were meeting virtually via Zoom and bemoaning that we couldn’t do new theater, we realized that the video conferencing platform that we were using was the answer to the problem. Cast members could perform and audience members could attend, all in their own spaces (maybe even in different states). We could even comment dramatically on the isolation the pandemic imposes on us.

So, we decided to do a Virtual Theater Series of short new plays to be presented over a video conferencing platform. So far we have selected:

  • Zoom Date, written and directed by Stanley Brown, September 2020
  • Recipe, by Robert Weibezahl, directed by Sam Gianfala, November 2020
  • Together, Apart, by Cassidy Kepp, directed by George Kondreck, December 2020
  • Three Syllables of Shame, by Rom Watson, directed by Catherine Rahm, January 2021
  • Surf’s Up, by Ken Levine, directed by Alison Boole, February 2021
  • State of Independence, by Paul Koster, directed by Susan Weisbarth, March 2021

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