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A Case of the Zoomies

Got together with some fine folks, to fool around with the notion of Zoom Theater, how existing plays can be adapted for the new media, and new normal; also what are the prospects of new plays written for the Zoomer generation?

We got together to read Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, which turns a community arts center acting class into a microcosm of the world and relationships.

The nearly black-box setting made it ideal for Zoom, but the bizarre physicality of an acting class while trapped in a Brady Bunch-style assortment of cubes made it an interesting challenge.

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty’s six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Dramatist’s Play Service

The cast, pictured above, left to right, includes Sean Michael Rafferty, myself, and Ken Westrick. Then on the distaff side, Linda Eisen, Claire Fry, and Talia Hankin.

I look forward to playing some more in this strange new world. See you out there. In here. Whatevs.

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