Stage West presents October Playlets, three short plays written specifically to be live-streamed, now through October 18. The Playlets consist of Hey Stranger, by Steph Del Rosso, Intro to Fiction, by Ken Urban and Boredom, Fear and Wine, by Craig Pospisil.
In Hey Stranger, Eve and Gideon are catching up for the first time in years after a messy breakup. As old feelings and new curiosities arise, the purpose for this reunion is revealed - and everything that could possibly go wrong, does. A comedy about mixed signals, loneliness, bad internet connection, and one very precocious high schooler.
Intro to Fiction centers around Ryan and Clara, a university professor and his student. During virtual office hours, Ryan discusses Clara’s latest short story, which feels a little too familiar and a little too close to home. As they grapple with what is real and what is fiction, teacher and student must both reckon with how to write a good ending. A touching piece about where we find inspiration and how we honor it.
Boredom, Fear and Wine features Harper and Jess, who are meeting online for a virtual therapy session in the midst of a global pandemic. Between the disease and being confined at home, Harper is at wits end. Jess tries to be a sympathetic ear, but things are not quite as they seem and the session goes off the rails. A short farce about breakdown in lockdown.
The three pieces were written for online theatre, and each is set in a virtual meeting space. Instructions for accessing the online performance as well as the passcode for the live stream will be sent to patrons via email. All three of these will be broadcast with professional equipment, and the live feeds will be interwoven in real time by a technical director. Stage West audiences should find it to be a highly entertaining evening (or afternoon) of theatre.
October Playlets will be directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene, who works with the Dallas Theater Center as Regional Casting Director, and who directed last year’s national tour of Hamilton. The cast features: Hey Stranger: Mitchell Stephens (who appeared in our recent presentation of Everything Will Be Fine), Liz Tancredi, and Carrie Viera, Intro to Fiction: Vero Maynez and Steven Pounders (last seen at Stage West in Ada and the Engine), and Boredom, Fear and Wine: Stage West’s Dana Schultes and Mark Shum. Liz Tancredi, Carrie Viera, and Vero Maynez are making their Stage West debuts.
October Playlets will run through Sunday, October 18. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00. Ticket prices per household will be $30. There will also be VIP tickets available for $35, which will include a link for a separate, moderated 20-minute pre-show talkback with the director or one of the playwrights.
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Stage West Presents
Now – October 18
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