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Late last month, a small group of regional and not-for-profit theatres, all committed to finding ways to keep people connected to live theatre, came together by phone and email and Zoom to create the Play At Home project, a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all—especially for you and your family to read at home! The Old Globe is proud to join this cohort, which includes Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, with others across the country joining in. Play At Home allows theatres to fill two major goals: to steer some financial support to struggling artists, and to inspire new work at a challenging time.
The Old Globe believes that theatre matters, now more than ever, and we are determined to continue to serve the public through theatre art. We reached out to our extensive loyal cadre of artists, and these playwrights have been commissioned to create short plays for this program: Ngozi Anyanwu (playwright of The Homecoming Queen, actor in Off Broadway’s Good Grief and War); Barry Edelstein (The Old Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director; director, and author); Nathan Englander (Globe’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, The Twenty-Seventh Man); Selina Fillinger (Globe’s Faceless; The Armor Plays: Cinched/Strapped, Something Clean); Jose Cruz González (Globe-commissioned Under a Baseball Sky, Globe’s American Mariachi; Sunsets & Margaritas at Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company); Gordon Greenberg (Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, and Working; West End revival of Guys and Dolls) and Steve Rosen (Globe’s Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show; The Other Josh Cohen, Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors); Tony Meneses (Powers New Voices Festival’s El Borracho; Guadalupe in the Guest Room); Heather Raffo (Globe’s Noura; 9 Parts of Desire, Fallujah); Mike Sears (Globe workshop of When It Comes; How High the Moon at La Jolla Playhouse ); Gill Sotu (Globe-commissioned playwright and Teaching Artist for Reflecting Shakespeare); Whitney White (original concert-play Lover I’ll Bring You Back to Life, Macbeth in Stride); and Anna Ziegler (Globe’s The Wanderers and The Last Match; Actually, Photograph 51).
DREAMS ARE STRESSFUL, BUT MAYBE THEY PROVIDE INSPIRATION, WHO KNOWS
A couple who’ve been together for a while find themselves with extra time on their hands. When one partner fashions an extraordinary creation in the middle of their living room, they together revisit a trip to an exotic locale. A pivotal moment in their relationship comes back to vivid life.
Rose, 76, divorced, is on the phone with her daughter. She is asked to take her ex-husband in during quarantine. Will she do it?
With the humans quarantined at home, Nature's critters can finally come out to play! Tucked away in the cleft of a tree, a hopping piano bar hosts a motley assortment of animals, reckoning with the new circumstances of their reality over cheap booze and old love songs. They dance, they flirt, they fret, and, mostly, toast their new world.
When all the passengers of a charter plane escape a crash unharmed, they are welcomed to a remote Caribbean island by a British butler who knows all their names. The disparate group soon learns that the crash was not random but a carefully orchestrated scheme to bring them all together. And the man who is responsible has revenge on his mind.
Mali and Tony gather all of the clouds in the sky. They take them to Horton, the one who heard a Who. Everyone uses the clouds to travel beyond the sky.
At their annual gay Oscar party, friends quiz each other on actress trivia, drink Beaujolais, and try not to notice that the world is falling apart. When one arrives with harrowing clarity about why things have gone awry this year (because Jennifer Lopez wasn't nominated for an Oscar!), they all must contend with whether or not this might be true, and what perhaps can still be done to save the world. Once again, gays unite to save us all.
A mom finds herself back at the lake house where she was born and raised. Humbled (and hungry) she teaches her kids what life's about - first with olives, then with water skis. Her kids, however, have more to teach her about a world of water than she can imagine.
As the Buddy family huddles in the basement to wait out a fast-approaching tornado that is headed toward their house, Grandma Buddy looks to create a diversion by putting on a play. Hamlet. With the roles cast, rehearsal begins until the roof gets ripped off the house. However, the show must go on.
Environmental lawyer Duke "Papa" Bear must do whatever he can to save his son's life after Baby attacked the intruder Miss Goldie Locks. Her father, rich land developer Winthrop Locks, uses money and power to win the case and the hearts of the animals in this cross species courtroom drama.
LeNay and Denise are as close as a mother and daughter can be, even though they live alone and apart just like so many other women in their family. This evening, we the audience will enjoy their conversations on loneliness, cooking, and transformation.
Alexander the Great consults two of his most loyal solders about the decision to slow down and stop all the conquering. Julie, a playwright, consults her 6 year old son about writing a play about Alexander The Great. Whose ideas will prevail?