Donations to help defer the costs of putting on this live-streamed event are much appreciated.
Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, is presenting its first-ever free virtual event, COVID Diaries: Notes from the Frontlines, a mix of 11 original short plays and monologues inspired by recent events, written by WCT members and featuring WCT actors. The production will stream live Saturday, June 27 at 8 pm.
The plays, all dealing with coronavirus in ways dramatic, comedic, and somewhere in-between, are:
The Rash by Enid Breis and Bob Zaslow - A woman talks to her psychotherapist to help her understand why she is so tormented during these turbulent times.
Snapshot/America by Elaine Hartel-Poritzky –A mother joins a protest at the White House to reopen business and spur the economy.
The Remaining Pleasures by Stephen and Sandra Hersh -Divorced for over 30 years, Shirley and Marvin share their different lives over FaceTime.
Hugs by Shelley Lerea- Two people discover how to hug, when hugging is not allowed.
One of Those People by Carol Mark - An innocent stroll down the multi-purpose everyday cleaner aisle... What could go wrong?
COVID Singles Meet by Susan Ward and Julie Griffin - A catfish on a dating website catches more than she was expecting.
Perspective by Evelyn Mertens - Who has the advantage point? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.
Coronavirus in the Kitchen by Schuyler Bishop - Are the germs outsmarting the wipes?'
The Bookstore by Serena Norr - When a woman’s ex- shows up at her new dream bookstore, tensions reveal connections that refuse to be shelved.
To Write, or Not to Write by Barbara Dana - A writer struggles to work at a time of great tragedy and unrest.
Love in Quarantine by Kimberly Mallory – While fear and uncertainty ravages the inner city, an engaged couple struggles to cope with the fragility of life and the possibility that all may not go as they had planned.
The pieces will be directed by WCT members Susan Ward, Nate Flower and Mel Nocera.
The cast includes: Missy Flower, Susan Ward, Julie Griffin, Elaine Hartel-Poritzky, Anne Hammond, Mike Meth, Rebecca Werner, Maiysha Jones Reilly, Dameon Reilly, Christine Fonsale, Sean Weil, Scott Faubel, Emily Aronoff, Rick Apicella, Enid Breis and Marisa Lowe.
2020 Living Art Event
The 2020 Living Art Event, a collaboration of the Ossining Arts Council and Westchester Collaborative Theater, will be postponed to later in the year. This crowd pleasing, docent-lead tour of an art gallery including the performance of seven new plays is a highlight of our season. We look forward to bringing it you once the health crisis has passed.
Hudson Valley New Voices Festival
The Hudson Valley New Voices Festival, originally scheduled for performances this spring, has been rescheduled to later in the year. This innovative and inclusive reading series will focus on the works of high school and college students, seniors and people of color who reside in the Hudson Valley region.