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15Jul/20

THE ROOM PLAYS: THE LIVING ROOM PLAYS

the living room plays

Who: Eden Theater Company
What: Short Zoom plays about isolation
Where: Zoom room and Facebook Live
When: Thursday, July 16, free with RSVP, 8:00
Why: Last month New City-based Eden Theater Company presented The Bedroom Plays, the first installment in its Room Plays trilogy, each of which consists of three ten-minute plays dealing with isolation during the pandemic lockdown. Jake Brasch’s The Man in the Fuchsia Mask, Cassandra Paras’s Daeva, and Tracy Carns’s In a Bubble, with Only You offered intriguing looks into what life is like in the age of coronavirus. As ETC explains, “This series of short plays are at-home productions that take place in the rooms that we create for ourselves, and the rooms from which we have no immediate exit. The Room Plays provide an empathetic vantage into different experiences, different traumas, and different states of spiritual well-being while in quarantine.” Moving from the bedroom to the living room, the July 16 livestreamed show features Mario Gonzales’s postapocalyptic snapped-shot, directed by Ran Xia and starring Frank Humphries as a Civil War-obsessed loner; Amanda Enzo’s First Day, in which Enzo portrays an art history professor; and husband-and-wife Annie Larussa and Mark Moses’s The Pedicure, in which Larussa and Moses play a couple dealing with NY on PAUSE. The female-driven ETC, led by producing artistic director Diane Davis and creative artistic director Paras, will head toward the bathroom for the intimate finale, scheduled for August 6.

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