Pioneer Theatre Guild’s “Play at Home” project is available by live-streaming Dec. 4 through Dec. 6
When COVID-19 put a pause on live productions, a group of theatre companies from across the country came together in the spirit of resilience, adaptation, and community, to commission a series of short plays to inspire joy and connection for all.
Pioneer Theatre Guild will virtually present eight of these plays from 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 6.
The cast and crew include 70 students from Pioneer, Community, Skyline high schools.
Pioneer student Zoe Resendez, one of the “Play at Home” directors, said the project was a great learning experience.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching the PTG family come together and work to create something we’ve never done before,” she said. “Even through the Zoom screen, I still felt included and connected to those that were a part of the project. It felt really great to get back to creating art and work with a small group who loves theatre as much as I do. This being my first time directing, it was really special to have such a supportive group of people on my team. Throughout this experience, I have been reminded of how much talent, support, and love for each other lies within the heart of PTG.”
Producer and directing mentor Jayme Kelmigian said PTG was attracted to this particular project because it allowed students to spend time together collaborating, rehearsing, and performing with one another.
“It was important for our students to direct and work with a small cast and crew so they could have a creative outlet during this difficult time of isolation,” she said. “While this is certainly different from live theatre as we know it, it is something we are proud of and excited to share with audiences virtually.”
The plays include:
“A Wing and a Prayer” written by Josie Seid.
An untitled collection of words to be read out loud in a room together, written by Sam Chanse.
“Pets Need Privacy Too” written by Madeline Sayet.
“Real Life RPG” commissioned by Baltimore Center Stage and written by Renaldo Piniella.
“Recipe Inside” written by Emily Zemba.
“Smiling in Place” commissioned by Relative Theatrics and written by Dale Dunn.
“The Librarian (for the Public Theater)” written by Hansol Jung.
“Three Love Songs” commissioned by Portland Center Stage and written by Anya Pearson.