Are you ready to have some fun at the theater this weekend?
Local community theater groups Theater III in Acton and the Weston Friendly Society have teamed up to present two evenings of original 10-minute plays, written by local writers including Jerry Bisantz, a Lowellian and a theater professional.
Six plays will air on Friday June 4 and seven will air on Saturday June 5. Both will start at 8 p.m.
From the speed-dating comedy on Zoom to the heartbreak of a family tragedy to the sweetness of true love, these plays have it all – in just 10 minutes each.
“Join us for an evening of creative theater as we wrap up the 2020-21 online season,” the press release read.
Bisantz is pleased that his new “gender-bending” satire, “Assignations”, is playing on this evening of short plays Friday at 8 pm.
“Assignments” is the second play on the agenda and was shot on Zoom, starring actors Drew Shadraway and Claire L Shadraway.
“I’m new to this Zoom world, but I think it went pretty well, and, hey, it’s all about the script, right?” My actors were great and I’m sure this play will make some people think. Or, at least (mouthfuls) of laughter! Said Bisantz.
Other plays include “When Flowers Bloom”, “Round and Round”, “Didi and Gogo Walk the Field”, “The Medium Retires”, “Six Impossible Things Before Coronavirus”, “Zoom Dating”, ” Scotch Please “,” The Quiz “,” The Dog’s Dinner “,” The List “,” To Sit In The Dark “and” Valentine’s Day “.
The pieces are streamed on Zoom.
In the wings
HUNTINGTON REOPEN: It’s been a while, but the Huntington Theater Company is returning to performing at the end of August. Performances take place in its smaller space at Calderwood at BCA, Tremont Street in the South End, while its main stage, Huntington Theater, is undergoing a major renovation. The program begins with “L’ouragan Diane”, by Madeleine George, from August 27 to September 7. 26. This is a mind-boggling new comedy from a Pulitzer Prize finalist, set in suburban New Jersey and focuses on climate change. The season continues with “Witch,” a devilishly funny new play by Jen Silverman, from Oct. 15 to Nov. 14; “Teenage Dick”, Mike Lew’s modern look on “Richard III”, December 3rd. 2. Next up is “The Bluest Eye”, based on Toni Morrison’s debut novel and adapted by Lydia Diamond, January 28 through February. 27 and “What the Constitution Means to Me” by Heidi Schreck, Feb. March 22-20 (at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater). The latest shows, back in Calderwood, include “Our Daughters, Like Pillars,” an epic family saga about a contemporary black family by Kirsten Greenidge of Boston, April 8 through May 8, and “Common Ground Revisited,” based on J. Anthony is Lukas’ Pulitzer Prize winning work designed by Melia Bensussan and Kirsten Greenidge, from May 27 to June 26.
AND ANOTHER REOPENING: Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham returns with Season 22. Shows include a world premiere and a New England premiere, a comedic adaptation of a classic thriller, an a cappella musical and something so special is still to be determined. Productions include “The 39 Steps,” based on the Hitchcock thriller, starting September 23. For the holidays, GBSC presents “All Is Calm: The Christmas Treve of 1914” by Peter Rothstein. With vocal arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach, this a cappella musical tells the remarkable true story of camaraderie, music and peace during the Christmas truce of 1914, featuring the favorites of the GBSC Christopher Chew and Bryan Miner. To welcome 2022, it is “Incident at Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours”. The New England premiere revolves around the comedic shenanigans and sins of an Irish Catholic family from the 1970s. In April, Christopher M. Walsh presents the world premiere of “Miss Holmes Returns”, based on the characters of Arthur Conan Doyle. The season ends with a TBA. Memberships are on sale for Season 22. All Access, Premier Flex, First Look Flex and Wednesday Matinee Flex memberships are available between $ 200 and $ 375. For more information or to purchase a subscription, call the GBSC ticket office at 781-279-2200, or visit www.greaterbostonstage.org.
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