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Letter from the ED: The Case for Virtual Theatre

Nov 5, 2020

I know. I KNOW. Virtual theater is not like the real thing. We all miss live performance. We miss browsing the program book before the show begins. We miss running into friends and colleagues in the lobby and waving at folks from across the theater. We miss being transported for two hours. We miss enjoying outdoor theater without masks and pulling our blankets up close to our friends. I even miss obsessively checking my phone to make sure I have indeed turned it off before the show starts. 

There is nothing like live theater, but at this time, I want to encourage you to enjoy the amazing virtual theater that the Philly theater community is producing. I promise you, you’ll enjoy it, and you’ll also be supporting the hard working organizations and artists who are doing their best to continue to create and sustain during these times. 

Coming up in the next month I recommend: 

SUPERHOST from Lightning Rod Special, a Halloween audio thriller that unfolds over a series of voicemails to Adrian, the owner of a beautiful Airbnb in rural Maine.

exxx...stasis, exxx...hale…, written by Alexandra Espinoza. A couple is trying to make their socially distanced relationship work and keep things sexy. When they join a Zoom-room nightclub the two love birds are thrust beyond their mundane digital world into an intoxicating new dimension.

Welcome to Matteson from Passage Theatre Company. A suburban couple hosts a welcome-to-the-neighborhood dinner party for their new neighbors — a couple recently (forcibly) relocated from Chicago’s roughest housing project — and it’s anything but welcoming. A dark intra-racial comedy about reverse gentrification and how we deal with the “other” when the other looks just like us.

And of course, I hope you will join us for Theatre Philadelphia: A Celebration on November 16th. It's going to be a nice look back at all the great work done last season and an opportunity for our community to gather socially for some Zoom room fun. 

-LaNeshe