The Friends recorded on June 23 where they discussed the news that Broadway will not be back until January 2021 (at least). They also went into a deep dive on 2666 by Seth Bockley and Robert Falls—a five-hour play adaptation of the Roberto Bolaño novel, that is currently available to stream for free at the Goodman Theatre’s website.
Then they hop on a Zoom call with Raúl Esparza, where Jose manages to hide his excitement and act like a professional. The four-time Tony nominee has been doing a lot of virtual theatrical experiences, including hosting the Stephen Sondheim birthday special, Take Me to the World, and doing a monologue from his kitchen. Esparza talks about getting type-casted and how he hopes the theater of the future will be cheaper. This weekend, he will be doing a live reading of the comedy Tartuffe, produced by Molière in the Park.
Here are links to things that Friends talked about in this episode.
- 2666 at the Goodman Theatre
- The Guardian: “Barcelona opera reopens with performance for more than 2000 potted plants”
- Kotaku: “Pokémon Plush Toys Gather To Watch Korean Baseball”
- Broadway News: “Broadway shows expected to remain closed through early January”
- Tartuffe from Moliere in the Park
- Seared by Theresa Rebeck at MCC Theater.
- Raúl Esparza doing a 24-Hour Play monologue
- Take Me to the World: Stephen Sondheim’s 90th Birthday Celebration
- Lindsay Mendez’s Tony Awards acceptance speech
- Mixed Blessings at the Coconut Grove Playhouse
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