The Friends recorded on June 29. They open the show by talking about Zoom plays, what’s been working about them, what hasn’t been working, and things they’ve seen on Zoom that they love. Then they talk about two shows they’ve seen. First, To My Distant Love from On Site Opera, an opera done over the telephone (remember those?). Then they talk about a play they watched on BroadwayHD: Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau, about a Black mother who is worried about how her son is doing in school, and how the play really benefited from multiple viewings.
This week’s guest is Taylor Reynolds, who is one of the artistic leaders of the Obie-winning Movement Theatre Company in New York City. She talks about how the company was created (to provide opportunities for young artists of color) and what they’re doing now: giving love to designers who are out of work, and don’t have Zoom plays to keep them creative. Reynolds is also a director, whose work on Plano by Will Arbury blew both of the Friends’ minds when it played Off-Off Broadway last year. She also talks about how she wraps her head around super-weird theater.
Here are links to things that Friends talked about in this episode.
- To My Distant Love from On Site Opera
- Pipelineby Dominique Morisseau
- Hit Play from the New York Neo-Futurists
- Diana Oh’s My H8 Letter To The Gr8 American Theatre
- Tartuffe from Moliere in the Park
- Sing Street‘s Facebook concert
- Desire: A Sankofa Dreamby Maria Bauman-Morales
- Token Theatre Friends’s interview with Mirirai Sithole
- The Movement Theatre Company’s 1Move Program
- Planoby Will Arbury
- What to Send Up When It Goes Downby Aleshea Harris
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