As If Theatre presents The Quarantine Quickies

Monday, May 4, 2020

As If Theatre presents 
A Virtual Short-Play Reading Series

As If Theatre Company (AITC) is presenting The Quarantine Quickies, a series of recorded short-play readings, in response to the need for creative outlets during the COVID-19 stay-at-home mandates.

“We had to postpone our production of The Cake, so we knew first-hand how upsetting and disheartening it was to have the creative rug pulled out from under us,” says AITC Managing Director, Amy Gentry. 
“So many artists in the area were in the same boat, so we wanted to offer an outlet for writers, actors, and directors to virtually come together and create. The response was tremendous, and we’re thrilled with the outcome.”

AITC asked local playwrights for short scripts to be a part of the online series. The only parameters for the scripts were that they have no more than four actors and were around 10-15 pages in length.

Thirteen scripts were submitted, with stories ranging from comedies to fantasy to heartwarming tales. 26 actors and four directors brought the plays to life by rehearsing and recording the readings via Zoom. 

After recording and some simple editing, AITC is releasing a play every 3-5 days on social media and their website. Three of the 13 plays have been released and can be found HERE 

Quarantine Quickies contributing playwrights include Suzanne Bailie, John C. Davenport, Gretchen Douma, David Farkas, Amy Gentry, Caitlin Gilman, Carol Gnojewski, Marcus Gorman, Romney Humphrey, Curtis Rawls, Erika Higgins Ross, Jane Ryan, and Julieta Vitullo.

Plays are directed by Cindy Giese French, Sophe Friedman, Amy Gentry, and Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, and are performed by Michael D. Blum, Jana Blumberg, Terry Boyd, Dawn Cornell, Christie Lynn Devoe, Arwen Dewey, Maristela Diaz, Gretchen Douma, Cindy Giese French, William French, Cecelia Frye, Amy Gentry, Jason Gingold, Jalyn Green, Molly Hall, Kerry Jacinto, Jack Lush, Dan Niven, Rebecca O'Neil, Amelia Peacock, Carol Sage-Silverstein, Carrie Schnelker, Seamus Smith, Stephanie Spohrer, Karin Terry, and Paula Wilson.

The short play readings can be found online and on As If’s Facebook page.

About As If Theatre Company: Passionate and dedicated, As If Theatre Company’s ultimate goal is to bring engaging, challenging, and entertaining theater to the community just north of Seattle. Performing at the historic Kenmore Community Club, the company was started by local theater artists, Cindy Giese French, Amy Gentry, and Molly Hall, who wanted to create an artistic home in the Northend. As If is grateful for the fiscal sponsorship of Arts of Kenmore.


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