Are you ready for some theatrical fun this weekend?
Local community troupes Theatre III in Acton and the Weston Friendly Society have partnered to present two evenings of original 10-minute plays, written by local authors, including Jerry Bisantz, a Lowellian and theater professional.
Six plays will stream Friday, June 4, and seven will stream on Saturday, June 5. Both start at 8 p.m.
From the comedy of speed-dating over Zoom to the heartbreak of family tragedy to the sweetness of true love, these plays have it all — in only 10 minutes apiece.
“Join us for an evening of creative theater as we bring the 2020-21 online season to a close,” says the press release.
Bisantz is pleased that his new “gender-bending” satire, “Assignations,” will air on this evening of short plays on Friday at 8 p.m.
“Assignations” is the second play on the agenda and was filmed on Zoom, with actors Drew Shadraway and Claire L Shadraway.
“I am new to this Zoom world, but I think it came out pretty well, and, hey, it’s all about the script, right? My actors were great, and I am sure this play will cause some folks to think. Or, at least (gulp) laugh!” said Bisantz.
Other plays include “When the Flowers Bloom,” “Round and Round,” “Didi and Gogo Walk the Grounds,” “The Medium Retires,” “Six Impossible Things Before Coronavirus,” “Zoom Dating,” “Scotch Please,” “The Quiz,” “Dog’s Dinner,” “The List,” “To Sit in the Dark” and “Valentine.”
The plays stream on Zoom.
In the wings
HUNTINGTON REOPENS: It has been a while, but the Huntington Theatre Company returns to live shows in late August. Performances are in its smaller space at the Calderwood at the BCA, Tremont Street in the South End, while its main stage, Huntington Theatre, undergoes a major renovation. The lineup starts with “Hurricane Diane,” by Madeleine George, Aug. 27-Sept. 26. It’s a roof-raising new comedy by a Pulitzer Prize finalist, set in the New Jersey suburbs and focusing on climate change. The season continues with “Witch,” a fiendishly funny new play by Jen Silverman, Oct. 15-Nov. 14; “Teenage Dick,” Mike Lew’s modern look at “Richard III,” Dec. 3-Jan. 2. Next up is “The Bluest Eye,” based on Toni Morrison debut novel and adapted by Lydia Diamond, Jan. 28-Feb. 27 and Heidi Schreck’s “What the Constitution Means to Me,” Febr. 22-March 20 (at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre). The final shows, back at Calderwood, include “Our Daughters, Like Pillars,” an epic family saga about a contemporary Black family by Boston local Kirsten Greenidge, April 8-May 8, and “Common Ground Revisited,” based on J. Anthony Lukas’ Pulitzer Prize-winning work and conceived by Melia Bensussan and Kirsten Greenidge, May 27-June 26. For subscription and Flexpass info and purchases, visit www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/2021-2022.
AND ANOTHER REOPENING: Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham returns with season 22. Shows include a world and a New England premiere, a comic adaptation of a classic thriller, an a cappella holiday musical and something so special, it’s still TBA. Productions include “The 39 Steps,” based on the Hitchcock thriller, starting Sept. 23. For the holidays, GBSC presents Peter Rothstein’s “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.” 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 GBSC favorites Christopher Chew and Bryan Miner. To welcome 2022, it’s “Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.” The New England premiere revolves around the comical shenanigans and sins of a 1970s Irish Catholic family. In April comes Christopher M. Walsh’s world premiere of “Miss Holmes Returns,” based on the characters by Arthur Conan Doyle. The season concludes with a TBA. Memberships are on sale for Season 22. All Access, Premier Flex, First Look Flex and Wednesday Matinee Flex Subscriptions are available from $200-$375. For more information or to purchase a subscription, call GBSC’s Box Office at 781-279-2200, or visit www.greaterbostonstage.org.
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