(SUMMIT, NJ) — Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre will present a reading of Lia Romeo’s play, Sitting and Talking, on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30pm on Zoom. This play, written for performance on Zoom, is an intimate look at a new relationship during the pandemic. The performance will be followed by an online talkback with the playwright and artists.
Sitting and Talking reflects on our human need to connect, no matter what the circumstances. Charles and Enid are in their sixties, and have never tried online dating before, especially not over video chat. But now that they’re confined to their homes, there’s a first time for everything. A love story for this moment, Sitting and Talking is directed by Laura Ekstrand (Livingston) and features actors André DeSandies and Gail Lou (Englewood).
Lia Romeo’s plays have been produced at the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, 59E59, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, Dreamcatcher Rep and others. Her work has been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, the Lark, San Francisco Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and elsewhere. She received a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship in playwriting from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, and was the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright-in-Residence at Writers Theatre of New Jersey. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA, and she teaches in the MA program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The performance will be on Zoom at 7:30 on Thursday, November 12, and the registration fee is $15. If attendance is not possible live, register for the event and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a link to a recording of the show that must be watched by November 19. The direct registration link is: Sitting and Talking.
Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994 as a non-profit professional ensemble of actors, a subset of whom perform in every production. The mission of our ensemble is to build community with the audience by sharing contemporary, life-affirming stories that challenge, energize and entertain. We seek to expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own, to awaken their imaginations and create empathy for others. The company focuses on deepening the experience of our patrons by supplementing the performances with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks and interactive programs.
Dreamcatcher’s core company of professional local actors performs contemporary work that entertains and challenges, and has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people. The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improv comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.
Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, The Summit Area Public Foundation, and many other corporations, foundations and individuals. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is a senior member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.