Rethink, Reframe, and Resume with Theater at a Distance
LOS ANGELES, California – April 15, 2020 – Little Fish Theatre paused its 19th season midstream in response to the Safer-at-Home mandates. Striving towards resilience, the company is creating new online content to stay engaged with the theater community, entertain at a distance, and encourage the continuing support of artists. A slate of live stream readings, an original web series, classes, and interviews are now on Little Fish Theatre’s Virtual Stage website.
1) New Original Series:
Little Fish original web series, created and directed by Kathryn Farren – A six-part comedy series starring all LFT Company Members. A small troupe of actors now out of work find new ways to make art in the time of Coronavirus. Episodes 1 and 2 have been released on the LFT Virtual Stage, with subsequent episodes published regularly.
2) Live Stream Readings - Free and Ticketed Access:
3 Couples / 3 Short Plays (& a Teaser!) – Written and directed by LFT Company Member Kathryn Farren and performed by real-life couples and LFT Company Members, these short plays examine life, love, and how things don’t always go as expected. An added bonus teaser of an original full-length play will also be performed. YouTube Live Sunday, April 19 at 4:00pm.
Days of Possibilities by Rich Orloff – Based on letters and interviews with students who attended Oberlin College during the 1960s, this (Zoom-adapted) play charts the journey of one college's response to the Vietnam War. Performed on the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, this piece reminds us of the strength and courage of students during that time of crisis. Directed by LFT Company Member Holly Baker-Kreiswirth, and featuring LFT Company Members. YouTube Live Monday, May 4 at 6:00pm.
Home Fires Burning by Syrie James – On the eve of their 20th anniversary, novelist Susan Ross discovers that her husband Glen is leaving her for another woman. A learning curve follows as each struggles to figure out what went wrong in their relationship. This is an exploration into the healing magic of humor, understanding, forgiveness, and love. Written by the USA TODAY bestselling author of thirteen critically acclaimed novels including the international bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. Saturday, May 23 at 4:00pm.
M*A*S*H* episode live reading, by Ken Levine – Playwright and television writing legend Ken Levine graciously donated one of his M*A*S*H television scripts to LFT. See all your favorite characters, from Hawkeye to Klinger, recreated by LFT Company Members. Viewing via Donate What You Can access link. Coming in June.
Student Written Plays – LFT Company Member Jessica Winward gathers short plays written by local high school students, to be read by LFT Company Members. It’s a Pick of the Vine, Junior! Coming soon.
3) Special Events & Recorded Content:
Classes – Company Members share their specialized talents and techniques. From songwriting, playwriting and acting, to whipping up delicious dishes in your kitchen.
Community Member Spotlights – LFT honors local San Pedro Arts District businesses and community artists who have been impacted by the Coronavirus and are focused on rebuilding the community. A reminder that kindness counts.
Director and Cast Promos – LFT is down, but not out. Take a look at promos for shows, highlighting the directors and casts of upcoming productions.
Instagram Interviews – Engaging and entertaining two-person interviews with LFT artists and playwrights, giving insight into their artistic processes and roads to production.
LFT’s Virtual Stage can be found at https://www.littlefishtheatre.org/pond/virtual/. Live Streams accessible via RSVP Links.
Donations to support the Artists at LFT can be found via: https://www.littlefishtheatre.org/pond/actor-fund/
Founded in 2002 as an artists' ensemble, Little Fish Theatre presents classic and contemporary plays in an intimate setting on Centre Street in the Arts District of downtown San Pedro.