Happy Spring! We hope you and yours are well.
Friday Staged Readings are back via Zoom: We celebrated Black History Month on February 12th, with our Friday Staged Reading exploring the works of Langston Hughes, under the direction of Oroki Rice. Other recent zoomed readings include: Several readings of poetry, a complete performance of Moliere’s Tartuffe, directed by Sasha Austin-Schmidt; and Calumny, a pair of staged readings of the early 20th century one-acts exploring gossip and “fake news”, directed by Andrea Holliday assisted by Marissa Tranquilli. We plan to continue our tradition of First Friday Staged Readings (through the medium of Zoom while we need to), and we’re also adding a monthly Second Saturday Reading opportunity for anyone who wants to “Zoom in” and read selected works together; it’s fine to just join to listen too.
In the midst of pandemic fears, social distancing and talk of vaccination, we’ve been experimenting with read-alongs via Zoom and, while the weather was fine, in-person, carefully-distanced readings of Shakespeare in Nichols Park. Incipient Spring weather may tempt us to think about resuming in the not-too-distant future.
This past fall, in our biggest pandemic production to date, the Players re-imagined of our traditional October Evening of Horror & Suspense for a “new-fangled, physically-distanced tradition.” Susan Harris directed the actors in zoomed rehearsals. Corinna Christman, with Bill Hohnke, Logan Conley and Rachel Baker, created the sound design, and edited and live-streamed on our Youtube the four different stories on the evenings of October 30 and 31st. You can listen to both those shows by clicking through on the link above.
The Players are continuing to brainstorm and plan ways to bring you theater within the constraints of the world we all find our selves in. We’ll try to keep the website up to date as plans mature and dates are set, but we also encourage you to subscribe to our e-mail list (at the bottom of the homepage of this website) and to watch our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute news of what’s happening at Hyde Park Community Players.
Here’s hoping for live theater in 2021! We look forward to emerging into each new phase of our progress through this strange time, and we hope you’ll enjoy traveling with us.
Stay safe. Be well and happy!