As we wrap our production of Do You Read Me? we want to take a moment to thank all of our audience members who joined us on our virtual journey to Mars for the first time! This was an experiment on all fronts, and we could not have done it without you. We ran the show on May 29th and 31st to sell-out (virtual) crowds, and had one encore performance on June 6th.
If you didn't get to see the show, here's the rundown:
There's a "JV" colony on Mars full of regular joes.
Nasa wants, nay NEEDS, them to grow an eggplant
The colony has some... personal issues to work out
Check out those cool cats and kittens- ahem, Actors and Technicians.
We performed the show LIVE using Zoom- and boy did we learn a lot. From new lighting considerations, to camera and microphone quality, to finding new ways to communicate with actors. Who knew that in order to successfully run a show now-a-days that you needed FOUR MONITORS in order to do a play?
Check out our "Tech Guru" Jordan's setup to run a smooth show!
We were also THRILLED to have playwright Kathryn Funkhouser join us for a talkback after the performances. It was a joy to hear about her inspiration for the play, along with her experiences while writing and now watching it being performed all over the country!
Here's the coolest Kat of them all! (Sorry, I couldn't resist)
As we continue at this unprecedented time in Theatre, we're hoping to upgrade your experiences. You'll hear more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) voices, and see a melding of the theatrical and film worlds. We're really excited to bring this new era of theatre to you, even if it's only temporary. This show was our first step in figuring out how to present theatre to you in this time. Hopefully, we'll get to a point where we can have traditional theatre experiences- but until then, we're still producing.
-Chris Freeman, General Manager