These are crazy times and we’ve all taken on a bunch of new projects as we socially isolate in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
We’re donating where we can, we’re cleaning the pantry, we’re organizing the 2300+ title dvd library. We finished work on the Nominee Interview Series even though the live event for our yearly Critics’ Pick Awards had to be cancelled (we’ve still got trophies to give out, eventually). We started the Corona Movie Club to help curb our boredom and constant need to talk about movies with other human beings. I’m even watching network procedurals and actually writing about them.
But what we all really need is comfort. We need our favourite things and our favourite people and right now those are hard to come by so we have to do everything we can to bring them together whenever possible. Our solution was to gather some of our favourite people every Saturday night throughout quarantine to read scripts over Zoom. We read all 38 Shakespeare plays in six months. Then we kept going. We decided to create mini-seasons featuring highlights from the canons of major writers across generations, plus a few bonus episodes thrown in. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned.
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Lubov Andreyevna Ranevsky- Shalyn McFaul
Anya- Miriam Bachman
Varya (Barbara)- Cass Van Wyck
Leonid Andreyevitch Gaev- Nicanor Campos
Ermolai Alexeyevitch Lopakhin- Michael Ross Albert
Peter Sergeyevitch Trofimov- Mikaela Dyke
Boris Borisovitch Simenov-Pischin- Elizabeth Morriss
Charlotta Ivanovna- Torey Urquhart
Simeon Panteleyevitch Epikhodov- Fabiana Cabral
Dunyasha (Avdotya Fedorovna)- Gaby Grice
Fiers- Nicole Falgoust
Yasha- Elizabeth Ramirez
Tramp/Station Master- Laura Hubbard