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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Irina Abkadina- Anne van Leeuwen
Constantine Treplieff- Saiya Floyd
Peter Sorin- Weldon Goree
Nina Zarietchnaya- Hilary McCormack
Ilia Shamraeff- Christopher Prentice
Paulina- Marlo K Shaw
Masha- Rebbekah Vega-Romero
Boris Trigorin- Shalyn Bass-McFaul
Eugene Dorn- Miriam B
Simon Medviedenko- Laura Hubbard
Jacob- Hilary Wartinger
Cook- Nicole Falgoust