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.
For Sorkin Season, our troupe will be reading selections from the work of Aaron Sorkin both onstage and onscreen.
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David Sarnoff- Luis Fernandes
Philo Farnsworth- Andrew Patti
Young Philo/Betty/Actor #1/Jerry/Banker #1/Lippincott – Nicole Falgoust
Young Sarnoff/Cliff/James/Banker #2/Bartender/Man/Stenographer- Alison Louder
Tolman/Mr. Gardner/Everson/Radio Voice/Sales Rep – Christopher Prentice
Russian Officer/Mrs. Gardner/Harlan/Actor #6/ Louis- Elizabeth Morriss
Man #1/Harbord/Actor #4/ Schenck/Voice Over- Robert Skanes
Wachtel/Stan/Banker #3/Usher/Bar Patron- Leigh
Simms/Lizette/Actor #5/Photographer/Advisor/Fairbanks- Hilary Wartinger
Woman from the Crowd/Pem/ Analyst/Actor #7/Judge- Laura Hubbard
Chairman/Agnes/ Actor #2/Maitre’ d/Solomon/doctor #2/Mina- Elizabeth Ramirez
Gorrell/ Party Guest/Actor #8/Lennox- Saiya Floyd
Atkins/Gifford/Trader/Pickford/Secretary- Shalyn McFaul
Wilkins/Waiter/Ridley/Broker/Zworykin- Joshua McFaul
Crocker/Actor #3/Howard/doctor #1/Lawyer- Miriam B