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.
This season we’re taking on a selection of Twentieth Century Classics. For the final play of the season, we chose one of the tallest mountains in the English language canon, Eugene O’Neill’s sublime family tragedy Long Day’s Journey Into Night. For this reading, we were joined by special guest star Ruth Goodwin (Private Eyes, The Howland Company) and her mother Grainne Goodwin as one of theatre’s great matriarchs Mary Tyrone.
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The Cast of Long Day’s Journey Into Night
James Tyrone- Jim Hill
Mary Tyrone- Grainne Goodwin
Jamie Tyrone- Christopher Prentice
Edmund Tyrone- Nicanor Campos
Cathleen- Ruth Goodwin
Stage Directions- Shawn Wilson