After two weeks of exploring and planning with a small group, we are ready to launch our Summer Cybertheatre Exploratorium. Participation is open to anyone who is interested. Mondays will be theatre games and exercises, with drop-ins welcomed. Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be focused on exploring antiracist performance material, and we are hoping for a sustained commitment to that work. Please join us and/or spread the word on social media and email etc.
The disruption of social systems by Covid-19 has created a global time and space for reimaging and reinventing. As we enter into the challenge of reinventing the theatre for Zoom and other remote architectures, we also have the opportunity to imagine a path towards anti-racism and systemic justice. Using the tools of theatre, we will create a Brave Space, to facilitate a process that honestly examines and challenges the culture of White-Eurocentric Dominance that entangles us all.
Hope to see you there.
Michael A. Mufson
Professor of Theatre Arts, Palomar College
Theatre makers all over the world are reinventing live theatre for the Zoom format. Not to be daunted by the seismic upheaval of this brave new world, Palomar Theatre Arts students have been working to bring you two original works for this unique moment.
Haunted in Quarantine
Imagine you’re stuck in your house 24/7. I know you can…. Now, imagine your house might be haunted….!!! Haunted in Quarantine follows the Zoom meetings of an online support group for people who believe their houses are haunted as they are forced to shelter at home. Although influenced by recent generations’ love for the horror genre – this is not horror. People have enough fear right now. We set out for a fun event and have discovered so much more in the haunting metaphors. (Contains mild adult language.)
This Tiny House
A poetic theatre work for the Zoom format inspired by stories collected from our community about how Covid – 19 is affecting us. Theatre has the capacity to remind us that we are not alone. So we are mining your stories for the common threads, themes and through-lines that may help us to make some sense out of all this. In the tradition of the Greek Chorus, which always represents the greater community in Greek theatre, we are crafting the source material you have provided into a poetic expression of language, rhythm and gesture. This Tiny House will explore and expand the expressive boundaries of the Zoom container, reimagining the theatre, just as all of us are called upon to reimagine the possibilities of our world during and after the pandemic. It’s not too late to add your story. Click on this link to open the collector
All Performances Are Free. Click Here to Register.
- Friday, May 15 @ 7PM (PST) Haunted Quarantine and This Tiny House
- Friday, May 15 @ Midnight (PST) Haunted Quarantine only
- Saturday, May 16 @ 7PM (PST) Haunted Quarantine and This Tiny House
- Saturday, May 16 @ Midnight (PST) Haunted Quarantine only
Box Office Instructions
Performances are free and donations are gratefully accepted to the Palomar Performing Arts Circle. Click here to secure your tickets now.
Zoom is Easy To Do:
- Download the software on your phone, tablet, or computer. Click Here. Install Zoom
- Receive a special link and code from your event host
- Log in at the designated time to attend your event
It Can’t Happen Here Cast
Thank you to all who auditioned. I had some really difficult choices to make and you were all great. Please note that some of the ensemble roles may change due to costuming limitations or other factors. Also – there is a lot of narration by the ensemble that is yet to be assigned.
Please reply to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to acknowledge that you accept your role.
Make sure to arrive for first rehearsal at the Studio Theatre on this Monday, March 16, ready to start at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted in your schedule conflicts). We will have printed scripts for you.
|Actor||Character (Act•Scene – for single appearance characters)|
|Austin Thatcher||Doremus Jessup|
|Dylan Winston||Shad Ledue; Townsperson (1•1)|
|Macy Weinfurter||Mary Jessup; ; Townsperson (1•1)|
|Osvaldo Rodriguez||Buck Titus; Townsperson (1•1); Heckler|
|Philip King Sugui||Julian; ; Townsperson (1•1)|
|Susie Burchill||Sissy Jessup; Townsperson (1•1)|
|Thomas Welsh||Phillip Jessup; ; Townsperson (1•1)|
|Zoe Daniels||Emma Jessup; ; Townsperson (1•1)|
|Eli Questenberg||Fowler; Townsperson (1•1); Minute Man (2•2;4•4;4•5);|
|Connor Nolen||Edgeways; Swan; Minite Man (2•2;4•4;4•5); Mob (3•3);|
|Adrian Munõz||Pollikop; Townsperson (1•1); Man 2 (2•1);Minute Man (3•3;4•4); Border Guard (4•3;); President’s Guard (4•5); Prison Guard (5•1)|
|Drew Titus||Tasbrough; Man 4 (2•1); Minute Man (2•2; 3•3; 4•4; 4•5); Priest (3•1); Border Guard (4•3); President’s Guard (4•5); Seargeant (5•2)|
|Jovyn Anderson||Crowley, Bishop Prang; Man 1 (2•1); Mob (3•3); Minute Man (4•4); Doctor (5•1);|
|Matthew Jackson||Buzz Windrip; Townsperson (1•1); Mob (3•3)|
|Uriel Najera||Pascal; Townsperson (1•1); Man 3 (2•1); Mob (3•3); President’s Guard (4•5); Minute Man (4•4)|
|Elizabeth Pearson||Crowd Member 2 (1•1); Woman 2 (2•1); Jamie Johnson (2•3); Mob (3•3); President’s Guard (4•5); Minute Man (4•4); Driver (5•3)|
|Judith Pulido||Townsperson (1•1); Woman 1 (2•1); William Dooley (2•2); Mob (3•3); President’s Guard (4•5);|
|Kadijah Pointer||Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch; Lee Saranson; Mob (3•3); Farmer (5•3)|
|Gabriella LeBaron||Crowd member 1 (1•1); Woman 3 [formerly Man 5] (2•1); Mob (3•3); Dimick (4•4); Minute Man Book Burner (4•4)|
What an amazing and energizing night of callbacks! Thank you all for you time and passion. Casting this piece is a big puzzle, and so I am taking a little longer than usual to put it all together. I plan to have the cast finalized, with all the ensemble parts assigned and schedule conflicts worked out by 5PM on Thursday (tomorrow). Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Thank you to all who auditioned. The following people are called back. Doors to the Studio Theatre will open at 5:30PM and we will begin at 6:00PM. Please wear clothes appropriate for movement.
|Philip King Sugui|
It Can’t Happen Here
by Sinclair Lewis
adapted by Tony Taccone & Bennett S. Cohen
Directed by Michael Mufson
OPEN CALL: March 9, 6:30-9:00 PM Studio Theatre. (sign-up for a time-slot at the bottom of this page)
Please prepare a one-minute contemporary, dramatic monologue
CALLBACKS: March 10, 6-11PM
REHEARSALS: Monday, March 16 – Thursday May 7.
Monday-Friday 6:30 PM-10:30 PM. Some weekends possible.
Technical Rehearsals Saturday and Sunday, May 2 & 3, 10AM – 10PM
Dress Rehearsals Monday, May 4 – Thursday May 7, 5PM-11PM
Friday, May 8 • 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 9 • 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 10 • 3PM
Thursday, May 14 • 4PM
Friday, May 15 • 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 16 • 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 17 • 3PM
DESCRIPTION: A chilling adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s famous 1936 novel portraying how populist, fascism could take hold in the USA. As The New York Times describes it, “At a moment when instability seems to be the only constant in American politics, “It Can’t Happen Here” offers an alluring (if terrifying) certainty: It can happen here, and what comes next will be even ghastlier than you expect.” This is a cautionary tale and call to action for all who are concerned about the future of our democracy.
Doremus Jessup: A journalist and editor of Fort Beulah’s only newspaper, The Daily Informer. His journey from a naïve liberal to resistance fighter is at the core of the play.
Lorinda Pike: A young widow who runs a tavern. She is politically outspoken and a fearless advocate for democracy.
Emma Jessup: Married to Doremus. Mother of three grown children. Wise, loyal and supportive, her family is her world.
Philip Jessup: Doremus and Emma’s son; an opportunist and supporter of the new, fascist order.
Sissy Jessup: Doremus and Emma’s youngest daughter. Bold and courageous, she is radicalized against the rise of the demagogue Buzz Windrip and his American, fascist regime.
Mary Jessup Greenhill: A charming and vivacious woman, defined primarily by her family relationships. Daughter of Doremus and Emma. Married to Dr. Fowler Greenhill and Mother of a young son, David.
Julian Falck: A young, college educated man. He infiltrates the Windrip’s populist, paramilitary group, Minute Men. Develops a romantic relationship with Sissy Jessup.
Dr. Fowler Greenhill: A good physician and good person. Married to Mary Jessup. He risks his life to stand up for Justice.
Shad Ledue: A bitter, “forgotten man,” whose viscous, amoral actions propel him to power in the ranks of the Windrip regime.
Buzz Windrip: A charismatic demagogue who leverages his election on fear and false promises into an American fascist dictatorship.
Brigadier General Herbert Y. Edgeways • Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch • Crowd Member 1 • Crowd Member 2 • Frank Tasbrough • R.C. Crowley • David Greenhill (Offstage) • Radio Announcer (Offstage) • Bishop Prang • Buck Titus • Man 1 • Man 2 • Man 3 • Man 4 • Man 5 • Woman 1 • Woman 2 • Minute Men (Multiple; N/S) • Private William Dooley (N/S) • Emcee • Lee Sarason • Heckler • Karl Pascal • Jaime Johnson • John Pollikop • Priest • Voice (Offstage) • Effingham Swan • Guards (Multiple; N/S) • First Minute Man • Second Minute Man • Dimick/Presidential Aide • Doctor • Voice 1 • Voice 2 • Voice 3 • Sergeant • Prison Guard • Man Moving Press 1 (N/S) • Man Moving Press 2 • Farmer
Congratulations to the cast of Palomar College Performing Arts Department’s production of “MAMMA MIA” opening March 6th!
First rehearsal is Sunday, December 8 from 6-8pm in the Brubeck Theatre.
Everyone is called to the first rehearsal. If you have a conflict please contact Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all who auditioned!
DONNA: Lori Tinkle
SOPHIE: Emma Tarr
TANYA: Jadyn Ponder
ROSIE: Jennifer Young Sager
LISA: Rhiann Glaudini
ALI: Kaitlyn Rogers
SAM: Elias Questenbeng
HARRY: Cory Young
BILL: Connor Nolan
SKY: Matthew Javier
PEPPER: Christopher Eastman
EDDIE: Luis Flores Torres
FATHER ALEXANDRIOS: Michael Johansson
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- Remote Acting Classes and Productions Video Promo
- Free Summer CyberTheatre Exploratorium Launches June 22
- Palomar Pioneers of Cyber Theatre Present Haunted in Quarantine & This Tiny House On Zoom May 15 & 16
- Share Your Covid-19 Story for our Rapid Response Theatre Projects
- It Can’t Happen Here Cast Announcement
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