Last week’s inaugural effort, Jason Pizzarello’s timely “Home Schooled,” was admittedly raw. “The whole process is still evolving,” Anderson concedes. “Between our minimal rehearsals (due to social distancing) and all the technical considerations, we’re still wrapping our heads around a lot of the variables involved. There’s bound to be a certain amount of trial and error, as we discover how to use this new platform to the best of its ability.”
Even so, "Maybe it's just out of a sense of curiosity, but we had nearly 300 people checking in at some point during that first show, so clearly there's some sort of hunger or appetite for this. In these uncertain times, it's definitely a balm for the actors, too," he says.
Upcoming installments in the Cyber Stage series include this week’s “Do You Read Me?” (by Kathryn Funkhouser), a sci-fi comedy about a diverse colony of citizens living on Mars, under the watchful eye of NASA. “The Internet is Distract — Oh, Look, a Kitten!” (by Ian McWethy) involves a young student struggling to maintain her focus while researching a term paper online. And in “Bad Auditions…On Camera” (by Ian and Carrie McWethy), a casting director seeks to replace the lead in a prime-time series, with the help of a little audience feedback.
“These might not be the most challenging or thought-provoking scripts, but they share a common levity (and) offer a great opportunity to open up the creative possibilities of telling stories in another format,” Anderson maintains. “It’s all about capturing an essence of live theater, only through a different lens.”
Through May 27. Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Attendance is free, but reservations are required.
Viewing links will be provided via email on the day of each show: "Do You Read Me?" (May 13); "The Internet is Distract – Oh, Look, a Kitten!" (May 20); "Bad Auditions…On Camera" (May 27). For more information: auroratheatre.com.