The COVID-19 pandemic has been prevailing for a while now, and many of us have turned to our screens for comfort. You’ve seen it on social media or heard it through conversations with friends — watching television and movies has been more popular than ever before.
If you’ve been leaning on your screen for entertainment, why not switch up the programming? Quarantine offers a great opportunity to expand the content we take in.
The Alley Theatre is now presenting an incredible way to further explore arts and culture. The local theater has recently reorganized its 2021 season from in-person viewings to a fully digital repertoire.
In addition, this decision to go digital opens doors for the theater, and the performing arts in general.
Over time, short plays have become somewhat of a lost art. Nowadays, it’s uncommon for companies to launch productions that last under an hour. In contemporary times, the act of going to the theater is an event within itself and often fills an evening.
With that being said, making the shift to the screen has allowed The Alley Theatre to reintroduce lesser-known acts of more brevity. The organization’s first production, “The Stronger,” is a 20-minute play that’s perfectly suited for its socially distanced audience. Written in 1889, the Swedish play is a rare gem that is sure to inspire viewers.
The Alley Theatre also finds room for experimentation by bringing on international plays. Translated by artistic director Rob Melrose, these choices invite the audience into new understandings of the art form and its history.
“A Half Sheet of Paper” and “The Man With the Flower in His Mouth” will be joining “The Stronger” at the beginning of the theater’s 2021 season. All three plays are of European origin and have been translated beautifully into English by Melrose.
Get creative about what you watch by signing on to these engaging and enriching offerings. What’s more, these productions are open to the public and completely free! For more information, please visit The Alley Theatre’s website.