Alliance for the Arts introduces The Best Seats In Your House digital theatre series

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Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts will present a series of online plays beginning May 21 at 7:30 p.m. This virtual streaming will give audiences a chance to experience theatre from their own homes during physical distancing and creates opportunities for actors in the area to perform safely from home.

The Best Seats In Your House series kicks off May 21 and continues May 28. Productions are directed by Bill Taylor and include all your local favorites including Stephanie Davis, Kayleigh O’Connell, Anna Grilli, Lemec Bernard, Imani Williams, Madelaine Weymouth, Steve Coe and Katie Pankow. 

Productions are free to stream, but a suggested donation supports the future of the arts in southwest Florida. Pre-registration is required at ArtInLee.org/BestSeat in order to provide an access link prior to showtime.

The first part of the series on Thursday, May 21 includes short one-act plays written especially for online viewing:

Taking Sum Lumps by Ken Preuss, starring Kayleigh O’Connell and Anna Grilli, directed by Bill Taylor

A young woman breaks a mirror and is offered options by an agent in charge of dispensing the bad luck. Will she spread the bad luck across 7 years or take it all in one lump sum?

Screen Time by Jonathon Ward, starring Imani Williams and Lemec Bernard, directed by Bill Taylor

Mag and Ryan, best friends since college, confront doom with Zoom, social distancing with close-up romancing in a pandemic fatigued world.

Day Four by Reina Hardy, starring Madelaine Weymouth and Steven Coe, directed by Bill Taylor

Amanda and Gabe are in Day Four of lockdown at each other’s apartments. Gabe is engrossed in video games while Andrea begins to need more. She is online and in love with him while Gabe is online and in a battle for his video game life. Will Gabe respawn in his video game or in love?

The series continues on Thursday, May 28:

Love Mom by Shelley Stolaroff Segal, starring Stephanie Davis and Katie Pankow, directed by Bill Taylor 

The last time they talked Megan called her Mom a “Karen.”  Mom found out what that means. They are miles apart from each other and not just geographically.

Last Call by Lia Romeo, starring Madelaine Weymouth and Steven Coe, directed by Bill Taylor

Eric’s plane is in a steep descent. He makes one last call to the one woman he owes an apology. Can he win back her love before the plane crashes? Which wing of the plane fell off first? Was that a baby flying through the cabin? Will Wendy ever forgive him? Was that really a baby????

Productions are free to stream, but a suggested donation supports the future of the arts in southwest Florida. Pre-registration is required at ArtInLee.org/BestSeat in order to provide an access link prior to showtime.

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