Hoboken theater launches series of performances specifically for Zoom
A New Jersey theater unable to produce live, indoor performances because of the pandemic is now turning to a pair of veteran actors to launch a series of performances specifically for Zoom.
Acting veterans Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick play a couple who attempt to start a relationship during the pandemic. “Sitting and Talking” is a piece written for and set on Zoom. It is the first of seven virtual performances in the series “Given Circumstance,” which is about to be streamed to ticket buyers by Mile Square Theater in Hoboken. It is a way for the nonprofit theater to earn money during the shutdown.
Mile Square Theatre Artistic Director Chris O’Connor says that the plays are a way to engage actors and directors at a time when no one is working.
“Sitting and Talking” follows a mature couple growing together even if their dates are virtual.
Malick says that she believes the heart of the play is “that it’s better to take chance on romance than to play it safe, no matter what’s going on in the world. I think we can’t put ourselves on hold ‘til the end of all this before we branch out and be vulnerable with each other."