Elmwood Playhouse presents Virtual Monologues Project
Another creative venture presented by Elmwood Playhouse for the public is the upcoming Virtual Monologues Project, scheduled for sequential release on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Friday March 12th with the last monologue released on Friday April 2nd. Presentations can be viewed on Elmwood’s Facebook page and Youtube channel. The project, spearheaded by longtime Elmwood member and director Michael Edan, is designed to bring entertainment to the community by showcasing local playwrights using an array of talented local actors in live taped performances.
Virtual Monologues will feature five local playwrights: Samuel Harps, Nicholas Nappo, Anne Connolly, Nick DeSimone, and Michael Edan. Each playwright contributed two monologues. Performers featured are: Ebonée Collens, Maiysha Jones Reilly, Michael Serpe, Ari Spence, Anne Connolly, Michael Edan, Ayse Eldek, Jerry Rago and Susan Ward. The original pieces (some extracted from an author’s play) range from comedic to dramatic, representing various locations from a jail cell to an isolated stage at 3 AM.
The ten monologues were all filmed by Steve Taylor, assisted by Allison Schneider, at Elmwood Playhouse, following Covid precautions and social distancing protocols. Various locations at the theatre were creatively utilized. Presentations filmed on the main stage were lit by Mike Gnazzo, Elmwood’s longtime resident lighting designer. Main stage set design by Ralph Felice.