NEW WORKS FESTIVAL (The Royal Social Distancing Company, Spring 2021)
In its latest virtual offering, the recently hatched Royal Social Distancing Company made a 180 from Shakespeare to world premieres with its New Works Festival, March 6–8, 2021.
With the relaxed vibes and friendly atmosphere that infuses every RSDC production, the festival featured a slate of new works in development, ranging from the classic ten-minute one-act to excerpts from full-length plays. At the end of each, the playwright and director hosted a short talkback and question session with the audience. I found this helped deepen my own connection to the work I had just seen — by the activity and excited conversations in the Zoom chat, I found I was not alone.
Top Three Plays:
Soon, Again, Not Yet
Top Three Performances:
Joe Staton in Soon, Again, Not Yet — his nuanced work, as an ambivalent scientist faced with his partner’s invention of time travel, was as always a pleasure to watch.
Avery Banks in Garage Band — this whole ensemble was terrific, but if I had to pick a fave it’d be Banks, who gave a terrific performance as the childish, spunky drummer.
Lauren Flors in Redbeard — I’m a sucker for a good pirate impression, and she played it to the hilt!