I had a few minutes on my hands, so I decided to start ZOOM THEATRE, a new theatre for live performances on the web. There are three critical components that are core to Zoom Theatre.
First is that every performance is live for a limited, pre-registered audience. Second is that shows are staged specifically for webcam presentation to take advantage of strengths and minimize the weaknesses of this medium. Third is the audience can choose to fully participate in the show by opening their mics. This brings the audience into the event so that the actors can hear them laugh and cry and clap right along with them.
While there are many technical and aesthetic challenges, there have also been some pleasant surprises. Being able to work with actors in different states, low cost to produce and a 3 week production calendar are just a few.
Our first production will be David Mamet's amazing and beautiful REUNION & DARK PONY staring the incomparable David Yen and Voni Kengla.After REUNION, we will be presenting LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan and ACTUALLY by Anna Ziegler.
I’m sensing that this may be one of the few ways to present live theatre for many months to come.