It is, most certainly, a new year, with a new feeling in the air. But we struggle with many of the same challenges, not least of which is living and working at a social distance from each other. I’m ecstatic to be part of a community of theatre artists who have kept their work alive by presenting on Zoom or via various livestream platforms. My studio, Lemon Punch Theatre Lab, has rolled out four play festivals and numerous acting and playwriting courses and workshops since March, and I’ve just started another round of CLASSES.
I’ve also spent time during “lockdown” creating a new short play with my dear friends, Pamela Battin-Sacks and Steve Sacks. “I’ll Be Right There” tells the story of a long-married couple who began a trial separation right before lockdown hit in late winter of 2020. Now, almost a year later, family news and social unrest raise painful questions, and Ruth and Aaron wonder if they’ll ever see eye-to-eye.