Weston Playhouse virtual “One Room” monologues

WESTON, Vt. – Weston Playhouse Theatre Company launches its reimagined 2020 season with the online premiere of “One Room,” the first project in its new works initiative, Weston Writers.

“One Room” explores the events of this year by looking at our homes as spaces of possibility and creativity. In May, Weston commissioned 14 of America’s leading playwrights to create short, one-person plays that respond to the present moment and explore the questions: What makes a home? What stories might be hiding in its ordinary rooms? An acclaimed director and actor joined each writer to record the monologues, and the complete series premieres on Weston’s YouTube channel Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. with a live pre-show discussion at 7 p.m., featuring executive artistic director Susanna Gellert and select artists whose work appears that evening. Learn more at www.westonplayhouse.org/oneroom.

Gellert says, “In this moment when we cannot gather at the theatre, we wanted to connect our audience with the artists who are so important to the conversations we will all be having in the coming years, who are going to show us the way forward. The One Room project began in May, and one of the fascinating things about this project is to see artists respond to the world around them almost in real time. The immediacy and poetry of each of these short plays is incredibly compelling, and the range of stories and approaches is breathtaking. Each piece is unique, and together they create a thoughtful, beautiful and, yes, at times heartbreaking reflection of the world today.”

For local viewers, our restaurant partner MKT: Grafton will offer preorder takeout dinner and beverage options, available for pickup at Walker Farm, located at 705 Main Street, Weston, on the night of the premiere presentation. To view the full menu, visit www.westonplayhouse.org/oneroom. Orders can be placed by phone until noon, Friday, Aug. 7. Payment will be processed over the phone, and dinners will be ready for pickup from 5-6 p.m. that evening.

The box office at the Weston Playhouse remains closed for the summer, but staff will be returning voicemails left at 802-824-5288. “One Room” is presented free of charge, but gift cards for future Weston events can be purchased online at www.westonplayhouse.org.

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