News: Eden Theater Company to Present Site-Specific "The Room Plays" on Zoom

Playwright Cassandra Paras. Photo credit: Whitney Brown

Eden Theater Company (Diane Davis and Cassandra Paras, Co-Artistic Directors) will present The Room Plays, a series of new 10-minute plays by emerging playwrights, created for and presented on Zoom. Performances will be on Tuesday, June 9 at 8pm, Thursday, July 9 at 8pm, and Thursday, August 6 at 8pm, livestreamed on Zoom via Eden Theater Company’s Facebook page. Admission is FREE with donations accepted via Fractured Atlas. Each presentation will run approximately 45 minutes, with no intermission.

As our community continues to remain apart from one another, our common ground has become isolation. The Room Plays were created to continue ETC’s mission of bridging the gap between its artists and its audience by providing them with the surety that although we are apart, we are not alone. Our core value of Dedication to the Unknown has prompted the organization to explore what isolation means when we choose to isolate versus when isolation is imposed upon us.

This series of short plays are at-home productions that take place in the rooms that we create for ourselves, and the rooms from which we have no immediate exit. ETC's intended impact with The Room Plays is to provide an empathetic vantage into different experiences, different traumas, and different states of spiritual well-being while in quarantine.

The Room Plays series will be the culmination of new work from ETC's female-driven collective of emerging playwrights, actors, and technicians in three scheduled Zoom performances over the course of three months. Each evening of short plays takes place in a single room of one’s living space. The first edition of The Room Plays will occur in the Bedroom, and the second and third will occur in the Living Room and Bathroom respectively. Each series will consist of three original productions with a collaborative development process between actors, directors, and playwrights. Each playwright will draw from their experiences during isolation and create a site-specific play that ETC produces and presents via Zoom. By utilizing technology to continue ETC’s mission of dismantling the idea of otherness, this storytelling enables reflection of the experiences of all of our community during our time apart from one another.

Tuesday, June 9 @ 8pm EST

The Man in the Fuscia Mask
Written by Jake Brasch
Directed by Jordan Gemaehlich
Featuring Audrey Rapoport & Byron Anthony
The Man in the Fuchsia Mask is a story that asks the question what does a person who already lives in insolation deals with being in alone during a global pandemic. And the visitor who joins her in her isolation.

Jake Brasch (Playwright) is a Queer + Jewish + Coloradan + Playwright + Composer + Performer + Clown. He’s a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood and The Farm Theater’s Development Workshop. His writing has been developed by The New Ohio, Farm Theater, The Tank, Dixon Place, Curious Theatre Company, and DSA at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has composed and scored several films, plays, and podcasts. BFA: NYU Tisch.

Written by Cassandra Paras
Directed by Byron Anthony
Featuring Matt Pilcie & Cassandra Paras
Daeva is a short story about a young expecting couple coping with forced isolation from opposite sides of the world. Just as they near the finish line, Daeva might be the last hurdle they ever have to deal with.

Cassandra Paras (Playwright) is an NYC based writer, director and actor who performs regularly in both theatre and film. As Co-Artistic Director of Eden Theater Company, Cassandra curates the FlipSide performance series, and performed in the mainstage production of Brennan Vickery’s Scrambled Porn last season. She’s worked on many Off-Broadway shows with a variety of theatre companies such as The Brick, Vertigo Theatre, and the critically acclaimed The Amoralists.

In a Bubble, With Only You
Written by Tracy Carns
Directed by Diane Davis
Featuring Simone Grossman & Robbie Gemaehlich
On Stella and Ray’s wedding day, Ray’s holed up in a motel room, drinking whiskey and thinking about Moby-Dick, but Stella has a bone to pick and needs him to unlock the damn door. In a Bubble, With Only You is a play about what happens when different ideas about marriage and the future collide and catch fire.

Tracy Carns (Playwright) is an NYC-based playwright whose work, often about women’s roles, moves through landscape and mind-scape to reveal reality as shaken up by myth and language. Her plays have been presented by La MaMa, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, The Barrow Group, Primary Stages, and Eden Theater Company. Tracy is the inaugural winner of the Corrieri Literary Prize for her work-in-progress Stella and Ray/Things Blow In, a play cycle in conversation with Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal.


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