"Make ‘Em Laugh” is the theme for Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Zoom Readings of Original Plays, on Friday April 23, 7pm. This show is the third installment in A2CT’s efforts to offer original content during the pandemic via Zoom.
While A2CT has hosted a weekend long new play festival for many years, the move to Zoom has created an opportunity to showcase a more diverse group of playwrights, actors and audience.
For the April show, A2CT will present, Hard Boiled by Gordon Bolar, directed by Cydney Marie, The Art Play by Ann Eskridge, directed by David Widmayer, and Veterans of Community Theatre by Jacquelyn Priskorn, directed by Trevor Maher.
Gordon Bolar is a playwright and theatre critic in Kalamazoo, while Ann Eskridge is a Detroit-based playwright and founding member of the Extra Mile Playwrights. Jacquelyn Priskorn is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter in Southeast Michigan.
Bolar’s play, Hard Boiled, is a riff on film noir and set in a suburban kitchen, and Eskridge’s play, The Art Play, uses magical realism to explore the angst of art itself. Finally, Priskorn’s play, Veterans of Community Theatre, celebrates the agony and the ecstasy of community theater.
Each play runs about ten minutes. After the performance, audience members can join a virtual green room with the artists.