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In response to the recent COVID-19 limitations affecting the theatre community and beyond, Normal Ave is excited to announce QuaranStream, a free series of commissioned world premiere digital plays on Facebook Live and IGTV. Normal Ave will be canceling the remainder of it’s live programing for the 2019-20 season, including the revival of Suzan Lori-Parks’ The Book of Grace. Normal Ave will resume in-person programming when responsible in the Fall of 2020.


Each week, Normal Ave will give two living playwrights a paid micro-commission to write a 10-minute play. Each playwright will be paired with a director, a group of actors, and given a title. Playwrights are then encouraged to write a ten minute play that is meant to be performed in quarantine, using the environments and materials that each actor has available to them in their homes. Throughout this challenging time, Normal Ave is interested in exploring the question of how we create with what we're given, in the circumstances that we are all bound by.

QuaranStream will begin on April 9 on Facebook Live and IGTV.  Their works will be directed by a member of Normal Ave’s artistic producing team. Readings will feature James Scully (YOU on Netflix), Sara Kapner (The Band’s Visit National Tour), RJ Vaillancourt (Saint Joan), and more. 


QuaranStream will be produced by Shannon Molly Flynn, Jeremy Landes, and Kylie M. Brown and virtually stage managed by Jenna Ng Lowry. Noah Befeler will produce the live stream.


"While we, along with hundreds of other theaters, are faced with uncertainty, our commitment to fostering and giving a platform to new works, practicing radical audience accessibility, and inviting collaborative freedom is not going anywhere", said Normal Ave's Executive Director Jeremy Landes. "We cannot wait to share these nine bold and wonderful new short plays with the community.”

Week 4

I Liked Bill Cosby as a Child and Now I Feel Guilty

Friday, May 1, 8 PM

written by Enzo Gattuccio

directed by Kylie M. Brown

featuring Katie, Marcia, and Jim Croyle

QuaranStream: In Development

An Excerpt From You'll Know When You Get There

Saturday, May 2, 8 PM

written by Lilly Camp

directed by Jeremy Landes

featuring Olivia Hartshorn and Erin Walsh

I Liked Bill Cosby as a Child and Now I Feel Guilty

Sunday, May 3, 8 PM

written by Paige Zubel

directed by Shannon Molly Flynn

featuring Reed CampbellIlana Gabrielle, Gavin Earl Johnson,
Lexi Orphanos,Jake Parisse, Paul Pilcz, and Alanna Saunders

Past Productions:

Week 1 - Organic Produce is More Expensive

April 9, 8 PM - Yianni Papadimos

directed by Kylie M. Brown

featuring RJ Vaillancourt and Sara Kapner

April 12, 8 PM - Megan Chan Meinero

directed by Shannon Molly Flynn

featuring James Scully, Mel WeynClaire Saunders, and Tommy Heleringer

Week 2 - Horton Hears a Cough

April 16, 8 PM - Andrew Frye

directed by Jeremy Landes

featuring Drew Carr and Pascal Portney

April 19, 8 PM - Lily Houghton

directed by Shannon Molly Flynn

featuring Kirsten Harvey and Jake McCready

Week 3 - Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?

April 23, 8 PM - Gillian Beth Durkee

directed by Kylie M. Brown

featuring Drew Lewis and Sabina Freidman-Seitz

April 26, 7:05 PM - Harron Atkins

directed by Jeremy Landes

featuring Starr Kirkland, Justin Sams, and Jeorge Bennett Watson


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