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The Subtext: Excerpts From a Lost Spring

This month, an anthology of scenes and monologues from 15 plays whose premieres were cut short by COVID-19.

Brian James Polak usually interviews playwrights for this podcast. But he’s done something different this time (as he did last time). Due to the pandemic shutdown, countless theatre productions were forced to close or never open, among them dozens of world premieres and first productions. So Brian asked playwrights with these stillborn productions to offer snippets. Herewith are scenes and monologues from 15 separate plays whose first runs were cut short. Several are performed by the actors who were originating the roles, recording from isolation all over the country, and presenting their work here for posterity.

The excerpts, with time stamps, are as follows:

2:45: Beowulf: Her Story by James Kenna, performed by Grace Fojtik
7:05: a hit dog will holler by Inda Craig-Galvan, performed by Cheri VandenHeuvel
12:09: Life on the Moon by Anna Tatelman, performed by Dan Johnson and Kathryn Mahard
15:45: Town Hall by Caridad Svich, performed by Taylor Wisham
20:45: Dhaba on Devon Avenue by Madhuri Shekar, performed by Anish Jethmalani
23:45: Emma by Kate Hamill, performed by Amelia Pedlow
25:30: Fabulous Monsters by Diana Burbano, performed by Shanelle Garcia and Julianna Stephanie Ojeda
29:13: The Night Witches by Rachel Bublitz, performed by Abigail Knighton
33:00: Bender and Brian by Trish Harnetiaux, performed by Jacob A. Ware
37:09: The Agency by Lia Romeo, performed by Ella Dershowitz
39:54: Notes & Letters by Annabelle Revak, performed by Annabelle Revak
44:11: Princess Clara of Loisaida by Matt Barbot, performed by Annie Henk
48:00: Where the Mountain Meets the Sea by Jeff Augustin, performed by Allan Washington
53:30: A Doll’s House by Emily Dendinger, performed by Patricia Noonan and Mairin Lee
57:39: The Refuge Plays by Nathan Alan Davis, performed by Heather Alicia Simms

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