The Playhouse in the Park recently commissioned 10 local playwrights to craft monologues on the theme of hope. Each will be performed by local artists and posted to the theater's social media pages. The monologues are poised to be a fresh, interactive way for members of the community to be inspired during the current stress-inducing climate.
“Given the state of the world, we wanted to reach out with a message of hope and resiliency,” said Blake Robison, artistic director, in a release. “Commissioning these monologues is our way of supporting our talented, local artists and engaging our audiences at the same time.”
The Playhouse has just released the first in the series, aptly titled Hope. It was written by Jennifer Joplin and is performed by Annie Fitzpatrick.
In the monologue, Fitzpatrick says, "The desire to hug is so strong right now — we just can't wait to hug again. And so in the meantime, we simply must amplify all the hope we can find and bat-signal it out to everyone else."
The monologues will be released weekly.
Upcoming works are:
- Fifty-Eight Cents, written by Trey Tatum and starring Jordan Trovillion
- Bella Ciao, written by Joseph McDonough and performed by Kevin Crowley
- Hope Deconstructed, written by Torie Wiggins and performed by Ernaisja Curry
- Our Diner, written by Paul Strickland and performed by Justin Baldwin
- The Imitation Challenge, written by Darnell Pierre Benjamin and performed by Caitlin McWethy
- Play for Our Time, written by Brant Russell and performed by Barry Mulholland
- An Ancient Prayer, written by Caroline Stine
- And Love Gives, written by Paul Shortt