World Premiere of Cell Play, Written in Quarantine, Features Actors From Across The Country – Including Nippertown’s Patrick White

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The COVID 19 Pandemic has created some unique artistic opportunities, including the creation of an original show that will be read online by actors across the country, including our own Patrick White. There will be an online reading of Josh Romeo’s original show Cell Play. The performance of Cell Play will be presented for free via Facebook live with a talkback with the writers and the actors afterward on June 11th.

The script follows Milo Chondry and six other characters, all mirroring a part of the cell, locked in a bunker after the collapse of the government from a deadly virus. The story of their troubling life inside of Wellcare’s “safety cells” is told through their video diaries recorded on the camera provided for them.

This amazing cast is composed of performers from all over the world who were looking to fill the void of free time now in their lives. The players include Capital Region’s own Patrick White, as well as other New York natives, Matthew Tenorio and Megan Gomez-Campbell. Lila Cooper of Maryland and Kyle Munro of Massachusetts round out the North Easterns. The final two cast members are from much farther away, Andrew King from Louisiana and Mikayla Thrasher all the way from California.

Josh feels this performance medium allows the world to have easily accessible theatre in a time of uncertainty. It allows theater makers to continue to discuss the world’s issues without being in the room together. Online performances are especially good for being able to workshop new plays that were written in quarantine so they are ready to perform in person when the time comes, such as Cell Play.

Visit the Facebook event, for more information and the live reading.

In light of recent events in America and the capital region, the company of CELL PLAY will be collecting donations during the performance. The donations will be split 50/50 between The Black Theater Troupe of Upstate NY and the Albany Bail Fund for Black Lives.

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