Sundog Theatre’s ‘Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry’ to happen nearly this yr


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Sundog Theatre is taking its annual efficiency schedule to the digital house amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The theater firm, used as a inventive outlet for native actors, playwrights and manufacturing crew, will proceed its “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry” sequence nearly this yr from March 20 to April three.

“This previous yr, most conversations and information handled the pandemic,” stated Sundog’s government director Susan Fenley. “We needed to current totally different takes on how individuals are working by way of it. Among the performs are fairly humorous, whereas others are poignant and thought scary. ‘Scenes’ has a following that’s awaiting our digital presentation this yr. I don’t suppose our proficient staff will disappoint.”

“Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry” consists of six one-act performs set on or across the ferry. Yearly, writers are requested to include a typical theme of their submissions. This yr, in gentle of present occasions, playwrights from all through america submitted scripts that illustrate post-COVID-19 realities. Most of the submissions inform tales with humorous or dramatic tones.

Designated judges from Sundog selected six of the submitted performs to obtain a monetary award and distant manufacturing privilege.

Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2020. (Courtesy/Karen O’Donnell)

The profitable productions are:

“Simply Cease!” by John Reoli Jr. of New York; directed by Barbara Brandt

That includes actors: Quint Spitzer and Ale Weinberg

Description: 5 months into the pandemic, Frederick and Orlando discover themselves using the Staten Island Ferry, the place a cough takes them again in time.

“Protected Harbor” by Matthew Gilleece of Staten Island; directed by Money Tilton

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That includes actors: Claudia Minor Troyer and Michael Schiavo

Description: Robin, an effectivity skilled, notices Donald, an entrepreneur, doing one thing unlawful. Their personalities conflict — however can their battle of wits develop right into a mutually helpful association?

“That’s the Spirit!” by Carole Kass of Staten Island; directed by Hadly Patterson

That includes actors: Sabrina Kalman, Emma Pittman and Lee Tennenbaum

Description: For one Staten Islander, a routine journey on the ferry turns into the voyage of a lifetime, because of some extraordinary guests.

“The Final Authorized Pub in New York” by Mike Veasey of Staten Island; directed by Ken Tirado

That includes actors: Matthew Gilleece, Sheena Rodriguez and Israel Adam Wasserstein

Description: Passengers get pleasure from a night trip, realizing that they’re sitting in the one indoor house in NYC the place they’ll get pleasure from drinks with buddies.

“The Lighthouse Keepers” by Alli Hartley-Kong of Caldwell, N.J.; directed by Remy Barson

That includes actors: Bailey Claffey and Coldin Grundmeyer

Description: Catie, an up-and-coming actress, and Paulie, a morgue employee, meet at first of the pandemic. She contemplates a giant life resolution along with his reluctant assist.

“To Flirt…Afloat…” by Vicki Riba Koestler of Alexandria, Va.; directed by Gary Bradley

That includes actors: Kieran Graulich and Elise Rooker

Description: Two younger strangers, masked, socially distanced and cautious of sharing air, appear to wish to forge a connection, however then once more …


The digital performances of “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2021″ can be obtainable to look at from 7 p.m. March 20 to April three.

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Registration to view the performances is obtainable at After registering, viewers members will obtain directions on easy methods to view the present.

This yr, Sundog is asking for donations as an alternative of charging a regular admission value of $20. Donations assist pay for the present, expertise and help the theater.


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