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Thanksgiving Double Feature breaks the mold at Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse on 11/28/20
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:07 am EST 11/24/20

34th week of live performances : Kate Tillman and an Colonial Era Comedy

AUNT BETSY'S THANKSGIVING and THE DOWNFALL OF JUSTICE
a Thanksgiving Double Feature

Two sideways celebrations of the Holiday

November 28th, 2020 at 8 PM

The groundbreaking reading series continues as Obie Award winner Metropolitan Playhouse presents its next free "screened" readings, live-streamed at no charge, with talkback to follow: AUNT BETSY'S THANKSGIVING, by Katherine Davis Chapman Tillman and THE DOWNFALL OF JUSTICE, AND THE FARMER JUST RETURNED FROM MEETING ON THANKSGIVING DAY, by an unknown author.

11/28/2020 at 8 PM Eastern
Running Time: 60 minutes
Free of charge
Available at: www.metropolitanplayhouse.org
The video will be available through Wednesday, 12/2/20 on the Playhouse webpage, the Metropolitan Playhouse YouTube channel, and the Metropolitan Playhouse Facebook page.

In Kate Tillman's bittersweet play of hope and accommodation, it is 1914, and the destitute Aunt Betsy and her granddaughter discover just before Thanksgiving that the property they have called home for 15 years has been sold. The white family that owns the land sends a contrite lawyer to explain, but there is one secret that may turn the tide.
In the Colonial satire, a well-off farmer and his family gather for Thanksgiving meal. They have just come from a chastening sermon--clearly one that has fallen on deaf ears as they struggle to remember the words and disregard the message. The only member of the household who understands and speaks up is the enslaved Jack, whose observations are not well received.

Discussion including audience participation follow the readings, with special guests Michael Dinwiddie, Playwright and Associate Professor at NYU, and Timothy H. Breen, historian at the University of Vermont.

Aunt Betsy's Thanksgiving is directed by Linda Kuriloff and features Marie Louise Guinier, SJ Hannah, Michael Hardart, Lauren Marissa Smith, and Lily Santiago. The Downfall of Freedom is directed by Alex Roe and features Ken Ferrigni, Regina Gibson, SJ Hannah, Melissa Hurst, Jon Lonoff, Ron Moreno, and Erin Leigh Schmoyer.

Katherine Davis Chapman Tillman (1870 - 1923) was a missionary and author whose short stories, poetry, essays, and plays, appeared in The Christian Reporter, American Baptist, and the nationally distributed A. M. E. Church Review. Her novellas included Beryl Weston's Ambition: The Story of an Afro-American Girl's Life (1893) and Clancy Street, serialized from 1898-1899. Historical plays included Thirty Years of Freedom (1902) and Fifty Years of Freedom (1910).
The Downfall of Freedom was published, anonymously, by Massachusetts printer Ezekial Russell, capturing a spirit of misgiving and tension during the American Revolution among a population uneasy with the evolving morality of the nation to be.

UPCOMING
Metropolitan presents readings every Saturday at 8 pm, Eastern Time

The VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE began on March 28, 2020, and has been simultaneously broadcast on New York's Pacifica Radio Station WBAI, 99.5 FM since April 11. Exploring the possibilities of ""remote"" ensemble, Metropolitan has pushed the envelope of Zoom broadcasts, with increasingly sophisticated virtual settings and sound design. Each reading is enhanced by conversation with the artists and a guest scholar for an hour-long live entertainment every Saturday night. Reaching an audience across the country and around the globe, the presentation of the forgotten one-act plays is an ideal way to pursue the theater's mission exploring America's diverse theatrical history.

METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE, in its 29th season, explores America’s diverse theatrical heritage through lost plays of the past and new plays of American historical and cultural moment. The theater received a 2011 OBIE Grant from The Village Voice for its ongoing productions that illuminate who we are by revealing where we have come from. Called ""invaluable"" by the Voice, Backstage and Talkin'ᾠBroadway, Metropolitan has earned further accolades from The New York Times and The New Yorker. Other awards include a Victorian Society of New York Outstanding Performing Arts Group, 3 Aggie Awards from Gay City News, 21 nominations for NYIT Awards (3 winners), and 6 AUDELCO Viv Award nominations.

ARTISTS' RELIEF
The Playhouse's virtual readings serve to help us compensate performing artists, so particularly hurt during this long ""pause.""
Information about the theater's ARTISTS RELIEF FUND may be found at
www.metropolitanplayhouse.org/covidaid
Link http://www.metropolitanplayhouse.org
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