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3/27/21: HE SAID AND SHE SAID on the Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:36 am EDT 03/24/21

Hearsay and Suspicion in an Era of Isolation

HE SAID AND SHE SAID
by Alice Gerstenberg

A comedy about the perils of loneliness

March 27, 2021 at 8 PM

Obie Award winner Metropolitan Playhouse presents a new free "screened" reading, live-streamed at no charge, with talkback to follow: HE SAID AND SHE SAID, by Alice Gerstenberg.

3/27/2021 at 8:00 pm (Eastern) through 3/31/2021 at 10:00 pm (Eastern)
Running Time: 1 hour
Free of charge
Available at: www.MetropolitanPlayhouse.org/watchhesaidshesaid

The video will be available through Wednesday, 3/31/21 on the Playhouse webpage, the Metropolitan Playhouse YouTube channel, and the Metropolitan Playhouse Facebook page.

Set against the backdrop of the Great War, a loyal husband and wife hear that their dearest unmarried friend has turned her sights from her young man overseas and is now set on breaking up their happy home.
In a light satire of dark impulses, the incisive early 20th century playwright taps into fragility and power of the needs that hold us together.

Metropolitan's experimental streaming is directed by the theater's artistic director, ALEX ROE, and features KELLY COOPER (Thunder Rock, End of Summer, A Man's World), TERESA KELSEY (Thunder Rock, Poor of New York, A Marriage Contract, Deep Are the Roots), ERIN BEIRNARD (Shadow of Heroes, End of Summer), ALYSSA SIMON (The Climbers, Icebound), and JOHN LONG (The Poor of New York, Alison's House).

ALICE GERSTENBERG (1885 - 1972) was an actress and playwright from Chicago, best known for her ground breaking, feminist dramas, and her promotions of the Little Theater movement. Best known for OVERTONES (1913) and THE POT BOILER (1923)--both of which are planned for later online readings by Metropolitan--her comedic plays skewer social norms and gender types, while they include meta-theatrical staging experiments and sly critiques of theater and artistic practice. Ms. Gerstenberg was also a champion of regional theater, non-commercial theater, and new writing for local audiences.

UPCOMING
Metropolitan presents readings every Saturday at 8 pm, Eastern Time, and varied programing every other Wednesday evening as part of The Wednesday Alternative

March 31, 2021
Metropolitan in Meter
An evening of Poetery

April 3, 2021
The Girl
by Edward Peple

April 10, 2021
The Chipwoman's Fortune
by Willis Richardson

April 17 and 24, 2021
Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl -- A serial!

The VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE began on March 28, 2020. 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/watchhesaidshesaid
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