A DIGITAL ARTS SERIES
In March 2020, as the company made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend all its in-person programming as the pandemic took hold, the company began the “Neighborhood Watch” Digital Arts Series. Built from conversations about how we could continue to provide meaningful and accessible cultural programming remotely, these free weekly events were held over Zoom every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm EST. This allowed all members of our global arts community to continue to engage with us and with one another during this difficult time.
Each week had a topic and structure to it, responding to particular interests in our community, ranging from scene studies to music jams to poetry workshops. All together, these events empower our community by providing a free platform for their voices to be heard and honored in this turbulent period, keeping alive the rich bonds that theatre can forge.
April 1st, May 6th
Neighborhood Scene Study
Artists, comrades, and colleagues submitted scenes for 2 or 3 actors, up to 10 pages in length. These could be original or found, well known or obscure, classic or contemporary. Patrons could also sign up to be readers in the scenes, and were assigned roles by the WWTNS? team, or RSVP to be the audience for the performance.
April 8th, May 13th
Neighborhood Poetry Night
For this event, we asked our community to submit poetry, either original or canon, that has meaning to them. Our patrons could also sign up to be readers, or simply to watch and listen. For the second half of the event, the WWTNS? team provided writing prompts for participants to create their own free-write poems.
To listen to the audio recording of the event, click here. -> May 13th:
April 15th, May 20th
Neighborhood Music Jam
This week, we encouraged folks, either professionals or passionate amateurs, to select a five-minute slot to perform either their original work or a cover of a beloved tune, or, again, to join as a brave and loving audience member. Get creative - could you do a Zoom duet, or even a trio? Can tupperwares become percussion!?
The WWTNS? Happy Hour
Anyone who knows WWTNS? knows we love to party! We encouraged you to make a batch of your favorite cocktail, crack a beer or, for our sober folx, pop some lemon in a nice, cold seltzer and log on for a night of party games, conversations and, of course, storytelling.
April 29th, May 27th
storytime: the digital edition
Despite the chaotic moment we are living in, the WWTNS? team is maintaining our monthly community event, “storytime,” remotely. We joined Kailey Prior in April and Tallie Gabriel in May for a night of storytelling and music.
To listen to the audio recording of these events, click here. -> April 29th: May 27th: