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      THE ZIGZAG PATH by Barbara Biddison

      n4 17 21A new study confirms that although a straight line is the shortest distance between two points, zigzagging is the fastest and the easiest way to climb a steep slope. I think that's what we're doing here on the Hamilton-Gibson mountain. We want to reach the top, but we can't go straight up to a full-auditorium in-the-same-theatre-audience watching a singing, dancing musical with a cast of 50! So we're here just starting the climb with 8 zoomed small-cast productions, actors distanced and even often married. An interesting bunch of folks on this path. Well, there's one guy who got postcards from a dead dog, and a very strange lady who proudly carried a purse, but most are in a very wide range of normal. Audience is sitting at home watching and then engaging in zoom-dialogue after the shows. All as safe as anything can be in the world as it currently exists. So we stop for a moment, take a breath, and smile at each other as we look down on how far we have come on the first "zig" of the zigzag.

      Soon the first "zag" is underway. For THE LAST ROMANCE the actors are chosen and have begun practicing the walk. It's a romantic walk. There might be some zooming rehearsals going on, but it's hard to even think of what a romantic zoom might be like. They have had to step aside for a moment to let the Acting Uppers, a lovely older group, go by laughing and stopping to smell the flowers so to speak. Acting Up has been "on break" for over a year except for brief masked and distanced gatherings in September and October on the green grass and in the Gallery. Now, with everyone vaccinated (one advantage of being old), Acting Up is on the first "zag" of the climb. And the small-cast Romance continues to rehearse, to climb. The Warehouse Theatre stage turns into a park, and the audience seating is distanced for a limited number of patrons.

      It looks like the second "zig" will have something to do with a DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE. I hear tell of auditions April 16, 17, and 19 for such a thing. Stay with us as we zigzag up the mountain with the dead man and the cell phone.

      All this talk of steep slopes and mountains reminds me of Amanda Gorman's inauguration poem which she spoke on January 20, 2021, "The Hill We Climb.". She does not call for the zigzag path. She is much more noble and bold. But I think we theatre people can borrow this thought:
      We will not march back to what was,
      But move to what shall be....

      [Note: if you would like to audition for DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE, call 570.724.2079 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a reservation for April 17 or 19.]

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