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EVENTS THIS WEEK @ The JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL
The JOCUNDA MUSIC,
FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL Presents A Virtual Play Reading of
SQUEEZE written and directed by Meagan Meehan
COMMON written by Natasha Cobb directed by Van Dirk
GLOBAL INFERNO written by Cliff Bergmann directed by Rhonda Goldstein
WHERE: on Zoom. Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yyu4MDL4RaexF-DhYEvmNw WHEN:SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH, @ 8
PM EDT(U.S. and Canada). DONATION: $15.00 To benefit the Riant Theatre. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
SOUL TO SQUEEZE takes place during the coronavirus
pandemic, an ANGEL and a DEVIL vie for the soul of a quarantined human
living under the COVID-19 lockdown. The cast includes: CHRISTINE SLOAN STODDARD, (who has performed at The Kennedy Center and
Theatre for the New City) as the Angel and DONNA MORALES, (Film credits include: the Stepmother in Cyber
Cinderella (Quail Bell Productions), as the Devil.
NOTHING IN COMMONPeople always talk about how much women want to have
children. But men have a biological clock too. Some men will stop at
nothing to get what they want. The cast includes: KYMBERLY BURNS, whose
Theatre credits include: The Last Train (Afrikan Women’s Rep) and Riding
On Bald Tires (Best Actress Award, Strawberry One-Act Festival)as
Kelli, CHAUNICE CHAPMAN, whoseTV credits include: The
Deuce (HBO) and Luke Cage (Netflix), as Shaunda and SPENCER
COLLINS, (whose Theatre credits include: leading roles in The
Potter’s House and The Great Baptism),as Jean.
GLOBAL INFERNOtakes place in London in 1613 in the
recent aftermath of the destruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre by
tremendous fire. At first thought to be a terrible accident or
“act of God”, an impromptu investigation uncovers a surprising explanation
which will eventually set in motion a course of history for the future of
the British theatre. The cast includes: CHRISTOPHER DIEM, whose Theatre credits include: Charles
Wallace in A Wrinkle In Time and James in James and the Giant
Peach (Chance Theatre),as the Boy, MATT KOUTROULIS, (whose credits include: Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance and Pozzo in Waiting for Godot)as the Magistrate,CHRIS SCARBOROUGH as the Stage Manager and MICHAEL WESTMORELAND as the
There will be a TALK
BACK afterwards with the Playwright and Cast after the reading. Van
Dirk Fisher, Founder & Artistic Director of the Riant Theatre and
producer of the JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL will be the
The JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL Presents a Virtual Play Reading of
HOLY INTERVENTION by Shashone Lambert Short Directed by Staxx Cordero
WHEN: Sunday, August 16th, at 8PM EDT.
Holy Intervention is a story about love, loss, lies, faith, hope, and redemption. What starts out as a routine night of just sex quickly turns into an evening that neither Bobby nor CC is prepared for. But who will be left standing: The Pastor or his Prostitute?
The Cast includes: ANDRES SANTIAGO PINA as Bobby (Theatre credits include: Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Shamrayev in The Seagull (Circle in the Square) and Lucius in Jesus Hopped the A Train (Columbia University) and TANYA FREEMAN as Cece (Theatre credits include: Pipeline and The Mountaintop (Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square), King Hedley II (New African Grove Theatre Co) and Things That Hurt (Resurgence Theatre).
Director REISHON “STAXX” CORDERO has been featured on Comedy Central, Starz, and most recently in The Needs, available on Amazon Prime. She’s had both lead and supportive roles in Cassidy, Mr. JayV’s Comedy Series and the hit series Bumrush. The off-Broadway theater community embraced her with lead/supportive roles in 20 plus productions including The Diva and The Rapper and AUDELCO nominated Circumstances.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
There will be a TALK BACK afterwards with the Playwright and Cast after the reading. Van Dirk Fisher, Founder & Artistic Director of the Riant Theatre and producer of the JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL will be the moderator.