The Quarantine Chronicles are like bedtime stories for bizarre times
Theatre podcast PlayME proudly presents a new series of original plays
Forget the "new normal" for a second. Can't we all just admit that things just keep getting weirder?
Shortly after COVID-19 upended life as we knew it, PlayME invited some of Canada's top playwrights to embrace the strangeness of our times and write short plays destined to debut in a digital theatre.
Well, the results are in, and they add up to special series called The Quarantine Chronicles. The chronicles are seven stories across a range of genres penned by award-winning playwrights in isolation. All were inspired by our distanced, disorienting and deranged times; performed by actors working remotely, recording with microphones they received in the mail.
These short plays, which live on PlayME's regular podcast feed, cover a range of rich themes and popular genres that will transport listeners to vividly imagined worlds. They runs roughly 30 - 40 minutes, and are perfect for walking your dog, pacing around your apartment or laying sleepless in your bed at night.
Don't Get Me Startered by Mark Crawford
Comedy | July 22
Drama | July 29
Deep within the Pardo in Madrid, an art historian restores the famous Las Meninas painting while society crumbles outside. Listen here.
Mizuko (Water Baby) by Hiro Kanagawa
Horror | Aug 5
Liming by Leah-Simone Bowen
Science Fiction | Aug 12
Travel to a distant future where Rihanna rules the world and people are mandated to socialize ... or else. Listen here.
Saving Grace by Rosamund Small and Nicolas Billon
Drama | Aug 19
A strained relationship between two sisters, who are separated by much more than a border.
Blue Rare by Kat Sandler
Horror | Aug 26
Home School by Erin Shields
Thriller | Sept 2
A couple of overwhelmed Quebecois parents are caught off guard when their children make a power-play.