The Quarantine Chronicles embrace the strangeness of 2020
Theatre podcast PlayME proudly presents a new summer series: an ode to the odd
Forget the "new normal" for a second. Can't we all just admit that things have been weird lately?
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 summer 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; all performed by actors working remotely, recording with microphones they received in the mail.
Starting July 22, one new audio play will drop each Wednesday until Labour Day on PlayME's regular podcast feed. The stories cover a range of rich themes and popular genres that will transport listeners to vividly imagined worlds.
Each play runs roughly 30 - 40 minutes, and is perfect for walking your dog, driving at night, or finally cleaning out that creepy attic.
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
Blue Rare by Kat Sandler
Horror | Aug 19
Saving Grace by Rosamund Small and Nicolas Billon
Drama | 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.