Some of you have seen ads for the Woolly Mammoth online theater, which is being sponsored in association with 5 regional theater companies, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
We saw the current production, This is Who I Am, the other night, and liked it a lot. It’s a two-character play, featuring an estranged father and son who are trying to repair their relationship by cooking a family dish together via Zoom. It’s a great topic for a cooking group! The director, Evren Odcikin, is the new Associate Artistic Director of OSF.
The play is 70 minutes and is done live – no replay. The live performance gives you some of the impact of live theater, but not all of it (no real time audience feedback). The intimacy of a small screen was good though – it was easy to see that one of the characters was much more experienced at cooking than the other, which would have been hard to see in a stage production, even in a small theater.
Tickets are $15 for one screen – we bought two tickets so we could listen on separate screens via headphones.
Theaters are working very hard right now to create alternatives for theater loves, and this is a worthy effort.
Check it out! https://www.woollymammoth.net/