George Street Playhouse releases streaming play filmed during COVID-19 pandemic
A New Jersey theater is going for laughs, but also sending out a message about pulling through a tough experience as it closes out its pandemic season of virtual shows.
A play about a play might just be the perfect subject to bring to life on stage after a prolonged pandemic shutdown.
“It was so moving, when we finally got to the theater, to be on a real stage,” says Julie Halston, cast member of “It’s Only a Play.”
Halston is among the seven cast members of the first full production by George Street Playhouse to be done since the pandemic started. It was recorded for streaming at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center without an audience present. The play is a love letter to the theater.
Director Kevin Cahoon says that the COVID-19 protocols put in place – including limited staff and strict schedules – brought on challenges.
“I have never been more stressed out in my life. Watching the clock and watching the script pages…Did we get coverage of that punchline? Did we have good enough coverage?” Cahoon says.