Geva Theatre Center recently joined arts organizations across the world in offering virtual entertainment during the COVID-19 epidemic.
In mid-March, Geva was forced to close its productions of “Once” and “Cry It Out” more than a week ahead of schedule. In response, Geva acquired video equipment and gave production staff a crash course in film production to capture staged versions of each show for digital viewing.
“Because of these unique circumstances, we were allowed this one-time opportunity to capture these terrific performances with three cameras,” said Mark Cuddy, artistic director. “Now, we can share the enormous talents of actors, directors, designers and Geva’s production staff with both our community and the world.”
“Once” is the story of a man who gave up on love and music, and the woman who inspired him to dream again. Over a course of a week, their friendship grows into a musical collaboration and powerful love.
In “Cry It Out,” new mother Jessie invites her neighbor Lina, who also has a newborn, for coffee in the yard between their duplexes. Despite their different finances, the women become friends during nap times while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff.
Both productions are available for streaming through April 14 at vimeo.com/ondemand/once and vimeo.com/ondemand/cryitout. Streaming for each show is $35 and sales are limited to a certain number. Viewing permissions are unique for each user and purchases are available online. Visit gevatheatre.org/geva-video-content for information.
Geva’s artistic staff are formulating ideas for ongoing digital content. The “Happiness Hour” series streams at 4 p.m. on Fridays via Facebook (facebook.com/gevatheatrecenter).