When the Playbill Virtual Theatre Festival Live (https://vtf.live) launches its live performances on October 23, it will feature a piece with a Cincinnati connection.
Kelsey Celek, a Springboro native and alumni of Wright State University, is the playwright of OUR TIME, which will make its online debut October 23. Out of 150 submissions, Celek’s script was selected as one of 12 pieces that will be performed live online during Playbill VTF Live.
Playbill VTF Live encourages theatre artists to think outside the black box and develop new forms of live theatre that can be experienced simultaneously with other audience members regardless of physical location or proximity. The festival will present new works created specifically for live-online performance and will award two $1,500 cash prizes, one to a festival winner chosen by a panel of judges and the second to an Audience Choice winner voted on by festival viewers. Playbill VTF Live will be hosted by theatre media icon Playbill and run exclusively on Playbill.com from October 23rd through the 25th.
Celek’s production, OUR TIME, is an updated take on a classic play, set in the spring of 2020.
“So much is changing in our day-to-day,” Celek says, “The way we work, the way we communicate, the way we celebrate our milestones – all new. The play explores how we are adapting to these changes, and how we’re holding onto what’s stayed the same – our ties to each other.”
When asked about working on a virtual format, Celek adds, “It’s very different from what I’ve grown accustomed to in a live production! However, the real advantage is being able to collaborate with theatre artists from all across the United States. I’m delighted to have this ensemble of actors in the same room, even if it’s a virtual one.”
Local audiences will notice some other familiar faces, too – fellow Wright State alums Dani Cox, Aziza Macklin, and Nevada Montgomery are included in the cast.
“I’m intrigued by the possibilities virtual theatre can uncover,” says Cox, “I’m so thrilled that I’m able to work with fellow actors/ friends who I haven’t seen in years.
OUR TIME will share its live performance online Friday, October 23 . All-Access Festival Passes are just $2.99 each, and $1 of each Festival Pass will be donated to the Actors Fund. Visit vtf.live to purchase a Festival Pass.