CONNECTED

by Lia Romeo

February 8-23

Commissioned by PNC Bank/Arts Alive St. Louis

Blurb:

SEXY videos that go viral! LOL internet “hookups!” Gaming Gone Wild! In a world where we constantly connect through a keyboard, why do so many of us still feel so alone? Playwright Lia Romeo hilariously exposes the ways in which social media is shaping our lives in the twenty-first century.

Cast:

COOPER SHAW
Jerralyn/Copy Store Manager/Ms. Haverill/Dwarf 1

CAITLIN MICKEY
Meghan/Sarah/Sharon

HELENE ESTES
Jill/Shireen/Girl Making Out

PETE WINFREY
Evan/Morgaren/Mark/Dwarf 2

JAKE BUCHER
Jeremy/Blake/Dwarf 3

JACK DRYDEN
Scott/Sam/Jarred

Staff:

directed by Chuck Harper

Stage Manager: Richard Agnew*
ASM: Wendy Greenwood
Set: Mark Wilson
Lights: Michael Sullivan     
Costumes: Scott Breihan
Props: Meg Brinkley
Sound: Zoe Sullivan

* represents members of Actors' Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers


 


Press/Reviews

"Connected, by Lia Romeo, is a fascinating look at the cyber world we live in today and how it directly affects our younger generation." - Chris Gibson, Broadway World (read the whole review)

"For such a relatively light, (and somewhat lightweight) show Romeo and Harper manage to give us plenty to think about, even as we laugh at (or along with) these characters, and that, folks, IS theater." - Robert Mitchell, KDHX (read the whole review)

"Ultimately, Harper’s keen sense of observation and commanding directorial style of his engaging cast combine to make Connected an engaging experience." - Mark Bretz, Ladue News (read the whole review)

HotCity Theatre Goes Social With The World Premiere of Lia Romeo's "Connected" (Elasticity Blog)

"HotCity makes Facebook a stage" - Judith Newmark (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Press Release

Attention HotCity Fans!

We want to make sure you're in the loop about our SEXY first show of the 2013 Twisted Season:  Connected, by Lia Romeo.  
In 2011, PNC Bank Arts Alive awarded HotCity with a grant to develop a new play that would use social media and/or modern technology in both its subject matter and marketing efforts. The grant also provides free attendance to the play for high school and university students – PNC’s goal of making the arts accessible to everyone.  Not being a company to shy away from new experiences, HotCity jumped on this idea and ran with it…
 

SO WHAT TWIST DID WE COME UP WITH?

Patrons will have a unique opportunity to personally invest in the characters well before the curtain rises, as if they are peering into the lives of their friends and neighbors.
The young actors cast in the play have created Facebook profiles of each of the high-school aged characters who will divulge and comment on “back story” events (created by the playwright) that lead up to the action of the play in the theatre. By “friending” these characters on Facebook, you will get fun background details about the characters as well as (we hope) a very different experience as an audience member when you come to see the show in the theatre.

HotCity Theatre’s Artistic Director, Marty Stanberry: “It’s very exciting creating “buzz” for the show in such an innovative way, reaching out to younger audiences who use Facebook and other online outlets to get their information in real time. The play is about Social Media’s role in shaping modern culture and we are expanding that theme uniquely in creating an environment where the lines between connecting with characters in a typical theatre experience and making real-life connections become blurred.”
 



HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

1.  Send the characters a friend request:

Jill Beale  -  http://www.facebook.com/jill.beale.9
Blake Jones - http://www.facebook.com/blake.connected
Evan Caster - http://www.facebook.com/evan.caster.5
Coleman Everett - http://www.facebook.com/coleman.everett.31
Sarah Fleming - http://www.facebook.com/sarah.fleming.73997

2.  Once it’s accepted you can go to the characters’ pages and make them a "close" friend which will ensure you get all status updates.

3.  Follow (and participate in!) the conversations.  You will see improvisations by the actors as well as tidbits of info that the playwright feels are important to the characters’ backstories.

4. Get ready ‘cause it’s gonna be a wild ride!



WHAT ELSE TO EXPECT…

Since we are beginning our theatre experience far in advance of the actual show, we will be sending out more email updates than usual.  We are going to try to make sure to keep you in the loop without flooding your inbox :) So if you see that you are hearing from us more often than usual, this is why!