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Mile Square Theatre Hosts Virtual Play Series

L to R: Dan Lauria, Actor / Wendy Malick, Actor / Lia Romeo, Playwright / James Glossman, Director

Mile Square Theatre has commissioned seven new plays written specifically for the Zoom format. The four-part series, Given Circumstance: New Plays in the Virtual World, begins September 18 and runs every weekend through October 11.

Stage and screen stars Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick will appear in the first play, Lia Romeo’s Sitting and Talking, which follows a man and woman in their 60s as they navigate the path to companionship via online dating during quarantine. The rest of the Given Circumstances lineup is paired off into shorter plays, with directors and casts TBA. The weekend of September 25 will feature new works by Nandita Shenoy and Kevin R. Free; October 2 brings plays by Audley Puglisi and Cary Gitter; and the series commences the weekend of October 9, with works by Dustin Chinn and Chris O’Connor.

“The term ‘given circumstance’ is a theatrical term used by practitioners to describe the circumstances defined by the playwright, which frames the play,” says Mile Square Theatre Artistic Director Chris O’Connor. “We thought the term was apt to describe the circumstances that are defining theater in the time of COVID. A monumental circumstance these days is that we now live in a digital world, chiefly defined by Zoom calls. All of these commissions have asked the playwrights to set their plays on the Zoom platform as a central ‘given circumstance.’ We are thrilled to have this impressive lineup of writers and theatre collaborators.”

Cost: $15-$20 per ticket. For more information, visit


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