Town Crier Report
Reimagined to comply with the shelter-in-place orders, Pear Theatre’s 17th annual short-play showcase is now streaming online.
Directed by Troy Johnson and Betsy Kruse Craig, “Pear Slices 2020” is a collection of original, one-act plays from members of the Pear Playwrights
Released last week, access to the password-protected video is available for a suggested donation of $10-$30. Patrons who already hold tickets to this year’s “Pear Slices” and those who donate more than $30 will also receive a virtual backstage pass that provides a behind-the-scenes collection of videos on the process of creating the annual production, along with bonus content.
“Pear Slices 2020” will be available online through at least mid-June, according to the company’s publicist, Stephanie Crowley.
“Pear Slices” veteran Barry Slater contributed two plays this year. “Beach Memories” is about a family that has lost its way and can only be rescued by a long-forgotten summer memory. “Sunday Morning” follows Isaac and Violet as they find a way to begin to heal each other amid national tragedies.
Megan Maugheri also has two plays in the showcase. Sparks fly when a middle-aged trick-or-treater knocks on the door of a conventional homeowner in “Glinda, the Middle-Aged Witch.” “The Bad Good Planet” centers on a street performer on the Vegas Strip who must complete a mission with potentially grave consequences for humanity.
Paul Braverman returns with two plays as well. The first is another installment in his noir-spoofing saga “Deuce Cooper: Goodbye, Tuesday Ruby.” The most famous ruby in the world has been stolen and only someone with courage and guile can get it back – but instead, Deuce Cooper takes the case. In his other play, “Deep State Blues,” an airplane lavatory becomes the perfect place to expose a vast conspiracy or become a part of it.
Bridgette Dutta Portman’s “Exposure” is a spoof on a classical trope. A king attempts to leave his infant nephew to die of exposure on a hillside, but a passing shepherd thwarts that plan.
Pear Playwrights Guild newcomer Peggy Powell contributes “Business Class,” focused on two people who unexpectedly reunite in an airport and are caught off-guard by what they discover about one another.
The cast, each playing multiple characters across plays, comprises Henry Alper, Damaris Divito, Becca Gilbert, Gary Giurbino, Bill C. Jones and Leslie Newport Wright. Kelly Weber Barraza serves as stage manager, Kevin Davies provides set and technical design, David Hobbs creates the sound design and Meghan Souther designs lighting.
To purchase online access, make a donation and for more information, call 254-1148 or visit thepear.org/season-18.