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Growing effort: Online short play program draws audience, talent from around the world

Santa Fe-based Almost Adults Productions continues its short play series on Zoom. (Courtesy of Almost Adults Productions)

In June, Aaron Leventman wanted to continue to present theater to an audience.

With his company, Almost Adults Productions, he decided to present a series of LGBTQ+ short plays virtually.

The next play is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, and can be found at Almost Adults Productions’ Facebook page. The event runs 75 minutes and includes a discussion with playwrights.

“I’m doing them through the end of November,” Leventman says. “I’m going to take a break because I’ve been doing them bimonthly and I want to be able to make sure each one is just as special.”

Leventman says that since the beginning of the series, the audience has continued to grow.

He is also impressed by the caliber of playwrights and actors he’s working with.

“We’ve been getting audience members and talent from all over the world,” he says.

When planning for the series, Leventman posted on New York Playwrights and New Playwrights Exchange to get submissions. He received 400.

“This virtual online community has really worked,” he says. “People have made some wonderful connections that they wouldn’t have normally. A bright side to the pandemic is that the world is able to participate with what we are doing.”

The plays being presented are:

• “Old F***s” by Donald Steven Olson of New York. It is directed by Cedric Hill with Edward Kimak and Bill Koch Jr. The play tells the story of a gay man in his 60s, as he visits his old friend of the same age, on a special anniversary.

• “The Winner of Seven Gold Medals” by Ken Green of Boston. It is directed by Duchess Dale, with Andee Baker and Dillon Feldman. It is the story of a mother and son touching on a pivotal moment in their lives with a discovery made while cleaning out the attic.

• “Faking Glory” by Allie Costa of Los Angeles. It is directed by Leventman with Guy Dunphy and Zoe Margolis. It tells the story of Carlos, a high school senior who is nominated for homecoming queen as a prank, but he’s determined to go to the dance anyway. Meanwhile, his best friend Marija is going through an identity crisis of her own.

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