Alone, Together — Edited by William Davies King. Foreword by Risa Brainin.
Written by Linda Alper, Katie Bender, Jami Brandli, Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta, Leo Cabranes-Grant, Mia Chung, Yussef El Guindi, Anne García-Romero, Idris Goodwin, Enid Graham, Arlene Hutton, Lila Rose Kaplan, William Davies King, Jenny Mercein, Brian Otaño, Lynn Rosen, Cheri Steinkellner, James Still, Alison Tatlock, Annie Torsiglieri, John Walch, Cheryl L. West, and Sheri Wilner.
March 2020. As California entered a “stay at home” order due to the coronavirus pandemic, UC Santa Barbara’s LAUNCH PAD commissioned 24 distinguished playwrights to pen monologues and short plays inspired by the prompt “Alone, Together” and written to be performed live on Zoom. The immediate goal was to create vibrant opportunities for theatre students during the challenging moment when in-person productions at all schools and theatres across the country were canceled and everyone quickly pivoted to remote teaching. The plays accomplished that – and so much more.
These 39 extraordinary pieces reflect the moment of lockdown and capture our longing for connection. From Cheryl L. West’s Corona Chicken, Part One and Part Two, following a desperate woman’s theft of a chicken and its dark aftermath, to Cheri Steinkellner’s hilarious play The Great Greats Zoom celebration of a 100th birthday, to James Still’s poignant reflection on a life well-lived in Abundance, Alone, Together captures life during the pandemic and beyond.
The plays in this collection can be produced in any combination from a single piece to all 39. This volume lists the plays in alphabetical order by author and also includes the “Chapters” created for the LAUNCH PAD Zoom Festival. These chapters were curated to provide a rich array of material ranging from comedy to pathos, small to large cast size and shifting tones. Each chapter runs approximately 90 minutes. While these plays came out of what might be called the “Zoom” era, they can all be performed on stage as well.
This is a collection born of a moment, but one that will live on for the ages.
More about Alone, Together: playwright interviews
Inspired by the prompt “Alone, Together,” 24 distinguished LAUNCH PAD alumni playwrights contributed 39 short plays and monologues written specifically to be performed live for an all-day Zoom Festival on June 6, 2020. In the following interviews, six writers share their experience of working virtually in the early days of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
Alone, Together was live-streamed on Saturday, June 6th. (Event Program)
"Expect to be amused, provoked, soothed, and tickled by the mass of collective
theatrical intelligence..." ~ Charles Donelan, the SB Independent
8 Artistic/Production/Administrative Staff
5 Stage Managers
4 Time Zones
2 Festival Directors
Inspired by an invitation to collaborate from Artistic Director Risa Brainin and Professor Annie Torsiglieri, over 100 artists came together to provide vibrant opportunities for theater students during the California “Stay at Home” order.
Bringing together UC Santa Barbara students, faculty, and professional guest artists, Alone, Together is a perfect celebration of LAUNCH PAD’s 15-year anniversary as it continues its mission to provide students the opportunity to work with living playwrights on new plays.
In these extraordinary times, LAUNCH PAD is doing its part to keep theatre alive.
We are so pleased to have welcomed back our distinguished LAUNCH PAD alumi Linda Alper, Katie Bender,
Jami Brandli, Leo Cabranes-Grant, Dan Castellaneta, Mia Chung, Yussef El Guindi, Anne García-Romero,
Idris Goodwin, Enid Graham, Arlene Hutton, Lila Rose Kaplan, William Davies King, Deb Lacusta,
Jenny Mercein, Brian Otaño, Lynn Rosen, Cheri Steinkellner, James Still, Alison Tatlock, Annie Torsiglieri,
John Walch, Cheryl L. West, and Sheri Wilner. Here are some of the faces to go with the names...
Sheri Wilner Brian Otaño
Dan Castellaneta Deb Lacusta Leo Cabranes-Grant
Idris Goodwin Alison Tatlock John Walch
Alone, Together in the News...
The Lasting Encore by Jim Logan spotlights the publishing of the
Alone, Together compliation by Dramatic Publishing. (August 24, 2020)
Broadwayworld.com's Regional Spotlight on LAUNCH PAD: interview with
Risa Brainin. (June 11, 2020)
Alone, Together Premieres Today! is the headline from Broadwayworld.com.
(June 6, 2020)
Broadwayworld.com features Alone, Together. (June 2, 2020)
"Alone, Together Zooms on June 6" is the headline for this inspiring article
by Charles Donelan in the SB Independent. (June 1, 2020)
Please enjoy this promotion piece created by UCSB student Calvin Bruhns:
UCSB's The Current features Alone, Together. (June 1, 2020)
Alone, Together Zoom Festival and other UCSB online initiatives featured in
the SB Independent Online, by Charles Donelan. (May 7, 2020)
"We are figuring it out, scene by scene!" Here we are in American Theatre magazine
in an article by Utkarsha Laharia. (April 23, 2020)
Look for "Zoom Plays" in this MovieMaker mention by UCSB graduate Tim Molloy.