Waiting for the Host (One Act)
(Included in the volume WAITING FOR THE HOST (FULL LENGTH) (NOT YET PUBLISHED. MANUSCRIPT AVAILABLE IN EPUB FORMAT.))
THE STORY: While theatres, playgrounds, schools, and churches are shuttered by a modern plague, the rector of a small church on Long Island gathers a handful of parishioners via video conference. His goal is to record a theatrical reading of the story of the Passion for the church website. As exes bicker and technology confuses, this socially distant endeavor quickly becomes chaotic. Still, in the effort, the group finds a strange, painful closeness, and that their comic and clumsy reading has become a kind of desperate prayer.
“WAITING FOR THE HOST…allows a new work, a new approach to theater, a new approach to performing, and a new approach to directing to take place and it is definitely entertaining. The play does not disappoint. It is real, raw, and brings some much-needed laughter; exactly what theater is supposed to do.” —BroadwayWorld.com. “Call it a play within a play within a crisis… The play authentically flaunts all the glories and pitfalls of a typical online group session.” —Star-Ledger (NJ). “…a pair of short plays inspired directly by the restrictions on American life created by Covid-19 [that] have a sweetness and self-consciousness tied to the earnestness of the characters facing the awkward mechanics of Zoom life… They provide a quiet affirmation of the power of community and an exploration of faith.” —Syracuse.com.