Berkeley’s Shotgun Players to present ‘The Light’ Dec. 4-13

Berkeley’s Shotgun Players to present ‘The Light’ Dec. 4-13

  • November 21, 2020
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Berkeley’s Shotgun Players pull out all the stops for their next production “The Light.” According to Jayme Catalano, the company will be “applying our signature Shotgun Players’ polish and aesthetic as we live-stream a real-life performer couple from their living room. This isn’t your typical static Zoom show. We’re using multiple cameras and energetic staging to capture dynamic, real-time performances.”

Real-life couple Leigh Rondon-Davis and Kenny Scott perform in Shotgun Players’ “The Light,” streaming Dec. 4-13. (photo courtesy of Leigh Rondon-Davis and Kenny Scott) 

“The Light” by Loy A. Webb follows Genesis and Rashad, who receive a surprise proposal gift that puts their relationship at risk. According to Catalano, it’s a 70-minute “rollercoaster ride of laughter, romance and despair.” The show features Leigh Rondon-Davis and Kenny Scott and is directed by Nailah Harper-Malveaux.

The show streams online Dec. 4-13. The pay-what-you-can suggested ticket price range is $8 to $40. Advance reservations are required. Go online to shotgunplayers.org/online/article/the-light for details. Shotgun has also extended the streaming of Josh Kornbluth’s “Citizen Brain” through Nov. 29.

San Francisco: 42nd Street Moon recently presented the latest in its Moonbeam Series, “A Distant Dinner Party with Jaron and Jess.” Conceived, written and directed by Jaron Vesely and Jessica Coker, the show is about a COVID-era virtual dinner party. Vesely and Coker, from their respective homes, invite a group of theater friends. Vesely, in a flashback to former dinner parties, even bakes his famous cheeseballs before realizing he’ll be the only one eating them. While the dialogue was a bit weak at times, the voices were not and lots of special effects and colorful backgrounds kept the visuals interesting as guests arrived for the party.

A nice little bit occurs when Angel Adedokan realizes fellow guest Kamren Mahaney is the man she has been corresponding with on a dating site. Of course, an awkward-yet-sweet duet follows. Many singing and even “dance” numbers follow including Leslie Ivy singing “9 to 5” and harmonizing with herself while video footage of crowded city streets (remember those?) plays all around her. Anthony Rollins-Mullins performs the COVID-version of a musical number complete with backup dancers — all in their own little squares — and a sparkling background.

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