The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LCPA) as announced their Zoom Play Festival to take place on Monday, Aug. 24 through Friday, Sept. 4. The festival will be an opportunity for theatre artists to create and share new works adapted for the current landscape. The LCPA will be accepting submissions for new, one act plays written specifically to be performed on Zoom.
The inspiration for the festival is “the idea of keeping theatre artists active, engaged and creating even in these difficult times. With live theatre being effectively cancelled, actors have very few options for exercising their talents.” Tara Palen, LPCA Director of Education and Outreach, explained. Venues near and far have been cancelling their performances and it has been increasingly difficult for actors to find an outlet to perform. Many artists have been using Zoom for play readings, and several other arts institutions have transferred to Zoom, and it has been exciting navigating new territory, both for veterans and newbies alike, who may feel emboldened exploring a new art in this virtual format.
However, Zoom burnout is real, and pops up in daily conversation. There is still a large amount of innovation on the horizon and the Zoom Play Festival will act as a celebration of the persistence of all of us. Some day the live theatre will open again, but in the meantime it is important to keep the spirit of theatre alive and adapt in the best ways we can.
All submissions for the Zoom Play Festival can be sent to Palen at [email protected]. A panel of theater professionals will judge the plays, and the winners will be announced Sept. 21. The winners will each receive $250 and an opportunity for a live Zoom performance of their play. A submission fee is not required in order to keep the festival accessible, but donations towards the project are welcome. The donations can be made, and more information can be found at the following link: www.lakeplacidarts.org/virtual-experiences/zoom-play-festival-submissions.