A socially-distant solo show. A filmed production. An outdoor epic.
What’s Past is prologue
Born in response to the pandemic, THT Rep undertook three wildly different projects in its inaugural season: The Edgar Allan Poe Double Header, A Christmas Carol: Reimagined and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
The Edgar Allan Poe Double Header
“It was the beating of his hideous heart!”
In the fall of 2020, artistic director Livy Scanlon performed The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado to socially-distanced audiences of 20 or fewer seated cabaret-style at individual café tables, complete with chocolate and Prosecco.
The Edgar Allan Poe Double Header was one of the first pandemic-era productions in the country to be authorized by the COVID health and safety division at Actors’ Equity Association.
Livy later teamed up with The Hanover Theatre Conservatory to present the same show on The Hanover Theatre mainstage for the entire 12th grade of the Worcester Public School system.
A Christmas Carol: Reimagined
“God bless us, everyone!”
With the 2020 holiday season approaching, and the end of the pandemic nowhere in sight, Troy Siebels reimagined his annual staging of A Christmas Carol as a stripped down, filmed production. The final cut was available at home on demand, and at socially-distant screenings in the BrickBox Theater.
Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
“Et tu, Brute?”
As summer 2021 came into view, the prospect of an outdoor, COVID-friendly production came with it. After months of planning, THT Rep performed Julius Caesar free and open to the public on the Worcester Common. The show was presented in partnership with the City of Worcester and the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District.