KEY WEST STREAMS ‘STUDIOS’ SMITHTOWN ‘WILL PLAY FEB. 13-27

T.The Studios of Key West is presenting a virtual production of the powerful and contemporary new piece, “Smithtown,” written by Drew Larimore and directed by Stephen Kitsakos, the Studios of Key West’s artistic collaborator. “Smithtown” is a series of four interrelated but distinct monologues with a cast of top Broadway and television actors: Michael Urie (Broadway revival of Torch Song, “Ugly Betty”), Ann Harada (“Avenue Q” and Cinderella on Broadway), Colby Lewis (Chicago’s “Hamilton”, “Chicago Med”) and Constance Shulman (“Orange Is The New Black” on Netflix, “The Rose Tattoo” on Broadway). The piece will be available for a two-week online engagement from February 13-27. Tickets are available at tskw.org/smithtown-2.

“Smithtown” is succinctly dark and funny, and highlights the way we communicate and communicate incorrectly in a rapidly evolving digital age, when rules of conduct change from minute to minute and loneliness and isolation seem the order of the day. “I wrote ‘Smithtown’ a few years ago and felt compelled to revisit it in the face of the pandemic,” Larimore said. “Technology is at the heart of the piece, so it couldn’t be more appropriate to produce it in this online format now.” . ”

The play follows four residents of Smithtown, a fictional university town in the Midwest, who are unintentionally and arguably “victims” of failed technology. A college professor ignites a local tragedy by sending questionable photos to his ex-girlfriend. A sleep deprived “text angel” sends a well-meaning text at exactly the wrong moment. A struggling artist quickly and easily plays with morale to get ahead. A grieving mother turns to social media to fill the void of a lost child.

Known for its creative partnerships in and out of Key West, The Studios expanded its reach and capacity over the past year to produce high quality streaming content. For this project, the studios drew on their impressive list of artist-in-residence alumni, which included former AiR and playwright Larimore (“The New Peggy”) with former AiR and videographer / writer Harry Aspinwall (Netflix’s “The Sleepover “) Brought together special theatrical event.

Director Stephen Kitsakos recognizes the inherent challenge of bringing Larimore’s script to life for the online audience. “Smithtown is definitely a play, not a movie, so of course the focus is on the text,” he said, “but the theater stays and adapts.” We’ve brought together some of the most talented actors working today, each an accomplished storyteller, to create a hybrid form of presentation that would fit this project perfectly. And of course we added a touch of cinematic flair where we could, ”he adds.

Smithtown will be offered as an online streaming event from February 13-27. The running time is 65 minutes. Tickets are $ 15 for studio members and $ 20 for non-members.

The piece was drawn by Betty Rubenstein, Paula and John Tishok, Jim Salini, Janet Hinkle and Jim and Ray Luther-Pfeil and Zabar’s.

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