Theater in Quarantine, a pandemic performance laboratory from writer, director, and performer Joshua William Gelb and choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin, will present the world premiere of Honestly Sincere, a new play written by Liza Birkenmeier, whose 2019 play, Dr. Ride’s American Beach House, was a New York Times critic’s pick. Set to premiere on March 18 on YouTube, Honestly Sincere features direction by Gelb, choreography and additional direction by McLaughlin, sound design by M. Florian Staab (Bill Irwin’s On Beckett), and visual design by Sara C Walsh (Queen of the Night).
Honestly Sincere is set in 2002 and centers on Greta, a 13-year-old girl who accesses a Nokia mobile phone that feels supernatural. Without the language or means to articulate her own unruly yearnings, Greta fantasizes about being a middle-aged man; she is embodied by Gelb. Greta gets to chase her wild and secret hopes with confidence, but the erotic danger of humiliation might be the only thing more powerful than her phone.
In addition to Gelb on screen, Honestly Sincere features the vocal talents of teenage actors Alexander Bello, Hailey Lynn Elberg, and Remi Elberg as well as Jes Bedwinek and Morgan Lindsey Tachco.
Live streamed performances of Honestly Sincere will take place on Thursday, March 18 at 7pm and 9pm on Theater in Quarantine’s YouTube page. Following the live broadcast, the on-demand recording of Blood Meal will be available at www.youtube.com/theaterinquarantine, along with the complete Theater in Quarantine archive, in perpetuity.
Theater in Quarantine is Joshua William Gelb (founder and co-creative director), Katie Rose McLaughlin (co-creative director), Morgan Lindsey Tachco (creative producer), Brian Bose (social media), and Everyman Agency (public relations).
Theater in Quarantine is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC. Theater in Quarantine’s work is generously supported by a Creative Residency with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, as participants in LaMaMa and CultureHub’s Experiments in Digital Storytelling program, the Mental Insight Foundation, and by their many individual donors.