If there’s one thing the theatre community is notorious for, it’s resilience. Historically, when times have been tough, artists have come together to show the world that there is hope, no matter what the circumstances.
As COVID-19 has sequestered us all to the comfort of our homes, the Atlanta theatre community has made it possible for us to see our local artists in action. Whether it be reading children’s books, making dance master-class videos, or even recording entire performances, our city’s local thespians are far from taking a covid-cation.
Today’s slice of local talent comes from Elm Street Arts Village, presenting their production of Helvetica!
“While we had to cancel our live performances of the Georgia Premiere of Will Coleman’s Helvetica due to COVID-19 concerns,” says the Woodstock community theatre, “We are so excited to launch a complete digital experience of the play that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of home! If you enjoy it, we ask that you consider supporting Elm Street with a tax-deductible donation, which will help our programming continue during these difficult times.”
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Helvetica is a new work written by Will Coleman and is a dramatic “play about stories.” Helvetica is introduced in three different times and how her experiences tell her story. Along with her favorite teddy bear, Myron, Helvetica journeys through her life struggles and reminds herself that to prevail, it’s important to hold onto what makes you special. Myron helps narrate the story of Helvetica — a children’s book author in the present; a precocious, imaginative child in the past; a sick and deflated artist in the future — by interweaving stories, slices from each time period, into one “book.”
Available Digitally: March 20 – May 10, 2020
Run Time: 98 Minutes
Rating: Recommended for ages 16+ (Strong Language, Mature Themes)
Video courtesy of David Thompson Technologies LLC (DDT-Live)
Click here to access the program, accompanying storybook, and production photos!
Behind the show
- Director – Nicole Adkins
- Choreographer/Composer – Amanda Lynne Simmons
- Dramaturg – Marjorie Boeshans
- Stage Manager – Meg Grey
- Scenic Designer – Brian Gamel
- Costume Designer – Cindy Flanders
- Lighting Designer – Megan Johnson
- Sound Designer – Zach Roe
- Paint Charge – Katie Caldwell
- Myron – Sean Haley
- Past Helvetica – Evie Sickbert
- Present Helvetica – Molly Gilmartin
- Future Helvetica – Mary Wolfson
- Mother – Riley Rawson
- Father – Daniel Sickbert
- Husband/Agent – James Cogswell
- Illustrator/Patient/Animal Shelter Employee/Ballerina – Amanda Lynne Simmons