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LPCA’s Zoom Play Festival opens

LAKE PLACID — This week the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will begin to feature winners of the Zoom Play Festival, a celebration of short plays written exclusively for Zoom.

The showcase will be available for purchase on Vimeo beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday through March 26. Patrons can find all information and a link to the Vimeo page at www.lakeplacidarts.org/virtual-experiences/zoomfest.

In August 2020, the LPCA put out a call for new plays written specifically to be performed on Zoom as an opportunity for theater artists to keep creating in the new landscape shaped by the pandemic. The showcase is a compilation of eight one-act plays: four winners and four honorable mentions selected from more than 135 submissions sent in from all over the world.

The plays address a broad range of topics that represent human experience during this year of unprecedented hardship and perseverance, loss and longing, humor and resilience.

The winning plays and honorable mentions are:

¯ “Joe the Rememberer” — James Still, winner

¯ “Dream On, Black Girl” — Maxine Joie du Maine, winner

¯ “Choices” — James McLindon, winner

¯ “Who’s On Zoom?” — Cynthia Faith Arsenault, winner

¯ “Pandemic Speed Dating” — Molly Wagner, honorable mention

¯ “Meetings” — Michael P. Adams, honorable mention

¯ “How Do I Get This Damn Thing to Work?” — Lawrence Goodman, honorable mention

¯ “It Looks Like Snow” — Jeffrey Kirkland, honorable mention

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