BGB Zoom Shorts

As we began to look at our world differently in March of 2020, we started creating work in the virtual sphere, expanding the boundaries of the platforms available. These stories encapsulate a dual experience many of us have been facing for so many months now- the pain in relinquishing expectations of how life is supposed to be and simultaneously knowing more than ever what is truly important and worth our time in life: love and human connection.

The 35 pieces were written, performed, directed, produced, and edited by these unwavering groups of actors as a team effort on Zoom. The ensembles of THE WORK + IN REHEARSAL, along with the class of MAKE IT, poured their hearts, their talent, and their voices into pieces that each represents a different take on life in the virtual space, Covid-related and beyond.

As we continue to watch the impact of pandemic in the world, the interconnected nature of humanity is more with us than ever. With this work we celebrate some of the challenges this historic time has put us through and how we have still managed to love, forgive, grow, and even thrive, despite it all.

Little Boxes: A Birth Story

IT'S A DNA THING

IT'S A DNA THING

Just a little Zoom call between siblings...with one giant ask. Episode One in "A Birth Story" series, Laura and Helen are starting a family.

Laura- Leslie Murphy
Mike- Ben Huth
Written by Leslie Murphy
Directed by Alexandra Wright
Edited by Ben Huth

LIKE HEAVEN

LIKE HEAVEN

A mother /daughter reunion on Zoom is filled with new life and some hard truth.

Nancy- Harley Jane Kozak
Helen- Ellyn Jameson
Written and directed by Sydney Walsh
Edited by Ellyn Jameson

PULSE

PULSE

Laura and Cassie sort through their deceased mother's items while struggling to communicate through their differences.

Cassie- Alexandra Wright
Laura- Leslie Murphy
Written by Alexandra Wright
Directed by Ellyn Jameson
Edited by Ben Huth

COMMIT TO THE ANCHOVIES

COMMIT TO THE ANCHOVIES

Old bffs make food, talk pandemic and share about the heartache of marriage and children.

Sandra- Sydney Walsh
Nancy- Harley Jane Kozak
Written by Sydney Walsh
Directed and edited by Ellyn Jameson

MANGO

MANGO

A therapist tries to help his patient.

Starring:
Garth- Doug Tompos
Beth- Kelly Wolf
John- Josh Mann
Written, Edited, and Directed by Ben Huth

HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE

HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE

Helen and Laura cannot be together at a time when they need each other the most.

Helen- Ellyn Jameson
Laura- Leslie Murphy
Written and edited by Ellyn Jameson
Directed by Alexandra Wright

BABY

BABY

Mike looks for answers in his sister Cassie, but just can't.

Cassie- Alexandra Wright
Mike- Ben Huth
Written & Edited by Ben Huth
Directed by Leslie Murphy

AS A FAMILY

AS A FAMILY

Laura needs something from the last person she wants to talk to.

Kip- Kyle Secor

Laura- Leslie Murphy

Written, directed, and edited by Ellyn Jameson

TELL MY WIFE I LOVE HER VERY MUCH (SHE KNOWS)

TELL MY WIFE I LOVE HER VERY MUCH (SHE KNOWS)

Helen and Laura take a moment to connect at the end of a very important day.

Written by Ellyn Jameson & Leslie Murphy

Directed by Alexandra Wright Laura: Leslie Murphy

Helen: Ellyn Jameson Edited by Ellyn Jameson

BATHWATER

BATHWATER

Garth tracks down a long-lost godchild and loses his religion.

Written and directed by Harley Jane Kozak

Garth: Doug Tompos

Little Boxes: I Think You're on Mute

BOB AND CAROL

BOB AND CAROL

When a couple schedules a romantic rendezvous on ZOOM, it takes more than candles and a funky beat to get them in the groove again.

Written and Directed by DOUG TOMPOS

Bob: KYLE SECOR

Carol: SYDNEY WALSH

Mom's voice: KELLY WOLF

In Memory of MARCY RUBIN

RECLAIMING

RECLAIMING

A father tries to help his son find peace as he struggles to claim his wife's dead body during a pandemic.

Written and edited by Daniel Rubiano
Directed by Doug Tompos
Starring Daniel Rubiano and James Morrison
With Jude Rubiano and Ellyn Jameson

DO US PART

DO US PART

He and She are dead. Will they stay together in the afterlife or will death do them part?

Written & Directed - Phoebe Neidhardt
She - Kelly Wolf
He - Kyle Secor
Music - Joshua Ginsburg
Choreography - Amy Hessler

KRAMER vs. COVID

KRAMER vs. COVID

You thought divorce was hard? Try it during a pandemic.

Starring Kelly Wolf & James Morrison

Written, directed, and edited by Amy Stewart

BARFLIES

BARFLIES

After meeting at an online Happy Hour, two lost souls drink and commiserate. In private.

Mikey Z- Ben Huth

Wanda- Phoebe Neidhardt

WRITER/EDITOR/DIRECTOR: Kyle Secor

MANGROVES

MANGROVES

A front-line worker and her devoted husband separated by long hours and the Quarantine finally get to Zoom.

Starring Kyle Secor & Amy Stewart

Edited by Harry Wilcox

Written and directed by Sydney Walsh

JOHN AND PETER AT 23 DAYS

JOHN AND PETER AT 23 DAYS

A father and son navigate their difficult relationship during the early days of lockdown.

James Morrison as Peter

Luke Humphrey as John

WRITER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR Kyle Secor

SPECIAL EDITING THANKS Daniel Rubiano

THE RECONCILIATION

THE RECONCILIATION

When a lonely man contacts his ex-girlfriend during a pandemic, their relationship takes a few unexpected turns.

Cassie -- Alexandra Wright
John -- Josh Mann
Directed and edited by Ben Huth
Written by Josh Mann

A Day This Year

JUSTICE FOR EZRA

JUSTICE FOR EZRA

After the tragic death of her son, a grieving mother struggles to take matters into her own hands to get the rightful justice her son deserves.

Written by Mildred Marie Langford
Actors: Mildred Marie Langford and Kathryn Lockhart
Directed by: Jon Snow
Edited by: Jennifer DeFilippo

boy-FRIEND

boy-FRIEND

Caught in the pandemic, having to share hr house with her recent ex-husband, Kat tries to keep the status quo of her new online sexual relationship with her "boyfriend," as he pushes to break through her walls.

Written by Jake Locket
Actors: Stephanie Michels + Jake Lockett
Directed by Matthew C. Flynn

What Day IS Today

What Day IS Today

Mr. Carmody attempts to prove that an unlikely friendship with his Therapist is possible in the times of the New Normal.

Written by Konstantin Lavysh
Actors: Jimmy Carlson + Konstantin Lavysh
Directed by Jake Lockett
Produced by Jimmy Carlson, Konstantin Lavysh, + Jake Lockett

NASTY

NASTY

Two longtime friends reconnect during quarantine and struggle to face the stark differences in their circumstances.

Written by Zabeth Russell
Actors: Zabeth Russell + Kevin Fabian
Directed by Stephanie Michels
Produced by Michael Annetta

ADMISSION

ADMISSION

A sudden release program in the American prison system forces a bureaucrat and a convict to discover they have more in common than either of them might care to admit.

Written by Matthew C. Flynn
Actors: Konstantin Lavysh & Matthew C. Flynn
Directed by Abby Eiland

A WALK IN THE PARK

A WALK IN THE PARK

Writing partners with opposing outlooks on life try to get some work done in a world of isolation, masks and untouchable dogs.

Written by Kevin Fabian + Karli Hall
Actors: Karli Hall + Kevin Fabian
Directed by Stephanie Michels
Produced by Michael Annetta

TELL ME I’M HERE

TELL ME I’M HERE

4 friends navigate the shifting landscape of their relationships during a very uncertain time.

Written by Mike Faiola, Abby Eiland, Analeis Lorig, Jon Snow
Actors: Abby Eiland, Jon Snow, Analeis Lorig, + Mike Faiola
Directed by Mike Faiola + Analeis Lorig

Make It!

INTO THE DARK

INTO THE DARK

A woman must choose between her dreams for the future, and an undeniable connection with a man who is unable to make them come true

Written by Hollie Schwarz

Directed by Ryan March

Starring Hollie Schwarz & Francisco Pryor Garat

DISTANT

DISTANT

‘Distant’ is a portrait of long distance love at an impasse. Upon Annie’s fateful confession, Dylan is left to question where he stands…

Written by Andrew B Lipson

Chloe Baldwin – as Annie

Andrew B Lipson – as Dylan

Co-Directed by Elizabeth Bates

COCONUT PROBLEMS

COCONUT PROBLEMS

Coconut Problems follows the everyday problems of Fiona, a Latina born and raised in Los Angeles. In this episode, after having just lost her job, Fiona interviews for a bartending gig.

Written by: Samantha Alvarado

Directed by: Jessica Sherif

Starring (in order of appearance): Samantha Alvarado, Simon Vance, Brandon Stansell

TIMING’S A BITCH

TIMING’S A BITCH

Pushing 40, Lucy, long dedicated to her career, yearns for a family that has eluded her in New York. During an evening Zoom call, she asks an old high school classmate to fund a business idea…only to discover a deeper need just beneath the surface.

Directed by Cate Cohen & Cadden Jones

Written by Cadden Jones

Cadden Jones as Lucy

Mike Faiola as Greg

Edited by Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed

HUMAN RESOURCE

HUMAN RESOURCE

A miner on an isolated outpost is prepping for her return to Earth before getting a video call, but it’s not from her supervisor.

Directed by Ben Huth & Chloe Baldwin

Lighting Design by Paul Stafford

Chloe Baldwin as Waverly

Drew Lipson as Gavin

PATCHOULI NIGHTS

PATCHOULI NIGHTS

When a young man’s world has a crumbled around him, he turns to his Mother’s love and it’s more powerful than he thinks.

Written by Otis Bassett

Directed by Otis Bassett

Co-Directed by Kathryn Lockhart

Staring – Otis Bassett and Mildred Langford

MASK IT

MASK IT

A mom who has had it with high-pressure parenting culture has zoom happy hour with an old friend, only to discover her friend has an ulterior motive.

Starring: Kate Clower (Kelly) and Cate Cohen (Sarah Beth)

Directed By: Cadden Jones

A COVID BIRTHDAY MESSAGE

A COVID BIRTHDAY MESSAGE

When a mom wishes her friend a happy birthday during Covid lockdown, she ends up giving her much more than she could have ever anticipated.

Written by Cate Cohen

Directed by Cate Cohen and Sydney Walsh

Starring Cate Cohen, Liviana Wolynez, Eliotte Wolynez, Craig Wolynez, Kate Clower, Harley Jane Kozak, Rusty Sarhan

AUTOCORRECT

AUTOCORRECT

An apologetic, aspiring actor attempts to reclaim her identity when a careless, big-shot director refuses to acknowledge her cultural insensitivity.

Written & Edited by Anu Bhatt

Directed by Priyanka Shetty

Starring Elizabeth Bates & Anu Bhatt

WALNUT AND BRASS

WALNUT AND BRASS

A talented interior designer struggles to stay above the fray when she discovers she’s been stabbed in the back.

Written by: Caitlin McCarthy

Directed by: Emily Nicole Hansen

Starring: Caitlin McCarthy, Elizabeth Bates, Samantha Alvarado

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