“Mayflies in June” – Launching on YouTube June 1, 2020

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“Mayflies in June” – Launching on YouTube June 1, 2020

June 1 - July 31

Free

Magenta Theater Presents a Virtual One Act Production of

 “Mayflies in June” – Launching on YouTube June 1, 2020

 

The stage is still dark at Magenta Theater in downtown Vancouver, WA, but that doesn’t mean things have come to a grinding halt within the Magenta community.

 

In 2011, Magenta Theater held a playwriting class taught by Aleks Merilo.  One of the students, Katt Janson (now Merilo), used a family memory to create a one-act play within that class.  The play was performed at Rosemary Café circa 2011 and then again at Magenta for the annual awards event.  Fast forward nine years – a time where Magenta is currently restricted from performing anything live.

 

It was obvious fairly early in this pandemic that Magenta presentations would have to be very different.  The playwright and the original actors were contacted to see if they would be interested in re-creating the play for virtual presentation.  All eagerly agreed yes.  While the intimacy and real-time interactions associated with live productions are not possible, the entertainment factor is still present, along with reassurance the theater company is very much alive.

 

Ms Janson Merilo introduces the YouTube video with memories still clear in her mind of spending time at the family cabin in Michigan.  She recalls a fascination with seeing the porch screen covered with clinging mayflies and wondering if they were happy.  And here we are in 2020 clinging on for dear life…and possibly wondering about our happiness.

 

Mayflies, according to Wikipedia:  The adult insects emerge before dawn in early summer, mate and die within the space of about 30 minutes. The female deposits her eggs in the water and dies within five minutes of emergence, believed to be the shortest adult lifespan of any insect.   While the Magenta script avoids the mating and eggs aspects, it is true to the rest of the sad lifespan.

 

Hannah Greenlee and Michael Evan Adent recreate their roles playing Beth and Joe – the two mayflies.  Modification of movements were taken into consideration for social distancing guidelines.  Filmed & edited by Amanda Goff, on the Hidden House Market lawn, the video is approximately 20 minutes long.  Just shy of the actual mayfly lifespan.

 

This free production can be viewed from June 1st onwards by visiting www.youtube.com/magentatheater – simple!  The video will be designated as ‘featured content’ so it will be easy to find.   There will also be a link on the Magenta website’s home page, www.magentatheater.com

 

Thank you for your continued support of the arts.  The folks at Magenta Theater are looking forward to entertaining IN PERSON as soon as possible!

For more information:  Jaynie Roberts, Artistic Director.  360/606-0033 director@magentatheater.com

Details

Start:
June 1
End:
July 31
Cost:
Free
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39719
1108 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
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3606354358
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*Event status cannot be confirmed due to Covid-19.