Forge Theater Lab presents pandemic-inspired works

February 11, 2022
Poster for Forge Theater Lab presentation No Place to Go in February 2022
Poster for Forge Theater Lab's No Place To Go Stories from a Pandemic

The Forge Theater Lab, in residence at Fitchburg State University, will present a staged reading of new monologues and short plays about love and loss, chaos and comic relief, with “No Place to Go: Stories from a Pandemic” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building, 367 North St. The performance scheduled for Friday, Feb. 25 has been canceled because of inclement weather.

Admission is free and open to the public. Face masks are required in campus buildings. Visitors will be asked to attest they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and will be required to sign a contact tracing form at the door.

The Forge Theater Lab, founded by Fitchburg State alumni, includes current students as well as graduates from the university. The cast of “No Place to Go” includes current students Johannes Crueger-Cain, Sophie Geremia, Lex Guertin, Daniel T. Hankins, Aaron Lehner, Nina Turouski, and Eliana West. Alumni cast members include Michael Babineau, Amber Charest, Larry Hill, Angela Renzi and Kelly Stowell.

“This piece is a true reflection of our lives covering a broad spectrum of moments from the humorous to the infuriating ones,” said director Charlene Kennedy, current managing director of The Forge. “It goes beyond our personal experience and into our collective experience.”

“No Place to Go: Stories from a Pandemic” chronicles a time of exhaustion, loneliness, humanity, frustration, and compassion. Spanning multiple generations, relationships, and voices, “No Place to Go” is a reminder that despite the pandemic causing many to feel isolated, we are united by one collective experience.