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Baran-Unland: All the world's a Zoom stage?

Joliet Junior College and Lewis University offering fall plays virtually

I had three reasons for attending my first Zoom play in July.

The play was "A Woman of No Importance" by Oscar Wilde; my niece was directing it; and I was curious - could this really work?

Actually, the performance was well done and engaging.

The pandemic is certainly stretching people's creativity and proving the old adage, "If there's a will, there's a way."

Both Lewis University in Romeoville and Joliet Junior College are presenting livestreamed plays this fall.

Lewis University's "All in the Timing" is five diverse, one-act comedies.

Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre will present 'All in the Timing, which features five diverse but equally hilarious one-act comedies,

An ensemble cast of seven Lewis University students are performing multiple characters. These are Katie Horn of Michigan, Austin Jones of Steger, John Kladis of Palos Hills, Brianna Knusten of Plainfield, Haley Marchewka of Loves Park, Lukas Roy of Palos Park, and Alexander Schedel of Bolingbrook.

The production team is Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (technical support, lighting and set-up of actor’s Zoom pods, Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costumes), Julia Egizio of Plainfield (stage manager), Katie Szymkiewicz of Chicago (assistant stage manager), Kyra Savage of Romeoville (properties manager), Nathan Fournier of New York (sound design and board operator), Estefania Flores of Tinley Park (dramaturgy) and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director).

Performances are Oct. 2 through Oct. 4 and Oct. 8 through Oct. 11. Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. A matinee performance at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

Ticket prices are $13 for an adult, $12 for students (13 and up) and seniors. Lewis students pay $3 with an ID.

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JJC is premiering "The Ulysses Blanket" by Andrew Pederson, written especially for JJC by Pederson as a Zoom theatrical performance.

The cast consists of Alex Mendez, Jamie Gossen, Jordan Willner and Victor Reyes Jr. of Joliet, Chloe McKinney of Minooka, Jasmine Moore of Lansing, Jeremy Gallagher and Liam McGuire of Plainfield, Jesse Hernandez of Braidwood, Kathy Quezada of Bolingbrook, Ryan Murphy of New Lenox, Sylmarie Soto of Naperville, Tommy Smith of Mokena, Nicholas Russell of Morris and Dona Mullen.

Director is assistant professor Brian Fruits. The production team is assistant professor Julie Giampaolo (design coordinator), staff member Nicki Blowers (technical director) and Bre Sakalis (sound and video designer). Alyssa Morales is stage manager. Devan Zernia is assisting.

Performances are free. Times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 2 p.m. Oct. 4. RSVP at

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