Just Off Broadway, Inc. Presents
An Online Filmed Play:
On the Expectation of White Christmases
by Brian C. Petti
Sunday, December 13th at 7PM
As a Fundraiser for Just Off Broadway, Inc.
Online at VIMEO (link to be provided the day of the showing)
Reservations are FREE (a $15 donation is suggested),
and can be made online at https://www.facebook.com/events/401420407549814
With equal parts humor and pathos, ON THE EXPECTATION OF WHITE CHRISTMASES explores the trials of familial love, hope, and redemption.
Written by Hudson Valley playwright Brian C. Petti, ON THE EXPECTATION OF WHITE CHRISTMASES will have an online showing on Sunday, December 13th at 7pm. The play, which is a filmed version of the show, is being produced as a fundraiser for Washingtonville theater Just Off Broadway, Inc.. Featured actors include Terri Shanley Massimi, Brian Mathews, Donna Polichetti, Brittany Pierce-Ciaizza, Rebecca Robbins, Ron Morehead, and, in her regional theater premier, 12-year-old Goshen resident Keara McCarty.
Reservations can be made online at https://www.facebook.com/events/401420407549814. Simply mark “going” to the Facebook event and you will be sent a Vimeo link on the day of the show. In lieu of admission, please make a donation to Just Off Broadway, Inc. at https://www.justoffbwy.com/make-a-donation ($15 suggested donation).
With the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on local theater, Petti and Just Off Broadway board member Jim Pillmeier had to think outside the box. They decided to film the play in front of a green screen, with each actor adding their talents separately, and then editing the result together to form a filmed play. “I saw it done to great effect in an online showing of THE WEIR by Irish Repertory Theatre,” says Director/Playwright Brian Petti. “I thought it was something creative we could do to work around our current limitations, and the result is an interesting hybrid of film and theater that I believe will be moving and entertaining.” The play is being presented through agreement with publisher Next Stage Press.
WHITE CHRISTMASES takes place in 1975 suburban New York from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. It tells the story of Mary, an 11-year old girl who is waiting for her long estranged father to show up for a Christmas dinner reconciliation. Mary lives (quite uncomfortably) in her Irish grandparents' house with her mother Katherine. Her Nana, the unquestioned authority in her home, is decidedly against the prospect of hosting a dinner for the man who abandoned her daughter and pulls no punches in letting Mary know exactly what she thinks of him. As the family waits for the missing father to appear, an unforgettable Christmas night ensues.
Brian C. Petti is an award-winning playwright who has been produced internationally by such companies as Ten Grand Productions, Theatre of NOTE and 5th Wall Productions. NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM was the winner of the Humboldt State University National Play Contest. BANSHEE, LIKE DROWNING, HEROINES, and WHITE CHRISTMASES are published by Next Stage Press. ECHOES OF IRELAND was produced in County Cork, Ireland by the Skibbereen Theatre Society and is published through Eldridge Plays and Musicals. TEN SECONDS was the winner of the Carlton E. Spitzer Excellence in Playwrighting Award, and THE LOVE SONG OF SIDNEY J. STEIN was the winner of Las Vegas Little Theatre New Works Competition. Most recently, BANSHEE was produced by Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, CA, LIKE DROWNING was produced by 5th Wall Productions in Charleston, SC and HEROINES premiered at Cornerstone Theatre Group in Goshen, NY..
Just Off Broadway, Inc., is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, producing live entertainment in a professionally-enhanced theatre setting. Just Off Broadway, Inc. produces their Seasons of plays and musicals, Concert Series, Theatre for Young Audiences, and Special Events at St. Anne's Church, 179 East Main Street in Washingtonville, New York. Just Off Broadway, Inc. also offers classes, seminars, and workshops. Utilizing the vast talent from the local area and surrounding regions, as well as professionals from Broadway, television, and film, Just Off Broadway, Inc. creates a unique and exciting performance and educational experience for the ever-growing population of the Greater Hudson Valley.