St. Mary’s City, MD- “Checking In,” an original play about healing powers during a COVID-19 lockdown, opens with a recorded Zoom performance Thursday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by St. Mary’s College of Maryland Theatre, Film and Media Studies, the show runs until Sunday, April 18, with a final matinee performance at 2 p.m.
“Checking In” was born out of collaborative work between students from Assistant Theater Professor Amy Steiger’s Fall 2020 course on Community Theater Design and the local St. Mary’s community. Based on student-led interviews with community members on topics related to race, gender, and healing, a play took shape, centering on a group of people forced into confinement. in a medical waiting room. To keep busy, they share stories about their lives. As they transform the waiting room into a place of creativity and community, the group discovers that while there isn’t a one-size-fits-all path to healing that works for everyone, acts of storytelling and d listening have power.
“Checking In” continues Professor Steiger’s collaborative work with students and members of the local community on topics of race, gender, class and social justice, begun with “Beyond the Sunset” and the 10 minutes of plays written by students, “Humanizing Histories.”
Access to the recorded Zoom performance is by ticket registration through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/146999614805. Registration is mandatory; performances are free. The first 10 patrons of each performance who register for tickets will receive a “care package” to make the Zoom performance an interactive experience.
“Checking In” occurs at 7:30 p.m. from April 15-17, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 18.