Named "Don't Miss"
by the Times Square Chronicles
and "Top Pick" by DC Metro Theater Arts
by Liz Duffy Adams
Ripple For Change Series
Live on Zoom January 30 & February 3
at 7pm Eastern
Streaming January 31-February 3!
TSP Online Stage
To benefit the Food Pantry at St Clement's
Post-apocalyptic wilderness was never funnier. DOG ACT is a theatrical, darkly comic variation on the classic doomsday genre, with five original songs.
I don’t live in NYC and am in a different time zone. Will I be able to watch this performance at any time?
For Live Performance (Zoom): To replicate the experience of being in the theatre, the performance will start at 7pm (Eastern Time). Please tune in at that time (taking into account the time difference, as applicable) as you will not be able to pause or rewind the live performance. We will notify all ticket buyers when a stream of the performance becomes available.
For Streamed Performance (YouTube): Once you buy the streaming ticket you will be sent a link, which is immediately active. You may watch the show anytime between January 31-February 3, as many times as you wish.
Are the performances taking place online or at The Seeing Place?
As The Seeing Place is closed due to COVID-19, the performances will be hosted digitally. Once you have purchased a ticket for your chosen performance, you will receive a link prior to the show to watch from the comfort of your own home.
I’ve not received my confirmation email or the streaming link, what should I do?
You should receive an email immediately after purchasing your ticket, and it will come directly from Ovation Tix/Theatermania with a link to watch the performance. Be sure to check all spam and junk folders first, but if have not received your link by 10am on the day of the performance please email email@example.com. Note: if you reach out to us AFTER the performance has started, we will not be able to get back to you until after the performance. Plase still email us explaining your circumstances, because we can arrange to transfer your live ticket to a streaming ticket.
There are different ticket prices - what does that mean?
Theese performances are a benefit for St Clement's Food Pantry. You may support the organization and see the show by getting a $10 ticket. But some people may want to donate more - therefore, there are $25 and $50 tickets available. There are no special benefits for those ticket holders - they simply are able to contribute more to our beneficiary.
I want to see the show, but I feel uncomfortable about my donation going toward this non-profit. What can I do?
We understand. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can give you a way to make a direct contribution to one of our three campaign funds, which will earmark your contribution to another area related to our theater. We will then send you ticketing information separately.
I would like The Seeing Place to get a contribution in addition to my ticket purchase - how do I do that?
First of all - thank you! Chose your preferred show date/time/ticket level, and when you get to checkout, there will be an option to add a donation to your order. This will go directly toward The Seeing Place's Annual Fund.
Is it a different performance each night?
As with all live theater, the Zoom performances are live and are, therefore, slightly different each night. If you want to watch multiple times, you will have to purchase a ticket to each performance.
I want to purchase a ticket for myself and a friend in another household in one order. How will I be able to share the link with them?
Prior to the start of your chosen performance, the ticket purchaser will receive an email with the link to the stream. If you have purchased two (or more) tickets, the link can be given to that ither person provided it is not shared beyond a ticketed patron.
This play is being presented as a benefit for the Food Pantry at St Clement's. St Clement’s NYC is a congregation that has always celebrated the ministry of women, of gay and lesbian people, and those of all walks of life; a longtime center of service to the poor, celebrating social activism and creative liturgy - one of the most diverse Episcopal parishes in New York City. St Clement's has operated a food pantry since 1986, one of its primary means of outreach. To learn more about St Clement's, visit www.StClementsNYC.org
Synopsis for DOG ACT:
Post-apocalyptic wilderness was never funnier. Follow the adventures of Zetta Stone, a traveling performer, and her companion Dog (a young man undergoing a voluntary species demotion) as they wander through the former northeastern United States. Zetta, Dog and their little troupe are on their way to a gig in China, assuming they can find it...and survive the journey. A theatrical, darkly comic variation on the classic doomsday genre, with five original songs.
"This DOG ACT is Best In Show...The production is very funny—Friend and Peacock are consistently hilarious, and small moments such as Ketter's Dog singing louder when Cronican's Zetta tells him to be quiet or Vest's Jojo impersonating the divine plagues in The Mortality Playstand out as well—but the talented cast pivots effortlessly to pathos when called for, such as in an affecting scene between Ketter and Walker in which what is truly at stake becomes dramatically clear...Dog Act not only benefits an excellent cause but is much more heady, uproarious fun than we assume that the real post-apocalypse will be: good reasons to get in on this act now." - John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards, Thinking Theater
"Four Stars... That it all comes to life on Zoom is the ingenious work of the show’s creators, director Erin Cronican and designers Brandon Walker and Laura Bonacci...Technology-wise it’s highly innovative. Watching this work of metatheatre played out by these resourceful actors in a technology that is not intended to replace the stage, makes for uproarious fun. Catch it while you can!"- Isa Goldberg, Theater Life
"Living through a pandemic has inspired multiple productions about post-apocalyptic terrors, but not many are as satisfying or oddly hopeful as Liz Duffy Adams’ Dog Act...The talented cast performs via Zoom in front of illustrator Laura Bonacci’s artfully sculpted dystopian landscape. Below them appears the entrancing gaze of Weronika Helena Wozniak’s narrator. The effect binds the actors to the space better than most online productions and attracts attention from even the most Zoom-weary of audience members."- Cathy Hammer, The Unforgettable Line
"It's also the kind of play where one can kick back and enjoy the abstract assortment of stimulations presented by an endearingly vibrant company of troupers...The Seeing Place Theater is to be admired for pulling this one off with verve and sincerity. "- Michael Dale, Broadway World
"The Seeing Place Theatre’s Dog Act a pertinent and challenging play to experience. Utilizing gallery mode in Zoom with clever backgrounds featuring the art of Laura Bonacci, Liz Duffy Adams’ play about a troupe of vaudevillians traversing a post-apocalyptic wasteland packs a punch amplified by the fact that we are viewing it from inside our homes for the sake of collective safety. The cast, each performing from their own location, create a fantastic sense of ensemble under director Erin Cronican’s leadership. It truly makes the viewer wish they could experience the work of Cronican, Jon L Peacock, Robin Friend, Hailey Vest, William Ketter, Brandon Walker, and Weronika Helena Wozniak live onstage...Dog Act is a challenging play, particularly in our current circumstances. But The Seeing Place Theatre has made a compelling online adaptation that is worth watching if one is interested in a darkly satirical take on doomsday theatre. And though the genre may be doomsday, The Seeing Place gives hope."- Adrienne Sowers, The Reviews Hub
"DOG ACT is a play for our current-day circumstances, complete with rough and raw language (not for the gosh-dang-it! crowd). Enhanced by five original songs, the gate to hell being opened and mankind as we know it being destroyed, a plague, climate change, and humanity against humanity are all tackled as these talented actors take on survival and a redefining of truth. Can actors, vaudevillians if you will, save the world? These guys are off to a great start."- Laurie Lawson, ELJ NYC
"This is one of those weird but enjoyable plays. The language is helter skelter with nods to Shakespearean plots. I found the dynamics of the various duos fascinating. The acting was phenomenal as they had to make sense out of mish mashed words and deliberate bad grammar and still convey strong emotions... Luckily there is The Seeing Place persevering by still putting on intelligent high quality theater for us to enjoy and mull over later. "- Eva Heinemann, HI! Drama
"Wonderful and innovative production. Kudos!"- Jean Walker, via YouTube
"TSP productions are always cutting edge, and this one had me laughing, too. Great characters, and wonderful work finding a way to stream ensemble music!"- Denise Moore, via Facebook
"Every piece I see of The Seeing Place Theater’s opens my perspective, lifts my energy, makes me smile, warms me to my fellow man. This one is full of chucklers, too."- Barbara Haas, TSP Ensemble Member via Facebook
"Such a tantalizing script! A world that might be getting closer than we think. Which is terrifying and strangely comforting — if these characters are in it. I was enchanted!"- Crystal Eisele, TSP Ensemble Member via Facebook
FREE - Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 7pm (Eastern Time, via Zoom)
Theme: Action Steps for Surviving Hardship in an Uncertain World
Speakers: Liz Duffy Adams, playwright of DOG ACT, and Tracy Sidesinger, Licensed Therapist
This talkback enables audience members to hear community experts talk about the themes of the play including crisis management (mental health issues and food and housing insecurity) and how the play relates to the world we're living in now. We will also be brainstoming on ways that we can all make a difference for those suffering due to the global pandemic.
About Our Speakers:
Liz Duffy Adams' (she/they) play Or, premiered Off Broadway at WP Theater and has been produced over 70 times since. She’s a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Lily Award, Women of Achievement Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, Will Glickman Award, and Briggs-Copeland Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard. Her work has been produced or developed at the Alley Theatre, Magic Theater, Seattle Rep, Round House Theater, Humana Festival, Portland Center Stage, and Flux Theatre Ensemble among others. More at lizduffyadams.com and newplayexchange.org.
Tracy Sidesinger, PsyD (she/they) is a psychoanalytic psychologist, currently practicing virtually from Brooklyn and upstate New York. Her writing and practice focus on gender and sexuality, maternal mental health, spirituality, and the arts. She is at the forefront of the community psychoanalysis movement which makes deep psychological care accessible to all as a matter of social justice and equity. www.nycdepthpsychology.org
FREE WITH YOUR TICKET - Saturday, JANUARY 30 and Wednesday, FEBRUARY 3, 2021
(immediately following performance)
Speakers: The Cast and Creative Team of DOG ACT Theme: Doing Issues-Based Plays in a Trauma-Filled World
This talkback will enable audience members to talk directly to the artists who created DOG ACT about their experiences with the play, how it was rehearsed for Zoom, and its relevance to our modern times.