Welcome to our Featured Play Spotlight. The Date by Steven Stack is a theatrical horror masterpiece that’s written specifically for online performances. You don’t want to miss this one!
Chris is about to go on his first online date. He’s practiced the steps for success, he has his best friends as a dating model, what could go wrong? Only everything. Demons on a date are never good.
Why did we publish this play?
Steven Stack is a master at creating theatrical horror. It starts funny so you’re guard is down and that’s when the demons start coming. We love his approach and we love The Date! It’s great for online performance because the whole play takes place on an online date. With friends. Of course.
1. Why did you write this play?
I thought of a girl I knew growing up, and even though we went to school together from 1st through 12th grade, for some reason in mind, she’s always the sweet first-grader that sat across from me at lunch. She died recently, and I don’t think her life turned the way she dreamed of as that first grader because, in some ways, the universe had other plans. I also wrote for the students I’ve taught over the years that thought they were invisible.
2. Describe the theme in one or two sentences.
That you never really know someone else’s story and what they would be willing to do to what they feel is the right thing or just to matter for once.
3. What’s the most important visual for you in this play?
The moment Felicia sees the drawing on Jinny’s wrist. From that moment on there’s tension beneath the surface because Felicia knows that something is off.
4. If you could give one piece of advice for those producing the play, what would it be?
Let the honesty come through each character while focusing on levels and pacing.
5. Why is this play great for student performers?
It allows students to play 4 diverse and realistic characters with concrete wants in an environment that takes advantage of the online medium. Plus, it’s funny, sad, and disturbing.
6. Do you have any tips for those who are performing this play online?
Focus on internalizing the characters because there is limited movement so connecting with your character is vital. Also, take full advantage of the online element, especially when it comes to the shadows.