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Venue: Archipelago Virtual Theater

  • Physical location

    None - this is a virtual theater
    Ridgefield, CT 06877
  • Business address

    356 Limestone Road
    Ridgefield, CT 06877

Phone numbers:

  • (203) 438-6968 After 10 am!  

Email addresses:

  • teacherjh@aol.com This is a personal email address  

Web pages:

Pictures of our theater

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Shows and events

Currently active and future shows and events:

Abbr.TitleStart of activityEnd of activity
[IRPP]I Remember Palm PilotsOct 19, 2020Nov 30, 2020
[AIBH]Am I Being HazedNov 17, 2020Dec 30, 2020

Past shows and events:

Abbr.TitleStart of activityEnd of activity
[TYLT]That's your line, thoughAug 30, 2020Nov 17, 2020
[YAC]You're a CommodityJul 10, 2020Oct 30, 2020

About the Archipelago Virtual Theater 

Created during the Covid-19 pandemic, this virtual theater provides a way to continue pursuing new collaborative theater from home. The goal is to create audio recordings of original plays, track by track, in a manner similar to the way many popular songs are recorded. Performers will record themselves at home using any decent digital audio recorder (even a smartphone!), reading their lines and leaving room for the other lines. The director or sound designer will combine all the tracks and edit the lines together for flow, creating a guide track. They will also create versions that omit each of the parts (often called "music minus one", or MMO). While playing an MMO version in headphones, each actor will re-record their part now that they have a "live" performer to play against, creating a virtual table reading of the play which the author can then post to their ePlays.org Play page for feedback, helping them develop their script.

Depending on what stage of writing the play is in, this process would be repeated with director input at each iteration, refining the performance just like rehearsing a live stage play. Sound effects would be added, ultimately leading to an audio recording that help the author get the play produced on a live stage, or be simply enjoyed as a modern version of a radio play.

We will accept original play submissions through ePlays.org. If accepted, the director will create audition sides. Performers audition by recording themselves performing their lines and submitting the recording at the Show page.

Typical season

This is a new theater. There is no season. Yet.

However, we will start with some very short "six line propmt" exercises to test the system. From there we'll move on to one-act plays, and then longer works if this proves to be an interesting and fruitful exercise.

What we are looking for

People who are willing to try something new, and who are willing to put up with the inevitable glitches as the system is ironed out. Due to the nature of the production process, the following should be kept in mind:

Guidelines for submitting new plays

At the moment we are looking for short plays with a limited cast of characters as we experiment with production methods. To submit, create a Play page for your play, upload your script in a supported editable format, and send an email to teacherjh@aol.com.

Board, staff, and other admin positions

(not applicable)