Mile Square Theatre Artistic Director Chris O ’ Connor says , “ The term ‘ given circumstance ’ is a theatrical term used by practitioners to describe the circumstances defined by the playwright , which frames the play . We thought the term was apt to describe the circumstances that are defining theatre in the time of COVID . “ A monumental circumstance these days is that we now live in a digital world , chiefly defined by Zoom calls . All of these commissions have asked the playwrights to set their plays on the Zoom platform as a central ‘ given circumstance .’ We are thrilled to have this impressive lineup of writers and theatre collaborators .” Tickets are $ 15- $ 20 , available at : www . milesquaretheatre . org . Once purchased , audience members will be emailed a link through which the stream may be accessed .
Centenary Stage Company ’ s Fringe Festival kicks off October 8 through October 11 with Rent Control . Written & Performed by Evan Zes , an actor / writer born and raised in the Bay Area , who portrays some 30 different characters in this wild-but TRUE oneman-play that recounts a period in his life as he struggled to survive , live and pursue his acting career in New York City . When Evan falls backwards into one of the few remaining rent-controlled apartments in NYC , he finds a way to make money and pursue his dream , turning the apartment into a lucrative Airbnb scheme - that is until his moneymaking scheme backfires threatening to ruin his life . This cautionary tale has had audiences howling with laughter and at the same time on the edge of their seats . Critics have called it “... cheerfully profane ,” a “... surprise thriller ” and “... dangerously hilarious .”