Premiering a benefit for Emerging Artists Theatre, there will be a staged reading of the new film Pooling to Paradise, written by Caytha Jentis and directed by Alice Jankell. This virtual performance of Pooling to Paradise is s part of a series of reading to benefit the theater group during the pandemic. As has been noted, the theater industry is suffering all over the country and more but they are all finding ways to keep the arts alive. The cost is $10. You can buy a ticket with this link;
his play follows “other older millennial friends of mine who, like them, were grappling with ‘adulting’ existential dread as experienced by their generation: when to give up on a dream, student loan debt, fourth wave feminism, identity, making ends meet in today's gig economy, and finding real connection."
submitted for Emerging Artists’ New Work Series for the spring. Once Covid hit, Jentis believed the play would lend itself well to the new online platform, and she agreed to put it up. “From the limited exposure it's gotten, the story seems to resonate with audiences which is very gratifying. Since central themes are connection and the power of friendship, I think it's particularly topical right now.”
Jentis has sat in on some of the Zoom rehearsals to assist adapting the stage play to this new medium, and she had a hand in casting along with Alice Jenkell whom she met at a NY Fringe Festival. Jenkell and Pamela Grayson had been working on a play that had been incubated at Emerging Artists. They all began supporting each other’s collaborations and individual work and Jenkell was asked to join the Paradise team.