The String by Michael R. McGuire

A gang of criminals under the leadership of Polyxena have gathered at her bar in the lead up to an impending heist. A stranger named Mikey drinks at the bar and arouses the suspicions of the crooks. Brooklyn, the brash, foul-mouthed, and increasingly erratic technical expert attempts to seduce Mikey to determine if he’s an undercover cop, or simply some schmuck in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The third gang member, who goes by the moniker Soccer Mom, arrives with a very young new girlfriend in tow. When Brooklyn takes Mikey off to a hotel room, Soccer Mom convinces Polyxena to replace Brooklyn in the criminal string due to Brooklyn’s reckless behavior and substance abuse. Her new partner, Katie, it turns out, is a criminal, too, with the same skill set as Brooklyn.

Written by Michael R. McGuire
Directed by Sophia Menconi
Produced by A. J. Campbell, The Quarantine Players

CAST

Brooklyn………………………………………..KeeKee Funches
Polyxena…………………………………………………Judy Lewis
Mikey……………………………………Cameron Lee Conlan
Soccer Mom………………………………………….Lori Brooks
Katie……………………………………………….Mikayla Trimpey
Stage Direction…………………………Adam Frost-Venrick

About the Playwright: Michael R. McGuire

McGuire’s play “It Comes From Beyond!” was produced in NYC in 2012 by Horse Trade Theater. His play “Persephone Rules!” is published by Brooklyn Publishers. He was awarded a 2005 CT Artist Fellowship for his play “The New Girl.” His plays have been workshopped and produced at The Lark, Theater for the New City, Slant of Light Theater, Hygienic Theaterwerks, Valley Rep, and Heartland Theater as well as others.

https://newplayexchange.org/users/23698/michael-r-mcguire

See his books at https://www.lulu.com/search?adult_audience_rating=00&contributor=Michael+R.+McGuire&page=1&pageSize=10

About Quarantine Players

https://www.facebook.com/QuarantinePlayers

https://quarantineplayers.org/

https://www.instagram.com/quarantineplayers/channel/

Creating Theater from Scratch
When we started, there was no template for creating theater over the internet, which turned out to be perfect because we could remove all the obstacles that held us back.

At the time, we didn’t know what zoom was or how we could use it. Would people even know how to use it? How much would it cost? And what the heck is a virtual background?

We had so many questions, but we watched all of our productions canceled in those horrible first days of Spring 2020.

We didn’t have to create a “season” of plays; we could choose any plays we wanted to do. It gave us a kind of freedom to select the best work we can find without appeasing a particular audience. We choose the plays, cast the roles, then we find an audience.

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