Virtual fall theatre production

Alone, Together, fall 2020 virtual drama production

Five short plays address the challenges and surprises of social-distancing during a pandemic with charm, humor, tenderness and loss. Plays include “Looking Back,” “All the Cranes in the World,” and “Neither Here Nor There” by Arlene Hutoon; “Rosebud” by Dan Castellaneta and Deb Lacusta; and “Pandemic Therapy” by Jami Brandli.

Performed and recorded by student actors in separate locations, these plays explore our current realities of feeling alone, together. 

Performance dates:

  • Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m.

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Ticket prices are $5 plus streaming fees for general admission, $15 plus streaming fees for group viewing, and free for Bluffton University students, faculty and staff. 

STUDENTS: Join us at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 in Stutzman Lecture Hall for a free viewing of “Alone, Together” followed by a talk-back with cast and crew members. Seating is limited. Arts and Lecture credit will be available. 

The five short plays:

Looking Back 
by Arlene Hutton

What if you were the very last person at Disney World before it closed due to COVID-19- and your best friend wasn't there to share the experience with you?

  • Director: Melissa Friesen
  • Stage Manager: Payton Stephens 
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Cierra Long
  • Shannon: Abby Bush
  • Keith: Hunter McCafferty

All the Cranes in the World
by Arlene Hutton 

Meredith entertains her 5-year-old niece Vivi over Zoom, as they await news about Vivi's mom from the hospital. 

  • Director: Melissa Friesen
  • Stage Manager: Cierra Long
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Taylor Waldeck
  • Meredith: Payton Stephens

by Dan Castellaneta and Deb Lacusta

A film buff's obsession with Citizen Kane might just send his girlfriend over the edge- and off Zoom.

  • Director: Melissa Friesen
  • Stage Manager: Taylor Waldeck
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Claire Myree
  • George: AJ Kenney
  • Rene: Ally Heldman

Neither Here Nor There 
by Arlene Hutton

College roommates separated over spring break by the pandemic, reconnect online and discover there's always more to learn about one another.

  • Director: Adam Shanaman
  • Stage Manager: Taylor Waldeck
  • Assistant Stage Manager: AJ Kenney
  • Katie: Kelly Bilen
  • Alexandra: Luisa Rivera

Pandemic Therapy 
by Jami Brandli

Married couple Kim and Stephen are coping with lockdown in very different ways- can Stephen and their therapist Lori coax Kim out of her home office?

  • Director: Melissa Friesen
  • Stage Manager: Taylor Waldeck
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Payton Stephens
  • Kim: Claire Myree
  • Stephen: Adam Shanaman
  • Lori: Nicole Centofanti

Want to know more about Bluffton University theatre studies? Visit our department home page or contact Melissa Friesen at