ROOST was a smash!
On April 30, Plowshares began preparing for the reopening of theater to public audiences with a staged reading of the original play ROOST by Lee Edward Colston II. The play told the story of a family trauma resulting from the mysterious death of a father in the family's home.
The performance was the kick-off to our 2021 Reopening Season. Streamed live from the Marygrove Theatre stage, the event was a huge success. How big? Here's the data:
- We had an audience of over 800 unique viewers across Facebook, YouTube, and the Plowshares website.
- People from all over the world saw the performance. Obviously, the bulk of the audience came from the U.S., but other nations represented among the audience included Germany, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada.
- The majority of the audience was from Michigan. However, we had viewers from California, New York, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and Arizona.
- After Detroit, Southfield, and Ann Arbor, people tuned in from other major cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and Atlanta.
Here's a few pictures from our rehearsals.
More programming is on the way.
These virtual events are designed to help us connect with patrons and friends who are missing live theater as much as we do. Programming like this allows Plowshares to hire some of this area's most talented creative and offer you the chance to see them in the comfort of your own home. We have big plans for the future. We are a charity. We cannot do what we do without your support. Support Plowshares and Black creatives with your donation.