Photo: Ma-Yi Theater Company Live theater, you may have heard, is shut down. School, whether in person or online, is a nightmare. Anyone wrapping their mind around the losses to both — say an artist who’s also a parent, or a playwright who needs to teach this fall — spends a lot of time in the fetal position, crooning softly. But what if there were a way, in quarantine, to have both at once? A recent short film made by Ron Domingo, his family, and three top-notch playwrights (two of them living, one ancient and Greek), manages to hit both of Horace’s ancient dramatic-poetry criteria: “to instruct and delight.” The sly and moving Sophocles in Staten Island is the first micromovie hosted by the Ma-Yi Studios, the pivot-to-video operation by the long-lived Ma-Yi Theater Company. In any other time, the film — charming, thoughtful — would be welcome, but under current circumstances, it feels like a life preserver in troubled water. It’s a model for intergenerational creativity, which itself cracks open issues of teaching, listening, and adaptation. When you see Domingo, chances are that you’ll recognize him. He has been an Off Broadway stalwart for nearly two decades, and he… Read full this story
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