West Orange High School Drama Department Makes History with First-Ever Streamed Play “Love/Sick,” Wins Award
WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange High School Drama Department will present its first-ever filmed and streamed play, “Love/Sick” on Feb. 12-14. Performances will be at 7:30 on all three nights with a matinee on Feb. 14 at 2:00 pm.
According to critics, "Love/Sick" is "a darker cousin to Almost, Maine. John Cariani’s play is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, "Love/Sick" is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.
“Love/Sick” was originally scheduled to open at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) in October, but was canceled due to pandemic concerns.
“It’s a play turned Valentine's Video production,” enthused Drama teacher Wendy Mapes.
“I recorded the scenes on Zoom and arranged the shot composition and backgrounds with the students who used their own phones on Zoom to do the scene,” she added.
Directors for “Love/Sick” include Mapes and student directors Jillian Russell and Veena Steaphen. Lauren Grof-Tisza edited the piece and Deb Coen produced it.
“We also entered segments of this play to the Virtual Thespian Festival in January 2021 and we won first play, best play in the Chapter Select competition!” Mapes concluded.
The cost to view “Love/Sick” will be $10 to stream on any one device. To purchase tickets, go to www.woboe.org/lovesick.
CAST of Love/Sick
Scene 1: Obsessive Impulsive Director - Ms. Mapes
- Man: Matt Rojas Super Center Workers: Oona Callender and Amina Anekwe
- Woman: Hailey Miller
Scene 2: Singing Telegram Director- Jillian Russell
- Singing Telegram: Maria Nalieth
- Louise Overbee: Amina Anekwe
Scene 3: What?!? Director- Jillian Russell
- Ben: Nyobi Boddie
- Andy: Abby Insana
Scene 3.5 NEW: The Two of Them Directors - Ms. Mapes, Veena Steaphen, Jillian Russell
- Sam: Oona Callender
- Casey: Amina Anekwe
Scene 4: The Answer Director- Jillian Russell
- Keith: Justin Peters
- Celia: Hailey Miller
Scene 5 Uh-Oh Director - Ms. Mapes
- Sarah: Oona Callender
- Bill: Sebastian Chaviano
Scene 6 Chicken: Director - Veena Steaphen
- Jason: Justin Peters
- Maddie: Olivia Ridley
Scene 7: Forgot Director - Veena Steaphen
- Jill: Abby Insana
- Kevin: Sebastian Chaviano
Scene 8: Where Was I? Director - Veena Steaphen
- Abbie: Maria Nalieth
- Liz: Olivia Ridley
Scene 9: Destiny Director - Ms. Mapes
- Jake: Justin Peters Super Center Workers: Oona Callender and Amina Anekwe
- Emily: Nyobi Boddie
Feb. 5, 2021