Play-in-a-Day 2020

2020 PIAD 4 copy

It’s that time a year again for our Annual Beth Marshall Presents Play-In-A-Day, only this year we are asking you to STAY-AWAY (at least in person, anyway).
BMP is partnering with the team behind Central Florida’s Social Distance Showcase, to bring you a virtual event featuring artists, all working from their own homes and collaborating in 14 Zoom Teams (as we are calling them) to make short theatrical video plays within the course of a 24-hour span.
On Fri. June 19th at Noon the theme and twists (oh yes, there are twists) will be announced and the Zoom Teams will work to create their piece and have in within 24 hours. The original home-recorded videos will then all be sent to our video technician, Rich Charron to prep them post the regularly schedule Social Distance Showcase and then our STAY-AWAY-PLAY-IN-A-DAY will air on Sunday, June 21st at 5:30pm via Live Stream from our Beth Marshall Presents FaceBook Channel and will replay immediately afterwards on our YouTube Channel.
Normally, when the event is live, there are nearly 150 plus artists involved but given that this is a new venture and we aren’t using tech crews or front of house, we have reduced our number of artists by more than half. However, we will be going FaceBook live with our theme and twists and encourage ALL artists to create their own Play-In-A-Day works that they submit to us within that 24-hour span and one will be chosen to be included in our live-stream. The others will be posted in the thread of our stream for all to watch.
This year’s event will feature familiar faces that have moved away from Central Florida, such as writer Paris Crayton III, Director Mike Carr, and actors Julie Carr, Mike Lane, and Arwen Lowbridge along with usual Play–In-A-Day favorites and as always PIAD gives an opportunity to emerging teen theatre-makers. This year, the event features award-winning teen writer Eislinn Gracen and award-winning teen director Emerson Short.
100% of the donations from tickets and our live-auction items will go directly to our BMP TOP TEENS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM that has to date given over 60k in cash and in-kind training to teens that are going into any part of theatre or film/tv industry. Our live auction items will have gift baskets of items from all local small businesses, restaurants, theatres, and artists that have lost business due to the pandemic. (A full list of items will be on our website by June 3rd.)
We have lost several of our funding events due to the pandemic so our teens have launched a GoFundMe campaign to make up for not having PIAD as a live event as well as our New Work Series or Annual Garage Sale. Fortunately, we still have funding from our partners at Florida Theatrical Association and The Billy Manes Society as well as an in-kind partnership from Class Act Studios.
The GoFundMe initial goal of 3k was hit and we have now increased it to 5k. This will stay open thru June 28th and between that campaign and our donations from our Virtual PIAD, we hope to come as close to our 10k mark as possible.

PIAD 2020 Winners:

BEST SHOW: ZOOM 6 – Truman in the Closet
BEST ENSEMBLE: ZOOM 3 – Bringing the Pets Together
BEST TECH: ZOOM 6 – Truman in the Closet
BEST DIRECTOR: ZOOM 6 (Truman in the Closet) – Tara Kromer
BEST ACTORS: Tymisha Harris from ZOOM 5 (Rehearsing Josephine II); Joshua Huff from ZOOM 6 (Truman in the Closet) 
TOP TEEN PIAD Scholarship Winner: Jazzlyn Whiddon

Judges Recognition for Outstanding Contribution: Blue Estrella 


Beth Marshall: Producing Artistic Director

Blue Estrella: Production Stage Manager

Clark Levi: Associate Producer

Gabriel Neil Barnert: Assistant Production Stage Manager

Technical Director: Rich Charron

Hosts: Wanzie & Kenny Howard, Beth Marshall & Rob Ward


Writer:  Charles Frierman

Director: Charles Frierman

Stage Manager: Blue Estrella

Actors: Charles Frierman


Writer: Ken Preuss

Director: Kenny Howard

Stage Manager: Jackson Chase

Actors: Ryleigh Lawton, Noel Gates


Writer Monologue: Irene L. Pynn
Directing: Clark Levi
Actor: Steele Mycroft

Choreographer/Artistic Director: Genevieve Bernard



Writer: Rob Ward

Director: Mike Carr

Stage Manager: Destiny Sam

Actors: Melanie Leon, Julie Synder, Bennet Preuss


Writer: Emerson Short

Director: Caiti Fallon

Stage Manager: Alyssa Will Zegers

Actors: Chris McIntyre, Laura Powalisz


Writer: Michael Wanzie

Director: Kaitlyn Harrington

Stage Manager: Gabriel Neil Barnert

Actors: Jac Ledoux, Anthony Morehead


Writers: Eilsinn Gracen & David Lee

Directors: Tara Kromer

Stage Manager: Blue Estrella

Actors: Beth Marshall, Robert Cunha, Joshua Huff

ZOOM 8  

Writer:BeeJay Clinton

Director: BeeJay Clinton

Stage Manager: BeeJay Clinton

Actors: BeeJay Clinton


Writer: Andy Haynes

Director: Chad Lewis

Stage Manager: Chad Lewis & Jason Donnelly

Actors: Arwen Lowbridge, Mike Lane


Writer:  Paris Crayton III

Director: Michael Marinaaccio & Paris Crayton III

Stage Manager: Christine Kindred

Actors: Michael Marinaaccio, Tymisha Harris


Writer:  Matt Wohl

Director: Matt Wohl

Stage Manager: Kendall Myers

Actors: Kerry Alce, Gabriel Hannans

ZOOM 12 

Writer:  Kristen Wharton

Director: Joe Llorens

Actors: Laura Law, Kaity Fenton

ZOOM 13 

Writer: James Brendlinger

Director: Joe Walsh

Stage Manager: Matthew Gray

Actors: Sarah Isola, Matthew Gray

ZOOM 14 

Writer: Tracey Jane

Director: Katie Stokes

Stage Manager:  Ben Lowe

Actors: Jazzlynn Whiddon, Alondra Trinidad-Colon