Dialogue with Three Chords concludes their tenth season of indie theatre online with their 151st play
The play ends the virtual theatre series "The Apocalypse Survivors Club."
By: Dialogue with Three Chords
Over ten years the group has staged live, and now virtual, readings of 150 original works. "A Hard Life is a Gift From the Lord" marks their 151st play and finds two sets of parents, both of whom have lost a child, desperately waiting for the end. One couple hopes for a reunification and one hopes for a reckoning. We also meet a woman who has begun to doubt the end times prophecies she was raised on and has driven to this bar hoping to find love in her final moments.
"A Hard Life is a Gift From the Lord" concerns "lives wasted in hatred and ignorance and the tragedy of addiction and shame, and how, even with the end of the world at hand, we can still change," says Gracia. "We can still grow and find the strength to carry on when the Apocalypse doesn't arrive," he explains, "and find joy and revelation in waking up to just another normal day."
"This feels like the right play to close out our tenth season - a season like no other," LoPorto says. "I'm grateful we've been able to continue sharing our work with folks during this strange year and that our audience has embraced our online content." A re-worked version of a previous piece, LoPorto notes that "this play deals with people's ability to grow and the need to connect, and that sums up our tenth year for sure."
Throughout their tenth season, D3C has added bonus features to their virtual offerings. LoPorto and Gracia, as "The Sellout Jackets," have completed an album of original songs based on each of the plays available on the D3C Bandcamp page as a free EP.
D3C also launched an Instagram Live interview series, "Keeping the Ghost Light On," at the beginning of this virtual season. Featuring discussions with the actors from "The Apocalypse Survivors Club" series, the interviews highlight their experiences during the pandemic, and how they sustain their creativity in the absence of live performance.
"A Hard Life is a Gift From the Lord" features: John Caliendo, Ramona Floyd, Deborah Linehan, Victoria Meade, Edie Nugent, Mickey Ryan, and Maia Sage.