Participants Include Kathleen Chalfant, Zachary Quinto, Grace McLean, Max Vernon, Eisa Davis, Cori Thomas, Robert Pollock, Andrew Berman, and Dr. Steven C. Phillips


Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Daniella Topol, Artistic Director) is proud to announce a series of free weekly online programs designed to connect audiences with new ideas and artistic expressions. On Tuesdays beginning April 7, the Virtual Salon Series explores the coronavirus pandemic and features in-depth conversations between an artist and a leading expert.


On April 7 at 3pm as part of the Virtual Salon Series, Tony Award-nominated and four-time Obie-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant joins medical epidemiologist and pandemic preparedness expert Dr. Steven C. Phillips in conversation. In On the Role of Epidemics on April 14 at 3pm, actor Zachary Quinto joins Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman in a discussion on the role of epidemics in Manhattan. On April 21 at 3 pm, playwright Cori Thomas (Lockdown) and formerly incarcerated teaching artist Robert Pollock discuss the challenges of incarceration during a pandemic.


Three-time Drama Desk nominee Max Veron (The View UpStairs, KPOP) kicks off New Songs Now in Your Living Room on April 9 at 8pm. Actor and singer-songwriter Grace McLean (In The Green, Great Comet) will be featured on April 16 at 8pm and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright, singer, composer, and actor Eisa Davis shares work on April 23 at 8pm. Future participants include The Bengsons, Andrew R. Butler, Heather Christian, Jean Rohe, and Rotana Tarabzouni. Each performance is followed by a conversation with the artist centered on their songwriting process.

“In this very isolating time, Rattlestick’s mission to connect and stimulate audiences feels more important than ever,” says Artistic Director Daniella Topol. “By using theatrical expression and community conversation to bring us all together, my hope is that different perspectives and networks can help us navigate these challenging times.”


Online reservations are required. Please visit rattlestick.org for more information.