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Two men, caught in the chaos of contemporary America. One man, working inside a hospital during the COVID pandemic, comes to grasp the volatility of what it means to be “essential.” The other frantically parrots President Trump’s rhetoric.
This powerful short digital production, directed by Wilma Artistic Director Blanka Zizka, takes its inspiration from absurdist theater (such as Beckett’s Not I), and the Wilma HotHouse Company’s bold physical performance style.
Its title, Code Blue, refers to the hospital code indicating an emergency when a patient enters cardiac arrest.
Wilma Theater puts itself out on the cutting edge of COVID-19 art with a 13-minute iPhone dramaThe Philadelphia Inquirer
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The creativity and availability of the piece sets a bar other companies should strive to reach in these uncertain times.Broad Street Review
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Code Blue is looking at our current moment of crisis that has been exacerbated by two kinds of viruses: COVID-19 and racism.Artistic Director Blanka Zizka
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Featuring Anthony Martinez-Briggs and Ross Beschler
Lights: Thom Weaver
Costumes: Vasilija Zivanic
Sound: Taj Rauch
Camera: Actors’ iPhones
Text: Anthony Martinez-Briggs and Blanka Zizka
Video edits and effects: Taj Rauch
Directed by Blanka Zizka
Produced by The Wilma Theater. The actors are members of the Wilma HotHouse Company.
Recorded during COVID-19 quarantine, safely in actors’ homes.