➤ KEEN, from p.36
It wasn’t long before he tried his hand at
directing again, coming full circle. One of his
favorite turns as director was for “Bright Colors
and Bold Patterns,” Drew Droege’s 2016
solo show about a gay wedding gone wrong. He
had seen an early version where it was simply
Droege on a stool riffi ng about a funny story.
“When I saw it I thought, this is not just
a comedy routine, this is a whole play. And I
know a thing or two about solo plays. I can help
Drew fl esh out this world.”
Coming soon on Keen After Hours is Jonathan
McCrory, the Harlem-based director,
producer, and “creative doula” who currently
serves as artistic director of the National Black
Theatre. Later in the hot seat is Jennifer Ashley
Tepper, producer of such hits as “Be More Chill”
and “Broadway Bounty Hunter,” and creative
director at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
While many theater companies have begun
monetizing their online programming, Keen After
Hours is free of charge, and that’s by design.
“We felt it was important to remove the barrier
of money so that all can join in on the conversation,”
Silverstein said. And if you miss the
Monday livestream, you can access past interviews
and other Keen programs on KeenCompany.
Silverstein, ever the optimist, sees a bright
side to this harrowing period.
Keen Company has turned to Zoom to keep folks entertained during a pandemic.
“Gosh, I cannot say this is a good time,
but a lot of good has come out of it,” Silverstein
explained. “The way the community
has stepped up to support one another, the
creative means theaters have employed to innovate
and reduce the barriers of entry, the
extra time spent to reckon with racial inequality
in the theater community. And on a
personal level, the depths of gratitude I have
found for the simple things like health, family,
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