An Apprentice Company Mini-Series

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COVID-19 restrictions may keep them from being in the same room together but they have not stopped our Season 13 Apprentice Company from creating together. This Fall, they are offering a series of short digital works written by, produced by and starring this Company like no other, genZOOM.

Caution: This Product is Flammable

Written by Carmen Burbridge
Director – Jazmine Villalino
Assistant Director – Erin DiIorio
Stage Manager – Caroline Wilkes
Designer/Editor – Sarah Patterson

Set in the amorphous world of Zoom, Caution: This Product is Flammable explores loneliness, perception and connection as six vulnerable people seek togetherness during isolation. Starring: Carmen Burbridge, Charmaine Chisamba, Ellie Conniff, Voni Kengla, Ronald Sigeca, Max Tapogna

Pageant Project

By Max Tapogna
Directed by Erin DiIorio

Four college seniors, scattered across the country because of the pandemic, work on a final English project before graduation. It's nearing midnight and the deadline is tomorrow morning. The students struggle to make sense of a professor's convoluted prompt and reconnect with each other in the process. In this short comedy, Shakespeare is both an escape from the chaos of college, as well as the cause. 


By Ellie Conniff
Directed by Erin Dilorio

When Ava decides to leave home and move to New York in the middle of a pandemic, she turns to her mother for reassurance. “Daughter” is a short play about connection, empathy and family bond in difficult times.

Heaven is Overrated

Written by Carmen Burbridge
Available from October 16

Set during a Zoom wake, Heaven is Overrated drops you into the chaos that ensues after a man’s untimely death. Sometimes what else can you do but laugh?

Note: This absurdist comedy contains mature/sexual content, foul language, and inappropriate comedy at a funeral.

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