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Portraits of the Pandemic

We are living in an unprecedented, unpredictable, extraordinary time. Our lives have all been disrupted as social gathering is banned, schools are transitioning to remote learning, and rehearsing a play is nearly impossible. This project is designed to do three things: 

  1. Provide writing prompts and a reason to engage in meaningful self-reflection each week. 
  2. Create a riveting documentary play that tracks the lives of teenagers week by week through the evolution of this pandemic.
  3. Bring Northern Stage education students, staff, and community together in a time of isolation.

This is an 8-week devised theater production that starts on Monday, March 23 and goes until Friday, May 15. On Friday of each week, students are emailed a series of writing prompts for the following week and commit 30 – 60 minutes of self-reflection and thoughtful writing time each week. Each Thursday, the writing group connects to talk about life and read some of the stories out loud. Each Friday, a piece of writing will be selected to share with the Northern Stage community that sums up our collective experience from the week. 



  1. How are you?
  2. What is your favorite part about your life in quarantine?
  3. What is the most frustrating part about being home all day?
  4. Describe in detail a scene from your last week that would never have occurred under normal circumstances.
  5. On a scale of 1 – 10, 1 being miserable and 10 being fantastic, how would you rate your happiness?



We acknowledge that many members of our community are experiencing financial insecurity due to this pandemic and therefore are not charging tuition for this project. That being said, we hope those who are able will donate to support other students’ participation, the staff time this project will take, and the company as we face this new challenge. 

  • A $300+ Donation covers the hard costs of this program, supports other students’ participation who may not be able to donate at this time, and helps Northern Stage through this challenging time.
  • A $150 Donation covers the hard costs of this program.
  • Or Donate What You Can; gifts of every size are appreciated.

To donate, please
click here.

Because the future is uncertain, we are unsure when we will be able to share this  production. Those who participate give Northern Stage permission to use their writing in a theatrical presentation; however, we are happy to change actor names to protect anonymity if so desired.