Black Sky

World Premiere

INCIDENTAL MOMENTS OF THE DAY 

The Apple Family: Life on Zoom

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED

BY RICHARD NELSON

With Charlotte Bydwell. Stephen Kunken, Sally Murphy, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders.

 

Presented by Apple Family Productions.

World Premiere

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Recorded Live.

Broadcast:   7:30 EST  SEPTEMBER 10th , 2020

Available for eight weeks.

75 minutes.

What the Critics are saying about Incidental Moments of the Day

Critic’s Pick:  “Truly profound… The genius of Incidental Moments is in how it extends [the] social and verbal uneasiness within a family to embrace the most important and divisive subjects of the day.” 

-New York Times

 

***** Five Stars (out of Five). 

-Guardian (UK)

 

“Virtually perfect.”  

-Daily Mail (UK)

 

*****   Five Stars (out of Five)  “Nelson subtly shines a light on the anger and angst of modern-day America. Underneath their chit-chat, you feel the tide of history turning.”  

-The Stage (UK)

 

***** Five Stars (our of Five) “The cast – beyond impeccable.  These would be great plays at any moment.  To be able to watch them now, brings some much-needed art into our days.” 

-What’s On Stage (UK)

 

**** Four Stars.

“The acting is subtly brilliant and the piece’s unspoken liberalism – real liberalism, which allows for different points of view – is a. moving rebuke to our parched, stark times.”  

-Sunday Times (UK)

 

***** Five Stars (out of Five).   “The cast is beyond superb.”

-New York Stage Review (Steven Suskin)

 

“An achingly poignant trilogy that maps out the existential black hole we seem to have fallen into.” 

-Washington Post

 

“The pieces [the trilogy) will be remembered, mostly, for how they told the story of our feelings while isolated.” 

-Chicago Tribune

 

Richard Nelson’s haunting new play…. [A] sense of anxiety in the face of the unknown pervades this beautifully written, exquisitely acted, sensitively realized play.”  

-Theater Pizzazz

 

“Beautifully composed and sensationally acted.” 

-Guardian (UK)

 

“[A] masterful trilogy of plays created for Zoom…  Both profound and engrossing… The detail in each performance is awe-inspiring.” 

-Gay City News

 

“The actors have lived and breathed these roles for so long that they barely seem to be acting… The profound humanism that has informed the entire Apple cycle.” 

-Lighting and Sound in America

 

“Nelson’s fantastic gift being the ability to summon the ways quotidian flotsam can merge with the Big Stuff.” 

-Theater News Online

 

“Even more moving than its predecessors.”  

-Curtain Up

 

“Like all of us, the Apples have been improvising through new experiences in 2020 and in that sense, there is a common humanity that bonds us all.” 

-Broadway World

What the Critics are saying about And So We Come Forth

“A minor masterpiece… that authenticates Zoom as a grown-up dramatic medium.”  Five Stars.

   -UK Sunday Times

 

“The question hangs in the virtual air of “And So We Come Forth,” Richard Nelson’s wistfully stirring new Apple Family play.  ‘What have we done to ourselves?’” 

    -Washington Post

 

“Powerful.”

-New York Times

 

‘Richard Nelson’s extraordinary, intimate saga… A brilliant ensemble of actors. “

  -Variety

 

“Couldn’t be more current, more relevant, more poignant, more powerful.”

   -Northwest Herald (Illinois)

 

“The effect is kind of a balm to the audience as we identify with the family’s unease, uncertainty, and unfamiliar emotions…. The family ask[s] whether art will still be important as part of the human experience in whatever the new world there will be after this… This play is itself the answer.”

  -Gay City News

 

“Nelson’s understated direction and the nuanced performances reveal multiple layers of these people and make us want to stay for many more meals.”

  -TheaterLife.com

 

“The Apple Family is back, offering much-needed comfort… By giving voice to the anxieties and angers felt by so many these days, Nelson’s characters have become old friends…”

   -Lighting and Sound America

 

“This incomparable cast… “

   -Theater News Online

 

“Rarely throughout the Apple gatherings has such naturalistic acting been observed on Manhattan stages” 

  -New York Stage Review

 

“The beauty of Nelson’s Apple Family Cycle lies in the context.  Like the concentric circles in Chekhov’s plays, characters contemplate the past and the future."​

-Theater Pizzazz

 

The Company

Sally Murphy

Jane Apple

Charlotte Bydwell

Lucy Michael

Stephen Kunken

Tim Andrews

Laila Robins

Marian Apple Platt

Maryann Plunkett

Barbara Apple

Jay O. Sanders

Richard Apple

ABOUT THE APPLES

The Apple Family, a dramatic series of plays which first appeared ten years ago,  returned last April with the premiere of a play written especially for Zoom, What Do We Need to Talk About? which Vogue described as “it’s almost like you are watching a new art form being born.”   A second Zoom play, And So We Come Forth premiered in early July,  amidst massive protests over the murder of George Floyd and against racism in America , as well as  the anxious easing of a worldwide lockdown. These two plays have now received nearly 100,000 views from over thirty countries.  Incidental Moments of the Day completes this ‘Pandemic Trilogy’ of Zoom plays .

 

After six months of self-imposed pandemic isolation, the Apple siblings again gather on Zoom for an evening of dinner, conversation and performance, while the world continues to sputter more and more out of control, amidst anger, loss, death and a coming election. 

 

 

“Dramatic art is the working out – in terms of make-believe – of society itself.”  

      -Harley Granville Barker

 

 

About the Apple Family:

The first Apple Family play opened in 2010 on the day Andrew Cuomo was elected Governor of New York State.  Over four years and over four plays we watched the four Apple siblings, Barbara, Richard, Marian and Jane navigate their lives, during a time coinciding with the Obama Administration.  Richard Apple, having worked for Cuomo in the State Attorney General’s Office, joined a corporate law firm, separated from his wife, grew apart from his two young children, until finally returning to government service, in Albany, to work again for now Governor Cuomo.  Six months ago, he moved into Barbara’s home in Rhinebeck, where he has now bought a home and to where he has decided to retire.  Barbara has been and remains a Rhinebeck High School English teacher.  Her years of care for their Uncle Benjamin ended a few years ago, with his passing.  Marian continues to teach second grade; while carrying the wounds of the death of her daughter, Evan, nine years ago. Jane is divorced, he son Billy is now thirty-one and independent. She continues her pursuit of a writing career while still living with Tim, an actor, who now manages a Rhinebeck restaurant.  Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, Tim this summer became the guardian of his  eighteen-year-old daughter, Karen, and her friend, Maggie.

 

Like the previous Apple Family Zoom plays, INCIDENTAL MOMENTS OF THE DAY is presented as a benefit for the endangered theater industry.  For those who watch in the US, it will benefit the Society of Directors and Choreographers Foundation; in the UK, The Theatre Artists Fund. In all other countries, local theater and theater support groups.

 

What the Critics are saying about 

And So We Come Forth

“A minor masterpiece… that authenticates Zoom as a grown-up dramatic medium.”  Five Stars.

   -UK Sunday Times

 

“The question hangs in the virtual air of “And So We Come Forth,” Richard Nelson’s wistfully stirring new Apple Family play.  ‘What have we done to ourselves?’” 

    -Washington Post

 

“Powerful.”

-New York Times

 

‘Richard Nelson’s extraordinary, intimate saga… A brilliant ensemble of actors. “

  -Variety

 

“Couldn’t be more current, more relevant, more poignant, more powerful.”

   -Northwest Herald (Illinois)

 

“The effect is kind of a balm to the audience as we identify with the family’s unease, uncertainty, and unfamiliar emotions…. The family ask[s] whether art will still be important as part of the human experience in whatever the new world there will be after this… This play is itself the answer.”

  -Gay City News

 

“Nelson’s understated direction and the nuanced performances reveal multiple layers of these people and make us want to stay for many more meals.”

  -TheaterLife.com

 

“The Apple Family is back, offering much-needed comfort… By giving voice to the anxieties and angers felt by so many these days, Nelson’s characters have become old friends…”

   -Lighting and Sound America

 

“This incomparable cast… “

   -Theater News Online

 

“Rarely throughout the Apple gatherings has such naturalistic acting been observed on Manhattan stages” 

  -New York Stage Review

 

“The beauty of Nelson’s Apple Family Cycle lies in the context.  Like the concentric circles in Chekhov’s plays, characters contemplate the past and the future."​

-Theater Pizzazz

 

FOR ALL PRESS & MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Candi Adams PR
917-776-1170
candiadamsnyc@gmail.com

The Critics on The Apple Family’s first Zoom play, WHAT DO WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT? viewed over 80,000 times in over 30 countries.

“Infinitely Poignant.”

New York Times, Critics Pick

 

“The First Great Original Play of Quarantine."

New Yorker

 

“The best example of zoom theatre I have watched so far." 

Guardian.  Five Stars

 

“It’s almost like you are watching a new art form being born.” 

Vogue

 

“The actors all share a sublime artistry over the family’s long journey that is unmatched.”

Variety

 

“It couldn’t be more relevant to how we are right now.” 

Washington Post

 

“Brilliant Theater on Zoom.” 

Daily Beast

 

“Stakes Claim as first powerful drama of the pandemic.” 

Deadline

 

“Immensely tender and beautifully constructed new drama that responds directly to the current situation.” 

FT

FOR ALL PRESS & MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Candi Adams PR
917-776-1170
candiadamsnyc@gmail.com

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