Boston Theater Marathon Includes Two Theater Faculty

April 16, 2020
By: Worcester State University News

Two of Worcester State’s theater faculty are participating in this year’s Boston Theater Marathon (BTM). Adjunct professor Rachel Wiese will be appearing in “Interventions” by Greg Lam on Monday, April 20, and Professor Adam Zahler, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, will direct “Cain” by Alan Brody on Wednesday, April 22.

In “Interventions,” a couple’s special plans on a camping trip is interrupted by a succession of time travelers desperate to prevent catastrophe in the future. “Cain” is a modern-day, gritty look at two brothers who have a bone to pick with each other, and maybe even with God himself–an existential question at the heart of it all.

Normally a one-day festival, BTM presents 50 one-minute plays in 10 hours to raise funds for the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund. This year, things are a bit different.

Boston Theater Marathon XXII: Special Zoom Edition features readings of 10-minute plays by New England playwrights in collaboration with New England theaters, via the video conferencing tool Zoom. Audiences are encouraged to lend support to area theater companies and to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theaters and theater artists in times of need.

Readings begin at noon daily through May 17. To join the Zoom, click on the “Purchase Tickets” button (tickets are free) on the right from your computer, phone, or other device. You’ll need the Zoom app to participate, and it is recommended you call in a few minutes before “curtain” time.

To watch the readings, go to


UPDATE on 4/21: Worcester State alumnus Jasper Bliss ’18 is also participating, performing as Jolene in “The Vampyr” by James Wilkinson on April 21 at noon.

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