At a time before Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram…Erma Bombeck commanded people’s attention like few others. With her humor column about the ups and downs of being a housewife and mother appearing as many as 3 X a week in more than 900 newspapers across the country…not to mention her best selling books…Bombeck, who died in 1996 became the smart, witty, down to earth voice of of the workaday lives lived by countless millions of women.
-John Stanton, Star News Online.
Those weekly columns that she wrote in her bedroom in 1964 went into national syndication the next year with 3 weekly columns under the title At Wit’s End. In 1967, her popular columns were compiled into book form and published as At Wit’s End. Radio shows followed, more best-selling books, and television such as Good Morning America. America just couldn’t get enough!
ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END
By Allison Engel & Margaret Engel
Directed by Marty Van Kleeck
Assistant Director: Rita Lewison Singer
FEATURING: Jennifer Boomer-Liashenko
PERFORMANCES: April 30th – May 2nd, 2021, via Zoom – Live Online Theater.
Founded October 2018, UP-Unboxed Productions’ mission is to forward entertaining, inspirational and educational live theater with unique and innovative creativity, both online – live and streaming, and with in-person productions.
Support Unboxed Productions:
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UP – Unboxed Productions
Dear Friends of UP:
We feel it is time to write to you to let you know how UP proceeded through the pandemic, what we have learned and a vision for our future going forward.
UP was created long before we ever heard of Covid -19. Two theaters had performed Unboxing in Biloxi in early 2020 then two more had us on their schedules. In May of 2020, Jan Thomas and I, as founder of UP- Unboxed Productions, made the decision to be a mostly online, digital, live streaming theater. Since that time UP has produced four productions: 2 full length plays, a 30-minute one act, and a variety show fundraiser special event. We estimate that we have had approximately 250 computers logging into our shows with as many as 350 viewers/audience and growing. In theaters I have had the privilege of founding and operating over my jubilee in theater, I would have been happy with that average!
We have established a live art enterprise that people not only will come to, but are enjoying as a unique experience and will come back for MORE! Many are realizing that live online theatre is safe theatre and ENJOYABLE theater. And we know our live, fully online digital streaming experience can make you feel you are in a larger, more diverse theater experience, than just going to your local site-built theater. At our last two performances our audience watched and CHATTED WITH cast and crew from New York City, Florida, Texas, California, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Washington. We chatted with the writers of our first two plays. We also discovered that we can attract audiences from across 5 time zones, (one gentleman logged on from Scotland at midnight and stayed for our Q&A!) and hold their attention for up to 3 hours! (I couldn’t do that in a stick built theater on my best day on stage!).
When we added up all the positives, it only made sense to keep going in this direction and we have made the decision to be a live, fully online digital, streaming experience, almost exclusively. Almost everything we produce for the public will be live and online. We may also record our original plays and stream them as recorded productions.
Theaters will be opening over the next months, and many of our audience and our stage creatives will find their way back to stick-built theaters and that is what we have all been praying for. BUT, in the meantime, Unboxed Productions, having done both, has found a place to call home for our creative expression and we are going to forge ahead in this hybrid theater medium, we call a LOT: Live Online Theater. We hope you will stay with us on the journey and let UP entertain you in 2021-2022! Onward and UPward!
Kim and Jan
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10 REASONS TO SUPPORT ONLINE THEATER
1. No lines for tickets.
2. No lines for rest-rooms!
3. No lines for concession!
4. No lines at the gas pump!
5. No lines to exit theater!
6. You can HEAR all the LINES!
7. You can see everything you need to see!
8. No traffic issues and plenty of online PARKING with NO parking fees!
9. No flu/cold/viruses waiting to JUMP on you!!
10. AND the number one reason to watch and support online live theater, because it’s GOOD and because we SHOULD!! Feel free to add more great reasons to support live, online theater!