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Celebrity Figure Drawing • S1 E4
Saturday May 30 2020
7:30 P.M. EDT / 6:30 P.M. CT / 5:30 P.M. MT / 4:30 P.M. PDT
Rectangle, the host of Rectangle Tomorrow and a former student of Dr. Isaacs, visits Gallery M. Isaacs for a portrait in 1979. Paola creates two vibes, one is intentional, and one is accidental and gets her in trouble.

Duration: Approximately 9 min
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Waking Up Alone + Liking It!
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Saturday June 6 2020
7:30 P.M. EDT / 6:30 P.M. CT / 5:30 P.M. MT / 4:30 P.M. PDT
In 1979, the opening of Isaacs’ solo show stirs discussion amongst music students. Paola defends her choice in literature.
10-15 min

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Listen to the Drummer • S1 E6
Saturday June 13 2020
7:30 P.M. EDT / 6:30 P.M. CT / 5:30 P.M. MT / 4:30 P.M. PDT
In 1981, Rectangle welcomes best friend and best-selling author, Quopal, on Rectangle Tomorrow to promote a new book that calls out a past acquaintance and nods to the real-life Fran Lebowitz. Rectangle reacts impulsively to a music-induced premonition.

10-15 min

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Country Lane • S1 E7 
Saturday June 20 2020
7:30 P.M. EDT / 6:30 P.M. CT / 5:30 P.M. MT / 4:30 P.M. PDT
Rectangle and the Rectangle Tomorrow show’s drummer, Husht, flashback from 1981 to 1969 when Husht was a music professor and Rectangle was a student. An odd gift exchange points to early signs of Rectangle’s extra sensory inclinations, Husht’s musical talent and Sister Ellen’s calling.
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Brand New Dance • S1 E1

The RECTANGLES Season One series premiere begins at a University arts department in 1965. Art major, Rectangle, has a musical premonition. Rectangle’s psychic vision is about dance in the future and occurs during a visit from best friend, Quopal, a writer and college dropout. Music majors, RZO and Fick express dissatisfaction with sharing space with art students.
Performed live in Zoom: Saturday May 9 2020

Episode 1: Brand New Danc

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One-Way Mirror
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Paola, a painting major in 1970, helps her beaux and professor, Dr. Isaacs, prepare for an opening at his gallery. The RECTANGLES cast sings with Paola through her confusing ambivalence towards Isaacs' controlling and diva-like behavior.
Performed live in Zoom: Saturday May 16 2020

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 • S1 E3
[performance recording coming soon]
In 1976, Paola and fellow art alumna, Adine—a student who started at the University at age 40—weigh independence with loneliness alleviation as they discuss relationships and conspiracy theory. Music instructor and professional drummer, Professor Husht, questions if her irritation with colleagues and environmental factors is a deeper issue.
Performed live in Zoom: Saturday May 23 2020


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Public/Private Preview Performance
Before kicking off Season One, the RECTANGLES cast and crew put on a special live preview event for friends and family that sampled Episode Eight. Performed live in Zoom: Saturday May 9 2020


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RECTANGLES is a 15-episode weekly live performance series that uses Zoom in a way that the platform wasn't intended to be used. A group of performers and artists bring comedic relief in this show which traces the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic as an impending place of penance back to 1968 America. The series travels through glitches, lags and premonitions to follow a group of students, faculty and staff at a university art department over time.

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Over the next few months, the series invites Zoom attendees to follow characters from 1965 to 2025 as they explore various ways of addressing their own loneliness with friendship, resentment, love and creativity. The story begins in a university art department and travels through showbiz and back to your couch.

As the idea of public and private space has changed over time, physical distance amongst populations and individuals has fluctuated. Yet, the room to treat one another with respect remains the same vast abyss. The RECTANGLES project is free to attend. Closed captions available.

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Rectangle…………………Brittney McClendon
Quopal……………………………Alexa もえ Downing
M. Isaacs…………………………Juliet Morrison
Paola…………………………………………Kimi Palacios
Sister Mary Ellen……………………Zoey Zer0
Husht………………………………………………Mieko Gavia
Fiktish……………………………………………Anna Zhang
Rardin……………………………………Erika R. Moore
RZO…………………………………………………Maria Forero
Adine…………………………………Isabelle Garbani
Pat………………………………………Criss Constantin
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Choreography……………………Erika R. Moore
Drums…………………………………Nishta Venkatesh
Piano…………………………………………Kimi Palacios
Violin………………………………Criss Constantin
Guitar…………………………………………………Zoey Zer0
Stage Manager……………………Gabriel Sacco
Writer+Director…Miranda J Friedman


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As video conferencing grid layouts automatically generate participant window sequences, viewers and performers will exist visually in a layout without hierarchy, reminiscent of live performances using planted participants. In relinquishing various degrees of control to the video conference form, the series aesthetic will take on the mutated realities that emerge from technological difficulties and post-Digital Revolution communication norms.

In the background, the series setting traces the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic as an impending place of penance back to 1968 America. Set to the backdrop of America’s false starts towards progressivity over a 50-year period, viewers follow a group of characters from a 1960s-70s university art department, through various 1980s-2000s lifestyles, including showbiz, and back to today’s couch.

This secondary storyline satirizes its own examination of the possibility that humanity’s been bad and mankind is grounded now. What if the current state of isolation and tragedy is the bedroom we’re sent to to think about what we’ve done wrong to one another and how we can be better. Sure, this isn’t true of every human.

But character dynamics in the narratives will touch upon the idea that increase in surveillance and personal privacy relinquishment that has come with the Digital Revolution has not resulted in an increase in altruism, public apologies or other acts of kindness.

Shot while practicing social distancing by method of each actor filming themselves, the stories examine the resentment and hostility that builds when people induce closeness to eliminate loneliness, and then practice distance to allow healing and regrowth. The series asks, How does social distance affect the golden rule? Does distance make the heart grow fonder? The dysfunction in relationships and general disregard one stranger has for another in public transportation, or in a customer service exchange, for example, may be timelessly cruel. However, might time in solitude result in a temporarily kinder world? Or will a potential post-pandemic excess of love take the form of another baby boom?




The characters explore patriarchy via the assertion and performance of its power dynamics and gender norms as prescribed by and dismissed by society and the media. For this reason, the characters skew androgynous or enact traditionally masculine characteristics. Metaphysically, performers apply their own interpretations of the character as the cast and director work together to unpack their own experiences with power and gender.

Just as laws and social change can leave much to be desired, so can the one-step-forward, three-steps-backward oscillation that so often occurs when people let people in as chosen family members. Just as hosting a guest in one’s private home can benefit from preparation, sharing space with mankind can become more sustainable when those in the space prepare with self work.

In this series, interactions amongst friends, lovers and colleagues include scenarios in which characters take for granted those in their most immediate surroundings, persevere through abuse and address irreparable damage. These exchanges are enacted without obscuring the differences in settings that remind viewers that the actors are not in the same room, or, often, in the same state (neither geographically, nor physically. These differences point to the importance for each character to respect the different emotional, cultural and mental states of those with whom they share physical and virtual space. How does physical proximity and convenience provide false senses of closeness? And how does the elimination of those proximities allow time for growth, for increased appreciation of difference, and for understanding?
By leaving bare the seams that might otherwise thread together a scenario, the series examines how a shrinkage in spatial surroundings can lead to opportunities to think about new ways to develop heterotopias. By allowing the series’ narratives to unfold via audibly and digitally connected characters who exist in physically separate worlds, the series will explore the development that occurs during each character’s contemplation during states of partial cocooning or introversion. This exploration is present in character development of those characters who initially allow resentment and irritation to manifest as abuse or anger and eventually learn to use solitude and distance to reduce selfish behavior and sustain kindness.

Strength in laughing at oneself runs deep in these stories: in its suggestion that friendship looks at the end of the world the same as it did 60 years ago, and in the idea that society has manifested a solution to its own loneliness—a loneliness that occurs when surrounded by people, a loneliness that simultaneously craves and despises isolation, nor can it stand being around people. A sensitivity is applied to the positioning of a public health concern into a comedic framework so as to be careful not to trivialize the lives lost on a daily basis from the pandemic and other public health concerns. The series questions: How does the application of humor to states of crises point to the timeless nature of complicated dynamics in friendships, romantic entanglements and working relationships?


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The RECTANGLES Team would like to express extreme gratitude to those of you who have supported us with generous donations via the RECTANGLES Eventbrite page. A special thank you is also owed to attendees of our weekly performances on Zoom and to the guests of the episode eight preview in May.