About The Play

Director's Note

Early in the summer of 2020, when I looked for plays that could be rehearsed and performed under the rules and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, I became discouraged. There were so many barriers to putting on a show. But one day when I was at my wits’ end, my husband Jeff suggested we write our own show and make it about those barriers. Whether it be physical walls, mental obstacles, or the very guidelines meant to protect us, this pandemic has created barriers that seem to impede the soul’s desire to create, to connect, and to control. My husband asked a simple but poignant question – “Why don’t we use these barriers?”

Practically and sensibly, our primary goal was to ensure the safety of our performers and crew, so we started to write a show where those barriers could exist on stage – a window, a wall, a fence- while examining how we deal with the loss and isolation caused by those same barriers. We grieve, we persist, we laugh, we love, and we hope.

Maya Angelou said once, “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps fences, leaps hurdles, penetrates walls to arrive at its final destination full of hope.” In a world that seems saturated with memes, blogs, tweets and posts about this pandemic – often far too pithy to explain and represent the mysterious power of the human spirit – we hope our play helps you find some comfort in knowing you are not alone. Love recognizes no barriers.
We thank you for supporting our efforts and purchasing a ticket for our first ever virtual stage play: Love… No Barriers.

– Allison Duda, Director

Love...No Barriers

A virtual stage play written by Jeffrey Duda, Allison Duda and Matthew Fridg

Rooftop Romance

.01

Synopsis:

While on lockdown due to a pandemic, James meets a new girl who lives in the apartment across the street. The only problem- all that space between their apartments, and no way to cross it.  But, Paige and James figure out a way to find something beautiful amidst something ugly. 

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Josie feels trapped. She keeps writing songs, but no one is listening. She’s just trying to be somebody.

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Somebody

.02

The Treadmill

.03

Synopsis:

Drew has recently graduated from high school and finds out that college for him is all online in the fall, but his girlfriend Julie’s freshmen year will be far away in Arizona. Drew gets on the treadmill to sort things out in his head.

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Becky and Michele are neighbors, moms who have spent too much time in their homes with their husbands and young kids during lockdown. They need a “momcation”. While enjoying a drink and some peace in their backyards, they try not to talk about COVID-19, but…

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Fenced In

.04

Raisin Cookies

.05

Synopsis:

Edward can’t leave his nursing home, so his granddaughter Katherine sits outside his window to spend some time with her grandfather before her wedding the following week. Katherine shares her homemade cookies, and Edward shares advice about life and love.

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An actress is auditioning for the role of a lifetime, but nothing is quite good enough for the director or his sidekick, Rosie, who have their own ideas about how the part should be played.

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Out Out Damned Audition

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The Glass

.07

Synopsis:

Taylor has a favorite glass, but it’s gone missing and without it, her favorite drink just doesn’t taste the same.

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Teenagers in lockdown find a way to connect over gaming headsets. They pontificate about minecraft weapons, the worst Office characters, and the best D.C. Superheroes.

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Game On

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Broken

.09

Synopsis:

Carly doesn’t mind being in lockdown. It’s brought her and her sister closer… for a little while.

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Mr. McArthy and two of his students, Chloe and William, have very different perspectives on hybrid education, zoom calls, emails, and more.

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Hybrid Hell

.10

Promposal

.11

Synopsis:

Alex tells us all about how he asks Madison to Prom 2020. Madison, who has vowed never to go to prom after a bad experience her freshman year, tells us her version of Alex’s promposal. Will she say yes?

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Acknowledgements

The director would like to acknowledge the following people who have assisted us along the way:
The GLSD Board of Education
The GLSHS Principals
The GLSHS Custodial staff
The GLSHS Secretarial staff
The GLSHS Theater Boosters
Timeless Expressions
Ms. Sharon LeJeune and Ms. Jessica Golden
Mr. Timothy Sheridan
Dr.. Rebecca Snyder
Mrs. Jenny Fridg
We also extend an extra special THANK YOU to all of our patrons who have made donations and purchased advertisements in support of the Greater Latrobe Senior High School Drama Club.

Greater Latrobe Administration
Dr. Georgia Teppert, Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Michael Porembka, Assistant Superintendent
Mr. Jon Mains GLSH Principal
Mr. Chad Krehlik, GLSH Principal
Mr. Jeff Ingel, GLSH Assistant Principal
Mr. Dan Watson, Business Administrator
Mrs. Laurie Golobish, Director of Pupil Services
Mr. Eugene Joe, Student Support Services Coordinator
Mr. Mark Mears, Director of Transportation and Athletics
Mrs. Becki Pellis, Director of Technology, Curriculum and Instruction
Mr. Kurt Thomas, Director of Operations and Planning
Ms. Jillian Burge, Director of Food Services
Mrs. Jessica Golden, Director of Center for Student Creativity

Greater Latrobe School Board
Mr. Eric B. Hauser, President
Mr. Steven LoCascio, Vice President
Mrs. Heidi Kozar
Mrs. Susan J. Mains
Mr. Paul T. McCommons
Mr. Merle L. Musick
Mr. William A. Palmer
Mrs. Cathy Sarraf
Dr. Michael J. Zorch
Mr. Ned J. Nakles, Jr., School Solicitor
Mrs. Jody Brahosky, Secretary