NOW, NOW, NOW… AT THE 2021 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST NATIONAL SHOW – 2021 PITTSBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST LIVESTREAM SHOW – 2021 BIG SKY FRINGE FESTIVAL
Award-winning Writer, Director, Producer Tom Cavanaugh brings his creation to the HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL along with a cast of nineteen actors in a bi-coastal, simulcast, multimedia event. Cavanaugh combines pre-recorded videos and music with live performances from actors from their Covid 19 safe homes! Using ZOOM as the medium, a safe haven for performers and audience members from the deadly virus has been created.
Cavanaugh’s Now, Now, Now made its virtual Fringe debut on May 8th at The 2021 Pittsburgh Fringe Festival where it won BEST NATIONAL SHOW. Now, Now, Now… then went on to win, BEST LIVESTREAM SHOW at the Big Sky Fringe Festival in Missoula, Montana and will make its International Premiere at the 2021 Calgary Fringe Festival this summer!
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrate the Hollywood neighborhood: fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers.
Director Tom Cavanaugh received his M.F.A. in playwriting from The Actors Studio Drama School in 2000. Tom’s full-length play, BEHOLD was a 2010 finalist New American Playwrights Program at Utah Shakespearean Festival and won a 2011 Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting. ADAM & YOSHI was a finalist in McKinney Repertory Play Competition, Texas, finalist 2013 New American Playwrights Program Utah Shakespearean Festival, and won the 2012 Make the House Roar Prize at Lionheart Theater, Georgia. 2014, INLAND EMPRESS, Tom’s full-length play, World Premiered, at The Lounge Theatre, Los Angeles. 2017 MISTER PICMAN, premiered at the Short & Sweet Play Festival, Hollywood, CA, & Theatre of Note’s Alternative Acts in Los Angeles. THE FIELD a short play by Cavanaugh premiered at The CTI Theatre Festival in Independence, MO. In 2018, Theatre of Action in Los Angele’s Plays about Immigration listed Tom’s short play, COYOTE. Tom won the Artists & Playwright Festival at The Know Theatre in Binghamton, NY in 2018 with his short play, ROCKS ON THE PLAYS. Tom was a member of the 2019 National Playwrights Symposium at Cape May Stages in New Jersey and has been a member of the Dramatist Guild of America since 1998.
Now, Now, Now… is Cavanaugh’s "Passion Project through the Pandemic! He says, “I was sitting home watching Zoom workshops, Zoom performances and wishing I could be back in a theatre somewhere! I thought, why wait for the virus to end? Why not learn how to navigate this new media and try to create a production that would combine everything I love about film, television, and live theater, and here we are!”
The show centers on characters that are receiving a mysterious email, a children’s song with a series of numbers at the end. The song places the readers in a trance-like state causing strange people and events to enter their lives. The song and its encoded message goes out to millions and seems to be part of the larger plan, a possible invasion. People are being kidnapped and their loved ones are left behind to solve the mystery and fight back, but will they?