“I founded the Bloomingdale Theater Company out of a desire to reestablish human connection during a time when we are more isolated and disconnected from each other than ever.” So, declared New York City-based actor Connor Chase Stewart in this institution’s January 2021 mission statement.
Mr. Stewart trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The Neighborhood Playhouse. He made an impact with his commanding performance in the 2019 Off-Broadway production, A White Man’s Guide to Rikers Island. As the pandemic continued to halt live presentations, Stewart was motivated to create an artistic outlet for actors and audiences.
“It’s one thing to sit around and binge another series on Netflix. However, watching live theater albeit on Zoom, performed by capable talented actors is an intimate experience that could do us all some good right now. Our goal is to spread love and healing through storytelling with artists who are passionate, committed and seek to make changes in the world.”
The Bloomingdale Theater Company’s first production was a lively 90-minute program comprised of illustrative scenes from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, All My Sons, The Graduate, This Is Our Youth and True West. The charming and diverse cast all brought flair to their choice roles in these classic works.
On April 10, 2021, at 7:00 PM, the company will perform selections from A Raisin In The Sun, Oleanna, Lobby Hero, American Buffalo and The Odd Couple. The actors each receive stipends for their efforts and the cost of tickets is by donation.
“What we aim to do is create an intimate connection between artist and audience through storytelling. Our mission, is to create changes in the world by spreading love, compassion, forgiveness and truth with our art.”