Oh my, what a year can bring. A pandemic, riots, and love won, and love lost!
My Heart Goes Zoom
A year ago Siobhan O’Loughlin turned pain from a broken hand into an interactive theater piece that celebrates connection and growth called “Broken Bone Bathtub” where theatergoers were given an address on the day of the performance and arrive to watch Siobhan perform in a bathroom full of strangers.
Her site-specific, immersive piece, Broken Bone Bathtub, has made splashes in five different countries, having toured for five consecutive years with over 600 performances in 40 different cities, and lauded top ten lists for theatre experiences from the Baltimore Sun, The San Francisco Examiner, and The Houston Chronicle. In 2020, Broken Bone Bathtub won the Immersive Nation Peoples’ Choice Award for Most Transformative Experience.
Until I saw Siobhan’s “Broken Bone Bathtub” last year in a bathroom full of strangers in Asheville, North Carolina. Then I had to see it again and went to see her perform again in another bathroom in Atlanta, Georiga. But this time the strangers that were in the bathroom were a family. The ‘crowd’ had become a community. I am still friends and hang out with those I saw both during the first and second shows of ‘Broken Bone Bathtub’.
Now with ‘My Heart Goes Zoom’ Siobhan has done it again.
Who is Siobhan O’Loughlin?
Siobhan is a New York dwelling performance artist, activist and globe-trotting wanderer. Siobhan is back but this time online with “My Heart Goes Zoom” in collaboration with Magnetic Theatre. The show has had stunning reviews.
In “My Heart Goes Zoom”, Siobhan O’Loughlin is an extroverted film student whose classes have been transferred online during COVID-19. Instead of being moved by documentary film theory, however, she finds herself moved, instead, by a particular fellow classmate. Join us for this hour-long, interactive romantic comedy starring YOU as Siobhan navigates life, love, and flirting over zoom.
This love story comes in two chapters:
- Part One was Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:30 PM.
I have never felt an immediate intimacy with a video conference like I did with ‘My Heart Goes Zoom’. I was more than an audience. As we watched the performance via webcams, we mattered. We contributed. We were the story.
With most video conferences, you wonder if the person talking even sees you. With the performance of ‘My Heart Goes Zoom’ not only does Siobhan and her crew of artists see you – they encourage you to participate.
In this time of COVID-19, where I experienced the lockdown both in Hong Kong (Jan/Feb) and the United States (March/April) and had to isolate from friends and family, I wondered if we would ever hug, shake hands, or get close to one another again. With ‘My Heart Goes Zoom’ it shows closeness doesn’t have to fully rely on the human touch. Communication can be the way we connect and show intimacy. And with all the hate speech and turmoil going on, “My Heart Goes Zoom” does something more important: it shows love is still very much alive.
- Part Two is on Saturday, June 13th at 7:30 PM
Ticket prices are what you can pay and 100% of ticket proceeds go to Color of Change. Buy your tickets now at the Magnetic Theatre website. If you miss these two shows, “My Heart Goes Zoom” returns via Magnetic Theatre on July 17th and 18th. Get more information from “Please Don’t Touch The Artist”
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