The Project that brought the VATV team together for the first time...
Better Left Unsaid TV, the first of its kind, interactive, live streamed digital play closed its three week run with a bang. More than 50,000 unique viewers from all over the United States and the world viewed the last three performances of Better Left Unsaid, and Twittered, Facebooked and chatted standing ovations to the cast and crew.
ONCE YOU HIT “LIKE” IT COULD TAKE UP TO 10 SECONDS FOR THE VIDEO TO LOAD
STANDING OVATION!!!! What a gift to be in communication with this broadcast! @cindyfsolomon San Francisco
Great Concept. Watching a live play in NYC while sitting on my couch in Barcelona @jbaljko
The thrill of live theatre, the feeling of being a part of it and yet I’m miles away…amazing. – carolyn bost from Lowell, Massachusetts
Wow, standing ovation!!! Fabulous script, talented cast, terrific direction & great online camera work! You may have started a whole new trend in theater. – T Brier Santa Barbara, California
Standing O! Just watched live NYC theatre from cleveland – great play & great acting! – Azucca – Cleveland, Ohio
So happy to see a live NYC play from my couch here in Sweden … I can’t wait till the next one!! Keep up the good work! And keep streaming online! – Sophie
Better Left Unsaid was performed in front a a live New York City audience, shot with four cameras, edited in real time and streamed live to Ustream.tv.
Crucial elements of Better Left Unsaid’s live streamed experience was the intimacy of the live editing, and the incorporation of social media into both the online and in theater experience, headed up by Better Left Unsaid TV’s Director of Digital, Selina McCusker. Throughout the show’s run, online viewers were encouraged to participate in the online experience via Twitter, Facebook or Chat and many of their thoughts and comments were then incorporated into the live stream as well as projected into the theater so that the live NYC audience could could experience the comments from viewers all over the world.
Better Left Unsaid was written and directed by Joey Brenneman. It was produced by Kathryn Jones, Joey Brenneman and Erin Bigelow. Tom Concordia was the director of photography and the post show talk backs were hosted by Leonard Jacobs, editor of The Clyde Fitch Report.
Special thanks to all the actors and writers who did early readings and gave feedback specifically, Deborah Savadge, John Jiler, RK Greene, Audrey Rosenberg, Tiffany Fraser, Stevie Ray Dallimore, Catherine Cox-Evans, Lynnette Rivera, Lajon Daniels, Darryl Ordell and Gary Riotto.
Thank You to Stacey Linden and Above the Bridge for hosting the reading that inspired this production.
Thank you to Sharon Waletzko for making the cake and cupcakes!
More Gratitude goes out to….
Philip Nelson and Newtek, Simple Studios, One Forty, Dan Parker, Arthur Aulisi, Alicia Arinella, Julie Tortorici, Geo Geller, Sharon Waletzko, Hallie and Zadie Waletzko, Carlo Vogel, Melissa Maxwell, Kfir Pravda, Deb Savadge, Zuzana Horova, Samuel Horova, Alicia Arinella, Julie Tortorici, Andrew Lipson, Louise Velvel, Aristo Babini, Laura Fitton, Barry Sarner, Leonard Jacobs, Lauren Parrish and Fab Arts, Anita Durst and Chashama, Horse Trade Theater, Nancy Robillard, Elena Holy and FringeNYC, Kevin Cunningham, Bill Sobel, Alec Pollak, The Co-op Board at 350.
Written and Directed by:
William………Dathan B. Williams
Maggie………Jennifer Dorr White
Luisa………Kathryn Velvel Jones
Lennie………Monique Lola Berkeley
Director of Photography………Tom Concordia
Broadcast Director………Erin Bigelow
Scenic Design………Jared Rutherford
Stage Manager………Sarah Perlin
Technical Director………Matt Mattossian
Sound Production………Miguel LaBoy
Costume Design………Ghislaine Sabiti
Original Music by………Danny Gray
Press Representative………Lanie Zipoy
Director of Digital………Selina McCusker
Business Affairs Advisor………Jonathan Pillot
Light Board Operator………Brenndan Carmody
Audio Board Operator………Roberto Cepeda
Technical Assistant………Daniel Dai
Run crew………Harvey Waletzko
Run Crew………Ted LoDuca
Poster Design………Sara Jones
Harry and David
Heidi Atherton Arroyo
Kevin Oliver Tucker
Rox & Shane At Bare Feet Studios
Sanford M Dickert
Shaun Bennet Wilson
Stephanie Faith Scott
Virginia Worley Hatt
Wm R Pace
Bob & Debbie Parker
D James Heaton
David And Arianna
Jennifer Dorr White
Rev. Rosemary Bray Mcnatt
Suz & Meg
Beth and Phil Bigelow
Carol Waletzko Burggraff
Harvey And Sharon Waletzko
In September 2007, six months after the launch of the first live-streaming platforms, producers Kathryn and Guiesseppe Jones, director Adam Forgash, playwright Sharr White and a fantastic cast and crew made online history with the launch of the first scripted web drama to stream live.