20/21 Digital Season


We commissioned some amazing WNY writers to create a series of short monologues all about Buffalo here and now. Then, together with Full Circle Studios, we filmed on location across the region.

CURRENTS: 716 is made up of many stories woven into one night of theatre. With your ticket purchase for any night, you will see them all!

THIS PRODUCTION IS CLOSED. It was Alleyway's 155th production and ran from September 12-26, 2020.

What is "Currents: 716" ?!?!

Buffalo. Here & Now.

When the world shut down in March 2020, Alleyway knew we were going to have to make some changes for our 20/21 Season.

We put out a call to all WNY writers, asking them to submit their best longform monologues. From that group, we chose 15 artists whose work was dynamite.

Those 15 pitched us ideas and wrote some amazing new monologues, poems, dances, and songs.

We filmed it on location all across our beautiful region this August and will present the exclusive premiere September 11-26 online.

This production is made possible by the Golden & Goldman Philanthropic Fund and the Venturous Theatre Fund of the Tides Foundation

Streaming exclusively to your living room Sept 11-26, 2020

Extras at every performance

Armchair Audience Special Events

Don’t just sit back and relax, get in on the action. Join us for these special events, and share the experience with other audience members watching simultaneously from their homes. It’s our answer to the social distance intermission mingling! All events are included in the ticket price unless noted.

September 11 Only

Live on Zoom, join Artistic Director Chris J Handley for a celebratory toast before the premiere of CURRENTS: 716 on Friday, September 11 at 7:15pm. BYOB!

Dress in your finest Armchair Black Tie and raise a glass to the new season of theatre. Then, click over to watch the premiere at 7:30. Join us as we launch our 41st season, and the first under our new leadership, in this… well… very socially distanced way.

Friday nights, pre-show

Artistic Director Chris J Handley will host a pre-show Zoom session before each Friday night performance at 7:15pm. You’ll be able to hear what’s in store for Alleyway in the coming months, and join in the conversation.

Buy a ticket for a Friday night performance and you’ll receive this special link in your email on the day of the show.

Thursday nights, post-show

Join us for these impromptu Q&A sessions with the actors following each Thursday night performance.

Buy a ticket for a Thursday night performance and you’ll receive this special link in your email on the day of the show.

Saturday matinees, post-show

You never know who might pop (!) in following these performances each Saturday afternoon. From playwrights and actors, to our designers and artistic staff, you’ll be in for a treat.

Buy a ticket for a Saturday afternoon performance and you’ll receive this special link in your email on the day of the show.

‍All tickets purchased at the regular price level or above include a complimentary bag of popcorn delivered to you. Must purchase at least 7 days in advance to make sure popcorn arrives on time!

Saturday nights, post-show

Immediately following each Saturday evening performance, join us for a live discussion with the creative geniuses who made this possible: our playwrights.

Moderated by our Alleyway dramaturg, you can find out more about these writers living in the WNY region.

Buy a ticket for a Saturday night performance and you’ll receive this special link in your email on the day of the show.

Details and info

Armchair Audience Events all take place on zoom. It’s free software and you don’t have to download anything extra. You’ll get an email with the link. Just click it at the appropriate time and you’ll be whisked away to our special event.

All pre-show events begin 15 minutes prior to curtain time. Post-show events begin immediately following the performance and are scheduled to last approximately 20 minutes. Links to all Armchair Audience Events will be provided on the day of the performance.

The Stories

Each performance of CURRENTS: 716 is the same. All of the following short stories are a part of the whole production. It's like they're each a different chapter in the same book.

The Box
by Lisa Vitrano
choreographed by and featuring LauRen Alaimo

Outside Agitators
by Jeff Z. Klein
featuring Todd Benzin

Close Up
by Rosa Fernandez
featuring Rachel Henderson
with Steve Jakiel

What She Remembers on a Walk
by Gary Earl Ross
featuring Mary Craig
with Ember Tate

Across the River
by Bella Poynton
featuring Melinda Capeles

Signs of the Divine
by Luane Davis Haggerty
choreographed by and featuring Antonietta Alfano
with Anna Krempholtz and Rev. Matt Lincoln  

Black Nikes
by Ed Taylor
featuring Johnny Rowe
What Moves at the Bottom
by Maria Brandt
featuring Sue McCormack

On the Wings of Love
by Winifred Storms
featuring Alexandria Watts

Monologue #6
by Mark Humphrey
featuring Greg Howze

Waste to Wealth on the Waterways of Western New York ... Or,“Padon tells Parsifal How to Save the Planet”
by Fred Harold Jensen
featuring Rolando Gomez and David Marciniak

Almost April
by Jennifer Tromble
featuring Pamela Rose Mangus

created and performed by Naila Ansari and Marquis “Ten Thousand” Burton

The Same New Story
by Donna Hoke
featuring Peter Palmisano

The Music

Featuring a musical score from your favorite WNY artists