By Sabina Mollot
A Peter Cooper Village director, who’s previously put on plays in untraditional settings, including the swimming pool at Waterside Plaza — is now inviting theater goers to the Staten Island Ferry — but not until they download her play onto their smartphones.
The show, called “Ferry Play,” is an 18-minute audio recording that was designed to be listened to as commuters experience the ride from Manhattan to Staten Island and then back again.
“It’s the largest set ever,” commented Erin Mee, who directed the production, which was written by Jessie Bear, a playwright from Queens who’s also worked with Mee on other projects. A couple of kids in Mee’s building, along with her teenage daughter, were also involved, voicing different characters.
As for the decision to create a downloadable play, Mee said she was inspired by a Canadian company who’d specialized in “pod plays,” essentially plays that were podcasts. But when Mee began working on her project, she realized her work might need to be called something else, because iPods have largely gone out of use, with most people turning to their phones for their entertainment instead.
“So I started calling it a smartphone play, and they seem to get that,” she said.
The “Ferry Play” app can be downloaded for $1.99 onto iPhones or Androids.