ITHACA, N.Y.—Because Ithaca winters coupled with an ongoing pandemic probably discourages leaving the house more than necessary, the Cherry Artspace has been offering on-demand productions of five shows that they have put on over the past 18 months, while operating under the limitations of COVID-19. Availability continues through Feb. 14.

The five production offerings, “A Day,” “Hotel Good Luck,” “Trap Door (an audio play),” “And What Happens if I Don’t” and “Felt Sad, Posted a Frog (and other Streams of Global Quarantine),” offer new and diverse perspectives and stories.

“Many of the shows talk about pushing boundaries and social expectations,” said Stephanie Krauss, an Ithaca College senior who has been working at the Cherry Artspace since October. “The shows are great for theater students because they can see a wider, more diverse range of plays.”

The Winter Cherries to Go service, which began Feb. 1, 2022, and ends Feb. 14, has allowed fans who might not want or be able to attend in-person performances to still enjoy the productions. The online all-access pass is available for $50, or a single donation of $20 can be made to view a single production. More information on viewing as well as descriptions of each show can be found here

Fifty percent of the donations made from the on-demand viewing service will go to the artists who made the productions happen, and the other half of the revenue will go toward future Cherry shows.

The Cherry’s show “A Day” has also been chosen for the 4th Annual Segal Center Invitational Film/Screen Festival, which will take place March 1 through March 15, 2022.

“The viewing is similar to an on-demand movie. It’s great being able to view these from the comfort of your own home, while avoiding the snow and staying in with family,” Krauss said.

While there aren’t any current plans to continue the “to Go” viewing service, the Cherry staff is pleased with how successful it’s been and hopes to consider it as an option in the future.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at zhessler@ithacavoice.com...