Mal-adjusted presents: Going Viral Festival

Going Viral Festival


In these confusing and unsure times, we want to be a part of helping more art exist while creatively adhering to CDC guidelines.  Join us on Facebook Live every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7pm EST for New and Newish 10-minute plays entirely rehearsed and performed over video chat.   Weekday material is sourced from Philly playwrights, while each Saturday performance is an episodic comedy, written weekly based on votes from audience members for what they want to see next. This interactive saga is the sitcom you love binge-watching, informed in real time by your voice!


Mal-adjusted is using donations made by generous individuals (sent to @Mal-adjusted on Venmo) to make sure each and every artist involved receives compensation.



Eleanor Safer (Producing Manager) Producer: Israel: Be’er Sheva International Fringe Festival, Philly: A New Kind of Whole, After Last Call…or How To Make A Play In 24 Hours. Stage Manager: The Hound of the Baskervilles [Theatre Horizon], rail. [Missing Bolts Productions], Red Lodge Montana [The Antidote], Egoli [EgoPo Classic Theatre], Hir, Ironbound [Simpatico], Sans Everything [Lightning Rod Special], Animal Farm to Table [Renegade].


Paige Zubel (Producing Playwright) is a Philadelphia-based playwright, dramaturg, and producer. Her plays have been developed and produced by 50+ theatre companies internationally, including Berridge Conservatory (AMOS AND THE STARS, France), Normal Ave (DEAD MEAT, NYC), and What If? Productions (A STRING BETWEEN MAN AND THE WORLD, NC). Her plays and prose have been published by houses including Smith & Kraus, One Act Play Depot, and Hashtag Queer. She is the Resident Dramaturg of Paper Doll Ensemble and Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Clark Park. Playwriting group memberships: PlayPenn’s The Foundry, 2018-2020; InterAct Theatre Company Core Playwright (2020-2022).

Shamus Hunter McCarty (Producing Director) has spent over ten years as a Philadelphia area performer and director. Recent directing credits include Limelight Performing Arts Center, LoveDrunkLife, The Agency Bureau & Assistant Directing Treasure Island at the Arden Theatre Company. A member of Actor’s Equity Association, Shamus has performed with the Kimmel Center, Bristol Riverside Theatre, the Eagle, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Die-Cast and as part of the Barrymore-nominated writing and performance team of Brenna Gefffers’ Anna with EgoPo Classic Theatre. His original musical, Close Your Legs Honey premiered at PHIT Comedy and was restaged by Bootless Stageworks. Shamus will begin pursuing his MFA in Directing this fall at Boston University.


Weekly casts have a rotating carousel of local favorite actors and directors including Michael Osinski, Katrina Shobe, Jenna Kuerzi, Charlie DelMarcelle, Katherine Perry, Aizyhnea Carter, CJ Higgins, Kimie Muroya, Victoria Goins, Angela Bey, Meg Rumsey-Lasersohn, Andrew Carroll, Tyler Elliot, Grayce Hoffman, Jo Vito Ramirez and more.



When the coronavirus hit, Eleanor Safer and Paige Zubel didn’t want to stop making art. Turns out, a lot of people didn’t want to stop making art. They created a smash-hit five-day short play festival on Facebook Live, and knew it couldn’t stop there. Due to overwhelming artist and audience response, they partnered with director, Shamus Hunter McCarty, and created the company Mal-adjusted to expand the festival into recurring weekly offerings. Join them Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7pm EST during quarantine for bite-sized live-streamed theatrical events.

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