Tales from a Pandemic | Theatre performance

An original verbatim theatre production, Conceived & directed by Jerry C. Jaffe.


Stage Manager - Sayali Collins

Live Stream Producer - Matthew Sucre

Technical Director & Lights - Julie Harter

Set Construction - Steve Fielder

Backstage helpers - Cali Ihnat, Jeramie Burge

Camera operators - Richard Keay, Soren Jaffe


Jeramie Burge

Kayla Clark '23

Robert Haag

Cameron Zona ’22


Kayla Clark '23 - Kayla is a sophomore at Lake Erie College majoring in history and playing women’s basketball. Her first theater role at LEC was Dr. Seward's Housekeeper in "Dracula". Previously, she has been in "Bye Bye Birdie", "Guys and Dolls", and “Floating on a Don’t Care Cloud”.

Robert Haag - Robert had a small part in Inherit the Wind in high school forty years ago and then disappeared for a few decades into a variety of schools in various countries, emerging at Short & Sweet Dubai in 2018. He acted in several short plays culminating in directing and starring in A Game for Knights, written by his daughter Mattie Haag. Since returning to Ohio, Robert has been working with The Gates Mills Players (An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance, The Hollow) and the The Broadview Heights Spotlights (Clue: Stay-at-Home Version). Robert has appeared in Fragments of Farce: A Night of Comedic Sketches at WRP.

Cameron Zona ’22 - Cameron is a junior at Lake Erie College majoring in Theatre and Entrepreneurship Studies. In his time at LEC, Cameron has performed in Next to Normal (Gabe), I Hate Hamlet (Andrew), The Man Who Couldn't Dance (Eric), and Murder By Poe (Dupin/Poe), as well as directing the one-act play Bread. Cameron currently owns and manages his own theatre company, The Access Theatre Project. He is very grateful to Dr. Jaffe for the opportunity to perform during these strange times!

Dr. Jerry C. Jaffe (Director) - Jerry has been teaching at Lake Erie College since 2008 and has directed numerous plays here, including Measure for Measure, I Hate Hamlet, Dracula, and many more. He previously lived and worked in Japan and New Zealand, having over 100 directing credits on 3 continents. He has published widely on theatre and comedy, with numerous articles, conference presentations and book reviews. He co-edited the book Performing Japan: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Identity.

Matthew Sucre ’97 - Matt returns to the LEC to share his podcasting/radio play expertise. He is the Producer/Director of Sweet Bunny Radio Plays which last year, as part of its 100 Ghost Story series did a live presentation of “The Ghosts of Lake Erie,” about our own ghostly tales on campus. Matt designed lights for recent shows such as: “Hamletmachine (18)” and “I Hate Hamlet (19).” While attending LEC he was involved with shows such as: ”Cloud 9 (97),” “Little Shop of Horrors (95),” and “Waiting for Godot (93). ” He lives with his wife Amy Holland (’98)  and bunny, Oni, in Lakewood, Ohio.


  • ver·ba·tim – in exactly the same words as originally used

  • ver·ba·tim theatre – a genre of theatrical art in which the exact words originally spoken by real people are presented on stage as a storytelling event

Thank you to those who have provided us with their words. Our only goal is to do them justice.

- Kat

- Kim

- Connie

- Joe

- David

- Mika (12 March 2020)

- Lester (2 April 2020)

- Lindsey (3 December 2020)

- John (16 February 2021)

- Molly

- Kim

- Lucy

- Audra

- Pooja

- Sarah

- Jenkins

My sincerest thanks,

Jerry C. Jaffe - March 24, 2021