Everyone is finding ways to cope with the isolation of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. While people are practicing social distancing and sheltering in place they are using the Internet to stay in touch and help each other out. A great example of this happened yesterday, which happened to be Star Trek: The Next Generation star Marina Sirtis’ birthday.
A Next Gen Reunion for Marina
This morning, Marina Sirtis shared an image of a group video chat held yesterday featuring her Next Generation co-stars Sir Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, and Gates McFadden. This was Sirtis’ first birthday since the passing of her husband in December and she noted: “I have the best friends in the world. Considering everything, this was the best birthday present.”
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) March 30, 2020
EDIT: Wheaton gives some background on the reunion
Wil Wheaton posted his own image of the event on Instagram, where he also gave some background on how the event came together:
Yesterday, LeVar organized a Zoom thingy for all of us from TNG, because normally we would be together for Marina’s birthday, but obviously we can’t do that this year. For about 90 minutes or so, we all hung out, visited with each other, loved each other, laughed our faces off, and felt connected, as a family.
Stewart sonneting, Burton reading, Rapp shaving
Star Trek celebrities are finding ways to deal and help out, even from home. Sir Patrick Stewart continues to read a Shakespeare sonnet each day.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 29, 2020
And last week TNG (and Reading Rainbow) star LeVar Burton announced he is looking to do live book readings. To do so would involve getting permissions from copyright holders, but he has already been picking up some support including author Neil Gaiman and publisher Harper Collins.
I’ve been busting my brain for about a week now trying to figure out how to do a live-streamed version of #LeVarBurtonReads. I figured that during this difficult time I could contribute by reading aloud to folks who could use some diversion for themselves and their families.
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) March 24, 2020
The Star Trek: Discovery cast is also keeping in touch using group video chats, but star Anthony Rapp is still a bit restless at home. To shake things up, he decided to shave his head.
On a lighter note…quarantine haircut! pic.twitter.com/e1n5v0miT7
— Anthony Rapp @🏡 (@albinokid) March 26, 2020