The amount of available online arts offerings has begun to soar. In the face of a seemingly endless shutdown, an overwhelming number of arts institutions are regrouping and finding ways to keep going virtually. The following list reflects current online events and activities announced by DMV arts organizations. This list was first published March 17, 2020, and has been continuously updated as information comes in. The most recent update was made at 6 PM on August 14.
1st STAGE: VIRTUAL COMMUNITY CONVERSATION SERIES
1st Stage has announced a new series of virtual Community Conversations, introducing you to the creative minds behind the theatre. All conversations will take place at 2:00 PM EST through Zoom. Conversations will be recorded and posted to social media for anyone who can’t make it to the conversation live. You can register online for each Community Conversation.
4615 THEATRE COMPANY: THE 4615 EP SERIES & Q-FEST
4615 Theatre company members are offering a series of live online readings of short-form passion projects. They will hold live readings of plays on 4615’s Facebook page throughout the duration of this quarantine. Their first reading is available on their facebook video page. Check out the 4615 Facebook page for future readings, and please donate on their site.
ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC: STREAMING VIDEO, CLASSES, AND CAMPS
Adventure Theatre MTC is streaming an online digital presentation of the script Luchadora by Alvaro Saar Rios. Recipient of the AATE Distinguished Play Award and directed by Adventure Theatre’s Artistic Director, Chil Kong, this presentation is free. For additional information or questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN COLLECTIVE THEATRE
African-American Collective Theater (ACT) celebrates its 28th Anniversary with the launch of a new website plus “OUT & ABOUT,” a two-week-long, online festival of LGBTQ+ themed, play readings. Check their website for details.
THE ALDEN THEATRE
The Alden hosts (the) Unruly Theatre Project (UTP), The Alden’s professional teen improv company. Their first-ever virtual improv show is Friday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m. Join them for UTP’s signature “quirky, yet relatable” style all from the comfort of your couch! All participants need to register at least 2 hours in advance at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TheAldenUTPAug21 A link and password to the show will only be emailed to those who register. For more information contact Danielle.VanHook@fairfaxcounty.gov.
AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA: ONLINE CONCERTS
The American Pops Orchestra vows to both their audience AND their artists to continue to offer unique ways to remain connected through a one-of-a-kind series called APO UNITED, a series of intimate cyber concerts from past artists, highlights from APO instrumentalists, instructional yoga videos with Dan Carter, and playlists of positivity by Maestro Luke Frazier. Follow @theamericanpops. And please donate to APO here.
AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER
ASC is currently presenting socially-distanced outside productions.
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY: AU ARTS ONLINE
AU has made exhibition catalogs available for two exhibitions, Gods & Monsters and Behind the Scenes: Preparators and their Art online. They have also made over sixty films available to stream from the DC Environmental Film Festival. You can find more information about all events on their website.
ARENA STAGE: VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING & MASTER CLASSES
Arena Stage‘s masterclasses will focus on playwriting, acting, stage management and design. Geared for adults, each class is two to three hours long twice per week on Wednesdays and Fridays. In an intimate setting of no more than 10 – 16 people per class, it is an exciting opportunity for community members to connect with experts in the field to hone their craft or be inspired to learn a new skill. See all the class offerings on the Arena website.
Offerings also include weekly discussions entitled Molly’s Salon (with Arena’s Artistic Director Molly Smith), dance workshops with choreographer Parker Esse, and a live stream of the Arena Stage Civil Dialogues. Molly’s Salon will take place each Thursday, and will feature artists and leaders of Arena Stage. These half-hour long weekly conversations will include some of our best thinkers and creative firebrands. Molly will sit down with a variety of artists and leaders to discuss new ideas they are excited about and glimmers of hope for the future. Additional information regarding the Arena Civil Dialogues will be announced at a later date. More information on these programs and how to watch Molly’s Salon can be found on the Arena website. Please also feel free to donate to the Roaring Back Fund to help Arena recover.
ARLINGTON ARTS CENTER: ONLINE CLASSES
AAC is offering multiple workshops, classes, and activities for kids on their website.
ARTS ON THE HORIZON: INTERACTIVE STORYTIME SESSIONS FOR KIDS
In an effort to continue to offer programming to children and families while schools and daycares are closed, Arts on the Horizon is launching a new series of videos on its YouTube channel. Arts on the Horizon will offer FREE 20-minute, interactive storytime sessions three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Each session will be led by one of our teaching artists and the content will be geared for children ages 2-6. The sessions will include stories, songs, warm-ups, movement, and more. The first session, led by director of education, Laura Loy can be viewed here.
BALTIMORE CENTER STAGE: STREAMING SHOWS
Center Stage is allowing online access to a streaming video of Where We Stand for a pay-what-you-can donation.
BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: BSO OFFSTAGE
During this time, the BSO has launched BSO OffStage, an online platform to stay connected with audiences through digital content. Most recently, the BSO released a video of the Orchestra virtually performing the final few minutes of Mahler’s Third Symphony. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage and the social media platforms of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for more information.
BEST MEDICINE REP: ONLINE CONTENT AND NEW PLAYS/NEW VOICES FESTIVAL
Best Medicine is releasing weekly episodes of I Know Jack, a Zoomedy web series starring Rebecca A. Herron and John Morogiello. They have also brought their 4th Annual New Plays/New Voices Festival to an online platform. This celebration of plays written by Montgomery County Public School students is made possible by a grant from The Nora Roberts Foundation. Performances of all four plays are available on YouTube. Please consider making a donation to Best Medicine Rep online.
BRAVE SOUL COLLECTIVE: VIRTUAL PRODUCTIONS
Brave Soul Collective makes its 2020 return with the premiere of an all new virtual production, Question Marks – which specifically tackles the current state of affairs in the US, with the murders of black people at the hands of police and the overall need to address anti-blackness, systemic racism and police brutality. Join BSC as they unveil this collection of timely, raw, thought-provoking performance pieces which all beg for answers to one piercing, imperative question – HOW DID WE GET HERE? The Brave Soul “Virtual Black Box Theatre” will officially open for viewing of Question Marks on Sunday June 28th at 7 PM EST. Admission is FREE with RSVP, and our “Give What You Can” donation based ticket will also be available to reserve & gain access to view the performances.
CHAMBER DANCE PROJECT: NEW WORKS STREAMING
Chamber Dance Project is harnessing creative uses of technology to prepare for its New Works 2020 summer season. On July 31, CDP is presenting New Works 2020 (& beyond). They will broadcast free new contemporary ballets from outdoor sites all over the country. CDP’s eight dancers and three choreographers combined forces to create these new ballets. The screenings will include the following: Berceuse with Luz San Miguel and Davit Hovhannisyan (Milwaukee), Sarabande featuring dancer and choreographer Christian Denice (Los Angeles) and In the Silence with Emmy Award-winner Grace-Anne Powers and Austin Powers (Columbus). Preceding the ballets will be a live red-carpet pre-show with the dancers and Artistic Director, Diane Coburn Bruning. The screening will be presented nationally with free tickets available at https://chamberdance.org/
CITYDANCE: VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING
CityDance has transferred its summer camps and intensives online through July 31, 2020. CityDance has not yet made a decision about August programming.
- CityDance School & Conservatory and CityDance POP! are providing virtual summer camps for children ages 3-16. Online Summer Dance Camps are half-day and week-long from June 15-July 24. Dancers take classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and world dance forms and learn challenging choreography in multiple styles. Learn more about CityDance Summer Camps here.
- CityDance School & Conservatory has transitioned its Summer Intensives in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Koresh Dance and International Artists online. CityDance Online Summer Intensives run from June 15-July 31. Intensives are ideal for intermediate and advanced dancers, ages 8-20, interested in a challenging exploration of classical and contemporary training with daily classes in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz and African. Learn more about the CityDance Summer Intensives here.
- CityDance DREAM School for Dance, a tuition-free scholarship training program for talented youth living in the District’s most underserved neighborhoods, will transfer their Summer Intensives online. Learn more about the CityDance DREAM School for Dance here.
THE CLARICE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: STREAMING CONTENT
The Clarice will be producing online performances. You can watch online via their Vimeo site.
CREATIVE CAULDRON: VIRTUAL CLASSES, CAMPS, & CONCERTS
Creative Cauldron continues the 2020 Summer Cabaret and Concert
Series, with the addition of a Virtual Series, in an all outdoor format, that mandates the
wearing of masks, and adherence to social distancing protocols. 22 performances are
scheduled featuring a diverse and talented array of performers and bands. This Thursday August 13th, Cauldron presents the virtual premiere of Chris Urquiaga’s Latin
Pop Summer Cabaret. Can’t attend a concert in person? Join us for a virtual viewing party
with Chris himself, and watch the professional recording of his concert. Virtual Thursdays will continue every Thursday, with Veronneau on August 20th. On Friday, August 14th, it’s Wyn and Leigh Delano, last seen together on the Cauldron stage as The Beast and as the production’s musical director for Beauty and the Beast, respectively. Both with resumes that span vast musical theater careers, this cabaret draws from stage and showtime favorites for a funny, heartwarming night of tunes with Wyn’s rich baritone accompanied by Leigh on piano. 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday, August 15th Alison Crockett makes her Cauldron debut in showcase of her storied R & B career. An R&B singer and songwriter with deep gospel and jazz roots, she joined with King Britt’s Sylk 130 project, then on to Greg Osby, and front Us3, as heard on 2001’s An Ordinary Day in an Unusual Place. The same year, as Diva Blue, she released her first solo work, an EP titled Azure. 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm and has been touring and releasing solo projects ever since.
Other performers on the schedule include: Kathy Halenda (August 21) Irene Jalenti (August
22) Nora Palka (August 28), Yasmin Williams (August 29), Wesley Diener (September 4),
Sean Heely (September 5), Jade Jones (September 11), Tia Rountree (September 12),
Abby Middleton (September 18), Griefcat (September 19, and Alan Naylor in Night at
Newcastle (September 25).
For Tickets and further details about the Summer Cabarets and Concerts Series go to
www.creativecauldron.org or by call the box office at 703-436-9948.
CC also has classes for adults and children available online. They are holding virtual summer camps. You can find more details on their website, and please consider making a donation to Creative Cauldron.
DANCE PLACE: VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING
Dance Place is offering new programming including a Virtual Presentation Series, Virtual Adult Dance Classes, and Virtual Youth Programming. The Virtual Presentation Series consists of performance events and conversations with artists in Dance Place’s 2019-2020 AMPLIFY Presentation Series whose work has been postponed or cancelled. Each event will be streamed live on the website, where anyone is welcome to join. Virtual Adult Dance Classes bring the dance studio to people’s living rooms. For the duration of Dance Place’s closure, on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings, their incredible roster of dance teachers will lead a live streamed dance class on Facebook live. Virtual Youth Programming presents several opportunities for kids and their families to dance together. Each week, two new video classes will be added to the website. These short dance videos will feature teaching artists from Dance Place’s Education team, each teaching different styles of dance for all ages. Along with these kid-specific classes, Dance Place will also be sharing Family Fun classes. Each class will be streamed live on Facebook on Fridays at 11am.
Please consider supporting Dance Place with a donation at their website. Your support will ensure we can continue to offer Dance Place’s delivery of prolific artistic and educational programming that serves 35,000 people each year.
DC ACTORS: ONLINE PERFORMANCES
A group of DC Actors has begun a series of online performances. The group, headed up by Jacqueline Youm of American University, is performing every Saturday.
THE EDUCATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY: COLLABORATIVE CLASSROOM
ETC has started Collaborative Classroom, an online learning program for children. ‘Silly Storytellers’ and ‘Around the World’ classes are open for registration now on the ETC site. They are also offering a virtual camp meet n’ greet.
ENCORE STAGE & STUDIO: CHILDREN’S CLASSES
Encore is offering theatre classes for ages 3 through 18 using a combination of live classroom interactions via the Zoom platform and prerecorded instructional videos. Enrollment is available online on the Encore site. Encore’s staff is teleworking diligently to create a welcoming and nurturing virtual space for their students and families. Encore premiered a “Live with Encore” series on Instagram Live to preview their upcoming virtual programs and connect families with teaching artists. Encore is also offering free Parent & Me classes for students ages 6 months – 5 years through its social media platforms.
EMBRACING ARLINGTON ARTS: PODCAST INTERVIEWS WITH THEATER LEADERS
Shortly before all this craziness began, Embracing Arlington Arts founder Janet Kopenhaver conducted interviews with five of the region’s top artistic directors: Chil Kong (Adventure Theatre), Molly Smith (Arena Stage), Ryan Rilette (Round House Theatre), Eric Schaeffer (Signature Theatre), and Maria Goyanes (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company). The interviews offer insightful glimpses into the work of these artists and their leadership strategies. Available here and on most podcasting services. Please consider making a donation to EAA online.
FACTION OF FOOLS THEATRE COMPANY: ONLINE EVENTS
Faction of Fools will host A Toast to Foolish Fridays via Facebook Live to kick off a summer chock full of dynamic, short, fun videos released every Friday starting August 7! Join Faction and Greg Benson, host of Bar None Podcast, as he guides us through how to make the perfect Italian Negroni cocktail, chats about the post World War II resurgence of the Negroni and Commedia dell’Arte, and reveals if you could possibly make a Negroni better than Stanley Tucci. Foolish Fridays are intended to bring a bright spot to the week. Yet we cannot ignore the seriousness of those suffering from racial injustice. In lieu of considering giving to Faction of Fools, we ask that you give to an organization active in the fight for social justice.
FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY: STREAMING CONTENT
The Folger Shakespeare Library has compiled this helpful list of all the classic films now available for free on streaming services. They have also made a free streaming video of their 2008 production of Macbeth available at the Folger website – please donate if you can. Here’s their newest list of items to stream in June.
GALA HISPANIC THEATRE: DIGITAL PROGRAMS
The Paso Nuevo Youth Program has gone digital. Classes meet online Monday through Thursdays until further notice.
George Mason University’s Mason Community Arts Academy (MCAA) and Mason Game and Technology Academy (MGTA) have overhauled their summer programming to deliver state-of-the-art learning experiences through digital platforms. Registration is now open for a variety of virtual theater, music, visual art, and film & video camps for students ages five to adult through the MCAA, and game design, computer programming, and machine learning/AI courses for students ages nine to adult through the MGTA. Together, the MCAA and MGTA will offer more than 80 camps and classes for children through adult from mid-June to the end of August.
- Mason Community Arts Academy (MCAA) Summer Online Programs 2020: masonacademy.gmu.edu/online
- Mason Game and Technology Academy (MGTA) Summer 2020 Virtual Academy: mgta.gmu.edu/2054-2
HAPPENSTANCE THEATRE: DIZ AND IZZY ONLINE
Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell of Happenstance Theatre are posting a series of comedic videos featuring the characters Diz and Izzy on their website and their Facebook page. Jaster and Mandell’s sense of humor and whimsy is the perfect balm for shaken nerves. Check them out and have a laugh!
IMAGINATION STAGE: VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING
Imagination Stage is streaming their production of Blue (ages 1-5) for any sized donation. You also can find Imagination Stage Brain Breaks on their Facebook live, a Build Your Own Castle Model video on their site, and Imagination Challenges on their Facebook Watch page. Please consider making a donation to help keep these programs going.
THE IN SERIES: STREAMING PLATFORM AND ONLINE SEASON
IN Series has officially launched INVISION, its first-of-its-kind digital performing arts center. Featuring several distinct venues the dynamic website is designed to house the company’s first fully digital opera season and already accommodates several full-length works from past seasons in the Carla Hubner ODEON, experimental works in THE BOX presented by John Fitzgerald, and educational performances, interviews, and panel discussions in the Education Annex.
The launch was marked by a multicast digital ribbon cutting ceremony, culminating in the premiere of a historic collaboration between IN Series and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (under the patronage of the Roudaki Foundation). The video features seven DC-area opera singers and nineteen instrumentalists from the Tehran Symphony performing the final aria and chorus of George Frederic Handel’s opera, Serse, based on the ancient Persian emperor Xerxes. Sung in English translation and layered with text by the famed Sufi poet Rumi, the work takes on deep significance as musicians from opposite sides of the world unite in concert digitally in spite of COVID-19 restrictions and strained relations between their countries to perform a chorus celebrating “faith, hope, joy, laughter, and love.”
IN Series Artistic Director Timothy Nelson enthusiastically embraced the collaboration as a seminal project of his company’s upcoming digital season. The work, as he sees it, is representative of the opportunity hidden in this global crisis to bring together creators for whom distance, limited finances, and geopolitical tensions would likely have prohibited co-creation before the pandemic. “If we have to make virtual work,” he said, “let us use this as an opportunity to make the sort of collaborative creative experiences that would not only be otherwise inconceivable, but which really do what only art can do: make the impossible possible.”
This project was initiated by Fatemeh Keshavarz, chair of Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at University of Maryland, College Park, who approached IN Series with the request issued from the North American Iranian Friendship Association. “The musicians on both sides are tremendously excited about helping us transcend the toxic threats of war and sanctions, rise above politics, and acknowledge each other’s art and humanity,” Keshavarz observed. “This is particularly needed at a time like this when the world is in the grips of a ferocious pandemic. It is a time to see each other’s humanity and help each other heal. Nothing can do this better than art.”
The video of this historic collaboration is available to view globally at no cost on IN Series’ INvision: OPERAhouse Without Walls. Link directly to the video within INVISION’s Education Annex at https://invision.inseries.org/full-feature/the-tale-of-serse-a-collaboration-with-the-tehran-symphony
INSeries is doing what they can to bring lively entertainment and activities from their stable of incredible artists. Offerings feature digital opera, including their season opener Butterfly, now available. You can request access via a form online. They also recently released Here Be Sirens – request access via a form here. They have also launched Cocktail Concerts. Hosted and curated by the performers themselves, they celebrate the power of music and the arts to transcend circumstances and unite creators and audiences in spite of distance. Be delighted and comforted by favorite tunes old and new right from the home of your favorite artists. In addition, The INSeries blog has new podcasts coming out all the time. Access the newest episode on their website. As Rigoletto was unable to move forward, the cast has made videos available in order to raise funds. You can view “Quarantetto” or “Send In the Clowns” online now. If you can, please consider making a donation to the Rigoletto Artist Compensation Fund online.
Their expanded season will include twelve premieres, feature-length films, opera-shorts, episodic series, and audio experiences in the style of radio plays, released periodically. Their Technology as an Operatic Medium initiative will feature virtual reality experiences, interactive opera inspired by gaming technology, and other 21st century content. Unexpected Collaborations will produce offerings between filmmakers, programmers, animators, movie theaters, radio stations, audio artists, dancers, singers, actors, writers, and local and global creators. Subscriptions, available for purchase in June, will entitle the holder to early and extended access to all creative content in the new Virtual Opera House, plus additional monthly concerts, invitations to online artist receptions, and access to live events and premiere parties (when possible).
JANE FRANKLIN DANCE: STREAMING PERFORMANCES & CLASSES
JFD hosts Forty+ Projects, a dance project that celebrates the collective creativity of people past the age of 40 resulting in unique collaboration. Projects explore movement and performance technique within a creative premise. Materials are discovered, repeated and rehearsed, and performed. The Summer Project features choreographer Philip Baraoidan in weekly sessions that take place on Zoom. This project culminates with a facebook live broadcast in August and will be performed live in Fall 2020. The project is open to people of all physical facilities. No previous performance experience is necessary. Summer Project with choreographer Philip Baraoidan, Wednesday weekly 3 pm – 4 pm: $100, Virtual Sessions July 8 – Aug 12
Jane Franklin Dance also has performances available on Demand. Stop by the website for shows from Capital Fringe, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, spoken word, and visual art collaborations, as well as lively family-friendly performances.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on the arts industry, JFD launched the “Keep Artists Employed” Artist Support Fund to help offset the loss of income due to cancelled rehearsals, residencies, after school programs, projects and performances. 100% of the proceeds goes directly to artists.
JOSHUA VRANAS AND CLARE BIERMAN
The two have virtually recorded a 20-minute musical audio drama, “Emma and the West.” Perfect for a short ride or a bedtime story, this adventure follows Emma and her sister as they travel into their favorite book to finish the story. They discover that they have the power to create their own ending through the power of family. Currently available on all streaming sites, the play is also available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon. Click for info!
Keegan’s virtual performance series, BRS LIVE, is goes live again Saturday, August 8, at 8:00 pm with HARD TIMES PART 2 featuring Chani Wereley (Spring Awakening at Round House, Little Shop of Horrors at Constellation Theatre, Love’s Labors Lost at the Folger). Chani returns to Keegan Theatre in a sort-of-remount of her solo cabaret, HARD TIMES, which is, perhaps, more relatable now than ever before. To get the live stream link, make a donation to Keegan (even just $5.00!). BRS is donating half of all live stream ticket sales and donations to organizations chosen by featured artists, and Twanna has selected to support Tuskegee University with this performance!
Keegan’s brand for young people and families, Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA (PRK), announced new online opportunities for young people of all ages to be creative and have fun with theatre and storytelling from home! VIEW ALL OFFERINGS
PRK has always been rooted in helping young people discover their authentic voices and express themselves creatively. During this period of quarantine and isolation from friends and arts influences, PRK seeks to provide opportunities for young people to use their imagination, practice creative play, and create a world with friends across the digital sphere. LEARN MORE ABOUT PRK
If you have questions about Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA or any of these online opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE KENNEDY CENTER: KENNEDY CENTER AT HOME
Audiences can discover a wide range of at-home programming through the Kennedy Center at Home website. New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems has filmed 15 episodes of LUNCH DOODLES, available on the Mo Willems page of the Kennedy Center website.
Digital Stage brings you extraordinary performances from the Kennedy Center’s stages and beyond, with new releases daily. Millennium Stage lives on with online encore performances – an archive of hundreds of past performances can be accessed through the Kennedy Center website. And for the millions of students, parents, and teachers looking for ways to learn and grow at home, Kennedy Center Education offers informative and engaging Digital Learning resources.
Couch Concerts help inspire, uplift, heal, and bring the performing arts from the homes of artists into homes across the country and around the world during these difficult times. For 23 years, Millennium Stage has brought free performances to audiences in person at the Center and virtually through a livestream. The Kennedy Center will now stream concerts direct from artists’ homes on the Kennedy Center website at 4 p.m. ET every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while the Center remains closed, due to COVID-19.
To access the livestream or for more information and the latest Couch Concerts schedule, visit the Couch Concerts page of the Kennedy Center website.
MONUMENTAL THEATRE COMPANY: ONLINE CONTENT
Monumental will share ‘Monumental Memories’ on their YouTube page – including various content from previous productions.
MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY: MOSAIC ALIVE
Mosaic has launched Mosaic Alive, a virtual public programming platform where homebound community members can engage with Mosaic artists, scholars, and local thinkers on Mondays and Fridays. Together, you’ll explore themes, topics, and literature related to Mosaic’s upcoming Season 6 – via engaging conversations and in-depth discussions. You can find more details on the Mosaic Alive website.
NATIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: ONLINE CONCERTS
NCE is offering a preview of their postponed concert Vivaldi: The Remarkable Four Seasons online on YouTube.
NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC: MUSICAL NOTES ONLINE
In the weeks to come, National Philharmonic will post short pieces recorded by its musicians on social media. The program “Musical Notes” taps into cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s call that musicians – of all levels – around the world join him in offering “Songs of Comfort”. National Philharmonic’s first ‘Musical Note’ is from Laura Colgate, Acting Co-Concertmaster, performing Smile by Charlie Chaplin. Says Colgate, “We all need to find something that makes us smile right now, and wigs always seem to bring a smile to my face, hence my backup singers’ colorful new hairdos. Keep smiling y’all”. View Musical Notes here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.
NEW ORCHESTRA OF WASHINGTON: ONLINE OFFERINGS
NOW will produce a new array of content, designed to foster empathy, explore intellect, build friendships, and create the version of society that we want to live in, even when we are apart. Offerings include artist music recommendations, artist spotlights, guided meditations, and living room concerts as well as streamed archived shows. Check it out on their website, and please consider making a donation.
NEXTSTOP THEATRE COMPANY: DIGITAL MATINEES
NextStop will produce Digital Matinees every Saturday at 2 PM, where they will share fun and exciting updates, interview artists, and answer questions on all things NextStop. Each episode will be approximately 15-20 minutes long. Look for the link in a future post on our Facebook page, join their email list, or watch their site for details.
OPERA NOVA: ONLINE CONCERTS
Opera Nova is now streaming the concert Celebrating African-American Opera Singers: Past and Present online on YouTube.
PIPELINE PLAYWRIGHTS: READINGS
In August, PP hosts a reading of the first draft of Ann Timmons’ Saltwater Farm. Pipeline’s stalwarts
POINTLESS THEATRE: ONLINE CONTENT
Along with spreading positivity and quarantine tips through their email list and Instagram, Pointless is releasing a new free show from the archives every other Thursday on their Vimeo page.
PROLOGUE THEATRE: READINGS
Prologue presents the second of two live readings of Bike America by Mike Lew & Directed by Noah Schaefer on Saturday, August 8, at 2pm. The play pedals the audience along a cross-country bike trip from Boston to California, with stops in big cities and small towns along the way. Our feckless heroine Penny is looking to bring more meaning into her life, to find a lifestyle that suits her and a town that feels like a home…so she drops her clingy boyfriend, Todd, in Beantown and takes off for Santa Barbara. Along the way she befriends a lively crew of bikers: Ryan, the health nut biking instructor; Tim Billy, the innocent wanderer; Annabel and Rorie, the badass activists seeking to get married in every state they hit on the trip; and the mysterious Man with the Van who carries their stuff. Featuring a flexible and diverse cast, Bike America is a multi-state, multi-generational odyssey to discover our obsession with happiness. **This play contains mature language and topics.** To register for FREE tickets visit https://www.prologuetheatre.org/bike-america-virtual.html
ROUND HOUSE THEATRE: ROUND HOUSE AT YOUR HOUSE
RHT has launched Round House at Your House, a new slate of free digital programming that includes weekly livestreamed interviews with celebrated playwrights, Theatre Education Challenges for three different age groups, and cocktail-making classes from Round House’s Fourth Wall Bar & Café.
Their newest initiative brings together DC-area playwrights, actors, and designers for Homebound, an original webseries that explores life under Stay-at-Home orders in the Nation’s Capital. The ten-episode series premiered on Monday, April 27, 2020. New episodes will be posted on the Round House YouTube page every Monday through June 29, 2020. For more information, please visit RoundHouseTheatre.org/
Homebound will unfold as a chain story, with a new playwright assigned each week to write a scene that continues the previous episode. Each scene will be written for two actors, who will film themselves separately from home after rehearsing under the remote direction of Round House Artistic Director Ryan Rilette and Associate Artistic Director Nicole A. Watson. Please consider making a donation to Round House Theatre online.
SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY: STREAMING VIDEO, ONLINE CLASSES, SHAKESPEARE HOUR LIVE, SHAKESPEARE CHALLENGE
Due to popular demand, STC is continuing to offer more new adult classes as online courses through the summer. STC Teaching Artists have adapted their curriculum to reach students in an online format with 12-16 students. In the belief that theatre provides an essential place for creativity, learning, and human connection, STC is offering Spring Classes online at a reduced rate of $149. Further tuition assistance is available.
The new Shakespeare Hour LIVE is an online tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. Each week, Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg will examine the world of Shakespeare by discussing two plays from the Shakespearean canon which speak to each other thematically, dramaturgically, and historically. Special guests and friends of the STC extended family will also drop by.
STC has also launched #ShakespeareChallenge, asking people to record themselves doing a Shakespearean monologue and post it to social media. STC’s artistic director Simon Godwin launched the challenge with the Prologue from Romeo and Juliet.
SIGNATURE THEATRE: THE SIGNATURE SHOW & STREAMING CONTENT
Song, dance, and chats with theater luminaries! Catch up with talented artists in The Signature Show, a new half-hour digital experience hosted by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. The first episode features special guest artist performances and interviews, favorite memories from Signature’s past, an original music and tap performance, and a tribute to composer Darius Smith with a song from U.G.L.Y., his musical developed in the SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab. Watch for a new show every other Thursday. Subscribe to SigTheatre on YouTube to never miss an episode!
Live chats called Signature Strong Live! will be streamed live on facebook Tuesdays at 8 PM. Signature is also offering virtual private coaching for teens and adults. Registration is now open for adults and teens aged 14 and up, and coaching is meant to be tailored to anyone – from those who want to land a part in their local school or community theatre production, to pre-professional and professional actors. Please consider making an online donation to Signature.
SOLAS NUA: BEING HERE
Solas Nua presents Being Here, a digital theatre experience, at a time in the future TBA. Audiences can tune into the production to enjoy a live performance of a play specifically written for the online platform. The performance will feature optional, mild audience interaction. Solas Nua artistic director Rex Daugherty shares that, “I’ve been thinking about what makes digital theatre actually theatre, and I keep returning to the idea that theatre needs to be experienced live. But how do can audiences share a live, intimate experience without proximity? I’ve seen a lot of archival productions being streamed, which has been a wonderful way the arts industry has quickly responded to the global pandemic. What excites me about BEING HERE is that this is an experience that is created with the digital medium in mind from the ground up. The production will be a live-digital performance, with mild audience interaction involved. This show doesn’t work without an audience. That’s what makes theatre special, and that togetherness is what we’re all longing for during this time of isolation.” More details and tickets can be found here. Please consider making a donation to Solas Nua on their website.
SPOOKY ACTION THEATER
In ZERO by Ian August, three miscreant students discover a rift in the floor of the forest surrounding their reform school. Beyond the chain-link pale, a bottomless pit promises danger and deliverance. Whatever goes in can never come out — with one possibly impossible exception. Free on Spooky Action Theater‘s YouTube channel August 16 at 6:00 PM—and available thereafter through August 19. To register, click here. Directed by Craig Baldwin with Em Grosland, Dylan Fleming, Shubhangi Kutchibotla, Alejandro Ruiz, and featuring Rick Hammerly. DONATIONS will benefit Food for All DC.
STRATHMORE: ONLINE PROGRAMS
From weekly live streamed music concerts and family jam sessions to virtual book clubs and art gallery tours, Strathmore has transitioned to find ways to connect audiences with the arts and with each other online. Live from the Mansion is a virtual concert series that brings inspiring music and insightful conversation together in the Mansion at Strathmore. Each week, host Christylez Bacon joins us for performances in a variety of genres and helps us get to know some of the best artists from the DC area—all from Strathmore’s renowned Artist in Residence program. Tune into Strathmore’s Facebook page Wednesdays at 7:30pm to catch the premiere of each episode.
Grammy-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon—with his inimitable style and magnetic personality—is a dynamic member of the Washington, DC music community. With a mission towards cultural acceptance and unification through music, Bacon is constantly pushing the envelope: whether it be with Beatbox Remix, the cross-cultural collaborative music video series he founded featuring guest artists from diverse musical genres, or his education performances for young people. For more info on all programs, please visit the Strathmore website or their facebook page.
STUDIO THEATRE: PSALM’S SALONS
Studio Theatre, in collaboration with Studio Artist-in-Residence Psalmayene 24, is launching a three-part series of digital dance parties with conversation—Psalm‘s Salons at Studio—beginning June 25 at 5 p.m. The virtual salons are an online gathering space to highlight the work of Black creatives, signal boost local and Black-owned businesses, kick back to live music, and promote a sense of community. Salons will be hosted by Psalmayene 24 with original music from DJ Nick tha 1da, sampling from the Library of Congress‘s Citizen DJ tool, and a rotating panel of guests. Events in the series are free to view and will be streamed live on Studio Theatre‘s Facebook and YouTube pages.
SYNETIC THEATER: SYNETIC STREAMING & ONLINE PRODUCTIONS
On a date TBA, Synetic will present a digital adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, a collection of novellas written in Italy in response to The Black Plague of 1347–1351. The book is structured as a group of 100 tales told by young people sheltering in a secluded villa to escape the epidemic. To create The Decameron, the artists are each adapting one story remotely, while being mentored by other Synetic company members and members of artistic leadership to prepare the work for streaming. Audience members can choose their own experience through individual selections or pre-created playlists, or they can tune in beginning June 10 to experience the work, which will be released serially over ten days in honor of the source material. Afterwards, the full catalog will run through at least the end of the month. Pay-what-you-can ticket options start at $10, and full details are available on the Synetic site.
THEATER J: ONLINE CLASSES & READINGS
Theater J is offering a variety of online classes taught by awesome Theater J artists. Classes start on staggered dates. Check out all the offerings on their website.
Yiddish Theater Lab is Theater J’s on-going initiative dedicated to preserving and reviving the forgotten literature of the Yiddish Theater. Join them as directors and playwrights uncover and re-interpret nearly-forgotten Yiddish classics in new English language readings, workshops, commissions, and eventually productions. See their website for details.
TOO MUCH DAMN THEATER: ONLINE READINGS
Throughout the month of July, Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater’s leaders (Dara Gold, Marketa Nicholson and Raechel Patrese) collaborated with seven amazing playwrights, Jacqueline Youm, Cheryl Allan Carlyle, Jeff Dunne, Colette Murphy, Amanda Zeitler, Chad Short and Kelly Morgan-Lally, to produce a full length, dark fantasy stage play called Magnifical Omniscient! Throughout the COVID- 19 pandemic, TMD Theater has observed the overwhelming desire for local artists to stay active and creative within their respective talents. Even with the surge of live play streamings, TMD Theater initiated a collaborative social-distance friendly, theatrical endeavor – The Pass-along Play Project. The Pass-along Play Project found its place in the theater community by incorporating multiple playwrights on a single, storytelling journey. As one playwright starts the story, they then pass the script along for the next playwright to add to the plot. Once TMD Theater announced that it was seeking out collaborating playwrights, the theater community was ecstatic at the opportunity to stay active and creative – resulting in a 94 page stage play.
Maginifical Omniscient! tells the story of George (them/they/their), a young, vibrant being who is in tune with all things supernatural, though no one quite believes them. When things go array, George proves to everyone – including their reluctant mentor and neighborhood medium, Daea – that their magic is indeed real and why superstitions are important. The live zoom reading will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 7:30pm. Seating is first come first serve but may be limited due to Zoom restrictions. Check out the facebook event.
The Broken Bones is Washington Improv Theater’s featured ensemble. Based on your gnarly injury story, watch a new online improv show every Thursday at 6pm. Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBG-Zhg4Y8vtuLKye51ZnKQ We’ve all been hurt, perhaps by a hidden patch of ice, a sick collision while scoring the winning goal, or a very public breakup at your 28th birthday party. The Broken Bones will perform an improvised comedy show based on your gnarliest injury —and we will all heal together through comedy. Share your gnarly injury story via message on Facebook or Instagram @brokenbonesdc – To support Washington Improv Theater please donate at witddc.org/give
WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS: CONCERTS & HOME DELIVERY PLUS
Washington Performing Arts will partner with National Harbor and The U.S. Air Force Band for a special online live streaming concert on July 4 at 4 PM EDT. World-renowned guest artists include violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Larisa Martinez, and bass Soloman Howard. The event will be hosted by Washington, D.C.’s own Aaron Gilchrist, morning anchor on NBC4. The live stream can be accessed at nationalharbor.com/july4 on July 4.
WPA has also announced Home Delivery Plus, a new online series of performances and companion experiences beginning in early 2021. Home Delivery Plus offers a variety of paid/ticketed digital packages that feature international, national, and local artists streamed in live or newly recorded performances; companion educational resources and activities; and “backstage” experiences offering a window into the artistic process. Prompted by this time of coronavirus, the series is nevertheless designed with the digital future of the performing arts in mind—as a complement to (not a replacement for) traditional live, in-person performance. At such point in the series as local health authorities and venue hosts judge it is safe for live audiences to gather for physically distanced performances, patrons may be welcomed to purchase separate tickets to attend in person, even as the digital programming continues. Find out more on the WPA website.
WASHINGTON REVELS: JUBILEE JULY CELEBRATION & ONLINE CONTENT
Washington Revels is committed to the preservation of African-American history and traditions–presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a cappella music, drama and dance. Inaugurated in 2010, the group now performs regularly at heritage sites throughout the Washington DC area, singing, sharing, and learning the stories of the people in those communities. Now through July 30, watch Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for special posts for this month-long celebration. Then on Friday, July 31, join them for a special virtual event! Time TBD. Keep an eye on the website for details.
Washington Revels’ upcoming virtual events include the Daily Antidotes of Song (12 noon EDT); the monthly Community Sing on the 21st of every month; and Day of Service — now “Month” of Service during the remote card-making project in May. These online programs will continue until it is safe to gather in person again. Participation is free, and more details are at www.RevelsDC.org.
WE HAPPY FEW: STREAMING PERFORMANCES
We Happy Few is releasing several recordings of their shows, including 2019’s Treasure Island, now available on their website for a small donation.
THE WELDERS: ONLINE READINGS
Members of The Welders collective will recite and reflect on sections of The Welder, a poem by Cherrie Moraga. This poem is what inspired the name of the collective, and they look to its meaning to give strength to continue as an arts organization, and as human beings. Please watch their reflections on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter each week.
WOLF TRAP: VIRTUAL OFFERINGS
Wolf Trap is offering local students a chance to have their turn in the spotlight with Wolf Trap Virtual Stage. In addition, Wolf Trap Opera has launched a new streaming platform that includes a video of their 2017 production of Rossini’s The Touchstone, a 2019 version of Ariadne auf Naxos, and an audio recording of the 2018 performance of Bernstein’s Songfest in collaboration with the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, and their friends at Naxos. Please consider making a donation to Wolf Trap.
WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY: PLAY AT HOME
Woolly Mammoth is participating in Play At Home, a playwrighting initiative providing free scripts for at-home reading. You can find more details on their website.
YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATER: VIRTUAL EVENTS & CLASSES
Young Playwrights’ Theater hosts online events and classes – all details are available online.