Updated online performing arts offerings

Having live theater withdrawal? Here's just the ticket for stay-at-home audiences.

Since March, 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 12 PM on September 22.

1st STAGE: VIRTUAL COMMUNITY CONVERSATION SERIES & ONLINE CLASSES
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. They are also offering courses for children, young adults, and adults, taught by experts in the field. Register on their website.

4615 THEATRE COMPANY: THE 4615 EP SERIES & Q-FEST
Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, and Convergence Theatre are running the ongoing Quarantine Festival. During this live-streamed play festival, each theater hosts a 90 minute livestream on their Facebook pages, and all donated proceeds during the livestream will go directly to the playwrights. Q-Fest has already had three parts as of September 2020, and the next part will be held on a date TBA.

4615 Theatre company members are also 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, CAMPS, & Q-FEST
Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, and Convergence Theatre are running the ongoing Quarantine Festival. During this live-streamed play festival, each theater hosts a 90 minute livestream on their Facebook pages, and all donated proceeds during the livestream will go directly to the playwrights. Q-Fest has already had three parts as of September 2020, and the next part will be held on a date TBA.

Adventure Theatre MTC is also 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 info@adventuretheatre-mtc.org.

ATMTC is also offering online classes. You can find more information on their website. Please consider making a donation.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN COLLECTIVE THEATRE
African-American Collective Theater (ACT) celebrated 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.

AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA: ONLINE CONCERTS
The American Pops Orchestra will broadcast three new Main Stage shows and host a virtual outreach tour. They will also host the annual NextGen Competition and Bi-Weekly online programs. Main Stage shows We Are Family, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, and Drag Out the Holly: A Holiday Drag Extravaganza will each be broadcast live for audiences to safely enjoy. Find out more on their website.

APO also connects through 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. They will also be available for online viewing in partnership with Marquee TV.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY: AU ARTS ONLINE
You can find more information about all events on their website.
Overture: Class of 2024 – September 25 & 26 | online – AU’s newest theatrical talent steps out.
The Women – October 16 & 17 | online – High-class women engage in intrigues and affairs. Based on the classic stage play.
Films Across Borders: Stories of Hope and Resilience – October 6 – December 2020 | online – Film series showing the challenges humans and wildlife face to survive and triumph in all corners of the world.
Miss You Like Hell – October 29 & 30 | online – A troubled teen travels cross-country with her mother, an undocumented immigrant, in this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Quiara Alegria Hudes.
CHOREOLAB – November 13 & 14 | online – A dance concert of fresh new works by emerging choreographers.

AU has also 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. Questions? Call (202) 885-ARTS or email auarts at american.edu. To stay up to date on performances and events, join the AU Arts mailing list and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Photo courtesy of Arena Stage.

ARLINGTON ARTS CENTER: ONLINE CLASSES
AAC is offering multiple workshops, classes, and activities for kids on their website.

ARTSCENTRIC: Q-FEST
Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, and Convergence Theatre are running the ongoing Quarantine Festival. During this live-streamed play festival, each theater hosts a 90 minute livestream on their Facebook pages, and all donated proceeds during the livestream will go directly to the playwrights. Q-Fest has already had three parts as of September 2020, and the next part will be held on a date TBA.

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.

AVANT BARD: ONLINE READINGS
Avant Bard’s Work From Home events will be streamed live on YouTube, and are entirely free–no login required.

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: STREAMING SHOWS, WEB SERIES, & FESTIVAL
Best Medicine Rep has announced their upcoming, partially virtual season starting on September 10. Streaming shows include Stories I May Not Tell, Roaring, and An Independent Claus. You can find all fall season show information on their website.

BMR has also released 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? This show is available to stream on their website.

Christian Denice. Photo courtesy of Chamber Dance Project.

CHAMBER DANCE PROJECT: NEW WORKS STREAMING & FILM PREMIERES
Chamber Dance Project is debuting its newest film on September 24. Keep an eye on their website for details, or call 202-499-2297 for more information. Please consider an online donation to Chamber Dance Project.

CITYDANCE: VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING
CityDance has transferred its intensives online. To learn more about CityDance’s online programming, contact Megan Piluk, CityDance Senior Manager of External Relations, at meganpiluk@citydance.net.

THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
GMU’s Center for the Arts has announced plans for its 2020-2021 virtual season. Programming will be added on an ongoing basis and features digital concerts from guest artists, releases of previously recorded content, behind-the-scenes conversations with artists, and more. You can find the full details on their website.

THE CLARICE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: STREAMING CONTENT
The Clarice will be producing online performances. You can watch online when they are available via their Vimeo site.

CONVERGENCE THEATRE: Q-FEST
Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, and Convergence Theatre are running the ongoing Quarantine Festival. During this live-streamed play festival, each theater hosts a 90 minute livestream on their Facebook pages, and all donated proceeds during the livestream will go directly to the playwrights. Q-Fest has already had three parts as of September 2020, and the next part will be held on a date TBA.

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. Can’t attend a concert in person? Join them for a virtual viewing party. Virtual Thursdays will continue every Thursday. Performers remaining on the schedule include 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 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.

ENCORE UNIVERSITY: CREATIVITY FOR OLDER ADULTS
Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral organization for adults over 55, is offering its virtual Encore University.  View the detailed course catalog or register here.

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.

Photo courtesy of Faction of Fools.

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! 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
Folger has compiled this helpful list of all the classic films now available for free on streaming services. They have 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.

Macbeth's weird sisters. Photo courtesy of Folger Theatre.
Macbeth’s weird sisters. Photo courtesy of Folger Theatre.

Folger is also hosting ‘Critical Race Conversations: Reading, Writing, and Teaching Black Life and Anti-Black Violence in the Early Modern World’ at 3 PM on Thursday, September 24 on YouTube. The conversation includes Scholars Jessica Marie Johnson, Cécile Fromont, and Robin Mitchell. You can find more info here.

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: MASON ARTS AT HOME
GMU’s new online platform Mason Arts at Home offers a diverse array of curated virtual programming. You can find more details on the GMU website.

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 & CLASSES
Imagination Stage is offering classes online with a full selection of creative and interactive experiences. Families interested in registering can learn more and sign up online at imaginationstage.org or by contacting the Registrar at registration@imaginationstage.org.

They are also 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: ONLINE OFFERINGS
INSeries is also 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.

JANE FRANKLIN DANCE: STREAMING PERFORMANCES & CLASSES
JFD hosts Live at the Athenaeum, a virtual presentation, Saturday October 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm. Featuring: Jane Franklin Dance: Philip Baraoidan, Kelsey Rohr, Amy Scaringe, & Brynna Wilder. Tickets: FREE with donations accepted ($10 suggested minimum to help JFD & NVFAA)
Registration is required
Info: https://www.janefranklin.com/live

Kid’s classes still available:
Splatter-Emotions & Color – Ages 6 – 11 (instructor Carly Johnson)
Mondays, Oct 19 – Nov 16 – 3 pm – 3:55 pm $60
Here Comes the Parade – Ages 7 – 12 (instructor Kelsey Rohr)
Fridays, Oct 23 – Nov 20 – 4 pm – 4:55 pm $60
Tuition: $60 per class series. For Scholarship information or to enroll
https://www.janefranklin.com/classes or call 703.933.1111

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 THEATRE: BOILER ROOM SERIES LIVE & PLAY-RAH-KA OFFERINGS

Keegan hosts a virtual performance series, BRS LIVE. Their brand for young people and families, Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA (PRK), also has 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 playrahka@keegantheatre.com

THE KENNEDY CENTER: KENNEDY CENTER AT HOME
Audiences can discover a wide range of at-home programming through the Kennedy Center at Home website. Arts Across America, a collaboration with arts organizations from coast to coast, the series will present 20 weeks of free, online programming available on Facebook Live, YouTube, and on their website, five days a week at 4 p.m. ET.

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.

MARYLAND ENSEMBLE THEATRE: SCRIPT VAULT AND MET VAULT
MET is offering access to a database of scripts from past productions, along with an opportunity to rent videos from their vault.

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.

The Humans by Olney Theatre Center runs through October 4th.

OLNEY THEATRE CENTER: STREAMING SHOWS
Olney Theatre Center has released a specially filmed version of The Humans by Stephen Karam and directed by Aaron Posner. This unique version of the family dramedy from quarantine was filmed with the actors in six different locations, and it is is available for streaming via the Olney Theatre Center website for $35 through October 4. Review codes are available upon request. Visit: olneytheatre.org/thehumans

OPERA NOVA: ONLINE CONCERTS
Opera Nova is now streaming the concert Celebrating African-American Opera Singers: Past and Present online on YouTube.

PEACE MOUNTAIN THEATRE COMPANY: READINGS
To stay up-to-date on the latest PMTC activities, check out Peace Mountain Theatre Company’s website, Facebook and YouTube.

PIPELINE PLAYWRIGHTS: READINGS
In Pipeline Playwrights are holding virtual readings that actors will read, then they will be recorded for viewing on YouTube. You can find more info on their website.

Pointless Theatre streams ‘Canterbury’ free for a limited time.

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. Their most recent offering is Canterbury. In this delightfully raunchy puppet adaptation of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, a handful of medieval drunkards share their wild and wonderful tales of the Middle Ages, accompanied by live musicians. Come raise a glass in the name of promiscuity, puppets and pints. You can find more info on PT’s Vimeo site.

PROLOGUE THEATRE: READINGS
You can find all Prologue’s offerings on their website.

The cast of Round House Theatre's 'Homebound.' Photo courtesy of Round House Theatre.
The cast of Round House Theatre’s ‘Homebound.’ Photo courtesy of Round House Theatre.

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.

They have also brought 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 is available to stream on their YouTube channel. Please consider making a donation to Round House Theatre online. 

Romantics Anonymous photo courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY: STREAMING OFFERINGS AND ONLINE CLASSES
STC has announced Emma Rice’s musical treat Romantics Anonymous will be available to STC subscribers, donors, and paying audience members for five delectable days of live streaming from Tuesday, September 22 through Saturday, September 26. More details are available on the STC site.

STC Teaching Artists have adapted their fall 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.

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: SIGWORKS & THE SIGNATURE SHOW
Signature presents SigWorks: Monday Night Play Readings, an initiative that highlights and supports the work of DMV and regional playwrights. Performances include SigWorks: The Story of Walter on December 7, SigWorks: One-Shot on February 8, 2021, and SigWorks: Light on April 5, 2021. This series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment. To learn about other SigWorks programs, visit their website.

You can also 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 on their YouTube channel. 

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 will present Being Here 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: READINGS
Spooky Action’s offerings are available on their website.

STEP AFRIKA!: ONLINE OFFERINGS
Step Afrika! will be offering online shows and panels. You can find more info on their website.

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.

About Host Christylez Bacon
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 ACTING CONSERVATORY
Studio Acting Conservatory offers online classes. This semester features classes on Irish playwrights and new workshops on the art of drag, executive public speaking, foundations of musical theater, self-taping for auditions, and devising theater today. Classes begin on September 8.

STUDIO THEATRE: PSALM’S SALONS, ONLINE OFFERINGS & CLASSES
All streaming offerings are available on Studio TheatreFacebook and YouTube pages.

Studio Theatre is also partnering with The Breath Project, a nationwide initiative encouraging artists to create 8 minute, 46 second-long works of live theatre in the memory of George Floyd and in response to this moment in history—marked with calls for racial justice and political reform. Studio is the first DC theatre to join the consortium of more than 20 theatres in 14 states to amplify the call for multidisciplinary theatre artists of color to submit their original works for the project, which will be preserved as an archive and curated into a virtual festival in Fall 2020.

To be entered into The Breath Project archive, and be eligible for inclusion in the companion festival, submissions must be a recording of a live performance of an original work, 8:46 in length. The deadline to submit work for consideration in the festival is September 14, 2020; The Breath Project will accept contributions to the archive on an ongoing basisMore information is available at thebreathproject2020.com.

SYNETIC THEATER: ONLINE PRODUCTIONS
All Synetic productions can be found 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
All online offerings are available on their facebook page.

TRANSFORMATION THEATRE: ONLINE READINGS
All information about their readings is available on the Transformation Theatre website.

URBANARIAS: STREAMING SHOWS
UrbanArias is producing their next collaborative project at 8 PM on October 16. They have partnered with eight other American opera companies to create a newly-commissioned operatic video series, Tales From a Safe Distance, inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron. Each company is contributing one chapter, just as the people quarantined in Boccaccio’s tale each tell one story. For their chapter, UrbanArias commissioned director/librettist John de los Santos (Service Provider) and composer Marc Migó to write The Roost, a sexy comedy about expecting parents in lock-down. All info is available on the website.

All Episodes premiere at 8:00 p.m. EDT/ 7:00 p.m. CDT on the listed dates.
Each premiere will be followed by an interactive livestream conversation with the creators and artists.

Episode 1: Both Gladsome and Grievous – Premieres October 9, 2020
“The Happy Hour” – “Everything Comes to a Head” – “The Late Walk”

Episode 2: Prompted by Appetite – Premieres October 16, 2020
“Dinner 4 3” – “The Roost”

Episode 3: So Noble a Heart – Premieres October 23, 2020
“Orsa Ibernata” – “Seven Spells” – “The Sky Where You Are”

Episode 4: The Bolts of Fortune – Premieres October 30, 2020
“Sourdough: Rise Up” – “Corsair” – “The Happy Hour”

They are also offering free livestreams of their previous operas. You can view more details on the UrbanArias site.

WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER: ONLINE SHOWS AND CLASSES 
WIT is providing live streamed videos of their improv shows on their site. You can also check their Classes page for updated online offerings.

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. 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 has 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: ONLINE CONTENT
Washington Revels’ programming is available on their website. Events also include the monthly Community Sing on the 21st of every month. 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 OFFERINGS AND WORKSHOPS
Registration is live for The Playwrights’ Lab: playwriting workshops for adult writers, through a partnership with Young Playwrights’ Theater.

The Playwrights’ Lab: Introduction to Playwriting is a great start for writers who want to practice dramatic writing or learn the basics of playwriting with a group of supportive, fellow writers. Classes take place over six weeks from September 29 to November 17, 2020, on Tuesdays, at 6:30pm to 7:15pm on Zoom.

The Playwrights’ Lab: Exploring Style and Form is the perfect level up from Introduction to Playwriting. Through writing original pieces, practicing exercises, and reviewing the work of their peers, playwrights will address dramatic writing style, form, genres, and best practices in the craft. Classes take place over six weeks from October 1 to November 19, 2020, on Thursdays, at 6 PM to 7:15 PM on Zoom.

Tuition is $300 and tuition assistance is available. Contact Jared Shamberger at jshamberger@thewelders.org.

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The cast of Rossini’s ‘The Touchstone.’ Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

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: PRODUCTIONS, PLAY AT HOME & ONLINE CLASSES
Woolly Mammoth wants you to explore new forms of theatre with Woolly On Demand, starting with their first non-traditional theater production on Oct 1. Telephonic Literary Union’s Human Resources is an intimate audio anthology for remote times. Telephonic Literary Union makes stories for very small audiences using phones, thoughtfully curated environments, and the theater of the mind. This fall, TLU re-purposes the customer service hotline for stranger, more tender use in Human Resources, an intimate audio anthology for remote times. To file a claim or plan your escape, dial 800.804.1573. Featuring new works by Brittany K. Allen, Christopher Chen, Hansol Jung and Zeniba Now, wherever you’re calling from, Human Resources is here for you.

WM is also participating in Play At Home, a play writing initiative providing free scripts for at-home reading. You can find more details on their website.

WMTC has also created a unique offering of online classes that foster learning, enhance existing abilities, and most importantly, activate joy. Register here.

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATER: VIRTUAL EVENTS & CLASSES
Young Playwrights’ Theater hosts online events and classes – all details are available online.

Registration is also live for The Playwrights’ Lab: playwriting workshops for adult writers, through a partnership with The Welders.

The Playwrights’ Lab: Introduction to Playwriting is a great start for writers who want to practice dramatic writing or learn the basics of playwriting with a group of supportive, fellow writers. Classes take place over six weeks from September 29 to November 17, 2020, on Tuesdays, at 6:30pm to 7:15pm on Zoom.

The Playwrights’ Lab: Exploring Style and Form is the perfect level up from Introduction to Playwriting. Through writing original pieces, practicing exercises, and reviewing the work of their peers, playwrights will address dramatic writing style, form, genres, and best practices in the craft. Classes take place over six weeks from October 1 to November 19, 2020, on Thursdays, at 6 PM to 7:15 PM on Zoom. Tuition is $300 and tuition assistance is available. Contact Jared Shamberger at jshamberger@thewelders.org.

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