Updated online performing arts offerings

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

During the pandemic, 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 9 PM on November 24, 2020.

1st STAGE: VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS, COMMUNITY CONVERSATION SERIES & ONLINE CLASSES
All event info is available at the 1st Stage website. 1st Stage is 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 is developing new musicals, commissioning new plays, and presenting an average of 2 hours of digital presentations a week. Check their website for details.

ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, Convergence Theatre & ATMTC 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. 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 “OUT & ABOUT,” a two-week-long, online festival of LGBTQ+ themed, play readings. All productions are available to stream now – check their website for details.

PBS offers “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams” on December 15.

AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA: ONLINE CONCERTS
On Tuesday, December 15, The American Pops Orchestra and PBS will release a very special performance. Maestro Luke Frazier and APO present a new take on Ella’s classic 1960 holiday album, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams, performed in its entirety by a stellar lineup of artists. One of the most celebrated holiday albums of all time, it featured classic American songs of the season, including “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Winter Wonderland.”

Filmed in front of a small, socially-distanced live audience under strict COVID-19 mitigation procedures at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams” features performances by Grammy and Tony Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater (joining APO from New Orleans); Broadway and jazz vocalist Carmen Ruby Floyd; Broadway star and recording artist Morgan James; Grammy and Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis; and celebrated recording artist Nova Y. Payton. The program also features performances by its host, the multi-Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominee Vanessa Williams. All performers are joined by The American Pops Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Luke Frazier.

“To me, it feels more important than ever that we embrace the things that take us back to a simpler time—a time of celebrating the holidays with a sense of nostalgia. This extraordinary holiday album has been the soundtrack for so many of us for more than four decades. To share Ella’s iconic music interpreted by a new generation of extraordinary singers is a gift to us all!” said APO Founder and Music Director, Luke Frazier. See the PBS Website for details.

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. Find out about all events on their website. And please donate to APO here.

PBS offers “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams” on December 15.

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
AU has made made over sixty films available to stream from the DC Environmental Film Festival. You can find more information about all events on their website. 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 offerings include Molly’s Salons (with Arena’s Artistic Director Molly Smith). 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.

7 PM Thursday, December 3
Aaron Posner, playwright and director (JQA)
Heather Raffo, playwright and actress (9 Parts of Desire, FLASH ACTS)
Ximena Varela, Associate Professor & Program Director, Arts Management – American University and President, Association of Arts Administration
Click here to join

7 PM Thursday, December 10 
Jackson Gay, director (Kleptocracy)
Lt. Col. Jacob Sotiriadis, Chief, Strategic Foresight and Futures Branch
at United States Air Force
Kyle Donnelly, director and former Arena Stage Associate Artistic Director (1992 to 1998)
Click here to join

Please donate to the Roaring Back Fund to help Arena recover from the shutdown.

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: CLASSES
Visit artsonthehorizon.org/fall-classes to register.

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: ONLINE CONTENT
Best Medicine Rep is streaming An Independent Claus starting on November 27! It’s a holiday comedy strictly for the adults. Mrs. Claus has had enough! She spills the beans to her marriage counselor about a certain jolly old elf, who knows just who’s naughty and nice. This virtual production is by Jackob G. Hofmann and directed by John Morogiello. Starring Grace Brockway, Terence Heffernan, Alyssa Sanders, and Cristen Stephansky. You can find all show information on their website.

BMR is also streaming Roaring, Stories I May Not Tell, I Know Jack, and their 4th Annual New Plays/New Voices Festival. 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
Chamber Dance Project’s newest film is available to stream on their website. 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: FILMS, VIRTUAL CLASSES, CAMPS, & CONCERTS
Creative Cauldron is streaming Cinderella’s Dream, the Movie for a limited time! One of the most well-known fairytales ever written, Cinderella will get a 21st century twist from our Learning Theater Ensemble. All your favorite characters are there—sort of. We’ve got the Evil Stepmother and her daughters, the Handsome Prince (or…is he?), a Fairy helper (or two), and adorable animal sidekicks – but in our story, Cinderella has a thing or two to say about her destiny. Told with original music, this production is sure to bring enchantment. For just $15, you can rent this fantastical, funny film to stream from the comfort of your home. Check the website for more details.

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 presents Coyaba Dance Theater West African Dance Company on 12/29 at 6:30 PM.

DANCE PLACE: VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING
Dance Place is offering several virtual events in December.

Charles O. Anderson: (Re)current UnrestDecember 5, 6:30 PM
A reimagined digital iteration of (Re)current Unrest, featuring live and pre-recorded video footage as well as a video component featuring DC-based artists. An investigation of legacy, authorship, and the history of Black art and protest through the lens of the erasure of the Africanist presence in Reich’s compositions, (Re)current Unrest explores the kinesthetic state of unrest – the condition of unease, discontent and social disturbance. This physical state of agitation represents “staying woke.” To stay woke refers to an intangible level of awareness about community issues and social justice. This presentation contains some adult content, including graphic language and evocations of racial violence.

SOLE Defined LIVE! Conversation – December 13, 4:30 PM
In response to the recent and historic violence against Black people and systemic racism in our dance community, SOLE Defined & Community Leaders host a series of live conversations to discuss the current climate of our nation and the response of the dance community. Each conversation will also have an Artist Spotlight, where Black artists who are doing incredible work in the field will be featured.

Coyaba Dance Theater: In Spirit of Kwanzaa – December 29, 6:30 PM
Come join Coyaba Dance Theater West African Dance Company in celebrating 15 years! This high-energy virtual presentation is based on the 7 Principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa: Umoja, Kuchjichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba, Imani. Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday from December 26 – January 1. In gathering, we commemorate and recommit to our families, community economics, and Faith. This show will lift your spirits and warm your hearts.

Please consider supporting Dance Place with a donation at their website.

THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE PLAYERS 2: ONLINE CONTENT
Edge of the Universe Players 2 presents an audio play of The Marriage Proposal streaming online through December 2. Written by Chekhov over a century ago, the script of The Marriage Proposal remains fresh and cute. It is shiny-surface Chekhov full of over-the-top bickering and playfulness, with the desire for love to overcome misinterpretations.

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 Chorale at the Kennedy Center last year.

ENCORE UNIVERSITY: CREATIVITY FOR OLDER ADULTS
Encore Creativity for Older Adults hosts Encore Chorale’s joyous performance of the Hallelujah Chorus as a part of two WETA Arts specials this December for all to enjoy. Encore Chorale is one of 14 Washington, D.C.-area choral ensembles to be featured in Washington Voices: Songs of the Season, and Washington Voices: Choir Celebration. As part of both programs, WETA television channels will broadcast a previous performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah, one of the most beloved choruses in all the oratorio repertoire. As many as 450 singers from Encore’s choral programs in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and New York City took the stage at Concert Hall at Encore’s 13th annual holiday concert at the Kennedy Center. The shows will also be available to stream online. Visit www.weta.org/arts for more information.

EMBRACING ARLINGTON ARTS: PODCAST INTERVIEWS WITH THEATER LEADERS
Embracing Arlington Arts will be producing several Theater/Arts Management Education podcasts that will feature experts in the industry who will impart wisdom, offer advice and offer best practices. This show is a component of the weekly podcast “Embracing Arlington Arts Talks,” highlighting artists, dancers, directors, and dignitaries each week. Available here and on most podcasting services. Please consider making a donation to EAA online.

Everyman’s ‘Queens Girl in the Mountains.’

EVERYMAN THEATRE: ONLINE CONTENT
Everyman Theatre will stream QUEENS GIRL: Black in the Green Mountains, starring their newest resident company member Felicia Curry. Single tickets for at-home access are on sale now by clicking here or calling 410.752.2208. At-home viewing access information will be sent to subscribers and single ticket buyers soon. At-home access starts November 30.

You can also access tickets for Queens Girl in the World (featuring Dawn Ursula) and Queens Girl in Africa (featuring Erika Rose).

In addition, the Queens Girls artists conversation, Queens Girl: An Inside Look, featuring playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Director Paige Hernandez, and the three actors who portrayed the title character, is available.

FACTION OF FOOLS THEATRE COMPANY: ONLINE EVENTS
All Faction of Fools events details will be available through their facebook page.

Richard III

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY: STREAMING CONTENT
November features lots of free, virtual theater events, including insightful interviews, amazing play readings, artsy scavenger hunts, and star-studded galas. Plus, theater-goers in some parts of the country can check out in-person experiences and productions. Here’s a look at what the Folger’s theater partners are up to this month. Where to Watch Shakespeare in November

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.

FORD’S THEATRE: ONLINE CONTENT
Ford’s Theatre partners with WAMU 88.5 FM to present a one-hour radio play adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, featuring acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge. WAMU 88.5 FM will broadcast the play on December 25, 2020, at noon ET. The radio play will also be made available to Ford’s Theatre Members on December 7 and to the public on December 14, via the Ford’s Theatre website, www.fords.org/carol-radio.

GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON DC
Join GMCDC for their online shows. All info is available on their website.

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.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY DEPT OF PERFORMING ARTS: ONLINE CONTENT
You can find info about Georgetown’s online events on their facebook page.

GREENBELT ARTS CENTER: ONLINE CONTENT
GAC is presenting some online readings. Check their website for details.

HAPPENSTANCE THEATRE: ONLINE CONTENT
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
Jane Franklin Dance 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.

JFD has also 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.

JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM: VIRTUAL CLASSES
Joe’s has online classes available in yoga, tap, and belly dance. You can find out info about all classes on their website.

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.

MISSING LINK: IMMERSIVE THEATER PODCAST
Missing Link presents Between Acts, an immersive theater podcast. Each episode sets the stage for your imagination to freely venture through the works of newfound playwrights—from dramas to comedies and everything in-between. The show was launched today with the release of two episodes; subsequent episodes will be released on a bi-weekly basis.

MONUMENTAL THEATRE COMPANY: ONLINE CONTENT
Monumental will share ‘Monumental Memories’ on their YouTube page – including various content from previous productions.

MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY: ONLINE CONTENT
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”. 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.

OLNEY THEATRE CENTER: STREAMING CONTENT
Olney hosts The Olney Home Hour: Seasons of Joy on December 18 at 8 PM. No one does the holidays better than Olney Theatre, so it’s natural that they are the focus of the premiere digital episode. Gather round the digital hearth for an evening of songs, smiles, and the joy of the holiday season. Starring the Olney Home Hour Players: Jessica Ball, Jay Frisby, Eleasha Gamble, and Bobby Smith.

Olney also features Music Mondays on their Facebook page, with various musical guests playing virtual sets. You can find info about all Olney Theatre Center events on their website.

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.

Tuesday, December 8 – Love & Laughter Holiday Party featuring two short plays
~The Turkey That Ate Thanksgiving by Nicole Burton
Mishaps and hilarity are key ingredients in this turkey dinner for fifty.
And back from Fringe 2019 by popular demand–
~The Christmas Card by Crystal Adaway
At a festive girls’ night, life imitates art, or is it the other way ’round?

All events begin at 7:15.
Register to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDp0lyHl3BgzKqNy2-lMtPPaykk_L3s62_RG3tAIIWldUHwg/viewform

Pointless Theatre streams ‘King Ubu’ 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 King Ubu – a new translation of Ubu Roi, a play that has been sticking its tongue out at politics, war, and theatre orthodoxy since its premiere in 1896. Hilarious, violent, and absurd, King Ubu promises audiences lowbrow humor, ludicrous language, and full-bore puppet carnage all wrapped up into a funhouse take on Macbeth and the classical tragedy. You can watch here.

They are also offering 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
Prologue Theatre has launched FOREWORD: A New Works Series. Each month through March 2021, a creative team will come together for two weeks to workshop a playwright’s new play, culminating in a virtual reading. There will also be a series of conversations to pair with each monthly new play workshop. Register to attend here: https://www.prologuetheatre.org/foreword-series-registration.html

American Yu by Terence Patrick Hughes ​
Friday, December 11, 2020
8pm EST
Monsters of the American Cinema by Christian St. Croix
Friday, January 15, 2021
8pm EST
The Whole Shebang by Jason Odell Williams ​
Friday, February 12, 2021
8pm EST
Webster’s Bitch by Jacqueline Bircher
Friday, March 12, 2021
8pm EST

You can find all the rest of Prologue’s offerings on their website.

RESTON COMMUNITY PLAYERS: ONLINE CONTENT
RCP hosts a month-long concert series of gratitude called RCP Gives Thanks, sharing the talents of some of RCP’s performers and generating donations for RCP and other local non-profit organizations in the Reston area. Each night at 8pm, RCP will be going live on their Facebook page. You’ll hear uplifting stories of gratitude as well as beautiful performances from some of RCP’s most prolific and memorable performers of past and present.

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. 

SCENA THEATRE: ONLINE CONTENT
You can find all info about Scena Theatre events on their website.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY: ONLINE CONTENT
A video of Emma Rice’s musical treat Romantics Anonymous is available to STC subscribers, donors, and paying audience members. 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 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.

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. They have recently released the seventh episode of this free biweekly half-hour digital experience featuring performances by acclaimed artists, interviews, celebration of new musical voices and memories of Signature’s past and a glimpse into its future. Episode 7 features an interview with choreographer James Alsop, a conversation on collaboration with Tony Award winners Kathleen Marshall and Derek McLane, a performance from Jesus Christ Superstar’s Natascia Diaz and Vincent Kempski, the entire cast of the postponed production of Hair singing “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)” and concludes with a Halloween performance from Tracy Lynn Olivera. All episodes can be found on Signature Theatre’s YouTube Channel @sigtheatre (YouTube.com/sigtheatre). View Episode 7 of The Signature Show at http://bit.ly/sigshow7 – Watch for a new show every other Thursday on their YouTube channel. Please consider making an online donation to Signature.

SILHOUETTE STAGES: ONLINE CONTENT
Silhouette Stages brings you “New Ways to Dream,” a one-of-a-kind virtual showcase event running through December 6. Hosted by Matt Wetzel, their first-ever digital production celebrates the company’s sensational 17-year history with special guests, production photos and more. The show will also feature brand new “from-home” performances by company members past and present and unforgettable moments from the Silhouette Stages archive. Check their website for more details.

SOLAS NUA: ONLINE CONTENT
Solas Nua’s events are all listed on their website. Please consider making a donation.

SPOOKY ACTION THEATER: READINGS
Spooky Action’s offerings are available on their website.

StepAfrika!

STEP AFRIKA!: ONLINE OFFERINGS
Step Afrika! presents the StepAfrika! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show at 7:30 PM on 12/16. As the world’s first holiday show highlighting the African American tradition of stepping, the Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is a feast for the eyes and ears. Fabulous and furry friends from the Arctic Kingdom – Popper the Penguin along with polar bear twins, Pinky and Polo-ensure a fun and exciting experience for the entire family!

Recognizing the challenges faced by so many families due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Step Afrika! is pleased to offer this year’s holiday show FREE OF CHARGE. Tune in as the celebrated performers of Step Afrika! spread holiday cheer to audiences all over the world.
Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is appropriate for adults as well as children age four and up. This presentation is virtual and will premiere on Facebook and YouTube. Register now: http://bit.ly/StepAfrikaMMHS20Register

SA will also be offering other 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. 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. Follow this link for info on Classes.

STUDIO THEATRE: PSALM’S SALONS, ONLINE OFFERINGS & CLASSES
Studio Theatre and emcee Psalmayene 24 (Psalm) will welcome Kamilah Forbes as the featured guest on the final Psalm’s Salon virtual event of the year on December 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. Forbes is a proud Howard University graduate, Executive Producer at the iconic Apollo Theater, and an entertainment industry trailblazer who is famously bringing the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates to stage and screen. Her stage adaptation of Between the World and Me was just released on HBO; it was also just announced that she will produce a film version of Coates’s latest bestseller, The Water Dancer, for MGM. Events are free and streamed live on Studio Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

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 now streaming The Roost, a sexy comedy about expecting parents in lock-down. All info is available on the website.

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 STAGE GUILD: ONLINE CONTENT
Washington Stage Guild will present Don Juan in Hell from 11/25 – 11/29. This “heavenly” online performance of George Bernard Shaw’s classic shows us the famous dream sequence from his play MAN AND SUPERMAN. IN DON JUAN IN HELL, characters from the rest of the play dream that they are figures from the opera DON GIOVANNI, and debate love, life, marriage—and just about everything else! WSG produced the complete MAN AND SUPERMAN in 1998, and the Don Juan sequence was an audience favorite.

Nathan Whitmer (Don Juan), Emelie Faith Thompson (Dona Ana), Morgan Duncan (The Devil), and Bill Largess (Father) in ‘Don Juan in Hell’ by George Bernard Shaw (far right).

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 & AUDIO DRAMA
We Happy Few branches into the resurgent Radio Play art form with new and reimagined adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe. Mounting fresh versions of The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Tell-Tale Heart, and introducing new story The Premature Burial, WHF brings Halloween tradition to the comfort of the home. A Midnight Dreary Audio Drama will be divided in two parts. The first installment, The Masque of the Red Death and The Cask of Amontillado, explores the thin veneer of civilization concealing humanity’s innate brutality, and the decadent and depraved depths lurking behind it. The second installment, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Premature Burial, delves quite literally into the twin fears of being found and being lost, of always being observed and of disappearing from view. In addition to the recordings, they will offer an optional “extras” box containing atmospheric, historic, and story-specific elements delivered right to the listener’s door. The extras are designed to heighten the home theatrical experience and encourage listeners to enjoy this event with family, roommates, or quarantine buddies. Check their website for all the info. WHF is also 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
Keep in touch with The Welders on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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: ONLINE CONTENT AND CLASSES
Woolly Mammoth hosts

Wooly invites you to explore new forms of theatre with Woolly On Demand. They are 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.

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