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 5 PM on February 25, 2021.

1st STAGE
More 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
4615 Theatre Company presents 4615GO, which answers the questions: “How can we recapture the spirit of theatre in this strange time? How can we conjure the feeling of an irreplicable moment, the phenomenon when our heartbeats synchronize, or the stories that are shaped not just by the teller, but by the listener?” The company will offer you the spark of daring and innovation that defines their work through new forms: video games, telephone calls, tabletop games, interactive concerts and more.

It’s For You: A Phone Call – 1/29 – 2/27
Fridays at 7 PM and 9 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM and 4 PM
Written by and Starring Britt A Willis
Only 20 tickets available. Only ONE audience member per show.
4615 remounts another run of the highly beloved experience! Playwright Britt A Willis describes their audaciously intimate solo theatrical experience as “an approximately hour long one-on-one phone conversation with me, Britt. I play myself, you play yourself, and together we’ll talk about our environments, our feelings, and some poetry I just can’t get out of my head. We’ll also create a new poem together.” It’s For You feels like someone handing you the landline when unexpected phone calls were still an exciting thing, or that third hour in your first overnight conversation with a new crush.

Old Soul: A Story Concert – 2/11 – 3/7
Thursdays through Sundays at 8 PM
Written by and Starring Jordan Friend
Conjuring a smoky backroom concert in virtual form, Old Soul is a narrative concert of original songs, woven together by the harrowingly funny story of songwriter Jordan Friend’s “quarter-life crisis from Hell”. Engaging directly with small group audiences over video call, Friend brings soaring melodies and sharp lyrics to life in a unique setting that shatters the barriers created by online performance. A fusion of musical theatre, stand-up and a touch of mystery, the virtual presentation of Old Soul is like huddling around the piano for songs and stories on a dark winter night.

Dark City: A Video Game – April 2021
A PERFECT CITY. A PERFECT CRIME.
Before his big sister died, Judaa had it all: an education, job prospects, and a gorgeous apartment in Aeolus City’s hippest district. But in a matter of a year, everything was taken from him. Haunted by his sister’s murder, and frustrated by the city’s tepid response, he leaves altogether – trying to move on. But when an investigative journalist from an Indigenous tribe shows up on his door step, looking into his sister’s role at her former employer, the Aeolus Investment Organization, new revelations emerge. What did his sister know? And what is the AIO planning for the city’s future? From the shadowy underbelly of the city to the highest echelons of power, Judaa uncovers a scandal so massive that nearly everyone may have had a part to play in. Fusing a retro, “choose-your-own-adventure” interface with powerhouse storytelling by a team of theatre artists, Dark City is a bold new step, and a gaming experience for new and seasoned players alike. More information coming soon. Stay tuned.

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
Tune in for Adventure Theatre MTC’s first ever Stream-A-Thon, hosted by Artistic Director Chil Kong! Stream-A-Thon will feature 30 hours of programming celebrating musical theatre with presentations by stars of Broadway, film, and stage; Academy students, including members of the Pre-Professional Program; local artists; partner and community organizations; and many more incredible guest appearances. The digital marathon replaces ATMTC’s annual Gala as a signature fundraising event to support the mission of providing children and families in the community with exceptional theatrical experiences.

Visit BringHometheAdventure.org for more information about our scheduled guests and sponsors 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.

AMAZING THEATRE COMPANY
AmaZing Theatre Company presents Torn. Torn is about activist Booker T. Washington and his rise to greatness, and captures the history, complexities, and nuances of the era. The show continues on Saturdays and Sundays from February 13 to 28. All performances are at 7 pm ET. Tickets are on sale at the AmaZing Theatre Company website.

AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA
The American Pops Orchestra and PBS have released a very special performance on streaming. 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. 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” featured 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 featured performances by its host, the multi-Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominee Vanessa Williams. All performers were joined by The American Pops Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Luke Frazier.

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.

AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER
American Shakespeare Center has become a dual citizen of the physical and digital worlds. Celebrated by the Wall Street Journal—”these webcasts effortlessly convey the joyous experience of watching Shakespeare performed in Blackfriars Playhouse…let ASC take your mind off your troubles as you commune at home with theater’s supreme genius.” Current titles include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Twelfth Night, and A Christmas Carol. Select one, or get a package!

A Christmas Carol: Need a little more Christmas Spirit? Marley, the three Christmas ghosts, and Tiny Tim are all back to take Scrooge on the ride of his money-grubbing life once again.

Twelfth Night: Shipwrecked Viola is in love with Orsino… who is in love with Olivia … who is in love with Cesario … who is secretly Viola disguised as a man.  In a world turned upside down, what could possibly go wrong (or right?).

Othello: If truth has lost its meaning, how long can love survive?  Evil is everywhere in Shakespeare’s great tragedy of racism and jealousy, as the love of Othello and Desdemona is destroyed by envy, and fact is twisted by innuendo.  You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as the deadly machinations unfold.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: ASC’s New-Orleans-flavored production of Shakespeare’s magical comedy wades into a bayou of masked hobgoblins, enchanting nymphs, and imps who sing the blues.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
Tickets for all American University events are available here.

Upcoming Events:
The Pliant Girls: February 19-20 | Friday & Saturday | 7:30 PM
When 50 bloodied sisters strive to justify their actions following the wedding day murder of their arranged husbands-to-be, an intimate tale of freedom, sexual politics, and redemption unfolds. At times heartbreaking and humorous, Meghan Brown’s incisive look at contemporary sisterhood is further explored through the lens of the graphic novel aesthetic in this new production directed by AU guest artist Ameenah Kaplan. Kaplan is an actress and producer who appeared in the original Broadway cast of Stomp and on The Office and Grey’s Anatomy, and she is the resident director of Disney’s The Lion King.

Gallery 2021: February 26-27 | Friday & Saturday | 7:00 p.m. EDT
AU Dance Program’s graduating dance majors present an evening of creative research projects that tour the galleries of the AU Museum, live-streamed directly to you. Presentations include talks, performances, and films surrounding embodied approaches towards agency, colorism, temporality, and space. Audiences will be able to ask questions during the post-show conversation with the artists and collaborators. Get tickets here.

AU has also 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
Arena Stage offers Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise Love Letter Experience through March. When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday if the war will allow. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship before it even starts. Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes MysteryLend Me a Tenor) tells the joyous, heart-warming story of his parents’ courtship during World War II and the results are anything but expected. A unique theatrical experience inspired by Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig’s (Broadway’s Lend Me a TenorCrazy For YouDear Jack, Dear Louise. In 2019, Arena Stage introduced you to Louise Rabiner and Jacob Ludwig, the parents of playwright Ken Ludwig, and audiences fell in love with their heart-warming love story. Patrons can now experience the magic of their connection and intimate journey through a series of nine letters of handwritten correspondence including letters, photos and telegrams designed and handcrafted with period details by Arena’s Stage’s Properties Director Jenn Sheetz and Assistant Properties Director Lance Pennington and developed by Arena Stage’s Casting Director/Line Producer Teresa Sapien.

You can find info about all Arena Stage events on the Arena Stage website. Please donate to the Roaring Back Fund to help Arena recover from the shutdown.

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

ARTSCENTRIC
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 GREEN

Onstage: SHE KILLS MONSTERS by Qui Nguyen
In partnership with The Montgomery Playhouse, Mar 12-21, Arts Barn (Virtual), Tickets:  $20
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evan following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ‘90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.  Recommended for ages 14+. https://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/AOTG

Sunday Music Salon: Bach and Beyond, March 14, 2 p.m., Arts Barn (Virtual), Tickets $15 Patron/$25 Supporter
Happy Birthday, Johann Sebastian Bach! Celebrate the wisdom and beauty of Bach’s music with familiar works and newly composed music inspired by Bach. Featured pieces performed by cellist Tanya Anisimova include favorite movements from J. S. Bach’s works for unaccompanied violin and cello as well as new music. This is the second concert in a two part Sunday Salon Series. This series offers afternoon concerts in a relaxed setting, inspiring creativity and discussion. Livestreamed from the Arts Barn!https://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/recreation/performing-arts/concerts/classic-world-concerts/sunday-salon-series

Murder at the Mansion: “Murderers” by Jeffrey HatcherIn partnership with A Taste For Murder Productions, March 26 & 27 at 8:00 p.m., Kentlands Mansion (Virtual), $15
A Killer Comedy – “Murderers”, a story of revenge, jealousy, blackmail…retirement has never been so much fun. In this trio of inter-connected monologues, Jeffrey Hatcher paints a picture of the Riddle Key Luxury Retirement Community that is both thrilling and hilarious. You’ll meet three unlikely criminals: Gerald, Lucy, and Minka. Each one…a murderer! You already know whodunnit. Now get ready to find out why and how! Recommended for ages 15+ https://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/recreation/performing-arts/theater/murderers

ARTS ON THE HORIZON
Visit artsonthehorizon.org/fall-classes to register.

BALTIMORE CENTER STAGE
You can find info about any online events on the Center Stage website.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The BSO has created the BSO OffStage online platform. Visit their website and social media platforms for more information.

BEST MEDICINE REP
Best Medicine Rep features ‘In The Gutter’ on March 8 at 7 PM, part of their Free Play Reading Series. This noir comedy by artistic director John Morogiello is directed by Amy Benson. When a down-on-his-luck gutter salesman gets involved with a sexy client, he’s caught in a web of murder, betrayal, and improper drainage. Starring Rod Brogan, Terence Heffernan, Rebecca A. Herron, and Leigh Poulos. This reading will take place on a virtual platform. Email BestMedicineRep@gmail.com for a link to the performance.

BMR also streams 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.

Upcoming Events:
Prepping for Widowhood: March 5 – 28, 2021
Four retired women, tired of their weekly bridge game, decide to give online dating a try. Unfortunately, the pickings are slim. How does a person move on without dishonoring the one you’ve lost? Directed by Catherine Aselford. You can find all show information on their website. Please consider making a donation to Best Medicine Rep online.

BRAVE SOUL COLLECTIVE
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.

CHAMBER DANCE PROJECT
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
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.

Mason Cabaret presents Mason Cabaret: Sing Happy! The Music of Kander & Ebb! Directed by Erin and James Gardiner, Musical Direction by Joe Walsh. Composer John Kander and Lyricist Fred Ebb created some of the most iconic shows on Broadway, including Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Woman of the Year, and Curtains, just to name a few. Through a pre-recorded, digital performance, musical theater ambassadors the Mason Cabaret celebrate this powerhouse team with a program of their most memorable showtunes and popular songs made famous by America’s biggest stars. New York, New York anyone? Streaming live on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/-VB5RR6HO1I

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

CONVERGENCE THEATRE
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
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
Dance Place event info is on their website. Please consider supporting Dance Place with a donation at their website.

THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE PLAYERS 2
All details about Edge of the Universe Players 2 events can be found on their website.

THE EDUCATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY
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
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 Virtual Concert

ENCORE UNIVERSITY: CREATIVITY FOR OLDER ADULTS
Encore Creativity for Older Adults Encore Creativity for Older Adults, (www.encorecreativity.org) the nation’s largest choral organization for adults over 55, remains committed to keeping the older population singing and learning. The nonprofit is offering a new winter-spring session, beginning January 25th, 2021, of its popular Encore University, a 15-week virtual program of singing plus enrichment courses in vocal technique, music theory, music history and movement. The session culminates with a virtual spring concert, an inspiring multimedia production. No prior music experience is necessary. Encore’s faculty is comprised of well-known conductors, musicians and teachers from the Washington, D.C.- area, New York City and California. The session runs from January 25th to May 13th, 2021. Classes meet over Zoom Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. An all-inclusive tuition is $235 per person.  For a detailed course catalog and to register, visit www.encorecreativity. org or call 301-261-5747. www.encorecreativity.org

EMBRACING ARLINGTON ARTS
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 THEATRE
Everyman Theatre streams The Queens Girl Trilogy online.

QUEENS GIRL IN THE WORLD featuring Dawn Ursula (produced at Everyman in 2019)
Queens Girl in the World looks at one young woman’s journey of self-discovery at the onset of the Civil Rights-era. It chronicles the misadventures of bright-eyed, brown-skinned Jacqueline Marie Butler, whose sudden transfer from a protective, middle class upbringing in 1950s Queens to a progressive, predominantly-Jewish private school in Greenwich Village. Funny,poignant, and filled with life — all punctuated with the irresistible sounds of Motown.

QUEENS GIRL IN AFRICA featuring Erika Rose (produced at Everyman in 2019)
The story of the spirited Jacqueline Marie Butler continues as she finds herself at a crossroads of personal and political upheaval when her family moves to Nigeria following the assassination of Malcolm X. Entertaining and uplifting, Queens Girl in Africa captures an unforgettable moment in time for a teenager abroad—when questions of self and place intertwine with the realities of homework and hormones as Jackie assuredly, hilariously navigates the energy and excitement of the 1960s.

QUEENS GIRL: BLACK IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS featuring Felicia Curry (just filmed safely at Everyman in November 2020)
A world premiere commissioned by Everyman, Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains is the final installment of Jennings’s award-winning Queens Girl series. As the Vietnam War rages and the Kent State killings ignite college campuses across the country, Jackie arrives in Vermont to begin college. Caught between wildly divergent sets of friends and influencers, Jackie is forced to confront the space between white and Black culture to find her own place in the world

The organization is also now offering new Virtual Field Trips, an initiative that bridges the need for compelling and essential stories with the new reality of digital classrooms. Invigorating the learning environment with live theatre for middle school, high school, and college students, the Virtual Field Trip Program supports necessary curricular work, while ensuring a holistic experience of the play itself. Teachers and school leadership can create a custom field trip with pre-show workshops preparing students for the play and live or pre-recorded post-show discussions with production artists to accompany the filmed stage production. Everyman is committed to removing obstacles to engagement with flexible and customizable pricing options built into the design of the program. Themes of race, class, culture, living and studying abroad, coming-of-age, and life’s transitions, are just some of what’s explored in the Queens Girl Trilogy of plays, while themes such as mythology, parenthood, personal responsibilities, and history are explored in Cry It Out and Berta, Berta, the two other plays from Everyman Theatre offered as part of the Virtual Field Trip program this winter.  All educational enrichment– pre-show workshops and post-show discussion are $100, and streaming performance packages start at $149 per classroom. Pricing is tailored to each individual school depending upon their interests, need, and capacity to fund this type of programming.

FACTION OF FOOLS THEATRE COMPANY
Faction of Fools presents International Commedia dell’Arte Day 2021 on February 25. The day includes Suff*rage – a ‘Historically Inaccurate and Riotously Tragic Comedy Play’ reading with audience talkback to follow. On February 25th, 1545, Ser Maphio’s troupe signed a letter of incorporation in Padua, making them the first actors to register their company as a business. On this day, the world celebrates the birth of professional Commedia and professional theatre. Commedia is an old style, yet laser focused on the present. This Commedia dell’Arte Day, the Fools forge into the world of TikTok, a video-sharing social media platform. These short video snippets are intended to seize the current social zeitgeist and explore how our stock Commedia characters traverse society’s current trends while simultaneously educating our audience on the style of Commedia. All newly created TikTok videos will also be shared on our website and existing social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Then at 8pm on February 25th via Zoom, in partnership with George Washington University, join us for a reading of suff*rage. Written by Lauren Bone Noble, suff*rage is a bloody, Brechtian, feminist, Commedia revenge fantasy surrounding the Seneca Fall Convention. Directed by Faction’s Co-Artistic Director Francesca Chilcote and starring students of GWU’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. 

Other Faction of Fools events details will be available through their facebook page.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY: STREAMING CONTENT
December 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

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.

THE FOLGER CONSORT
Folger Consort event info is on their website.

FORD’S THEATRE
Ford’s Theatre Society presents One Destiny through June 13th. This free, on-demand video version of the popular stage play by Richard Hellesen is directed by Mark Ramont. One Destiny On Demand is now available for streaming Feb. 8-June 13 with event registration on https://www.fords.org/visit/one-destiny. The 40-minute video production revisits the events of April 14, 1865, with a cast of historical characters who were present, including Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford and stage actor Harry Hawk. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped from assassinating President Abraham Lincoln? Initially created as a transportable production with two actors, costumes and a simple trunk of props, One Destiny boasts more than 1,400 on-stage performances with actors Michael Bunce and Stephen F. Schmidt since its 2006 debut, plus additional performances at D.C.-area schools and an event at the White House in April 2008. One Destiny On Demand was recorded on the Ford’s Theatre stage with COVID-19 safety protocols in November 2020 by Chiet Productions.

One Destiny has captured the imaginations of tens of thousands who have experienced it at Ford’s,” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault. “Not only does the story explore the key facts of the Lincoln assassination, but it captures the emotions of that fateful night. Through the eyes of the play’s characters, audiences come to better understand the impact of John Wilkes Booth’s hateful and treasonous act, while also realizing that he did not prevail. Democracy in America persevered, as does Lincoln’s vision for union and equality and the status of Ford’s Theatre as a haven for the performing arts.”

More Ford’s Theatre event info is available on their website. In addition, Ford’s is offering virtual play readings. You can watch the readings on their website, Facebook LiveYouTube or Twitter.

FRANCESCA CHILCOTE AND CONNOR HOGAN
In Dinner! Franny and Connor Write a Cookbook by Francesca Chilcote and Connor Hogan, two food obsessed friends help you concoct a meal from the ingredients deep in your pantry while serving up a generous portion of laughs. In March of 2020, Connor and Franny gratefully accepted an advance for a cookbook deal on “quarantine cooking.” Neither of them expected things to get as bad as they did. It’s now almost a year later and they have nothing but a spoiled sourdough starter, several more pounds, and an unfinished manuscript. Help these lifelong amateur cooking partners finish their cookbook by collaborating on a dish with them using the ingredients you’ve got in your kitchen! Dinner! is comic romp through your own pantry, exploring the ways we cope with crises through food and the stories that emerge from those dishes. Designed for an audience of one, a ticket to this interactive digital piece gives you both dinner and a show! Dinner! runs through Saturday February 27th. Limited tickets are available here for a donation of your choosing! No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Psst! If you come to Brunch, they’ll make you a cocktail (or mocktail) too!

Francesca Chilcote and Connor Hogan are devising artists based in DC and Philadelphia, respectively, who work in alterna-clown (clown how you least expect it). Life-long friends, they share a love for cooking, eating, sharing stories about food, and, most importantly, discussing what they want to eat next. Dinner! represents their combined love of food and theatre. Through this piece, they hope to show folks everywhere that cooking doesn’t need to be complicated and can even be fun.

GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON DC
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC event info is on their website. For more information, visit GMCW.org  Join GMCDC for more online shows. All info is available on their website.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
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
You can find info about Georgetown’s online events on their facebook page.

GREENBELT ARTS CENTER/RUDE MECHANICALS
GAC presents Old Time Radio on YouTube.
Upcoming:
A 1600s fan-fiction sequel to Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare’s collaborator John Fletcher gives the tamer a taste of his own medicine as Petruchio and his second wife maneuver to shape their relationship in a hilarious battle-of-the-sexes comedy.
Watch the live performances on YouTube at 8pm on Saturdays February 13th (Valentine’s Eve!) and 20th
Directed by Liana Olear
Featuring Jim Adams, Bill Bodie, Wes Dennis, Spencer Dye, Sean Eustis, Nancy Linden, Pamela Northrup, Sarah Pfanz, Nathan Rosen, Melissa Schick
To support the Rude Mechanicals and Greenbelt Arts Center, please consider a suggested donation of $10 at http://rudemechanicals.com/donations/

HAPPENSTANCE THEATRE
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!

HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The Hylton Performing Arts Center has a full slate of online offerings for the spring. Paid, ticketed events include pre-recorded performances of Afro-Colombian dance and drumming company Sankofa Danzafro (filmed in Medellín, Colombia), the 2020 Grammy® Award-winning quintet Ranky Tanky (filmed from the Merchant Hall Stage in October 2020), and an intimate chamber orchestra performance by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (filmed in Trafalgar Square’s iconic St Martin-in-the-Fields church). Additionally, the Hylton Center will stream LIVE performances straight from the Merchant Hall stage, featuring the musical theater talents of Broadway Princess Party (starring Susan Egan, Aisha Jackson, Laura Osnes, and Courtney Reed), and the virtuosic music and commentary of pianist Jeffrey Siegel.

The Snow Queen.

IMAGINATION STAGE
Imagination Stage is now streaming The Snow Queen online through February 28. In this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous winter fairy tale, a powerful friendship is put to the test as four narrators bring to life the story of Gerda and Kai, life-long best friends whose relationship is broken by the unfeeling Snow Queen. Can Gerda save Kai before his heart is frozen solid? Imagination abounds in this magical story of courage, wit, and unshakable resilience! This is a live interactive prequel story, where kids will be able to join characters from the story of The Snow Queen on Zoom on a pre-show journey that sets the stage for the play. Zoom prequel performances are designed to be exclusive and interactive – only 12 families are admitted at each performance. A private link and password to view a filmed professional theatre performance of The Snow Queen, to be enjoyed after the prequel workshop from the comfort of your own home!

Also: Spy Academy & the Lost Treasure of Atlantis
FEBRUARY 13 – MAY 23, 2021 – Calling all spy cadets: our madcap team of expert spies needs YOU to help save the day and find the lost treasure of Atlantis! Full of surprises, fun, and memorable characters, each performance of Spy Academy takes a small number of families through a series of puzzles, codes, and challenges on a quest to recover the stolen Heart of the Dragon. Part online escape room, part interactive game, this creative and immersive theatrical experience is a live virtual event perfect for ages 5 – 10.

Imagination Stage is also 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. 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
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
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
Joe’s has online classes available in yoga, tap, and belly dance. You can find out info about all classes on their website.

THE KEEGAN THEATRE

The Keegan Theatre hosts Family Story Corner as part of PLAY-RAH-KA, also has online opportunities for young people of all ages to be creative and have fun with theatre and storytelling from home! 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

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet.

THE KENNEDY CENTER
The Kennedy Center presents Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet. This passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict is set in the not-too-distant future in “The Verona Institute.” Here “difficult” young people are mysteriously confined by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirit and individuality. The two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas, Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet stars Cordelia Braithwaite as Juliet, Paris Fitzpatrick as Romeo, Dan Wright as Tybalt, and Ben Brown as Mercutio. Bursting with youth, vitality, and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the UK’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis, and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.

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
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
Check their website for any online event details.

MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY
Mosaic hosts Mosaic Alive, a virtual public programming platform where homebound community members can engage with Mosaic artists, scholars, and local thinkers on Mondays and Fridays. Explore themes, topics, and literature via engaging conversations and in-depth discussions. You can find more details on the Mosaic Alive website.

NATIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
National Chamber Ensemble is streaming their concert Vivaldi: The Remarkable Four Seasons online on YouTube.

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC
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
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
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
Olney Theatre Center 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
Opera Nova is now streaming the concert Celebrating African-American Opera Singers: Past and Present online on YouTube.

PEACE MOUNTAIN THEATRE COMPANY
You can find info about Peace Mountain Theatre Company here. ​Please consider donating to PMTC. This will help them to continue producing the quality productions that have been a trademark over the years. To stay up-to-date on the latest PMTC activities, check out Peace Mountain Theatre Company’s website, Facebook and YouTube.

PIPELINE PLAYWRIGHTS
You can find more info about all events on their website.

POINTLESS THEATRE
Pointless Theatre is streaming shows on their Vimeo page, including 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
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

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
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.

REP STAGE
Rep Stage presents LOVE/language March 26 – 29. From romantic love to self-love, from love of family to love of our communities, we are all connected in some way through the language of one of humankind’s most intimate emotions. With deeply personal monologues, LOVE/language explores how love can help us connect and heal in a time when isolation and unrest affect our daily lives. LOVE/language looks at our heart’s desire through the lens of ten diverse playwrights from our local region. Rep Stage’s fully produced, filmed theatre event of original commissioned works, will stream in the comfort and safety of your home. The playwrights include: Bob Bartlett, Annalisa Dias, Dane Figueroa Edidi, Tracy Hall, Farah Lawal Harris, Susan McCully, JR Nexus Russ, Deb Sivigny, Hope Villanueva, Britt A Willis. The monologues will be performed by Temidayo Amay, Regina Aquino, Felicia Curry, Alejandro Ruiz, and Garnet Williams. LOVE/language will be Co-Directed by Angelisa Gillyard & Joseph Ritsch. ***STAY TUNED FOR TICKET INFO

ROUND HOUSE THEATRE
Round House Theatre brings you the following online events.

Upcoming:
A Boy and His Soul
By Colman Domingo
Directed by Craig Wallace
Streaming on demand March 22 – April 18​, 2021 
“Keep a song in your heart, and you will always find your way”—that’s what JJ’s mom always said. And sure enough, music is what reconnects him to his family when he clears out their West Philadelphia house to be sold. When JJ finds an old record collection of disco, R&B, and classic soul, he is transported by the vibrant soundtrack of his youth through memories of coming of age and coming out in the 1970s and 80s. Tender, funny, and “blazingly charismatic” (The New York Times), A Boy and His Soul is a one-man show best enjoyed, according to the playwright, with a glass of scotch and wearing your favorite kaftan.
Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up
By Lucy Alibar
Directed by Ryan Rilette
Streaming on demand May 3 – 30, 2021
A small Florida farmhouse on a watermelon field may not seem like much, but for one little girl, it’s where magic happens. It’s where her father runs with her every  morning, plays Sam Cooke on the radio, and defends death row inmates who have no one else to stand up for them. Oscar-nominated author Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild) presents an unforgettable story about her childhood as a fourth grader and part-time legal secretary. Told through a series of heartfelt and irreverent vignettes, Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up is a one-woman love letter to family, the South, and the belief that everyone deserves a defender.
We’re Gonna Die
By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Paige Hernandez
Streaming on demand June 14 – July 11, 2021
Bad things will happen to all of us. That’s a certainty in life, but it also means that none of us are alone. And while we can’t avoid breaking up, getting sick, and losing loved ones, we can sing a little song to feel a little better. Based on true stories of tragedies and traumas, Young Jean Lee creates an experience that is part one-woman stage play, part live-band rock concert, and totally life-affirming. We’re Gonna Die is a “goofily grim and oddly uplifting” (Vogue) meditation on the human experience, blending indie songs with down-to-earth storytelling to offer a simple but hopeful message: We are going to die…and it’ll be okay.

RHT also presents the Adrienne Kennedy Festival. Hailed as “American theatre’s greatest and least compromising experimentalist” (New York Times), Adrienne Kennedy is one of the most prolific and widely studied living playwrights. Since bursting onto the scene in 1964 with Funnyhouse of a Negro, Kennedy’s enthralling lyrical dramas have influenced generations of storytellers, from Suzan-Lori Parks to Robert O’Hara, Shonda Rhimes to Jeremy O. Harris. Despite her outsized influence, three Obie Awards, and induction into the Theater Hall of Fame, Adrienne Kennedy is not a household name. This festival is a celebration of why she should be. Round House shines a light on four deeply personal stories from Kennedy’s astonishing body of work with four weeks of virtual theatrical experiences and dynamic conversations, offering audiences the opportunity to discover Kennedy’s singular voice—a startling mix of the surreal with the all too real.

He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box
By Adrienne Kennedy | Directed by Nicole A. Watson
Now streaming on demand
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Sleep Deprivation Chamber
By Adam P. Kennedy and Adrienne Kennedy | Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell
Now streaming on demand
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Ohio State Murders
By Adrienne Kennedy | Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Now streaming on demand
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Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side
By Adrienne Kennedy | Directed by Timothy Douglas
Now streaming on demand
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RHT is also streaming 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
You can find all info about Scena Theatre events on their website.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY
Shakespeare Theatre Company presents All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain starting on February 4. Macbeth. Iago. Claudius. STC Affiliated Artist Patrick Page invites you to experience the evolution of evil in Shakespeare’s villains—from rogues and cutthroats to tyrants and sociopaths. A Tony Award nominee for his “electrifyingly maleficent Hades” in Hadestown (The New York Times) and lovingly nicknamed “The Villain of Broadway” (Playbill) for his delicious Broadway performances in Saint Joan, Casa Valentina, and Cyrano de Bergerac, Patrick Page explores how Shakespeare created the treacherous characters we all love to hateThis mesmerizing one-man performance is available online only, and STC subscribers will have the exclusive opportunity to talk directly with Patrick in a special live, post-show conversation. Virtual Opening Night is an invite-only event. Public streaming performances begin Thursday, February 4. **Please note: The streaming link is available for 72 hours after purchase. If you wish to view the performance at a later date, please wait until you are ready to watch to make your purchase.*

STC Teaching Artists offer their spring curriculum 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.

Simply Sondheim.

SIGNATURE THEATRE
Signature Theatre presents Simply Sondheim. Created specifically for Signature Theatre with special permission from Sondheim himself, this jam-packed revue features over 30 songs from the composer’s canon. The quintessential “Finishing the Hat,” “Another Hundred People” “Losing My Mind” and “The Worst Pies in London,” meet lesser known gems including “Country House,” “Saturday Night” and “Goodbye for Now” and fused with new orchestrations by longtime collaborator Jonathan Tunick. With a lush 16-piece orchestra leading the way for 12 phenomenal singers, including Broadway’s Norm Lewis (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Sondheim on Sondheim), Solea Pfeiffer (Hamilton, Signature’s Gun & Powder), Conrad Ricamora (How to Get Away with Murder, The King and I) and Emily Skinner (The Cher Show, Prince of Broadway) along with Signature favorites Bobby Smith, Awa Sal Secka, Tracy Lynn Olivera and more, this exclusive event satisfies every Sondheim craving. Runs through March 26.

Coming soon:

Daniel J. Watts’ The Jam: Only Child
In The Jam, a nod to his great-grandmother’s plentiful recipe and the spirited spontaneity of jazz, 2020 Tony Award nominee Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton, Ike Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) recounts his life as the only child of a single mother. From the fierce growing pains of boyhood innocence to the awkwardness of teenage years to a proud Black man, Daniel digs through his memory’s attic in a powerful and playful story of metamorphosis. Bursting with lyricism, dynamic tap dance, and heart, this delectable treat is a little bit savory, a little bit sweet, and a little bit sticky—but it’s all good.

Midnight at The Never Get
Welcome to The Never Get nightclub for the performance of a lifetime in this smart, funny and slyly subversive Off-Broadway smash-hit musical. If life is a rehearsal for your memory, what moment would you replay? It is 1965 in New York City and cabaret crooner Trevor is in love—with Arthur, his songwriter. With their romance outlawed, the two create an act in the back room of an illegal Greenwich Village gay bar. However, pressures from a world on the cusp of change expose an ache for what they could never have in a wistful and whimsical serenade with tunes reminiscent of the Great American Songbook.

After Midnight
This exhilarating song and dance extravaganza is set to the swinging sounds of Duke Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Harold Arlen and more and framed by the poems of Langston Hughes. Starring Nova Y. Payton with direction and choreography by Jared Grimes (Broadway’s After Midnight, Signature’s Jelly’s Last JamAin’t Misbehavin’) and featuring 28 of the big band era’s most memorable songs including “Stormy Weather,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” this non-stop revue showcases the gorgeous glamour and sophisticated syncopation of the Harlem heartbeat after midnight.

Detroit ‘67
Winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, this thought-provoking, resonant play sizzles to the soundtrack of the 1960s. In 1967 Detroit, Motown has hit its groove and the Poindexter siblings, Chelle and Lank, make ends meet by hosting parties in their basement. However, Lank and his friend Sly have dreams beyond the cellar shindigs—despite Chelle’s resistance. When Lank then brings home a mysterious white woman, the family’s simmering disagreements explode—as their streets erupt in riots—and life becomes a lot more dangerous. By Dominique Morisseau.

Signature also presents SigWorks: Monday Night Play Readings, an initiative that highlights and supports the work of DMV and regional playwrights. Performances include One-Shot on March 8, 2021 and Light on April 19, 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. 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
Check the Silhouette Stages website for all event details.

SILVER SPRING STAGE
Silver Spring Stage presents A Doll’s House, Part 2 April 16 – May 8. It was shocking for audiences to watch Nora leave her husband and children in Ibsen’s 1879 play A Doll’s House. How shocking is it for us, in 2020, to dive deeper into the reasons behind that fateful choice with playwright Lucas Hnath’s PART 2 of the story? The characters take turns sharing their versions of what could have, would have, or should have happened, and there is unexpected humor to be found in the serious nature of the subject matter. While this play is a kind of deconstruction of the original play, it also stands ably on its own as we get to ask ourselves how much we think life has changed for Nora – and for women who see themselves in her – in a world that continues to have strong ideas about where she belongs.

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

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

STEP AFRIKA!
All event info is available on the Step Afrika! website.

STRATHMORE
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
Studio Theatre is currently streaming Kings by Sarah Burgess for a limited time. Newly elected congresswoman Sydney Millsap arrives in DC armed with her ideals and sense of duty, and refuses to play by the rules of special interests—or her own party. Kate’s a lobbyist who backs winners. The two collide in the audio adaptation of the lacerating comedy Studio produced just after the last midterms. As the dust settles from the 2020 elections, Kings is a shrewd look at where power really sits in our government. Listen to Kings here. This production is free, but please consider making a donation on the Studio website.

Studio is also streaming I Hate it Here, written and directed by Ike Holter. An anthem for our time,  I Hate it Here  looks at the ways people do (and don’t)  deal with a world on the brink of explosion. Commissioned by Studio to create an audio work, award-winning Chicago writer Ike Holter brings his sharp humor to the complexities of stepping into a new decade with the odds already stacked against you.

SYNETIC THEATER
Synetic Theater‘s upcoming online productions on their new streaming platform include:
Orpheia
This love story observed by a mysterious man is a dance film from long-time Syneticon Ben Cunis, starring veteran Syneticons Dan Istrate and Francesca Jandasek.

All the World’s a Stage – a Synetic Motion Pictures production
Long time Syneticon Scott Brown takes a moment from his performance in Synetic’s As You Like It and evolves the artistry to tell the story of life from one of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches. Click here to watch the trailer!

The Phantom of the Opera (2020) – a Synetic Encore Presentation
Gaston Leroux’s timeless supernatural classic gets a fresh update as Irina Tsikurishvili brings her captivating presence and virtuosic skill sets to the title character of The Phantom of the Opera in this all-new, movement-driven adaptation. When tragedy strikes, a talented but now scarred ballerina takes refuge deep beneath the Paris Opera House. Years later, she becomes enraptured with the ingenue Christine in the corp de ballet. Known only as the Phantom, she terrorizes the opera house and manipulates Christine, cultivating her talent and demanding she be cast in more prominent roles. Synetic’s adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera will honor the pathos and beauty of this classic French tale while examining longing, legacy, and the tragedy of unrealized dreams.

The Adventures of Peter Pan (2017) – a Synetic Encore Presentation
Take flight to Neverland with Peter Pan, his Lost Boys and the Darling children! In this magical place filled with fairies, pirates, and mermaids, Peter Pan and crew will battle the delightfully sinister Captain Hook with acrobatics that will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Day 4, Story 7 from The Decameron – a Synetic Encore Presentation
Edited and Performed by Chelsea Thaler, this allegorical adaptation featured in 2020’s The Decameron is loosely inspired by the film The Seventh Seal, by Ingmar Bergman. Disillusioned by the material world, a woman enters a game of chess with death on the beach as the battle between human vs nature ensues.

The Offeringa Synetic Encore Presentation
Adapted and Performed by Marissa Molnar, in this short from Synetic’s 2020 production of The Decameron, time is warped in quarantine: minutes stretch to hours or tick by in an instant. A woman wrestles with isolation like a boat lost at sea.

The Gardener – a Synetic Encore Presentation
Kevin had the perfect life, but in an instant it all came crashing down. Follow the journey of man as he tries to find his confidence and self-worth through the strangest of circumstances. From Synetic Company Member Scott Brown.

Put the Devil Back in Hell – a Synetic Encore Presentation
From Company Member Francesca Jandasek. In this short film a woman, Alibech, experiences a sexual awakening on her journey to find God.

Marina – a Synetic Encore Presentation
From Company Member Katherine DuBois, The daughter of a sultan has been separated from family and security and strikes out to explore the world.

Filippa in Quarantine – a Synetic Encore Presentation
In this dance film from Catherine Nunez, Filippa in the 241st day of Quarantine runs away with her lover. Her mad husband, however, wants her to be burned at the stake.

Malattiaa Synetic Encore Presentation
2020. The global pandemic brought the world to an abrupt stop for months and yet, the virus continued to spread throughout humanity. What happens when incredulity and arrogance become a blanket of darkness? What happens to those left behind who mourn their dead because others chose the path of negligence? From Synetic Company Members Dallas and Tori Tolentino.

Passing the Love of Women.

THEATER J
Theater J presents the Israeli Theater Collection, an exclusive collection of filmed Israeli theater productions with English-language captions. The collection runs the range of Israeli theater, from the acclaimed Gesher Theater to independent projects, each with its own unique story, style, and view of Israeli culture and society. These productions were filmed pre-COVID and represent some of the breadth and diversity in both content and aesthetics of contemporary Israeli theater. Each can be rented for home viewing, exclusively through Theater J. The collection promises to keep growing, as we’re in constant discussion with Israeli theaters and producers about adding more plays for you to enjoy. So come back often, spread the word, and enjoy some of the wide and diverse range of the Israeli theater.

Offerings include:
The DybbukGesher Theater
Whistle, My Mother Was Mengele’s SecretaryHadar Galron
Revolutionaries’ WivesEnsemble Aspamia
Passing the Love of WomenBeit Lessin Theater
The Rain and the WindNephesh Theatre and Haifa Theatre
It Sounds Better in AmharicNephesh Theatre

Revolutionaries’ Wives

Theater J is also 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.

Travis Schweiger as Vince, Neal Davidson as Jon, and Chelsea J. Smith as Amy in ‘Tape.’

THESHAREDSCREEN
TheSharedScreen brings you Stephen Belber’s hit play ‘Tape’. Tape opens the door to theater as engaging, provocative, and intense as any other form of dramatic performance or, for that matter, any other medium. Belber’s play has been recognized worldwide for 20 years as a powerful exploration of rape, coercion, consent, manipulation, and truth. In this unique adaptation, the play’s moral and ethical conflicts land with a profound, visceral impact. TheSharedScreen is breaking ground for all theatermakers to create readily accessible works that demand our attention and understanding.

TONIC THEATER COMPANY
Tonic Theater Company has a full slate of digital offerings available, free of charge.

Keeping Live Theatre Alive, a series of brief readings by stars from theater, film, and TV, that will continue for the next several months. The readings bring the arts to people’s homes to highlight the importance of keeping local theater alive. The first installments include Tony Shalhoub, Kim Brockington, Dan Lauria, and Alfred Molina, among others.

Tonic will continue its programming in advance of its planned production of Reykjavik, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes, in May of 2021. The Makers: Reykjavik is a series of discussions about the Cold War and its legacy of nuclear weapons, features artists in conversation with the diplomats, policymakers, scientists, and others who shaped Cold War history. The Road To Reykjavik, the podcast is also available now.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Tonic here.

TOO MUCH DAMN THEATER
All online offerings are available on their facebook page.

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

URBANARIAS
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.

VAGABOND PLAYERS
Join Vags on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. for their Virtual Trivia Night and test your knowledge against your fellow theatre lovers. All questions will be centered around the entertainment world, so make sure to study up on your show biz trivia. Registration is just a $5 donation per screen, but Vags is offering up to 25 FREE registrations – just enter the code 2FREE2FUN to take advantage of this offer. REGISTRATION REQUIRED – event link will be sent to all registered participants. Have questions? Contact us at marketing@vagabondplayers.org

THE WASHINGTON CHORUS
All event info is available at thewashingtonchorus.org.

WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER
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
Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs presents Living the Dream, Singing the Dream 2/19 – 2/25. The long-running choral tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. moves online. In keeping with COVID-19 precautions, each singer will be recorded individually (with no other singers present), and all parts will be layered into a seamless whole. The program will also include inspiring archival performances from past years’ concerts.

The company features Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez 2/26 – 3/4. The return of a longtime WPA favorite! Renowned for performances brimming with captivating rhythms and dazzling costumes, the iconic Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández was founded in 1952 by its late, visionary namesake with a focus on championing the indigenous cultures of Mexico. Recorded in the company’s home base of Mexico City, this Home Delivery Plus package includes brand-new footage and never-before-aired excerpts of the company’s 2017 centennial tribute to Hernández.

WPA also features jazz trumpeter Sean Jones and vocalist/dancer Brinae Ali 3/19 – 2/25. Jazz and hip-hop music and dance unite at Sixth & I in this innovative program led by trumpeter and former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Sean Jones and virtuoso tap dancer, choreographer, and vocalist Brinae Ali. Dizzy Spellz offers an Afrofuturist lens on the intersection of cultural and spiritual dilemmas within the African Diaspora through the music of Dizzy Gillespie. From his coming of age through racial and social dynamics in the Deep South, creating and curating the bebop movement in New York, to his spiritual journey to Africa and his immersion in Afro-Cuban music and the Baha’i Faith, Dizzy was very much ahead of his time. Jones and Ali present a new perspective on his music and on the social vernacular of the African-American experience for our time. Find out more on the WPA website.

WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD
Washington Stage Guild event info is available on their website.

WASHINGTON REVELS
Washington Revels programming info is available on their website. Events also include the monthly Community Sing on the 21st of every month. Participation is free, and more details are at www.RevelsDC.org.

WE HAPPY FEW
We Happy Few Productions brings you Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Dancing Men. Presented as an audio drama, the mystery will be accompanied by a mail-out experience that puts you on the case with the famous detectives.  Examine the clues, read the dossiers, and step into the world of Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. John Watson as they take on one of their most dangerous and intriguing cases. When drawings of dancing men begin to appear mysteriously at Ridling Thorpe Manor, what first appears to be a practical joke becomes more serious, and ultimately more deadly. Sherlock and Watson must crack the code, catch the killer, and untangle a dangerous secret before it’s too late. See their website for more details, and to order now.

WHF also brings you four tales of terror spread over two audio broadcasts. In the first episode, enjoy the festival spirit as long as you dare with The Masque of the Red Death and The Cask of Amontillado. Episode two will take you to dark, confined spaces – both physical and mental – with The Tell-Tale Heart and The Premature Burial. Rent A Midnight Dreary Audio Drama here.

THE WELDERS
Keep in touch with The Welders on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

WOLF TRAP
Wolf Trap events include:

Skribe Park Pop-ups
Self-described “garage folk from the land of pleasant living,“ Skribe is influenced by John Prine, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, and more!

Orpheus Project
Scenes from various settings of the Orpheus myth – OPERA UNTRAPPED ONLINE – Follow this ancient Greek myth of love and passion as Wolf Trap Opera singers explore three settings from the 1600s-1700s.

In addition, Wolf Trap Opera has launched a new streaming platform that includes 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
See the Woolly Mammoth website for all events.

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATER
Young Playwrights’ Theater hosts online events and classes – all details are available online.

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