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 11 PM on April 12, 2021.
This list includes plays, play readings, radio plays, and concerts only. If you are interested in theater-related podcasts, please see the DCMTA article ‘Theatre-related Podcasts Gain Popularity.’
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.
ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC
Adventure Theatre MTC has many events running through their facebook page. 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.
AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA
The American Pops Orchestra hosts the 4th Annual NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow competition – the chance for 10 college students to make their mark on the American popular music legacy!
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.
Tickets for all American University events are available 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 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 Mystery, Lend 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 Tenor, Crazy For You) Dear 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.
ARLINGTON ARTS CENTER
AAC is offering multiple workshops, classes, and activities for kids on their website.
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
You can find out about all Arts on the Green events on their website.
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 presents The Fifth Date on April 12 at 7 PM. Two divorced people are looking to find “the one.” But first they must overcome their deepest insecurities. Written by Lori Boyd. Directed by Lynn Sharp Spears.
BMR also brings you America’s Sexiest Couple on May 17 at 7 PM. A pair of sitcom stars from yesteryear reunite. But was their former tension professional or personal? Written by Ken Levine (MASH, Cheers, Frasier), and directed by Stan Levin.
The company is also streaming Roaring, Stories I May Not Tell, I Know Jack, and their 4th Annual New Plays/New Voices Festival. Performances of all plays are available on YouTube. You can find all other 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 has transferred its intensives online. To learn more about CityDance’s online programming, contact Megan Piluk, CityDance Senior Manager of External Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 YouTube: 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.
COMPASS ROSE THEATER
Compass Rose Theater presents its latest virtual productions, two short comedies by Anton Chekhov: A Marriage Proposal (Love does not always run smoothly and that includes marriage proposals!) and The Bear (A widow fancies herself inconsolably bereaved while her neighbor considers himself a misogynist. Both are misguided). The plays will be performed together on Friday, April 23 at 7:00pm; Saturday, April 24 at 7:00pm; Sunday, April 25 at 2:00pm.There is no need to make a reservation. The plays are free and available to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. A Zoom link will be sent out 30 minutes before showtime.
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 is streaming Cinderella’s Dream, the Movie! 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.
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 UNIVERSITY: CREATIVITY FOR OLDER ADULTS
You can find out about all Encore Creativity for Older Adults Encore Creativity for Older Adults programs on their website.
Felicia Curry—DC-based actor, singer, and new member of the Everyman Theatre Resident Company of Artists—delivers a musical love letter to her newly adopted city of Baltimore, with a special run of Baltimore, It’s Me streaming from 4/12 to 4/25. Breaking down the theatrical ‘fourth wall’ in Baltimore, It’s Me, Curry and Himmelstein explore various musical, emotional, and performance styles by blurring the boundaries between poignant and funny, profound and light, with the goal of connecting Curry directly to the audience. Saluting artists with a Baltimore connection was at the heart of what Ms. Curry had in mind in creating the cabaret – musicians like Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, and Ethel. The song list in Baltimore, It’s Me covers her dream roles, local jazz influences, and Curry’s reflections on hope as it slowly returns to us all. Tickets for Baltimore, It’s Me are $20 per household and available online at everymantheatre.org or by phone at 410.752.2208.
Playwright Angelica Chéri’s mystical and moving play Berta, Berta is next on the schedule for Everyman Theatre. Founder and Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi announced that Everyman Theatre is set to stream the award-winning play, directed at Everyman by Reginald L. Douglas, into homes beginning Monday, April 26 through Sunday night, June 6. Berta, Berta offers a fictional account of the song of the same name, that originated on Parchman Farm at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Set in Meridian, Mississippi in 1923, Leroy returns to Berta’s doorstep covered in blood after committing a shocking crime. With his freedom in the balance and the clock ticking to make amends, Leroy and his long-lost lover’s quarrelsome beginning transforms into an impassioned consummation of their love. Can the inevitability of Leroy’s fate be averted? A hit from the 2018 Contemporary American Theatre Festival, this riveting fable weaves an intimate, yet epic love story. Tickets for Berta, Berta by Angelica Chéri are $30 per household and available online now at everymantheatre.org or by phone at 410.752.2208. This six-week run can be streamed into homes from Monday, April 26 at noon until Sunday night, June 6 at 11:59pm. The play is recommended for audiences age 14+.
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.
FACTION OF FOOLS THEATRE COMPANY
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 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/
In connection with the WPFW broadcast, the station will host related on-air discussions on April 15 and 17, including members of the Necessary Sacrifices production team. The April 15 discussion centers on the Movement for Black Lives within the context of the work of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. The discussion on April 17 examines women of the abolitionist movement—Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman—in relationship to the work of Douglass and Lincoln. Full speaker lineup to be announced by WPFW. Commissioned by Ford’s Theatre, Richard Hellesen’s Necessary Sacrifices explores the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis. During the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass challenges Lincoln to use his power as president to bring truth to America’s founding ideal that “all men are created equal.”
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY DEPT OF PERFORMING ARTS
You can find info about Georgetown’s online events on their facebook page.
GAC presents Old Time Radio on YouTube. To support Greenbelt Arts Center, please consider a suggested donation of $10 at http://rudemechanicals.com/donations/
You can find all Happenstance Theater event info on their website.
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
Imagination Stage is also now featuring 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.
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
In conjunction with the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art Exhibition, Scott Hutchison Flux and Jane Franklin Dance present Drift 3/6 – 4/24, an intimate collection of dances in response to the visual landscape of Hutchison’s art. In Touch, the camera pulls close, framing the individual dancer in moments that spiral around the spine or that delicately enfold. Hands grasp and the space is contained by the curving body. Subtle shifts layer the dancer with the art on the wall, the ethereal overlaps with the static while Hutchison’s spoken-words describe his process and the elements of change.
JFD also has other 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 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 email@example.com
THE KENNEDY CENTER
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 presents 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 presents his education page, with Democracy Doodle, The Small Works Project, The Yo-Yo Mo Show, Thank You Thursdays, and Lunch Doodles, available on 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.
The Lab presents Here I am, premiering online in conjunction with Emancipation Day the week of April 16, 2021. Mélisande Short-Colomb says: “I am delighted to personally invite you to our forthcoming production of Here I Am, the culmination of a five year journey for me and The Lab. Shortly after The New York Times story broke in April 2016 revealing that the Jesuits had sold 272 slaves in 1838 to raise funds to keep Georgetown University going, I discovered that I was descended from two families in the sale, the Queens and the Mahoneys. A few months later, I met Derek and Cynthia when they were part of a small Georgetown contingent who traveled to my hometown of New Orleans to meet descendants and to hear our stories. I made dinner, and this beautiful journey began. By September 2017 I had entered Georgetown College as a first-year undergraduate student, at age 63, and since then The Lab has been my campus home.
I am honored by the world-class team of artists on board to uplift and my story- including the Grammy-Nominated musical artist Somi who will perform alongside me. Our ancestors have waited patiently through centuries for us to come to the table of acknowledgement. Here I Am fulfills my desire to give voice to those families, including my own, and to our tenacity and strength as a people — to close the full circle where we began our American lives three centuries ago and where we are today.
Preview: Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00pm EST
Opening Night: Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 PM EST in association with the Universities Studying Slavery Annual Conference, hosted by Georgetown
Friday, April 16 at 7:30 PM EST
Saturday, April 17 at 3:00 PM EST
Mark your calendar and register for the Free online event at the eventbrite: bit.ly/HereIAm21
In memory of Terrence McNally, MetroStage is pleased to present a reading of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Following our January reading of Mothers and Sons, we are presenting another iconic work by the playwright who was “one of our most original and audacious dramatists.” New Yorker
Spend the night with Frankie and Johnny in her one room walk-up apartment in New York City as these two decide whether this may be more than a ‘one-night stand’. Two characters both with a past, living on the fringe, and working to uncover the ‘nature of love’. Featuring Veronica del Cerro and Michael Kevin Darnall with a special appearance by Robert Aubrey Davis as the radio announcer.
Frankie & Johnny begins streaming at 7:30 on Wed, April 21, and will be available online until 7:30 on Sun, April 25. Admission is FREE, and your donation will be gratefully accepted as we launch our CAPITAL CAMPAIGN. A link for the reading will be available soon. Save the dates, mark your calendars.
Please make your tax-deductible donation through this secure link or send a check to MetroStage, P.O. Box 1152, Alexandria, VA 22313.
MONUMENTAL THEATRE COMPANY
Check their website for any online event details.
MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY
Mosaic is now running the web series adaptation of Alexandra Petri’s Inherit the Windbag, which “blends the best of technology and drama” (DCMTA). Next up is the U.S. premiere web series of Dalia Taha’s Keffiyeh/Made in China, which premieres May 11 and marks Mosaic’s return to theatermaking in its home at The Atlas Performing Arts Center. Memberships are on sale now for Mosaic’s full six-play 2021–2022 season—featuring voices that reflect the diversity of the DMV—which be announced at a celebratory concert event May 23, 2021. Visit mosaictheater.org for more information.
In addition, Mosaic Theater regularly hosts educational workshops in partnership with the DC Public Library and events featuring local, national, and international artists and thought leaders as part of their virtual Mosaic Alive programming.
NATIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
National Chamber Ensemble is streaming their concert Vivaldi: The Remarkable Four Seasons online on YouTube.
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 Theatre Company presents First Date, a full scale virtual musical production starting April 30. The show is directed by Evan Hoffmann with music direction by Paige Rammelkamp. With a contemporary rock score, First Date pokes fun at the mishaps and mistakes of blind dates and gives hope that making a real connection is still possible!
Casey and Aaron are two young singles set up on a blind date by friends and family, even though they seemingly have absolutely nothing in common. With the influence and unsolicited advise of their friends and family (playing out in their imaginations), a matchmaking waiter, and all the dangers of social media at their fingertips, this first date could be doomed…or it might be destiny! Through May 16.
We would not be able to create theatre again if not for the support from our community. Show your support today with a donation of $10 or more. To show appreciation, we will send you a special code for $10 off your ticket when they go on sale! Keep an eye on their 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 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.
You can find more info about all events on their website.
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.
Pointless also features Doctor Caligari, Don Cristobal, and .d0t: A Rotoplastic Ballet on their Vimeo site.
You can find all event info for Prologue Theatre on their website.
RAPID LEMON PRODUCTIONS
Rapid Lemon presents Derek Lee McPhatter’s Serious Adverse Effects May 7-23. The play is directed by RLP company member Noah Silas (Give Me Moonlight, 2020). An unconventional scientist is on the cusp of a cure for a mysterious disease. But to complete her research she must find forgiveness from a family with no reason to trust her and embrace the transformative potential of her own healing. From the marvels of the modern laboratory to the inner depths of the human psyche, Serious Adverse Effects is an imaginative contemporary drama unfolding at a collision of medical ethics, blood memory, and forgiveness.
RESTON COMMUNITY PLAYERS
Information about all RCP productions can be found on their website.
You can find out about all Rep Stage productions on their website.
ROUND HOUSE THEATRE
Round House Theatre brings you the following online events.
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.
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.
You can find all info about Scena Theatre events on their website.
SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY
Shakespeare Theatre Company brings you their Shakespeare Family Fest April 10 & 11. Hear ye! Hear ye! Join the fun in a FREE weekend of virtual events for the whole family. Explore the magic of theatre with virtual performances of A Mini-Summer Night’s Dream and The Tiny Tempest, a stage blood demonstration, interactive workshops, crafting activities, and more. Meet STC Engagement and Education staff and teaching artists and learn more about Classes for Youth and Teens and Camp Shakespeare. Drop in for a session or spend the whole weekend! Recommended for ages 5 and up.
STC also presents All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain. 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 hate. This 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. **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.*
The company is also streaming their annual Virtual Mock Trial. This year’s theme is Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, with more royal scandals than four seasons of The Crown: accusations of adultery, jealous spouses, feigned deaths, a potential war with former allies, a hungry bear, and a statue brought to life. Focusing on the royal rift between King Leontes and Queen Hermione of Sicily, this year’s Mock Trial scenario A Winter’s Tale of Marital Woe: Who’s to Blame? finds the Queen’s frenemy Paulina paying out of pocket after keeping the monarchs separated for sixteen years. Paulina will appeal the decision of the court, claiming piety for Apollo caused her to imprison the Queen and offer her alternative facts about the state of the royal marriage.
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.
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 April 16.
The company also presents Daniel J. Watts’ The Jam: Only Child through May 7.
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.
Coming soon: 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.
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 Jam, Ain’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.
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. Upcoming events include 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.
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.
SPOOKY ACTION THEATER
Spooky Action’s offerings are available on their website.
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 will present Cock 3/26 – 4/18. John breaks up with his boyfriend of many years. A few weeks later, he’s desperate to be taken back—but can’t stop sleeping with the woman he started seeing in their weeks off. In a world with so many ways to be happy, how do you know the right thing when you have it? A sexy, conflicted look at attraction, ambivalence, and commitment. David Muse remakes his 2014 Helen Hayes-award winning production for the camera.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Synetic brings a mind-bending, cinematic style to Victor Hugo’s gothic, heartbreaking epic of inner beauty and undying loyalty. When the beguiling dancer Esmerelda captures the heart of the deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo, his adoptive father, the priest Frollo, decides he wants her for himself – plunging all of Paris into a spiral of riots, revolution, and murder.
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 Offering – a 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.
Malattia – a 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.
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.
The Dybbuk – Gesher Theater
Whistle, My Mother Was Mengele’s Secretary – Hadar Galron
Revolutionaries’ Wives – Ensemble Aspamia
Passing the Love of Women – Beit Lessin Theater
The Rain and the Wind – Nephesh Theatre and Haifa Theatre
It Sounds Better in Amharic – Nephesh Theatre
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.
You can find info about TheSharedScreen productions on their website.
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.
All information about their readings is available on the Transformation Theatre website.
UrbanArias will present Driving While Black on April 23. This solo performed work is constructed out of two interwoven strands, one personal, one external. In the central narrative, we meet the Mother: a baby is born to happy parents; she frets at the father to put the all-important car seat in the back seat of the car properly. From here on, she relates to the child first in its seat facing backward in the back of the car, then facing forward, then eventually the child sits next to her in the front seat on the passenger side. This is how Time is marked; the car is ever the center of their lives. The Mother scenes move forward in time from the beginning to the end of the piece. Threaded between these scenes, punctuating them, are telegraphic vignettes of contemporary news bulletins or personal stories introduced in spoken words. The Singer performs many characters relating to specific but generic events. These all describe, without comment, the dangerous world beyond the Mother’s control, and the increasing anxiety building up in her mind as her “beautiful brown boy” approaches manhood and his much-desired independence.
Composed by Susan Kander – Libretto by Roberta Gumbel – Starring Karen Slack – Directed and Choreographed by Du’Bois & Camry A’Keen of A’KEEN Brand. You can view more details on the UrbanArias site.
THE WASHINGTON CHORUS
All event info is available at thewashingtonchorus.org.
WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS
Washington Performing Arts features many events. Find out more about productions on the WPA website.
WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD
You can find out about Washington Stage Guild events on their website.
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.
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!
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
The season begins with The Javaad Alipoor Company’s biting new play, RICH KIDS: A HISTORY OF SHOPPING MALLS IN TEHRAN by Javaad Alipoor and co-created by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley, recently included in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. As the global gap between rich and poor grows and humanity’s destructive impact on the earth rampages on, so does the allure to watch the carnage unfold on social media – and audiences are invited to join in online. Streaming live April 1 – 18, 2021 at woollymammoth.net.
See the Woolly Mammoth website for all events.
WORKHOUSE ARTS CENTER
Workhouse presents Chekhov One Acts April 9 – 18. This production encompasses the presentation of three one-act plays by playwright Anton Chekhov, director Alex Bulova will explore both the humor and frustration with breakdowns of person-to-person communication. The plays have been adapted slightly to be more instantly relatable for contemporary audiences. In addition, traditional societal roles represented in the works have been adapted to reflect a more modern, more inclusive representation. The titles (albeit adapted):
• “THE PROPOSAL” (estimated approximately 30 minutes)
• “THE BEAR” (estimated approximately 20 minutes)
• “AND THE DANGERS OF TOBACCO” (estimated approximately 10 minutes)
YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATER
Young Playwrights’ Theater hosts online events and classes – all details are available online.