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 3 PM on June 18, 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.’
1st Stage is thrilled to announce the brand-new web series, Duck Harbor, the clever, humorous, and heartwarming story of long-distance love in later life. The piece is brought to audiences through a creative and innovative series of short scenes in which the actors, just like the characters, are meeting for the first time. Audiences will get to experience the magic of the theater and the excitement of new love between these two lonely hearts reaching out from charming small towns on opposite sides of the country. Every week, each of the two actors, who live on opposite coasts, will be given only their half of the script and will experience the other side of the story with a sincere and genuine freshness, live, in front of our audience. 1st Stage is delighted to welcome back renowned playwrights E. M. Lewis and Bob Bartlett, who will be collaborating on this unique and exciting piece. The series will be directed by 1st Stage Artistic Director Alex Levy. Performances will take place every Tuesday evening at 8:00 PM through August 17. Each webisode installment is provided FREE of charge with registration.
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 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.
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 is streaming Roaring, Stories I May Not Tell, I Know Jack, and their 5th 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 email@example.com.
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
You can find info about all Compass Rose Theater events 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.
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.
Everyman Theatre features the Summer 6 Pack Series of play readings.
Dinner and Cake
Written by Tuyet Thi Pham
Streams June 14 – 20
New to D.C., Mylinh finds herself serving as translator and only other dinner guest with two older couples, one American, one Vietnamese. Navigating the tension between the couples, Mylinh finds herself deflecting and defusing complicated questions about the cultural, national, and socio-political differences between the two countries that make up her own identity.
Blood Dries Brown
Written by Patrick Du Laney
Streams June 21 – 27
How far would you go to achieve artistic immortality? Paul, a young and brilliant painter, struggles with demons, both imaginary and real, after a traumatic experience leaves him unable to create. A funny, searing indictment of the price of fame and the stigmas associated with mental illness.
Behold, A Negress*
Written by Jacqueline E. Lawton
Streams June 28 – July 4
Set in Paris at the beginnings of Napoleon’s reign, the play imagines an intimate relationship between a real-life painter and her muse, a formerly enslaved black woman. A passionate and daring examination of the challenges of intersectional feminism and the role of art during times of social unrest and political upheaval.
Crying on Television*
Written by R. Eric Thomas
Streams July 5 – 11
A new comedy from Baltimore-based writer, humorist, and internet sensation R. Eric Thomas, is a platonic rom-com about four strangers in an apartment building, loving TV characters as much as you love your real friends, and trying to make genuine friendship connections as a grown-up in an ever-changing 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.
Devised and created by the artists, each episode can be joyfully enjoyed on its own, but faithful viewers of all 9 episodes will be rewarded with fun gems, callbacks, and foreshadowing nestled throughout the series. Foolish Fridays Season 2 is a celebration of collaboration, with all the creativity and ingenuity that audiences have come to expect from Faction of Fools Theatre Company. Leading the devising process are Showrunners Francesca Chilcote and Matthew Pauli with original music composed by Jesse Terrill, costume design by Lynly Saunders, and editing by Kevin Boyce.
Foolish Fridays Season 2 is created by and starring John V Bellomo, Francesca Chilcote, Natalie Cutcher, Tyler L Herman, Darius Johnson, Ben Lauer, Matthew Pauli, Hannah Day Sweet, and Kathryn Zoerb with Samantha Owen and Eileen Scandiffio serving as Production Managers.
More FOF 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 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 Live, YouTube or Twitter.
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. On June 19, they will feature The Green Hornet.
Donate to Greenbelt Arts Center Here.
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
JFD 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 brings you The Remarkable Four Seasons of Vivaldi, available starting May 29. For the virtual Season Finale, NCE will travel to Italy and wow the audience with its creative revival of Antonio Vivaldi’s extraordinary ‘Four Seasons,’ featuring humorous demonstrations, spectacular multimedia and reading of the sonnets. Experience the “Seasons” like never before. Uncover the story of the most popular composition of Antonio Vivaldi through words, images and music simultaneously. All ticket holders will receive a link to the exclusive produced video performance one week after the live taping, to watch in the comfort of their home. Each concert video will also include an invitation to a Zoom Virtual Wine and Cheese Reception featuring performance highlights and live conversation with the artists on Sunday Jun 6 at 4 pm.
You can find info about all National Chamber Ensemble events on their website.
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 through 5/16. 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!
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.
Pipeline Playwrights announces its first production in its Our Time, Our Stories Zoom production series: the world premiere of Ann Timmons’s A Very Present Presence, directed by Catherine Tripp. This production will be available as video-on-demand, streaming from June 2 at 7 pm through June 16, 2021, at 7 pm (ET). A Very Present Presence is a magical comedy that opens as Alice’s mid-life crisis is interrupted by a visitation from her long-dead great-aunt, who takes her on a journey through time. And Alice learns that her problems spring from sources deeper than she imagined. This show has everything: ghosts, time-travel, young love, craven lobbyists, protesting feminists, and tricky family relationships.
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.
Family secrets spanning decades unravel, as history and fiction collide in Ghost/Writer. In 1920 just outside of Tulsa, Patrick, an Irish immigrant, seeks out the services of Ms. Ruby, a mysterious Black woman from Baltimore, known to help exorcise ghosts from her clients, but the price she is asking may be too high. Meanwhile, in 2019, Charles Ross hires infamous ghost writer Rebecca Warren to help him through his writer’s block, but what she invokes could be his salvation or undoing. Edidi’s new play examines the intersections of race and gender inviting us to explore the role of love, justice and joy in a world where the ghosts of the past have yet to be laid to rest. This World Premiere of Dane Figueroa Edidi’s new work will be presented as a radio play and stream online.
You can find out about all Rep Stage productions on their website.
ROUND HOUSE THEATRE
Round House Theatre brings you the following online events.
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
STC 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.
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
You can find info about all Silver Spring Stage events on their website.
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 presents 2.5 Minute Ride – Lisa’s father is 74, nearly blind, a Holocaust survivor, and addicted to roller coasters. 2.5 Minute Ride follows two very different father-daughter trips: the annual Kron family pilgrimage to roller-coaster heaven in Sandusky, Ohio and Lisa’s once-in-a-lifetime trip to Auschwitz with her father. A travelogue through thrill and loss, Lisa Kron (book and lyrics, Fun Home) tracks her father’s enthusiasm, physical frailty, and ambivalence about the lives he might have lived with humor and unsentimental compassion.
See the production that started it all! This first installment of Synetic’s wordless Shakespeare series was originally performed at the Church Street Theater with Paata Tsikurishvili in the role of Hamlet and Irina Tsikurishvili in the role of Ophelia. Inspired by Hamlet’s own last words of the play, this Helen Hayes award-winning production is a visceral, stripped down take on the story of Shakespeare’s tragic prince.
As our physical and cyber worlds become more entwined – our lives as a whole more automated and impersonal – do we lose connection and empathy? What happens when technology obscures our own humanity and the humanity of those around us? Highlighting the terrifying extremes made possible through the abuse of modern technology, the 14th installment in Paata Tsikurishvili’s Shakespeare Series explores King Richard III’s Machiavellian rise to power in a movement-driven and action-packed display of stunning physicality and powerful visuals.
When the magical and powerful Prospera creates a sea storm, she gets more than she bargained for as romantic drama, deception, and quests for vengeance emerge from the depths. In Synetic’s production, a 1200-square-foot pool takes center stage, providing a dynamic and dazzling medium through which to bring Shakespeare’s characters to emotional life. This recording was originally intended for archival purposes. We are thrilled to offer you a glimpse into our archives and the chance to relive amazing theatrical experiences! Please enjoy the show!
Beauty and the Beast
This fresh adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is a sparkling and inspiring Gothic romance full of wonder, mystery, and redemption told through Synetic’s unique stage effects, puppetry and movement.
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.
The Phantom of the Opera
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
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!
Theater Alliance presents City in Transition: The Quadrant Series. Weaving together four distinctly DC stories from playwrights Khadijah Z., Ali-Coleman, Avery Collins, Shalom Omo-Osagie, and Leslie Scott-Jones, CITY IN TRANSITION: THE QUADRANT SERIES explores the issues facing communities throughout the District and, in turn, our nation. Streaming on-demand from 4/24 to 5/24.
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.
TWO STRIKES THEATRE COLLECTIVE
Two Strikes Theatre Collective presents This Crown is Mine – 12 original plays by Black women. Each 5 minutes long. Take a journey through Black hair. Black hair has been manipulated, regulated, fetishized and politized for hundreds of years. Twelve Black women playwrights provide a glimpse into personal stories about their own hair through short performance art pieces. The plays talk to hair types, maintenance, and society’s reception of their CROWNS. How have Black women learned to love and appreciate our hair? Registration will close on May 21st, 24 hours prior to the production start. All registrants will receive a separate email with a customized link to the production a few days prior.
UrbanArias will present Driving While Black through October 31st. 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 presents They Still Want To Kill Us 5/25 – 7/31. Along with other arts institutions across the nation, they will premiere the short film, which is an aria by composer and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) performed by mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, and directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It speaks truth to what transpired in 1921 at the Tulsa Race Massacre, an atrocity all but deleted from history until recently. The company will share the program on its website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD
The Washington Stage Guild presents How He Lied to Her Husband, set in a London drawing room, is a witty look at the love triangle as only Shaw could envision it, and is said to have been written by GBS in a matter of a few days. The play has often been interpreted as a kind of satirical commentary on Shaw’s own highly successful earlier play Candida, which one of the characters gets tickets to see. The online performance will stream on their You Tube Channel – https://bit.ly/325awwU – from Wednesday, May 19th at 8 PM through Sunday, May 23rd at 8 PM. There’s no charge to tune in. Donations, however, will be gratefully accepted. This one act comic gem will be directed by Morgan Duncan, who returns to the Stage Guild after his long sojourn with The Capitol Steps.
• Jordan Brown (Her Lover) is a recent graduate of Stevenson University (2019) and makes his Washington Stage Guild debut.
• Lawrence Redmond* (Her Husband) is well known to area audiences, and a veteran of numerous WSG productions. His last appearance with us was in Greg Jones Ellis’ All Save One.
• Julie-Ann Elliott* (Herself), also a favorite with local audiences, has likewise worked with the Stage Guild a number of times. She last appeared on our stage as librarian Emily Reed in Alabama Story.
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association
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
See the Woolly Mammoth website for all events.
WORKHOUSE ARTS CENTER
You can find all Workhouse Arts Center event info on their website.
YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATER
Young Playwrights’ Theater brings you Play Writing Workshops for Adult Writers, June 8 – July 29. “Introduction to Playwriting” is a great primer for people interested in learning to write, format, and structure plays. “Style and Form” is a workshop that can take your playwriting to the next level. Both workshops occur weekly from June 8 – July 29! Learn more and enroll today: https://bit.ly/