What We've Heard

09/02/2020 - 11:43pm

Shakespeare Theatre Company announced that Emma Rice’s (Brief Encounter) musical treat "Romantics Anonymous" will be available for 5 days of live streaming September 22 - 26. Originally slated to play at the theatre this past spring but canceled due to the pandemic, "Romantics Anonymous" will be part of a “digital tour” of UK & US theatres and will be performed live at Bristol Old Vic each evening and streamed. The story of two French chocolatiers who overcome their anxieties to take a chance on romance is both quirky and classic. Performances at 2:30pm EST except Sept. 26 at 4pm EST. Tickets are £15, increasing to £20 the week of performances.

09/02/2020 - 11:14pm

MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY OF DC in partnership with the DC Public Libraries (DCPL), will host a series of FREE workshops teaching the basics of playwriting (September 3, 10 & 17, 2020 at 7pm). Over three sessions, writers will build upon the neighborhood oral history project already begun by the DCPL, and focus on how to create plays using interviews and oral recordings. A DCPL representative will spend approximately 10 minutes of each workshop familiarizing participants with DCPL’s collection of oral recordings. By the end of the series, participants will have started (if not completed) a draft of their own play based on historical recordings. Sessions taught by Gethsemane Herron-Coward and James J Johnson (JJ) and are 90 minutes long.

09/01/2020 - 6:20pm

Shakespeare Theatre Company presents "Shakespeare Hour LIVE!" events in which you can join Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg for online tours through various corners of the Shakespeare universe. Each week, Simon and Drew will examine the world of Shakespeare and our own by discussing two plays from the Shakespearean canon with special guests and friends of the STC extended family. These live conversations will be on Zoom - with the next sessions running September 9 to 30 (past events streaming online) with September 9 themed "Shakespeare & The Law" with Guests multiple Tony and Emmy Award nominee Kate Burton; Jessie K. Liu (Former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia); and Abbe Lowell (Winston & Strawn, LLP; Chair, STC Bard Association). FREE.

08/31/2020 - 12:56pm

Check out Signature Theatre's episodes of "The Signature Show", a biweekly half-hour digital experience featuring performances by acclaimed artists, interviews, celebration of new musical voices and tributes to the past, present and future of the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. Episodes feature performances and interviews and you can catch them every two weeks on Signature's YouTube channel. FREE

08/31/2020 - 12:31pm

Creative Cauldron's Summer Cabaret and Concert Series continues, now in an all-new outdoor and socially distanced format. Next performers include Wesley Diener Sept 4, Seán Heely on Sept 5, Helen Hayes Award nominee Jade Jones on Sept 11, Tia Rountree on Sept 12, both at 8pm. Performances run til September 25 every Friday/Saturday evening near the theatre's East Falls Church location - the Cherry Hill Park. Check website for schedule and safety protocols. Tickets $30.

08/27/2020 - 1:04pm

Arena Stage presents Molly’s Salon, with Artistic Director Molly Smith, each Thursday (7pm, then streaming) and features artists and leaders of Arena Stage. These 30 minute weekly conversations will include some of the best thinkers and creative firebrands as they discuss new ideas they are excited about and glimmers of hope for the future. Upcoming Schedule includes: August 27 - Khaled Nabawy, actor, Arena’s Camp David, Michael Edwards, Artistic Director, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Jackie Reyes-Yanes, Director of the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs; September 3 - Idris Goodwin, playwright and Power Play Commissioned Writer, Philippa P.B. Hughes, Social Sculptor and Cultural Strategist, Jocelyn Clarke, Arena Stage dramaturg; September 10 - Psalmayene 24, playwright, director, actor and Arena Stage Master Teaching Artist, Deborah Breevort, playwright and musical theatre librettist/lyricist, The Women of Lockerbie, Lex Sant, President, The Sant Foundation. FREE.

08/27/2020 - 12:14pm

The August 29 Angel Rose Artist Collective presentation of "The Diaz Family Talent Show (El Show de Talento de la Familia Diaz)" was postponed. The new Zoom presentation date with ASL + ESP interpretation (suggested donation $15, benefits The Inanna D Initiatives) will be announced soon. Helen Hayes Award nominee Dane Figueroa Edidi's play is part of Play At Home, a series of short plays available to be downloaded free-of-charge to be read at home or presented to a virtual audience. The cast & creatives are an All-Black Trans Team, directed by DC-based artist & Angel Rose Artist Collective member Zayn Nehan. Angel Rose Artistic Collective is eligible for this year's John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards.

08/26/2020 - 8:52pm

The Keegan Theatre's virtual performance series, Boiler Room Series LIVE, next presents Heroine in concert - best friends singing for social change - August 30 (8pm). Heroine is an indie pop duo made up of Bridget Linsenmeyer and Helen Hayes Award nominee Ines Nassara. The group is known for its power anthems and compelling unison, and proudly uses both their lyrics and artist image to advocate for solidarity and intersectional empowerment of women. Hosted by Drew Anderson. $5 suggested donation with half proceeds benefiting organization chosen by the artists, The Okra Project.

08/25/2020 - 12:22pm

Ford's Theatre presents a Cabinet Conversation: The March on Washington on August 27th at 4pm. This live-streamed event focuses on the anniversary of the March on Washington, in anticipation of the 57th anniversary on August 28th, 2020. Cabinet Conversations are offered every other Thursday at 4pm and past events are available to stream. Ford's also has a variety of virtual events and tours available, details can be found on their website. Free

08/20/2020 - 9:00pm

Synetic Theater’s legendary, cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest returns. Stream a recording of the 2019 remount (thru Sept. 7) starring Synetic co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili in the role of Prospera. 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. Pay-what-you-can tickets begin at $5.

08/05/2020 - 1:35pm

Join Studio Theatre for their virtual dance parties with conversation in collaboration with director, educator, theatre-maker—and now digital emcee—Psalmayene 24. The digital salons are an online gathering space to highlight the work of Black creatives, signal boost local and Black-owned businesses, and kick back to live music by DJ Nick tha 1da. All 3 episodes now streaming. FREE

07/30/2020 - 8:33pm

A groundbreaking online performance for families that explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it, and ideas for what you can do about it. Thirty seven producing theatre for young audiences theaters inncluding Imagination Stage premiere this online theatrical experience for children 7+ and their families. Now extended and available to watch thru August 7, along with accompanying interviews and educational videos, by creating a free account on Broadway on Demand (30min long). Adapted and Directed by Khalia Davis, Lyrics by Davied Morales, Music by Justin Ellington, Based on the book by Jelani Memory.

07/28/2020 - 2:36pm

Embracing the ubiquity of contemporary podcasts while harkening to the earlier radio dramas, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting presents its summer repertory season of 3 radio plays: Hamlet by William Shakespeare (July 16) dir by program director Alec Wild, Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw (July 18) dir by Aaron Posner, and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (July 17) dir by Holly Twyford - then available as podcasts. ACA Program Director Alec Wild says, “Radio doubles down on this idea. Everything is up to the imagination of the audience! It is arguably the most purely theatrical experience, and we’re thrilled to be adding these audio dramas to the STC/ACA repertoire.”

07/23/2020 - 5:12pm

Prologue Theatre presents readings & a bike challenge. The readings July 24 (7pm) and August 8, 2020 (2pm) are of the play "Bike America" by Mike Lew which pedals the audience along a cross-country bike trip from Boston to California, with stops in big cities and small towns along the way as Penny looks to bring more meaning into her life, to find a lifestyle that suits her and a town that feels like a home. Both readings are followed by discussions with the artists. Plus, check out the 4,000 Mile Challenge - participate with the Prologue team as they virtually travel the cross-country route in the play, collectively walking, running and biking 4,000+ miles. Register and you will be sent all the details to complete the enrollment process on My Virtual Mission. You can also complete the activity of your choice and log your miles.

07/22/2020 - 2:55pm

July 25 (8pm) and then streaming, Dark Horse Theatre presents the first Video Play of their Rogue Runner Series - "Spirit Seekers, A play written for virtual performance" by Amy Dellagiarino. An amateur group of ghost hunters camps out in the haunted and infamous Hunterville House only to end up encountering more then they bargained for. A fast-paced comedy for online theatre filled with laughs, ghosts, and face paint. The Rogue Runner series is the home for all of the Dark Horse virtual entertainment options, including: Performances of plays written specifically for virtual presentation, short films, video sketches, and readings of new plays with our sister company Walking Shadow Readers' Theatre. There will be a Q&A with cast, crew, and the playwright after the performance. FREE, but registration required to receive streaming link. Donations are accepted. Register by emailing darkhorseva@mail.com.

07/22/2020 - 2:48pm

On July 23, 2020 (8pm), 4615 Theatre Company presents a free, live-streamed reading of "Wannabe", the first full-length play by actor and playwright James. J. (J.J.) Johnson, directed by 4615 resident artist Reginald Richard. "Wannabe" follows a young black dreamer from the age of six to eighteen, as he zealously navigates the distractions of growing up in a small, working-class town nestled in the mountains of Virginia. Jay wants to be a lot of things in life, but his aspirations can feel too big for such a small town. Wannabe is a hilarious exploration of how identities are carved from the people and the environment by which we are surrounded, and how life can not only manifest whom we want to be but also whom we need to be.

07/16/2020 - 12:11pm

This summer, The Keegan Theatre's Boiler Room Series rolls out a unique online performance series to help serve playwrights, artists, and audiences while the global pandemic continues. BRS LIVE features the series' signature mix of new works and unique performances, streamed live from their stage. "What It Is" is a new series from host, performing artist, and educator Drew Anderson (Keegan's Helen Hayes-nominated "From Gumbo to Mumbo"); each episode introduces audiences to Drew's very favorite artists and brings levity and love to a world in dire need of both. Episode 1 features Rhonisha D. Franklin, an award-winning photographer, and Basic the Bassist, a multi-talented musician and artist. Ticket sales and donations for Episode 1 support the Red Dot Campaign.

07/15/2020 - 5:48pm

Join Monumental Theater Company for a reading of Ricky Drummond's new musical, Desiderium July 20 8pm (then streaming thru July 24). The musical - which features the music of The Oh Hellos, is directed by Caroline Dubberly and includes arrangements and music direction by Marika Countouris - explores how we grieve and move forward in the wake of a tragedy. Sam, a high schooler, dies and his family and friends must find a way forward through their memories of him. Online reading will feature a talk back with the cast and creative team.

07/14/2020 - 5:12pm

Adventure Theatre MTC’s "Jingle in July" looks to bring the magic of winter into the homes of children & families. Seeking DC, Maryland, or Virginia writers to take part in a flash creation of new work for a series of online readings for family audiences focused on winter and holiday themes and actors to perform in them. "Jingle in July" script readings will be a free event on Facebook Live, July 26, 2020 and the theatre will select at least one playwright to be commissioned to present their play at WinterFest in the coming 2020-21 season. To Submit A Script (sign up by July 17, scripts due by July 20) or for actors to submit to perform via an open call (over the age of 16; send info by July 17), see details at link.

07/09/2020 - 11:10am

Synetic Theater's virtual production of "The Decameron" is now streaming. This new closing event of the 2019-20 season is their first designed-for-digital production: an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's "The Decameron." Written in Italy in response to The Black Plague of 1347-1351, it is a collection of 100 novellas that celebrates the human impulse to connect through storytelling in a time of despair and isolation. Artists are adapting one story each remotely while being mentored by other Synetic company members and artistic leadership. Choose your own experience through individual selections, pre-created playlists, or experience the work serially in honor of the source material. Pay-What-You-Can ticket options begin at just $10.