2/26/2021   

Today is Friday, February 26, 2021

Read our review of FIRST DATE   (BroadwayHD)   HERE

Read our review of OTHELLO   (Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse)   HERE

See Our 2020 Year in Review HERE

OPEN-ENDED NATIONAL EVENT PROMOS

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS

REVIEWS 2020

   

NEW PROMOS TODAY:  

     Bad Dates     (George Street Theatre)

     Girl on an Altar     (Thespie / Kiln Theatre)

     The Climbers     (Thespie / Theatre by the Lake)

     25 Years of Rent     (Thespie / New York Theatre Workshop)

     This Time     (Broadway on Demand)

     

WATCH (OR ATTEND) TODAY (LOCAL)

     Crossroads     (Actor's Express Podcasts)

     Gee's Bend      (ACT1 Theater)

     Fat Juliet     (Shakespeare Tavern)

     Scandal: SeaLab     (Dad's Garage)

     The Mountaintop     (The New Theatre in the Square)

     Role Reversal Cabaret     (Out Front Theatre)

     Othello     (Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse)

     Love, M.     (Horizon Theatre)

     Sit In     (Alliance Theatre Anywhere)

WATCH TODAY (NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL)

     The Typists     (Play-PerView)

     Bad Dates     (George Street Theatre)

     The Road to Prominence     (Thespie)

     The Cherry Orchard: A New Media Workshop     (Playbill / Baryshnikov Arts Center)

     Gatsby: A Musical     (Playbill)

     The Sorcerer's Apprentice     (Playbill)

     This Time     (Broadway on Demand)

     Molly Sweeney    (Irish Repertory Theatre)

     The Belle's Stratagem    (Playbill / Red Bull Theatre)

     The Night Watcher     (Play-PerView)

     The Color Purple     (Thespie / Curve Online)

     Romeo and Juliet     (Broadway On Demand)

     F*ck Seventh Grade     (Broadway on Demand)

     The Past is the Past     (MTC Virtual Stage / Broadway on Demand)

     Simply Sondheim     (Playbill / Signature Theatre)

     Plymouth Point     (Thespie)

     Covid Fan Tutti     (Thespie / Oopera Baletti)

     Shook     (Thespie / Papatango)

     Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art      (Thespie / Original Theatre on Line)

     The Haunting of Alice Bowles     (Thespie / Original Theatre on Line)

                   (See Other Offerings from Original Theatre on Line)

WATCH TODAY (NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL OPEN-ENDED)

      In & Of Itself     (Playbill / Hulu)

     One Night in Miami ...     (Playbill / Amazon Prime Video)

     The Manic Monologues      (Playbill / McCarter Theatre Center)

     Christa McAuliffe's Eyes Were Blue     (Playbill / Center Theatre Group)

     Plaguey Hill     (Irish Repertory Theatre)

     A Beggar Upon Horseback     (Irish Repertory Theatre)

     A Beggar on Foot     (Irish Repertory Theatre) 

     Tuesdays With Morrie     (Broadway on Demand / Indiana Rep Theatre)

     Carole King:  Natural Woman     (Broadway on Demand)

     The Black Emperor of Broadway      (Broadway on Demand)

     Hamilton:  One Shot to Broadway     (Broadway on Demand)

     Martin's Dream     (Broadway on Demand / Children's Theatre of Cincinnati)

     Grimmz Fairy Tales     (Broadway on Demand / Children's Theatre of Charlotte)

     Scene from "Twelfth Night"     (Folger Library Encores)

     The Bard and The Duke     (Folger Library Encores)

     As You Like It     (Folger Encores)

     Moby Dick     (Bay Street Theatre)

     The Artist Channels (Broadway on Demand)

     3 Mo' Divas     (Broadway on Demand)

     The Last Play at Shea     (Broadway on Demand)

     Gift     (Broadway On Demand)

     La Jolla Playhouse's Digital "W.O.W." Series     (Broadway on Demand)

     Spittin' Truth to Power While Light Leaping For the People     (Broadway on Demand / La Jolla Playhouse)

     The Velveteen Rabbit     (Children's Theatre of Charlotte / Broadway on Demand)

     Leo Lionni's Frederick  (Chicago Children's Theatre)

     Doll Face Has a Party   (Chicago Children's Theatre)

     Dear Tomorrow -- Hope From Home     (Thespie / Northern Stage)

     Tales from the Front Line     (Thespie)

     Monuments     (Thespie)

     The Tailor-Made Man     (Thespie)

     Cuttings     (Thespie)

     Victoria    (Thespie / Northern Ballet)

     Lady Windemere's Fan    (Thespie / Vaudeville Theatre)

     The Duchess of Malfi     (Thespie / Shakespeare's Globe Theatre)

     What the Butler Saw     (Thespie / Curve Theatre)

     Hoodoo Love    (Thespie / Jubilee Theatre)

     Break Free    (Thespie)

     Barnes' People     (Thespie / Original Theatre Co)

                   (See Other Offerings from Original Theatre on Line)

     The Theatre Channel     (Thespie / The Theatre Cafe)

     Disney Cruise Line's "Frozen"     (Thespie)

     Clever Cakes     (Thespie / Little Angel Studios)

     The Hunting of the Snark     (Thespie / Southbank Centre)

     The Guy Who Hated Musicals     (Thespie)

     Oh, Hello:  On Broadway     (Thespie / Netflix)

     12 Angry Guests     (Thespie)

     Latin History for Morons     (Thespie / Netflix)

     Funny Peculiar     (Thespie)

            (And any of the MANY other Thespie offerings)

     Julie     (National Theatre at Home)

     Three Sisters     (National Theatre at Home)

     Mosquitoes     (National Theatre at Home)

            (And any of the MANY other National Theatre at Home offerings)

     Casanova     (BroadwayHD / Northern Ballet)

     Dirty Dancing Live in Concert     (BroadwayHD)

     NINE Productions from The Royal Shakespeare Company     (BroadwayHD)

            (And any of the MANY other BroadwayHD offerings)

     Stratford Festival Subscription Service

     National Theatre AT Home Subscription Service

If you have any information you would like included on this platform, please E-Mail me at BKRudy@aol.com, or go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theatrebuzzatlanta/

IS NOW

ONLINE EVENTS PORTAL ART BEATS ATLANTA HAS CHANGED NAME TO 

ART CURRENTS ATLANTA (ART CURRENTS) 

 

ATLANTA, GA – Online events portal, Art Beats Atlanta, has changed its name to Art Currents Atlanta (Art Currents). The website will still offer the same options for arts organizations and artists throughout the Atlanta-area to showcase virtual events, information, and classes, and member organizations wishing to submit events will follow the same policies and procedures as on the original website, but the branding, website URL, and email have changed. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter handles are @artcurrentsatl. The new website is now live. Please visit ArtCurrentsATL.com

Art Currents provides a space to share online arts programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a long-term goal to build Art Currents into a permanent resource for the greater Atlanta-area. The goal is also to inspire people to learn more about the arts community, and how they can become more engaged. 

 

“The idea for Art Currents is rooted in a couple of beliefs,” says Rachel May, Producing Artistic Director of Synchronicity Theatre, and one of the founding members. “First, people need entertainment, amusement and engagement for their emotional well-being. Since this is our business, the arts community has the innate ability to serve this need. Second, having one place where people can find high-quality digital content will keep people engaged in the arts, and bring them back to us when restrictions are lifted.” 

To become a member organization or to submit events or content, please visit ArtCurrentsATL.com. There is currently no membership fee to join. The public can access ArtCurrentsATL.com at no charge.  

 

ABOUT ART CURRENTS ATLANTA (ART CURRENTS) 

Art Currents is a co-op of Metro Atlanta-area arts and culture organizations with a mission to increase engagement between the public and the vibrant professional arts community of the greater Atlanta area. Originally created at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as a space to share innovative online arts programming, the long-term goal is to continue to build Art Currents into a platform promoting Metro Atlanta’s vibrant arts ecology for many years to come. 

Applications Open Soon for Jamie Hawkins-Gaar Memorial Scholarship at Dad’s Garage

 

Award to Provide Local Improv Team Twice-Monthly Coaching for a Year

Applications open next month for a Dad’s Garage scholarship program to honor the life and legacy of Jamie Hawkins-Gaar. This is the third cycle of this scholarship, after taking a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic. Applications will be accepted March 15 through April 16. Dad’s Garage will announce the winning group in mid-May and the team will begin performance coaching in August 2021, to run through July 2022.


Jamie died from an undiagnosed heart condition on February 4, 2017. He was 32 years old. A good friend of the Dad’s Garage family, Jamie was a vivacious creative professional—a screenwriter and director who developed and directed a considerable library of online sketches that garnered hundreds of thousands of views. 


Improv comedy was very much central to Jamie’s creative passions, and Dad’s Garage is proud to collaborate with his wife Katie Hawkins-Gaar to create a new scholarship program that continues Jamie’s legacy of continually creating awesome work. 

The Jamie Hawkins-Gaar Memorial Scholarship is open to improv teams based in Atlanta. Improv teams are groups of like-minded individuals who perform short- or long-form improv geared towards a specific concept or interest. The scholarship will provide one team with twice-monthly coaching sessions from Dad’s Garage, for a full year, for free.

There is no limit on how many people can be on a team; however, the roster must remain consistent throughout the coaching process. We are especially interested in teams that represent the diversity of race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. reflective of the larger Atlanta community. 


Through this scholarship program, we hope to foster new and diverse creative voices in Atlanta—something Jamie would have been very excited to see. This is the third year this scholarship has been offered. The first winners were “Other Side of the Wall,” a bilingual Spanish-English improv troupe. The second year’s winners were “Red Pill Players,” a group of Black improvisers who cover issues related to social justice in their performance.  

Important Dates:


April 16-- Applications Due
Mid May -- Announcements Made
Late Summer 2021 -- Scholarship Starts

 

 

Important Links:

 

You can apply to the program here,

To donate to this fund in honor of Jamie’s legacy, please do so here.

 

About Jamie Hawkins-Gaar:
Atlanta held a special place in Jamie’s heart. He grew up in Loganville, Georgia; attended college at Georgia State University, where he met his wife and many lifelong friends; co-founded Atlanta-based Bland Hack Pictures and collaborated with Twinhead Theatre; and attended countless shows at Dad’s Garage. He completed all four levels of improv classes at Dad’s and directed their award-winning short film “Movers.” Jamie credited improv with helping him become a better performer, writer, and collaborator. He enjoyed mentoring and was passionate about cultivating more diversity and supporting minority-based groups within the improv community. Jamie died at 32 years old while running a half marathon on February 4, 2017. At the time of his death, Jamie lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he was a barista at Craft Kafe, member of The Third Thought improv troupe, and volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. 

 

 

About Dad’s Garage Theatre Company:

Founded in 1995, Dad's Garage Theatre Company has grown from a small volunteer led organization to a thriving mid-size theatre led by professional artistic and administrative staff that includes over 300 volunteers and performers. We now entertain more than 33,000 people each year in Atlanta, at public events across the state, and at improv festivals across the continent. In addition to outrageous original productions, Dad’s Garage produces improv shows year-round, educates young improvisers in a high school outreach program, and facilitates classes and workshops for the general public.

 

Our Mission:

Dad's Garage transforms people, communities, and perspectives through laughter.

 

 

Season Sponsors:

Dad's Garage relies on financial support from several generous companies to keep producing scripted and improv comedy. Special thanks to Delta Air Lines, Turner, MailChimp, Fulton County Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, and the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs for their support.

 

 

Dad's Garage Theatre Company

569 Ezzard Street SE

Atlanta, GA 30312

www.dadsgarage.com

Status of Local Theatre Venues During the Pandemic

Need a "Leg Up" on turning depressing quarantine into joyous elation? 

Check Out Danny Crowe's LIFT UP ARTISTS series on You Tube

Sing the Praises of our Peers!

This project aims to assemble artists from around the country to celebrate their collaborators! Which we often forget to do! With how high pressured and rejection filled the arts industry is, sometimes we all need a little bit of a boost!

EPISODE 1    

EPISODE 2  (Women's History Month)

EPISODE 3

EPISODE 4  (Pride Month)

Atlanta Theatre Artists for Justice is a Facebook group for members of the Atlanta Theatre Community to organize support for the response to the murder of George Floyd and the BLM Movement. Use this group: - To share information about peaceful protests going on throughout the Metro-Atlanta area. - To meet up with others to attend protests as a unit and keep each other safe. - To provide assistance (providing waters, babysitting, petsitting, giving rides) if not able to attend the protests in person. - To do safety check-ins following the protests, especially if there is police intervention. I understand that there are countless issues in our community in regards to the lack of action from the institutions we work for. But please keep this group about how WE act and how WE respond. The moderators reserve the right to keep this a safe, peaceful group.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO OR TO JOIN

A Letter to the Community: Local theatres respond to the coronavirus pandemic

Below is an open letter from a group of Atlanta theatres, which was published by Atlanta InTown Paper. We'd like to share it with you.

To Our Local Theatre Fans, Friends, and Family:

Right now is an unprecedented time for our community, and the local theatre community will likely be hit especially hard. COVID-19 has caused a great deal of change, and we are all facing a tremendous amount of uncertainty. Currently, our leaders are making the hard but necessary choice to ban mass gatherings of people, and nobody is sure how long this may go on for. This directly affects theatres, as we will most likely be unable to host shows and sell tickets for an extended period of time. Theatres are facing a major loss in revenue because of this. In addition to the impact on our organizations, the performers, artisans, and administrative staff of local theatres are also likely to have personal financial struggles through the coming weeks.

We are coming to you now to ask for your continued support of local theatre, even as we
temporarily shutter our doors. There are three easy ways you can help support us through these uncertain times: make a donation, buy a gift certificate, and talk to your legislators.

Make a donation. All of the theatres listed in this letter are nonprofit organizations. That means that we re-invest any profits we make back into our mission, rather than paying shareholders. As nonprofit organizations, it also means we can accept tax-deductible donations! This is by far the best thing you can do right now to support your local theatres. A pledge for monthly support is also a wonderful way to provide sustained support as we work to recover in the coming months. Finally, if you bought a ticket to a show that gets cancelled, consider turning the cost of that ticket into a donation, rather than asking for a refund.

Buy a gift certificate. Many local theatres have the ability to issue gift certificates that patrons can use for future shows. Please check with the theatres you frequent, and inquire if they can sell a gift certificate. Treat your future self to a night of entertainment, and once life returns to normal we look forward to welcoming you into our theatres!

Talk to your legislators. In the coming weeks there will likely be bills put forth on the state and national levels for economic relief for those affected by COVID-19. Please reach out to your legislators and let them know that nonprofit arts organizations and artists should be included in these relief packages.

We can make it through this together, but local theatres need your support to help weather this storm. Even once COVID-19 passes, theatres will still be facing financial gaps and tight budgets, and will likely be asking for your donation to offset our losses. Please have patience with us. We are all dedicated to bringing you amazing theatrical experiences

We look forward to seeing you once again at our theatres. Until then, stay safe and healthy.

This too shall pass.

7 Stages
Actor’s Express
Alliance Theatre
Aris Theatre
Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Aurora Theatre
Center for Puppetry Arts
City Springs Theatre
Dad’s Garage Theatre
Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Horizon Theatre Company
Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre
Out Front Theatre Company
Serenbe Playhouse
Stage Door Players
Synchronicity Theatre
Theatre Buford
Theatre du Reve
Theatrical Outfit

AN OPEN LETTER FROM ROB BROOKSHER

 

Hi folks,

Theatres and theatre artists across the country are facing a potential existential threat due to COVID-19. Most theatre artists live on a paycheck to paycheck, gig to gig basis and have to supplement their art with a second and oftentimes third part-time job.

Many of these artists might soon find themselves out of work, and as the infection rates continue, we will, guaranteed, have members of our community under quarantine, unable to leave their house and unable to earn an income. To many ATL artists, this will be a devastating financial blow.

I've started this campaign to do as much as I can for my friends and peers who will be affected. A lot of things are still falling into place, but the first steps of where your money goes are:

- Purchasing of food supplies for a frozen meal prep volunteering group that will create a meal train for those who are quarantined or financially in need due to being out of work, delivering nutritious food and supplies to the doorsteps of those artists who are in financial need.

- Purchasing of necessary essentials for artists in financial need (pain medications, fever reducers, electrolytes, etc)

 

**NONE OF THIS MONEY WILL GO TO ME, JUST DOING MY PART :) **

Please consider donating if you have the means, and please share!     CLICK HERE TO DONATE

If you are interested in volunteering/organizing, please visit our Facebook group:

Atlanta Artist Emergency Relief Volunteers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/199541764601434/

Stay safe out there!

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