National Programming Available (or Scheduled) for Streaming
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From George Street Playhouse
Streaming Tuesday, October 27 - Friday, October 30 only
On June 1, 1950, Senator Margaret Chase Smith stood on the Senate floor & delivered her “Declaration of Conscience'' in a historic moment of political courage. This sharply written new play by Tony Award® winner Joe DiPietro takes you behind the scenes of 1950s Washington in the days leading up to & following the singular speech that rattled McCarthyism, Congress, & the nation itself.
Don't miss what The New York Times called “a timely boxing match of a history play", or Harriet Harris’ portrayal of Margaret Chase Smith as “a dry-witted hero with the rare courage to take on a lying bully who is sowing chaos, ruining reputations & threatening the very fabric of the nation.”
WATCH TRAILER HERE
Seattle Shakespeare presents
Thursday, October 29th | 7:30PM
Seattle Shakespeare hosts a FREE livestream reading of Richard III. This audio presentation revisits the Seattle Shakespeare Company and upstart crow collective production of Richard III and features most of the original cast of the 2018 production of the play. There will be a Question and Answer session following the presentation.
Don’t underestimate the last son of the mighty royal York family. Richard is as charming as he is cunning. Through scheming and seducing (and a few murders along the way), Richard secures the crown for himself…but can he hold it? Attempting to thwart his ill-gotten rise to power are some potent women who envision hope for their country in a new generation of leaders. This gripping portrait of a cunning villain’s rise and fall from power features a diverse female and non-binary cast.
MTH Theatre at Crown Center presents
On The Ocean, Beyond The Sea
in collaboration with SEA LIFE Kansas City
presented virtually beginning October 15
On the Ocean, Beyond The Sea is an original video presentation featuring tunes from maritime musicals and songs from the sea. The rich history of musical theater told on the water is on display as we celebrate songs from Titanic, Anything Goes, Dames at Sea, Spongebob the musical, and more! This video presentation is especially dynamic as the entire production was filmed on-site at SEA LIFE Aquarium!
Virtual production available for purchase Oct. 15 – Nov. 1
Available to view for 72 hours from performance time.
Fathom Events presents
IN THEATERS WED, OCT 28
Frankenstein (2020 Encore)
by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley
Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) as Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s Sherlock) as his creation.
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale.
Captured live on stage in 2011, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by almost one million people in cinemas around the world.
WATCH PREVIEW HERE
Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive. 77 hours into their mission they lose all communications with Earth as they pass around the dark side of the Moon. Further from home than mankind has ever been, in total darkness and facing impossible odds of survival the Astronauts confront themselves and each other. Marking 50 years since the launch of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, and based, in part, on actual transcripts, this brand-new online play is a captivating re-telling of one of the greatest space stories of all time. From the creative team behind the critically acclaimed lockdown production of Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong Online and Watching Rosie, Torben Betts’ The Dark Side of The Moon explores the outer limits of faith, hope and the power of the human spirit.
Original Theatre Company
After 25 long years spent adding figures in the same soul-crushing job, Mr Zero suddenly finds himself replaced by a machine. For the first time in his life, Zero takes his destiny into his own hands. The consequences set him on a path through this world and beyond, offering him one last chance for love, life and redemption. Take an extraordinary journey with Mr Zero in this stirring and hilariously dark anti-musical as it asks us to consider the true price of a human soul, told through Joshua Schmidt’s haunting score, inspired by gospel, opera, jazz and rock and roll. The UK premiere of Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt’s multi-award winning musical adaptation of Elmer Rice’s groundbreaking 1923 play is directed by Josh Seymour.
A brand new, fully improvised musical live-streamed to your home from Edinburgh Fringe Favourites & Olivier Award Winners, The Showstoppers! Using state of the art technology and rigorous social distancing, the company will take live suggestions from you watching at home to create hilarious brand new musicals on the spot and stream them direct to your sofa. So whether you fancy Hamilton on Hampstead Heath or some Stephen Sondheim set in a castle, you say it and – as always – they will make it happen! Each show will be available to watch for 48 hours after the live event so if you can’t join live, you can catch up afterwards.
Live at 16 Oct | 2:30 pm EDT, 23 Oct | 2:30 pm EDT, 30 Oct | 3:30 pm EDT
Based on Bram Stoker’s horror classic, this live immersive audio experience will transport audiences to the heart of Transylvania and the decaying, undead world of The Count himself. This fast-paced new immersive audio play, suggested by Orson Welles’ radio adaptation, will use new, proprietary technology to create a live 360-degree soundscape of howls, bats, screams, creaky floors, slamming doors and everything that goes bump in the night. With your ears and imagination as your guide, join Prof. Van Helsing as he leads a team of vampire hunters to destroy the evil that is Dracula once and for all. Gather with your friends near and far for the Halloween event of the year: dress in your undead best, light your candles, pour yourself a drink, and prepare to experience Dracula like never before.
Live at 30 Oct | 10:00 pm EDT, 31 Oct | 10:00 pm EDT
People might pretend that penguins don’t have problems, but mopey Mortimer certainly begs to differ. Frankly he finds the frozen life to be free of fun and far from festive. Despite the calm, cool and collected attitudes of the other penguins of his pack, Mortimer has no chill. He constantly complains that he’s got serious penguin problems. Join Mortimer for a hilarious journey through his long list of worries and woes that just might help YOU to find the sunny side of a cold, cold world!
Available until 30 Dec | 7:00 pm EST
Sadler's Wells' Digital Stage In Focus is a series of online collaborations with artists and companies to co-create a unique programme that gives you a chance to take a deep dive into the work. In Sadler’s Wells x ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, delve into the groundbreaking hip hop dance company led by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Kate Prince, choreographer of Sadler’s Wells’ and Universal Music UK’s acclaimed Message In A Bottle. Debuted in 2011, Some Like It Hip Hop is a nod to Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It tells a comical tale of love, mistaken identity and revolution, all played out in ZooNation’s trademark style.
Available 21 Oct | 7:00 pm EDT to 28 Oct | 8:00 pm EDT
Sadler's Wells Digital Stage
Sadler's Wells Theatre
A terrifyingly tantalizing terrific way to celebrate Halloween for the whole family while supporting two amazing organizations: The Actors Fund and Lymphoma Research Foundation. Please consider making an additional donation at actorsfund.org/Nightmare. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a special concert presentation of the Tim Burton/Danny Elfman classic animated film, as interpreted by some of Broadway’s ghoulishly talented artists, including Rafael Casal (Jack), Adrienne Warren (Sally), James Monroe Iglehart (Oogie Boogie), Danny Burstein (Santa), Nik Walker (Lock), Leslie Margherita (Shock) and Rob McClure (Barrel).
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS presents
Join Broadway Favorites for I Put a Spell on You
It'll be all treats, no tricks when a lineup of Broadway and drag favorites bring the Halloween chills and thrills to the cinematically striking stream of I Put a Spell on You at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, October 29.
Save the date now for this virtual Halloween blowout, a musical spoof of and tribute to the cult classic Hocus Pocus. I Put a Spell on You finds the Sanderson Sisters breaking the internet and diving into a world of pop culture's favorite villains. Watch for performances from Todrick Hall, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Eva Noblezada, Will Swenson, Bob The Drag Queen, Alexis Michelle and many more.
After selling out a live, in-person show the last four years, the Sanderson Sisters won't disappoint in this year's digital film complete with larger-than-life performances, over-the-top costumes and makeup and a healthy dose of Broadway magic. Visit broadwaycares.org/spell to discover insider perks for sponsors and VIPs.
And though the stream is free, all donations benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Your support during this sensationally spooky evening helps individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses receive healthy meals, vital medication, housing, emergency assistance and much more. Their needs are critically heightened during the COVID-19 crisis.
Fox Theatre Events presents
Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway
Laura Benanti - Saturday, November 14, 2020
Vanessa Williams - Saturday, December 5, 2020
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 Time: 8:00 pm
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 Time: 8:00 pm
You will receive an email approximately 24 hours before the event with a link and details to access the livestream.
Friday, October 30
Written by CHRISTIAN DURSO (“The Stranded” on Netflix, IAMA Theatre’s REDLINE)
SUSANNAH PERKINS (Network, The Wolves)
PAUL PONTRELLI (The Visitor, “Instinct” on CBS)
Music Performed by ANAND WILDER (from the band Yeasayer)
Directed by KNUD ADAMS (Paris, The Headlands)
In Shiner, a grunge rock love story set in the spring of 1994, two outcast teens make a pact to die happy. All they need to do before jumping off the 101 overpass is see Nirvana live in concert, but their plans are threatened by a first kiss, a restraining order, and Kurt Cobain's ailing health.
This reading will benefit The Mental Health Fund
(Go to our AUDITIONS PAGE for a new writing opportunity)
San Francisco's Tony Award-winning American Conservatory Theater presents an exciting season of virtual live theater with limited on demand viewing this fall, plus holiday favorite A Christmas Carol reinvented as a radio show!
by Federico Garcia Lorca’s
Adapted by John Graham
Directed by Christine Adaire
Featuring the MFA class of 2022
Livestream viewing: October 22, October 23, October 29, October 30, 2020
On-demand viewing: November 6 - November 13, 2020
Can you burn with desire and remain silent? When a bride’s former lover pays her a visit, she disappears before the ceremony. The vengeful groom follows them into the woods, unfazed by Death, Spirits, or the Moon. As passion and blood feuds converge, the fate of the three lovers hurtle toward the inevitable. This new adaptation examines the bonds of tradition, the legacy of family, and the price of conformity.
Virtually Speaking in conversation with Pam MacKinnon and Annette Bening A new series of in-depth conversations between A.C.T. Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and prominent icons of the industry.
First up: Annette Bening
Livestream: November 20, 2020
by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh
Music by Karl Lundeberg
Radio Adaption and Direction by Peter J. Kuo
On Demand Listening: December 5 - December 31, 2020
Listening Parties: December 4 @ 6pm and December 23 @ 6pm
For the first time in its 44-year history, the Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition will come to life as A Christmas Carol: On Air, an enthralling radio play that the whole family can enjoy from the comfort of their home. Tickets include and events that families can participate in together at home.
LIVE STREAM LINE-UP
Gavin Lee, Kerry Butler, More Star in Virtual A Very Brady Musical October 28
The Ogunquit Playhouse benefit makes appropriate use of the Brady Brunch squares in the theatre-via-Zoom era.
Tony nominees Gavin Lee and Kerry Butler play Mike and Carol Brady, respectively, in Ogunquit Playhouse’s virtual production of A Very Brady Musical October 28 at 7 PM ET. The benefit reading uses the The Brady Bunch opening sequence squares format, which has drawn many Zoom comparisons in the COVID era.
Rounding out the cast are Klea Blackhurst as Alice, Trista Dollison as Cindy, Celia Hottenstein as Marcia, Diana Huey as Jan, Troy Iwata as Peter, Mason Reeves as Greg, and Anthony Zambito as Bobby. The ensemble will feature Tracy Bidleman, Jason Matthews, Melinda Porto, and Chuck Ragsdale.
For tickets, click here. A Very Brady Musical will be available to watch through November 1. A post-show celebration will feature original cast members Barry Williams and Christopher Knight with the musical’s creators.
“We’re taking what could be a static reading, adding a dash of digital magic, and layering it with that iconic Brady framing to create a unique experience that appeals to every kind of theater-goer,” said Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director Bradford T. Kenney.
Authorized by CBS and created by the offspring and frequent collaborators of The Brady Bunch series creator Sherwood Schwartz, the musical features a book by Lloyd J. Schwartz and Hope Juber, with music and lyrics by Hope Juber and Laurence Juber.
The musical follows the Brady kids’ misadventures when they come to the mistaken conclusion that their parents are heading for certain doom: divorce. An in-person production was planned for 2021 but has been delayed due to the pandemic, according to producers Kate Atkinson, Victoria Lang, and Ryan Bogner.
For this presentation, the creative team includes director Richard Israel, music director Ted Arthur, technical director and video designer Jeremy Handelman, and stage manager Rachel A. Zucker. Casting is by Chad Eric Murnane/Binder Casting. A Very Brady Musical is presented with special arrangement from Purple Mountain Productions and Broadway & Beyond Theatricals.
Patti LuPone, Morgan Freeman, Laurie Metcalf, Phylicia Rashad, More to Headline All-Star Play Readings
The slate includes Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, and Robert O’Hara’s Barbecue.
Patti LuPone, Morgan Freeman, Laurie Metcalf, Phylicia Rashad, and more Broadway stars will perform in a new batch of Broadway’s Best Shows’ Spotlight on Plays weekly virtual readings to support The Actors Fund. Gore Vidal’s The Best Man kicks off the fall lineup October 14.
Starring in The Best Man are Freeman, Rashad, Elizabeth Ashley, Reed Birney, Matthew Broderick, Katie Finneran, Julie Halston, Stacy Keach, Robert Krulwich, John Malkovich, Zachary Quinto, Robert Sella, Lee Wilkof, Vanessa Williams, and Whitney Winfield. Sean Close, Travoye Joyner, Jered McLenigan, and TJ Wagner round out the ensemble; Michael Wilson directs.
The series continues October 20 with Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, starring Lucas Hedges, Paul Mescal, and Grace Van Patten. Lila Neugebauer directs.
Up next is a David Mamet double-header with Race October 29 and Boston Marriage November 12. The former is directed by Rashad and will star David Alan Grier, Ed O’Neill, Alicia Stith, and Richard Thomas. LuPone, Rebecca Pidgeon, and Sophia Macy headline Boston Marriage, directed by Mamet himself.
Then, Alan Cumming, Samira Wiley, Constance Wu, Ellen Burstyn, Manik Choksi, K. Todd Freeman, Mia Katigbak, and Anson Mount star in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya November 19. Gabriel Ebert serves as the narrator, with Danya Taymor directing Neil LaBute’s adaptation.
Ushering in the new month December 1 is Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still, starring the original Broadway cast: Eric Bogosian, Brian d’Arcy James, Laura Linney, and Alicia Silverstone. Daniel Sullivan directs.
Finally, Robert O’Hara helms his own Barbecue December 10. Carrie Coon, Colman Domingo, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Annie McNamara, S. Epatha Merkerson, Metcalf, David Morse, Kristine Nielsen, Tamberla Perry, and Heather Simms will take part in the presentation.
All streams begin at 8 PM ET with pay-what-you-can tickets available on TodayTix.
The Spotlight on Plays series is created and executive produced by Jeffrey Richards and produced by Patty Baker/Good Productions, Rebecca Gold, Jayne Baron Sherman, and Iris Smith with Jim Glaub and Jacob Soroken Porter. Select productions in the series are also produced by Ken Greiner, Louise L. Gund, Terry Schnuck, Ted Snowdon, and The Shubert Organization.
St. Ann’s Warehouse to Stream Phyllida Lloyd’s All-Female Shakespeare Trilogy, More This Fall
The Brooklyn venue will also as host in-person rooftop concerts and art installations.
St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn is moving forward with in-person and digital programming for its fall 2020 season. Among the highlights are streams of full theatrical productions and in-person rooftop concerts outside the venue.
As part of a previously announced collaboration with several theatres, St. Ann’s will present the stream of Emma Rice’s Romantics Anonymous September 26.
Audiences will then have the chance to watch Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare trilogy, filmed at the Donmar Warehouse in London. The three productions are Julius Caesar (October 9-15), Henry IV (October 16-22), and The Tempest (October 23-29), with a marathon of all works playing October 30-November 1.
Irish Rep Announces Virtual 2020 Fall Season Programming
Among the highlights are the Carol Kane-directed Belfast Blues and Bill Irwin’s On Beckett / In Screen.
The Irish Repertory Theatre will present a slate of online programming this fall with a number of theatre favorites taking part, including Carol Kane and Bill Irwin.
The season kicks off September 22–27 with a recording of Geraldine Hughes’ solo show Belfast Blues, directed by Broadway alum and Emmy winner Kane. The production was filmed last year at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Up next is Give Me Your Hand October 13–18. The piece features poems by Paul Durcan, as Dermot Crowley and Dearbhla Molloy take audiences on a virtual stroll through the National Gallery in London. Jamie Beamish directs.
A digital revival of Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet follows October 27–November 1. Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly, the cast and creative team from Irish Rep’s planned 2020 production, postponed due to COVID-19, reunited over Zoom to re-imagine the play for a virtual audience.
Tony winner Irwin (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) then presents On Beckett / In Screen November 17–22. In this piece, adapted from his 2018 solo show, Irwin explores a performer’s relationship to Beckett in the time of COVID
Finally, the season closes out in December with A Child’s Christmas in Wales in Concert, written by Dylan Thomas, adapted and directed by Charlotte Moore, with music direction by John Bell. An exact schedule for this production will be announced at a later date.
The fall season will also include three special events: Gregory Harrington: A Concert from the Irish Rep Stage September 17, A Beggar Upon Horseback / A Beggar on Foot November 9–10, and Plaguey Hill: A New Work by Paul Muldoon December 1.
For more information and tickets, visit IrishRep.org.
Welcome to Playbill Social Selects, a new way for Broadway and theatre fans to enjoy interactive activities based on what you love: the theatre!
The Ghostlight Tour
Join Broadway Up Close Owner Tim Dolan as he leads guests on a virtual journey through Broadway’s haunted past. Set against the backdrop of the Ghostlight superstition, Tim will share stories of spirits that still lurk in the shadows backstage. He’ll also unearth the history surrounding the theaters where the sightings took place, beginning in 1893 and moving forward through time.
Oct 28, 8PM ET
Stage Door Sessions
Visit the virtual stage door of some of your all-time favorite Broadway shows and meet the actors who would normally sign your Playbill! Hosted by Broadway Roulette.
Beetlejuice: October 29
Final Installment of Richard Nelson’s ‘Pandemic Trilogy’ to Stream September 10
The Apple family reunites via Zoom for Incidental Moments of the Day.
The company of The Public Theater's What Do We Need to Talk About?, written for and performed using Zoom.
A host of stage veterans will reprise their performances as members of The Apple Family for a third time during the coronavirus pandemic, reuniting for a stream of Incidental Moments of the Day: The Apple Family: Life on Zoom. The play, written and directed by Richard Nelson, will be available on YouTube September 10–November 5.
The cast will include Stephen Kunken, Sally Murphy, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, and Jay O. Sanders—marking their third Zoom play together while under quarantine—plus Charlotte Bydwell.
Though the stream is free to watch, donations are encouraged to the U.S.-based Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and the U.K.’s Theatre Artists Fund.
Incidental Moments of the Day follows What Do We Need to Talk About? and And So We Come Forth. The third play takes place six months into self-isolation, as the Apple siblings gather on Zoom once again to share thoughts on the pandemic, loss, and the coming election (a familiar topic for the Rhinebeck group).
“One unplanned and unforeseen joy in presenting these plays for free on Zoom has been their international reach, reflected by the many responses we have received from all around the world,” Nelson says. “Theatremaking is a universal art, and theatre itself has no borders, so it seems only natural that this last play should be given as a benefit for theatre funds and theatres not just in the U.S., but across the globe.”
Celebrate Yourself Triumphantly
Award-Winning LGBTQ + Content Available Now
In Full Bloom
The feature-length documentary, In Full Bloom, chronicles the lives of 13 transgender and two gay actors whose paths cross during the production of the unprecedented stage play, Lovely Bouquet of Flowers. Fiction becomes reality, when behind-the scenes, rehearsal and performance footage is interwoven with compelling personal interviews from the cast, dealing with family, inner conflicts, discrimination, coming out, surgery, hormones and the complexities of sexual identity and orientation. By sharing their own journeys, the actors transcend transgender by speaking to issues, such as relationships, careers and spirituality. In Full Bloom, challenges the viewer to move past stereotypes and to see the commonalities we all share as human beings.
Were the World Mine
Armed with a magical love potion and empowered by dazzling musical fantasies, struggling with his identity and acceptance, adorable teen, Timothy (Tanner Cohen) turns his narrow-minded town gay while capturing the heart of Jonathon, the rugby jock of his dreams. Were the World Mine uses vibrant imagery, a first-rate cast, and innovative music to push modern gay cinema and musical film beyond expectation. This critically acclaimed, multi-award winning film about the truth of love was inspired by Tom Gustafson’s award-winning musical short Fairies, which has screened in over 75 International film festivals. Featuring original music by Jessica Fogle and a tremendous score by Tim Sandusky.