By C.E.E.K for Boston Compass (#133)
The theatre scene has a flurry of new and ongoing projects hitting your computer screens this Spring before the warmer weather allows for some outdoor programming. In fact, now is the time to reserve your tickets before certain shows sell out, including New Rep’s one-woman show Unveiled and the American Repertory Theatre’s streaming of Company One’s production of Hype Man: A Break Beat Play.
While no dates have been confirmed, hopes are high that the Arlekin Players will offer more dates for their groundbreaking recent workshop of their upcoming production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. This is an innovative adaptation of the timeless Russian classic featuring new experiments in virtual theatre and some major acting talents including local favorites Darya Denisova and Nael Nacer, along with big names like Jessica Hecht (from Breaking Bad) and um, Mikhail Baryshnikov. This sold out quickly so join Arkekin’s email list for your next chance to catch this.
Scroll a bit further for some local shows and conversations to tune into this month and feel free to reach out with future productions or other suggestions at TheatrescapeBoston@gmail.com
As theatre evolves amid all this uncertainty, navigating a new medium is a daunting task for many theatre companies. Cue StageSource, a local non-profit resource for the New England theatre community. This series covers monetizing virtual theatre, tracking viewership/engagement, contracting, livestreaming, union guidelines and partnerships. Join the conversation with their panel of professionals this month covering questions about budgeting, engaging audiences and contracting union artists.
WHERE: $5-20 tickets. Register at StageSource.org
A conservative mother in Texas comes to terms with her own ignorance when her teenager comes out as queergender. This one-woman show pits fear, prejudice and public pressure against unconditional love. This virtual play isn’t cheap, but neither is making theatre.
WHERE: $30 at SpeakEasyStage.com
This show starring Canadian mother-son duo, Asha and Ravi Jain, hits Boston’s virtual stage thanks to Arts Emerson. A comedy that navigates familial and cultural expectations in conflict with the freedom to determine one's own future. Check out the trailer and reserve a ticket to stream.
WHERE: pay-what-you-can tickets at ArtsEmerson.org
Company One continues their ongoing series of important community conversations. This time with a panel of Black trans leaders and artists to discuss how we can work to create more equity and safety for this community. Catch up on the series with past episodes here.
WHERE: Free at CompanyOne.org
This is a FREE weekly online show the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) has been producing every Tuesday at noon, where important topics and some incredible creative minds come together for a curated conversation. Check out the past shows and register for the next online.
WHERE: Register at AmericanRepertoryTheater.org
Check out the first few short audio plays in this new series from the Lyric Stage Co featuring playwrights David Valdes and Ginger Lazarus.
WHERE: Free to listen at LyricStage.com
The Huntington Theatre’s 2016 show is back and has gone audio thanks to their partnership with WGBH radio. This hilarious confrontation of Asian stereotypes and family by Mike Lew is streaming as a podcast in four half hour episodes.
Where: Listen for free at Huntingtontheatre.org
This online series of short audio plays features a gaggle of local playwrights imagining a future scene in their favorite Boston spots. Talents include local Boston theatre mainstays like John Kuntz, Melinda Lopez, Kirsten Greenidge and more.
WHERE: Free to listen at HuntingtonTheatre.org
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