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What To Watch July 11th To Take Away The Blues

What To Watch July 11th To Take Away The Blues

Tartuffe, starring Raúl Esparza and Samira Wiley. Molière in the Park presents a free live stream of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur’s translation of Molière’s Tartuffe. The cast includes four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (CompanySeared), Emmy winner Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s TaleOrange Is the New Black), Kaliswa Brewster (Billions), Naomi Lorrain (Orange Is the New Black), Jared McNeill (Battlefield), Jennifer Mudge (The Irishman), Rosemary Prinz (Tribute), and Carter Redwood (When January Feels Like Summer). Extended until July 12th.

Molière in the Park Founding Artistic Director Lucie Tiberghien helms the reading. Reservations are required.

2pm and 8pm: Stars in the House at 2pm: Plays In The House: a regional spotlight on The Allegro Wolf Arts Center with Taylor Eliason and guests.  and 8pm: Guest Host Andréa Burns and Friends

Norm Lewis

2:30pm: Turn Up! A host of theatre luminaries will take part in Turn Up!, a streaming benefit for the Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ rights, and intersection of both movements. 

Among those set to participate are Tony nominee Norm Lewis, Olivier winners Sharon D. Clarke, Noma Dumezweni, and Clive Rowe, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Johnnie Fiore, Brenda Edwards, Zaris-Angel Hator, Aisha Jawando, Brittney Johnson, Brandi Chavonne Massey, and Joe Aaron Reid.

The event will be filmed in part at London’s Cadogan Hall and feature songs, poetry, readings, speeches, and more. 

3pm: LAO at Home: Living Room Recital This weekend recital features soprano Guanqun Yu, an artist who has dazzled LA Opera audiences as the Countess (Rosina) in both The Marriage of Figaro and The Ghosts of Versailles, and as Vitellia in The Clemency of Titus

5pm: Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar Tonight’s scheduled pianists are Franca Vercelloni (@Franca-Vercelloni) and Michael James Roy (@MichaelJames-Roy).

Gideon Glick
Gideon Glick

7pm: The Few written and directed by Samuel D. Hunter. The reading will feature the entire original Rattlestick Playwrights Theater cast, including Tony nominee Gideon Glick (To Kill a Mockingbird).

Four years ago, Bryan abandoned his labor of love: a newspaper for truckers.  Now he’s returned—with no word of where he’s been—and things have changed. His former lover is filled with rage, his new coworker is filled with incessant adoration, and his paper is filled with personal ads.  As he considers giving up for good, Bryan searches for what he couldn’t find on the road: a way to keep faith in humanity.

7pm: Dear New York The John A. Reisenbach Foundation on NY-broadcast network affiliates WABC, WCBS, WNBC, and FOX5.

Robert Klein (They’re Playing Our Song) will narrate the 30-minute program, which will showcase interviews with four New Yorkers whose stories are emblematic of the many affected by the ongoing pandemic: Patrick Vaill (Jud Fry in the Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma!), comic Gina Brillon, chef JJ Johnson, and musician Antoine Roney.

The four interviews were filmed at NYC venues The Triad Theater, Blue Note Jazz Club, Harlem restaurant Fieldtrip, and Gotham Comedy Club.

Also making appearances and sharing messages are Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, actor/comic Susie Essman, and chef Daniel Boulud.

Viewers are invited to donate at Funds raised will benefit JAR grantees, including 10 new grantees that support programs across the city that are helping communities impacted by COVID-19.

7:30pm: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly Anthony Minghella’s exquisite production—an instant classic at the Met since its 2006 premiere—provides an evocative setting for this tragedy about a noble but naive geisha awaiting the return of her American Navy lieutenant. Key to the staging are symbolic visuals that tap into traditional Japanese culture while honoring the searching, timeless beauty of Puccini’s mid-career masterpiece.

8pm: Native Son For one night, a play by Nambi E. Kelley, adapted from the novel by richard wright, and directed by our very own Emil Thomas. Native Son tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a black man navigating prejudice and relationships in the 1930’s. Purchase a ticket to stream Theatre in the Square’s 2017 production of Native Son, presented in collaboration with the Actor’s Theatre of Georgia.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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