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What To Watch July 26th To Take Away The Blues

What To Watch July 26th To Take Away The Blues

photo’s of Megan Hilty are by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

10:30am: Other Than We Columbia University Earth Institute The reading of a play written and directed by Karen Malpede about life after the “Deluge,” when the privileged live in a hermetically sealed Dome, and a quartet of rebels engage in “an unlikely plot to create a new, post-Homo sapiens species.”

2pm: In These Uncertain Times a digitally-devised theatre performance, made specifically for its medium. It is a new dramaturgy defined by dystopia, and it is a love letter to the art of theatre. Stemming from a group of artists wondering if COVID-19 is the death of theatre as we know it, a tragicomic, Chekhovian Zoom performance. From drinking competitions, sad Chekhov monologues, and corona-virus meme collages, grieving for the past.

The piece was created by Source Material collective, the members of which are currently quarantined all over the country.

Director Samantha Shay had the cast give her virtual tours of their homes, to figure out how to best utilize their shared resources. They also plan to utilize different aspects of the Zoom platform itself, including the chat box. I have yet to see anything that addresses this moment in this way, and I think this piece is an innovative addition to the ongoing question of what theatre is and what theatre could be in the future. 

2pm: Plays In The House Teen Edition: A Simpler Time by various artists.  The reading benefits Philadelphia Young Playwrights

4pm: Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar scheduled pianists are Adam Michael Tilford (@Adam-Tilford-1) and Dan Daly (@DanDalyMusic). 

6pm: Shakespeare in Vegas, Starring Karen Ziemba and Patrick Page By TheatreWorks. Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (ContactCurtainsPrince of Broadway) and Tony Award nominee Patrick Page (Hadestown) will head up a dynamic cast when TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents a benefit online reading of Shakespeare in Vegas, a rollicking comedy by Suzanne Bradbeer.

Presented by TheatreWorks’s New Works from Home program in partnership with Vegas Theatre Company, this comedy shines a spotlight on an unlikely pairing, as a wiseguy producer with a dream and a despondent New York actor join forces in their attempt to bring the Bard of Avon to Sin City.

Helmed by Las Vegas native and TheatreWorks’s Artistic Associate and Director of New Works Giovanna Sardelli, Shakespeare in Vegas will be offered via video streaming from 6pm (PT), Thursday, July 23, 2020 until 6pm (PT), Monday, July 27, 2020. 

A link to stream the show will be available at TheatreWorks.org for no charge, although donations are encouraged to support the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony-winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, which like theatres across America has been forced to cancel in-theatre performances to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.

6pm: Pieces of the Moon mark the 51st anniversary of the U.S. landing on the moon July 20 when Hammer Theatre Center and One Year Lease Theater Company (OYL) partner for a special presentation, a timely and compelling new play by Nick Flint adapted for radio, making its world premiere via live stream.

This theatrical jazz riff explores the rise of the Black Arts Movement alongside the Apollo 11 mission which landed the first person on the moon, told from the perspective of “godfather of rap” Gil Scott-Heron.

Directed by OYL Co-Artistic Director Ianthe Demos. Streaming is free, but registration is required.

7pm: The Little Foxes Live Reading by Quarantine Theatre Company. Austin Pendleton, Morgana Shaw, Liam Mitchell, Barbara Bleier, Tom Smith, Tammy Faye Starlight, and Ian Christiansen. Pendleton acted in the 1967 Broadway revival of the play and directed the 1980 revival, starring Elizabeth Taylor. 

Shaw plays the lead role of Southern vixen Regina Giddens, memorably played by Bette Davis in the classic 1941 film. Shaw played Davis in the one woman play, All About Bette

7pm: Your Blues Aint Sweet Like Mine Two River Theater Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs a Zoom reading of one-act play, which explores America’s racial divide through the relationship between Zeke, “a walking outburst,” and Judith, “a seeker of truth.” Some of the original 2015 world premiere cast reunites for the reading, including Brandon J. Dirden, Andrew Hovelson, Merritt Janson, and Rosalyn Ruff, with Glynn Turman coming on to play the role of Zebedee.

7pm: Pouf She NYC Theater Festival Lou Clyde’s comedy about an unfulfilled housewife in 1958 who secretly sets up an in-home salon.

7:30: Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West Though less familiar than Puccini’s greatest hits, this action-packed tribute to the American Wild West, which received its world premiere at the Met in 1910, is every bit as compelling. Its sweeping, evocative score deftly captures the feel of a Gold Rush–era mining camp—the perfect place for a sweet-talkin’ bandit to fall for a gun-totin’ bar owner with an enormous soprano voice and a heart of gold.

8pm: Cabaret Games Four Chicago-based theatre companies have joined forces to create a virtual singing competition featuring Broadway favorites. This episode it is Jason Robert Brown week.

The Highland Park Players, Big Noise Theatre, Big Deal Productions, and Music on Stage will each form their own team to go head-to-head in a weekly episode in which fans can choose which songs are performed. 

Megan Hilty
Megan Hilty

7pm: The Seth Concert Series: Megan Hilty performs highlights from some of her biggest roles. 

Hilty made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked joining the production in 2005. She would return to the Great White Way in 2009, starring in 9 to 5 as Doralee Rhodes. Hilty was last on the Broadway stage Noises Off as Brooke Ashton, in a performance that earned her a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

In addition to her stage career, Hilty is known for her work in screen including her performance as Ivy Lynn in Smash, Patsy Cline in Patsy & Loretta, and more.

The Seth Concert Series is hosted by Sirius XM host and Playbill contributor Seth Rudetsky. While normally held in Provincetown, Massachusetts, under the Broadway @ Art House banner, the erformances will be held indoors from the stars’ homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

8pm: Under 30 Lab: Catholic All Girls School By IAMA An overachieving high schooler at Miami’s most prestigious Catholic all girls school has the perfect plan to get into her dream college, until an attractive, young, ex-priest is hired as her new ethics teacher and begins to dismantle all she knows about right and wrong and falling in love.

Catholic All Girls School, written by Adriana Santos and directed by Kate Sullivan, is part of IAMA’s Under 30 Playwrights Lab Series.

8pm: Rule of 7×7: Summer Edition By The Tank This an ongoing series that premieres 7 brand-new 10 minute plays by 7 different writers. For each show, every playwright comes up with one rule, then the 7 playwrights create new plays using all 7 rules. Some past rules have been: “Bright sunshine.” and “Somewhere on page one: a back-handed compliment, followed by ten seconds of silence.” and “‘This reminds me of the time I (an action) with (a person).’”

8pm: Ice Factory Festival: Beginning Days of True Jubilation

The New Ohio Theatre will live stream its entire 27th annual Ice Factory Festival. Broadcast online over four weeks, the Obie-winning festival will feature four new works.

Kicking off the festival programming will be Beginning Days of True Jubilation. Written by Mona Mansour (The Vagrant Trilogy) and directed by Scott Illingworth, the new piece is conceived by Society, the newly launched ensemble-based company that uses a method of rigorous research, improvisation, and discussion to make theatre.

Adapted for Zoom, Beginning Days of True Jubilation is a satirical journey through the cult-like, group-think of winner-take-all capitalism, from the early euphoria of a new start-up through its epic crash and burn. Performances will be July 24–26.

A star-studded cast includes Hana Chamoun (Hulu’s Ramy), Hiram Delgado (Take Me Out), Christy Escobar (NBC’s Blindspot), Annie Fox (Lobby Hero), Rebecca Frank (Fox’s Prodigal Son), Leslie Fray (HBO’s Plot Against America), Meredith Garretson (Syfy’s Resident Alien), Rosa Gilmore (Amazon’s The Expanse), Caroline Grogan (The Crucible at Bedlam), Keren Lugo (Privacy at The Public), Kario Marcel (Troilus and Cressida at Shakespeare in the Park), Tim Nicolai (The Glass Menagerie), and Simone Recasner (Fox’s The Big Leap).

8pm: You and Me and the Space Between / Are You Still? is written by Jack Spagnola and directed by Ryan Dobrin. Mark Feuerstein (Royal PainsThe West Wing) and Michaela Watkins (Big MouthSNL) play a couple meeting on a blind date. 

The piece is presented as part of Playdate Theater Company’s Playdate’s first virtual play festival and fundraiser Find A Way Or Make One.

Tickets also include a performance of Are You Still? by Lauren D’Errico, directed by Britt Berke and Miles Shebar.

The play follows Em, stuck at home during pandemic times, as she resists the ever-present siren call from The Internet to keep scrolling, watching, and browsing through all of her waking hours.

Liza Lapira (Unbelievable), Parveen Kaur (NBC’s Manifest), Melinda Page Hamilton (Mad Men), Shane Johnson (Power), Lily Du (College Humor), and Luca Bella Facinelli (Your Family or Your Life) bring web pages to life in a wild take on quarantine fatigue.

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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: suzanna@t2conline.com

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