August 2020 Online Theater Openings: What’s streaming day by day

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Below is the day-by-day calendar of “theater openings”* in August, 2020, a month of abundance: Two theatrical celebrations of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage (Aug 16 & 18), two ways to re-experience Amiri Baraka’s landmark play “The Dutchman” (Aug 8 & 20), at least two annual summer theater festivals re-imagined, and three “reunion readings” of plays with their original starry casts.

 

And that’s just what we know about as the month begins. Since physical theaters were shut down in March, many  shows are put together at the last minute, sometimes not even announced until the very day of their launch. (And there have also been last-minute cancellations.) That’s why  I will be updating this preview guide every day, and highlighting the offerings each new day with a new link up top. This calendar as of this moment offers a glimpse of what’s in store. Come back day by day for a better look. (Some of the plays listed do require advance reservation.)

Several ongoing series have been consistent in quality and output, many of them new or even ad-hoc.

Four offer live performances (usually referred to as readings), often of original plays:

The Homebound Project (See Aug 5)
Livelabs: One Acts from MCC
Play-PerView (See Aug 1, 8 and 15th)
Viral Monologues from 24 Hour Plays (some 10 short new monologues almost every Tuesday)
This month, the similar 48Hours in…Harlem celebrates its 10th anniversary, by going online. (See August 20.)
Playing on Air continues this month what they have done since 2012 — original audio plays with starry casts. There are four in August, a new one every Sunday.

There is also Stars in the House, a twice-daily variety and talk show that, twice a week — on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons — presents Plays in the House,  Zoom readings of well-known plays, often classics…and a Sunday matinee for teenagers.

*My definition of theater for the purposes of this calendar generally does not extend to variety shows, cast reunions, galas, panel discussions, documentaries, classes, interviews — of which there are plenty, many worth checking out. My focus here is on creative storytelling in performance. (I make an occasional exception for a high-profile Netathon,involving many theater artists, such as Broadway Bares on Aug 1.)

A reminder that this calendar lists when the shows “open.” Some are live and available only for that one performance. Other shows are available for four days, or a week, or longer.

August 1

Stick Fly
Plays in the House
2 p.m. Available until August 5
The Zoom reading of Lydia Diamond’s play (which ran on Broadway in 2011)  is the latest matinee  in the twice-weekly spinoff series of Stars in the House. The affluent, African-American LeVay family is gathering at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective ladies home to meet the parents for the first time. The cast features Jelani Alladin, Crystal Monee Hall, Caroline Innerbichler, Keith Randolph Smith, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart, Daniel J. Watts and Renika Williams. New original music by Crystal Monee Hall

Liberty Or Just Us: A City Parks Story
Theatre for a New City
Live 2 p.m. Available through September 13
For the 43 summers in a row, Theater for the New City tour a free original, anarchic and political outdoor musical in streets, playgrounds and parks throughout all five boroughs — wild and really fun (My review of last year’s “No Brainer” — the photos above are from last year.) For its 44th summer show, TNC is going (surprise!) online. The new musical, written and directed by artistic director Crystal Field with original music by Joseph Vernon Banks, is described as an oratorio that celebrates the history of New York City parks as sites of activism and protest. “Later in the run, if city and state regulations permit outdoor performances, social distancing will be achieved by spreading the milk crates out for individuals and couples and marking areas where 3-4 family members can sit together.”

RoosevElvis
Play-PerView
Launches at 5 p.m.
Available through August 6
$5-$50
A reunion reading of The TEAM’s 2013 comedy, directed by Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Great Comet): On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann, a painfully shy meat-processing plant worker, and what kind of man or woman Ann should become.

The Odds Are Good, But the Goods Are Odd
Dixon Place
7:30
On this last day of this year’s virtual Hot! Festival, Taylor Cozort presents her 45-minute autobiographical solo show billed as an “honest portrayal of trauma, food, and self love.”

Verdi’s Ernani
Metropolitan Opera
7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours
A complicated story based on a Victor Hugo play about a young woman and the three men vying for her affection

Murder in Montgomery Manor
Broadway Whodunit
$21.30
8 p.m.
The first in a series of virtual unscripted murder mysteries created by Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen), where we play detective after one Broadway star is murdered to figure out which Broadway star was the killer. The eight-member cast this time features Feldman as host Laurence Montgomery VI, Alex Boniello as Giuseppe Romano, The Lawyer (I’ll bet he winds up the killer), Will Roland and Shereen Pimentel.

HI BI
Dixon Place
8:30 p.m.
Margot Meija’s play about two bisexuals who fall in love with one another is the final offering of this year’s month-long virtual Hot! Festival.

Broadway Bares
9:30 p.m.
The annual strip show for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has gone online this year, featuring (clothed) appearances by Nick Adams, Charles Busch, Lea DeLaria, J. Harrison Ghee, Jane Krakowski, Nathan Lane, Beth Leavel, Judith Light, Andrew Lippa, Lesli Margherita, Angie Schworer, Marc Shaiman, Miriam Shor, Christopher Sieber, Wesley Taylor

August 2

Martin Luther On Trial
Fellowship for the Performing Arts
4 p.m.
A courtroom drama featuring Hitler, Freud, MLK Jr and Pope Francis as witnesses in a reenactment of Satan’s rebellion and his failed attempt to enlist Michael the Archangel!

Today I Saw A Bird…and Waze
Playdate Theatre
Two 15-minute plays on day two of this new theater company’s festival. In Ben Kaye’s “Today I Saw A Bird and Watched You Fly Away With It,” Sean (Owen Thiele) logs on for a work call with Roxie (Wonza Johnson), but discovers he’s in for something else entirely. In Lizz Bogaard’s “Waze,” Casey’s desire to get a job at Waze is thwarted when his grandmother causes a ruckus during his interview.

Frankie Faison

Happy by Alan Zweibel
Playing on Air

In Alan Zweibel’s audio play, starring Frankie Faison and Scott Adsit, directed by Fred Berner, a baseball fan shows up at the home of his childhood hero, George “Happy” Halliday. Has the stranger come to pay his respects or to throw a curveball?

Wagner’s Die Walküre
Metropolitan Opera
7:20 p.m. available for 23 hours
The second installment of Wagner’s four-part Ring cycle, the most popular and most self-contained episode. It combines the mythical machinations of gods and demigods with the love story of the brave hero Siegmund and the dignified Sieglinde, whose passion is undiminished even when they discover that they are long-lost brother and sister,

August 3

The End of TV
Manual Cinema
1 p.m.
available for a week
The second of four shows from the archives of this ten-year-old company that uses shadow puppetry and “lo fi live video feeds” to simultaneously create a “manual” film and show you how they’re doing it. Set in a post-industrial Rust Belt city in the 1990s and told through a collection of original 70’s R&B-inspired art pop songs, The End of TV explores the quest to find meaning amongst the increasingly constant barrage of commercial images and advertising white-noise.

Cloudbusting
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
7:30 p.m.
The first of eight new plays from the festival entitled Voices from the Great Experiment, which will be presented on TBTBTheater’s YouTube channel every night at 7:30 through August 10. This one is by Chris Phillips. Directed by Stuart Green. Company: Jen Bradley, Richard Lear and Dan Teachout

Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Metropolitan Opera
7:30 p.m., available for 23 hours
Staged by Julie Taymor (The Lion King), sarring Ying Huang, Erika Miklósa, Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. From December 30, 2006.

 

Torched and Stellar Shorts
Pregones/PRTT
The last in the Remojo 2020 series of works in progress. 1. A new musical that looks at the South Bronx in the 1970s, drawn from the people who lived there. Written by Rosalba Rolón with original music by Desmar Guevara, and featuring Álvaro Benavides, Rosal Colón, Caridad de La Luz, Desmar Guevara, Gabo Lugo, and Omar Pérez. 2. A selection from the 21 Islands International Short Film Fest

breakfast lunch dinner
Echo Theater
10:30 p.m. ET
A Zoom reading by this L.A. company of a play by Kira Obolensky that follows on middle-class Midwestern family at meals over a 21-year period

August 4

Don Juan in Hell
Bedlam Theater
6:30 p.m.
A reading of George Bernard Shaw’s play in which Don Juan debates the Devil

THE OLYMPIANS
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
7:30 p.m.
The second of eight new plays from the festival entitled Voices from the Great Experiment, which will be presented on TBTBTheater’s YouTube channel every night at 7:30 through August 10. This one is by Fareeda Ahmed. Directed by Kristin Heckler. Company: Shravan Amin, Samantha Debicki and Paul Pryce

Carla’s Quince
SolFest
7:30
The second of three nights of this virtual Latinx festival offers a new bilingual immersive theatre experience that invites the audience to become guests at Carla’s Zoom Quinceañera. RSVP here

Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Metropolitan Opera
Starring Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Christine Rice, Vittorio Grigolo, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Yves Abel. From January 31, 2015.

Who’s There
New Ohio Theater
10 p.m.
Available through August 8
Cross-cultural encounter involving artists based in Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States: Accusations, feuds, and revelation.
Created by The Transit Ensemble, co-directed by Sim Yan Ying “YY” and Alvin Tan.

August 5

 

Homebound Project # 5
7 p.m. Available through August 9
The fifth anthology of short new plays (and planned as the last), this time with a cast featuring
Laurie Metcalf, Kelli O’Hara, Brian Cox, Austin Pendleton, Daniel K. Isaac, performing in works by playwrights Craig Lucas, Lena Dunham, Sylvia Khoury, Stephen Karam, Donnetta Lavinia Grays.

Between The Lines and My Little Barbizon
New York Theater Barn
7 p.m.
Two more musical works in progress. 1. Delilah, an outsider in a new school who seeks comfort in the pages of her favorite book, where she feels heard and understood. But as the lines between the two worlds of reality and fantasy begin to blur in extraordinary and astonishing ways, Delilah has to confront whether she alone has the power to rewrite her own story. 2. When Annie checks into her room at the Barbizon Hotel, an infamous boarding house for ambitious career girls, she finds company in Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, Eudora Welty, and Gael Green — writers and former Barbizon girls. What unfolds are a series of conversations that unravel Annie’s fears, desires, and relationship to her place in the world.

WHAT IF YOU READ MY PLAYS b
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
7:30 p.m.
One of eight new plays from the festival entitled Voices from the Great Experiment, which will be presented on TBTBTheater’s YouTube channel every night at 7:30 through August 10. This one is by Jeff Tabnick. Directed by Richard Rose. Company: Alyssa M. Chase, David Harrell

Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra
Metropolitan Opera
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, and Robert Lloyd, conducted by James Levine. From January 26, 1995.

Black Trans Women at the Center
Long Wharf Theater
8 p.m.
A free Zoom reading of three short plays: Dezi Bing’s “Things Unknown,” CeCe Suazo’s “You Will Nevaaa …” and Douglas Lyons’s “Sunshine.”

August 6

Cutting Up
noon
available until August 9
Charles Randolph-Wright’s play center on three black barbershops, and features a stellar cast including Joe Morton, Blair Underwood, and Reynaldo Piniella. The streamed reading is an encore presentation originally presented in June.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Metropolitan Opera
Starring Kristine Opolais, Maria Zifchak, Roberto Alagna, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Karel Mark Chichon. From April 2, 2016.

Untitled
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
7:30 p.m.
One of eight new plays from the festival entitled Voices from the Great Experiment, which will be presented on TBTBTheater’s YouTube channel every night at 7:30 through August 10. This one is by Tatiana Rivera. Directed by Everett Quinton. Company: Veronica Cruz, Christopher Imbrosiano, Patrick O’Hare, Estrella Tamez

The Bathroom Plays
Eden Theater Company
8 p.m.
All three plays take place in a bathroom, and will be streamed on Eden’s YouTube channel
In Amy Berryman’s “Pidgeons,” a woman confesses to a priest via Zoom, as she “lurks the bowels of the Internet” after her husband’s death. In E.E. Adams’s “Mary,” a young woman who is sheltering in place alone attempts to befriend the ghost haunting her bathroom. In Brennan Vickery’s “Monogamous Animals,” the characters would’ve never thought being so close could make them feel so lonely. A cigarette, a bathtub and a one-night getaway from quarantine might just break them.

Cerulean
TAPS Summer Theater
9 p.m. ET Repeated Friday
students from Stanford’s Department of Theater and Performance Studies present a new devised play about a new social media platform that encourages authentic connections and vulnerability.

August 7

Lin-Manuel Miranda as Usnavi

In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams
PBS Great Performances
A documentary of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical, as part of the program’s new “Broadway at Home” series. A cool follow-up to Hamilton on Disney+ (still available to subscribers) and the Freestyle Love Supreme documentary on Hulu (ditto.)


Howard
Disney Plus
A documentary on Howard Ashman, the lyricist for “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast,” who died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 40.

3 GODS ON A ZOOM
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
7:30 p.m.
One of eight new plays from the festival entitled Voices from the Great Experiment, which will be presented on TBTBTheater’s YouTube channel every night at 7:30 through August 10. This one is by Monét Marshall. Directed by Keyanna Alexander. Company: Kalilah Black, Robin Carmon Marshall, AhDream Smith

Wagner’s Parsifal
Metropolitan Opera
Starring Waltraud Meier, Siegfried Jerusalem, Bernd Weikl, and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. From March 28, 1992.

The Understudy
Play Reading Fridays
7 p.m.
Theresa Rebeck’s comedy focuses on Roxanne, who is charged with running the understudy rehearsal for the Broadway premiere of a heretofore undiscovered masterpiece by Franz Kafka. She is rattled when she discovers it’s her ex-fiance who is understudy for Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy.

Ballots Over Broadway
8 p.m.
$25-$3,000
A Democratic political fundraiser featuring performances by Laura Benanti, Andre De Shields, Eden Espinosa, Santino Fontana, Andy Karl and Orfeh, and Jessica Mueller, among others.

August 8


Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Check out first batch of 30 plays on The Space UK

 

WeSongCycle
Tokyo Performing Arts
8:45 a.m.
The season finale of an online documentary-style series, centered on several cultures’ definition of “Heroism.” The 16-member cast hails from the U.S., the U.K., Australia and Japan.

Dutchman
Play-PerView
7 p.m.
A read of Amiri Baraka’s 1964 play that’s a stark, allegorical confrontation between Lula, a white woman, and Clay, a black man, on the subway in New York, featuring the cast of the 2007 Cherry Lane production — Dulé Hill, Jennifer Mudge, and Christopher Meyer.

3 STOPS FROM LOOP TAPE STATION
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
7:30 p.m.
One of eight new plays from the festival entitled Voices from the Great Experiment, which will be presented on TBTBTheater’s YouTube channel every night at 7:30 through August 10. This one is by Enrique Huili. Directed by Ashley Scott. Company: Juan Carlos Diaz and Melissa Jennifer Gonzalez

Handel’s Agrippina
Metropolitan Opera
Starring Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Harry Bicket. From February 29, 2020.

August 9

Ham4Change
1 p.m.
$10.95
Appearances by Hamilton cast members Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Ariana DeBose,Ephraim Sykes, Carleigh Bettiol, Alysha Deslorieux, Hope Easterbrook, Elizabeth Judd Salinas, Austin Smith, and host Okieriete Onaodowan to raise money for nine organizations.

Anniversary
Playing on Air
Sarah Sokolovic, Michael Esper, Sue Jean Kim, and Steven Boyer star in this play by Rachel Bonds in which a grieving New Yorker finds herself drawn to a quirky, flirtatious friend-of-a-friend.

SING
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
7:30 p.m.
One of eight new plays from the festival entitled Voices from the Great Experiment, which will be presented on TBTBTheater’s YouTube channel every night at 7:30 through August 10. This one is by Khalil LeSaldo. Directed by Ward Nixon. Company: Martin Lewis and AhDream Smith

Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Metropolitan Opera
Starring Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Serena Malfi, Paul Appleby, Simon Keenlyside, and Adam Plachetka, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 22, 2016.

Antigone in Ferguson
Theater of War Productions
8:30 p.m.
This is the most-lauded of this company’s many productions that use Greek tragedy to illuminate current issues, first created after a police officer killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014 (This is the sixth anniversary of the shooting.). The Zoom version follows Theater of War’s usual format, the starry cast will first read Sophocles’ tragedy, four panelists will discuss it, and then the discussion will be open to attendees. The cast features Oscar Isaac, Tracie Thoms, Ato Blankson Wood, Willie Woodmore, Marjolaine Goldsmith, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, De-Rance Blaylock, Duane Martin Foster, Marcelle Davies Lashley, John Leggette, and Gheremi Clay, and the Antigone in Ferguson Choir.

 

August 10

Cock
Trevor Project
6 p.m.
$15-100
Michael Hsu Rosen (Torch Song) will star with Ron Bohmer, Nick Rashad Bourroughs, and Charnette Batey in this play by Mike Bartlett (King Charles III) that received raves in a 2012 production Off-Broadway, although some publications refused to mention the title. When John takes a break from his boyfriend, his accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. Filled with guilt and indecision, he decides there is only one way to straighten this out..

M-O-U-S-E
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
7:30 p.m.
The last of eight new plays from the festival entitled Voices from the Great Experiment, which will be presented on TBTBTheater’s YouTube channel every night at 7:30 through August 10. This one is by Christopher Chan Roberson. Directed by Kimille Howard. Company: Scott Barton, Nayab Hussein, Ayako Ibaraki, Sean Phillips

I Am Here
Planet Connections Zoom Fest
7:30 p.m.
A new batch of plays online on specific themes every Monday in August. This week: “Monologues and short plays exploring fiercely unapologetic, female creativity, and imagination.” Whitewashed by Lynda Crawford, The TV Interview by Rohina Malik, The Essential Bronx by Desi Moreno-Penson, Till Hell Freezes Over by Tonya Pinkins and My Second Quinceanera by Noemi de la Puente. To make a reservation, email Kim Jones at PlanetKimJ@gmail.com.

Songs from an Unmade Bed
8 p.m.
B.D. Wong and videographer videographer Richert Schnorr create a series of music videos out of this song cycle by librettist Mark Campbell and 18 composers about the inner musings and romantic life of a gay man living in New York.

Corkscrew 4.0
Available through August 23.
What was going to be the fourth annual  Corkscrew Festival has been delayed until August 2021. HOWEVER, in the meantime, “the creative teams behind the five world premiere productions have adapted, reimagined, and exploded their plays, ending up with five unique interactive web experiences.”
So, for example: “In Yankees, it’s Study Abroad Florence 2015! Introduce yourself to the Facebook group, check out the program website, and get ready to become a citizen of the WORLD…’

August 12

August 13

In The Southern Breeze
Rattlestick
5 p.m.
When a runaway slave gets lost in a mysterious forest, an Absurdist drama ensues

A Burning Church
New Ohio Theater
Available for two days
Staged as a religious service as part of the Ice Factory Festival, this new musical traces the lives of church leaders and congregants amid protest movements, tragedies, and spiritual rebirth.

August 14

Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman

Much Ado About Nothing
PBS Great Performances
A recording of the 2019 Shakespeare in the Park production starring Danielle Brooks as Beatrice. (My review at the Delacorte)

August 15


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Play-PerView
The tenth annual reunion reading of this play written and directed by Kristoffer Diaz. Macedonio “The Mace” Guerra is a middle rank wrestler who may have discovered his ticket to the big time: a charismatic, trash-talking Indian kid from Brooklyn whom he recruits as the perfect foil to the all-American champion, Chad Deity. But when their rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes in the name of ratings, all three men find themselves fighting for much more than the championship title.  (My review of the play Off-Broadway in 2010.)

August 16

Cell
Playing on Air
Tonya Pinkins, Condola Rashad, and Melanie Nicholls-King star in this audio play by Cassandra Medley:When a jaded guard at an immigrant detention center finds jobs for her sister and niece, family tensions erupt into a battle over home and homeland security.

Tight (Haha Nice)
The Tank
7 p.m.
As part of the theater’s LimeFest, this play by Rebecca Kane focuses on Brooke, who gets a diagnosis of vaginismus, an involuntary tightening of the vagina. She’s determined to overcome it, using awkward conversations, dating apps, sex toys, friends with benefits and an obscene amount of that free lube from Planned Parenthood.

August 17

Rise
Planet Connections Zoom Fest
7:30 p.m.
A new batch of plays online on specific themes every Monday in August.This week: “An evening of comic social-justice themed monologues and short plays.” Written by Maggie Bofill, Jake Brasch, Glory Kadigan, Robin Rice, Jerry Polner, and Mark Jason Williams. To make a reservation, email Kim Jones at PlanetKimJ@gmail.com.


August 18

Finish the Fight
New York Times
7 p.m.
The play by Ming Peiffer (“Usual Girls”) was commissioned by the Time to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote The performance is available for free to viewers who R.S.V.P. in advance.

August 19

The Hombres
Two River Theater
7 p.m.
$25
A look at the complexity and intimacy of male friendship. Set somewhere off the New Jersey Transit line, the play follows Julián, a Latino yoga teacher, as he clashes with the Latino construction workers outside his studio—particularly the older head of the crew, Héctor, who seeks from Julián something he never expected.

August 20

The six producers of Harlem9 (three dropped out over the years) Back row: Jonathan McCrory, Garlia Cornelia Jones, Sandra A. Daley-Sharif and Spencer Scott Barros. Bottom row: Bryan E. Glover and Eric Lockley.

48Hours in…Harlem
Harlem9
7 p.m. Available for four days
The 10th anniversary edition of the annual theatre festival begins August 20.
The new plays were written in 48 hours July 17–19, then rehearsed and recorded during an additional 48-hour period July 24–25.
For this year’s festival, playwrights were inspired by the same six Black plays from 48 Hours in..’s. inaugural year: Zooman and the Sign, The Colored Museum, Day of Absence, Funnyhouse of a Negro, Dutchman, and Black Terror.
The festival brings together six playwrights, six directors, and 18 actors, including A Strange Loop star Larry Owens and its choreographer Raja Feather Kelly. Penning the pieces are playwrights  Keith Josef Adkins, Brittany K. Allen, Tracey Conyer Lee, Nadine Mozon, Jeremy O’brian, and L. Trey Wilson. (My article on the ninth annual 48 Hours in Harlem)

August 21

The King and I
PBS Great Performances

Newsies
Playbill
7 p.m.

The one-night-only streaming of the Tony Award-winning musical, captured live at The Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 2016, with Jeremy Jordan as “Jack Kelly,” Kara Lindsay as “Katherine,” Ben Fankhauser as “Davey” and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as “Crutchie,” and North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as “Joseph Pulitzer,” Aisha de Haas as “Medda Larkin” and Ethan Steiner as “Les.” The film will be followed by a new video with cast members. (My review of Newsies on Broadway in 2012)

August 23

St. Francis Preaches to the Birds
Playing on Air
An audio play by David Ives sarring Carson Elrod, Julie Halston, and Matthew Saldivar with cameos by Lois Smith and Ives
In the middle of the desert, two vultures find their lunch interrupted by a man of faith. Now, they have a bone to pick with Saint Francis of Assisi.

August 24

Eulogy and Notes from the New World
Planet Connections Zoom Fest
7:30 p.m.
1. Written by Barry Lee Sheppard, Directed by Adam Chisnall: Can I say goodbye or am I in an endless turnstile? 2. Written by Patricia Davis Directed by Susan Tenney:
Playwright Olympe de Gouge, executed during the French Revolution, returns to the stage and working with murdered activists from our time—Berta Caceres, Digna Ochoa, and Anna Politkovskaya—builds a world where women can live. To make a reservation, email Kim Jones at PlanetKimJ@gmail.com.

August 25

With Dignity
The Tank
7 p.m.
As part of the theater’s LimeFest, this play by Victoria M. Fragnito focuses on a woman who
is faced with the task of telling her Italian-Catholic family during a Sunday dinner that she is taking advantage of her state’s new Death with Dignity law.

August 26

Talking Statues
Monumental Women
This nine-minute “dialogue” (or 11 minutes in Spanish) will accompany “Monumental Women,” a 14 foot tall statue being unveiled in Central Park that depicts three pioneers in women’s rights, Sojourner Truth. Susan B. Anthony and Cady Stanton, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote. The cast: Jane Alexander, Viola Davis, America Ferera, Rita Moreno, Zoe Saldana and Meryl Streep!
There will be an app, and also a Qcode at the site of the monument. Will there also be a website? Stay tuned.

Sunken Cathedral
Here Arts
7 p.m.

Women in Theater: A Centennial Celebration
Playbill.com
Heidi Schreck and Rebecca Naomi Jones serve as hosts of a concert that celebrates the contributions women have made to the theatre in the last 100 years. Details TBA.

August 27

Real-life married couple Ed Harris and Amy Madigan as unhinged, unhappily married couple in Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian in 2013.

The Jacksonian
The New Group
$10-$25
7 p.m
Continuing with the company’s reunion reading series, a starry cast (Ed Harris, Jane Krakowski , Amy Madigan, Juliet Brett,Bill Pullman) star in Beth Henley’s play set in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964 – a town poisoned by racism – as a dentist Bill Perch (Harris), kicked out by his wife, commences a downward spiral at the Jacksonian Motel. (My 2013 Off-Broadway review)

Women Who Changed History
Planet Connections Zoom Fest
7:30 p.m.
Three monologues about real women in history who stood up to systems of injustice.Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay by Dipti Mehta, Directed by Kat Yen. Bridge to Baraka: I Am That Bear written by Yvette Heyliger, Directed by John Scutchins. Selma ’65 written by Catherine Filloux, Directed by Susan Izatt. To make a reservation, email Kim Jones at PlanetKimJ@gmail.com.

August 29

A PLAY ABOUT DOING A PLAY ABOUT JARED KUSHNER ON ZOOM
The Tank
8 p.m.
As part of the theater’s LimeFest, playwright Stephanie Swirsky and director Tasha M. Gordon-Solmon have created a theater piece about the struggles of adapting a live performance full-length play about Jared Kushner for a digital platform.

August 31

Away From You
Planet Connections Zoom Fest
7:30 p.m.
In this play written by Tracey Knight Narang, an estranged daughter returns home after a death in the family to confront the ghosts from her past.To make a reservation, email Kim Jones at PlanetKimJ@gmail.com.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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