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News: Corkscrew Theater Festival Presents "corkscrew 4.0" Beginning August 10

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Corkscrew Theater Festival in collaboration with Sheep Eats Wolf will present corkscrew 4.0, a series of interactive online experiences as twisted, unsettling, absurd, and alienating as the internet itself. Available here starting Monday, August 10 through Sunday, August 23, these experiences are inspired by the plays programmed for what would have been Corkscrew’s fourth summer season of five world premieres and four readings.

In light of COVID-19, Corkscrew has committed to producing this exact line-up in August 2021 and supporting the artists in the meantime in the creation of these entirely new works. Each production team received $750 in production subsidy for their 2020 projects as well as the first half of its originally planned $1,500 commissioning fees; the reading series teams received an additional $500 fee for their projects.

The creative teams behind the five world premiere productions have adapted, reimagined, and exploded their plays, ending up with five unique interacti…

News: Street Theater Goes Virtual with TNC's "Liberty or Just Us: A City Park Story" August 1-September 13

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Since outdoor performance permits are not being given at this time, Theater for the New City has adapted its 2020 Street Theater tour to the virtual space. The theater will live stream its new production, Liberty or Just Us: a City Park Story, from August 1 to September 13. The piece is an oratorio written and directed by Crystal Field and composed by Joseph Vernon Banks. Its playing schedule will be Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM plus Friday, August 14 at 6:30 PM. Each performance will pay tribute to the park, playground or neighborhood street it was originally scheduled for. (See complete schedule below.)
If Phase 4 regulations change, the production is fully prepared to shift to live outdoor performances on the same schedule, with social distancing and occupancy limits strictly enforced.

Audiences will be able to view the performance on the theater's website and its Facebook page. These live performances, with the performers "zooming" in from their residences, a…

News: Short Film "In This Life" to Air on WNET All Arts Beginning August 5

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Bat-Sheva Guez's short film In This Life will be released for free on TV and online on WNET ALL ARTS beginning on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. View In This Life here.

In five acts, In This Life explores the language of loss, conveying the complexity of grief in the often-wordless way that it impacts our lives. The film is a leap of faith for former New York City Ballet principal and Broadway star Robbie Fairchild as he embarks on an ambitious collaboration with the director, choreographers, and dancers. Sharing the roles of writer and producer with Bat-Sheva Guez, Fairchild imbues this odyssey with the very personal experience of one man going through this rite of passage, which is as universal as it is unique.

The work stands outside the boundaries of genre: part narrative film, part dance film, and part video art. Each act illustrates a different phase of the grieving process, as choreographed by a different choreographer: James Alsop, Warren Craft, Robbie Fairchild, Andrea Miller,…

News: Neo-Political Cowgirls Present "Andromeda's Sisters," a Two-Part Arts & Advocacy Forum on Zoom

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Neo-Political Cowgirls (Kate Mueth, Founding Artistic Director), an organization created for women in theater to help increase the female voice in the narrative of our society’s stories, will present its annual fundraiser, Andromeda’s Sisters: An Arts and Advocacy Forum, remotely via Zoom on Friday, August 14 and Thursday, September 3. Tickets for Andromeda’s Sisters will be tiered, providing access to audiences from all walks of life. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit the Cowgirls' site. All funds raised will directly support the theater work and arts education outreach of The Neo-Political Cowgirls. 
This fundraiser is an opportunity for not-for-profit social justice organizations and leaders to speak about their work; for audiences to network and get engaged in advocacy and creative exploration; and for female-identifying playwrights and actors to be celebrated through their stage work. This signature event will be presented in two parts: one evening of m…

News: the little OPERA theatre of ny Livestream Pop-Up Concert "Mozart & Friends" Now Available On-Demand

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The little OPERA theatre of ny (LOTNY) presented Mozart & Friends, a livestream pop-up concert on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 7:30pm from St. John's in the Village. The concert is now available to stream on-demand from any device - phone, tablet, computer, TV - or, if you miss that live feeling of being in the room together and want a new, immersive way to experience performances, Musae can send you a VR headset along with your ticket purchase. Tickets are $5 - $50 and can still be purchased online here, or you can call Musae at 917-740-9694 should you need extra assistance. For more details, please visit https://www.lotny.org/.

Mozart & Friends spotlighted several arias from little OPERA's postponed production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Shepherd King in a newly commissioned singing translation from Mark Herman and Ronnie Apter, based upon the libretto by Pietro Metastasio.

The livestreamed performance featured tenors Kameron Ghanavati and Rufus Müller, and mezz…

News: Battery Dance Presents The 39th Annual Battery Dance Festival In Virtual Form August 14-22

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Battery Dance has announced the 39th Annual Battery Dance Festival with FREE virtual performances from August 14-22, 2020, available online nightly 7pm - 8pm via YouTube. For more information, visit the festival's website. Films will remain only through August 31, 2020.
Themed evenings will include World and U.S. Premieres on film, with works from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas, and pieces that celebrate the resiliency of New York City and the Festival itself. A special India program will be presented on August 15th, India's Independence Day.

Established in 1982, the Battery Dance Festival (BDF) has been celebrated as New York City's longest-running free public dance festival as well as one of its most wide-ranging. Audiences are traditionally drawn to Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park in Battery Park City from the large downtown working population, residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the…

Review: "In These Uncertain Times," a Sure Bet

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In These Uncertain TimesDevised by Source MaterialDirected by Samantha ShayPresented by Source Material via ZoomJuly 25-August 2, 2020"In these uncertain times," like "stay safe," has become a ubiquitous rhetorical gesture over these past months, and with the current mix of ever more brazen governmental corruption and authoritarianism, ever worsening climate change, and a COVID-19 pandemic that is far from under control in the United States and has no clear end in sight, "uncertain" starts to sound like an understatement. With new show In These Uncertain Times, the theater collective Source Material focuses primarily on the uncertainty caused by the pandemic through and for theater. When and if life will return to "normal" is for the theater an existential question in multiple senses of the word, and what the theater community does in the meantime raises its own practical and philosophical—as well as, the show demonstrates, emotional—questions. …

News: Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation Presents "Raising Our Voices for Black Youth Virtual Benefit Concert" July 30

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Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, which is celebrating its 19th year, has announced that it will premiere its first virtual performance event, the Raising Our Voices for Black Youth Benefit Concert, on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 8 PM. It will be broadcast via OBS streaming services on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. All funds raised from the concert will be donated to its Asase Youth Summer Employment Initiative Mightycause crowdfunding campaign, which has been running since early June. The Initiative's goal is to raise $50,000 to employ 20 teenage youth (ages 14-19) to work at the Foundation and its 14th annual Children's Summer Arts Camp.
R & B/Soul artist Amma Whatt will serve as Master of Ceremonies of the 45-minute concert, featuring guest performances by the Asase Yaa Youth Ensemble, African Djembe ensemble Farafina Kan Next Generation, musician Kofi Hunter, rapper Kudonyc, and Philadelphia-based hip hop dance ensemble Illstyle & Peace. In addit…

News: Rooted Theater Company Presents "I'm Fine" on IG Live and FB Live July 24

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Rooted Theater Company, Inc., will present the Relevantly Rooted Festival on Friday July 24
at 8:00pm EST on IG LIVE and FB LIVE for the performance of I'm Fine, written by Shadenia Davis and featuring Corey Brooks and Shandenia Davis.

R.S.V.P. for the Festival

News: No Peeking Theatre to Premiere "Indigenous" on YouTube Live July 25th

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No Peeking Theatre, which presents immersive theater experience without the use of sight (you can read our review of their 2020 show Mother Leeds here), now presents Indigenous, an online theatrical presentation of the Native experience. 
No Peeking Theatre has begun a virtual reopening by producing its repertoire for an online experience that
is free to the public. On July 25th, it will release its second show online, titled Indigenous
Indigenous premieres July 25th at 8:00 PM (“doors open at 7:30) on Youtube Live
Indigenous is a compilation of stories, poems, songs, and narratives that  discuss the Indigenous experience. Following suit of previous shows like BLACKOUT and In Lak’ Ech, the show sets out to invoke a hard discussion by confronting issues through the vein of genuine experience. From blood quantum, stereotypes, and identity, to rituals, songs, and poems, Indigenous implores the audience to absorb some of the most authentic, beautiful, uncomfortable, ugly truths about who …

Review: The Seeing Place's "Dutchman" Takes Flight

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DutchmanWritten by Amiri BarakaDirected by Brandon WalkerPresented by The Seeing Place Theater via ZoomJuly 18-19, 2020With The Seeing Place Theater's "Unplugged Reading" of Amiri Baraka's 1964 Dutchman (written and published as LeRoi Jones), the company continues its season focused on body politic, which began with George Orwell's Animal Farm earlier this year (you can read our review of the production here), in the virtual realm and with another play whose continued timeliness underscores the persistence of institutionalized modes of oppression and the need for fundamental systemic change. The Seeing Place's reading of Baraka's scathing work about an encounter in a New York City subway car between a white woman and a Black man premiered on the same day that civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis died and even his colleagues' tributes unintentionally highlighted the pervasiveness of racism in America as well as the continued urgency of the ki…

Review: Choose "im ur hamlet." as *Ur* Hamlet

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im ur hamlet.Written and directed by Genny YoscoPresented by Sour Grapes Productions in association with FRIGID NY via YouTube LiveJuly 17, 19, 15, 29, and August 1, 2020In a summer when Shakespeare is absent from both the boards and the parks, writer and director Genny Yosco's brisk new comedy im ur hamlet. takes a parodic look at bringing the Bard into the virtual realm in which we conduct so much of our lives these days. im ur hamlet. is part of FRIGID NY's Hamlet-themed So Many Shakespeares Festival (tickets to all shows can be purchased on the festival page), and the post-show talkback included guests from some of the festival's other offerings. Audiences can catch previews of all of the show's during im ur hamlet.'s short intermission and can support FRIGID through its Patreon and Sour Grapes Productions through Venmo donations to the address given during the performance.

im ur hamlet. plays out as a videoconferencing call among the main cast assembled by dire…

Review: "The Living Room Plays" Interrogate How We Live With Each Other

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The Living Room PlaysPresented by Eden Theater Company via ZoomJuly 16, 2020 The PedicureWritten and performed by Annie Larussa and Mark MosesFirst DayDevised by Amanda Enzo with Diane Davis; performed by Amanda Enzo; directed by Diane Davissnapped-shotWritten by Mario Louis Gonzalez; directed by Ran Xia; featuring Frank HumphreyThe second in Eden Theater Company's three-part series of "room plays"—short plays performed on Zoom that explore some aspect of the isolation that has defined American life under the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic—shifts from the bedroom to the living room (you can read our review of The Bedroom Plays here). The Living Room Plays features three more diverse responses to the series's theme (one of which moves beyond the context of the pandemic, a first for the series so far). There is a greater emphasis on the social this time around, as opposed to the focus on individual experience in The Bedroom Plays, which is perhaps an effect of the additional…

News: Andrew Revkin and Columbia's Earth Institute Hosts Virtual Reading of "Other Than We" July 26

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Andrew Revkin, founding director of a new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute, is hosting a Sunday Brunch Reading of Obie award-winning Theatre Three Collaborative’s cli-fi eco-feminist fable Other Than We, written and directed by Karen Malpede. Other Than We will be performed live on Revkin’s weekly Sustain What arts webcast, on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. The video link will be posted here a week before showtime: http://j.mp/sustainwhatlive. Viewers can type comments and questions to be explored in the post-show talkback.

A cli-fi fable with music that moves from a dystopian reality to astonishing hope, Other Than We is harrowing yet hope-filled. “The play which is set in the future after a climate crisis fits this pandemic-global-heating time because it is about imagining life anew, without the injustices that have gotten us here,” says playwright Malpede.

After the Deluge, the privileged and their “essential…

News: International hit "Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies" in Live Streaming Run July 15 - Sept 24

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Internationally acclaimed one woman show Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies will stream live at OnTheStage.com from July 15 - September 24. Written and performed by Jessica Sherr (Blue Bloods, Claws, Annie), this new 80-minute live streaming version is directed for the small screen by Karen Carpenter (Harry Townsend’s Last Stand, Love Loss and What I Wore). The production also features Bette Davis’ scarf and gloves, which were a gift from Bette Davis Estate, to wear in the show.

In Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies, Jessica Sherr channels 31-year old Bette Davis’s fight against the male-dominated studio system. On the night of the 1939 Oscars, Davis returns home knowing that she’s to lose Best Actress to Vivien Leigh’s Scarlet O’Hara, because the press has leaked the winners. Davis takes us on the bumpy ride of her tumultuous rise, as the tenacious actress fights her way through the studio system to the top while triumphing over misogyny to win roles and compensation on par with her mal…

News: Award-winning LGBTQ+ play "Electricity" to Have 3 Livestreamed Performances in July

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Magical Iguana Productions and Kampfire Films will present the award-winning LGBTQ+ play Electricity,which chronicles the journey of two gay men from Stonewall to today. The critically acclaimed production and longest running play in Palm Springs stars playwright and actor Terry Ray and Off-Broadway veteran Mel England, is directed by Steve Rosenbaum, and is produced for the stage by Michael Darner, Katie Rosin, and Tony award-winning Sue Vaccaro. Electricity will stream three performances only from the studio at Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs (to an empty house).

Performances are Thursday, July 16, 23, and 30 at 9:00 p.m. EST (6:00 p.m. PST). Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. Part of the proceeds will go to benefit a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ organization. Immediately following the performance, Ray and England will host a live Q&A with the viewing audience, answering questions from the chat and talking about the LGBTQ+ charity’s work.

With Electricity’s Fall Off-Broadway…

News: "Black Dance Stories" Announces July 2020 Weekly Lineup

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Black Dance Stories has announced its July 2020 lineup, featuring stories by and discussions with well-known dancers and choreographers who use their art to create commentary on the Black experience. Created and conceived by performer, producer, and dance writer Charmaine Warren, the newly launched story-sharing and discussion series highlights Black creatives in the dance world. Black Dance Stories streams live via Zoom every Thursday in July at 6 pm. Join Black Dance Stories here.

July 2020 artists include dancers who use their work to raise societal issues, strengthen community through their programming, and use history as a source of inspiration. The lineup includes Jamar Roberts (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), Tiffany Rea-Fisher (Elisa Monte Dance), Cynthia Oliver (Cynthia Oliver Co. Dance Theatre), Marjani Forté-Saunders (formerly Urban Bush Women), Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris (Rennie Harris Puremovement), J. Bouey (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company), Kyle Marshall (K…

News: Dance/NYC Announces Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance and Social Justice Fellowship Program (Deadline: July 12)

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The service organization Dance/NYC has announced its Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance and Social Justice Fellowship Program, made possible by the support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,\ CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to recognize the critical role that disabled dance workers and arts practitioners play in social justice movements and to ensure that these workers are supported while continuing to place disability front and center as a positive artistic and generative force. Dance/NYC recognizes that, despite the multiple ways disabled communities have been impacted by COVID-19 and ongoing racial violence, disabled dance workers have remained active in serving their communities through online programming, community organizing efforts, and mutual aid, often without compensation or funding. The Fellowship Program provides a recognition of all activities completed between Marc…

News: the little OPERA theatre of ny presents Livestream Pop-Up Concert "Mozart & Friends" July 9

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The little OPERA theatre of ny (LOTNY) will present Mozart & Friends, a livestream pop-up concert on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 7:30pm from St. John's in the Village. The concert will be available to stream from any device-phone, tablet, computer, TV-or, if you miss that live feeling of being in the room together and want a new, immersive way to experience performances, Musae can send you a VR headset along with your ticket purchase. Tickets are $5 - $50 and can be purchased online here. For more details, please visit LOTNY.

Mozart & Friends spotlights several arias from little OPERA's postponed production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Shepherd King in a newly commissioned singing translation from Mark Herman and Ronnie Apter, based upon the libretto by Pietro Metastasio.

The livestreamed performance features tenors Kameron Ghanavati and Rufus Müller and mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, with instrumentalists Elliot Figg (Harpsichord, Music Director), Catherine Mille…