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Review: "Bleeding Love" is Evidence that You “Can’t Stop Musical Theater”

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Bleeding LoveBook by Jason SchaferMusic by Arthur LaFrentz BaconDirected and edited by Harris DoranPresented by Dori Berinstein, Alan Seales, and the Broadway Podcast Network, in association with Kent Nicholson, Katie Rosin, and Steve SaporitoAvailable wherever podcasts are found, including Broadway Podcast Network, Apple Podcasts, and SpotifyQuarantined listening to a musical about quarantine would seem like the last thing our frayed nerves need right now. However, my little, frayed nerves really did need this musical. Bleeding Love, the creative child of Jason Schafer (book), Arthur LaFrentz Bacon (music), and Harris Doran (direction), premiered in 2015 in Denmark and has come to us in our quarantined state as a podcast. You can access for it free from wherever you get your podcasts. Set “in a world where people are cloistered inside, because it’s too dangerous to go out,” Bleeding Love tells the story of six individuals and their loves and losses in a post-apocalyptic environment.…

News: Theater Resources Unlimited Announces Two Virtual World Premiere Readings

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Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) has announced the first virtual presentation of its
2020 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series, presented with generous support from The Storyline Project. The series, a benefit for Theater Resources Unlimited to help make up for financial losses due to COVID-19, will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT and on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT. Information and ticketing can be found here

The series will comprise world premiere readings of two timely and resonant plays: No Entry,by Marc Paykuss, which follows Jews who were displaced after being liberated from Nazi camps and placed in interim detention camps, and Disbelief, a Cassandra Tale,by Garret Jon Groenveld, which uses the Cassandra legend to catalog the struggle of women being believed and having their voices heard.

This year's TRU Voices Series is being performed under an agreement with the Performers' Unions through the Theatre Authority. Tickets are being offered for …

News: "A Cocktail Party Social Experiment" Returns--with Distance

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What:A Cocktail Party Social Experiment (w/ Distance)
Conceived, developed, and hosted by Wil Petre

When: Thursday nights: June 11th, 2020
June 18th, 2020
June 25th, 2020
& Thursdays moving forward

Where: 8:30pm EST via Zoom

Estimated Run time: approximately 75 minutes – and after party

Wil Petre, an NYC-based cocktail guru, and a performer best known for his off-Broadway work (including Third Rail Projects’ The Grand Paradise) invites the audience to join A Cocktail Party Social Experiment (w/ Distance) – an unconventional hybrid of story slam, game night, and boozy voyeurism, playing Thursday evenings at 8:30pm EST via Zoom. The suggested ticket price is $18, and reservations can be made here.

Is it possible to have a meaningful conversation with a perfect stranger in our socially distanced and anxious world? This question has inspired the theater artist and storyteller Wil Petre to create A Cocktail Party Social Experiment (w/ Distance), an immersive evening of cocktails and st…

News: Eden Theater Company to Present Site-Specific "The Room Plays" on Zoom

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Eden Theater Company (Diane Davis and Cassandra Paras, Co-Artistic Directors) will present The Room Plays, a series of new 10-minute plays by emerging playwrights, created for and presented on Zoom. Performances will be on Tuesday, June 9 at 8pm, Thursday, July 9 at 8pm, and Thursday, August 6 at 8pm, livestreamed on Zoom via Eden Theater Company’s Facebook page. Admission is FREE with donations accepted via Fractured Atlas. Each presentation will run approximately 45 minutes, with no intermission.

As our community continues to remain apart from one another, our common ground has become isolation. The Room Plays were created to continue ETC’s mission of bridging the gap between its artists and its audience by providing them with the surety that although we are apart, we are not alone. Our core value of Dedication to the Unknown has prompted the organization to explore what isolation means when we choose to isolate versus when isolation is imposed upon us.

This series of short plays are…

News: Vangeline Theater On Demand Launches

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Due to the COVID 19 crisis, Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute has launched
Vangeline Theater on Demand. Over the next few months, it will keep butoh front and center in New York by sharing rare archival butoh performances with the community. Its first release is the archival footage of Erasure, featuring Vangeline and filmed on May 19, 2010 at Theater for the New City, NY. Rentals are $5.99, and can be purchased online here.

Erasure is the second installment of a performance triptych by butoh artist Vangeline. The 60-minute solo is a contemporary take on fairy tales Sleeping Beauty and Rumpelstiltskin and explores the phenomenon of female erasure taking place in our society.

Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese butoh while carrying it into the 21st century, and the founder …

News: SNL's Bowen Yang Live on Silent Trailers Game Show June 6th

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Tickets for Keith and The Girl's Silent Trailers show with SNL's Bowen Yang, The State's Kevin Allison and NPR's Ophira Eisenberg on Saturday, June 6 @ 8pm ET / 5pm PT are going fast. Silent Trailers pits host Keith Malley against the aforementioned comedians as they try to decipher co-host Chemda's descriptions of movie trailers. The catch? Chemda has zero celebrity knowledge, and Keith has seen every movie ever made. Tickets are on sale now for just $10.
Pandemic be damned, KATG have been releasing some great content lately, with guests like The Sopranos' Steve Schirripa (who apparently isn't a huge fan of Robert DeNiro, nor Ellen Degeneres) and Summer House's Hannah Berner, plus the VIP-exclusive podcast Daddy Issues, which chronicle's Keith's relationship with his very weird dad.
Chemda will also begin leading group sessions for OMAT (One Minute ata Time) starting June 1, a program that she designed to turn negative patterns into positive habi…

News: New Federal Theatre to Live Stream "Tuesdays in June 2020" Artist Discussions and Play Readings

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From June 2 to 30, Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre will present "Tuesdays in June 2020: Rapping with the Artists & Play Readings," a program of seven live-streamed discussions and play-reading events featuring distinguished artists who have done formative and influential work at New Federal Theater.

These events are New Federal's inaugural virtual programming, aiming to connect and share some creative content with friends and supporters until everyone can again meet in person at the theater. All events are free but registration is required and donations will be gratefully accepted. To register, send an email to: nftvirtualprograms@gmail.com.

June 2 at 3:00 PM: RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
S. Epatha Merkerson, Barbara Montgomery, and Ruben Santiago Hudson discuss their artistic journeys.

June 9 at 3:00 PM: RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS

J. Alphonse Nicholson and Howard Craft discuss the theatrical realization of the play Freight: the Five Incarnations of Abel Green.

June 1…

News: EstroGenius Watch Parties with the Artists of the Festival's 2020 Short Play Selections Thursdays at 7:30pm

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EstroGenius has been hosting Estro|Reads, streaming first reads and re-creations for Zoom of the 2020 Festival's Short Plays, and is now excited to be hosting a series of watch parties with the artists of select EstroGenius 2020 Short Plays. Each play will premiere as a watch party on EstroGenius's virtual festival site on Thursdays at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5 or $10 on a sliding scale and can be purchased online here. All proceeds go to the artists.

EstroGenius has been sharing and celebrating the voices of womxn for twenty years. Now, on a virtual stage, with the continued digital support of Frigid New York, EstroGenius celebrates its 20th anniversary with a riotous collection of performances by women, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and trans dance-makers, playwrights, experimental performers, teens, musicians, burlesque performers, noise artists, filmmakers, dj's and anyone else looking to break molds and crack gender codes. This "extro" online content from E…

News: The Platform Group Brings "The Homemade Sketch Show" to YouTube

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Creating new works is nothing new to Shara Ashley Zeiger, and when the world shut down, her brain turned on. Enlisting an extremely diverse team of skilled multi-hyphenates to create a full weekly sketch comedy show, The Homemade Sketch Show was born. They don’t have a huge budget and lots of bells and whistles staying at home, but the beauty is that no one else does either. “Homemade. Well Done. Funny” is their brand. They don’t have a huge production studio, but this new way of working invites collaborations crossing states and even countries. The cast and crew are in NYC, Miami, Toronto, and LA. Each week will have a new host, a musical guest from across the globe, and a slew of brand new comedy sketches created and performed while socially distancing.

The show premiered May 8th and will land on their YouTube channel each Friday at 6pm EDT, in the watch party of their Facebook group, and via sketches through the week on Instagram.

The regular cast/writers/filmmakers include: Shara As…

News: The Goddamn Dave Hill Show Returns Temporarily as Weekly Livestream Beginning Memorial Day

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The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, a live call-in radio show hosted by comedian Dave Hill that took a hiatus from WFMU over a year ago, will be returning temporarily as a weekly livestream due to a mild demand some have described as indifference. The show will return Monday, May 25 at 9pm EDT. Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf will be the show’s first guest.

In order to ensure that the show does not accidentally spin out of control and expand much beyond its cult following, fans can tune into the livestream only on the show’s original and, as of late, mostly dormant Facebook page and Twitch, where Dave hopes to find a new audience among gamers who have suddenly lost interest in games.

As usual, Hill will interview guests and take both video and audio-only calls from listeners around the world who somehow haven’t found anything better to do despite there being all sorts of Zoom shows and stuff now. Joining Hill, or “Dave” as he is also known, will be longtime sidekick James Fernandez (aka "De…

News: NY Theater Company The Shelter Launches "Shelter in Place" Programming

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Since 2009, The Shelter's free Shelter Sundays workshop has served as an artistic home to writers, directors, and actors who present new work to their community and find support, critique, and collaboration. Over the last decade, Shelter Artists, led by an all-volunteer staff, have created and staged over 100 world premieres. The company’s productions have been New York Times Critics Picks (Night of the Living and Lily & Kosmo Live), New Yorker Critics Picks (The Red Room), Backstage Editor’s Picks (Fairy Tale), and named Best of Fringe (This Is A Play About Artists). On March 15th, the company was set to begin its 11th year when a pandemic intervened. Lockdown orders in New York made it no longer possible to bring thirty or more theater artists together in one room.
An organization that long defined itself as not just a theater company but a community could not indefinitely postpone Shelter Sundays; it had to live up to its name and provide an artistic refuge for artists amids…

News: "In These Uncertain Times," a Play Devised Specifically for Zoom, Premieres June 13-21

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Source Material will present the world premiere of In These Uncertain Times, a digital performance piece devised by the company and directed by Artistic Director, Samantha Shay, created for and presented on Zoom. Performances will be on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST, Sunday, June 14 at 2pm EST/11am PST, Saturday, June 20 at 7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST, and Sunday, June 21 at 2pm EST/11am PST. Admission is a sliding scale donation of $10-$25. No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds. Tickets are available for advance purchase here. The performance will run approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission.

In These Uncertain Times is a digitally-devised performance piece, made specifically for its medium. It is a new dramaturgy defined by dystopia, and it is a love letter to the art of theater. Stemming from a group of artists wondering if COVID-19 is the death of theater as we know it, In These Uncertain Times is a tragicomic, Chekhovian Zoom performance. From drinking com…

News: Battery Dance Gives Back to Health Care Workers with FREE Daily Online Classes

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Inspired by Giving Tuesday Now in early May, Battery Dance has instituted a series of free virtual Mindful Movement classes for frontline health care workers. The 15-minute Zoom classes require no prior dance experience and are designed to provide a small dose of tranquility for workers immersed in giving aid to others in dire circumstances. Those interested may fill out this form.

Battery Dance has reached out to hospitals across the U.S.; NY Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine, NYU/Langone, Montefiore and Jacobi Hospitals have included the offering of Battery Dance's free classes in their resources for staff members.

"Day after day, we work in isolation and see our audience growing on Battery Dance TV, speaking to the need for sharing a physical, creative response to the very real toxicity around us," said Founder and Artistic Director Jonathan Hollander. "On the other hand, we also see daily images of health care workers out in the field captured by our friend …

News: RISK! Moves to "Pay-What-You-Wish" Model for 5/23 Livestream with NPR's Ophira Eisenberg and Paranormal Activity's Katie Featherston

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This Saturday's RISK! livestream will be moving to a "pay-what-you-wish" model, allowing anyone from around the world to tune in and pay whatever they can afford. This gives fans who may be struggling financially to be able to join in on the critically-acclaimed live storytelling show that has been featured in The New York Times and Forbes, as well as reviewed here on Thinking Theater NYC.

Tickets for the Saturday, May 23 @ 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT show can be purchased here, with a suggested donation of $12. After registering, attendees are asked to donate money for their ticket via PayPal, as every dollar really helps RISK! in this uncertain time.

This Saturday's show will feature Kevin Allison (MTV's The State) hosting unbelievable true stories from Ophira Eisenberg (NPR's Ask Me Another), Jiji Lee (The New York Times, The New Yorker), Katie Featherston (Paranormal Activity), and William Mullin (stand-up comic featured at Caroline's and Gotham Comedy Club).

RIS…

News: Tony-nominated Sydney Lucas Joins EPIC Players Inclusion Company for Fourth Virtual Performance

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EPIC Players Inclusion Company -  a nonprofit, neuro-diverse theater company in New York City, the name of which stands for empower, perform, include, and create - has released its fourth virtual performance, "Ring of Keys" from the Broadway production of Fun Home. The video features a duet between Tony-nominated Sydney Lucas and EPIC company member Nicole D’Angelo. The performance is part of EPIC’s new virtual performance series, EPIC Sings for Autism, which was started after EPIC’s spring/summer performances were put on hold due to the COIVD-19 pandemic. The New York City based neuro-diverse theater company created the series so their autistic performers could have a creative outlet and find some normalcy during this time.

Lucas shared what drew her to collaborating with EPIC: "Fun Home has had such a positive impact on so many people. I recognized this very early on and have always felt a responsibility to tell Alison's story to the best of my ability. Learning th…

News: Dance/NYC Announces #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers Campaign

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Dance/NYC has announced the launch of #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers, a new online and social media campaign dedicated to the acknowledgement, representation, and integration of dance and arts workers into the decision-making processes that will envision the future for New York City post-pandemic.

Dance/NYC is in conversation with the Office of the Mayor, City of New York, to advocate for a dance representative on the City's Arts, Culture, and Tourism Sector Advisory Council, as well as the city's marketing and partnership organization, NYC & Company, to request dance-field representation on The Coalition for NYC Hospitality & Tourism Recovery.

"As advocates for the dance field and the many diverse folks represented therein, Dance/NYC demands a place for our constituency in the conversations about the future of our community, and the arts as a whole as plans for re-emergence from the effects of COVID-19 are put into place," said Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, executiv…

News: Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance Celebrating 20 Years in 20 Weeks

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On May 14, choreographer Jody Sperling and her company Time Lapse Dance (TLD) launched a virtual celebration lasting 20 weeks and featuring a series of intense, intimate, and interactive events, from livestream conversations with collaborators to online premieres, presentations, workshops, rehearsal visits, and more. In addition to the events listed below, TLD will share themed content throughout each week on social media, and you can follow the company on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. #TLDAT20

For two decades, Time Lapse Dance has engaged audiences with ground-breaking choreography and visually-compelling productions inspired by climate change, as well as works expanding the legacy of early dance technologist Loie Fuller (1862-1928). Sperling has achieved international acclaim for her Fuller-style recreations which extend the body radically into space and into natural environs, such as the polar icescape.

"During this time of physical distancing, it's more important than ev…

News: Broadway Community Joins Healthcare Professionals to Perform “Resilient"

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The “Resilient Project” unites emergency healthcare professionals from across the country with over 60 Broadway theatre artists to virtually perform "Resilient," a song of inspiration and strength created by Dave Ogrin and Jay Berkow from their new musical Mata Hari. In the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the video premiered on May 12th in honor of Florence Nightingale's Birthday, the conclusion of National Nurses Week, and in celebration of all our nation’s healthcare workers and 2020 Year of the Nurse.

The project benefits The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, and The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

Ogrin states, "I think our song 'Resilient' captures today's pandemic struggle. It was our dream to unite the Broadway community and the extraordinary work of Broadway Cares with the courageous nurses and doctors on the COVID front lines. Together they sing about strengt…