Online Theater Offerings - August

Categories of Events

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Streaming Events 

'Hamilton' on Disney+
Streaming Starts Friday, July 3

The filmed version of the original Broadway smash hit Hamilton streams on Disney+ starting
 on July 3rd, 2020. An unforgettable cinematic stage performance, the filmed version of the original Broadway production of Hamilton combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world.

 Streaming On: 
Disney+ with subscription 

'We Are Freestyle Love Supreme' Documentary
Streaming Starts Friday, July 17

The new documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme is a 15-year retrospective 
of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale's hip-hop improv show. 
Directed by Andrew Fried, the film chronicles Freestyle Love Supreme's journey from a game played by Miranda and his collaborators in the basement of the Drama Book Shop to its Broadway run at the Booth Theater. 

Fried began filming when the group first toured the show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005, and the documentary shows footage of Miranda, Kail, Veneziale, Christopher Jackson, James Monroe Iglehart, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Chris Sullivan, Bill Sherman and 
Andrew Bancroft. We Are Freestyle Love Supreme reveals why this show 
still means so much to these accomplished performers.

Streaming On:
Hulu with subscription

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Daily varied offerings

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts now offers Programs, Series, On Demand 
and a daily schedule of several Events per day on its website. 

Available on:
Lincoln Center At Home website

'The Tempest'
Supporting Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 PM - Monday, August 10 at 7:00 PM

CSC will present an online, script-in-hand, performance on Thursday, August 6 at 7:00PM, 
as a benefit to support CSC’s 2021 production on the Boston Common, with the previously announced cast led by John Douglas Thompson in the role of Prospero. 
Free with a suggested donation of $20 to support the Company. Learn more...

There will be separate recordings that will include captioning, audio descriptions, 
and ASL interpretation of the performance, made available on the CSC website by 
Saturday, August 8 at 7:00 PM. Both the recording of the live performance and the ASL interpreted performance will be available on the CSC YouTube channel 
until Monday, August 10 at 7:00 PM.

Available via:
CSC website

Podcasts & Audio Plays

'Playing on Air' - A Theater Podcast  
Sundays in August, beginning August 2

Hear short, contemporary stage plays with first-rate casts. Playing on Air brings together 
award winners and emerging young talent, and each play is followed by a conversation 
with the playwrights and cast. Tune in for great American plays with great American actors, hosted and produced by Claudia Catania.

The August min-series podcast series of audio dramas will feature four short plays by 
Alan Zweibel, Rachel Bonds, Cassandra Medley, and David Ives, each to be followed 
by a conversation with the artists. 

Additionally, 100 past episodes of the podcast are available HERE.  
More Information: HERE

Works By Idris
Available Now

Five short plays to spark conversation and serve as a catalyst for action. 
Each of these short works, written to be read across the multi-generational spectrum, 
offer different insights about disconnects in racial conversation and the 
Black experience in America. Idris Goodwin hopes that this release also provides 
a model for open-source theater and storytelling, in which the 
connection between playwright and community is direct.

Available HERE. Scroll to the section below digital content.

'Dream Boston' 
Available Now

Welcome to “Dream Boston,” a future vision of our city, brought to you by the Huntington Theater Company, that is somewhere between dream and reality. Through short audio 
plays, Dream Boston asked local playwrights to imagine their favorite locations, landmarks, 
and friends in a future Boston, when we can once again meet and thrive in our city. 
These micro-plays take place at locations such as the MIT Great Dome on the 4th of July while the sounds of the 1812 Overture float in the background, at the Boston Public Library during a minor dust-up between two bookworms, and a not-so-perfect first date on 
the edge of the Boston Common. 

Listen HERE

'Closing the Distance' Podcast
Available Now

Closing the Distance, a new scripted podcast, will look at social-distancing, quarantine, and isolation in a series of ten short audio dramas. Among those starring in the project are Broadway alums Jason Alexander, Tony Danza, William Hurt, Kelli O'Hara, and Kathleen Turner. Co-written by authors Tawni O’Dell and Lou Aronica, and directed by Tony-winning producer and director Mitchell Maxwell, episodes of Closing the Distance are now available on Apple Podcasts. Created in response to the public health crisis, the show explores the sudden distance between people as a result of the pandemic.

In ‘Working From Home’, O’Hara portrays the mother a four-year-old with a husband overseas, trying to resolve her feelings of anger at the world with the love she feels for her daughter. 
In ‘The Man Who Couldn't Google’, Alexander plays a writer who lives alone and prides himself on his independence — until he finds himself helpless when he loses his glasses.

More episodes will be released, with further casting to be announced. The series will also feature an original song written and composed by Sam Tsui and Casey Breves, 
performed by Tsui and Breves with Alex Blue.

Available On:
Apple Podcasts
Audio Presentation of Aaron Mark's 'Squeamish'
Available Now

Two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden, Romance/Romance) 
can be heard in a free audio presentation of writer-director Aaron Mark's play Squeamish
which premiered Off-Broadway in 2017.

The horror monologue play was seen at Theatre Row, presented by All For One Theatre. 
The audio version, recorded in 2018, is now available for free streaming at Fraser was nominated for both Outer Critics Circle and 
Off-Broadway Alliance awards for her work in the production.

Squeamish is the tale of an Upper West Side shrink, a longtime recovering alcoholic, 
and a world-class hemophobe (fear of blood), who finds herself in her native 
South Plains of Texas, off her psychotropic drugs, off caffeine, 
and off anything else “unnatural” after her nephew's sudden death.

Streaming On:

Weekly Online Offerings

Play Discussion Club - from SpeakEasy Stage
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 PM

Join us for our SpeakEasy Play Discussion Club, a weekly discussion surrounding some of today’s most exciting scripts! Participation is free, but you may need to purchase 
some of the scripts. Sign up for as many sessions as you’d like, read the play on your own time, and then join SpeakEasy staff and artists for an online conversation about the play’s 
major themes and impact on the American theater canon.   

Thursday, August 6, 5:30–6:30 PM
Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage

Mlima is a magnificent elephant trapped by the underground international ivory market. As he follows a trail littered by a history of greed, Mlima takes us on a journey through memory, fear, tradition, and the penumbra between want and need.

Sign Up: HERE

Available Now

Follow the Cambridge-based theater company Liars & Believers as they re-imagine this Shakespeare classic in our age of pandemic. Shortened and serialized; each episode is 5-10 minutes long. Scenes are released weekly. Free. 

See all scenes HERE  (scroll to the bottom, then scroll up)

'Chelsea People' 
Original Operettas from the Apollinaire Theater
Saturday August 1 and 8; 7:30 PM gather, 8:00 PM curtain

Moved by the heroic ways Chelsea has come together in the face of the pandemic 
to provide for its residents, Apollinaire Theatre has set out to create an exciting work of art 
that celebrates the heart of Chelsea: its people.

Apollinaire asked three Chelsea organizations, GreenRoots, The Neighborhood Developers, 
and the Chelsea Collaborative, to each nominate a Chelsea resident to be the subject of an original play with music, which will be created over the course of one week. 
Four Chelsea residents— Grace Muwina, Terry & Joe Englen, and Jessica Armijo will each 
have their life stories developed into original operettas and presented live over Zoom 
by a large Apollinaire Theater creative team!

Learn More: HERE
Register for Free Tickets: HERE

The Boston Globe – ArtsAlive
Updated Weekly on Thursdays

Get inspired while staying inside with ArtsAlive, a new initiative from The Boston Globe celebrating the arts with exclusive content provided by local theaters, musicians 
and museums. New videos added every Thursday.

Available On:
The Boston Globe Website

The Shows Must Go On
Weekly - Fridays at 2:00 PM

Stream the works of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on YouTube — for free. “The Shows Must Go On!” streams weekly and plans to air some of his most celebrated shows. Free to stream with options for viewers to donate to organizations that support theater workers during the pandemic, 
such as Acting For Others, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Actors Benevolent Fund. Each stream stays available for 48 hours.

Streaming On:

Daily Online Offerings

'Broadway World: Living Room Concerts

Broadway World partnered with some incredible singers to launch a series of daily 
Living Room Concerts on their website. These performances come direct to you 
from the living rooms of Broadway performers. 
Past concerts can be viewed on their website and new concerts are posted daily.

Streaming On:

Metropolitan Opera Nightly Opera Streams
Daily - 7:30 PM

Each day, a different encore presentation from the Met's Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available 
for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 PM until 6:30 PM the following day. 
The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years
 of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

Streaming On:
The Met Homepage

Stars in the House
Daily – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and theaters across the world closing 
their curtains indefinitely, SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, created Stars in the House, a daily live streamed series to support 
The Actors Fund and its services. 

New shows air daily and are a combination of music, community, and education . 
With musical performances by stars remotely from their home and conversations with 
Seth and James between each tune, viewers can also donate  to the charity and interact with the guests in real time. Guests include Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Lithgow, Jason Alexander, Kristen Chenoweth, Frozen composers Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, 
writers Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond, and many more. 

All Shows from the past 10 days are available online, and Stars in the House plans to 
stream daily until Broadway re-opens.

Streaming On:
Stars in the House Website | YouTube

Other Theater Offerings

A.R.T. Archives
​    Available Now

 Archival scenes, musical numbers, videos, photography, articles, reviews, podcasts
 and more from American Repertory Theater., including: Midsummer Night's Dream, 
Moby Dick, Othello, Pippin, Waitress and more, all free on their website. 

Available HERE

'Unfinished Work'​  
Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 PM

They were tireless organizers. Tenacious fighters. Political geniuses. 
They were Black and Latinx. Indigenous and immigrant. Together, they won women 
the right to vote and laid the cornerstone for gender equality in the United States. 
Yet their stories have rarely been told. Until now.

This August, we give voice to these heroes of the suffrage movement. Join us for the 
premiere of this innovative new performance. Learn why their fight is far from over.

Free from the New York Times
Register HERE