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Friday, July 3, 2020

Stories that reveal who we are. Digital theatre to watch this week by Lorraine Treanor

Not all the fireworks are in the air. These theatrical works blaze as brightly and linger longer. Hamilton Disney+ $6.99 for one month subscription Click to subscribe The original Broadway c…

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Recommended shows to catch this weekend by Lorraine Treanor

May 22, 2020 Arena Stage Free View below or view later Arena Stage adds filmmaker to its accomplishments with May 22, 2020, a filmed docudrama, directed by Arena Stage Artistic Director Moll…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Bring an artist’s performance into your home, or at least to your driveway. by Lorraine Treanor

Have you ever wished that your living space could be re-imagined by a set designer? Or that you could gift a personalized greeting or concert by a favorite performer? Or that a theatre artis…

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Watch Hamilton movie trailer ahead of its July 3 premiere on Disney+ by Lorraine Treanor

The film version of the Broadway musical phenom, Hamilton, will premiere on streaming service Disney+ starting July 3. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda first posted the trailer on his Twi…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Juneteenth celebrations: Antonyo Awards, Alvin Ailey, IN Series and a nationwide new play reading by Lorraine Treanor

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that a regiment of Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of the enslaved peoples…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Music for the movement: Skin on the Drum, Michael Franti & Spearhead by Lorraine Treanor

Recommended by Anastasia Wilson, DC actor now based in Atlanta. “And as the pepper gas clears And police and protestors go home Just as the morning dew are tear drops of the night My emot…

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Friday, June 12, 2020

5 performances to watch this weekend by Lorraine Treanor

Twilight: Los Angeles Great Performances, PBS Free Click to view In response to the national crisis in the aftermath of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery (Brunswick, GA), Breonna Taylor (Louisvil…

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Billie Krishawn hands out help while photographing the Black Lives Movement on the streets of DC. by Lorraine Treanor

Billie Krishawn is a DC area actor and photographer whose work will soon appear on our pages. This weekend she is back on the streets, adding to her extensive photo coverage of the Black Liv…

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Music for the movement: Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come by Lorraine Treanor

“It’s been a long, long time coming But I know that change is gonna come” – Sam Cooke, 1964 Recommended by Pamela Jafari.  “I am a  Washingtonian senior who is Black, lesbian, a…

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

DC poet John Johnson performs a poem of protest by Lorraine Treanor

Native Washingtonian poet and playwright John Johnson told us: “I am inspired to create art because I was born a artist it goes along with my breathing and heart beat, it is like a vital o…

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Stereotypes by Black Violin by Lorraine Treanor

Kev Marcus and Wil B, musicians from Florida, are Black Violin. Stereotypes run deep in our psyches. From who we represent that we are to each other, to what we wear, to our age, even to the…

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Statement from DC Theatre Scene on the murder of George Floyd by Lorraine Treanor

DC Theatre Scene stands in solidarity with all people fighting for racial justice in this country. We stand in witness to the righteous anger and despair brought on by the killing of George …

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Friday, May 29, 2020

5 exceptional shows to watch free this weekend by Lorraine Treanor

Macbeth Folger Theatre Through July 1, 2020 Click for details I lapped this one up like cream – Folger Theatre’s rebroadcast of Macbeth as reimagined by the gifted magician Teller and A…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

When will theatres reopen? Actors Equity lays out its core conditions by Lorraine Treanor

Hope that Washington DC area stages will be able to produce a fall season this year has dimmed with the release by Actors’ Equity Association of the four core principles which would need t…

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Pandemic Theatre gets all-out playful with Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing by Lorraine Treanor

Of the many pitches about online content we have received, the announcement from Pandemic Theatre of how they were presenting Shakespeare’s barbed romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, …

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Bring theatre home: 5 shows to watch this weekend by Lorraine Treanor

Bon Voyage! Happenstance Theater $10 rental fee gives 30 day access Click here The lighthearted troupe known as Happenstance Theater brings back their 2017 production of Bon Voyage!. Masterf…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Signature Theatre announces new dates for Mamma Mia! by Lorraine Treanor

Signature Theatre has just announced the new dates for their production of  the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!. The highly anticipated show, directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Sc…

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A new opportunity for emerging writers and composers: $500 microgrants from Emergent Seed by Lorraine Treanor

In a press release just received comes news of a funding opportunity from the new arts program Emergent Seed. The organization is offering $500 microgrants to emerging writers and composers …

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Francesca Chilcote and Kathryn Zoerb, new leaders of commedia company Faction of Fools by Lorraine Treanor

Veteran company members Francesca Chilcote and Kathryn Zoerb have been named Co-Artistic Directors of Washington’s Commedia dell’Arte company, Faction of Fools has announced. The women …

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Friday, May 15, 2020

6 exceptional shows to watch free this weekend by Lorraine Treanor

Homebound Round House Theatre Free Series ends June 29, 2020 Click here If you haven’t caught on to this web series yet, there’s time to catch up. Homebound is only 3 episodes into its 1…

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Friday, May 8, 2020

5 free must-watch events this weekend by Lorraine Treanor

The King and I Lincoln Center’s Tony Award winning production of May 8, starting at 8pm EST through May 10 Free on Broadway HD Click here “This 2015 Broadway revival remains one of the m…

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Infinity Theatre cancels its season by Lorraine Treanor

The New York-based Infinity Theatre Company, which performs its summer season in Annapolis, has announced the cancellation of its 2020 season. The company, which has been the performing in t…

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Mosaic Theater prepares to open Alexandra Petri’s Inherit the Windbag on Aug 19. by Lorraine Treanor

On August 28, 1968, two iconic intellectuals — author, editor, political commentator and (PBS) television host William F. Buckley for the right and author, lecturer, frequent television gu…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Kennedy Center remains closed through Aug 9; Hamilton’s 2020 visit is postponed indefinitely by Lorraine Treanor

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which had planned to re-open its campus on May 22, will remain closed through August 9 due to the ongoing impact of COVID–19, according …

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Friday, May 1, 2020

5 must-watch theatre events for this weekend by Lorraine Treanor

Frankenstein (both versions) National Theatre At Home April 30 – May 8, 2020 London’s National Theatre will present free week long streams of Danny Boyle’s 2011 production of Frankenst…

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Folger Theatre shifts its next season into 2021 by Lorraine Treanor

Folger Theatre, operating out of house due to the ongoing multi-year $69 million dollar renovation of Shakespeare Library is scheduling its “On the Road” season in collaboration with loc…

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IN Series unveils its radical new plan – a completely digital 2020-2021 season by Lorraine Treanor

Advice for theatre companies worried about bringing audiences back into their physical spaces has been ‘Go Bold.’ The opera-theatre company, IN Series, which usually performs at Source i…

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Monday, April 27, 2020’s Sondheim’s 90 birthday. Rocky start. Brilliant finish. Watch it here. by Lorraine Treanor

To celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday, Raúl Esparza organized a concert extravaganza on the 50th anniversary of the opening of Sondheim’s Company, featuring some 45 songs and t…

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

3 free must-sees this weekend by Lorraine Treanor

Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration Free Sunday, April 26, 8pm. Legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim will be toasted with an all-star birthday concert, streami…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Hamilton launches free EduHam at Home learning and performances by Lorraine Treanor

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) and Hamilton have launched EduHam at Home, a free digital program for students and their families to explore the world of Hamilton and …

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Shugoll Research study asks: Once theatres re-open, will audiences come back? by Lorraine Treanor

Imagine this. At last the great day has arrived. No new cases of the COVID-19 have been reported for twenty days; people are recovering in the tens of thousands; our health system is adequat…

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