In response to the stay-at-home orders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, BAMtheatre has reimagined its musical theatre-focused programming through BAM @ a Distance, a host of virtual classes and activities to keep students connected. BAM has also engaged its community of students and staff to create a virtual choir performance to benefit the Chicago Artists Relief Fund, now available for free streaming. Since 2001, BAMtheatre has provided outstanding and creative educational theatre opportunities to over 1000 students annually.
PlayMakers Laboratory is taking its signature revue online with That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay, featuring a creative line-up of stories written by elementary school students, adapted and performed by professional actors and directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd. Streaming will begin Monday, May 11, 2020 via Patreon, with a new line-up released every Monday. Tickets ($3 for a one-week pass) will go on sale Friday, May 8, 2020 at playmakerslab.org.
Theatre in the Dark, a Chicago theatre company that creates performances staged entirely in complete darkness, is premiering a live digital adaptation of its fall 2019 smash hit THREE STORIES UP for two weekends only May 14 - 23. In the noir mystery thriller by Canadian-born Chicago playwright Mackenzie Gordon, Vancouver transit cop Beatrice Dulaurier has found her detective husband’s dead body, The police call it a suicide, but Beatrice doesn’t buy that explanation. To find the truth, she enlists the help of her late husband’s last known informant, a drug runner who carries secrets of his own. The two embark on a hair-raising investigation through the city's colorful characters in search of justice… and revenge. Inspired by hard-boiled paperback novels and the radio mystery plays of the ‘30s and ‘40s, THREE STORIES UP: LIVE! ON THE AIR introduces the audience to sadder-but-wiser, hard-boiled detectives and shady characters whose loyalties are never certain. Last fall’s production was lauded by critics as “ingenious” (CHILL LIVE SHOWS) and “a must-see as one of Chicago’s more creative theatre adventures” (BUZZ CENTER STAGE). Tickets for all six online performances are Pay What You Can, with a $10 minimum, and are available now at www.theatreinthedark.com
Victory Gardens Theater announces Your World Off Stage, an online conversation series with artists from the upcoming 2020/2021 season and members of the VG Playwrights Ensemble. These online lunchtime conversations take place on select Wednesdays and Fridays, May 15–August 7, 2020. Get the inside scoop on where our shows are at in the development process, learn about the inspiration for each of these plays, and ask your questions.
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