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.
Goodman Theatre has made available for online streaming its production of Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play directed by Lili-Anne Brown, while performances are suspended to mitigate spread of COVID-19.
For over 60 years, The Second City has been renowned for entertaining and educating millions in its theaters and classrooms. Now, the famed comedy institution has adapted its improvisation-based shows, classes, and corporate services to create real-time, interactive, and socially “together” virtual experiences available to audiences worldwide. “It’s incredible to see how well our work translates to this platform. There are so many people who have yet to experience The Second City, and it’s so rewarding to our talent and staff to get back to work online and give the world a taste of what we do,” says Andrew Alexander, CEO and executive producer of The Second City.
This April, attend Chicago’s newest Fringe festival from the comfort and safety of your own home at Random Acts of Theatre! Subtitled a “Digital Fringe Festival,” the multi-day schedule will feature theatrical videos of all kinds, live-streamed across dozens of networks. Donations will be accepted, with proceeds going to The Actors Fund to assist artists currently out of work.
Paramount Theatre announced today the launch of Connection: A Social Media Concert Series, an all-new online campaign to find new ways for artists and audiences to connect with each other while the public is asked to shelter in place.
Otherworld Theatre Company, Chicago’s premier Science Fiction and Fantasy theatre, is making performances both old and new available online. High quality recordings of past stage productions will be available to subscribers on Patreon, including Stupid Shakespeare Company’s PickleRicickles, which ended its run early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brand new content from company members and friends of the company will be available via the company’s YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook pages. This includes comedy sketches, stand-up, dramatic readings, and pre-recorded adventures from Out on A Whim’s Improvised Dungeons and Dragons every Sunday night. There are even opportunities for patrons to perform as part of the weekly Theatre of Ted Digital Open Mic. Fans are encouraged to subscribe and follow Otherworld Theatre Company on above mentioned platforms and visit www.otherworldtheatre.org to stay up to date on new premiere dates and content.
“All the world’s a stage” takes on new meaning with Chicago’s Theater Wit’s announcement today that it will begin selling remote viewing tickets to online, streamed video performances of its Chicago premiere of Teenage Dick.
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