#BaltimoreTheatre - Online Edition 4/16
We’d like to take a moment this week to thank all of the people in our community have been making fabric masks for their friends, neighbors, and medical professionals. Thank you to Spotlighters Theatre and others for donating materials, and makers such as Station North Tool Library, House of Bankerd, Caitlin Weaver, Hope Villanueva, Mary Rose Runk, Aaron Elson, Lisa Hilring, Kate Smith-Morse, and Amelia Carroll just to name a few! Also check out Open Works who are fabricating face shields. Visit us on our Facebook page to give a shout out to other makers helping their communities <3
Here's what's online this weekend:
The goal of the Performance Interface Lab (PIL) is to reckon with the spatial, social, and creative limits being placed upon us right now and to recontextualize them as opportunities to adapt and renew the platform of theatre. This is a laboratory intended to explore that. The lab has produced a separate series of live, interactive, at-home, theatre-for-one pieces to be performed in 30 minutes or less for each added month of stay-at-home orders.
LAB A: available now - April 26th
*These are interactive, live piece of microtheatre (up to 25 minutes in length) enacted for only one audience member at a time.
Out of Time (Thurs - Sundays)
Crafted by Joan Cummins & Susan Stroupe
We thought we had come to the end.
But another path has been discovered.
We need you to craft the way outward from here, to navigate the journey, just like before.
Well, not quite like before, but we’re going to make do, right?
We need you, old friend.
One last time - what do you say?
Couples Therapy (Fri - Sundays)
Crafted by Lily Kerrigan & Matthew Marcus
Have you ever wanted to tell a couple how to fix their relationships?
Matthew & Lily are a pair of codependent, commitment-phobic polyamorists who could really use your help.
As their couples therapist, you can choose to respect professional boundaries... or not.
Woolgatherings (Fri - Sundays)
Crafted by Pete Danelski & Jordan Clark Halsey
This play is about you.
You know all the words.
Walk through the spaces you know.
Walk with the ghosts you’ve made.
Pajama Party: A Virtual Variety Show
Friday, April 17th @ 8pm
Join us for a night of songs, drunken scenes, and other raucous entertainment brought to you live online. Put on your splashiest pajamas, refill your cup and join us!
Tickets are entirely pay-what-you-will. This is a difficult time for artists and many have lost work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For Pajama Party! 20% of all ticket sales will go to the artists performing. Purchase tickets here.
An evening of virtual performances to benefit Young Audiences of Maryland Artists.
Friday, April 17th @ 8:00pm
Calling all superheroes: Ditch your sweats and dress to impress next Friday, April 17th for Superheroes Unite! Join hosts Jamaal "Mr. Root" Collier and Femi the Drifish for a family-friendly evening of virtual performances by Young Audiences artists!
100% of the proceeds raised through this event support YA's Artist Emergency Fund! That means you get to have a great night AND do a great thing. We can't think of a better way to rock Friday! Get your tickets now at yamd.org/superheroes-unite/
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
Saturday, April 18th @ 7:00pm
Pandemic Players is proud to present Six Characters in Search of an Author, by Luigi Pirandello. A theatre company is rehearsing a Pirandello play when six characters walk off the pages of another, unfinished script, and disrupt the rehearsal. There, in front of the actors and director, these characters maintain that they are every bit real and that their story needs a resolution. This popular play in the Theatre of the Absurd genre questions reality and illusion, perception and objectivity in a most entertaining manner.
Each week we partner with a live theatre company that has been shuttered by the pandemic, to raise money through donations to help keep them afloat. Our performance is free, and 100 percent of all proceeds go to our partner theatre company chosen each week. This week we are proud to partner with Fells Point Corner Theatre. Donate @ https://www.facebook.com/donate/225012498840249/
For live streaming of this production to your home, click on our YouTube channel, Pandemic Players of Baltimore. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHlIucoid-7qqXkdNSeLnkQ
BootPrints by Latonia Valincia Moss
Sunday, April 19th @ 3:00pm
"BOOTPRINTS" tells the story of one woman's journey, back home, to bury her grandmother. She uncovers more than she ever thought she would. She unlocks many of her family’s secrets; sexual assault, racism, domestic violence, generational trauma etc..... There are three lead characters in this play, that are forced to face the ugly truths of their past.
This is a live virtual experience. Put on your most comfortable pajamas, setup your smart tv or Laptop, get your favorite snacks and join us LIVE!!!!!! Tickets are pay-what-you-can ($0 - $25).
Remotely Funny LIVE!
Wednesday, April 22 @ 8:00pm
An online improv show to benefit Creative Alliance!
Ten improvisers take inspiration from stories, suggestions, and silliness to create a (literally) once in a lifetime, live show that will never be repeated.
This event will be streamed LIVE on the Creative Alliance Facebook Page! Free to watch but please consider supporting Creative Alliance here!
Where We Stand by Donnetta Lavinia Grays
April 2nd - 26th
"This brand-new fable of penance is filled with humor, heart, and music. When a town is running low on compassion and a man is stripped of companionship, just one kind stranger can tip the scales. Join in community as one passionate storyteller spins a supernatural tale of loneliness seduced by kindness and asks us “what do we owe each other?”'
The play will now be offered via the Vimeo streaming platform beginning April 2, the date live performances were scheduled to begin. The theater will also offer originally scheduled pre- and post- show programming in a virtual format. Current ticketholders will receive an email with instructions on how to access the production and new ticket buyers will have the ability to purchase tickets (pay what you can, starting at $5) on Baltimore Center Stage's website (www.centerstage.org).
Poe Theatre on the Air
Now Streaming on WYPR
Each month on WYPR.org and NPR.org, Poe Theatre on the Air streams a fresh, 20- to 30-minute radio drama re-imagining of the best-known works of Edgar Allan Poe, America’s renowned master of horror and suspense.
For more fun events & virtual offerings please check out:
Auditions & Jobs
Maryland Arts Summit Call for Proposals, Creative Co-Hosts, Brand Ambassadors, and Social Media Marketers (paid)
The Maryland Arts Summit Goes Virtual! Due to the recent COVID-19 State of Emergency, the 2020 Maryland Arts Summit has decided to respond to the community’s need for resources and support. Please join us for a 21st Century Maryland Arts Summit - Creative Resurgence: A Vision for the Future of the Arts in Maryland. Call for proposals has re-opened for the Maryland Arts Summit 2020! Submissions are due Saturday, April 25th via this form. Each presenter whose proposals are accepted will be offered free admission to the Summit and an honorarium of $150.
In addition to supporting presenters, our desire to further engage independent artists through the Summit has not changed due to this online transition. We are now supporting independent artists at the Summit by offering artist stipends to help host and facilitate and promote the virtual Summit.
We will offer artists a $125 stipend who apply and are selected to serve as:
Creative Co-Hosts OR
Brand Ambassadors and Social Media Marketers
We will offer training and oversight before and during the Summit. We encourage all artists to apply for this stipend – a limited number of spots will be available.
The Dictator’s Playbook (paid)
Video submission due April 24, 2020
Synopsis: The rise and fall of oppressive dictatorships have been a theme throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. These brutal regimes sweep their way into power with a rush of public support often, only to be toppled later. Their wake leaves death, disease, violence and trauma. History has proven that there are patterns to dictators—perhaps a playbook or “how to” manual exists. This
theatrical piece will unpack this playbook in an attempt to understand and recognize the patterns of dictatorships. The Dictator’s Playbook will open in September of 2020—just in time for the
Seeking: We are looking for five male/male-identifying actors who have experience with devised theatre. These actors should have some movement/dance experience. Actors are paid a stipend of $500.00. Please send an audition monologue on video—two minutes maximum to Ryan Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking Actors & Directors @Pandemic Players (all proceeds benefit a local theatre company affected by covid-19 closures)
We are currently auditioning for the following five plays:
A Dolls House by Henry Ibsen, 25 April
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, 2 May
The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice, 9 May
Trojan Women by Euripides 16 May
These auditions are to let us know who is out there, who is interested, your comfort acting for the web camera, and what technical resources you have to broadcast yourself.
Please film yourself performing any monologue, it does not need to be memorized. The video should be about 2 minutes in length, preferably from a seated and stationary position. Send your video or weblink to the video, and the plays you are interested in via e-mail to email@example.com
Additionally, we are seeking directors for The Adding Machine and Trojan Women. Please send a note of interest, and a resume or list of credits to firstname.lastname@example.org
Single Carrot Theatre 2020/2021 Fellowship Program
Submissions due Friday, May 1st
SCT's fellowship program is designed to provide hands on experience to emerging theater artists, as well as an opportunity to have a working understanding of Baltimore’s premier ensemble theatre. The fellowship is a season-long program that includes administrative and artistic responsibilities. For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2Veuxhz
Workshops/Classes & Activities
#BardBars Giveaway @ fools and madmen
Here’s how it works:
- Post a #bardbars video by 5pm on 4/23
- We will draw 2 winners Live on Instagram at 7pm on 4/23
- The more you post, the more chances you have to win.
Playwrights on Plays
Thursdays @ 7:00pm
Join us every Thursday at 7pm EDT for an online discussion series featuring Round House-affiliated artists. Round House Literary Manager Gabrielle Hoyt will interview celebrated theatre makers about their own work and a play of their choice that has inspired them.
Click here for a full playlist for past and upcoming episodes: https://bit.ly/2VtBKJi
This interactive virtual event will give you the chance to ask questions, so make sure to set a reminder on YouTube to watch the interviews live!
Octavio Solis on April 16
Read EDWARD III for free online if you want to prepare: https://www.playshakespeare.com/edward-iii/scenes
J.T. Rogers on April 23
Charly Evon Simpson on April 30
Sarah Ruhl on May 7
Tim J. Lord on May 14
Aaron Posner on May 21
Mfoniso Udofia on May 28
For more information, visit www.RoundHouseTheatre.org/YourHouse.
Musical Theatre Masterclass w/ Rachel Sandler
Been looking for an opportunity to coach your musical theatre rep and get immediate feedback at an adorable price?! Introducing MT Masterclass: Quarantine Edition!
For a suggested donation of just $15 a class, you can join in on a zoom call with a professional voice coach & a bunch of other theatre lovers for an opportunity to receive coaching and guidance on your musical theatre song!
Rachel will be hosting multiple sections for adults & teens. Email email@example.com to join the fun!
Magic for Theater Makers
Thursdays, starting 4/23 @ 8:00pm
Magicians Annie Montone and Brian Kehoe, of Baltimore-based magic team The Encounter, are pioneers of “narrative magic”; a potent blend of traditional stage magic effects and playwriting, with an aim to create experiences that are part magic show, part theatrical performance. In this four week virtual course, Montone and Kehoe share with theater practitioners of all levels (actors, directors, producers, and administrators) the principles of stage magic, and how to incorporate them into traditional theater settings. Participants will gain new skills, a better understanding of bodies onstage, and information on breaking down a script to incorporate stage magic in ways not previously imagined.
Cost: $100 full price (we are offering coupon codes for 25%, 50%, 75% or 99% off, as part of our "Pay What You Decide" structure for April-May)
Dates/Times: Thursday, April 23rd at 8pm - Thursday, May 14th (once weekly) at 8pm EST
Online Classes & Performances @ Baltimore Improv Group
Tuesday, Friday, & Sunday evenings
"Our passion and commitment to improv comedy compels us to continue to perform improv comedy online.
Our performers and students can continue to improvise over online conferencing platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout and more. "
Play Date: a new reading club for classic plays
Play of the week announced Sundays
Introducing PLAY DATE, an online forum where you can discuss classic texts with us and other fellow classic-lovers. We are incredibly excited to create a space to communicate openly with you all, and we can't wait to hear what you all bring to the table each week. Every Sunday, we will post the play of the week. On our website, you will find the discussion boards and the scripts as they are introduced.
Play At Home: a series of micro-commissioned short plays
In the wake of last week’s theatre closures, Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf, The Public Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Woolly Mammoth are working to support artists, connect people to theatre and through theatre; and to ignite imagination and joy in these uncertain times with PLAY AT HOME.
Each theatre has commissioned multiple playwrights to write ten-minute plays under the assumption that these will be read alone or aloud with loved ones, but never produced, allowing these playwrights to dream big and write joyful plays that may contain elements that could not be reproduced for the stage. Each play will be ten minutes or less. The plays are available for the public to download, read and perform at home for free at playathome.org.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS: HAMLET
Mondays, March 30 - May 4 @ 6:00pm
Since you can't come to us, we're coming to you! Join CSC Teaching Artists for a deep dive into Shakespeare’s greatest play. CRITICAL ANALYSIS: HAMLET is an adult class, ideal for theater lovers who are interested in digging into the source material with experts and other critical thinkers! It’s the perfect way to develop your critical eye and capture the nuance of Shakespeare’s masterworks. View the classes on YouTube.
Virtual Learning: The Business of Acting, Text Analysis, and Audition Technique — On Camera
Trusted theatre education. Now, at your fingertips! Let's explore, learn, and discover tog
ether through ALL NEW virtual learning experiences.
It's a new world. Classes start April 20.
Take $20 off the total tuition using QUARANTINE.
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