• Donna Ibale

#BaltimoreTheatre - Online Edition 4/9

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It's almost/always the weekend so get comfy for some fun virtual shenanigans!


Here's what's online this weekend:


Kevin McAllister: A Pop-Up Concert

@ ArtsCentric

Friday, April 10th @ 7:00pm

Benefiting ArtsCentric - Kevin McAllister will be performing a concert with Cedric D. Lyles accompanying live.


Live stream available here: https://www.facebook.com/ArtsCentric














A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

@ Pandemic Players

Saturday, April 11th @ 7:00pm

Pandemic Players is proud to present one of Shakespeare's most beloved and popular comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream.


This week we are proud to partner with Children's Theatre of Annapolis. As with all our community theatres, CTA has been hit hard by the pandemic and subsequent closure. Please consider a donation to them to help us keep the arts alive. https://www.facebook.com/donate/213048916776632/


For live streaming of this production to your home, click here.



SCT's Pajama Party: A Virtual Variety Show

@ Single Carrot Theatre

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.



Where We Stand by Donnetta Lavinia Grays

@ Baltimore Center Stage

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).


Virtual programming surrounding the show includes:

A pre-recorded conversation between BCS Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra and Where We Stand playwright and performer, Donnetta Lavinia Grays

A digital copy of the Where We Stand program, which includes a dramaturgical packet with discussion questions and resources for facilitating post-show conversations at home

A pre-recorded post show discussion with members of local community organizations, facilitated by Annalisa Dias, the theater's Director of Artistic Partnerships and Innovation

Two live/virtual conversations throughout the virtual run of Where We Stand (dates and topics to be announced)



Remotely Funny

@ Maryland Improv Collective

Available now:

MIC is back with another in our "Remotely Funny" series of video improv comedy scenes. Laugh while physically distant from us!





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Auditions & Jobs

The Dictator’s Playbook (paid)

@ Quarry Theatre

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

presidential election!


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 rclark@quarrytheatre.com


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:

  • Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, 18 April

  • 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 pandemicplayersbmore@gmail.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 pandemicplayersbmore@gmail.com



Workshops/Classes & Activities

Magic for Theater Makers

@ Baltimore Academy of Magic


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


Register here: https://encountermagic.square.site/product/magic-for-theater-makers/60



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. "


WATCH AN ONLINE SHOW ~ TAKE AN ONLINE CLASS



Play Date: a new reading club for classic plays

@ Charm City Classics Company

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

@ Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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

@ Everyman Theatre

Trusted theatre education. Now, at your fingertips! Let's explore, learn, and discover together through ALL NEW virtual learning experiences.


It's a new world. Classes start April 20.

Take $20 off the total tuition using QUARANTINE.


https://everymantheatre.org/virtual-learning




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