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Theatres and Artists go Virtual!

Apr 1, 2020

The shows must go on! Check out these recent and upcoming virtual events by Philadelphia-based artists and companies. Plus, visit our YouTube Channel for our Philadelphia Theatre Playlists!

This is an ongoing list. If you have a digital class, performance, or event coming up, please contact us.

Updated 4/1

Classes and Activities

  • Shakespeare in Clark Park - Every week we'll release a video teaching you a different skill. We hope it will be fun for you, but we also have a secret agenda! These are all skills you can use in this summer's production of Pericles. Pericles is going to be a Shakespeare play inside a circus, so these videos will have juggling and tumbling, as well as tips for acting and performing Shakespeare. Learn more and watch on YouTube!
     
  • Philly Young Playwrights - PYP Quarantine Challenge - Brenden Dahl is partnering with PYP to host a student playwriting competition based on Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs. The winning plays will be read on Instagram live stream with professional Philly actors. https://www.instagram.com/pypquarantinechallenge/?hl=en
     
  • Theatre Horizon has announced the launch of new virtual programming in light of the recent nationwide COVID-19 pandemic which has closed most theatres across the country.  Theatre Horizon will offer both educational and artistic videos available to patrons and community members via their YouTube channels. Interested patrons and audience members will be able access the video content starting early during the week of March 23, 2020.  Both professional artists and teachers will produce an assortment of both artistic and educational videos that will be available via two Theatre Horizon YouTube Channels.  The artists and educators will be paid $45 for 25-45 minute long videos.
     
  • Jacqueline Goldfinger - Beat-the-Plague Playwriting Workshops (All PWYC) - https://m.bpt.me/event/4555137
     
  • Julia Kershetsky - Acting Through Song (Online). This class is dedicated to helping you connect to your performance through personal circumstances remotely. In this two-hour course, revisit old songs with a fresh perspective, try out that new audition cut, or sing repertoire that you've always wanted to sing! More information: $20 to participate / $10 to observe. Class size limited to 8 participants. Thursday, April 2 from 5-7pmTo sign up email hello@starlingvoicestudio.com or click here!

Theatre

  • Archedream for HUMANKIND - Founded in 2001, ArcheDream for HUMANKIND is an internationally touring blacklight mask and dance theatre company that explores universal ideas and emotions through original performances for audiences of all ages. Merging ancient ritual, magical storytelling, puppetry, mask theater, and music in black light, ADHK’s uniquely tailored performances and educational workshops inspire and enchant audiences of all ages. CORNUCOPIA is a visual abundance of blacklight performance that feed your soul and your senses. Enter a blacklit world of wonder as ArcheDream for Humankind brings you a spread of our favorite characters from shows past as well as characters and scenes never before seen. This exciting montage of ArcheDream worlds past and present will leave you mesmerized! Make a Donation - Watch - https://vimeo.com/394007564
     
  • Philly Improv Theater - Duofest is back for 2020 with another fun and laughter filled weekend of improvised shows devoted entirely to comedic pairs! Instead of everyone coming to Philly Improv Theater we’ve got a line-up of great duos from around the country that will be live-streamed right to your computer or portable device. This way everyone can have some laughs in the safety and comfort of their own homes. Duofest will run at 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. each night from April 1st through April 4th. Performances will stream on Zoom and attendees who purchase tickets through the PHIT website will be sent an email with a link to the stream immediately after checkout. https://phillyimprovtheater.com/
     
  • Bristol Riverside Theatre is posting a variety of short YouTube videos featuring Bristol Riverside Theatre performers. Donate to Bristol Riverside Theatre and Watch on YouTube Here!
     
  • CSz Philadelphia - ComedySportz: Virtually Live! CSz Philadelphia is an improv theater offering comedy shows, improv classes, and team building through Applied Improvisation. ComedySportz, Philadelphia's longest-running show, is back with FREE interactive improv comedy matches streamed into the computers, phones, and homes of you, our Loyal Fans! Saturday 3/28/20 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. To join the fun, visit https://www.comedysportzphilly.com/shows/comedysportz. Ways to donate: You can Venmo CSz Philadelphia @DonMontrey (put ComedySportz in the message field) or PayPal.Me at https://paypal.me/cszphilly.
     
  • Liberty City Radio Theatre is set to discover the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, with a special online streaming performance of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”  this Sunday April 5. Audiences can tune in at 7pm for the old time radio style 'broadcast' at facebook.com/libertycityradiotheatre. For details about the show and Liberty City Radio Theatre: www.libertycityradiotheatre.com.

  • Chris Davis - One Man. One Living Room. One Nutcracker. One-Man Nutcracker LIVE stream on April 1st - Wed - 8pm! Watch in on Instagram Live @1DrunkLionFacebook Live @ChrisDavisPhilly. Written & performed by Chris Davis, directed by Mary Tuomanen, sound design by Adriano Shaplin, choreography by Hallie Rumsey-Lasersohn. You know the Nutcracker, but have you seen this beloved Christmas classic performed by only one man? One actor channels Marie, little boy Fritz, creepy uncle Drosselmeyer, the mice, the Sugar Plum fairy, and the magic of season from the comfort of your home. Chris Davis is proud to bring you One-Man Nutcracker, a re-telling of the original E.T.A. Hoffman Nutcracker Story and the Ballet. FREE TIX: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-man-nutcracker-living-room-special-tickets-101093013926. Pay What You Can (Venmo: @Chris-Davis-109)
     
  • Theatre Ariel - THEATRE ARIEL GOES LIVE!! We can’t bring you to the theatre, so we are bringing Theatre Ariel to you! Our first Free Live Streaming Performance features Ethics of the Fathers AKA The Gangster & the GrandPa - Written and Performed by Jesse Bernstein and Director/Dramaturg - Deborah Baer Mozes. Sunday, March 29 at 4 PM and Monday, March 30 at 7 PM. Drawing on the stories of an unlikely friendship and the teachings of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), this powerful one-person show explores morality, legacy, and Jewish identity in America. Watch on Facebook Live and YouTube.
     
  • Wings of Paper has a recent live-stream of The Zoo Story! Catch that here and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wingsofpapertheatrecompany/videos/229788784872397/?vh=e&d=n
     
  • Hella Fresh Theater presents a recording of Osceola, a 2020 Barrymore Recommended Production - https://youtu.be/Ss3bQ4ionZ4
  • Paige Zubel and Eleanor Safer are putting on a festival of small cast, 10 minute plays from the 25th-29th and live-streaming them. We're calling it Going Viral: A Facebook Live Festival
  • Theatre Artist Josh Hitchens is livestreaming CAMPFIRE on Facebook Live, with spooky stories for everyone.
     
  • Paper Doll Ensemble is releasing the recording of Marry, Marry, Quite Contrary to the public to bring a little comedy to people's days! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xvP8kD90bI&t=1348s
     
  • The East Coast Premiere of "Traveling Light" - by Lindsay Y. Harris-Friel, directed/produced by Liam Castellan in the 2013 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. 92 minutes. https://youtu.be/A_b8byAXaZU Note from producer: If you like it, please consider donating the price of a ticket [I think I charged $20 in 2013] or more to Curio Theatre Company or Hedgerow Theatre. Both have given me free rehearsal space for my Fringe producing, and both have had their seasons affected by COVID-19.
     
  • Runboy Productions - Complexion Woman - 8 Shorts, 14 Actors, 4 Directors of color. Written by Tasha Henderson and Ebony Gilbert. Directed by Kitt Kat, Monica Fleurette, Jaymarie Pura and Lynda Grace. Starring Miles Orion Butler, Mya Drew Flood, Kassidy Carlese, Alex J. Maryn, Jalina Wayser, Kweina, Queen Imani Shante Hadi, Kiara Thompkins, Candy Williams Hagamin, RacQuel Sasha Colòn, Emily McKinley Hill, Tim Richardson, Jerrick Medrano, and Colleen Miles. - ttps://youtu.be/WGQsXS2UfdE
     
  • SALT Performing Arts is coming together to make the most of this unprecedented time. Join Cooped Up Cabaret - each Thursday night, SALT hosts a “live” premiere of 10 or more SALT performers singing a song that has been chosen earlier in the week via a poll that SALT followers, friends and family can vote on.  Via the premiere, all viewers can comment on the YouTube based Cabaret, thus creating an interactive community discussion. The SALT Community will also raise their voices in song at our APRIL 2 COOPED UP CABARET. Together we'll create an epic rendition of ONE DAY MORE from Les Misèrables via a karaoke-style singalong of combined video submissions that will be made into a community rendition of an inspiring favorite. Submissions do not have to be from a previous SALT performer. We can't wait to hear the people sing! https://www.saltpa.com
     

Interactive

  • Die-Cast - Mad Deep Dish https://www.die-castphilly.org/mad-deep-dish - Mad Deep Dish is a choose-your-own-adventure digital story through a web of interconnected characters.  Chatbots, fictional vloggers, listicles, make up tutorials, and conspiracy theorists are all waiting for you.  There are many paths to wander and it's free of charge so you can visit more than once. You may not have to worry about social distancing with the people of Mad Deep, but everything is connected. About the Company: Die-Cast was co-founded by designer Thom Weaver and director Brenna Geffers to create work outside the normal frames of theatre. Our work is created for non-theatrical spaces and those spaces shape the pieces as strongly as text or actor.  Die-Cast uses a collective creation model with performers, designers, and directors working together to generate content, whether they are directly involved in the piece or not. Our work has been seen in factories, closed-down nightclubs, derelict hotels, and even boats. In our adventures to make theatre not in theaters, Die-Cast was nominated for the 2019 Harvey Award for Best Adaptation of a Comic, alongside of Marvel's Endgame. Content Warnings available on the entry page. Price: PWYL/Free

Podcasts

Music

Readings

  • ITHAQA ONLINE is a live reading of issue two in the Ithaqa comic book series.  The event is complete with costumes, foley, and creative technical elements that we are very excited to share - the five night run is the result of a week long rehearsal process, where we are trying to explore all the ways to innovate on this new theatre medium.  We are going live at 7.30 each night from March 31 to April 4. Watch on Facebook, and YouTube.
     
  • John McDonnell, playwright and member of the Dramatist's Guild in Bucks County, is uploading readings of his short comedic plays staged within the last year. - https://www.youtube.com/user/McDonnellWrite/videos

Daily Live Stream and Facebook Live Round-Ups compiled by Eric Jaffe!

Eric Jaffe is a world ukulele champion, an above average singer, and a genderless glamour monster. Eric is the winner of the 2018 Drag Awards, Best Host, Best Alternative Drag Queen, And Drag Queen of the Year. You can find Eric scouring the Philadelphia cabaret and drag scene screaming at the top of their lungs about food. They  starred in the original queer musical Basic Witches at The Arden, and starred and directed Jaffe St. Queer’s productions: Thweeney Todd: The Flaming barber of Fleek Street, the Barrymore recommenced, Gay Mis, and the Barrymore recommended Lizard of Oz! Currently, Eric is running a weekly Digital Drag Brunch, every Saturday at noon on Facebook Live. For more on Eric, follow @theericjaffe on Instagram 

  • WEEKLY FACEBOOK LIVE SCHEDULE

    FACEBOOK LIVE SCHEDULE 3/30-4/5

    DAILY
    Music Monkey Jungle - Music Monkey Jungle LIVE - 10am
    CJ Higgins - Four PM with CJ Higgins! - 4pm
    Kiko McGowan- SUPER POSI. DJ SETS W. DJ YEHT - 5pm
    Kara E. Koser - Koser Sangs - 7pm
    Jeremy Adam - Quarantine Concert Series - 8pm
    Josh Hitchens - CAMPFIRE: Spooky Tales - 8:30pm
    Jo Stones- Distraction Hour with Jo Stones - 9:30pm

    MONDAY 3/30
    Jeffrey Evans - Diary Prime-Time - 10am
    Stephanie C. Kernisan-Plan With Me” Live BuJo Setup-Noon
    Thom Fox - Beginner Yoga with Thom - 2pm
    Liz McDowell - Resin Crafting with Sweater Grandpa Creations - 2pm
    Theatre Horizon(Liz Filios) - Story Time Sing Along with Liz Filios - 4:30pm
    Billy Cavallo - Elevate Your Quarantini - 7pm
    Brett J. Hopkins- Brett's Brouhaha Home Ed.- 10pm
    Sasha Mala- The Looks of Club Quarantine - 10:30pm
    June Bug - Spook Lounge - 11:59pm

    TUESDAY 3/31
    Jeffrey Evans- Diary Prime-Time - 10am

    The Bearded Ladies- Beardied Ladies who lunch- 1:04pm
    Thom Fox- Beginner Yoga with Thom - 2pm
    Liz McDowell - Resin Crafting with Sweater Grandpa Creations - 2pm
    Is This Henlo Bullfrog?- Froggy Fairytales-3pm
    Theatre Horizon (Liz Filios) - Story Time Sing Along with Liz Filios - 4:30pm
    Jaffe St. Queer Productions- Thweeney Todd:The Flaming Barber of Fleek Street Live Stream-7pm
    Little Miss Rollerhoops- Disability Visibility - 8pm
    From The Belfry- "Tied Up" with Alyson Rodriguez Orenstein - 8pm
    Jeremiah Spoon - Grapes Of Sass - 8:30pm
    Ebony Ali-Ebony's Confessions-9pm
    America Line- America Onlines chill video game twitch stream - 10pm

    WEDNESDAY 4/1
    Jeffery Evans- Diary Prime-Time - 10am
    Amanda Shaffern - Coffee and a Play - Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver - 2pm & 6pm
    Thom Fox - Beginner Yoga with Thom - 2pm
    Theatre Horizon (Liz Filios) - Story Time Sing Along with Liz Filios - 4:30pm
    Billy Cavallo - Elevate Your Quarantini - 7pm
    Sasha Mala - The Looks of Club Quarantine - 10:30pm
    June Bug - Spook Lounge - Midnight

    THURSDAY 4/2
    Jeffrey Evans- Diary Prime-Time - 10am
    The Bearded Ladies- Beardied Ladies who lunch- 1:04pm
    SEX TALK the show - Afternoon Delight - 2pm
    Thom Fox - Beginner Yoga with Thom - 2pm
    Liz McDowell - Resin Crafting with Sweater Grandpa Creations - 2pm
    Theatre Horizon (Liz Filios)- Story Time Sing Along with Liz Filios - 4:30pm
    Music Monkey Jungle- Drag Queen Music Time with Eric Jaffe-5pm
    Lawrence Robert Joseph - Sutton Fearce Does Something Fearce Or Just Something Regular Happy Hour Living Room Drag Show - 6pm
    Cleo Phatra-Gaybill LIVE from my piano-8pm
    Bastion Carboni/ Pilar Salt - an untitled evening of performance in which Pilar presents her monologues of an overtly political nature. and probably a song by Santigold. - 8pm
    Joey Lakits - Paint By Numbers - 9pm
    Adám Montgomery- Diva Baby Fun Time- 10:30pm

    FRIDAY 4/3
    Jeffery Evans- Diary Prime-Time - 10am
    Thom Fox- Beginner Yoga with Thom - 2pm
    Liz McDowell- Resin Crafting with Sweater Grandpa Creations - 2pm
    Theatre Horizon (Liz Fillios) - Story Time Sing Along with Liz Filios - 4:30pm
    KT Feeney- Happy Hour Concert - 5pm
    Lili St. Queer - Cabaret Sauvignon - 6pm
    Billy Cavallo - Elevate Your Quarantini - 7pm
    Drag Queen Entertainment LLC - Drag Queen Wing Bowl! - 8pm
    Parris Ryan-Gender Queery- 10pm
    Sasha Mala - The Looks of Club Quarantine - 10:30pm
    Chris McCollum - Coronayoke LIVE - 10:30pm
    June Bug - Spook Lounge - 11:59pm

    SATURDAY 4/4
    Eric Jaffe-Digital Drag Brunch -Noon
    Joy Taney- Body Painting With Joy-1pm
    Billy Cavallo - Elevate Your Quarantini - 7pm
    Swan Flambé- Dragged Into A Computer, Vol. 2 - 8pm

    SUNDAY 4/5
    Gray Grammercy - Tapping with Gray Grammercy - 1pm
    Bryan Philip Neel - Vixens of Vera Virtual Reality Drag Show - 8pm on Instagram @ArielVersace

If you have a digital class, performance, or event coming up, please contact us.