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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/21/20 Cancellations and Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More


New York

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Cancels Fall Seasons of:

1) Great Performers Fall Season

2) David Atrium Fall Season

3) 2020 White Light Festival

Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More

1) Ballet Hispanico's B Unidos Video Series Continues into July with Watch Parties and More

2) Ballet Hispanico Continues 50th Anniversary Celebrations

3) Broadway Podcast Network Pride Podcasts

4) Houses on the Moon Theater Company of Reading of Tales of From the Moon

5) iPlay America Adds Live Music to Outdoor Dining at Game Time Bar & Grill

6) Pan Asian Rep. Special Pride Week Virtual Event : Nu Works 2020 June 27 - July 1

7) Papermill Playhouse Reopens Brookside Dinning with Live Performances

8) Stung by a Murder Hornet and Now Hosting Free Virtual Summer Camp

9) Theatre Resources Unlimited Announces June Panel Via Zoom

10) Two River Theater Online Events

11) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Celebrates New York City Gay Pride

12) York Theater Company Uniquely York Auction Adds New Items and Extends Bidding to July 5

1) Ballet Hispánico 
B Unidos Instagram Video Series
Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration

June/July 20 Watch Schedule

Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its video series, with Watch Parties in June and July 2020, available at www.facebook.com/ballethispanicohttps://www.ballethispanico.org/bunidos/watch-party, or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeBVCPHnWSLKF4c53fAqDRw/.

Enjoy a Company performance from the comfort of your own home, followed by live Q&A sessions with Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico Eduardo Vilaro, choreographers and Company dancers:

Wed June 24 at 7pm: Sombrerísimo
Tue June 30 at 7:30pm: Noche Unidos, a night of dance and unity
Wed July 8 at 7pm: El Viaje

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. 

Sombrerísimo (2013)
Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music by Banda Ionica featuring Macaco el Mono Loco, Titi Robin, and soundscape by various artists
Costume Design by Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by Joshua Preston
Inspired by the surrealist world of Belgian painter René Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats, Sombrerísimo references the iconic sombreros (hats) found throughout the world that help to represent culture. Originally choreographed for an all-male cast, Sombrerísimo has evolved into a work that can also be performed by an all-female or mixed-gender cast.
Sombrerísimo was commissioned by New York City Center for the Fall for Dance Festival.
World Premiere: September 20, 2013 at New York City Center

Noche Unidos
A Night of Dance and Unity
Hosted by Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO 
World Premieres By Ten Prominent Choreographers
Appearances include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Gloria Estefan, Norman Lear, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo O'Farrill, and other Latinx artists 
The evening includes ten virtual world premiere performances featuring Ballet Hispánico Company dancers, new works created remotely in the past weeks by world renowned choreographers, celebrity appearances including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Gloria Estefan, Norman Lear, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo O'Farrill, and other Latinx artists. A highlight of the eveinng will be performances by Ballet Hispánico School of Dance students Julienne Buenaventura and Ruby Castillo, Nuestro Futuro scholarship recipients in BH's La Academia program. The pre-recorded show will include new works set remotely on our dancers by ten prominentchoreographers. The choreographers are social distancing in locations around the world, and our dancers are across the country, yet the beauty of dance transcends the distance between them.

El Viaje (2019)
Choreography by Edwaard Liang
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Costume Design by Danielle Truss
Lighting Design by Joshua Paul Weckesser
Liang evokes emotion through moving sound and lush movement to exemplify how many individuals feel when one leaves one's homeland or country of birth to seek a new life, including moments of remembering, sharing, and letting go. He particularly focuses on the Chinese mass emigration from the nineteenth century to 1949 and the Chinese-Cuban diaspora to explore identity and the ghosts of a former life.
World Premiere: March 26, 2019 at The Joyce Theater

2) Ballet Hispánico 
Continues 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Noche Unidos
A Night of Dance and Unity

Hosted by
Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO 

World Premieres By Nine Prominent Choreographers:
Kiri Avelar, Rodney Hamilton, Michelle Manzanales, 
Andrea Miller, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Pedro Ruiz, 
Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Nancy Turano, Eduardo Vilaro

Appearances include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Rita Moreno, Norman Lear, Pacquito D'Rivera, Arturo O'Farrill, 
and other Latinx artists 

PremiereTuesday, June 30, 2020 at 7:30pm

America's leading Latino dance organizationknown for "piercing stereotypes" (The New York Times), continues to celebrate 50 years of uniting people through dance with Noche Unidos on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 7:30-8:15pm EDT on FacebookInstagram, or YouTube. All are welcome to view the show, with an advanced RSVP requested here, donations are optional.

The evening includes nine virtual world premiere performances featuring Ballet Hispánico Company dancers and students, new works created remotely in the past weeks by world renowned choreographers Michelle Manzanales, Andrea Miller, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Pedro Ruiz, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Nancy Turano, and Eduardo Vilaro; and celebrity appearances including Lin-Manuel MirandaRita Moreno, Gloria EstefanNorman Lear, Pacquito D'Rivera, Arturo O'Farrill, and other Latinx artists. A highlight of the evening will be performances by Ballet Hispánico School of Dance students Julienne Buenaventura and Ruby Castillo, Nuestro Futuro scholarship recipients in BH's La Academia program, works choreographed by Kiri Avelar and Rodney Hamilton. 

The pre-recorded show will include new works set remotely on our dancers by prominent choreographers. The choreographers are social distancing in locations around the world, and our dancers are across the country, yet the beauty of dance transcends the distance between them.

Funds raised during the show will provide artists, students, and communities of color a platform for their voices. Donations are accepted at ballethispanico.org/support.

HIGHLIGHTED EPISODES from Deep Dive Broadway, Musicals with Cheese, Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins, My Broadway Memory, Mama's Talkin’ Loud and more...

SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING: Caitlin Kinnunen, Tony winner Daisy Eagan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 
Jeremy O Harris, Cheyenne Jackson, Michael R. Jackson, Taylor Mac, Scott Turner Schofield, 
Stan Zimmerman and the creators of the Pride Plays

The Broadway Podcast network (BPN), Tony award-winner Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales, are pleased to celebrate Pride month with a special section of the website BPN.FM/Pride highlighting a variety of programming to mark the occasion. Such events include live Town Halls with cast members of The Prom and episodes which highlight fabulous artists such as Jeremy O Harris and recent Pulitzer Prize winning Michael R. Jackson.  All of the events and episodes air exclusively on the Broadway Podcast Network and wherever you listen to podcasts.

A selection of individual podcasts highlighting members of the LGBT+ community include:

It’s always Pride with the Broadway Husbands and this month is no different featuring some of social media’s most prominent same sex couples like this week’s guests Michael and Matt, gay travel bloggers who met on YouTube and share their love of travel and photography through beautiful content and authentic personalities. Next week are Tennessee couple, creatives and bloggers Kyle Boen and Cameron Hinkle, rounding out the month are the Crafty Lumberjacks from HGTV. In upcoming episodes they welcome Alexandra Billings, one of the first openly transgender women to have played a transgender character on television, from Broadway’s Wicked and Amazon's Transparent, and Kelli Carpenter and Anne Steele from the podcast I Love My Wife. 

Broadwaysted is going "Rainbow High" with their weekly Quarantine Movie Crew. On Friday, June 26th, Broadwaysted will proudly present an episode revolving around three Gay Cult Classic Sequels: Grease 2 (PlutoTV), Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (HBOGo), and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (Disney+). The discussion will include Broadwaysted Crew Bryan Plofsky, Kevin Jaeger, and Kimberly Schmidt and feature Broadwaysted Bestie Aaron J. Albano, new #FriendoftheShow Fav Nikisha Williams, and special guest, DeMarius Copes.  As usual, they will have some drinks, have some laughs, and share personal pride journeys as they gag over three films that are easily labeled as "required gay viewing!"

Broadway Nation’s started the month with “Glitter And Be Gay”, Part 1: Cole Porter & The Queers That Invented Broadway, includes the fascinating stories of producing and life partners Charles Frohman & Charles Dillingham; the first great “stager" of musicals Hassard Short; early drag superstars Julian Eltinge & Bert Savoy; and legendary songwriter Cole Porter. On June 13 “Glitter And Be Gay”, Part 2: Lorenz Hart & The Queers That Invented Broadway, includes the fascinating stories of legendary songwriters Lorenz Hart & Noel Coward; prolific writers Herbert Fields & Moss Hart; director/actor Monty Wooley; and choreographers Robert Alton and Jack Cole. On June  27,   “Agnes DeMille & The Women That Invented Broadway”, will include a segment profiling Jean Rosenthal and Tharon Musser, the amazing queer women that basically invented the art and craft of Broadway lighting design.

Baring it All with Call Me Adam is celebrating Pride with upcoming interviews including out Opera, Jazz, & Pop singer Graham J. discussing life after the loss of Graham's husband to suicide. Also Aaliytha Stevens (COO of Spotco, Broadway's #1 Ad Agency) about Black Lives Matter & being the mother of a bi-sexual daughter. Lastly, an EXCLUSIVE interview with Tony Nominee Charles Busch discussing the other side of his artistry: painting & drawing. Additionally, previously aired episodes include transgender actor, Scott Turner Schofield; gay Hollywood actor, Jasper Cole; gay TV writer/producer/director, Stan Zimmerman; actor and musician, Marty Thomas; gay country singer, Ty Herndon; and actor and singer, Kyle Dean Massey.

Dori Berinstein’s podcast Deep Dive Broadway today and everyday celebrates Pride. This week’s guests are the creators of the Pride Plays, Producers Doug Nevin and Michael Urie and Festival Director Nick Mayo. Now in it’s second year, the Pride Plays – in association this year with Playbill and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre – are once again celebrating spectacular queer-themed works from renoun artists such as Lisa Kron and the Five Lesbian Brothers, Donja R. Love, MJ Kaufman and Marc Crowly, alongside brand new voices with a spectacular line-up of theatrical events, readings and workshops, all presented digitally for the first time.  

The Ensemblist, hosted by Mo Brady, previously released a mini-series on “Queer Characters” in Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals, with guests including Telly Leung and Caitlin Kinnunen. In addition, their “Let’s Talk About Auditions” mini-series features interviews with LGBT community leaders including Stephanie Klemons, Spencer Liff, and Stephen Oremus

Mama’s Talkin’ Loud hosts Cara Cooper and Jessica Rush spoke with Gavin Lodge and Christina Rouner on June 9 about raising gender fluid/non-conforming children. On June 13 Daisy Eagan, the youngest female ever to win a Tony award for her portrayal of Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, shares her motherhood/life journey. Following is Cheyenne Jackson and his husband Jason Landau on the surrogacy journey and having twins, and lastly is Stephanie Klemons and her wife Colleen Quinn on their journey as lesbian mothers.

My Broadway Memory resumes their weekly broadcast on June 18 at 7pm EST LIVE. Each week, hosts Michael Kushner & Brian Sedita keep Broadway alive by bringing memories straight to you. Michael, Brian, and two much-loved guests each pick a Playbill from their collection at random and chat about the memories associated with that experience. On this week’s episode, join The Prom’s Caitlin Kinnunen and Josh Lamon to kick off our first Pride Episode of My Broadway Memory. Dimitri Moise will be our guest for this week’s Good News segment, as they report on Claim Our Space Now, an organization emboldening urgent action to dismantle white supremacy and save Black lives. Throughout the rest of July (and always) they will continue the weekly Thursday episodes celebrating Pride.

Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Eva Price (Oklahoma!, Jagged Little Pill), who was just announced on the inaugural list of Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Leaders & Executives, this week launches a new podcast called My First Show. The first episode, featuring Emmy nominated TV & Broadway star Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family,”...Spelling Bee, Fully Committed).

Musical with Cheese is celebrating pride month by showcasing musicals about the LGBT community and/or written by a prominent LGBT writer.  Starting with Fun Home and A New Brain, this week's focus is the coming of age drag musical Everybody’s Talking about Jamie — where Jess & Andrew discuss the British musical about a boy named Jamie who dreams to one day become a drag queen despite his teachers telling him he is destined to live the life of a truck driver.  Next week they will welcome the breakout star of “Disney’s Encore," Adam Wachter, to talk about Tarrytown, Wachter's contemporary musical loosely based on Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” where Ichabod Crane falls in love with Brom, rather than Katrina. 

Page To Stage: A Conversation with Theatre Makers is celebrating Pride with Max Vernon, 3-time Drama Desk nominee, Out100 Honoree, and recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Richard Rodgers Award, Jonathan Larson Grant, and many more. Their musical, The View Upstairs, ran 105 performances Off-Broadway and saw sixteen new productions around the world over the last three years. Their other musical, KPOP, enjoyed a sold-out, extended run at Ars Nova and was the most nominated Off-Broadway show of the 2017-2018 season.  

Tony award-winning actress Tonya Pinkin’s You Can’t Say That talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael R Jackson this week about A Strange Loop. Following weeks will include Time Out New York’s Adam Feldman and playwright Blaine Teamer. Previous guests include founder of The New Black Fest, Keith Josef Adkins; poet, Drama Desk Award Winner and star of Tony Nominated DEF JAM Poetry Staceyann Chin; alt-cabaret provocateur is the Baddest Babe in Comedy Bridget Everett; the cast and director of Katori Hall’s The Hot Wing Kings; playwright/composer Harry Kelly; McArthur Genius, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Taylor Mac; Slave Play’s Robert O’Hara and Jeremy O. Harris.

Houses on the Moon Theater Company (Emily Joy Weiner, Co-Founder & Artistic Director; Kevin Connor, Managing Director), the New York based not-for-profit theatre company with a mission to “dispel ignorance and isolation through the theatrical amplification of unheard voices,” is pleased to announce the formation of a new Advisory Board and fundraiser Tales From the Moon celebrating Houses on the Moon’s Education Program set for Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6:00PM.

Members of the newly created Advisory Board include prominent theater professionals and community partners, including Broadway producers Hal Luftig, Jamie deRoy, Nelle Nugent, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, writer/director/choreographer Warren Adams, Dorset Theatre Festival artistic director Dina Janis, director Lisa Rothe, Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg, and Executive Director of PFLAG/NYC Drew Tagliabue.

The objective of this new board will be to support the company in its mission of telling untold stories, rooted in a project begun in 1998 by co-founders Weiner and Jeffrey Solomon, articulated by Weiner:

This work with students continues. Celebrating Houses’ Education Program, the company will present Tales From the Moon, a virtual reading of work created during our residency with students at Hostos/Lincoln Academy of Science in the Bronx. Weiner and Houses’ company member Camilo Almonacid have worked with the students for the last 4 years. “The work Houses on the Moon has done with our students is invaluable. Our students are so excited to be able to have their work presented in a professional environment.” says Hostos-Lincoln Assistant Principal Vincent Marano. Free and open to the public, the presentation is set for Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6:00PM. Donations will be accepted during the reading with proceeds going toward the Education Program. To reserve tickets visit www.housesonthemoon.org
5) iPlay America Adds Live Music to Outdoor Dining at Game Time Bar & Grill
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ 

iPlay America announced today the lineup of outdoor live music entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting June 19 as part of THE GREAT RETURN to FUN. Performances start at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Performers include New Jersey’s own and multi-award-winning artist Kathleen Elle, as well as singer/songwriters Robin Gazzara, Ryan Shubert, Ty Mares and more.
NuWORKS 2020
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director), is proud to announce a special Pride Week Virtual Event: NuWorks 2020, an annual experimental series presenting self-created work from innovative artists exploring an eclectic range of genres and techniques using poetry, text, dance and music. Featuring new works by diverse artists Kandie Carle, Mikao Bo and Shigeko Sara SugaNuWORKS 2020 is curated by playwrights Damon Chua (The Emperors Nightingale)Richard Chang (Citizen Wong), and Project Directors Ernest Abuba and Chongren Fan.

Performances are scheduled to stream online June 27 – July 1, 2020. To make a reservation to view the videotaped presentations, please RSVP via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nuworks-2020-tickets-109688513296
A link will be sent when the presentations are posted online. Each video will remain online for three days after the first viewing. Additio
nal information is available on the Pan Asians Repertory Theatre website at www.panasianrep.org

NuWORKS 2020
Schedule of Events
First Viewing Live on YouTube
SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020 AT 5:00PM
Available online through June 29, 2020
Osaki-San, William Gillett’s Gentleman Valet
by Kandie Carle
A poignant one-man drama based on the life of Yukitaka Osaki featuring Taku Hirai as Osaki-san, William Gillette's Gentleman Valet.
First Viewing Live on YouTube
SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2020 AT 5:00PM
Available online through June 30, 2020
Inside Joke: A Solo Show From Hong Kong With Love
by Mikao Bo
Set in Hong Kong amid the current student protests and coronavirus scare, this one-man show is a slice of-life record of a man’s stay in the city featuring Mikao Bo.
First Viewing Live on YouTube
MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020 AT 5:00PM
Available online through July 1, 2020
Une Saison En Enfer – Selected Poetry by Arthur Rimbaud
Directed, Adapted and Performed by Shigeko Sara Suga
A love affair gone wrong – Arthur Rimbaud’s agony after being shot by his lover Verlaine and to be ostracized by the whole literary society in France.
The three-member cast features Shigeko Sara Suga, Dinh Doan and Zack Lusk.
NuWORKS 2020 is curated by playwrights Damon Chua (The Emperors Nightingale)Richard Chang (Citizen Wong), and Project Directors Ernest Abuba and Chongren Fan.

For additional information, please visit the website at www.panasianrep.org
The Re-opening of the F.M. Kirby Carriage House for Outdoor Dining
With Live Performances Every Saturday Night
In-person dining is back at Paper Mill Playhouse . The Carriage House Restaurant at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House is now open for outdoor dining, in addition to curbside pickup, with live cabaret on Saturday nights.
The Carriage House Restaurant is open from 5:00PM Wednesday – Saturday for prix fixe dinner, as well as high-top seating for small plates and cocktails. Brunch is available on Sunday from 11:00AM -2:00PM.

Brookside diners enjoy listening to recordings of musical theater favorites each night with live performance on Saturday nights beginning with Brookside Cabaret with Susan Speidel and Joe Regan scheduled for June 20, June 27 and July 4 and July 11 at 7:00PM.  Additional live performances to be announced.

The brookside dining prix fixe two course dinner is $40 per person Wednesday-Friday, and $65 per person on nights with live entertainment. Small plates and cocktails are available at the high-top tables with a $30 minimum per person on nights with live entertainment. Sunday brunch is $30 per person including fresh fruit salad and a choice of entrée. For additional information, to make reservations, order curbside pickup and to learn more about our safety protocols visit papermill.org/restaurant.
8) Stung by a Murder Hornet an Now Hosting Free Virtual Summer Camp to Wow Kids with Biting Creatures
Parents everywhere are seeing summer plans disrupted by the cancellation of summer camps - so Varsity Tutors has teamed up with Animal Planet’s Coyote Peterson to offer a FREE "Wildlife Creature Camp" for kids (ages 5-18). The Wildlife Creature Camp is part of Varsity Tutors’ Virtual Summer Camp, which also includes other cool enrichment-based classes like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography and more...

Coyote, who famously was stung by a *Murder Hornet* several months ago and bitten by countless other creatures, will risk it all again to give kids an up-close look at wild creatures in two live interactive sessions on 6/23 and 6/30. Other celebrities that have recently hosted Virtual Summer Camp classes from Varsity Tutors include Julianne Hough, two-time champion of Dancing with the Stars, Mayim Bialik, from The Big Bang Theory, Aly Raisman, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Leland Melvin, astronaut and former NFL player.

9) Theater Resources Unlimited
June Panel via Zoom
Life on Hold, and What We Do in the Meantime
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7:30pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the June Panel Life on Hold, and What We Do in the Meantime on Thursday, June 25, 2020 via Zoom. Networking begins at 7pm and the panel starts at 7:30pm. Reserve a spot on the event page at https://truonline.org/events/life-on-hold/ or by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com and you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

With guest speakers Jim Kierstead, producer (HadestownThe InheritanceAin't Too ProudMrs. Doubtfire, Tony Award winner Pippin revival, M. ButterflyIndecentNatasha Pierre..., Sunset BoulevardKinky BootsWaitress; Off-Broadway Thrill MeYank!) and founder of Broadway Virtual; James Morgan, artistic director of The York Theater; and Markus Potter, director and producing artistic director of NewYorkRep, an Off-Broadway theatre company with the mission of developing and producing new plays and musicals that inspire and compel social change.

How are producers and theater companies spending their time now - are they looking for and reading new plays for the 22-23 season? How far out are they planning?  Are they using virtual platforms for development, and is that working? What will happen to the shows that have been put on hold, and how do you plan a season with so many unknown factors at play? What types of musicals/plays do they think the public will be hungry for once we can congregate again in a theater: new plays/musicals, old standbys, plays about the pandemic? Who will be in the audiences in the decade of the 20s - has virtual presentation possibly engaged new and younger theatergoers, and will they stay with us once we come back live?

Zoom room opens at 7:00pm for networking and roundtable introductions of attendees - come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Panel starts at 7:30. Free for TRU members; pay what you can, everyone else - to keep TRU up and running (and yes, you may click the button for a free ticket). Please use the bright red reservation box on our web page, or email TRUStaff1@gmail.com to be put on the invite list. (Note: Zoom space is limited so RSVP early.)
10) Two River Theater 
Online Events

WED, JUNE 24 | 7:00 PM | FREE | ZOOM

Join theater artist Em Weinstein (director and adaptor of A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night) in a discussion on how to direct and design Shakespeare plays. Em will be joined by designer Cole McCarthy as they explore possible worlds and settings, using Romeo and Juliet as an example.

11) Works & Process at the Guggenheim 
Celebrates New York City Pride

10 Premieres of WPA Virtual Commissions 
Featuring LGBTQ+ Artists

Inside the Beat with Les Ballet Afrik, a rhythmical exchange of style and conversation of cultural diversity through classes, demonstrations, 
and a live DJ set to set the tone

Presented in conjunction with the "Embrace" edition of the Guggenheim Circular

June 20-29, 2020
On the occasion of New York City Pride and presented in conjunction with the "Embrace" edition of the Guggenheim Circular, launching June 24, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, will premiere 10 Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions featuring LGBTQ+ artists and present Inside the Beat with Les Ballet Afrik,a rhythmical exchange of style and conversation of cultural diversity through classes, demonstrations, and a live DJ set to set the tone.

Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions
June 20 - 29, 7:30 pm EDT
Works & Process FacebookInstagram and YouTube (@worksandprocess)
The 10 newly commissioned video performances will highlight the creative expressions by LGBTQ+ artists. Examining our evolving world, these inspiring and unique pieces, created while social distancing and less than 5 minutes long, are part of Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions, an initiative founded at the onset of the pandemic to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during these challenging times. 

June 21            Pontus Lidberg
June 22            John Jarboe
June 23            Victoria Sin
June 24            Jack Ferver and Jeremy Jacob
June 25            Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
June 26            Viva DeConcini
June 27            Machine Dazzle
June 28            Simone Dinnerstein, Isaac Mizrahi, Pam Tanowitz
June 29            Tom Gold

Inside the Beat with Les Ballet Afrik 
A rhythmical exchange of style and conversation of cultural diversity through classes, demonstrations, and a live DJ set to set the tone. 
June 20 - 29, 6:30 pm EDT
Works & Process Instagram Live (@worksandprocess)
Vogue Ballroom Legend and Founding Father of The Royal House of Oricci, Omari Wiles, proudly presents Les Ballet Afrik dance company and Oricci family members as they highlight their individual roots and how they collectively fuse theses styles into a distinctly unique family and company way of life and expression. Lessons will take place every day at 6:30 pm on Works & Process Instagram Live (@worksandprocess).

Les Ballet Afrik was to premiere their Works & Process commissioned work New York Is Burning by Omari Wiles, an homage to the 30th Anniversary of the iconic documentary Paris Is Burning this past March. The premiere will now take place in 2021.
June 21: Vogue Essentials with Karma Stylz Oricci 
Pop, Dip, and Spin/Old Way Vogue 
June 22: "On the 212" - Femme and Street Jazz with Craig Washington  
Washington will discuss how his street jazz style fuses with Les Ballet Afrik
June 23: Welcome to My House with Eva Bust-A-Move
Basic house-groove break down, house groove demo, and how to find your groove
June 24: Hip-Hop Femme Fatale with Alora Martinez
How to femme hip-hop steps
June 25: Wind Up with Milerka Rodriguez
Afro-Caribbean-Dominican technique, focusing on hip isolations, rotations and how it relates to vogue
June 26: Rhythms of Afrik with DJ UFOH 
DJ UFOH highlights music components that fuze traditional sounds with new-age underground club music
June 27: Vogue Fusion with Kameron N. Saunders
Vogue femme class with hints of African, jazz, and modern dance styles
June 28: Yuki Sukezane and Yuhee Yang
Posing from a distance with a performance showing how they fuse their Asian backgrounds with Afrik Fusion 
June 29: TBA

For more information, email info@worksandprocess.org.

WPA Virtual Commissions Playlist


The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, has added new items to its 50th Anniversary “Uniquely York” Online AuctionBidding has been extended and will now conclude Sunday evening, July 5, 2020 at 11:55PM. Bids are now being accepted online at www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=21187.

The "Playgoer" for the out-of-town tryout of The King and I at The Shubert Theatre in New Haven, 1950. This program contains an incredible collection of autographs, including Richard Rodgers, director John Van Druten, Gertrude Lawrence, Yul Brynner (before he was YUL BRYNNER!), and more. A once-in-a-lifetime piece of musical theatre history. Courtesy of Stephen Abbey and Bill Castellino.

BY POPULAR DEMAND: Sheldon Harnick has offered an additional treasure! A true piece of Broadway history, from its legendary co-writer: “Sunrise, Sunset” on two pages, handwritten and signed for The York by Sheldon Harnick himself. This beloved song from Fiddler on the Roof, with lyrics by Harnick and music by the late Jerry Bock, is a priceless piece of theatrical memorabilia ready for a place of honor on your wall. Courtesy of Mr. Harnick.
Handwritten reproduction of the first part of “To Be Human,” a new song written by Alan Menken and David Zippel especially for the stage production of Hercules at the Delacorte Theater in the summer of 2019. Signed by Alan and David, who distributed it to the cast before the closing performance.
This is Epic: the first page of sheet music of “Way Down Hadestown” from Hadestown, signed by Tony-winning composer and lyricist Anaïs Mitchell and performer Andre de Shields. Courtesy of Jimmy Ludwig.
Items from the Opening Night of Spamalot on Broadway. The package includes Opening Night Playbill, Ticket Stub, Compass, can of Spam, and a DVD collection of Monty Python films. A collector’s paradise! Courtesy of Karen Mason and Jimmy Ludwig.
A mint condition copy of the original cast LP of the 1980 Broadway production of 42nd Street signed by the entire cast, including Tammy Grimes and Jerry Orbach. Courtesy of Randy Skinner.
Academy Award and two-time Grammy winning composer (and multiple Tony and Emmy nominee), David Shire (Baby; Closer Than Ever; Big; Starting Here, Starting Now) will play a set of inimitable cocktail piano, including some of his own music, at your soiree – when social gatherings are safe again, of course. You and your guests will thrill to this once-in-a-lifetime musical experience…in your own home!
From Casting to the Opening Night Party, join The York on one of our journeys bringing musical theatre to life by following a mainstage production from start to finish. Sit in on a casting session, attend the first rehearsal and meet & greet, see the first preview, and delight in the opening night performance and the after-party. Then, enjoy an intimate dinner with members of the creative team once the show has opened. You might even get to watch a performance from backstage or the stage manager's booth! This package is the perfect opportunity for any musical theatre lover to learn more about what goes into producing an Off-Broadway show.
Put some pep in your step with a private one-on-one dance class with York’s favorite alum Jeremy Benton (Cagney). Jeremy feels we can all use a little Tap Therapy! He is offering two one-hour tape classes (via FaceTime, of course) and will tailor the class to your specific needs and wants. If you’re just beginning, he will start with the basics. If you’re already a tap dancer, he will jump right into some fun choreography.
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And that the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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