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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/720 Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More

1) Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Support Employment
2) Broadway Virtual Launched by Jim Kierstead/Kierstad Productions Inc.
3) From Here New Musical Virtual Performance to Benefit Equality Florida
4) Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance 20th Anniversary Season
5) Mike's NYC Tours Offers Virtual Garment District Educational History Walking Tours 6/9 & 6/25
6) POSTPONED TO 6/23 Orchestra of St. Lukes Online Festival, Bach at Home
7) Playwriting Workshops Lead by Anne Washburn Online at the Flea June 13 - 21
8) TRU Voices Virtual New Play Reading Series Two World Premiere Readings 6/14 and 6/17
9) Tyler Merritt Project's "This is Who I Am Challenge
10) Works & Progress at the Guggenheim Virtual Commissions Updated List


Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts has announced plans to launch their first ever crowdfunding campaign, the Asase Yaa Summer Youth Employment Initiative," to raise $50,000 to fund summer employment for 20 teenage youth (ages 14-19) from June 29- August 7, 2020. 

The Mightycause crowdfunding campaign will be launched on June 15 and run through August 15. Donating tiers include, $500, $250, $100, $50, $25, or any donation with a minimum of $5.00. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the funds raised will be allocated to support the Initiative.

The Asase Yaa School of the Arts constituency is comprised of 100% minorities. The Youth Summer Employment Initiative is designed to fill the void left by the termination of the State Youth Employment Program, which had previously provided summer employment for youth throughout New York City. 

Asase Yaa's youth employees will be working weekly assisting the Foundation teachers and staff in daily operational activities such as event planning, financial budget forecasts, and researching other cultural arts organizations. They will also be provided with training in resume development, the operation of non-profits as a business, and understanding organizational programmatic impact. Participants in the employment initiative will also work with the Foundation's 14th Annual Children's Summer Art Camp, which attracts 80-100 youth annually. The day camp is a six-week program that is scheduled from June 29 - August 7, 2020.

Asase Yaa is committed to following all prevailing COVID-19 preventative and protective protocols and ensuring their counselors have a fun, safe, and financially rewarding summer. 

For more details about how to donate starting June 15 to the Asase Youth Summer Employment Initiative or to get more information about Asaye Yaa go to:


Emmy, Olivier, and three-time Tony-Award winning producer Jim Kierstead (Kierstead Productions, Inc.,) and Broadway United have announced the launch of a new company, Broadway Virtual, a subsidiary specializing in streamed and recorded content, as well as the education of artists in order to continue development of their work using technology created to develop virtual theatre-related content for streaming and film. The focus of the company will be to synergistically bring the worlds of theatre, film, and television to work together. The company is being formed to educate and help artists, and not-for-profits to integrate modern technologies into their development process in order to help facilitate the creation of their work whether the eventual goal for the piece is live theatre, film, streaming, or a combination thereof.

The company’s first endeavor has been partnering with The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL. Kierstead says, “It’s been my pleasure to partner with my Broadway United business partner, William Fernandez, to create content for the Arsht Center’s ‘Miami Monologues’ series where local playwrights and actors team up to film a recording of exceptional monologues from their plays.” Broadway Virtual has been releasing weekly monologues, adding to the list of exceptional work presented by the Arsht Center’s “Arsht At Home” series -

Broadway Virtual has a full roster of projects in the works including a fundraiser for New York City-based not-for-profit “The Sol Project,” serving LatinX writers, where a new play reading will be streamed that Broadway United is developing by Jake Cline and Vanessa Garcia (Amparo) entitled Jenna and The Whale. Also, a virtual play reading series is in the works for this summer entitled “Play ON” featuring plays from notable playwrights performed by top notch Broadway talent. And Kierstead suggests that a film version of the hit one-woman show that Broadway United presented this past February at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre entitled The Adult in the Room – Nancy Pelosi in the House is in the works. He states, “We were ready to bring the show Off-Broadway this summer, but clearly that is not in the cards. But we are not about to let this pandemic keep us down. We will proceed in whatever way we are able, for now.” Broadway Virtual is partnering with the New York City Council to create a celebration video for the Heritage of Pride Festival for Pride month which marks the 50th Anninversary of the Pride Parade.


On June 12, Equality Florida, Florida’s largest LGBTQ organization, will present a full-length video presentation of FROM HERE, a new musical, as part of the annual #HonorThemWithAction Campaign. This annual call-to-action commemorates the June 12th anniversary of the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub in 2016; this year’s focus is getting out the vote in November 2020. FROM HERE, a musical centered on the Pulse tragedy, will be presented on fromhere.com and eqfl.org/fromhere starting at 9:00 PM EDT on June 12, 2020 and will be available through June 28, 2020. Filmed during the World Premiere performances at Central Florida Community Arts earlier this year, this event features a high-quality live recording of the full-length musical, fully-staged in front of an audience. The presentation will be free-of-charge, and patrons will be encouraged to contribute to the #HonorThemWithAction campaign.  Photos and more available here.

FROM HERE (Book/Music/Lyrics by Donald Rupe; Orchestrations and Arrangements by Jason M. Bailey) “is and isn’t about the Pulse tragedy,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. It’s about a “fractured relationship between a mother and her gay son,” the Central Florida Scene agrees. Daniel (Blake Aburn), a 30-something gay man, is on a quest to find love and fulfillment despite a tumultuous relationship with his mother (Sarah-Lee Dobbs). As Daniel hilariously ends one relationship with ex-lover-turned-best-friend Michael (Peter Heid), he meets a new love interest, portrayed by Erick Perafan. Act 1 is essentially a comedy, accentuated with sarcasm, ‘shade,’ and the kind of humor which pervades the LGBTQ community, but “the show takes a decidedly serious turn when we arrive at the night of June 12, 2016 and the shootings at Pulse Nightclub,” Central Florida Scene recalls. “While none of the major characters in the show happened to be at the club that night, they all bond together,” reflecting lovingly on Pulse nightclub, “a place where people discovered themselves and met the friends that eventually became their own surrogate families.” FROM HERE provides a glimpse into the lives of gay people living in Orlando in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting and follows Daniel on his path toward hope and resilience.

Online presentation
fromhere.com and eqfl.org/fromhere
June 12, 2020
9:00 PM EDT , available through June 28, 2020

4) Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
20th Anniversary Season
20 Years in 20 Weeks  

#TLDAT20 June Events: Celebrating Pride Month

In June, choreographer Jody Sperling and her company Time Lapse Dance (TLD) offers three program-filled weeks, with such highlights as a Pride-month presentation on early performance technologist and visionary Queer artist Loie Fuller (June 11), the YouTube Premiere of the Fuller-inspired work Turbulence (June 18) followed by conversation on choreography and fluid dynamics with the physicist Larry Pratt, and a chance for audiences to drop into a Zoom rehearsal for a new work continuing Fuller's legacy into environmentalism (June 26). 

Week 5: June 8 - Loie Fuller & Pride

Thursday, June 11 at 7pm 
Loie Fuller, Vision & Legacy - A Presentation by Jody Sperling

For Pride month, Jody Sperling presents a lecture on her muse, the visionary and Queer artist Loie Fuller (1862-1928). Fuller was one of the most celebrated performers of her era, inventing a radically new art form that merged performance and technology in unprecedented ways. One of the "mothers" of modern dance, Fuller also exerted a strong influence on many artistic movements from Art Nouveau to Cubism and Futurism. Sperling, considered the foremost contemporary interpreter of Fuller's genre, presents an engaging and richly illustrated lecture on Fuller's vision, legacy and relevance in today's technologically-driven world. Join the conversation with Q & A following the talk.

Saturday, June 13 at 11-11:40am
Loie Fuller At Home Workshop with Pillowcases

Loie Fuller scholar and expert Jody Sperling gives a fun do-it-yourself workshop on Fuller technique. Fuller employed enormous silk costumes that extended the body into space. As a teaching tool, Sperling and participants will use pillowcases to experience the expansion and breath of the movement.

Week 6: June 15-21 - It's a Breeze to be Counted . . . and Turbulence!

Wednesday, June 17 at noon - It's a Breeze to be Counted
10-minute "Breath and Breeze" movement workshop with Jody Sperling on Instagram Live helping to promote the Census. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the census. To be counted, go online at my2020census.gov or call 844-467-2020.
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jody_sperling/ @jody_sperling

Thursday, June 18

7pm - YouTube Premiere of "Turbulence" -

7:30pm - "Turbulence" Talkback with Choreographer Jody Sperling and Physicist Dr. Larry Pratt  - Click to Register 

Watch the live YouTube release of Turbulence, one of Time Lapse Dance's signature Fuller-inspired works. Sperling's choreography for six dancers distills patterns of air disturbance into kinetic sculptural forms. Features an intricate and rollicking percussion score by Quentin Chiappetta. Following the video release, audiences are invited to a talkback featuring Jody Sperling and physicist Dr. Larry Pratt (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) discussing the way fluid dynamics and choreography intersect in the work.

Week 7: June 21-28 - You're invited!

Tuesday, June 23 at 10am - Fitness Class with TLD Dancer Carly Cerasuolo
On Instagram Live https://www.instagram.com/Time_Lapse_Dance/ @time_lapse_Dance

Friday, June 26 from 11-12:30pm - Open Zoom Rehearsal

The public is invited to an open Time Lapse Dance rehearsal on Zoom. The guests will get to watch as the dancers create and share material expanding Fuller's legacy into new remote media and into environmental forms. The new project is themed around plastic pollution with music by composer Matthew Burtner. This event is an experiment in dancemaking for a real-time virtual audience. 
5) Mike's NYC Tours Offers Virtual Garment District Educational History Walking Tours 
6/9 & 6/25
Mike's NYC Tours is offering free  Virtual Garment District tours on June 09 and 25th at 7;pm.

To find out moreand/or get the ZOOM link contact mikesnyctours@yahoo.com
Festival Includes Orchestral, Chamber, and Solo Performances of Bach’s Work
Along with Interviews, Discussions, and Essays
Live Discussion on Bach with OSL’s Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie
Interspersed with Performances by OSL Musicians

World Premiere of Works for Solo Instruments Inspired by Bach, Composed by
2020-21 DeGaetano Composition Institute Participants and Performed by
OSL Musicians
World Premiere Dance to Bach Choreographed by Doug Varone
for Dancer Michael Trusnovec

Bach at Home, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) curated online Festival, will launch on June 9 and continue through June 30, 2020, with content released each consecutive Tuesday at 12:00 pm ET. The digital Festival reconceives the 2020 OSL Bach Festival that would have taken place in June during the same period but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bach at Home will be comprised of over 30 video performances, as well as original interviews, discussions, essays, and additional archived content that will be available at OSLmusic.org/Bach.

Featured artists include Principal Conductor Bernard LabadieOrchestra of St. Luke’s, cellist Pieter Wispelwey, harpsichordists Jean Rondeau and Pierre Hantaï, soprano Amanda Forsythe, pianist and speaker Pedja Mužijević, composer and mentor Anna Clyne and the four emerging composers selected for OSL’s 2020 DeGaetano Composition Institute, now in its second year, which provides participants with creative development support in the creation of a new work: William Gardiner, (Brooklyn, NY), Charles Peck (Morton, PA), Jeremy Rapaport-Stein (Boston, MA), and Nicky Sohn (Houston, TX); conductor Ben Gernon, as well as students and faculty from the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL).

Programs in chronological order


Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, BWV 1047
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Filmed, recorded, and produced at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in February 2020.
Special Presentation | Paul Taylor Dance Company
Brandenburgs - Excerpted from Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris
A production of Thirteen in association with WNET, Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, and Bel Air Media, released in 2012.
Bach While Away
Pieter Wispelwey Performs
Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007
Cello Suite No. 3, BWV 1009
Cello Suite No. 5, BWV 1011: Sarabande
Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004: Giga
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.
OSL Musicians Perform
Violin Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001: Fugue
Jesse Mills, violin
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.
Bach Today
Pieter Wispelwey: JS Bach 6 Suites for Cello Solo (documentary)
Recorded in 2012 and released as a bonus DVD to the double CD of Bach Cello Suites. Filmed at Oxford’s Wadham and Magdalen Colleges, it features Wispelwey in musical and academic interaction with acclaimed Bach researchers Laurence Dreyfus and John Butt.

Special Live-Stream Event - Thursday, June 11, 2020 (6:30 pm to 8:00 pm ET)
Presented online in partnership by Streicker Center of Temple Emanu-El. OSL Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie leads an in-depth discussion of Bach’s genius, interspersed with performances by members of OSL, and hosted by James Roe, OSL Executive Director.
Live performances:
Violin and Keyboard Sonata No. 3, BWV 1016: Selection
Jesse Mills, violin
Rieko Aizawa, piano
Violin Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001: Adagio

Goldbergs Transformed
Pieter Hantaï Performs the Goldberg Variations as Written by Bach
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: No 3 (Canone all’Unisono)
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: No 5
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: No 14
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: No 28
Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord
Filmed, recorded, and produced at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in June 2019 
Bach While Away
Amanda Forsythe Performs
Bist du bei mir, BWV 508
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.
OSL Musicians Perform
Violin Partita No. 3, BWV 1006: Preludio
Filmed and recorded in 2014.
Sylvain Bergeron Performs
Violin Partita No. 3, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau
Sylvain Bergeron, lute
Filmed and recorded in April 2020.
Bach Today
Jean Rondeau Performs
J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto No.1, BWV 1052
J.C. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto, W C73
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord
Released in 2017, courtesy of Warner Classics.
Amanda Forsythe Performs
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Zerfliesse, mein Herze
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Recorded in 2016, courtesy of Apollo’s Fire.
Paul Taylor Dance Company Performs
Junction (including a performance by Paul Taylor) performed to Cello Suite No. 4, BWV 1010: Prélude, Gigue; and Cello Suite No. 1, BWV1007: Prélude, Menuets, Gigue
Released in 1966.

Goldbergs Transformed
OSL Performs the Goldberg Variations as Arranged by Bernard Labadie
Introduction by Bernard Labadie
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: No 3 (Canone all’Unisono)
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: No 5
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: No 14
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: No 28
Filmed, recorded, and produced at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in June 2019.
Bach While Away
Bach Family Album - Pedja Muzijevic
C.P.E. Bach: Sonata in E Minor, Wq. 59/1
W.F. Bach: Fantasy in C Minor, FK 15
J.S. Bach: Duet in E Minor, BWV 802
J.S. Bach: Duet in G Major, BWV 804
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.
OSL Musicians Perform
The Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Ricercar a 3
Robert Wolinsky, harpsichord
Filmed and recorded in June 2020.
Cello Suite No. 2, BWV 1008: Sarabande
Myron Lutzke, cello
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.
Bach Today
OSL and Paul Taylor Dance Company Perform
The Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Andante from Trio Sonata
Filmed, recorded, and produced at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in January 2019.

Special Dance Collaboration: Varone, Trusnovec, and Cerutti
Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5, BWV 1011, with Michael Trusnovec. Performed by OSL Ensemble Member David Cerutti (viola); choreography by Doug Varone
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.
Bach Today
Bach Inspired World Premieres
Nicky Sohn: Home-BodyHome-Bach for solo cello
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.
Jeremy Rapaport-Stein: Jig/saw for solo bassoon
Marc Goldberg, bassoon
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.

Charles Peck: Cloak for solo viola
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.
William Gardiner: Quarantine Fragments for solo violin
Eriko Sato, violin
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.
Bach While Away
OSL Musicians Perform
Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004: Ciaccona
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.

OSL's Youth Orchestra Musicians Perform Bach
Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's (YOSL) String Players joined by YOSL faculty and OSL Musicians.
Filmed and recorded in May 2020.
7) Anne Washburn to Lead 
Online Pataphysics Playwriting 
at The Flea Theater
June 13 - 21

The Flea Theater announces Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns, a post-electric play; Shipwreck) to lead a Pataphysics Playwriting Workshop in June 2020. Pataphysics Playwriting Workshops are an intimate, intensive opportunity for writers to create new work and explore new ways of writing under the guidance of master playwrights. Washburn’s Pataphysics workshop titled Make Good Politics and Bad Art and Bad Politics and Good Art—a workshop in virtual activism and the civic function of theater will be offered online on June 13, 14, 20, and 21. Applications are being accepted through May 17, 2020.

Named for Alfred Jarry’s science of imaginary solutions, Pataphysics workshops are a gymnasium for the writing brain: curious, particular, and rigorous. Students enter with blank sheets of paper, and leave with pages of notes, fragments, scenes, even entire plays unlike anything they would have written on their own.

To apply, participants should submit an application online at www.theflea.org/for-artists/pataphysics.  The workshop is being offered at the special online price of $210.  
8) Theater Resources Unlimited
the First Virtual Presentation of
Featuring Two World Premiere Readings
June 14 and June 17, 2020

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the first virtual presentation of its
2020 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series, presented with generous support from The Storyline Project. The series, a benefit for Theater Resources Unlimited to help make up for financial losses due to COVID-19, will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT and on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT. Information and ticketing can be found through onthestage.com at https://www.onthestage.com/theater-resources-unlimited/

The series will comprise world premiere readings of two timely and resonant plays: No Entry by Marc Paykuss, which follows Jews who were displaced after being liberated from Nazi camps and placed in interim detention camps, and Disbelief, a Cassandra Tale by Garret Jon Groenveld, which uses the Cassandra legend to catalog the struggle of women being believed and having their voices heard. 

This year's TRU Voices Series is being performed under an agreement with the Performers' Unions through the Theatre Authority. Tickets are being offered for free during this time of crisis, with the hope that those who are able will support TRU with tax deductible donations. 

World Premiere Reading
No Entry
by Marc Paykuss
Produced by James Simon
Directed by Melody Bates
Sunday, June 14 at 2:30pm EDT 
No Entry is a fictional historical play centering around a group of liberated Polish Jews in a displaced persons camp, facing the challenges of rebuilding their lives, and waiting for the world to open its doors to them.

World Premiere Reading
Disbelief, a Cassandra Tale
by Garret Jon Groenveld
directed by Jess Cummings
Wednesday, June 17 at 2:30pm EDT
Disbelief  is the story of Apollo's gift to Cassandra, rethought for today, from her point of view.  This updated telling adds a contemporary perspective on how women are perceived and controlled and disbelieved (or dismissed). Scintillating language explores the parallels of belief in a higher power, with belief in a powerful man, versus a woman of power, struggling to be believed.  And for the first time the two most famous women of the Trojan War, Helen of Troy and Cassandra, actually  speak to each other, without a man around at all.  The play draws a gentle parallel to our 2016 election, and a candidate who told the truth, was systematically undermined and disbelieve.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.


Nashville-based actor Tyler Merritt of The Tyler Merritt Project and creator of two viral videos, “Before You Call the Cops” and “The Playlist,” proudly presents the THIS IS WHO I AM CHALLENGE, a call to anyone who is an advocate for change, anyone who is willing to fight for what’s right. This is a way for protestors to mark themselves safe, and also a way for those who are trying to change the world and those who are called to serve and protect, to get to know each other better and find allies. 

How to participate in the THIS IS WHO I AM CHALLENGE:
Upload a one-minute video to all of your social media channels with the hashtags #thisiswhoiam and
#thetylermerrittproject. Open the video by saying, “This is who I am.” Then, share five things that are significant to who you are. End the video by saying, “This is who I am.” 

10) Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Announces WPA Virtual Commissions June Premieres

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to announce June premieres for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions.

June 7                   Joshua Bergasse, Sara Mearns, Zoe Sarnak, and Margo Seibert
June 8                   Dylan Crossman
June 13                 Ryan McNamara
June 14                 BalletX with Hope Boykin, Rena Butler, Caili Quan, and Penny 
June 15                 Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott
June 20                 Anthony Roth Costanzo, Dick Hyman, Adam Charlap Hyman, and 
Zack Winokur
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*

*In partnership with the digital exhibition The Guggenheim Circular: Embrace and NYC Pride.

To financially support artists and nurture their creative processes during these challenging times, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. Through the generosity of our board and donors, over $150,000 in commissioning funds is being granted to artists to produce new video works while social distancing. Each under five minutes long, these virtual performances will spotlight leading creators who have participated in past Works & Process programs. New commissions are posted on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30 pm.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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