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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 10/18/20 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1)Abingdon Theater Virtual Festival of Short Plays 10/19 & 10/20
2) Adventure Players Special Fundraiser Show 10/23
3) Brooklyn Academy of Music Events This Week 
4) Baruch Performing Arts Center & Opera Omaha Virtual Premiere dwb (driving while black) 10/23
5) Bloomingdale School of Music Virtual Faculty Concerts 10/23 & 10/30
6) The Breath Project Inaugural Virtual Festival 10/24 & 10/25
7) Broadway On Demand Announces Broadway Access Classroom
8) Broadway Restaurant, Joe Allen Now Reopened
9) Butoh: Cradling Empty Spaces Virtual Book Launch 10/22
10) Conscience by Joe DiPietro Starring Harriet Harris Available for Streaming 10/27 - 10/30
11) Davalois Fearon Dance Virtual Theater Inaugural Event 10/23
12) Death of Salesman Starring Brian Dennehy to Stream 10/21
13) Debate: Baldwin vs. Buckley 10/22 - 10/24 
14) Dutch Kills Premiere's Immersive Temping From Wolf 359 10/23 - 11/22
15) Food for Thought Productions 4th Show 10/26
16) Howell Binkley: A Celebration of Light and Love to Air 10/25
17) New York City Center's 2020 Fall for Dance Festival 10/21 - 10/26
18)Story Pirates Launches Sleep Squad with Tony Award Winning Team
19)TheatreWorksUSA's We the People America Rocks! by Joe Iconis Debuts 10/24
20) Urban Stages Presents Mixing Melodies and Margaritas A Virtual Benefit 10/22 - 10/26

1) Abingdon Theatre 
Virtual Festival of Short Plays
October 19 - 30, 2020

In this time of change, Abingdon Theatre Company (Chad Austin, Artistic Director) is recommitting to creating opportunities for all voices to be heard. With this in mind, they are delighted to announce the finalists of the Virtual Fall Festival of Short Plays! The 2-week festival begins on Monday, October 19th (through October 30) and will shed light on stories by people of color. A diverse panel of judges, theatre professionals who are BIPOC, chose 6 pieces from hundreds of submissions, and these will be directed and performed by people of color and streamed to the public via Abingdon Theatre Company’s YouTube channel (here). The winner of the festival will receive a stipend to be used to support further exploration of their piece and will be invited to become an “Artist in Residence” at Abingdon Theatre Company. Abingdon will then also commit to producing the winning piece as part of its “Around the Table” free reading series. Through the outreach, online readings and finally the staged reading of the winning piece, ATC hopes to engage 1500 people of color to create a more diverse environment at Abingdon.

The Festival is free of charge to viewers and is a fundraiser in collaboration with the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF). Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon will present a special video message.

The 6 selected pieces will premiere online as detailed below:

Monday, October 19th @7pm EST
Written by Augusto Federico Amador
Directed by Sara Guerrero
Cast: Denise Blasor/Jose Febus

Wednesday, October 21st @7pm EST
Written and Directed by Christine Toy Johnson
Cast: Rin Allen/Deborah Lew/Rebecca Hirota

Friday, October 23rd @7pm EST
Written by Alberto Bonilla
Directed by Adrian Alea
Cast: Danny Bolero/Esau Mora/Andrew Allen

Monday, October 26th @7pm EST
Written by Marcus Scott
Directed by Rebecca Clark
Cast: Reynaldo Pinella/Brandon Gill

Wednesday, October 28th @7pm EST
Written by Alexis Sims
Directed by Chari Arespacochaga
Cast: Jacob Dickey/Kezia Bernard-Nau

Friday, October 30th @7pm EST
Written by Nick Malakhow
Directed by Justin Lucero
Cast: David Castillo/Jeff Gorti
2) Adventure Players' Special Fundraiser Shows 10/23

The children's theater company Adventure Players Live!, has been holding a month-long crowdfunding campaign which began on October 5, 2020 with a $5,000 goal which is built around exciting perks, including special fundraiser shows which will occur on October 23, 2020 at 6pm and 9pm ET. The 6pm show is for families with kids, and the 9pm show is exclusively for adults. 

The new company is holding a month-long crowdfunding campaign beginning October 5, 2020 with a $5,000 goal that is built around exciting perks, including special fundraiser shows on October 23, 2020 at 6pm and 9pm ET. The 6pm show is for families with kids, and the 9pm show is exclusively for adults.  
3) Brooklyn Academy of Music
Events This Week

Alicia Garza 
Launch of The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart 
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore 
Part of Unbound 
Oct 21 at 7pm 
Tickets: $40 (shipped book); $35 (in-store book pickup); $10 (event only)

As a part of their Unbound series, BAM and Greenlight Bookstore present Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza. Her new book The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, is the story of one woman’s lessons from years of bringing people together to create change. The narrative serves as a new paradigm for change for a new generation of changemakers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time. A leading organizer and one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, Garza has put forth an essential guide to building the type of movements that can address the challenges of our time. The lessons she offers are different from the "rules for radicals" that animated earlier generations of activists, and diverge from the charismatic, patriarchal model of the American Civil Rights Movement. From this, she offers reflections on how making room amongst the woke for those who are still waking can inspire and activate more and more people to join the fight for the world we all deserve. Garza will be joined in conversation during this virtual book launch. The evening will also include an audience Q&A. Tickets are on sale. 

The launch of The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart will stream live on Zoom. Visit bam.org for more information. 

Film Over the next few months, BAM will continue to screen an exciting selection of contemporary and newly-restored classic films from around the world in their virtual cinema

Nationtime (1972) Opens Oct 22 Director William Greaves Tickets: $10 Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 60- minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original length and visual quality. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. (80 min)

4) Baruch Performing Arts Center and Opera Omaha
present the Virtual Premiere of the chamber opera
dwb (driving while black)
October 23-29, 2020

Baruch Performing Arts Center and Opera Omaha present the virtual, directed-for-video premiere of dwb (driving while black) from October 23, 2020 at 9:00am ET through October 29, 2020 at 9:00pm ET. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and can be purchased via the BPAC portal here. There will also be a post-screening live talk, with details to come. A previously recorded excerpt of dwb (driving while black) can be viewed at https://youtu.be/F9oKCQzVVPM.

dwb (driving while black) isa new chamber opera about racism, erasure, and the fear and love that black parents experience when they send their kids out into a world that too often sees them not as a child, but as a threat. This powerful music-drama documents the all-too-familiar story of an African American parent whose beautiful brown boy approaches driving age. What should be a celebration of independence and maturity turns out to be fraught with the anxiety of "driving while black."

5) Bloomingdale School of Music
Virtual Faculty Concert Series
October 9, 23, and 30, 2020 at 7pm

Bloomingdale School of Music announces the Faculty Concert Series as part of the School's Community Music Events on October 9, 23, and 30, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom. The concerts, free and open to the public, feature themes of South American Sounds on October 9, Music With A Voice on October 23, and Musical Imageries on October 30. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://www.bsmny.org/events/.


Music With A Voice
October 23 at 7pm
This concert highlights the melodic element of music. Piano faculty member Nuno Marques performs Beethoven's lyrical 
Piano Sonata Op. 110 whose first movement is marked 
espressivo cantabile molto which translates "in a singing style, very expressively".  Voice faculty member Rachel Querreveld performs her own original songs with such titles as 
Just Say the Word and 
Can You Keep a Secret.
Concert 1:
Beethoven op.110
Nuno Marques performs Beethoven's Sonata op.110

Performers: Nuno Marques, piano

Beethoven, Sonata no.31 in Ab op. 110
Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Allegro molto
Adagio, ma non troppo - Fug : Allegro, ma non troppo

Concert 2:
Beethoven op.110
Nuno Marques performs Beethoven's Sonata op.110

Performers: Nuno Marques, piano

Beethoven, Sonata no.31 in Ab op. 110
Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Allegro molto
Adagio, ma non troppo - Fug : Allegro, ma non troppo

Musical Imageries
October 30 at 7pm
This concert features the combination of violin and piano in repertoire from around the world.  Piano faculty member Mina Kusomoto and guest Everhard Paredes will perform transcriptions of such composers as Chopin, Rameau and Liszt.  Resident Teaching Artists Naho Parrini and Marc Peloquin will present William Grant Still'
Suite for Violin and Piano, a work that was inspired by three sculptures including Richmond Barthe'
African Dancer and Sargent Johnson'
Mother and Child.
Concert 1: The Art of Transcription
BSM piano faculty, Mina Kusumoto will present the master works of transcription - arrangement pieces of a music for different instrument. Enjoy an exploration of how piano and violin exchange their sound and create new sound of the original piece. 
Performers: Mina Kusumoto, piano; Everhard Paredes, Violin
Sarabande: Rameau-Godowsky 
Prelude and Allegro: Fritz Kreisler 
Nocturne in C- Sharp Minor: Chopin-Milstein 
Grandes Etude de Paganini No.3, "La Campanella": Franz Liszt 
Night Club 1960: Piazzolla-Varelas 
Concert 2: Ned Rorem'
s Violin Sonata
Naho Parrini and Marc Peloquin will present Ned Rorem's rarely performed Violin Sonata composed in 1949.
Performers: Marc Peloquin, piano; Naho Parrini, violin
Violin Sonata (1949)     Ned Rorem (b. 1923)
  1.  A Starting Dance: Molto allegro
  2. Waltz: Languid
  3. A Funeral: Lento
  4. A Final Dance: Allegro vivace

In partnership with Two River Theater and 23 other theater companies across the country, the free festival will feature 24 world premiere works created by multidisciplinary theater artists of color that are all 
8 minutes and 46 seconds in length 

The Breath Project was formed in response to the current global spotlight on racial injustice against Black people

— October 24 & 25, 2020 —

 The Breath Project—a new theatrical initiative formed by Artistic Director and Co-Founder Gamal Abdel Chasten and Co-Founder Marieke Gaboury in response to the current global spotlight on racial injustice against Black people—announced the lineup for the inaugural The Breath Project Virtual Festival being held on Saturday, October 24 (2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET) and Sunday, October 25 (5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET). In partnership with Two River Theater and 23 other theater companies across the country, the free festival will feature 24 world premiere works created by multidisciplinary theater artists of color that are all 8 minutes and 46 seconds in length. In the wake of the death of George Floyd, the 8 minutes and 46 second time frame has become a symbol for the racial injustice faced by countless members of the Black community across the United States. To RSVP for The Breath Project Virtual Festival, visit tinyurl.com/tbp-festival-2020














Broadway On Demand, the theater-focused streaming platform, announces Broadway Access Classroom, a new subscription service combining original content, comprehensive educational resources, and full-length streaming performances for educators and students at all levels.

Broadway Access Classroom allows teachers and students to dive deep into

the world of Broadway and engage with a wide range of professionals – from

performers to producers, directors to designers, composers and lyricists, and 

everyone in between. The easy-to-navigate portal features over 75 hours of 

content, with 100 Broadway icons, across 250 exclusive episodes of curated 

educational programming.

Thematic units of study support the National Core Arts Standards and cover key theatre learning areas including Acting, Designing, Writing, Dramaturgy, & Producing, while full-length streaming productions enable students to engage in deeper post-performance discussions. This original content is a highly flexible teaching resource providing students with conservatory-worthy training options, intimate and inspirational insights from a variety of industry viewpoints, and professional career guidance.


For a limited time only, Broadway Access Classroom subscriptions are available for $249 for a school year, for up to 30 students (normally priced at $399 / school year), when you purchase ShowShareä, now through October 28, 2020. Additional blocks of 10 students can be added for $99. Special offer redemption information will be shared via email following your purchase or if you have already purchased ShowShare.

Additionally, ShowShare, Broadway on Demand’s recently announced one of a kind interface that allows middle school, high school, college, community and professional theatres to stream directly to their audiences, has recently surpassed 1,000 productions on the new platform.

Organizations can utilize the ShowShare on-platform box office or interface with their own in-house ticketing solution, add on enhanced digital marketing packages, and work with the ShowShare team to organize streaming co-productions with other arts organizations. To apply for your production to be featured on ShowShare, please email info@broadwayondemand.com

Broadway on Demand is available on the web, mobile, Apple and Android app store, AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.

For access to the complete and ever-expanding Broadway on Demand library, subscribe at BroadwayOnDemand.com.




Now Reopen





Joe Allen Restaurant, the iconic haunt of the Broadway community, will open its doors once again after 7 months, due to the government mandated shutdown. The restaurant has undergone a redesign, courtesy of Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Rockwell as part of DineIn NYC, that assures compliance with current safety protocols while also celebrating the theater community. Following the successful launch of his DineOut NYC initiative, Rockwell has developed DineIn NYC, an integrated interior and exterior space design to help restaurants safely transition back to indoor dining at 25% of pre-COVID capacity.

The redesign involves a new table layout that meets current New York City guidelines for distance and capacity, guided patron choreography that provides safe pathways for diners, an entirely new outdoor seating area, and custom plexiglass table dividers for which Rockwell collaborated with Ruben Toledo (husband and longtime collaborator of the late, Tony Award nominated costume designer Isabel Toledo) and Tony Award winning costume designer Linda Cho to include iconography from the Broadway musicals After MidnightA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Anastasia

For more information, please visit www.joeallenrestaurant.com. To make reservations at Joe Allen, please call 212-581-6464


9) New York Butoh Institute
Butoh: Cradling Empty Space
A Nonfiction Book Written by Vangeline
Virtual Book Launch 
October 22, 2020

New York Butoh Institute announces Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, a nonfiction book written by Vangeline, now available on amazon.comhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/1735766011.

Approaching the avant-garde Japanese performance art form of butoh from a cross-cultural, gender studies, and scientific perspective, award-winning artist and teacher Vangeline brings a fresh look at this postmodern dance form. The Paperback retails for $35.99 and the E Book for $25.99. 

Butoh, a performance art form that grew out of the Japanese avant-garde scene of the 1950s, has traveled from east to west over the last 60 years, growing in popularity as it evolves. With origins in modern dance, French mime, and the surrealist movement, this fascinating postmodern dance genre is often thought of as mysterious and is frequently misunderstood. Through twenty years of research, interviews with some of the world's top practitioners, historical documents, and rare photographs, Vangeline shines a light on this "dance of darkness." 

New revelations include the under-represented role of women in the development of the form, the connection between butoh and neuroscience, and the cross-cultural perspective of international influences on the evolution of the dance.
Butoh: Cradling Empty Space will appeal to dance students, teachers, performance art scholars, movers, and anyone interested in choreography, theater, and Japanese history, culture and art.
The book includes rare photographs, helpful graphics, a detailed bibliography and footnotes, and resources for additional information.

Butoh: Cradling Empty Space
will be available at other retailers after October 22, 2020.

The virtual book launch of
Butoh: Cradling Empty Space will take placeon October 22, 2020 at 7:30pm ET, as part of the New York Butoh Institute Festival. 
Tickets are $5 and include an entry to win a copy of the book, and can be purchased at www.vangeline.com/online-tickets/aur5r9r43bteuzm1bbnztfjtzx45sn

During the virtual launch, hear from Vangeline and
Carter Edwards, Program Director, Mount Tremper Arts. Book giveaway winners will also be announced during the event. 

10) World Premiere of Sharp and Powerful Play CONSCIENCE by Tony-Winner Joe DiPietro returns for limited virtual version October 27- 30th, 2020

Harriet Harris, Lee Sellars, Cast of CONSCIENCE Reunite after production halted by March closures

The original cast of Joe DiPietro’s Conscience will come together again for a virtual version of the play with George Street Playhouse this October. Due to the shutdown of theaters throughout the state in March, the world-premiere of the production was canceled just days after it opened.  

The production will reunite the original cast — Harriet Harris as Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Lee Sellers as Senator Joseph McCarthy, Mark Junek as the strategist William C. Lewis, Jr., and Cathryn Wake as Jean Kerr, McCarthy’s researcher and later his wife.  

On June 1, 1950, Senator Margaret Chase Smith stood on the Senate floor and delivered her “Declaration of Conscience'' in a historic moment of political courage. This sharply written new play by Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro takes you behind the scenes of 1950s Washington in the days leading up to and following the singular speech that rattled McCarthyism, Congress, and the nation itself.

The performance will be available for a limited run from October 27 thru October 30th.  A donation of $25 is suggested. Donations of $5 and above are appreciated and will support George Street Playhouse’s mainstage and virtual programming.

Digital tickets go on sale can be secured at www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org. 









Bessie Award-Winning Artistic-Activist Davalois Fearon is excited to announce the virtual premiere of the BRIClab work-in-progress performance of For C.J., supported in part by the 2020 New Music USA Project Grant. The performance will be available for streaming at 7:00 pm ET on Friday, October 23rd, 2020, via the Davalois Fearon Dance Virtual Theatre, a new platform to present both new and work-in-progress performances. Time to Talk with Davalois Fearona post-performance discussion with historian, dancer, curator, and co-creator of Black Dance StoriesCharmaine Warren, will occur at 8:00 pm.

Visit davaloisfearon.com/virtualtheater for tickets to the performance and post-performance virtual event. The Davalois Fearon Dance Virtual Theater is the company’s response to the devastating effects of COVID-19. The virtual theater was created to support the company’s commitment to creation, performance, and community engagement despite pandemic restrictions.

For C.J. honors Fearon’s nephew, who fell victim to a fatal asthma attack in 2017. Fearon decided to take action and research asthma fatalities in response, which led her to the alarming discovery of systemic medical and environmental negligence in communities of color. In the Bronx, where Fearon and C.J. grew up

For C.J. is an ensemble work celebrating C.J.’s life, telling his story through movement, live music, and visual arts.

The post-performance discussion is the kick-off of a new series called Time to Talk with Davalois FearonIt is the second phase of Fearon’s Time to Talk project, which points out structural racism within dance, academia, and society. Each episode will feature Fearon and a guest to talk…... about race.

For more information on For C.J., Time to Talk, or the Davalois Fearon Dance Virtual Theater, please visit davaloisfearon.com.

















In an unprecedented collaboration with Showtime and The Actors FundGoodman Theatre is proud to present the stream of the Tony Award Winning Broadway production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, starring two-time Tony Award winner Brian Dennehy and directed by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director and Tony Award winner Robert Falls. The event will be available for viewing beginning on Wednesday, October 21 at 8 pm ET through October 25 only at Playbill.com.

For more information, visit actorsfund.org/DeathofaSalesman. Donations to The 

Actors Fund are encouraged at actorsfund.org/Salesman to support everyone in 

entertainment and the performing arts via The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief 

13) the american vicarious in collaboration with BRIC
DEBATE: Baldwin vs Buckley
October 22, 23 & 24
** Live Staging Streamed & Broadcast via YouTube & Cable **

the american vicarious in collaboration with BRIC proudly present DEBATE: Baldwin vs Buckley, a live staging of the historic clash between James Baldwin and William F Buckley Jr.

“Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?” This was the topic on February 18, 1965 when an overflow crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to bear witness to a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual.

The stage was set for an epic confrontation that pitted Baldwin’s call for a moral revolution in race relations against Buckley’s unabashed elitism and implicit commitment to white supremacy. Restaged for broadcast in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential election, the historic clash that is DEBATE: Baldwin vs Buckley reveals the deep roots and lasting legacy of racial conflict that continues to haunt America.

On three consecutive nights, the american vicarious will gather to restage this historic debate in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential election. Broadcast live nightly, on YouTube and cable, this historic clash reveals the deep roots and lasting legacy of racial conflict that continues to haunt America.

DEBATE: Baldwin vs Buckley will be live streamed at 7:30pm on Oct 22, 23 & 24 via YouTube and available on BRIC’s cable channels: Spectrum 1993, Optimum 951, Verizon 47.  Running time is 70 minutes. Free with RSVP. More information at theamericanvicarious.org.

14) Dutch Kills Theater Presents Live Immersive Experience by Wolf 359
Previews Begin October 23 at The Wild Project

Dutch Kills Theater (In Quietness, The Sister, The Providence of Neighboring Bodies)  will present Wolf 359’s TEMPING an interactive, immersive and site specific solo theatrical experience. It is written by Michael Yates Crowley (The Rape of the Sabine Women, The Ted Haggard Monologues) and directed by Michael Rau. with sound, lighting and props by Asa Wember (Seagullmachine) and set by Sara C Walsh (Queen of the Night, A Beautiful Day in November on the…Great Lakes). Previews begin October 23 at The Wild Project with opening slated for October 29.

Somewhere in a filing cabinet in Delaware or Indiana, there is a table that shows how long we’re expected to live. Most of us will never see it. But what if your job was to update these tables, to record the beginnings and ends of thousands of lives? What if you found the formula to predict your own lifespan?

Sarah Jane Tully, a 53-year-old actuary, is taking her first vacation in years, and you’ve been hired to cover for her. TEMPING, the strange and comic tale of an employee’s inner life, is performed for an audience of one by a Windows PC, a corporate phone, a laser printer, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Filling in at Sarah Jane's cubicle, you’ll update client records, send emails, and eavesdrop on intra-office romance. Each performance is unique, depending on which tasks you accomplish and which of your co-workers you decide to trust. Congratulations, you’re the new temp! Get ready to work.

With no live performers, the piece interacts with the single audience member and challenges them with themes of human interaction through technology, isolation, and death. Contrasting the anonymity of an Excel spreadsheet with furtive moments of human intimacy, TEMPING brings you deep into the heart of corporate America.
Each audience member will be required to wear a face mask throughout the experience. Hand sanitizer is available and all surfaces will be disinfected between patrons.

TEMPING runs October 23 – November 22. Performances are daily at 10:30AM, 12PM, 1:30PM, 3PM, 4:30PM, 6PM, 7:30PM and 9PM. (Note: no performances 10/26, 11/ 3,4,9 or 16.) The Wild Project is located at 195 E. 3rd Street between Aves A & B. Running time is 50 minutes. Tickets are $10 - $45 at www.dutchkillstheater.com.


Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary



 The Fourth Production of its Monthly Series in the Social Distancing Era


When Truth Is Not Enough

by Susan Charlotte


Featuring Nathan Darrow and Ebony Jo Ann


With less than a month left before the election,

When Truth Is Not Enough,

a play about voters’ rights, is more relevant than ever.


October 26th at 2:00pm at Theatre 80 St. Marks

And Via Live Streaming

FOOD FOR THOUGHT PRODUCTIONS, the award-winning theatre company, offers it fourth show during the 2020 season at Theatre 80, 8th Street and 1st Avenue on Monday, October 26th from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

The program features When Truth Is Not Enough by award winning playwright Susan Charlotte,

directed by Antony Marsellis and starring Nathan Darrow (“House of Cards”), and Ebony Jo Ann (“Grown Ups”). Q & A will include a discussion with the cast on the, led by Susan Charlotte.

When Truth Is Not Enough takes place on Election Day in an old rural town in the south. An elderly woman, who has voted all her life, has arrived early in the morning to cast her vote.  As she waits to be called on, anxiety builds.  The voter ID laws have changed and she may have a problem. This compelling drama unfolds, revealing her fears in the present as she faces another person who is about to vote, a white supremist and the demons of her past which continue to haunt her.

The performance will be available live via Zoom as well as a limited in-theatre ‘audience’ who will be part of a documentary being filmed on FFTP. The entire FFT series will be presented at Theatre 80 St. Marks. Tickets for the ‘live’ performance are free to first-come patrons, who have agreed to be part of the documentary on FFTP. All social distancing precautions will be respected. There will be a medical professional onsite to check temperatures and audience members must wear masks and have recently tested negative for Covid-19. There will be a nominal charge for the streaming. For additional information and tickets please contact FFTP at: 646-366-9340 or email:  info@foodforthoughtproductions.com












AT 8:00 PM ET

Sunday, October 25 at 8:00 PM ET.   

The 60-minute tribute, honoring Binkley’s award-winning career, beginning in 
1978 until his death on August 14, 2020, features dance and Broadway luminaries discussing his impact on their lives and on their professional communities.

Binkley designed the lighting for fifty-two Broadway shows. He received 9 Tony 

Award nominations and won 2 Tony Awards. His immense success in theatrical

lighting is explored throughout A Celebration of Light and Love by those who 

worked with him and cherished his friendship. Among these are Broadway and 

West End producers Cameron MacintoshJeffrey Seller

and Richard Winkler; directors Thomas Kail and Des McAnuff

choreographers David Parsons and Sergio Trujillo; actors Ariana 

DeBose, Chita Rivera and Paul Nolan; and creators Bob Gaudio and Lin-

Manuel Miranda. Joining them and others in remembrances of this remarkably 

talented man are his former assistants, his family, and his friends. 

Binkley began his career with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, where he met choreographer David Parsons, then a dancer with the company.

To learn more and donate to the Howell Binkley Fellowship Program, 

Donations may also be made in Binkley’s memory to Parsons Dance, 

17) New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival 2020

Premieres Oct 21 & 26 at 7:30pm | On demand through Nov 1
$15 digital access per program |  On Sale Now

From a history-making performance by ballet icons Sara Mearns and David Hallberg in a world premiere commission by Christopher Wheeldon, choreographed to the songs of Joni Mitchell, to Martha Graham Dance Company’s Natasha M. Diamond-Walker who performs one of Graham’s signature solos that showcases “contemporary dance at its very best” (The New York Times)—this year’s Fall for Dance Festival brings you a diverse mix of artistic voices and styles from the best and brightest in the dance world.

See 20 acclaimed artists and enjoy three more world premiere commissions from Kyle AbrahamDormeshia, and Jamar Roberts in two stunning programs hosted by Alicia Graf Mack and Hallberg—all filmed live on the City Center stage.

For more information or to purchase digital access visit 

18) Story Pirates Launch At-Home Immersive
‘Sleep Squad’ Theater Experience; On-Demand Show Stars Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper

The fun of storytelling + the magic of science = the answer to bedtime!

View the trailer, HERE

A perennial parenting challenge is sleep (or lack thereof). Particularly in these turbulent times, it’s difficult to calm children at bedtime. Sleep experts advise parents to set up a ritual to ease the process of drifting off to dreamland.

Help is on the way from The Story Pirates SLEEP SQUAD, a family-friendly, interactive virtual theater experience which turns the viewer’s home into a rocket ship launching kids into dreamland. Featuring brand new kid-driven storytelling, and exclusive new music from the Story Pirates, this world premiere on-demand production creates a new kind of bedtime ritual for kids ages 4 to 12. The show runs  November 19th to December 31st, and presales begin today for Story Pirates Creator Club members via the Story Pirates Creator Club. General ticket sales open to the public via Stellar this Thursday.

SLEEP SQUAD stars Tony Award Nominee Lilli Cooper (SpongeBob SquarePants, Tootsie) as the Dream Queen, who invites kids to the Sleep Squad in an introductory video, and then guides adventurers through three different enchanting audio experiences, adapted in classic Story Pirates fashion from stories written by real kids, including a visit to a desert island (“Stuck Island”), a dinosaur’s birthday party (“Spinosaurus’ Birthday”), and an intergalactic nightclub (“30 Moons”)

A ticket to the on-screen performances comes with a “Dreamtime Travel Kit” which will be delivered to each family’s home address. The items within this “secret” kit – including a dream journal, “sleep goggle” mask and star machine –  help bring the performance to life, inviting kids to take ownership of the imagination-powered storytelling. SLEEP SQUAD concludes with soothing music that will help lull adventurers to sleep.

Story Pirates Creator Club members receive a 15 percent discount on the $50 ticket price ($42.50). Purchasers determine their personal “start date” and then have 10 days to experience the show, beginning November 19, 2020. The Dreamtime Travel Kit will be shipped to the ticket buyer’s home within 5 to 7 days of the chosen performance date. For families with more than one little dreamer, multiple kits may be shipped to the same address for an additional fee of $15 per kit, so that each kid gets their own bedtime package.

Find out more about the Story Pirates HERE.

Find out more about the Sleep Squad creators HERE.


ON OCTOBER 4, 2020

Issa Rae meets the Backstreet Boys in WE THE PEOPLE: AMERICA ROCKS!,
a wildly inventive pop rock musical
about owning the power of your voice – and your vote! 

TheaterWorksUSA (Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director; Michael Harrington, Executive Director) has mounted a fully staged, socially distanced live production of their hit, Lortel nominated Off-Broadway musical, WE THE PEOPLE: AMERICA ROCKS! Filmed live (without an audience) on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage on October 4, and produced in association with Paper Mill Playhouse, the capture will be streamed to families across the country prior to Election Day and made available to schools and theaters through the academic year.  The recording will premiere on Stars in the House at 8pm ET on October 24.

TheaterWorksUSA (Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director; Michael Harrington, Executive Director) has mounted a fully staged, socially distanced live production of their hit, Lortel nominated Off-Broadway musical, WE THE PEOPLE: AMERICA ROCKS! Filmed live (without an audience) on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage on October 4, and produced in association with Paper Mill Playhouse, the capture will be streamed to families across the country prior to Election Day and made available to schools and theaters through the academic year.  The recording will premiere on Stars in the House at 8pm ET on October 24.

To learn more about how to watch the stream in your classroom, theater, or home visit TheaterWorksUSA’s official website. 

20) Urban Stages Presents

A Virtual Benefit

October 22-26: 6:30pm

with appearances by 

Karen Akers, Terence Archie, 

Reed Birney, Jim Dale, 

Joe Iconis, George Salazar 

and many more

Urban Stages Artistic Producing Director, Frances Hill, announces Mixing Melodies and Margaritas, a virtual benefit featuring musical performances and appearances by legendary stars along with how-to guides for delicious cocktails/mock-tails so everyone can make a drink, raise a glass and save Urban Stages Theater. From October 22, 2020, starting at 6:30pm through October 26, 6:30 pm, Mixing Melodies and Margaritas; Make a Drink, Raise a Glass, Save the Theater,  will be available on urbanstages.org where viewers can show their support for the theater by donating while enjoying a mix of songs, drinks, and lively talk virtually!  

In addition, a month-long online auction will feature cases of wine (Phillips Hill Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), case of tequila (Casamigos Añejo), golf trips to East Hampton and Long Island, virtual magic shows, virtual tequila parties, a lithograph by renowned international artist Edwina Sandys and much more up for grabs.

The online benefit and auction will continue fundraising efforts for Urban Stages’ programs that develop and spotlight new works by diverse up-and-coming theater artists and make theater, art and education available to all. This 36-year mission has been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic forcing the temporary closure of Urban Stages’ Theater at 30th street and the shift of much of Urban Stages’ Off-Broadway and touring programming online; all of which had an unprecedented financial impact on the non-profit organization. 

However, Urban Stages continues to achieve its mission in a number of ways. During lockdown this spring and summer, for instance, Urban Stages held 32 online educational programs in partnership with New York, Brooklyn and Queens Public Libraries, engaging over 17,000 viewers with interactive theater and art. Play performances, concerts, a new interview series and submission opportunities for playwrights are also a part of the theater’s online reach. 

Broadway and Off-Broadway artists who have previously worked with Urban Stages are donating their time and artistic talents to the online benefit.  In many cases, they will share their favorite cocktail/mock-tail recipe for the event. 

WBAI Host and advocate King Downing and theatre critic, writer and broadcaster Michael Riedel will serve as masters of ceremonies.

Virtual Benefit starting October 22, 2020: 6:30pm and available online through October 26, 2020 6:30PM.

Online Auction:October 1st to October 31st, 2020

Donations are strongly appreciated in support of the continuation of Urban Stages’ programming.

Please make checks out to Urban Stages. 555 8th Avenue, #1800. New York, NY 10018. Or to donate for more information go to urbanstages.org

And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday.

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