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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Scoop Week of 2/21/21Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1)Adriane Lenox to Host Talkback for Royal Family Productions See Her Sunday 2/28
2) Battery Dance Offers Free Workshop Series for Kids Via Zoom 2/24, 3/10, 3/24
3)The Cell Premieres The Signal Through the Noise 2/26
4)Centenary Stage Company World Premiere of Turning Running Now Through 3/7
5) Dance/NYC and Gibney Publishing Publish Digitial Toolkit: Reopening Dance in NJC
6) George Street Playhouse Presents Streaming Production of Bad Dates 2/23 - 3/14
7) Irish Repertory Theater @Home Winter Festival Extended Through 3/7
8) MasterVoices Presents Second Chapter of Adam Guettel's Myths and Hymns 2/24
9) Nai- Ni Chen Dance Co. Announces Schedule for Free One Hour Zoom Classes 2/23- 2/26
10) The Seeing Place Presents Lynn Nottage's Sweat 2/27 - 2/28 Streaming Through 3/3
11) Two River Theater Upcoming Oneline Events

1) Royal Family Productions 

Presents a Special Talkback with Bonus Viewing of

See Her

Written by IMAN SCHUK

Curated, Directed, and Choreographed by LORNA VENTURA



Spoken Word Artist and Drama Desk Winner 



Live-streaming talk back moderated by 



Sunday, February 28th at 2pm

Royal Family Productions is proud to announce a special talkback with the creative team of See Her, moderated by Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox. See Her by Iman Schuk (This Open Earth) premiered last month as part of Royal Family’s second annual Female+ Forward Festival. This talkback, with bonus encore viewing of the piece, is designed to celebrate the creative team of See Her, and to allow audiences to ask in-depth questions about the piece and process.

Live-streaming on Sunday, February 28th at 2pm

Beginning with Q & A with creative team and moderator Adriane Lenox


Ticket prices for the event $10, $100, and $250 please visit, www.royalfamilyproductions.org   to get a direct link to the event.  

For more information about Royal Family Productions please visit www.royalfamilyproductions.org


2) Battery Dance Offers
Kids Dance Workshop Series
A Three-Part Series of Free Dance Classes for Kids Taught 
by Battery Dance Teaching Artists via Zoom
Wednesday, February 24, March 10, and March 24, 2021 at 4pm

Battery Dance hosts a free Kids Dance Workshop Series on Wednesdays, February 24, March 10, and March 24, 2021 at 4pm via Zoom. Each class will be a 45-minute introduction to different genres of dance perfect for all ages, helping to keep their bodies and minds engaged and spark a renewed interest in dancing. For more information and to register, visit  www.batterydance.org/kidsdance.

Wednesday, February 24 from 4pm-4:45pm EST
Hip-Hop Dance with Vive
Join Battery Dancer Vive in a 45-minute digital Hip-Hop class to get your body moving and add some rhythm to your day! This introduction to Hip-Hop will give you a taste of the genre as well as a quick overview appropriate for all ages of any skill level. 

Wednesday, March 10 from 4pm-4:45pm EST
Improvisational Dance with Mira
Join Battery Dancer Mira in a 45-minute digital Improvisational Dance class to get your mind and body flexible and expressive! This introduction to Improv will give you a fun and creative class to get the creativity flowing as well as an introduction that is appropriate for all ages of any skill level. 

Wednesday, March 24 from 4pm-4:45pm EST
Contemporary Dance with Sarah
Join Battery Dancer Sarah in a 45-minute digital Contemporary class to get frame flowing and your mind expanding! This introduction to Contemporary dance will pull away the mystery of the genre as well as a fun class appropriate for all ages of any skill level. 

For more information, visit https://give.classy.org/KidsDance.

Friday February 26, 2021 at 8PM

Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre will premiere the fourth installment of its ongoing online serial TOLERANCE PARTY, with THE SIGNAL THROUGH THE NOISEavailable to stream via their website on February 26Written and directed by Joseph Hendel and presented with DimlyWit Productions, this installment finds two of our heroes separated in a breakout room, assigned with an unwieldy task; to listen through the “white noise” and interpret its meaning. Will these two find common ground and bring “it” back to life? While TOLERANCE PARTYis a serialized story, each installment acts as a stand-alone event. Audiences are encouraged to partake in the challenge and engage in a live chat function throughout the performance.

THE SIGNAL THROUGH THE NOISE will be streamed on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 8PM (EST) and will be available to stream until Sunday February 28 at midnight. Members of the cell TV will be able to access the performance on demand. Tickets are available on a sliding scale starting at $5 up to $25. You may purchase tickets at the following link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thecelltheatre/484762 

Centenary Stage Company’s production of Darrah Cloud’s Turning runs February 25 through March 7 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. Specific performance dates and times are Thursdays, Feb. 25 and March 4 at 7:30 PM; Fridays, Feb. 26 and March 5 at 8:00 PM; Saturdays, Feb. 27 and March 6 at 8:00 PM; Sundays, Feb. 28 and March 7 at 2:00 PM and Wednesday, March 3 at 2:00 PM. 

Tickets range from $25.00 to $27.50 for adults with discounts available for students, seniors and children under 12. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 PM and two hours prior to every performance. The Centenary Stage Company box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University.



Online Resource Created to Support the Planning of Safe Reopenings Across the Dance Industry; Integrates State Guidance, Input from the Dance Community
Dance/NYC and Gibney have launched Reopening Dance in NYC (reopening.dance.nyc), a digital toolkit that aims to support the planning process that the dance industry faces while it works toward its eventual reopening. To ensure the highest level of safety for all dance workers, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses, the toolkit has been developed from New York State, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and World Health Organization (WHO) guidance and in collaboration with public health, medical, and legal experts over the past eight months. The release of this toolkit coincides with the launch of Open Culture, a program that marks progress toward the industry's anticipated reopening and will bring the arts safely to the streets following the Open Street model. Reopening Dance in NYC will be updated on an ongoing basis as changes warrant to reflect government guidance, COVID-19 information, and industry-wide input.

New York State and City have established reopening guidelines for various industries, however that guidance does not extend to the highly specialized dance industry. Reopening Dance in NYC provides a framework including Standard Recommendations for Dance, which directly adapt existing guidance, such as the guidelines for Gyms & Fitness Centers and Sports & Recreation activities as outlined by the New York State Department of Health. Additional considerations for dance industry-specific scenarios-ranging from independent dance workers and dance companies, to rental and class-focused studios, to presenting venues and more-are offered based on crowdsourced input from the dance industry. Moreover, the digital toolkit aggregates much-needed information through a glossary, an FAQ page, extensive resources, and downloadable posters and templates.

Dance/NYC and Gibney are uniquely suited to collate these resources. Dance/NYC brings its expertise in the areas of advocacy, research, and its field-wide network. Gibney offers its lens as a two-location dance studio, commercial and non-profit rental space, presenter, training hub, professional dance company, and employer navigating its own reopening plans. Additional input was provided by various medical, legal, and field-wide advisors. The full and growing list collaborators can be found hereThe dance community is encouraged to help build upon the toolkit's scenarios and resources by contacting reopening@dance.nyc.

Dance/NYC and Gibney believe the dance industry must itself be just, equitable, and inclusive to meaningfully contribute to social progress and envision a dance ecology wherein power, funding, opportunities, conduct, and impacts are fair for all artists, cultural workers, and audiences. Reopening Dance in NYC aims to ensure that all organizations, businesses and companies have access to vital information to keep their communities safe. Dance/NYC and Gibney request that users of the toolkit are guided by a commitment to justice, equity and inclusion and act in the best interest and wellbeing of the communities they serve.

6) George Street Playhouse

4-Play Streaming Season

Begins With

Bad Dates

Streaming February 23 thru March 14. 

The George Street Playhouse 2021 Season begins streaming with the comedy Bad Dates, written by award-winning playwright Theresa Rebeck (Seared, The Scene, Bernhardt/Hamlet) and starring Drama Desk Award Winner Andréa Burns

A one-woman comedy about a single mom in search of cute shoes, the perfect dress, and a romantic table for two at a great restaurant, Bad Dates is a charming, funny and hopeful tale of dates gone wrong and looking for Mr. Right.

Bad Dates is available to stream February 23 thru March 14. 
7) Irish Repetory Theater's
@Home Winter Festival

Due to popular demand, Irish Repetory Theater's  Theatre @ Home Winter Festival is now running for an additional two weeks!

This repertory retrospective will come to an end on March 7

Reservations for all screenings as part of the Festival are free but required in order to access the dedicated screening links. Donations of $25 per show, or $100 for the festival, are suggested for each viewer who can afford to give.*

To view calendar, visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/32325

*From February 22 through March 7, 2021, we will donate 20% of suggested donations received (up to $5,000) to the Cultural Solidarity Funda new fund built by arts and cultural organizations to provide microgrants to individual artists and cultural workers.

Work will Feature the MasterVoices chorus, Singers Shoshana Bean, Daniel Breaker, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Michael McElroy, Ailyn Pérez, and Nicholas Phan; and Actor John Lithgow
Short Musical Films Created by Directors Anthony Roth Costanzo, Doug Fitch,
Anne Kauffman and Ted Sperling; and Visual Artists Manik Choksi, Erik Freer,
Thomas Nguyen, Adrienne Rogers, and Ray Charles White

MasterVoices, under the artistic direction of Ted Sperling, will present Work, the second chapter of its central project for the 2020-2021 season: a four-part virtual rollout of award-winning composer Adam Guettel’s theatrical song cycle, Myths and Hymns. Conceived and supervised by Mr. Sperling, this free digital production will be offered starting on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 PM ET on mastervoices.org and the ensemble’s YouTube channel.

Inspired by Greek myths and a 19th-Century Presbyterian hymnal, the 1998 cycle is a kaleidoscopic collection of musical genres as it explores the nature of faith and longing in a secular world. New short musical films will illustrate the protagonist’s exploration of FlightWorkLove, and FaithWork features the MasterVoices chorus and soloists Shoshana BeanDaniel Breaker, Anthony Roth CostanzoMichael McElroy, Ailyn Pérez, and Nicholas Phan, and actor John Lithgow. Also contributing are directors Anthony Roth Costanzo, Doug Fitch, Anne Kauffman and Ted Sperling; visual artists Manik Choksi, Erik Freer, Thomas NguyenAdrienne Rogers, and Ray Charles White; lyricist Ellen Fitzhugh; and orchestrators Don Sebesky and Jamie Lawrence.

Myths and Hymns’ first chapter, Flight, launched on January 13 and the third and fourth chapters (Love and Faith) will be released in free digital installments, streaming on April 14 and May 26. All chapters will remain available for streaming from their respective launch dates until June 30, 2021. Held the evening prior to each installment’s public launch, MasterVoices will host a private virtual screening with additional content featuring Ted Sperling and some of the artists. More details on the screenings are available here.

The Bridge
Virtual Dance Institute
 of boundary-breaking dance experiences
Free One-Hour Company Class on Zoom
Open to All Dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced Level
February 23-26, 2021

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has established a new dance institute through Zoom, The Bridge. The Institute's aim is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are embedded in the community and are focused on advancing the art of dance that transform the personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces.  Interested dancers can join the class by registering on Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's website:  http://nainichen.org/company-class.

As a virtual dance institute, The Bridge will invite world renowned as well as up and coming dancers and choreographer to come to guest teach the class. Advanced/Intermediate level professional or pre-professional dancers who are looking to explore beyond their own boundaries and looking for new dance experiences are encouraged to participate. The core program is based on Nai-Ni Chen's Kinetic Spiral, which is a cross-cultural dance vocabulary that integrates the Chinese martial arts philosophy in TaiChi with contemporary dance practices she studied in America. Guest artists will cover a wide range of folk and classical dance styles.

The Bridge Class schedule are as follows:
Week of 2/22/2021
Monday              No Class
Tuesday             Andrew Pacho (Flow (Gyrokinesis based) at 11am
Wednesday        Yuka Notsuka (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am
Thursday            Potri Ranka Manis (Philippine Dance (Melayu Heritage) at 11am
Friday                 Greta Campo (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am

10) The Seeing Place Theater
Lynn Nottage's Sweat

FEBRUARY 27, 2021 - 7:00 PM EST
FEBRUARY 28, 2021 - 3:00 PM EST
Streaming February 28-March 3, 2021

THE SEEING PLACE THEATER (TSP) is pleased to announce Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT, directed by Brandon Walker. SWEAT will have two live performances via Zoom on February 27 (7 pm EST) and February 28 (3 pm EST), and be available via streaming on YouTube February 28-March 3, 2021.  Tickets are $10-$50 and are now available online at www.TheSeeingPlace.com

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

SWEAT plays the following schedule:

LIVE Zoom Performances:
February 27, 2021 - 7:00 pm EST
February 28, 2021 - 3:00 pm EST
    Streaming via YouTube available February 28-March 3, 2021.

Tickets are $10-$50 and are now available online at www.TheSeeingPlace.com or by calling (866) 811-4111.


11) Two River Theater 
Upcoming Online Events


SUN, FEB 21 | 2:00 PM | $30 | ZOOM

Actors at all levels of experience are welcome to join Crystal and Brandon in a basic acting technique class centered around monologue performance, with additional insight into how to shift performance techniques from the audition room to the camera.

For more information or to register, visit https://tworivertheater.org/whats-on/monologue-performance-with-crystal-dickinson-and-brandon-j-dirden/


FEB 24–25 | 7:00 PM | FREE | ZOOM

Adapted from the 1990 novel of the same name, Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters presents a Philippines that is “sometimes grim and stark, sometimes beautiful and lush, but always volatile.”

Event will not be recorded for online posting after the live event date.

For more information, go to https://tworivertheater.org/whats-on/community-play-reading-dogeaters


SUN, FEB 28 | 2:00 PM | $30 | ZOOM

In this class, Crystal and Brandon will present scenes from works by Black female playwrights, and participate in a discussion led by co-moderators Gilda Rogers and Taylor Barfield to explore the ways in which these artists addressed American issues of race and gender

For more information or to register, visit https://tworivertheater.org/whats-on/black-female-playwrights-with-crystal-dickinson-and-brandon-j-dirden

And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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