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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday Scoop post of 5/16/21 Show Reopenings, Rescheduled Show Dates, Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week, and More

Broadway Reopenings and Rescheduled Show Dates 

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations -  Reopens 10/16/21
at the Imperial Theater.  
For more information or to purchase tickets go  to ainttooproudmusical.com

Aladdin - Reopens 9/28/21 at the New Amsterdam Theatre
For more information or to purchase tickets go to aladdinthemusical.com

Hamilton - Reopens 9/14/21 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to hamiltonmusical.com/new-york/home

Diana the Musical  - Previews start 11/2/21 Opening Night 11/17/21 at the Longacre Theatre
For more information or to purchase tickets  go to thedianamusical.com

Flying Over Sunset -  Previews start 11/4/21 Opening Night 12/6/21 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre
For more information go to flyingoversunset.com

Jagged Little Pill  Reopens 10/21/21 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
For more information  or to purchase tickets go to jaggedlittlepill.com

The Lion King -  Reopens 9/14/21 at the Minskoff  Theatre.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.lionking.com/

MJ The New Michael Jackson Musical Previews Start 12/6/21 Opening Dates 12/1/21
at the Neil Simon Theatre
For more information or to purchase tickets go to mjthemusical.com

Tina the Tina Turner Musical Reopens 10/8/2 1at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to tinathemusical.com

Wicked Reopens 9/14/21 at the Gershwin Theatre
For more information or to purchase tickets go to wickedthemusical.com

Off-Broadway Reopenings

Little Shop of Horrors - Reopens 9/21/21 at the West Side Theatre
For more information or to purchase tickets go to littleshopnyc.com

Intimate Apparel - Previews start  1/13/21 Opening Night 1/27/21at  the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre 
For more information go to lct.org/shows/intimate-apparel

Live and Virtual Events This Week and More

1) The 2021 Drama League Awards 5/21
2) Ballet Hispanico Presents Presents Virtual Workshops 5/20 & 5/27
3) Broadway Advocacy Coalition Presents The Fellowship Hall Festival
4) the Cell Theatre Premieres Impact 5/21 - 6/1
5) Centenary Stage Company Presents Outside the Lines Site-Specific Dance Project 5/18
6) Dance Patrelle Presents Reflections On Our Time 5/20
7) Dixon Place Presents New Mony 5/19 - 5/22
8) I Couldn't Tell You Why 5/22 - 5/30
9) ID Studio Presents The Tongue of the Flame 5/24
10) Kaatsbaan Cultural Festival 2021
11)New York City Center's Studio 5 5/18 - 6/24
12) Persou An Immersive  Festival Celebration Spring 5/19 - 6/5
13) South Orange Performing Arts Center Offers Nai-Ni Chen Dance Co's Awakening
14) Spotlight on Plays Presents The Sisters Rosensweig
15) Triassic Park the Musica Company Reunites at Radial Park 5/21, 5/22, 5/23
16) TRU Virtual Audition Weekend
17) Two River Theater Free Radio Play Launch 5/24
18) Van Gogh Immersive Exhibit Seeks Artists in Residence
19) Women/Create A Virtual Festival of Dance 5/21
20) Works & Process the Guggenheim Presents The Jazz Continuum 5/19





The Drama League (Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks; Executive Director, Bevin Ross) is pleased to announce the 2021 Nominees and Special Recognition Honorees for The 87th Annual Drama League Awards. Keeping in the tradition of honoring the outstanding accomplishments of the theatrical community, as they have since 1935, this year the organization has established five unique categories to honor the extraordinary achievements of artists across the nation who created digital and socially-distanced theatrical productions during this challenging year of suspension for live arts. The list of nominations follows; voting is now open for Drama League members, through April 16. The 87th Annual Drama League Awards will be streamed on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 7:00PM ET.

The 33 nominated productions were selected from submissions by 400+ directors and theatre professionals who are the alumni of The Drama League’s support programs for directors. There are five categories of distinction: Outstanding Digital Theater, Individual Production; Outstanding Digital Theater, Collection or Festival; Outstanding Interactive or Socially-Distanced Theater; Outstanding Audio Theater Production; and Outstanding Digital Concert. Eligible productions premiered between March 12, 2020 – March 15, 2021.

The Drama League Awards’ 2021 Special Recognition Honorees are: Iris Smith, who will receive the inaugural Gratitude Award for her fearless support of the The Drama League and the theater community at large; Liesl Tommy, who will be presented with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing for her extraordinary work on stages across the country and commitment to mentorship in the field; father-daughter duo Richard & Demi Weitz, who will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award for their creation of the “Quarantunes” series, which provides a virtual platform for musical theater artists and generated over $20 million in funds for nonprofits across the country; and The Actors Fund, recipient of the Unique Contribution to Theater Award for its emergency relief efforts through COVID-19, the Winter Storms, and Oregon Wildfires this past season and its ongoing commitment to providing resources for artists. 

More information about the programs, alumni, and history of the Drama League Awards can be found at www.dramaleague.org.

2) Ballet Hispánico
Virtual Movement Workshops 
In partnership with DOROT
Thursdays, May 20 and 27, 2021

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization recognized as one of America’s Cultural Treasures, partners with DOROT, a New York City-based nonprofit organization creating social connections for older adults to present two virtual movement workshops on Thursdays May 20 and 27, 2021. 

Movement Workshops
Thursdays, May 20 and 27, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET 
Join us for two fun and interactive movement workshops that will focus on the cultural context and techniques of traditional, social, and/or contemporary dance forms that are derived from the multicultural Latinx experiences. The May 20 workshop will specifically explore the Salsa, and the May 27 workshop will explore the Mambo. We welcome all levels and abilities. Led by Rodney Hamilton, a Ballet Hispánico Teaching Artist. To register and receive the link, click here




Featured artists include Andrea Ambam, Daniella Carter, Jasmine Eileen Coles, Nicole Davis, DejaJoelle, Chelsea Dee Harrison, Faylita Hicks, Courtney Jamison and Kayla Stokes

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) presents “The Fellowship Hall” celebrating the inaugural class of the BAC Artivism Fellowship, created this year to support Black femme identifying artist-activists using their craft, tools and care for others to have an impact on the world around them.

Inspired by the familiar southern Black church, “The Fellowship Hall” will spotlight the dynamic and varied voices of the Black women from this year’s Fellows and the artistic advocacy projects they have been developing over the last six months. “The Fellowship Hall” includes an Opening Night Celebration, the Fellowship Festival and the release of the online Fellowship Hall featuring the work of each Fellow.

The Opening Night on Thursday, May 20 is a night of celebration and reflection featuring BAC Co-founder Amber Iman, Artistic Director Chesray Dolpha, Program Managers Dria Brown and Nia Akilah Robinson and the full cohort of Artivism Fellows. The event will mark the official launch of “The Fellowship Hall” website spotlighting each of the Fellows and their work.

The Festival runs through Sunday, May 23, with a focus on each Fellow and the debut of their Artivism project both at the festival and online.

OPENING NIGHT - Thursday, May 20; 6:30 p.m. ET House Opens with Amber Iman, 7pm ET Show Begins

NIGHT ONE - Friday, May 21, featuring:

            CHELSEADEE HARRISON at 8 p.m. ET

NIGHT TWO - Saturday, May 22, featuring:

            ANDREA AMBAM at 5 p.m. ET           
            NICOLE DAVIS at 7 p.m. ET
            JASMINE EILEEN COLES at 8 p.m.ET

NIGHT THREE - Sunday, May 23, featuring;

DEJAJOELLE at  2 p.m. ET
            DANIELLA CARTER at 5 p.m. ET
            COURTNEY JAMISON at 7 p.m. ET=

Admission to the festival is free. To learn more or reserve your ticket, visit:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/broadway-advocacy-coalition-presents-the-fellowship-hall-tickets-151880770473

4) Bucket List Trip Evolves Into Much More
In World Premiere Play  

Streaming May 21 - June 1

Amy Engelhardt (Bastard Jones, Grammy-nominated band The Bobs) will premiere her new play, IMPACT, in a co-production with Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre, The Playhouse at White Lake and DimlyWit Productions (The Last Five Years). Filmed entirely at the historical Playhouse at White Lake’s newly renovated theatre venue, the performance will be available to stream online May 21 - June 1.  Sliding scale tickets can be purchased at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/51808. For more information visit www.thecelltheatre.org

IMPACT tells the story of a chain of remarkable "follow-signs'' that lead Amy to Lockerbie, Scotland shortly after the 30th Anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. What starts out as a bucket-list trip quietly evolves into a personal and global exploration of grace, kindness and simplicity.


Centenary Stage Company, located on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ, is excited to host the premiere of the Outside the Lines Dance Project, on May 15th 2021 at 3pm, on the Front lawn of Seay Building. (rain date May 16th). Co-founded by Centenary University dance and theater professors, Maureen Glennon Clayton and Lea Antolini Lid, Outside the Lines intention is to present immersive site-specific dance experiences throughout the state of New Jersey. Their idea of moving dance out of the theater and into the unique landscape of the Garden State, creates an imaginative way for audiences to view and think about dance.  The dance concert is free to the general public with donations solicited.  Advance reservations require a $15.00 minimum donation.For more information or to reserve visit centenarystageco.org or call the box office at (908) 979 – 0900.

Outside the Lines will feature works from the following professional dance companies;

moe-tion dance theater, XY Dance Project, Nikki Manx Dance Project, Freespace Dance , Ariel Rivka Dance, Art of Motion Dance Theatre, The Moving Architects, OR  dance project, and choreographers Alexandra Williamson and Heather Warfel Sandler.  

The concert is Free to the public and will be presented on the Front Lawn of Centenary University, 400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown NJ. Centenary Stage Company remains committed to the health and safety of our community and adheres to all requirements set forth by the State of NJ including but not limited to, observing social distancing, limited capacity, and requiring masks or facial coverings. For more information regarding CSC COVID-19 policies vist centenarystageco.org/faq

For more information on the concert, visit Centenarystageco.org or all the Centenary Stage Company box office at 908-979-0900. You may also visit the Outside the Lines website at www.outsidethelinessitespecific.com for more information about the project.  


6) Dances Patrelle
Reflections on our Time
A Virtual Spring Season
May 20, 2021

Dances Patrelle presents Reflections on our Time, a virtual spring season, on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7pm EDT, on their YouTube channel for FREE, with a suggested donation of $25. For more information, visit www.dancespatrelle.org

The evening will feature works by the choreographers Francis PatrelleAsk la CourDaniel Ulbricht, and Ariel T. Rose. Run time is approx. 40 minutes. 

Pair Pathétique
Choreography by Ask la Cour

Solstice in Solace
Choreography by Ariel T. Rose. Originally created for the “Men Who Dance” series. 
Choreography by Francis Patrelle, Ask la Cour, Abi Stafford
With a new score by Patrick Soluri

Sing, Sing, Sing
Choreography by Daniel Ulbricht

Videographer: Geoffrey Jones

For more information about Dances Patrelle, visit www.dancespatrelle.org.

7) Dixon Place
NEW MONY! by Maria Camia
May 19-22, 2021
In-Person and Online

Dixon Place presents NEW MONY! by Maria Camia as part of its Spring 2021 Production Season of puppetry commissions, performed live May 19-22, 2021 at 7:30pm EDT with video on demand (VOD) streaming available from May 25 through June 1, 2021. In-person performances will take place at 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY. Tickets are $10-$35 and can be purchased online here. (dixonplace.org/productions-2021/). 

NEW MONY! by Maria Camia
May 19, 20, 21, 22, 2021 at 7:30pm EST 
(Live performances with limited in-person audiences or via livestream)
Available on demand only from May 25 through June 1, 2021
Step into the colorful, comical, spiritual, sci-fi, psychedelic world of Aricama where duality and ancestry are explored with puppets, body costumes, Toy Theater, original live music, and projections in this full-length production.

In the human cloning family business, our heroine Allimah lives a quiet, regimented life with her parents on a tiny blue planet. But after experimenting with life, slowly her dreams become reality as she finds herself relating to the prestigious Utopian planet Aricama, the land of practice, play, and healing. Will she be able to live a normal life after aligning with her truth? Join Allimah in a groundbreaking awakening! Approx. run time: 65 minutes. Rated PG (due to a puppet with a cardboard gun)
8) Live Production by Award-Winning Playwright
Harrison David Rivers Makes World Premiere
May 22 - 30
** part of NYC's Open Culture program **

Refracted Theatre Company will present the World Premiere of I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHY as part of NYC's Open Culture program May 22 - 30. This audio immersive theatrical experience is written by award-winning playwright Harrison David Rivers (When Last We Flew, This Bitter Earth) and directed by Refracted's Artistic Director Tova Wolff (The King's Speech, Monica: This Play is Not About Monica Lewinsky).  I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHY centers on the experience of a young gay Black man struggling to free himself from wounds left by his father.  

I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHY challenges the audience to accept what is both heard and seen, as we enter the mind of a young man torn between past and future. Can Casey hold his history of his father, a history of both love and pain, as he drives toward a new level of intimacy with his boyfriend? It’s his call…and yours.
For the live site-specific production of I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHY, a socially-distanced audience will gather on East 47th Street in Manhattan and will be given headphones to listen to the audio portion of the play while an ensemble of live performers present a movement-based version of the story that contextualizes and complicates the audio narrative.

I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHY runs May 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 5pm. The performance begins in front of 884 2nd Avenue, on the northeast corner of 2nd Avenue at 47th Street. Runtime is 35 minutes. Audience members must be able to stand for the duration of the event as the action of the play moves around them on the street.  Tickets are $20 - $40 at www.refractedco.com.

9) The Tongue of the Flame
Work-in-Process Presentation
May 24 - 27, 2021 at 8pm
ID Studio 

ID Studio presents four evenings of performance of The Tongue of the Flame from May 24-27, 2021
at 8pm at 311 W. 140th Street, Bronx, NY. Tickets are $50 suggested donation to attend in-person or via livestream. Donations are accepted here. For more information, visit https://thetongueoftheflame.com/.

The Tongue of the Flame is a raw and dynamic dance theater work-in-process created and performed by internationally acclaimed dance artists and choreographers Blakeley White-McGuire and Daniel Fetecua Soto. Working in the genres of contact improvisation and contemporary modern dance forms they explore control, submission and caretaking as a physical practice. Experimenting with liminality in the realms of love, sexuality and compassion, the artists interrogate the human potential for transformation inside the labyrinth of individual choice. The upcoming performances will showcase this work-in-process as it develops towards the life cycle of an original piece of dance theater featuring the commissioning of a new musical composition by Pablo Mayor and sculpture from visual artist Olivia Kim.


Tivoli, NY - Kaatsbaan Cultural Park takes place May 20-23 and May 27-30, bringing together leading artists from the worlds of dance, music, poetry, sculpture, and the culinary arts. 

Complete programming, casting, and both in-person and digital ticketing information can be found below.

Kaatsbaan Spring Festival 2021 Schedule & Casting

Thursday, May 20
4:00 p.m. A River Runs Through It: A Conversation about the Booming Hudson Valley Food Scene
  • Curated and moderated by Jeff Gordinier
  • Guest speakers Celine Kagan, Gabe McMackin, and Dale Talde

6:30 p.m. American Ballet Theatre
  • World premieres: Desire by Helen Pickett and City of Women by James Whiteside with ABT dancers in residence Joo Won Ahn, Sierra Armstrong, Lauren Bonfiglio, Kathryn Boren, Zimmi Coker, Carlos Gonzalez, Blaine Hoven, Erica Lall, Isadora Loyola, Rachel Richardson, Christine Shevchenko, Ingrid Thoms, Katherine Williams, Remy Young
  • A Time There Was pas de deux with Katherine Williams and Blaine Hoven (Choreography by Gemma Bond)
  • Don Quixote pas de deux with Christine Shevchenko and Joo Won Ahn 

Friday, May 21
4:00 p.m. Into the Wild: How Foraging Can Change Your Life-And Your Diet
  • Curated and moderated by Jeff Gordinier
  • Guest speakers J. Mae Barizo, Maria Pinto, and Will Horowitz

6:30 p.m. American Ballet Theatre: same as Thursday, May 20
Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23
4:00 p.m. Patti Smith, Tony Shanahan, and Jackson Smith, curated by Oliver Ray

6:30 p.m.
  • American Ballet Theatre A Time There Was pas de deux with Katherine Williams and Blaine Hoven (Choreography by Gemma Bond) and Don Quixote pas de deux with Christine Shevchenko and Joo Won Ahn 
  • New Dorrance Dance work, choreography by Michelle Dorrance in collaboration with the performers who along with Dorrance, are Byron Tittle, Aaron Marcellus, and Penelope Wendtlandt
  • Mark Morris Dance Group in Three Preludes with Laurel Lynch and Words with Domingo Estrada, Jr. and Aaron Loux

Thursday, May 27
4:00 p.m. A River Runs Through It: A Conversation about the Booming Hudson Valley Food Scene
  • Curated and moderated by Jeff Gordinier
  • Guest speakers Celine Kagan, Gabe McMackin, and Naima Penniman

6:30 p.m. American Lyric: A Kaatsbaan live music and dance site-specific commission with pianist Hunter Noack and dancers/choreographers Garen Scribner, Coral Dolphin, ShanDien “Sonwai” LaRance, Bobbi Jene Smith & Or Schraiber, and Taylor Stanley. Created in residence at Kaatsbaan with support from The Howard Gilman Foundation.
Friday, May 28
4:00 p.m. Into the Wild: How Foraging Can Change Your Life-And Your Diet
  • Curated and moderated by Jeff Gordinier
  • Guest speakers J. Mae Barizo, Maria Pinto, and Will Horowitz

6:30 p.m. American Lyric: same as Thursday, May 27
Saturday, May 29
4:00 p.m. Yo La Tengo, curated by Oliver Ray

6:30 p.m.
  • Martha Graham Dance Company in Conversation of Lovers with Xin Ying and Lloyd Knight, Immediate Tragedy with Anne Souder, and Satyric Festival Song with Xin Ying
  • New work by Yannick Lebrun with Samantha Figgins from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Zimmi Coker and Carlos Gonzalez in Unforseen (choreography by Zhong-Jing Fang) from American Ballet Theatre
  • Maria Kowroski & Ask la Cour in After the Rain (choreography by Christopher Wheeldon), and Gonzalo Garcia in A Suite of Dances (choreography by Jerome Robbins) from New York City Ballet
Sunday, May 30
4:00 p.m. Steve Gunn, curated by Oliver Ray

6:30 p.m. Mixed dance bill same as Saturday, May 29

Sculptures throughout Kaatsbaan property curated by Hilary Greene and Jen Dragon of Cross Contemporary Partners. Local artists include Emil Alzamora, Stuart Farmery, Tristan Fitch, Anthony H. Garner, Jared Handelsman, Kenichi Hiratsuka, Bernard Klevickas, Portia Munson, Shelley Parriott, Eileen M. Power, Gregory Steel, Christina Tenaglia, and Millicent Young.

Featured culinary authors’ books will be made available for on-site book signing at the Festival. Purchases can be made in advance at kaatsbaan.org, in partnership with Oblong Books & Music.

Visitor and Ticketing Information

Tickets are on sale here and range in price from $22.50 - $150, with students, seniors, veterans, and essential workers receiving a 10% discount with proper identification.

Limited tickets are being sold as Kaatsbaan will operate at approximately 3% capacity to promote safety. All events will follow current CDC and NYS guidelines regarding COVID-19, including mandatory masks, socially distanced seating, and timed arrivals. Full protocols and procedures will be available at kaatsbaan.org and communicated to ticket purchasers.

All performances will be held outdoors throughout Kaatsbaan’s lush 153-acre campus in the Hudson Valley. Visitors must provide their own seating, (blankets, lawn chairs) as all seating is on the property’s grassy fields. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes as the walk from the parking lot to the Mountain Stage is 3/4 of a mile. Parking at Kaatsbaan is limited and safely carpooling with your group is strongly recommended. Visit kaatsbaan.org to purchase a reserved parking spot. Pre-show emails will also include the option to purchase a reserved parking spot at Kaatsbaan.

Kaatsbaan Spring Festival Digital Offerings
Pre-recorded performances
Viewable on Vimeo for duration of show (1-hour of viewing)
Free (no tickets required, advance registration requested)

May 22 & 29, 6:30pm
American Ballet Theatre, Dorrance Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group, Martha Graham Dance Company and dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and New York City Ballet

May 20, 21, and 27
Culinary Roundtables

Free (no tickets required). Donations welcome. Kaatsbaan will donate 25% from its Spring Festival digital offering donations and merchandise sales to Heart of Dinner and Asian American Arts Alliance.

11) Studio 5 | Dancing Across Continents

May 18 – Jun 24
Free and available on demand for 10 days
The popular Studio 5 series is back this summer with five new digital episodes featuring exceptional dance artists from around the world—including some familiar performers from Fall for Dance. 

Explore the artistic process of a diversity of styles from Argentine tango and ballet to the classical Indian dance of Odissi in this intimate series of conversations and coaching sessions, curated by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay.

A new episode premieres for free at noon every week beginning Tuesday, May 18, and will be available on demand for 10 days on City Center’s YouTube page and website.

12) Immersive Experiential Show Premieres 
May 19 - June 5

Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre is proud to present the world premiere of Persou, an experiential festival celebrating Spring co-created by artists in residence Ellpetha Tsivicos and Camilo Quiroz-Vazquez. Performances will be held at the cell in Chelsea Wednesdays through Saturdays from May 19 to June 5, 2021. 

Persou invites audiences to a mysterious, ancient ceremony welcoming the rebirth of Spring and bidding farewell to the dark, barren Winter. Drawing on Homeric hymns, the poetry of Giorgos Seferis and traditional dances, Persou will transport audiences to the Temple of Aphrodite in Paphos, Cyprus. As audiences enter the Temple, they become party to the goddess Demeter’s sneaky plot to make a deal with the gods that would eradicate Winter forever by creating a kingdom of endless Spring. Exploring loss, death, displacement and grief, Persou’s women seek to build their own mythology that challenges the cruel order of the world.

Persou is a participatory experience in which guests will feast upon sights, sounds, and tastes as they are transported to an ancient celebration in Cyprus. Audience members will be free to inhabit the temple and join fellow pilgrims seeking communion amid live music, bitesize snacks, and a vivid dream-like surrounding. Accessibility accommodations will be available upon request for guests who are unable to walk or stand for the duration of the performance.

Tickets for Persou start at $35 and are available at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thecelltheatre/519624. Please reach out to PersoutheShow@gmail.com to request a ticket priced on a sliding scale. As capacity is limited, tickets must be reserved in advance for admission. Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre is located at 338 West 23rd Street.


13) South Orange Performing Arts Center
Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month 
to offer Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s New Work
Free for the Month of May 2021

Maplewood Township, South Orange Village, SOMA Cross Cultural Works and the AAPI Community unite to recognize and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. These organizations stand in solidarity, the focus is on education, healing and creating joy as we honor the richness and diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures with an exciting lineup of family oriented activities and programs. As part of the celebration, the South Orange Performing Arts Center will share Nai-Ni Chen’s new program Awakening free on demand throughout the Month of May.

Highlights include Chen’s Truth Bound, Introspection, Luminescenceand Shadow Force. The program will be offered by SOPAC free, please register at: https://www.sopacnow.org/events/nai-ni-chen-dance-company-vod/




Starring Jason AlexanderJohn BehlmannLisa EdelsteinKathryn Hahn,

Kathryn NewtonTracee Chimo PalleroChris Perfetti and James Urbaniak.

Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

Thursday, May 20

Three very different sisters reunite after a lengthy separation and discover humanity, respect, and love in this definitive serious comedy about sisterhood. 

For a sneak peeks and more exclusive content, go to Broadway’s Best Shows.

The “Spotlight on Plays” events are livestreamed on Stellar at 8PM EST/5PM PST and available for a strictly limited amount of time.  Season subscriptions for all seven plays are available now for $49 on Broadways Best Shows.  Individual tickets can be purchased for $15.  Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Actor’s Fund.

To learn more about “Spotlight on Plays” series, visit Broadways Best Shows Spotlight on Plays.











MAY 21, 22, 23 AT 8:00 PM ET

Resounding, the immersive-audio entertainment company, announced today that the live outdoor performance and broadcast of the reunion concert of Triassic Parq: The Musical will play the theatrical drive-in experience Radial Park at Halletts Point Play, as part of the company’s month-long residency.

Triassic Parq: The Musical, with music by Marshall Pailet, and book and lyrics by PailetBryce Norbitz, and Resounding Creative Director Steve Wargo, will play for three performances only Friday, May 21, Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET, and runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

Tickets, starting at just $15, are on sale at resounding.live/radialpark.

Original Off-Broadway cast members Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Velociraptor of Science/Omniscient Narrator), Brandon Espinoza (Mime-a-saurus), Wade McCollum (Velociraptor of Faith), Claire Neumann (T-Rex 2), Shelley Thomas-Harts (T-Rex 1), and Alex Wyse (Velociraptor of Innocence) reprise their roles in a revised version of the musical, which ran at the SoHo Playhouse in 2012 after a successful premiere in the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival.


Guests at Radial Park can enjoy the interactive, theatrical show from the safety of their own vehicles or via reserved picnic tables spaced appropriately for social distancing for those who prefer biking, walking, or taking the ferry to Halletts Point Play.

Following the requirements of government and health officials, Radial Park will continue to implement strict health and safety protocols including temperature checks upon arrival via an infrared, touchless thermometer; color-coded wristbands for social distancing; and more.

16) Theater Resources Unlimited
anticipates a return to theater with
the TRU Virtual Audition Weekend 2021
Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 11am

COVID really stopped the show. TRU wants to help get it started again. Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces their Annual Audition Event will be held virtually this year on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, 2021 from 11am-6pm ET, with generous sponsorship from BackStage and technical supervision from producer Tamra Pica and Write Act Repertory. Non-singing auditions will take place on Saturday from 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-12pm. Singing auditions will take place on Sunday from 11am-6pm. Early Bird pricing is $60 ($45 for Equity members) through May 1st, which includes a Meet the Coaches event to help actors find help with their audition prep, as well as a Virtual Audition Technique workshop. For more information and to apply, visit https://truonline.org/events/audition-weekend-2021/.

The annual TRU Audition Weekend is a chance to be seen by over 50 theater companies, producers, writers, directors, agents and casting directors in one 2-minute audition! Some are producing currently on virtual platforms, others are preparing for the return of live theater performance. Download the application packet: AE21-Audition_Packet MASTER - read carefully, then fill out the application on-line here: https://forms.gle/QZ7Uk7Gym8AbQPBs6. TRU strongly encourages diversity - a range of 50 or more theater companies and indie producers are attending, with a range of casting needs. So yes, they want to see YOU.

The first 80 applicants were automatically accepted. Currently, TRU members and Equity members are automatically accepted, though non-members may join TRU with an audition/membership package. Others may also be accepted now based on a diversity of types, ages and ethnicities needed for the projects being cast. Otherwise, non-member applications will be passed in after the final submission date of May 12, subject to availability.

Submission Requirements:
• A digital version of your current headshot
• Professionally formatted resume 
• TRU Audition application
• An email with all the information required for our casting sheets (see application packet for details)
• Payment

To apply: register and pay using the payment options in the bright red box (above left on your computer, or scroll to bottom of page on your other devices); then scan and email your application and headshot/resume to TRUActors@gmail.com - we must have everything (payment, application, headshot, resume, casting sheet details) before your application is considered complete

Materials may also be mailed to: Theater Resources Unlimited/Audition, 115 W. 29th Street, Suite 1200, NY NY 10001

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.
17) Two River Theater 
Free Radio Plays Launch May 24


By David Greenspan

Directed by Morgan Green

Michael S. Michaels returns to a beach resort in order to piece together and better understand the fragments of his past. While he’s there, he encounters a series of eccentric characters with whom he discusses art, philosophy, and the peculiarities of memory. Obie-award-winning playwright and actor David Greenspan (The Bridge of San Luis Rey) returns to Two River with this brand-new radio play crafted with his unique blend of fancy, theatricality, and wit.

Reserve your FREE tickets and you will be emailed a link and password to access the performance on May 24. Content will be available through June 6/2021. Performance run time is 50 minutes. 

For more information or to reserve tickets go to tworivertheater.org/whats-on/radio-play-memory-motel/book/84402



Today Immersive Van Gogh, the highly anticipated exhibition that is bringing the artist’s masterpieces to life via 500,000+ cubic feet of projections at New York’s Pier 36, announced a collaboration with The Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, a leading New York-based non-profit arts organization with a solid reputation for introducing world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions to US audiences, on an Artist-In-Residence program. The program was designed for New York City artists to showcase their work in a unique space with the inspirational backdrop of the work of Vincent van Gogh.

The application and residency timeline:
 Application process opens: Thursday, May 13
 Application deadline: 11:59pm ET on Thursday, May 27
 Three Selected Residents notified: Monday, June 7
 Residency time periods: June 10 – July 8, July 9 – August 5, August 6 – September 3

Interested artists are invited to submit an application at https://lighthouseimmersive.com/artistinresidence/ which will request the following information:
• Contact Information (Full Name, Mailing Address, Phone Number, Email Address) and Resume (a one-page resume describing academic, artistic, professional, and other relevant experience)
• Bio and Artistic Statement (a 100-word artist biography and a 100-word summary of a proposed VIP project piece. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use)
• Statement of Intent (a one-page statement of intent explaining why you are interested in this program)
• Resource Request (outline of all facility needs—running water, power outlets, tables and chairs, etc.)
• Portfolio (five samples of artistic work)


A Virtual Festival of Dance
In Partnership with 
New York Live Arts
May 20, 2021

WOMEN / CREATE!, a virtual festival of dance, will be presented on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:30pm ET, livestreamed on FacebookTwitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. The full program and post-show talkback will be available to view through Sunday, May 23, 2021 on Vimeo. The event is FREE, with a suggested donation of $10. Advance registration is requested at https://pentacle.formstack.com/forms/women_create_festival. For more information, visit https://newyorklivearts.org/event/women-create-a-virtual-festival-of-dance/ or womencreatedance.org

For eight years, Jennifer Muller/The Works has curated the WOMEN / CREATE! festival, bringing together prominent female choreographers for an annual New York City season in a shared program format. This year’s Festival will span the gamut of dance techniques, from contemporary to club and street styles, and will feature four dance films and two live world premieres filmed at New York Live Arts.

Women choreographers have always been innovators of dance, and WOMEN/CREATE! celebrates their creativity with those roots to present an evening of strong works by six visionary female choreographers. Karole ArmitageSidra BellJacqulyn BuglisiTatiana Desardouin, Meagan King, and Jennifer Muller will join together for a distinguished night of programming that celebrates women creators and their compelling voices in the dance world. The performance will be followed by a talkback moderated by Danni Gee, highlighting the unique experiences of our 2021 choreographers and the different challenges they have faced as women, with perspectives from the 80s through today.

20) Works & Process at the Guggenheim
The Jazz Continuum
with LaTasha Barnes

The performing arts series Works & Process announces the addition of 6pm performances at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as a part of New York state’s “Safely Bringing Back the Arts” pilot program. Since March 19, under the guidance of the Department of Health, two concurrent series of performances produced by Works & Process are taking place in the Guggenheim’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda. These reduced-capacity events are among the first indoor performances the state has permitted since it closed venues due to the pandemic a year ago, reaching a milestone in the recovery of the city’s cultural sector.

The first day of spring, March 20, marked the beginning of 12 one-night-only Works & Process commissions developed in its bubble residencies. This series premiered with Rhapsody in Blue by Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao, artists long supported by Works & Process. Tickets for each evening go on sale 72 hours prior to each capacity-reduced performance; more information is available here. 
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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