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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/18/21 -Show Openings, Reopenings, and Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week, and More

Show Reopenings

The Book of Mormon reopens 11/5 at the Eugene O'Neil Theater 
For more information or to find out about purchasing tickets, visit bookofmormonbroadway.com/tickets

Blue Man Group reopens 9/3/21 at the Astor Place Theater
For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.blueman.com

Springsteen on Broadway reopens 6/26/21 at the St. James Theater limited run through 9/4/21
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit seatgeek.com/springsteen-on-broadway-tickets

Live and Virtual Events This Week and More

1) Alvin Aley Studio 5
2) Avett Brothers Release First Video From Their New Musical Swept Away
3) Broadway on Demand Current and Upcoming June Programming
4) Camp Morning Wood A Very Naked Musical Extends Run Through July 1
5) Center to Italian Modern Art Series Virtual Roundtables Regarding Framing Words and Drawings
6) Dance/NYC Aesthetics and Artistry Town Hall Series 6/23 - 6/30
7) Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Co Launches Educational Digital Platform Dance with Us 6/25 - 6/27
8) Franklin Square June Events
9) Food for Thought Presents Something Unspoken and The Hairdressser 6/28
10) George Street Playhouse Offers Free Theatre Fun Acting Workshops 6/26
11) Howard Schoor Exhibits It's A Schoor Opens at Hotel Tides From 6/22 - 7/25
12) Irish Repertory Summer Season Announced
13 LCT Spotlight Series Presents Lileana Blain-Cruz in Conversation 6/24
14) On Location Tours Offers Mrs. Maisel Tour in A 1957 Car Used in the Show
15) Play-Per-View to Stream Four Chords and a Gun Beginning 6/26
16) RealTime Intervention Presents The Birth of Paper 6/24 - 6/29
17) The Seeing Place Theater Presents The Queer Witch Conspiracy on Zoom 6/23 & 6/24
18) Seven Deadly Sins Adventurous Theatrical Experience Begins Performances 6/22 
19) South Street Seaport Museum Webinar Queer Chatney, Queer Sailors 6/25
20) Story Pirates Celebrate Pirate Month Virtual Party 6/25
21) Theater Resources Unlimited June Panel Via Zoom 6/23
22) Two River Theater Opening Act Summer Program for 9th through 12th Graders
23) Urban Stages Presents Stories From Our Stage Stars 6/24 with Talkback from Michael Riedel

1) Alvin Alley on Studio 5

The inspirational artists of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater explore three works from the company’s rich repertory—RevelationsTakademe, and Members Don’t Get Weary—in the final episode of the five-part digital series Studio 5 | Dancing Across Continents.

Featuring Artistic Director Robert BattleJacqueline GreenYannick LebrunRenaldo Maurice, Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts, and Associate Artistic Director Matthew Rushing, this final episode premieres at noon today on City Center’s YouTube page and website and is available on demand through June 24.
















A first-ever video of the title song from the new musical Swept Away, featuring Grammy Award® nominated folk rock band The Avett Brothers ("America's biggest roots band," Rolling Stone), in their theater debut, has just been released. The video was filmed exclusively for Berkeley Rep’s Ovation Gala earlier this month. As previously announced, the musical will have its world premiere at Berkeley Rep as part of their 2021-22 season, with performances beginning January 9. Swept Away is written by Tony Award®-winning stage and screen writer John Logan, will be helmed by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer, and will feature choreography by Tony Award nominee David Neumann.

Swept Away is set in 1888, off the coast of New Bedford, MA. When a violent storm sinks their whaling ship, the four surviving souls — a young man in search of adventure, his older brother who has sworn to protect him, a captain at the end of a long career at sea, and a worldly first mate who has fallen from grace — each face a reckoning: How far will I go to stay alive? And can I live with the consequences? 





















Broadway On Demand, the industry-leading theater streaming platform, is proud to share its current and upcoming June programming lineup including titles and events that celebrate PRIDE, the U.S. Premiere of In Pieces, a new musical by Joey Contreras, the Signature Theatre production of After Midnight starring Christopher Jackson, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Billy Rose Theatre Division’s 90th Anniversary Gala I’m Still Here and the world streaming premiere of the American Conservatory Theater production of Tales of The City, The Musical.


Tickets for Tales of The City, The Musical are $19 for the "Mary Ann" ticket that provides 48-hour access. The $29 “Household” tickets are for those watching with their close knit chosen family. In addition to 48-hour access, the purchaser will receive a digital download of the original show poster. The $49 “Pride Party” tickets are for those watching with large groups, organizations and establishments as part of their Pride celebrations. In addition to 48-hour access, the purchaser will receive a digital download of the original show poster autographed by the members of the cast and creative team.


Additional PRIDE titles currently streaming include the one-woman musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter, about the Southern beauty and driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter, In Pieces, a new musical by Joey Contreras that reflects on the romantic journeys of eight individuals as they share, ponder and look back on the chosen paths and partners along the way, Off-Broadway’s The Crusade of Connor Stephens, about a family who struggles to cope with a tragic act of violence and issues that often define today’s American family and F*ck 7th Grade, the world premiere concert film, award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Sobule – whose 1990’s hits include “Supermodel” and the original “I Kissed a Girl” – takes audiences through a Rock’n’roll celebration of coming of age and coming out.

June streaming titles and events currently available are the new dance class series Broadway TangoWisco Queens, a musical comedy web series that follows Lucy and Walter, two inseparable siblings, as they move from the Big Cheese to the Big Apple, the return of #Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence, the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Quincy Tyler Bernstine’s Marys Seacole and the Signature Theatre production of After Midnight starring Christopher Jackson.


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Billy Rose Theatre Division’s 90th Anniversary Gala I’m Still Here honoring Harold Prince and George C. Wolfe will stream live on June 23.

These titles and more are now available. Tickets for all programming can be purchased at BroadwayOnDemand.com.



Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical today announced that its limited engagement Off-Broadway run will extend through all of Pride month until July 1 at Asylum Theatre, 307 West 26th Street. Conceived and directed by Marc Eardley, the critically acclaimed musical comedy features a book and lyrics by Jay Falzone, music by Trent Jeffords, Derrick Byars, Matt Gumleyand Jeff Thomson with arrangements and orchestrations by Gumley and Jeffords. It also features a tremendous amount of nudity. https://campmorningwoodthemusical.com

A wild mix between The Wizard of Oz and Rocky Horror, CAMP MORNING WOOD: A VERY NAKED MUSICAL tells the story of Randy, who – at a crossroads in his life after a hellish 30th birthday, finds himself at the front gate of a humble nudist camp. The camp itself is also at a crossroads – besieged by a tyrannical, right-wing Christian Senator who threatens its closure. Randy is thrust into a weekend adventure of titillating tunes, quirky campers, and deep soul-searching. Together, Randy and the campers seek out a solution to save the camp... and accept each other. https://campmorningwoodthemusical.com

Performances of CAMP MORNING WOOD: A VERY NAKED MUSICAL are on June 4 @ 9:30; June 5 @ 11:00 p.m.; June 11 & 18 @ 9:30 p.m.; June 12 & 19 @ 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.; June 13 & 20 @ 2:00 p.m. The newly announced performances are as follows: June 23rd @ 7:30pm; June 26th @ 4pm & 11pm; June 27th @ 6pm; June 29th @ 7:30pm and July 1st @ 9:30pm.

5) Center for Italian Modern Art Sparks Dialogue Around Italian Painter Mario Schifano and Poet Frank O’Hara’s Collaborative Works 
Words & Drawings

Announces New Series Of Virtual Roundtables Framing Words & Drawings

The Center for Italian Art (CIMA) announces its new series of public programming “Framing Words & Drawings.” The virtual roundtable, conceived as a series of four talks, gathers scholars and poets around “Words & Drawings,” a suite of 17 works on paper completed in 1964 by American poet Frank O’Hara and Italian painter Mario Schifano. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 12:00 PM ET
Collaborations Yesterday and Today: An Introduction to” Words & Drawings”

Thursday, June 24th @ 12 PM ET
Why I am Not a Painter: Frank O’Hara and the Conundrum of Word and Image 

Wednesday, June 30 @ 6 PM ET
Poets John Yau and Tony Towel In Conversation

Thursday, July 1st @ 12 PM ET
Frank O’Hara, Joe Brainard, and 1960s New York School Collaborations
6) Dance/NYC
Aesthetics and Artistry 
Digital Town Hall Series
 June 23 and June 30, 2021

 Dance/NYC announces the Aesthetics and Artistry digital town hall series, a two-part series continuing the work of its justice, equity, and inclusion initiatives, that focuses on investigating practices of artistry within the New York City dance community. Part one will focus on Disability Aesthetics on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 and part two will focus on Immigrant Artistry, Resources, and Community, in partnership with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Disability Aesthetics on June 23: This town hall will be a conversation with Jerron HermanKayla HamiltonLaurel Lawson, and Yo-Yo Lin. As disabled artists and dance companies continue to develop and codify their artistic methods, Disability Aesthetics will consider the evolving aesthetic frameworks within disability artistry and how disabled artists are challenging existing notions of technique, training, and cultural practice. This conversation will explore each artist's approach with the intention of building informed, supportive networks around disability and art.

The town halls will take place from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., online, and registration is required. The town halls are free and open to the public. ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided. Register at http://bit.ly/AestheticsAndArtistry. To learn more about the town halls, participants, and program visit www.dance.nyc/programs/dancenyc-events. 

7) Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
Announces Additional Programming Details for
Launch of Educational Digital Platform Dance With Us
With Premieres of a Series of 
New Dance Films
June 25 - 27, 2021 at 7pm ET

New York-based nonprofit performing and teaching organization Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company presents Dance With Us, an educational digital platform centered around the premiere of a series of new dance films. The resource launches from June 25-27, 2021 at 7pm ET with the premieres of the films and the reveal of the platform, a website whose URL will go live at this moment. The same program will feature Daniel Gwirtzman as emcee, and will be repeated on the three successive evenings, with a special guest host each night: Dante Puleio (6/25); Tiffany Rea-Fisher (6/26); Seán Curran (6/27); and Michael Novak, Artistic Director, Paul Taylor Dance Company, who will appear each night virtually.

Following a rapid-fire pre-show of photographs – a chronological slideshow documenting the Company's twenty-three-year history – Dance With Us ignites with a festive, pride-focused ribbon-cutting ritual initiated by each evening's guest artist. The swift-moving program will take audiences on a guided tour of the new platform, the heart of which is the release of footage from the Company's acclaimed productions of Encore. A show about putting on a show, this viewing of Encore is a dynamic, accessible way to usher patrons behind-the scenes and into the center of the creative and performing processes. The platform uses dance films to illuminate and illustrate dance concepts and compositional devices.

The event will include films narrated by performers include alumnae Michael Novak, Jamie Scott, Stacy Martorana (Wiley), Frances Samson, Christian von Howard, Cary McWilliam, and Oren Barnoy. A highlight of the launch event will be the premiere broadcast of Michael Novak’s commentary on his performance in a duet from the Company's premiere of Tribe (2009) at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (footage that has never been viewed publicly). Guests Jovani Furlan, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Sean Curran, and Dante Puleio will also provide film narration. Another highlight of the launch will be exclusive commentary by New York City Ballet soloist Jovani Furlan, contextualizing The Brazil Series, which the Company produced in Bahia (2013). Films will be narrated by current company dancers including Derek Crescenti, Vanessa Martínez de Baños, Dwayne Brown, Sarah Hillmon, Jacob Butter, and Mariah Anton, among others.

Other highlights of the evenings include the premieres of Parade, Willow, Dollhouse, and a newly edited version of last year's acclaimed The Fantasyland Project, all of which were produced during the pandemic; and the opening of the Dance With Us Photo Gallery. The inaugural exhibit displays a collection of never-released photographs taken of the Company by Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival photographer Christopher Duggan. The events are free with advance registration requested here. Donations are accepted via the Company’s PayPal Giving Fund, where 100% of contributions go to the nonprofit. Mixing discussions, dancing, and conversations, the interactive premiere promises to be highly accessible, entertaining, and educational. Watch the trailer!

8) June 2021 in Franklin Square

15th Summer Fun in the Square

6th & Race Streets, Philadelphia’s Historic District

www.historicphiladelphia.org or 215-629-4026


Franklin Square Fountain Show

Through October 31, with daily performances every 30 minutes from 12 pm until closing.

In 2006, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. restored the central fountain for the first time in thirty years. In 2019, the 181-year-old historic fountain was further renovated to dazzle while being enhanced with a choreographed water spectacular with lights. Fountain jets dance magically with dramatic lighting and music as LED lights glisten for visitors. All of the additions serve to enhance and modernize the fountain’s beauty while entertaining visitors, ensuring its longevity for generations to come. Guests visiting the park day or night can enjoy choreographed “performances,” that showcase the historic infrastructure of the fountain. Each performance is a selection of one of six songs. FREE.

·       “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti, Theme from Rocky

·       “Beautiful Day” by U2

·       “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

·       “Motownphilly” by Boyz II Men

·       “Firework” by Katy Perry

·       “Under the Sea” by Howard Ashman from The Little Mermaid

Griot Tale Saturdays

Saturdays, June 19, June 26, July 24, August 28

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is partnering with Franklin Square to bring Griot Tale Saturdays to the Square all summer long. A griot is an African oral historian that passes on their culture through the practice of storytelling. Perfect for families and FREE.

·       Griot Tale Saturday: Juneteenth Edition

June 19: 12 - 3 pm

Listen and learn through reenactor portrayals of U.S. Colored Troops, many of the soldiers who delivered word of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation across Texas in 1865. Explore the connections between freedom and liberty, to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth.

In-person event, FREE.

·       Griot Tale Saturday: Storytelling by Keepers of the Culture: Freedom – Liberty

June 26: 1 - 2 pm

Join Keepers of the Culture (KOTC) for this Griot Tale Saturday exploring the connections between freedom and liberty, to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth and Independence Day. Keepers of the Culture, Inc. of Philadelphia is an educational, cultural art organization that seeks to perpetuate the African and African American oral tradition. In-person event, FREE.

·       Griot Tale Saturday: Music & Stories with Text Rich Ali

July 24: 1 - 2 pm

·       Griot Tale Saturday: Storytelling by Keepers of the Culture

August 28: 1 - 2 pm

Chinatown Scavenger Hunt - Summer Edition

Through July 3, 2021

Take in all that Chinatown has to offer in this free activity that is open to all ages. This open-air event guides hunters through the history and vibrancy of Chinatown as not only a foodie destination, but also as one of culture and community. Register to participate in the scavenger hunt by visiting the Franklin Square Ticket Window during regular operating hours. FREE.

Yoga in the Square

Wednesdays 5:30 pm, Sundays 11 am

Bring a yoga mat and join the instructor for a guided journey to wellness. Register in advance at historicphiladelphia.org. Look for the yoga flag upon arrival. In person and FREE.

Storytime presented by the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Thursdays, 11 am - 12 pm

English: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 22, and July 29

Mandarin and English: June 10, June 24, July 8, and July 22

Join Franklin Square in the Pavilion for a delightful program of stories read to children of all ages – in English AND Mandarin. In person and FREE

Story Walk presented by the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Follow the map around Franklin Square to read pages of our featured bilingual children’s book of the month in English and Mandarin. Presented in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia. Daily, in person and FREE.

Little Free Library

Take a Book, Return A Book! Franklin Square’s official Little Free Library is part of the nation’s largest book sharing movement. We encourage any person of any age to come take a book to read and replace it with a book that you have already read. Daily, in person, and FREE.


Year-Round Attractions in Franklin Square

·       Philly Mini Golf presented by IBEW Local 98: Putt around the city on this Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course. $10 adults/$8 children (3-12), FREE for children under 2.

·       Parx Liberty Carousel: A zebra, a lion, an eagle, horses and more! Hop on this spectacular all-American style carousel with hometown racehorse heroes Afleet Alex and Smarty Jones. $3 per person (adult or child), FREE for children under 2

·       Playgrounds: Slides, swings, and spinners…bring the kids and enjoy two playgrounds! Open year-round and free.

·       SquareBurgerDaily, 12 - 8 pm – SquareBurger, operated by Cooperage, has a delicious menu which includes burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, cheesesteak, chicken tenders, panini Caprese, jumbo pretzels, waffle fries, nachos, as well as ice cream and milkshakes. The legendary Original Cake Shake made with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets®, will continue to be a highlight. 



Star In







June 28, 2021 at 2:00pm

Live At Theatre 80 St. Marks

And Zoomed “Live” Out To The World

With Repeat Zoom Performances Available On The Weekend of July 10 & 11


Followed by a Q&A with the cast along with Special Guests

Zoomed in including Louise Lasser and Valerie Smaldone

FOOD FOR THOUGHT PRODUCTIONS, now in its 21st year, continues celebrating the oft-neglected one-act play and theatre at its best with Award-winning actors, writers and directors, with two plays that revolve around…secrets.

Tennessee Williams’ Something Unspoken is a brilliantly humorous vignette of the social maneuvers of a wealthy Southern Spinster.

Set in a hair salon, Susan Charlotte’s The Hairdresser tackles such significant issues as mortality, aging, and loss, with much deeper secrets revealed as the emotionally charged interchange progresses.

The June 28th, 2:00pm 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 those who can’t make the zoom on Monday, the program will be repeated on Saturday and Sunday July 10 & 11. For additional information and tickets please contact FFTP at: 646-366-9340 or email:  info@foodforthoughtproductions.com

For additional information and tickets please contact FFTP at:646-366-9340 or email:  info@foodforthoughtproductions.com

10) FREE “Theatre Fun”Acting Workshops for Ages 5 - 19

With Broadway Actress


Saturday, June 26 

George Street Playhouse welcomes students ages 5 thru 18 to participate in a  FREE one-day only acting workshop for budding artists on Saturday, June 26 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. 

Laiona Michelle, Artistic Associate at George Street Playhouse, award-winning actress and playwright will lead workshops with the students.  

This is a great opportunity for young people to explore theater games and acting exercises with a professional theater artist. No prior acting or theatre experience is necessary. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet members of GSP’s Teaching Artist Staff and learn about George Street Playhouse’s Virtual Theatre Academy Programs which are available for students ages 5 - 18 in July. 

The FREE theatre acting workshops will be held on Zoom.  Registration is required to attend the free acting workshops.   To register, visit: Free Workshops

The event includes 3 sessions:  

Group 1: Ages 5-8

9:00 am - 10:00 am 

Group 2: ages 9 - 12

10:15 am  - 11:15 am 

Group 3: ages 13-18

11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

All classes, taught by professional theater artists, are ideal for students with or without theater experience.

To register for George Street Playhouse’s Virtual Summer Academy, visit    https://georgestreetplayhouse.org/classes-workshops/summer-theatre-academy/ 


11) Howard Schoor Exhibit
It's A Schoor
To Open at Hotel Tides

"It’s a Schoor" is Howard Schoor’s latest art exhibition that was created to bring all pure happiness. Twelve pieces of artwork in a variety of colors and sizes of painted triangles has created a pleasurable experience to stop in at Hotel Tides and enjoy the moment and just be among the art. The exhibition was first conceptualized by Schoor prior to the pandemic but now holds an even deeper meaning, sharing his ‘happy art’ in the town he calls home for part of the year. 

Known for his geometric contemporary style, Schoor is an award-winning artist, quickly gaining recognition for his distinct, colorful artworks. “I’ve been wedded to these triangles for so long they became a part of me.” An engineer by training and profession, Schoor built and led one of the largest regional engineering firms. He has worked with the triangle daily which remains the focus of his art conscious. 

There will be a reception on Friday, June 25 from 6 pm - 8 pm or you can view the exhibition daily from 5 pm - 10 pm at Hotel Tides located at 408 Seventh Avenue Asbury Park, NJ. 

All are encouraged to visit the exhibit and take their own photographs using the hashtag #HowardSchoorArt #AsburyPark.  
12) Irish Repertory Summer Season

Irish Repertory's Online Summer Season will kick off with our 2021 Gala: The Indomitable Irishry next Monday, and then be sure to join us for the North American premiere of Anne O'Riordan and Jamie Beamish's Ghosting from June 22; check out a brand new digital production of Marina Carr's The Cordelia Dream coming this July, and don't miss the reimagined George M. Cohan Tonight! coming to a screen near you this August

Reservations are free but required to access all our digital events. A donation of $25 is suggested for those who can afford to give.

For more see below.

Ghosting - June 22- July 4, 2021
A performance on Screen

A Theatre Royal, Waterford and Throwin Shapes Production

By Jamie Beamish & Anne O’Riordan

Directed for streaming by Jamie Beamish 

GHOSTINGnoun; The practice of ending a personal relationship with somebody by suddenly, and without explanations, withdrawing from all communication.

Sí never sleeps well. Sí never remembers her dreams. But she wakes up in the middle of the night to find Mark, who ghosted her six years ago, standing at the end of her bed in London. What the f*ck? Now she must face her demons and go back to the last place on Earth she wants to be.Waterford. Home.

Reservations are free but required to access this digital event. A donation of $25 is suggested for those can afford to give.

For more information or to reserve now go to irishrep.org/shows/ghosting

CordeliaJuly 27 - August 8, 2021*

A Performance on Screen

By Marina Carr
Directed by Joe O'Byrne

Starring Danielle Ryan and Stephen Brennan

Filmed at The New Theatre, Dublin

In a response to one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, the North American premiere of Marina Carr’s play comes to life on screen with the mysterious and tense confrontation of woman and man. When Woman, haunted by her dream of Cordelia and King Lear, confronts Man, their disturbed relationship is exposed. As his protege, she has come seeking enlightenment, but he orders silence in exchange for artistry and concession.

Fast forward five years, and she returns again for one final visit. Will the two be able to see eye to eye? Or will the meeting lead to mutually assured destruction? The Cordelia Dream continues to cement Marina Carr’s status as one of Ireland’s most acclaimed living playwrights with her deep insight into the complex nature of families and how we handle the darkness within.

For more information go to irishrep.org/show/irish-rep-online-2021/the-cordelia-dream

George M. Cohan Tonight - August 17 - August 28, 2021*

An Abridged Performance on Screen

A BumptyBump Production

Written by Chip Deffaa

Starring Jon Peterson

Adapted for the screen by Jon Peterson

Originally directed for the stage by Chip Deffaa

Take a trip through musical theatre history in this upbeat one-man journey through the life, music, and artistry of George M. Cohan. This Performance on Screen is a dazzling showcase that reveals the essence of the man, his music, and the era of show business he helped shape. Taking a look at the ride of Cohan’s life, we learn he definitely meant it when he said “Give My Regards To Broadway.” Featuring hit songs such as “Over There,” “Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” and “All Aboard For Broadway,” this high-energy show is insightful and entertaining—a delightful salute to the American musical comedy.

*Reservations for George M. Cohan Tonight! will open on August 3, 2021.

For more information visit, irishrep.org/show/irish-rep-online-2021/george-m-cohan-tonight

13) LCT Spotlight Theater 


LCT SPOTLIGHT SERIES continues Thursday, June 24 at 7pm with the third episode of "Lileana Blain-Cruz In Conversation: On Directing".

Ms. Blain-Cruz, a Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater, will be joined by fellow directors: Raja Feather Kelly (We're Gonna Die), Seret Scott (LCT's audio play Forbidden City) and Tyler Thomas (Assistant Director of LCT3's In the Green), who will discuss their work and their hopes for the future of the theater in a post-pandemic world.

For more information or to register, visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1816237697111
14)  On Location Tours Offers Mrs. Maisel Tour in A 1957 Car Used in the Show

This private tour takes place in a 1957 Studebaker used in all four seasons of the show. The vehicle holds up to three passengers. You'll be accompanied by a marvelous tour guide, who will whisk you away to locations used in the Amazon Prime series. Covid-19 health and safety measures are currently in place for this tour.






On Saturday, June 26th at 7:30pm EST (on demand through June 30), Play-PerView will stream a LIVE performance of Four Chords and A Gun by John Ross Bowie (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Speechless”). Directed by Jessica Hanna, the cast will feature Michael Cassady (“The O.C.,” Army of The Dead), Emmy Award nominee Ben Feldman (“Superstore,” Disney's “Monsters at Work”), Emmy Award nominee Brendan Hunt (“Ted Lasso,” “Key & Peele”), Tony Award winner Lena Hall (Hedwig and The Angry Inch, “Snowpiercer”), Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk (HBO’s “Angels in America,” “Kidding”) and Bobby Conte Thornton (Company, A Bronx Tale).

40 years ago, Phil Spector made The Ramones a legend and destroyed the band. In Four Chords and a Gun, an intense black comedy based on exhaustive research, the notorious punk band records 1979’s End of the Century in an infamous session that sparks both personal tensions among the group’s members and violent struggles with the volatile Spector. By turns sexy, gritty, dangerous, and hilarious, Four Chords and a Gun reveals the real-life drama behind the making of the world’s greatest punk albums.

Virtual tickets starting at just $5.00 are available at www.Play-PerView.com. For additional information on these and future events, visit www.Play-PerView.com or follow @Play_PerView on Twitter and @PlayPer_View on Instagram for updates, trivia, contests, and more!

16) RealTime Interventions premieres
a response to Beirut's humanitarian crisis and a love letter to the postal service.
June 24 - 29, 2021

RealTime Interventions presents Milia Ayache in THE BIRTH OF PAPER, a new play by Molly Rice & directed by Rusty Thelin, June 24 - June 29, 2021. 

In August 2020, a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon led to massive changes in the lives of its inhabitants: government implosion, economic freefall, and city-wide revolution. In June 2021, RealTime premieres THE BIRTH OF PAPER, with Milia Ayache of RealTime's 2017 Angelmakers: Songs for Female Serial Killers returning as the lead performer-- this time from her native Lebanon. A response to Beirut's humanitarian crisis and a love letter to the postal service --and to paper-- as an ancient, global technology of connection, the show connects its audience across oceans in real time.

Created as a theatrical bridge between Pittsburgh (“the Paris of Appalachia”) and Beirut (“the Paris of the Middle East”), THE BIRTH OF PAPER begins with a transcontinental letter exchange among strangers and ends with a series of live, virtual shows in which goods and goodwill are exchanged among potential friends. In the live, Zoom-based performances,  Beirutis will receive gifts designed by Pittsburgh makers from Handmade Arcade and independent artists that will foster connection. Audiences will learn about hidden ties between Pittsburgh and Beirut. And all will leave with a tangible way to connect to each other in the future. Tickets go on sale June 1 at posttheatrical.org/the-birth-of-paper. All patrons who buy tickets by Friday, June 11 will receive a special, handmade item in the mail, to be opened as part of the show.  

In late April, the first phase of THE BIRTH OF PAPER was activated when 14 Beirutis and 14 Pittsburghers were matched as “pen pals”.  Of the letter writing experience, one participant noted, “I have missed writing letters in these days of emails and texts and tweets. And to write to someone I do not know--to try to give that person an idea of who I am and to try to discover who he is--is an adventure.” Another noted, "I was surprised by the welling of emotion as I read and wrote a letter to a person I don't know at all. From the paper they chose to write on to the neat cursive they wrote with, each tiny decision they made felt like an invitation to get to know them little by little. I am so grateful I had the chance to share pieces of me in response." This transatlantic letter exchange will play a special role in the June performances. 

The second phase is the preparation of the care packages to be sent to Beirutis, which has become a cross-community effort. Along with Handmade Arcade (Pittsburgh's largest independent maker community) and independent makers who’ve created special items for the mailings, volunteers from Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum are packing 150 care packages to be opened live by Beirutis; Scribe Fine Papers has donated items; and Rusted Radishes: the Literary and Art Journal of Beirut is working from Lebanon with RealTime to make this complex idea come to life. 

THE BIRTH OF PAPER is part of Post Theatrical, an international festival of plays-by-mail conceived and coordinated by RealTime. Spanning Feb-June of 2021, Post Theatrical has featured 12 mail-based plays from across the country; of these, 4 have sold out and 2 more have received second runs due to popularity. The Birth of Paper will close out the festival. For more on Post Theatrical, please visit posttheatrical.org.

Milia Ayache in THE BIRTH OF PAPER plays virtually on June 24th through June 29th.  Tickets and information are available at www.posttheatrical.org.


Proudly Presents the World Premiere 

Inspired by Real Events



We're not who you think we are...







JUNE 23 & 24 AT 8 P.M. 



THE SEEING PLACE THEATER is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Brandon Walker’s THE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY, directed by Erin CronicanTHE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY will play a two performances only on zoom, June 23 & 24 at 8 p.m. and continue on demand through June 27, 2021.  Tickets are $10-$50 and are now available online at www.TheSeeingPlace.com

A new play by Brandon Walker inspired by real events. A safe online space for LGBTQIA+ witches is desecrated by a controversy over cultural appropriation and burial rites, which came to be known as “Boneghazi”. THE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY is a mystical crime drama about how unidentified remains sparked a revolution regarding race, gender, and spirituality

The play is inspired by real events, when in 2015/16 the online group "The Queer Witch Collective" became the subject of controversy when one of its members offered human bones for sale that had been illegally collected. The group was disbanded after the story received international attention, with its members forming other groups after the dust settled.

The online production will include the concept of video journaling to get into the minds of the main characters.

THE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY plays the following schedule:


LIVE Zoom Performances:

June 23 & 24 at 8 p.m.

Streaming via YouTube on demand through June 27, 2021.


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


Length: 90 minutes no intermission


Website: www.seeingplacetheater.com
















Tectonic Theater Project's  Seven Deadly Sinsthe sexy and adventurous outdoor theatrical experience, is  coming to New York City’s Meatpacking District.


Welcome all sinners and saints! Seven Deadly Sins takes audiences on a tantalizing tour of their inner demons. No subject is taboo as audiences rotate through seven uniquely designed storefronts, exploring the depths of desire, jealousy, rage, and more in a thrilling evening that merges live theater with performance art, dazzling design, and CDC-mandated regulations. Helmed by Moisés Kaufman and Tony Award® winning scenic designer David RockwellSeven Deadly Sins is a carnival for the senses, welcoming New Yorkers back to live entertainment.

Seven Deadly Sins will begin performances on Tuesday, June 22 ahead of a Tuesday, June 29 official opening night. Tickets are available via www.sevendeadlysinsnyc.com or via TodayTix at www.todaytix.com  or through the iOS and Android app.

19) South Street Seaport Museum presents
Webinar Series Sea Songs and Sea Lives
Queer Chanteys, Queer Sailors
Friday, June 25, 2021 at 6pm ET

South Street Seaport Museum expands its virtual sea chantey programming with the fourth installment of the Sea Songs and Sea Lives webinar series Queer Chanteys, Queer Sailors, featuring a conversation between Lafayette Matthews, Jules Peiperl, Alex Sturbaum, Miriam Rocek, and other guests, moderated by Laura Norwitz, on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 6pm ET. Register for the free event at seaportmuseum.org/queerchanteys.

This month, join chantey singers Lafayette Matthews (he/him) and Jules Peiperl (they/them), as well as sailor Miriam Rocek (she/they), a former deckhand and educator on Seaport Museum’s Schooner Pioneer, to explore the history of queerness in traditional sailing as reflected in traditional songs.

Queer relationships during the Age of Sail weren't discussed back home, but that doesn't mean they didn't exist. As much as chanteymen sang about the girls they left behind, they also sang about each other. How are those queer resonances reflected in maritime history? And how do modern queer sailors and modern queer singers find themselves in the tradition? The webinar will cover chanteys where queerness is hidden in plain sight as well as songs of the modern Tall Ship world. Speakers will also discuss how the world of traditional music has become a gathering place for members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Special guests include singer/songwriter Alex Sturbaum (they/them). The conversation will be illustrated with images from the Seaport Museum's collection, and will include many songs, with lyrics provided so guests can sing along from home. A brief Q&A will conclude the program.

Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music – the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok – continues virtually on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 2pm ET. From our living rooms and kitchens, join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing. 

The next virtual Chantey Sings will take place on:

After years of meeting in person on the historic tall ship Wavertree, the event moved online in April 2020. Now in its second year of virtual incarnation, South Street Seaport Museum’s Virtual Chantey Sing has evolved into the preeminent virtual chantey sing in the world, featuring professionals and amateurs, old salts and new initiates, from across the street, across the country, and across the pond. South Street Seaport Museum actively recruits and supports new and diverse singers for each sing.

20) Story Pirates #PrideMonth Virtual Party on June 25th

On Friday June 25th, The Story Pirates will present the second annual Pride edition of Story Creation Zone. This virtual and interactive performance celebrates ALL of the Story Pirates communities, and it features a cast of incredible LGBTQIA+ Story Pirates, moderated by NYC company member Andrew Barbato.

In all of the media they create, Story Pirates aim to celebrate the words and ideas of young people and to show them that their stories matter. During the Pride edition of Story Creation Zone, kids will be invited to suggest story ideas. A cast of incredible LGBTQIA+ Story Pirates will perform these ideas right on the spot.

Fans may RSVP to attend the event for free at storypirates.com/news!
Families can also re-watch last year’s Pride celebration 
21) Theater Resources Unlimited
June panel via Zoom
Dust off Your Dreams: The Long-Awaited Return of Our Favorite Festivals
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 5:30pm

As part of their monthly series of informational panels, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents Dust off Your Dreams: The Long-Awaited Return of Our Favorite Festivals on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 via Zoom. The panel speakers will include Cate Cammarata, literary manager TRU Voices Reading Series; Gene Fisch, Jr., festival director New York New Works Theatre Festival; Dennis Corsi, artistic director of Fresh Fruit Festival; Glory Kadigan, founding artistic director of Planet Connections Festivity/Zoomfest; a rep from the Dream Up Festival at Theatre for the New City; and Van Dirk Fisher, artistic director of Strawberry One-Act Festival and Strawberry Theatre Festival. Reserve a spot on the TRU event page at truonline.org/events/dust-off-your-dreams, or by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com to be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

The shutdown certainly changed the way we do things, and put a damper on one of our basic stepping stones for the development of new work: the festival. How did our favorite festivals weather the pandemic? Did they use this imposed time off for planning ahead or for reinventing themselves virtually? Do they have plans for coming back? And what did they learn in the last year that they might incorporate going forward? We'll also check in on who's open for submissions, and whether their mission and guidelines have been affected by the ongoing shocks of political and social upheaval in our country.  

Doors open at 5:00pm for networking and roundtable introductions of everyone in the room – come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Panel will start at 5:30pm. Free for TRU members, $15 for non-members. Please use the bright red reservation box on the web page, or email or phone at least a day in advance (preferably sooner): e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com or phone 833-506-5550.

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






Two River Theater announces their unique and exciting summer education program for high schoolers called Opening Act. This summer program is designed for rising 9th- 12th graders during the weeks of July 19-23, July 26-30 and August 2-6.

Each week students will team up with composer Elliot Roth (Music Director, Two River Theater Summer Intensives) and choreographer Dionna PridGeon (Founder and Creative Director, moveDIPR, Guest Choreographer for TRT Summer Intensives ‘19) to learn a fun and challenging song and dance number, which they’ll perform that Friday as the Opening Act for Two River's Plaza Players outdoor performance. Sessions are from 5 pm to 7 pm Monday through Friday, with performances at 7:00 pm each Friday before the Plaza Players show. 

Full and partial need-based scholarships are available. Spots are extremely limited.

For rising 9th-12th graders

Monday-Friday, 5pm-7pm

$175/week (full and partial need-based scholarships available!)

Take 1, 2, or all 3 weeks!

Health and Safety FAQ, Scholarship Info, and Registration: www.tworivertheater.org/whats-on/opening-act-summer-program


23) A Special Virtual Presentation

June 24 – June 28, 2021

Opening Night Tickets Available
for Early Access and an Exclusive Talkback


Urban Stages Artistic Producing Director, Frances Hill, announces Stories from Our Stage, a virtual event celebrating the many different stories and voices that their award-winning Off-Broadway stage amplify. From June 24 to June 28, 2021, this special presentation at urbanstages.org will feature excerpts from select plays and musicals that premiered at Urban Stages, found critical acclaim and, most importantly, centered diverse artists to tell stories not often told. 

Stories from Our Stage will be a virtual fundraising event. As Urban Stages looks to welcome theatergoers back to its Manhattan location later this year, it is hosting a series of fundraising events to assist in opening its doors. Therefore, while this is a free virtual event, donations are strongly encouraged. 

Access for FREE will be available from June 25 thru June 28. Those who purchase Opening Night tickets ($150+) will receive early access starting June 24 at 7:30 pm and exclusive access to talkback with Michael Riedel, famed American theatre critic, broadcaster, columnist, and author. Opening Night tickets are completely tax-deductible and available at urbanstages.org

Stories from Our Stage will feature scenes performed by original cast members of the following plays that premiered at Urban Stages: 


By Sean Christopher Lewis. Directed by Frances Hill & Peter Napolitano.
Featuring Dan Hodge. Music composed and performed by Abou Lion Diarra

2019 NY Premiere. Set against powerful original percussion, Dogs of Rwanda asks if redemption and forgiveness are always possible when a church missionary finds himself back in the woods where he tried to save a boy during the Rwandan genocide


By Zhu Yi. Directed by John Giampietro. Excerpt features Alan Ariano & Pun Bandhu 

2017 World Premiere. A Deal is a dark comedy about a Chinese family’s home buying journey in NYC, and reveals ideological conflicts between the East and the West in contemporary society by tracking a little stream of global cash flow.


Book by Langston Hughes, Walter Marks, and Kent Gash. Lyrics by Langston Hughes; music by Walter Marks; directed by Kent Gash. Excerpt features Josh Tower & C. Kelly Wright with musical director John DiPinto.

2010 World Premiere. Langston in Harlem follows the famed poet’s emergence during the Harlem Renaissance against a backdrop of jazz, gospel, and rhythm and blues. 


By Greg Kalleres. Directed by Luke Harlan. Excerpt features Dave Droxler & Arie Bianca Thompson.

2013 World Premiere. Honky is a darkly comedic look at five people, white and black, as they navigate the muddy waters of race, advertising and basketball shoes. 


Written by and starring Tony Award Winner Trezana Beverley. Directed by Frances Hill & Peter Napolitano.

2016 World Premiere. Mabel Madness is the dramatic life story of Mabel Mercer, the rarely heralded black British singer that influenced the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Billie Holiday.


By Idris Goodwin, Directed by Kristan Seemel. Excerpt features Roderick Lawrence.

2019 NY premiere. Inspired by a true story, Bars & Measures is a tale of two brothers trying to reconcile their differences through the language they know best, music, as one brother awaits trial in jail for his possible involvement in a terror cell.  

CHARMED LIFE: From Soul Singing to Opera Star. 

Written by and starring Lori Brown Mirabal. Directed by Vincent Scott.

Set to re-open this summer after closing during previews of its world premiere due to the pandemic. Charmed Life is a feat of comedy, storytelling and opera with an award-winning soprano, Lori Brown Mirabal. 

A special online presentation and fundraiser. 
June 24 – 28, 2021

June 24 | 7:30pm
Special Benefit Opening Night 
Early access to presentation 
& exclusive access to a special talkback with Michael Riedel
Tickets $150+ (tax-deductible

June 25 – 28, 2021
Admission-Free Access at urbanstages.org
Donations strongly encouraged.

All proceeds will support Urban Stages’ programs including MainStage which discovers and produces new works by diverse artists and Outreach which ensures art and theater are available to all. 
And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for More Theater Monday.

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