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Play-PerView to Live-Stream Reading of ‘Doll’s House 2’

Debuting tonight, the new platform will offer theatrical events and series, with proceeds to help companies and artists in need.

NEW YORK CITY: A new theatre streaming service has been launched to support artists and uplift audiences during the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent closing of theatres nationwide. Play-PerView, co-founded by producer Jeremy Wein and actor-producer Mirirai Sithole, promises to deliver “unique, one-time-only, live-streamed theatrical events and original series into the homes of theatre fans around the globe,” said Wein and Sithole in a statement. Virtual tickets start at $5, and all proceeds will be directed to arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

The initiative kicks off today, March 26, at 7 p.m. with a live reading of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 featuring Tony nominee Maria Dizzia, Linda Powell, Stuart Zagnit, and Mirirai Sithole. Tonight’s reading will benefit Actors Theatre of Louisville and Vineyard Theatre.

Kyle Jarrow and Lauren Worsham (Photo by Jennifer Walkowiak)

Tomorrow at 8 p.m., audiences can watch “Family Friday,” an original non-scripted weekly series focusing on families in the theatre community. The first episode will feature check-ins, interviews, and performances from notable theatrical families, beginning with those of Tony nominee Lauren Worsham and her songwriter husband, Kyle Jarrow, as well as Adrienne Campbell-Holt and Brian Wiles. This episode of “Family Friday” will directly benefit Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theater company, and the Civilians.

Elise Forier Edie’s The Pink Unicorn will be reprised in a reading with its original star, Tony winner Alice Ripley, on March 29 at 7 p.m. This solo performance will benefit the Actors Fund, along with Out of the Box Theatrics, the original presenters of the The Pink Unicorn, with whom this event is co-produced.

Future events will feature works by Bess Wohl, Tori Sampson, Micah Stock, Sharr White, Johnathan Caren, Martyna Majok, and others to be announced in the coming weeks.

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