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May 2021

Plays, musicals, and more across the U.S.

California

The Thanksgiving Play

By: Larissa FastHorse

Directed by: Rosalind Ayres

L.A. Theatre Works

Venice

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 30 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Audio Theater Recording

Venue: Digital

Price: $20 or $150 for 9-Play digital subscription

Reference Link: https://latw.org/digital-season

Description:

An L.A. Theatre Works state-of-the-art audio recording, includes access to a Zoom interview with the playwright.

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Life on Paper

By: Kenneth Lin

Directed by: Rosalind Ayres

L.A. Theatre Works

Venice

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 30 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Audio Theater Recording

Venue: Digital

Price: $20 or $150 for 9-Play digital subscription

Reference Link: https://latw.org/digital-season

Description:

An LA Theatre Works state-of-the-art audio recording of Kenneth Lin’s inspired-by-a-true-story play. When a billionaire dies in a plane crash, a forensic economist butts heads with a small town actuary over the exact value. Includes access to a Zoom interview with the playwright.

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Extinction

By: Hannie Rayson

Directed by: Martin Jarvis

L.A. Theatre Works

Los Angeles

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 30 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Audio Theater Recording

Venue: Digital

Price: $$20 or $150 for 9-Play digital subscription

Reference Link: https://latw.org/digital-season

Description:

An L.A. Theatre Works state-of-the-art audio recording of a new play by Australian playwright and newspaper columnist Hannie Rayson about the urgent need to combat man-made climate change to protect biodiversity. Includes access to a Zoom interview with the playwright.

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Bump

By: Chiara Atik

Directed by: Rosalind Ayres

L.A. Theatre Works

Los Angeles

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 30 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Audio Theater Recording

Venue: Digital

Price: $20 or $150 for 9-Play digital subscription

Reference Link: https://latw.org/digital-season

Description:

An LA Theatre Works state-of-the-art audio theater recording of Atik’s comedy. based on the true story of Jorge Odón and the birthing device he invented in his garage. Includes access to a Zoom interview with the playwright.

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In Good Company

By: Jewelle Gomez, Eric Reyes Loo, Laurel Ollstein, Tim Pinckney, and Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Directed by: Ed Decker

New Conservatory Theatre Center

San Francisco

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 16 - Tue Jun 01

Type of Event: Podcast

Price: $0

Reference Link: https://www.nctcsf.org/In-Good-Company-Podcast

Description:

The drama onstage is nothing compared to what’s happening behind the scenes in this original episodic podcast series. A new kind of podcast for a different kind of world, “In Good Company” is a love letter to the resilience of art, artists, and the places they call “home”.

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Florida

Jobsite Digital Shorts

By: Various

Directed by: Various

Jobsite Theater

Tampa

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 16 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Online series

Venue: digitalshorts.jobsitetheater.org

Price: $1.99-$9.99

Reference Link: https://digitalshorts.jobsitetheater.org

Description:

An online series from the Jobsite Ensemble, this mixture of music videos, movement pieces, sketch, short films, readings, and more was commissioned by the company to help keep artists employed during the pandemic and possibly beyond. All proceeds go directly to the artists.

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Georgia

Laugh Track

Dad's Garage/Alliance Theatre

Atlanta

Event Date(s): Tue Dec 22 - Mon May 31

Type of Event: Comedy series

Venue: Alliance Theatre Anywhere (Streaming)

Price: $9.99 for series (6 episodes)

Reference Link: https://alliancetheatre.org/laughtrack

Description:

The talented comedians of Dad’s Garage examine what life’s key moments and holidays look like in this strange new world. With a mix of ridiculous characters and hilarious situations, get some much-needed laughter in this brand-new original sketch comedy show.

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Illinois

Power in Pride at Home

By: multiple

Directed by: Lexi Saunders

About Face Theatre

Chicago

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 16 - Tue Aug 31

Type of Event: Streaming video series

Price: $free

Reference Link: https://www.aboutfacetheatre.com

Description:

Power in Pride is About Face Theatre’s touring show, sharing humorous and brave stories about gender & sexuality to spark conversations with students, educators, and community members of all ages.

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Indiana

Vintage Broadway Cabaret

By: Various

Directed by: Kate Galvin

Cardinal Stage

Bloomington

Event Date(s): Fri May 07 - Sat May 08

Type of Event: Live Virtual Cabaret

Venue: Online via Crowdcast

Price: $20

Reference Link: https://cardinalstage.org/mainstage/broadway-cabaret/

Description:

Escape into the Golden Age of musicals with this evening of songs that have aged like a fine wine. Cardinal artists will share their favorite hits of yesteryear and celebrate the shows that made Broadway shine!

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Maryland

Spy Academy & the Lost Treasure of Atlantis

By: Douglas Robinson from a story by Strother Gaines

Directed by: Jeffrey Eagle

Imagination Stage

Bethesda

Event Date(s): Sat Feb 13 - Sun May 23

Type of Event: Online play for children

Venue: online

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://patrons.imaginationstage.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=9288

Description:

An immersive online experience full of surprises and memorable characters, each performance of Spy Academy takes a small number of families through a series of puzzles, codes, and challenges on a quest to recover the stolen Heart of the Dragon. A live virtual event for ages 5+.

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Massachusetts

A Streetcar Named Desire

By: Tennessee Williams

Directed by: Robert O'Hara

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Williamstown

Event Date(s): Thu Jan 14 - Fri Dec 03

Type of Event: Audio Play

Venue: audible.com/Streetcar

Price: $Varies

Reference Link: https://audible.com/Streetcar

Description:

Haunted by her past, Blanche (Audra McDonald) seeks refuge with Stella and Stanley (Carla Gugino and Ariel Shafir) in New Orleans, where she wrestles with the nature of her sister’s husband, her sister’s denial, and her own unraveling mind.

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Photograph 51

By: Anna Ziegler

Directed by: Susan Stroman

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Williamstown

Event Date(s): Thu Jan 14 - Fri Dec 10

Type of Event: Audio Play

Venue: audible.com/Photograph51

Price: $Varies

Reference Link: https://audible.com/Photograph51

Description:

In 1951, chemist Rosalind Franklin works relentlessly in her King’s College London lab, closing in on a major discovery that could unlock the mysteries of the DNA molecule. Undermined by her colleague Maurice Wilkins, she struggles to compete with rival team Watson and Crick as pressure intensifies to produce results.

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Animals

By: Stacy Osei-Kuffour

Directed by: Whitney White

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Williamstown

Event Date(s): Thu Jan 14 - Fri Dec 17

Type of Event: Audio Play

Venue: audible.com/Animals

Price: $Varies

Reference Link: https://audible.com/Animals

Description:

Lydia and Henry’s dinner guests are about to arrive when Henry’s spontaneous marriage proposal threatens to burn the evening to a crisp. Wine bottles and years of unspoken tensions are uncorked, and, before the evening is through, Lydia must confront her long-held fears and feelings if she’s going to commit to a future with Henry.

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Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club

By: Shakina Nayfack

Directed by: Laura Savia

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Williamstown

Event Date(s): Thu Jan 14 - Wed Dec 29

Type of Event: Audio Play

Venue: audible.com/Chonburi

Price: $Varies

Reference Link: https://audible.com/Chonburi

Description:

In Shakina Nayfack’s world premiere play, a vibrant, international group of transgender women band together at a hotel in Thailand to confront the challenges and joys of gender confirmation surgery.

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Minnesota

Twelve Dancing Princesses

By: Based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm

Directed by: Sandy Boren Barrett & Ann Marie Omeish

Stages Theatre Company and Escalate Dance

Hopkins

Event Date(s): Fri Apr 02 - Thu May 13

Type of Event: Theatre for Young Audiences, Musical, Dance

Venue: Virtual

Price: $50

Reference Link: https://www.stagestheatre.org/twelve-dancing-princesses/

Description:

Each night, 12 princesses sing a song allowing them secret passage into an enchanted forest filled with beauty. They dance the night away as the spirit of their mother watches over them. Each morning, their father, the king, is perplexed by twelve pairs of worn shoes.

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New-York

MTA Radio Plays Episode 4-6

By: Ren Dara Santiago, David Zheng, Guadalís Del Carmen, TJ Weaver

Directed by: Dominic Colón

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

New York

Event Date(s): Mon Jan 25 - Mon May 24

Type of Event: Episodic Radio Plays

Venue: Rattlestick website

Price: $15 for the entire series

Reference Link: https://www.rattlestick.org/20202021-season/2020/10/21/mta-radio-plays

Description:

MTA Radio Plays is a series of audio dramas created to honor and celebrate the people who keep New York City running. Each episode is written by a different playwright and focuses on a station on the MTA 2 Line. Conceived and curated by Ren Dara Santiago.

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Oregon

Magellanica

By: E.M. Lewis

Directed by: Dámaso Rodríguez

Artists Repertory Theatre

Portland

Event Date(s): Wed Jan 13 - Wed Jun 30

Type of Event: Audio Drama

Venue: online

Price: $Sliding scale

Reference Link: https://artistsrep.org/performance/magellanica-the-audio-drama/

Description:

In 1986, scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out if there really is a hole in the sky. Part historical adventure, love story, and mystical foray into the unknown, it’s a vital story for today.

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The Berlin Diaries

By: Andrea Stolowitz

Directed by: Dámaso Rodríguez

Artists Repertory Theatre

Portland

Event Date(s): Mon Jan 25 - Wed Jun 30

Type of Event: Audio Drama

Venue: online

Price: $Sliding scale

Reference Link: https://artistsrep.org/performance/berlin-diaries-audio-drama/

Description:

An autobiographical story of Andrea’s quest to untangle her family’s history using her German-Jewish great-grandfather’s diary from 1939. Following the complicated lure of genealogy, Stolowitz goes back to Berlin to bring the story of her unknown ancestors out of the archives.

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Pennsylvania

F*ck7thGrade

By: Jill Sobule and Liza Birkenmeier

Directed by: Lisa Peterson

City Theatre Company

Pittsburgh

Event Date(s): Mon Jan 25 - Wed Jun 30

Type of Event: Digital Stream

Venue: Online

Price: $15

Reference Link: https://citytheatrecompany.org/play/fck7thgrade/

Description:

In this 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.

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Washington

The Canterville Ghost

By: Oscar Wilde/Brandon J. Simmons

Directed by: Brandon J. Simmons

Book-It Repertory Theatre

Seattle

Event Date(s): Tue Dec 08 - Wed Jun 30

Type of Event: All-audio drama

Venue: Online

Price: $15 or pay what you will

Reference Link: https://book-it.org/events/the-canterville-ghost/

Description:

Full of Wilde’s wit and humor, for lovers of the cozy British mystery and a good holiday special, this classic ghost story is full of warmth, laughs, and great good fun.

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Childfinder

By: Octavia E. Butler/Shermona Mitchell

Directed by: Gin Hammon

Book-It Repertory Theatre

Seattle

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 16 - Wed Jun 30

Type of Event: All-audio drama

Venue: Online

Price: $15

Reference Link: https://book-it.org/events/childfinder/

Description:

From a giant in the science fiction genre, we bring you the short story of a woman charged with finding telepathic children and her mission to unleash a young girl’s potential. “Nuanced voice acting connects you intimately to complex characters in the audioplay’s 33 minutes.”

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Mañanaland

By: Pam Muñoz Ryan/Gillian Jorgensen & Jordi Montes

Directed by: Arlene Martínez-Vázquez

Book-It Repertory Theatre

Seattle

Event Date(s): Mon Feb 15 - Wed Jun 30

Type of Event: All-audio drama

Venue: Online

Price: $25 or pay what you will

Reference Link: https://book-it.org/events/mananaland/

Description:

An inspiring all-ages adventure about a young boy who discovers a family legacy of mystical guardians in this timeless tale of hope and resistance by a Newbery Honor recipient. It is a beautiful reminder of the struggle in becoming the person you were meant to be.

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The Effluent Engine

By: N.K. Jemisin/Jéhan Òsanyín

Directed by: Jéhan Òsanyín

Book-It Repertory Theatre

Seattle

Event Date(s): Thu Apr 01 - Wed Jun 30

Type of Event: All-audio drama

Venue: Online

Price: $15

Reference Link: https://book-it.org/events/the-effluent-engine/

Description:

This speculative spy thriller by a multiple Hugo Award-winning author introduces us to a post-revolution Haitian spy sent to a reimagined New Orleans to bring home technology to save the burgeoning nation, with a thread of steampunk and a touch of Sapphic romance.

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The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes

By: Jamyang Norbu/Bilal Dardai

Directed by: Gus Menary

Book-It Repertory Theatre

Seattle

Event Date(s): Sat May 15 - Wed Jun 30

Type of Event: All-audio drama

Venue: Online

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://book-it.org/events/the-mandala-of-sherlock-holmes/

Description:

An account of the great detective’s time in India and Tibet eluding the minions of his nemesis, Dr. Moriarty, only to encounter “The Dark One” in what may prove to be Sherlock’s most dangerous battle yet. This loving homage to Holmes is a ripping good yarn!

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