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August 2022

From coast to coast, check out this month’s offerings.

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Alabama

American Mariachi

By: José Cruz González

Directed by: TBD

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery

Event Date(s): Wed Jul 27 - Sun Aug 21

Type of Event: Theatre Performance — Musical

Venue: Festival Stage

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://asf.net/american-mariachi-2022/

Description:

Family, tradition, progress, and dreams are at the center of this hilarious and big-hearted musical. Her days spent caring for her ailing mother, Lucha years to break free from life’s monotony. Her wild idea? An all-girl mariachi band. But girl mariachis in the ’70s? We’ll see.

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California

The Zip Code Plays, Season Three

By: Peppur Chambers, Diana Burbano, Daniel Hirsch, Ann Noble, Alex Goldberg, and Steve Apostolina

Directed by: Rondrell McCormick, Cameron Watson, Sara Lyons, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Lisa Sanaye Dring, and Gregg T Daniel

Antaeus Theatre Company

Los Angeles

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Fri Dec 02

Type of Event: Audio Play Series

Venue: Zipcodeplays.info or wherever you get your podcasts

Price: $0

Reference Link: https://antaeus.org/plays-events/the-zip-code-plays-season-three/

Description:

Celebrate the diverse culture and history of Los Angeles neighborhoods from the safety of your home with The Zip Code Plays, Season Three, a new series of six original audio plays written by Playwrights Lab members and recorded by Antaeus Actors.

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The Prom

By: Book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin; Music by Matthew Sklar; Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Directed by: Casey Nicholaw

Center Theatre Group

Los Angeles

Event Date(s): Tue Aug 09 - Sun Sep 11

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Ahmanson

Price: $subject to change

Reference Link: https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/ahmanson-theatre/2021/the-prom/

Description:

The joyous Broadway hit New York magazine calls “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times declares “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world, and the love they discover that unites them all.

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American Idiot

By: Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Michael Mayer

Directed by: James Michael McHale

Chance Theater

Anaheim

Event Date(s): Fri Jul 15 - Sun Aug 14

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center

Price: $25-49

Reference Link: https://chancetheater.com

Description:

Based on the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum, seminal album! Slinging razor guitars, thundering drums, and an anti-hero named Johnny. Not the prelude of typical entries in the canon of musical theatre. But these elements herald a groundbreaking American musical all the same.

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Green Day’s American Idiot

By: Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer

Directed by: James Michael McHale

Chance Theater

Anaheim

Event Date(s): Fri Jul 15 - Sun Aug 14

Type of Event: Live Theater

Venue: Chance Theater

Price: $39-49

Reference Link: https://chancetheater.com/production/american-idiot/

Description:

American Idiot puts raw emotions front and center in a highly theatrical and thoroughly satisfying rock opera that burns up the stage.

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Fun Home

By: Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron

Directed by: Lisa Mallette

City Lights Theater Company

San Jose

Event Date(s): Thu Jul 14 - Sun Aug 21

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: In Person

Price: $25-49

Reference Link: https://cltc.org/explore-our-2021-22-season/

Description:

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.

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The Musical Man

Directed by: Glenn Rosenblum

Coachella Valley Repertory

Cathedral City

Event Date(s): Thu Aug 11 - Thu Aug 11

Type of Event: Musical Theater Concert

Venue: Coachella Valley Repertory

Price: $35

Reference Link: https://cvrep.org/

Description:

With a beautiful tenor/baritone voice and an off-the-wall sense of humor, Glenn lets you know why he is “The Musical Man.” Glenn uses the stage to share music and his extensive knowledge of musical theatre to tell his own story through song and funny stories.

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Welcome Back: An Evening of the Jazz Age

Directed by: Craig Pomranz

Coachella Valley Repertory

Cathedral City

Event Date(s): Thu Aug 18 - Thu Aug 18

Type of Event: Jazz Performance

Venue: Coachella Valley Repertory

Price: $35

Reference Link: https://cvrep.org/

Description:

Craig Pomranz’s passion, his connection to the crowd, his mellifluous tenor, and  his understanding of the content and how to communicate it, will make for an exciting evening of Jazz Age tunes.

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An Evening of Julie Garnye

Directed by: Julie Garnye

Coachella Valley Repertory

Cathedral City

Event Date(s): Thu Aug 25 - Thu Aug 25

Type of Event: Concert

Venue: Coachella Valley Repertory

Price: $35

Reference Link: https://cvrep.org/

Description:

Spend a dazzling evening with the fabulous Julie Garnye and be charmed as she sings some of her favorite songs. Garnye is an actress, singer, voiceover artist, writer, producer, director, and longtime friends to CVRep.

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Here There Are Blueberries

By: Moises Kaufman and Amanda Gronich

Directed by: Moises Kaufman

La Jolla Playhouse

San Diego

Event Date(s): Tue Jul 26 - Sun Aug 21

Type of Event: World-Premiere Play

Venue: La Jolla Playhouse

Price: $

Reference Link: https://lajollaplayhouse.org/show/here-there-are-blueberries/

Description:

An album of never before seen World War II-era photographs arrives at the desk of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archivist Rebecca Erbelding. Here There Are Blueberries tells the story of these photographs—what they reveal about the Holocaust and our own humanity. Produced in association with Tectonic Theater Project.

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The Remarkable Mister Holmes

By: Omri Schein & David Ellenstein / Music by Daniel Lincoln

Directed by: David Ellenstein

North Coast Repertory Theatre

Solana Beach

Event Date(s): Wed Jul 20 - Sun Aug 14

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: North Coast Rep

Price: $63

Reference Link: https://northcoastrep.org

Description:

London 1890s. A string of baffling crimes challenges the world’s most notorious detective Sherlock Holmes and his new assistant. Not only do they sleuth and scrutinize—but they also sing! Fast-paced, outrageous, and irreverent; a loving homage to the original Arthur Conan Doyle tales. This world-premiere musical will thrill theatre lovers and Sherlock buffs alike.

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Freestyle Love Supreme

By: Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale

Directed by: Thomas Kail

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena

Event Date(s): Tue Jul 12 - Sun Aug 07

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Pasadena Playhouse

Price: $30+

Reference Link: https://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/event/freestyle-love-supreme/

Description:

Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme, a 2020 Special Tony Award recipient. Now — direct from Broadway — the hip-hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale arrives at Pasadena Playhouse!

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Twelfth Night

By: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Sam Woodhouse

San Diego Repertory Theatre

San Diego

Event Date(s): Thu Jul 28 - Sun Aug 21

Type of Event: Performance

Venue: San Diego Repertory Theatre

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.sdrep.org/show-detail.php?id=660

Description:

This enchanting and soulful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of mistaken identity and self-discovery was named one of the best theatrical productions of 2018 by Time, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Washington Post.

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Lavender Men – The Emancipation Play

By: Roger Q. Mason

Directed by: Lovell Holder

Skylight Theatre Company

Los Angeles

Event Date(s): Sat Aug 06 - Sun Sep 04

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Skylight Theatre

Price: $35-40

Reference Link: https://skylighttheatre.org/

Description:

Enter the historical fantasia of Taffeta, a self-proclaimed “fabulous queer creation of color,” as she invades the private world of Abraham Lincoln to confront issues of LGBTQ+ inclusion and visibility that still challenge us today. Presented with Playwrights’ Arena.

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Nan and the Lower Body

By: Jessica Dickey

Directed by: Giovanna Sardelli

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Palo Alto

Event Date(s): Wed Jul 13 - Sun Aug 07

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Lucie Stern Theatre

Price: $30+

Reference Link: https://theatreworks.org/season51/nan-and-the-lower-body/

Description:

Nan, a female lab assistant to Pap smear inventor Dr. George Papanicolaou, has mysteries to unravel and life-changing choices to make. This frank, funny world premiere provides a personal look at the revolutionary technology that has saved millions but caused moral dilemmas.

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Colorado

Until the Flood

By: Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by: Neel Keller

Denver Center Theatre Company

Denver

Event Date(s): Sat Aug 07 - Thu Nov 30

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Online

Price: Free

Reference Link: https://https://www.denvercenter.org/tickets-events/until-the-flood/

Description:

After the death of Michael Brown, the Ferguson Unrest shook the nation to its core and put a spotlight on the police brutality and discrimination that plague our institutions. Dael Orlandersmith created eight fictional characters to represent the broad spectrum of perspectives.

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District-of-Columbia

American Prophet: Frederick Douglass in His Own Words

By: Charles Randolph Wright and Marcus Hummon

Directed by: Charles Randolph Wright

Arena Stage

Washington

Event Date(s): Fri Jul 15 - Sun Aug 28

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Kreeger Theater

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.arenastage.org/

Description:

Filled with soaring new melodies and powered by Douglass’s own speeches and writings, this play marks the Arena return of Charles Randolph-Wright with a new work celebrating the revolutionary legacy of one of history’s first freedom fighters.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By: William Shakespeare

Folger Theatre

Washington

Event Date(s): Tue Jul 12 - Sun Aug 28

Type of Event: Play

Venue: National Building Museum

Reference Link: https://www.folger.edu/events/midsummer-nights-dream-2020

Description:

Enter the Dream. Mischievous fairies, aspiring actors, and young lovers meet with hilarious results during one enchanting night in the woods. Enjoy this fun-filled comedy, perfect for summer, in the Folger Shakespeare Playhouse in the soaring NBM atrium.

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Florida

Animals Out of Paper

By: Rajiv Joseph

Directed by: TBA

Jobsite Theater

Tampa

Event Date(s): Wed Jul 13 - Sun Aug 07

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Price: $19.50+

Reference Link: https://jobsitetheater.org

Description:

A wise and richly layered comedy/drama from the author of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Animals Out of Paper is “alternately wrenching and funny. It deals ruthlessly with the fragility of happiness, the tragedy of impulsiveness and the tenuousness of hope” (The New York Times)

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Illinois

13th Annual Living Newspaper Festival

By: TBA

Directed by: TBA

Jackalope Theatre Company

Chicago

Event Date(s): Thu Aug 25 - Mon Aug 29

Type of Event: 10 min play festival

Venue: Jackalope Theatre in the Broadway Armory

Price: $15-20

Reference Link: https://jackalopetheatre.org

Description:

Six short plays inspired by news articles featuring the top rising talent in Chicago.

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Dear Jack, Dear Louise

By: Ken Ludwig

Northlight Theatre

Skokie

Event Date(s): Thu Jul 07 - Sun Aug 07

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Northlight Theatre

Price: $30-$89

Reference Link: https://northlight.org/events/ken-ludwigs-dear-jack-dear-louise/

Description:

When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship before it even starts. Two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig tells the poignant story of his own parents’s unlikely courtship.

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Kentucky

When I Read My Daughter Rudyard Kipling

By: Adapted by Manik Choksi from Rudyard Kipling

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Fri Sep 03 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Animated play

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/when-i-read-my-daughter-rudyard-kipling/

Description:

In this brief animated series reminiscent of Charlie Brown, a daughter’s perceptive questions prompt her father to see Kipling’s tales in a new light. With humor and warmth, When I Read My Daughter Rudyard Kipling illuminates how a child’s curiosity can catalyze fresh insight.

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Finding Black Boy Joy

By: Lance G. Newman II

Directed by: Featuring Isiah Fish, Nipsey Green, David Moore, Lance G. Newman II, and DeepSea Rice

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Fri Sep 03 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Streaming Performance

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/finding-black-boy-joy/

Description:

Finding Black Boy Joy is an exploration of the nature of existing in this nation as a Black man. It spans politics to love to introspections on race, class, and masculinity. These selections were written at various stages of Newman’s 16-year career writing and performing poetry.

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Plague Doctor: Contagion 430 BCE–2020 AD

By: Robert Barry Fleming and Jenni Page-White

Directed by: Game design by Alex Bezuska

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Fri Oct 15 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Video Game

Venue: Virtual

Price: $5

Reference Link: https://bit.ly/PlagueDoctorGame

Description:

Athens, 430 BCE. Marseille, 1720. Philadelphia, 1918. Louisville, 2020. In this first-person narrative game, explore four deadly epidemics and the choices that save—or cost—the lives of countless people. A gripping story of greed, compassion, and courage in times of crisis.

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Unscripted

Directed by: curated by Erica Denise

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Fri Sep 03 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Conversation Series

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/unscripted/

Description:

Launched in 2020 as a series of live broadcasts, this responsive discussion series brings together panelists across the community to investigate an array of topics—from the protests and reckoning with systemic racism in Louisville to questions of equity in the American theatre.

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Still Ready: Originals

By: Created and performed by Christina Acosta Robinson and Ken Robinson

Directed by: Robert Barry Fleming

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Mon Sep 27 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Musical Celebration of Black Artistry

Venue: Virtual

Price: Pay what you choose, starting at $10

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/still-ready/

Description:

Still Ready shares the creative partnership between the Robinsons, together for more than a decade. Blending Ken’s gorgeous musical compositions and Christina’s stunning artwork and poetry, this production celebrates love, joy, and expansive Black artistry.

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Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020

By: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Robert Barry Fleming

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Wed Sep 01 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Digital play

Venue: Virtual

Price: Pay what you choose, starting at $10

Reference Link: https://https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/romeo-juliet-louisville-2020/

Description:

A global pandemic and social unrest embroil the nation in conflict as the children of sworn enemies dare to imagine a world where hearts are not ruled by hatred. This interpretation explores the divisions that animate contemporary culture — and the tragic costs of intolerance.

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Ali Summit

By: Idris Goodwin

Directed by: Robert Barry Fleming in collaboration with Crux Cooperative, with graphic art by Andy Perez

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Thu Sep 02 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Play and virtual reality experience

Venue: Virtual

Price: Pay what you choose, starting at $10

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/ali-summit/

Description:

Inspired by the 1967 summit of prominent Black athletes who met to question Muhammad Ali about his conscientious objection to military service, this project is a collaboration between Idris Goodwin, Robert Barry Fleming, and the extended reality storytellers of Crux Cooperative.

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COVID Classics: One-Act Plays for the Age of Quarantine

By: Guillaume Apollinaire, Anton Chekhov, Luigi Pirandello, August Strindberg, and Thucydides

Directed by: Robert Barry Fleming

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Thu Sep 02 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Streaming Short Plays

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Pay What You Choose Starting at $10

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/covid-classics/

Description:

Reimagining works by master dramatists—and the first surrealist—this vibrant assortment of short plays brings together tales from trailblazing writers whose creative experiments redefined the possibilities of theatre in moments of seismic change.

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The Yellow Wallpaper

By: Adapted from Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Directed by: Cinematography and editing by Christopher Gerson, with associate producing by Tarah Flanagan and costume coordinator by Margaret E Weedon

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Thu Sep 02 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Animated play

Venue: Virtual

Price: Pay What You Choose Starting at $10

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/the-yellow-wallpaper/

Description:

Cut off from intellectual stimulation and coddled by her doctor husband, a woman with a “nervous condition” begins to notice troubling things hiding in the bedroom wallpaper. This animated suspense-thriller breathes new life into Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s feminist masterpiece.

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Okolona Habla (okolona speaks)

By: Marcos Morales

Directed by: performed by Alexa Echeverria, Marcos Morales, and Sassa Rivera

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Fri Sep 03 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Streaming Spoken Word Performance

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/okolona-habla/

Description:

It’s political. It’s hopeful. Written by poet Marcos Morales, Okolona Habla (okolona speaks) is a bilingual exploration of being a child of immigrants in Louisville, Ky. This event celebrates remembering where you came from and claiming space where you are.

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Fix It, Black Girl

By: Hannah L. Drake

Directed by: Performed by Erica Denise, Hannah L. Drake, Janelle Renee Dunn, Robin G, Sujotta Pace, and Kala Ross

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Fri Sep 03 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Performance

Venue: Virtual

Price: Free with Membership

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/fix-it-black-girl/

Description:

Hannah L. Drake, nationally recognized poet and author, presents an original curation of spoken word poetry, essay, and song. Performed by Drake and other Louisville artists, this virtual event celebrates resilience and the power generated by collective action.

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Louisville Sessions

By: sessions by Bridge 19, Chanson Calhoun, Coyia, JONJOHN, Rob Lee, Sasha Renee, Kiana & the Sun Kings, Tez of 2Deep, Tiny Tiny, and Unusual Heat

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Fri Sep 03 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Music Series

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/louisville-sessions/

Description:

This series celebrates the vast sound, feel, and artistry of Kentucky’s dynamic music scene. Each session features a local band or solo artist responding to the moment through an original song and video. The first 10 sessions are available to watch in our Member Library.

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Borrowed Wisdom With Robert Barry Fleming

By: featuring guests from many different disciplines

Directed by: Robert Barry Fleming

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Fri Sep 03 - Sat Dec 31

Type of Event: Podcast

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/borrowed-wisdom/

Description:

Theatre is an inherently interdisciplinary craft, and Robert Barry Fleming, Actors Theatre’s executive artistic director, finds inspiration everywhere. In each episode, he talks with an unrivaled expert in their field, full of ideas, strategies, and challenges around their work.

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Maryland

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

By: Robert Kauzlaric

Directed by: Nathanial P. Claridad

Imagination Stage

Bethesda

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 22 - Sun Aug 07

Type of Event: Theatre Performance

Venue: Imagination Stage

Price: $28

Reference Link: https://imaginationstage.org

Description:

Mr. Popper, a painter of modest means, dreams of taking an Antarctic adventure. So he’s thrilled when a penguin named Captain Cook waddles out of a mysterious box left on his doorstep.

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Massachusetts

Grand Horizons

By: Bess Wohl

Directed by: Robert Walsh

Gloucester Stage Company

Gloucester

Event Date(s): Fri Jul 29 - Sun Aug 21

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Gloucester Stage Company

Price: $44-59

Reference Link: https://gloucesterstage.com/grand-horizons/

Description:

As Bill and Nancy’s adult children descend on their senior living community, they are forced to reexamine everything they thought they knew about their parents’ happy lives. A powerhouse comedy that explores a family turned upside-down and the enduring nature of love.

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Paradise Blue

By: Dominique Morisseau

Directed by: Jackie Davis

Gloucester Stage Company

Gloucester

Event Date(s): Fri Aug 26 - Sun Sep 18

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Gloucester Stage Company

Price: $44-59

Reference Link: https://gloucesterstage.com/paradise-blue/

Description:

Blue, a gifted trumpeter, contemplates selling his once vibrant jazz club in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood in 1949. This musically infused drama shines light on the challenges of building a better future on the foundation of what our predecessors have left us.

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Minnesota

Emma

By: Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen

Directed by: Meredith McDonough

Guthrie Theater

Minneapolis

Event Date(s): Sat Jun 18 - Sun Aug 21

Type of Event: Theater

Venue: Wurtele Thrust Stage

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.guthrietheater.org

Description:

In her world-premiere adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Kate Hamill turns the tale of witty matchmaker Emma Woodhouse into a fast-paced, screwball comedy with romcom sensibilities.

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Sweat

By: Lynn Nottage

Directed by: Tamilla Woodard

Guthrie Theater

Minneapolis

Event Date(s): Sat Jul 16 - Sun Aug 21

Type of Event: Theater

Venue: McGuire Proscenium Stage

Price: $15-$80

Reference Link: https://www.guthrietheater.org

Description:

From its opening scene to its electrifying conclusion, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat confronts issues of race, immigration, deindustrialization, and the ever-slipping grip on middle-class life.

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The North Star

By: Peter H. Reynolds

Directed by: Sandy Boren-Barrett and Ann Marie Omeish

Stages Theatre Company

Hopkins

Event Date(s): Fri Jan 14 - Mon Feb 13

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Stages Theatre Company

Price: $14-16

Reference Link: https://www.stagestheatre.org/north-star/

Description:

From the award-winning author of The Dot and Ish comes an encouraging tale of self-determination, creativity, and hope. Chart a meaningful path through constellations, in collaboration with Escalate Dance.

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

By: Adapted by Doug Wright from the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and music adapted and arranged by David Weinstein

Directed by: Sandy Boren-Barrett

Stages Theatre Company

Hopkins

Event Date(s): Fri Jun 24 - Sun Aug 07

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Stages Theatre Company

Price: $14-16

Reference Link: https://www.stagestheatre.org/disneys-little-mermaid/

Description:

Journey “Under the Sea” with Ariel and her maritime friends in this enchanting tale of big dreams and true love. This 60-minute adaptation of the ever-popular Disney film features the charming Academy Award-winning music and will delight audiences of all ages.

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Buckets: A Joyful Journey

By: Stages Theatre Company

Stages Theatre Company

Hopkins

Event Date(s): Wed Aug 03 - Sun Aug 21

Type of Event: Play/TYA

Venue: Stages Theatre Company

Price: $12

Reference Link: https://www.stagestheatre.org/buckets/

Description:

Created by Stages Theatre Company specifically for ages 0-5, this imaginative and immersive experience asks our youngest patrons to join in the discovery that a bucket full of kindness creates joy for all.

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Missouri

Alice’s Wonderland

By: J. Quinton Johnson and Julia Riew from a treatment by Linda Chichester and David Coffman

Directed by: Nik Whitcomb

The Coterie Theatre

Kansas City

Event Date(s): Tue Jun 21 - Sun Aug 07

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The Coterie Theatre

Price: $14.00-$18.00

Reference Link: https://thecoterie.org/performance/alices-wonderland

Description:

The Coterie presents the world premiere of Alice’s Wonderland, adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic. Featuring an original score of hip-hop, pop, gospel, and musical theatre, Alice is a brilliant teen coder who dreams of changing the world with her new video game, Wonderland.

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New-York

Until the Flood

By: Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by: Neel Keller

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

New York

Event Date(s): Sun Nov 15 - Sun Oct 15

Type of Event: Virtual Screening of Recorded Live Performance

Venue: All Arts TV

Price: $Free

Reference Link: https://allarts.org/programs/all-arts-performance-selects/until-the-flood-wtcesv/

Description:

Writer-performer Dael Orlandersmith’s one-woman show explores Ferguson following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown. Based on extensive interviews, this theatrical event gives voice to a community grappling with injustice and yearning for change.

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Pennsylvania

Dream on the Farm

By: Ensemble

Directed by: Tannis Kowalchuk

Farm Arts Collective

Damascus

Event Date(s): Thu Aug 04 - Sun Aug 14

Type of Event: Theatre Performance

Venue: Farm Arts Collective

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://farmartscollective.org

Description:

A decalogue of performances about climate change taking place on Willow Wisp Organic Farm from 2020-2030, created and performed by the Farm Arts Collective of performers, musicians, and stilt walkers.

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The Three Little Pigs

By: Melissa Nicholson

Directed by: Melissa Nicholson

Gamut Theatre Group

Harrisburg

Event Date(s): Wed Jul 13 - Sat Aug 20

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Gamut Theatre Group

Price: $10

Reference Link: https://gamuttheatre.org/php

Description:

In this co-production with Popcorn Hat Players, the Pig Sisters sing their way to Motown Mud Medley fame! Will Buffy and Hildegarde Pig learn a little bit about responsibility as they build their houses out of straw and sticks? Will the big, bad Wolf get the best of them? All this and more will be answered in the show!

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Little Red

By: Andrew Kane

Directed by: Matt Pfeiffer

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Center Valley

Event Date(s): Fri Jun 03 - Sat Aug 06

Type of Event: Children's Play

Venue: Labuda Center of the Performing Arts

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.pashakespeare.org/

Description:

Little Red finds herself in an epic fairy tale mashup of the ages. Perfect for the whole family, you don’t want to miss it!

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Grand Horizons

By: Bess Wohl

Directed by: Jackson Gay

People's Light

Malvern

Event Date(s): Wed Aug 03 - Sun Aug 28

Type of Event: Play

Venue: People's Light (Leonard C. Haas Stage)

Price: $45

Reference Link: https://www.peopleslight.org

Description:

This Tony-nominated comedy is a hilarious, heartbreaking commentary on marriage, family, and love fifty years on. Nancy and Bill’s adult sons descend on the Grand Horizons senior living community as they attempt to mediate their parents’s seemingly sudden divorce.

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South-Carolina

Rock of Ages

By: Chris D'Arienzo

Directed by: Sara Brians

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Hilton Head Island

Event Date(s): Tue Jun 28 - Sun Aug 14

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Price: $61

Reference Link: https://www.artshhi.com/theater-series/rock-of-ages

Description:

Know what love is, feel the noise, and take your best shot at the Bourbon Room, a bar on the Sunset Strip. The iconic music of groups like Styx, Twisted Sister, and Journey propels this high energy hit!

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

By: Rachel Sheinkin, with music and lyrics by William Finn

Directed by: Shelley Butler

The Warehouse Theatre

Greenville

Event Date(s): Fri Jul 29 - Sun Aug 21

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The Warehouse Theatre

Price: $40

Reference Link: https://warehousetheatre.com/shows/spelling-bee/

Description:

It’s the championship of a lifetime! Join us in the unpredictable, highly competitive, and (surprisingly) musical world of spelling bee championships as we watch a group of six kids with big personalities spell it out for the title of Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion!

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Texas

The Real Inspector Hound

By: Tom Stoppard

Directed by: Claire Hart-Palumbo

Main Street Theater Houston

Houston

Event Date(s): Thu Jul 14 - Sun Aug 07

Type of Event: play

Venue: Main Street Theater - Rice Village

Price: $59 - $35

Reference Link: https://mainstreettheater.com/the-real-inspector-hound/

Description:

Attending the premiere of a new murder mystery, two feuding theatre critics find themselves drawn into the play-within-a-play as the mists roll in around Muldoon Manor. A hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-style mysteries, it’s brilliant comedy as only Tom Stoppard can do!

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Between Riverside and Crazy

By: Stephen Adly Guirgis

Directed by: Ruben Carrazana

Stage West Theatre

Fort Worth

Event Date(s): Thu Aug 18 - Sun Sep 11

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Jerry Russell Theatre

Price: $10-45

Reference Link: https://stagewest.org/season/between-riverside-crazy

Description:

Ex-NYPD cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington is under a lot of pressure. He is stubbornly pursuing a lawsuit over an officer-involved shooting while barely holding on to his apartment. As tensions come to a head, an ultimatum causes Pops to make some demands of his own.

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The Inheritance: Part 1

By: Matthew Lopez

ZACH Theatre

Austin

Event Date(s): Wed Aug 10 - Sun Sep 04

Type of Event: Play

Venue: The Kleberg at ZACH

Price: $starting at $28

Reference Link: https://zachtheatre.org/theinheritancepart1

Description:

Brilliantly re-envisioning E.M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, The Inheritance asks how much we owe those who lived and loved before us, questions the role we must play for future generations, and dares us to fearlessly hold on to the wild ride called life.

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Utah

All’s Well That Ends Well

By: William Shakespeare

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

Event Date(s): Tue Jun 21 - Thu Sep 08

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Price: $10-80

Reference Link: https://www.bard.org

Description:

Although the king forces the young Count Bertram to marry orphaned Helena, he cannot make him love her. Only by completing an impossible task can Helena win that affection.

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Sweeney Todd

By: Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

Event Date(s): Tue Jun 21 - Fri Sep 09

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Price: $16-86

Reference Link: https://www.bard.org

Description:

Sweeney Todd, an unjustly imprisoned barber, escapes and returns to 19th-century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop.

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King Lear

By: William Shakespeare

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 22 - Sat Sep 10

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Price: $10-80

Reference Link: https://www.bard.org

Description:

Deluded by lies and flattery, old King Lear has sorely misjudged his daughters, placing himself into the cruel hands of his two ambitious daughters and spurning the youngest, the one who truly loves him.

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The Sound of Music

By: Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 23 - Sat Oct 08

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Randall L. Jones Theatre

Price: $31-86

Reference Link: https://www.bard.org

Description:

Known and loved the world over, The Sound of Music reminds us that with high-spirited hope, heartfelt compassion, and unwavering determination, life’s mountains can always be climbed.

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Trouble in Mind

By: Alice Childress

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

Event Date(s): Fri Jun 24 - Fri Sep 09

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Randall L. Jones Theatre

Price: $25-80

Reference Link: https://www.bard.org

Description:

It’s 1957 in New York City, and Wiletta May — an African American actor in rehearsal for a new Broadway play — doesn’t intend to cause trouble. The stakes are high, but this satire of backstage drama and racial tropes will make you both laugh and stop to think.

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Clue

By: Sandy Rustin from Jonathan Lynn, with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

Event Date(s): Sat Jun 25 - Sat Oct 08

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Randall L. Jones Theatre

Price: $25-80

Reference Link: https://www.bard.org

Description:

It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well. . .dead. So whodunnit?

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The Tempest

By: William Shakespeare

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

Event Date(s): Tue Jul 12 - Sat Oct 08

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Price: $45-55

Reference Link: https://www.bard.org

Description:

The deposed Duke, Prospero, and his lovely daughter, Miranda, are shipwrecked on a small island where nothing is quite as it seems. But as they separate fantasy from authenticity, they eventually discover a brave new world of love, harmony, and redemption.

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Virginia

Disney’s High School Musical: One-Act Version

By: Book by David Simpatico songs by Matthew Gerrard songs by Bryan Louiselle, Faye Greenberg, David N. Lawrence, Greg Cham, Robbie Nevil, Ray Cham, Andrew Seeley, Randy Peterson, Kevin Quinn, Adam Watts, Andy Dodd, Jamie Houston Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced By Bryan Louiselle Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie written by Peter Barsocchini

Directed by: TBA

Mill Mountain Theatre

Roanoke

Event Date(s): Thu Jul 28 - Sun Aug 07

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Trinkle MainStage

Price: $

Reference Link: https://millmountain.org/production/high-school-musical-jr/

Description:

On the first day after winter break at East High, basketball team captain Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High.

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Ladies of the 80s!

Directed by: TBA

Mill Mountain Theatre

Roanoke

Event Date(s): Fri Aug 19 - Sat Aug 20

Type of Event: Concert

Venue: Trinkle MainStage

Price: $

Reference Link: https://millmountain.org/production/ladies-of-the-80s/

Description:

Revisit the big hair and even bigger voices of classic ’80s female performing artists in this special two-night-only concert, Ladies of the 80s! Featuring songs made popular by artists like Madonna, Whitney Houston, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, and more Ladies of the 80s!

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Mamma Mia!

By: Catherine Johnson, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus

Directed by: Kikau Alvaro

Virginia Repertory Theatre

Richmond

Event Date(s): Fri Jun 24 - Sun Aug 07

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The November Theatre

Price: $36-$67

Reference Link: https://https://va-rep.org/

Description:

A bride-to-be tries to find her real father and hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA help tell the tale. You will be singing and dancing as the story unfolds and the mystery is solved.

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Washington

This Flat Earth

By: Lindsay Ferrentino

Directed by: TBA

Harlequin Productions

Olympia

Event Date(s): Fri Aug 26 - Sat Sep 17

Type of Event: Play

Venue: The State Theater

Price: $20-$35

Reference Link: https://harlequinproductions.org/show/this-flat-earth-2/

Description:

At a middle school in a seaside town, the unthinkable has happened, placing a bewildered community in the national spotlight. An urgent response to our times, This Flat Earth is a startling and deeply felt story of growing up in our confounding world.

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