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Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of "A Christmas Carol." (Photo by Liz Lauren)

December 2021

Theatres across the U.S. ring in the holidays with a bounty of fare.

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Alabama

A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens | Adapted by Greta Lambert

Directed by: Rick Dildine

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Fri Dec 24

Type of Event: Theatre Performance

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://asf.net/christmas-carol

Description:

You’ll be mesmerized as ASF favorite Greta Lambert, in a one-woman tour de force in which she takes on more than a dozen roles, brings this beloved holiday classic to life.

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

By: Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II • New Book by Douglas Carter Beane | Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

Directed by: Shelley Butler

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 27 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Theatre Performance — Musical

Venue: Festival Stage

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://asf.net/cinderella-2022

Description:

This Tony-winning musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music delights audiences with its surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale. A hilarious and romantic experience for anyone who has ever had a dream.

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Arizona

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By: Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon

Directed by: Sean Daniels

Arizona Theatre Company

Phoenix

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 09 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Herberger Theater Center - Center Stage

Price: $25+

Reference Link: https://arizonatheatre.org/show/miss-bennet-christmas-at-pemberley/

Description:

This new holiday classic is about Mary Bennet and her journey in hopes of finding true love and embracing her independence. This is an energetic, witty, and romantic holiday comedy about family and transformation. A charming and cleverly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

By: Adapted by Robert Penola, based on animated television special; Music and Lyrics by Johnny Marks

Childsplay Theatre

Phoenix

Event Date(s): Sun Nov 07 - Fri Dec 24

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Herberger Theatre Center

Price: $Starting at $13

Reference Link: https://www.childsplayaz.org/rudolph

Description:

The holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special. A perfect way to celebrate the season! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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Arkansas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

By: Charles M. Schulz, Bill Melendez, Lee Mendelson, and Eric Schaeffer

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Little Rock

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Price: Varies

Reference Link: https://therep.org

Description:

The stage adaptation of the classic TV special, featuring fun holiday activities for the whole family!

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Tiny Beautiful Things

By: Nia Vardalos — Based on the novel by Cheryl Strayed

Directed by: Kim McKean

TheatreSquared

Fayetteville

Event Date(s): Wed Oct 20 - Sun Dec 05

Type of Event: In-Person and Streaming

Venue: TheatreSquared

Price: $10-58

Reference Link: https://theatre2.org

Description:

Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, compassion, and hope. At first unsure, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Amy Herzberg and Robert Ford

Directed by: Amy Herzberg

TheatreSquared

Fayetteville

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: In-Person and Streaming

Venue: Fayetteville Public Library Event Center

Price: $10-58

Reference Link: https://theatre2.org

Description:

A T2 Original. Brimming with stage magic and holiday cheer, TheatreSquared’s world premiere adaptation of A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens’ classic ghost story and sets the stage in the new Northwest Arkansas tradition.

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Marie and Rosetta

By: George Brandt

Directed by: Stephen H. Broadnax, III

TheatreSquared

Fayetteville

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 17 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: In-Person and Streaming

Venue: TheatreSquared

Price: $10-58

Reference Link: https://theatre2.org

Description:

Born in Cotton Plant, Ark., Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a legend, bringing fierce guitar and swing to gospel music—and blazing a path for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, and Ray Charles. Marie and Rosetta chronicles her first rehearsal with Marie Knight.

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The Mountaintop

By: Katori Hall

Directed by: vickie washington

TheatreSquared

Fayetteville

Event Date(s): Sun Dec 19 - Sun Feb 13

Type of Event: In-Person and Streaming

Venue: TheatreSquared

Price: $10-58

Reference Link: https://theatre2.org

Description:

A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of Civil Rights leade Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On April 3, 1968, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages, when a mysterious stranger arrives with news.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By: Barbara Robinson

Directed by: Christopher Tennison

Tricycle Theatre for Youth

Bentonville

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 10 - Sat Dec 18

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Tricycle Theatre

Description:

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem — and the fun!

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California

Scrooge in Love

By: Duane Poole, Larry Grossman and Kellen Blair

Directed by: Jared Sakren

6th Street Playhouse

Santa Rosa

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: GK Hardt Theatre

Price: $38.00

Reference Link: https://6thstreetplayhouse.com

Description:

Scrooge is visited, yet again, by the ghosts of past, present, and future—this time not to scare him into generosity—but instead to entice him out of loneliness and into love. Both side-splitting and hopelessly romantic, Scrooge in Love is the perfect holiday show for the whole family.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Geoff Elliott from Charles Dickens

Directed by: Julia Rodriguez-Elliott & Geoff Elliott

A Noise Within

Pasadena

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Play

Price: $25-79

Reference Link: https://www.anoisewithin.org/play/a-christmas-carol-2021/

Description:

ANW’s delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns with all new music! Families love the inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge— the perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season and beyond!

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Br’er Peach

By: Andrew Saito

Directed by: Desdemona Chiang

AlterTheater Ensemble

San Rafael

Event Date(s): Thu Oct 21 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: audio play

Venue: online

Price: $Sliding Scale

Reference Link: https://www.altertheater.org/peach

Description:

Thanks to a magic giant peach, an elderly Black couple in Georgia give birth to a Japanese boy, beginning an adventure where spirited animals join the fight against the true ogres of corporate greed, racism, and gentrification in Georgia. A new tale from old storytelling traditions. Produced in collaboration with the Parsnip Ship, in association with Business Lunch Productions.

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Snag

By: Tara Moses

Directed by: Jeanette Harrison

AlterTheater Ensemble

San Rafael

Event Date(s): Thu Oct 21 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Play/multimedia

Venue: Online

Price: Sliding Scale

Reference Link: https://www.altertheater.org/snag

Description:

The world’s first Native American romantic comedy….we think! A young man tries to save his parents’s marriage by reminding them why they fell in love.

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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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Altar No. 1–Aten

By: Daniel Alexandar Jones & Friends

CalArts Center for New Performance

Valencia

Event Date(s): Wed Oct 20 - Wed Dec 08

Type of Event: Digital Platform

Price: $Free

Reference Link: https://aten.life

Description:

Altar No. 1Aten uses our solar system as both metaphor and method for an immersive journey through the celestial, within and without. Anchored in the ever-expanding digital portal, the work invites you to take part in a dynamic new creative odyssey.

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

Directed by: Peter Mohrmann

Capital Stage

Sacramento

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 01 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Capital Stage

Price: $25-49

Reference Link: https://capstage.org/the-plays/miss-bennet-christmas-at-pemberley-2021/

Description:

In this charmingly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’s romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Jack Thorne from Charles Dickens

Directed by: Matthew Warchus

Center Theatre Group

Los Angeles

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 30 - Sat Jan 01

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Ahmanson Theatre

Price: $40-150

Reference Link: https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/ahmanson-theatre/2021/a-christmas-carol/

Description:

A holiday masterpiece for all ages, adapted by Tony Award winner Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and originally directed and conceived by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus (Matilda). A Christmas Carol opened on Broadway following runs at The Old Vic in London.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

By: Charles M. Schulz, Bill Melendez, Lee Mendelson, Eric Schaeffer, Arthur Whitelaw, Ruby Persson

Directed by: James Michael McHale

Chance Theater

Anaheim

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Live Theater

Venue: Chance Theater

Price: $25-35

Reference Link: https://chancetheater.com/production/a-charlie-brown-christmas-2/?referrer=5154

Description:

Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story, this holiday treat features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as beloved holiday carols performed by the Peanuts characters. There’s no better way to discover the magic of the season!

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Striking 12

By: Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda, and Rachel Sheinkin

Directed by: Kari Hayter

Chance Theater

Anaheim

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center

Price: $25-49

Reference Link: https://chancetheater.com/production/striking12/

Description:

A unique hybrid of musical theatre and a live concert, Striking 12 tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who resolves to spend New Year’s Eve alone when an incandescent figure arrives at the door with the promise to chase away the winter doldrums.

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Striking 12

By: Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda, Rachel Sheinkin

Directed by: Kari Hayter

Chance Theater

Anaheim

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Live Theater

Venue: Chance Theater

Price: $39-49

Reference Link: https://chancetheater.com/production/striking12/?referrer=34404

Description:

This festive musical-concert hybrid inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl will wrap up Chance Theater’s 23rd anniversary season.

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Native Gardens

By: Karen Zacarias

Directed by: Melinda Marks

City Lights Theater Company

San Jose

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 18 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: In Person

Price: $25-49

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

Description:

Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American Dream when they buy a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out war.

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Strong Words – Stories For Grownups

By: Larry Dean Harris

Directed by: Larry Dean Harris

Coachella Valley Repertory

Cathedral City

Event Date(s): Sun Dec 19 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Live Theatre

Venue: Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre

Price: $20

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Description:

Starring Larry Dean Harris, Sandra Tsing Loh, Kevin Chamberlain, Johanna Stein, Vicki Juditz, Roy Cruz, and Molly Kirschenbaum. Tickets are $20; visit www.cvrep.org or call 760-296-2966 x 115. Masks and proof of full vaccination (or negative PCR COVID test within 48 hours) required.

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The Latsos, Featuring the Music of Joe Giarrusso

By: Coachella Valley Repertory

Directed by: Joe Giarrusso

Coachella Valley Repertory

Cathedral City

Event Date(s): Sun Dec 12 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Concert

Venue: Coachella Valley Repertory Theater

Price: $75

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Description:

Join the incomparable piano duo Giorgi Latso and Ana Fedorova-Latso for this CVRep benefit performance with David Hirsch, Kaitlyn Farley, and John Walz. Help us raise the much-needed funding for our theatre. Tickets are on sale for $75 and include a post-performance reception.

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Azul

By: C.Quintana

Directed by: Maria Patrice Amon

Diversionary Theatre

San Diego

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 18 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: West Coast Premiere Play

Venue: Diversionary Theatre

Price: $15-50

Reference Link: https://www.diversionary.org/azul

Description:

Memories of Yadra’s childhood in Castro’s Cuba come flooding back as Alzheimer’s sets in, inspiring her daughter Zelia to connect with her heritage. With her wife by her side, Zelia sets out on a journey to excavate family secrets.

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The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

By: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

Directed by: Michael Butler

Ensemble Theatre Company

Santa Barbara

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Theater Performance

Venue: The New Vic

Price: $

Reference Link: https://etcsb.org/production/the-wickhams-christmas-at-pemberley/

Description:

Part II of the Christmas at Pemberley trilogy! In this new sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Darcy and Elizabeth must now contend with hijinks amongst the staff, all while preparing for the family to visit.

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Paradise Blue

By: Dominique Morisseau

Directed by: Stori Ayers

Geffen Playhouse

Los Angeles

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 09 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Geffen Playhouse

Price: $65+

Reference Link: https://www.geffenplayhouse.org/tickets/25th-anniversary-season/

Description:

In Tony Award-nominated playwright Dominique Morisseau’s (Ain’t Too Proud, Skeleton Crew) powerful noir-inspired drama, a makeshift family and their troubled bandleader find themselves fighting for the future of Paradise.

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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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to the yellow house

By: Kimber Lee

Directed by: Neel Keller

La Jolla Playhouse

San Diego

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 16 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: World-Premiere Play

Venue: La Jolla Playhouse

Price: $TBD

Reference Link: https://lajollaplayhouse.org/

Description:

Kimber’s Lee’s riveting piece explores an artist on the cusp of finding his brilliance – a meditation on love, art and not being popular.

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Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley

By: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

Directed by: Meredith McDonough

Marin Theatre Company

Mill Valley

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 18 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Boyer Theatre

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

Description:

Penned by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, the final installment of the Christmas at Pemberley trilogy follows Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana—an accomplished pianist—and the youngest Bennet sister, Kitty.

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Plot Points in Our Sexual Development

By: Miranda Rose Hall

New Conservatory Theatre Center

San Francisco

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 12 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Walker Theatre

Price: $25-55

Reference Link: https://www.nctcsf.org/21-22-Season/Plot-Points-in-Our-Sexual-Development

Description:

Sex is complicated. Especially if you’ve got a history. When their relationship hits a breaking point, Theo and Cecily look back at their awkward-messy-tender- wonderful-heartbreaking pasts to understand the meaning of true intimacy.

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Gently Down the Stream

By: Martin Sherman

New Conservatory Theatre Center

San Francisco

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Sun Jan 09

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Decker Theatre

Price: $25-55

Reference Link: https://www.nctcsf.org/21-22-Season/Gently-down-the-stream

Description:

Beau has spent decades of his life trying to blend into a world that told him to be invisible. Enter Rufus, who lives his life openly and is fascinated with the much older Beau. Gently Down the Stream is a brilliantly funny romance about being a gay man in the 21st century.

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Always…Patsy Cline

By: Ted Swindley

Directed by: Allegra Libonati

North Coast Repertory Theatre

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 08 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: North Coast Rep

Price: $49

Reference Link: https://northcoastrep.org

Description:

A dramatic musical theatrical experience, Always…Patsy Cline has enjoyed great success all over the United States including a successful run off Broadway. The show is based on a true story of Patsy’s friendship with a fan, Louise Seger.

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Head Over Heels

By: Adapted by James Magruder from Jeffy Whitty, with music by the Go-Go's

Directed by: Jenny Koons and Sam Pinkleton

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 09 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Musical

Price: $30+

Reference Link: https:///www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/event/head-over-heels/

Description:

The music of the Go-Go’s fuels this non-stop, dance-filled joyride through magic, merriment, and mischief. From the first notes of “We Got the Beat” to the final rapturous curtain call, you’ll be whisked away to a world of exuberance and wit. It’s a party. And you’re invited.

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The Secret Garden

By: Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon

Directed by: Roger DeLaurier

PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre

Santa Maria

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 11 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Marion Theatre

Price: $19.25-50.00

Reference Link: http://pcpa.org/SecretGarden/

Description:

Orphaned by an epidemic, Mary Lennox is sent from British colonial India to a home she has never known in Yorkshire, England. There she finds a mysterious house and a family shrouded in secrets. As curiosity overcomes sadness, Mary finds the key to unlock healing and hope.

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She the People

By: The Second City

Directed by: Carly Heffernan

San Diego Repertory Theatre

San Diego

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 18 - Sun Dec 05

Type of Event: Performance

Venue: San Diego Repertory Theatre

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.sdrep.org/show-detail.php?id=656

Description:

This high-octane show is entirely created, designed, and performed by the fearlessly funny women of world-famous comedy mecca the Second City.

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A Christmas Story

By: Philip Grecian

Directed by: Kevin Harris

San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre

San Luis Obispo

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 18 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre

Price: $20-$38

Description:

Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Bring the whole family to A Christmas Story for a heartwarming, funny, nostalgic holiday treat!

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The Cassandra Sessions: Recording This World

By: Beth Wilmurt & Jake Rodriguez & Malvina Reynolds

Directed by: Beth Wilmurt

Shotgun Players

Berkeley

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Theatre Performance

Venue: Shotgun Players

Price: $8-40

Reference Link: https://shotgunplayers.org/online/article/cassandra

Description:

Cassandra records an album of songs entitled This World, a time capsule of truths for anyone in the future who will listen. Featuring songs by Berkeley native Malvina Reynolds and inspired by Greek mythology.

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The Cassandra Sessions: Recording This World

By: Beth Wilmurt and Jake Rodriguez

Directed by: Beth Wilmurt and Jake Rodriguez

Shotgun Players

Berkeley

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Ashby Stage

Price: $8-40

Reference Link: https://shotgunplayers.org/online/article/cassandra

Description:

Unheard in her time, Cassandra records an album of songs entitled “This World,” a time capsule of truths for anyone in the future who will listen. But people today don’t really listen to each other.

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A Hit Dog Will Holler

By: Inda Craig-Galván

Directed by: Jon Lawrence Rivera

Skylight Theatre Company

Los Angeles

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 06 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Skylight Theatre

Price: $35 - 40

Reference Link: https://skylighttheatre.org/

Description:

A social media influencer and a boots-on-the-ground activist form a complex bond of friendship to help each other survive as American racism manifests as a physical form. Developed in workshop with the Humanitas Prize. Produced in association with Playwrights’ Arena.

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It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Directed by: Giovanna Sardelli

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Palo Alto

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 01 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Play and on-demand

Venue: Lucie Stern Theatre

Price: $30+

Reference Link: https://theatreworks.org/season51/its-a-wonderful-life/

Description:

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play offers the beloved film as a 1940s era radio play, complete with live foley-style sound effects. Five actors take on dozens of roles, immersing audiences in the iconic Christmas story of George Bailey as he learns the impact of his life.

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Colorado

Elf: The Musical

By: Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, with music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Directed by: Gavin Mayer

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Arvada

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 19 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Arvada Center Main Stage Theatre

Price: $53-77

Reference Link: https://arvadacenter.org/events/elf-the-musical

Description:

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. As Buddy helps New York City rediscover its Christmas cheer, this family favorite helps us all find the joy in the season.

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Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

By: Tom Mula

Directed by: Kate Berry

Creede Repertory Theatre

Creede

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Sat Dec 18

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre

Price: $20

Reference Link: https://creederep.org/show/jacob-marleys-christmas-carol/

Description:

“Marley was dead, to begin with…” Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself: To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal.

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American Son

By: Christopher Demos-Brown

Directed by: Jada Suzanne Dixon

Curious Theatre Company

Denver

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 06 - Sat Dec 11

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Curious Theatre Company

Price: $28-$45

Reference Link: https://www.curioustheatre.org/event/american-son/

Description:

“Where is my son!?” In the middle of the night, a mother frantically paces a police station, desperately trying to pry information about her missing son from evasive detectives. As tensions escalate and the story unwinds, the chasm between Jamal’s interracial parents widens.

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American Son

By: Christopher Demos-Brown

Directed by: Jada Susanne Dixon

Curious Theatre Company

Denver

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 06 - Sat Dec 11

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Curious Theatre Company

Price: $20-45

Reference Link: https://www.curioustheatre.org/event/american-son/

Description:

“Where is my son!?!?” In the middle of the night, a mother frantically paces a police station, desperately trying to pry information about her missing son from evasive detectives. As tensions escalate and the story unwinds, the chasm between Jamal’s interracial parents widens.

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Tantalus: Behind the Mask Watch Party

By: John Barton

Directed by: Sir Peter Hall

Denver Center Theatre Company

Denver

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 16 - Thu Dec 16

Type of Event: Documentary Watch Party

Venue: Online

Price: $Free with suggested donation

Reference Link: https://https://www.denvercenter.org/tickets-events/tantalus/#watch

Description:

Join us for a viewing party at the virtual screening of Tantalus: Behind the Mask, a two-and-a-half-hour documentary that captured all the determination, drama, and artistry that led to this highly acclaimed and unforgettable theatrical experience.

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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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A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens

Directed by: Melissa Rain Anderson

Denver Center Theatre Company

Denver

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 19 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Musical, Family Friendly

Venue: The Wolf Theatre

Price: $

Reference Link: https://https://www.denvercenter.org/tickets-events/a-christmas-carol/

Description:

Essential to the holiday season in Denver, A Christmas Carol is a joyous and opulent musical adaptation that traces money-hoarding curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption.

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Local Lab 11: FALL LAB

Local Theater Company

Boulder

Event Date(s): Sat Dec 04 - Mon Dec 06

Type of Event: In-Person & Livestream Performance

Venue: DV8 Distillery/Online

Price: $15—30

Reference Link: https://www.localtheaterco.org/locallab11

Description:

Do you want to hear some of the best new American plays being written today? Care to engage with the artists behind these works and participate in conversations that will move them one step closer to production? Join us for this 3-day hybrid festival of new American plays.

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Every Brilliant Thing

By: Duncan Macmillan

Directed by: Marisa Hébert

Theatreworks Colorado

Colorado Springs

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Ent Center for the Arts

Price: $32.00

Reference Link: https://entcenterforthearts.org/theatreworks/events

Description:

Ice cream. Water fights. Dreams of flying. Over a lifetime, our hero makes a list to cheer up their mother, only to discover this key to life: Joy can spring from the littlest things.

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Connecticut

Christmas on the Rocks

By: John Cariani, Jeffrey Hatcher, Jacques Lamarre, Theresa Rebeck, Edwin Sanchez, Mathew Wilkas and Jenn Harris

Directed by: Rob Ruggiero

TheaterWorks Hartford

Hartford

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Live in theater

Venue: TheaterWorks Hartford

Price: $45-75

Reference Link: https://twhartford.org/

Description:

It’s Christmas Eve in a rundown local bar. Expecting a silent night, the bartender finds himself mixing drinks for a parade of surprising guests: children from your favorite Christmas specials and movies, now all grown up. Starring Jennifer Cody, Randy Harrison, and Ted Lange.

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Delaware

Votetrickery: A Spoken Word Symphony

By: Hassan El-Amin

Directed by: Hassan El-Amin

Resident Ensemble Players

Newark

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 01 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Audio Production

Venue: Virtual

Price: Free

Reference Link: https://www.rep.udel.edu/presentations/votetrickery

Description:

Throughout history it’s been suggested that America does not have a government by the majority, but rather a government by the majority who vote. But just who can vote? And who decides? A timely exploration into the unresolved voting rights issues that continue to plague our country.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Sara Valentine and Michael Boudewyns from Charles Dickens

Directed by: Kathleen Pirkl Tague

Resident Ensemble Players

Newark

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 08 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Audio Production

Venue: Virtual

Price: Free

Reference Link: https://www.rep.udel.edu/presentations/a-christmas-carol

Description:

A Christmas Carol is back! Immerse yourself in your imagination while following the cold-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge as he sets out on a journey to rediscover the importance of kindness and compassion. It’s the holiday treat not to be missed!

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District-of-Columbia

August Wilson’s Seven Guitars

By: August Wilson

Directed by: Tazewell Thompson

Arena Stage

Washington

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Fichandler Stage

Price: $

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

Description:

Infused with deep and soaring blues rhythms, this heartfelt classic follows the cycle of life, love, pain, suffering, and joy of seven lives that are reconnected following an untimely death. This is the second half of Arena Stage Giants Festival featuring August Wilson.

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District-Of-Columbia

Flight

By: Vox Motus

Directed by: Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds

Studio Theatre

Washington

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 16 - Sun Mar 06

Type of Event: Theatrical Production

Venue: Studio Theatre

Price: $42-52

Reference Link: https://www.studiotheatre.org/plays/play-detail/2021-2022/flight

Description:

The story of two orphaned brothers on an epic cross-continental odyssey to freedom and safety plays out in breathtaking miniature in Flight. The immersive theatrical installation uses spectacularly detailed dioramas to tell this story of hope and survival.

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District-of-Columbia

Tuesdays With Morrie

By: Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom

Directed by: Jenna Place

Theater J

Washington, DC

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 10 - Sun Dec 05

Type of Event: Play

Venue: EDCJCC

Price: $35-70

Reference Link: https://theaterj.org/2021-2022-season/tuesdays-with-morrie-21-22/

Description:

Based on the best-selling memoir, Tuesdays With Morrie is the powerful and moving story of Mitch Albom, a hard-driving sportswriter, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor.

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A Strange Loop

By: Michael R. Jackson

Directed by: Stephen Brackett

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Washington

Event Date(s): Mon Nov 22 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Price: $32

Reference Link: https://www.woollymammoth.net/event/a-strange-loop/

Description:

The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner about a Black, queer writer writing his original musical…about a Black, queer writer writing his original musical.

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District-Of-Columbia

Seven methods of killing kylie jenner

By: Jasmine Lee-Jones

Directed by: Milli Bhatia

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Washington

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 11 - Sun Mar 06

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Price: $Starting at $29

Reference Link: https://https://www.woollymammoth.net/event/killing-kylie-jenner/

Description:

Through a digital world of GIFs, memes, and #cancelculture, seven methods offers a Gen Z analysis of Black womanhood, colorism, and the politics of social media activism. A Royal Court Theatre production.

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Florida

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

By: Tom Mula

American Stage

St. Petersburg

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 08 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Raymond James Theatre

Price: $32-53

Reference Link: https://americanstage.org

Description:

The story of Scrooge is well known, but what about Marley? How did his haunting afterlife begin? In his version of the carol, Marley is helping to save the one man on earth who was more greedy and sour than himself. We come to find that self sacrifice can make a difference.

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Hair

By: Gerome Ragni, James Rado, and Galt MacDermot

Directed by: Josh Rhodes

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Sarasota

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 17 - Sat Jan 01

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Mertz Theatre

Reference Link: https://www.asolorep.org/events/detail/hair

Description:

This joyous rebellion proudly reclaims love as the heart of what it means to be American. Packed with music that is beautiful, irreverent, and deeply evocative, the quirky, all-inclusive vibe doesn’t shy away from poignant social commentary.

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West Side Story

By: Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim

Directed by: Kody Jones

Florida Repertory Theatre

Fort Myers

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 23 - Wed Dec 15

Type of Event: Musical Theatre

Venue: Historic Arcade Theatre

Price: $

Reference Link: https://

Description:

Florida Rep’s ensemble members and conservatory students unite in the most memorable musical and greatest love story of all time.

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America In One Room

By: Jason Odell Williams

Florida Studio Theatre

Sarasota

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 08 - Sun Feb 27

Type of Event: Play

Venue: FST's Keating Theatre

Price: $36+

Reference Link: https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/america-one-room

Description:

Inspired by the real-life convention from 2019 of the same name, America in One Room dissects recent headlines and our nation’s past to answer the question: What does it mean to be an American? World premiere.

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

By: Alan Janes

Directed by: Jason Cannon

Florida Studio Theatre

Sarasota

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 03 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Mainstage Musical

Venue: FST's Gompertz Theatre

Price: $36+

Reference Link: https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/buddy-buddy-holly-story-0

Description:

Experience the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from “That’ll Be the Day” hitting the airwaves in 1957 to “The Day The Music Died” two years later.

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The Wanderers

By: Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins

Directed by: Catherine Randazzo

Florida Studio Theatre

Sarasota

Event Date(s): Wed Sep 29 - Sun Feb 06

Type of Event: FST Original Musical Revue

Venue: FST's Court Cabaret

Price: $36+

Reference Link: https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/wanderers-0

Description:

Honoring the dynamic harmony groups of the mid-20th century—from the Four Seasons and the Platters to the Beatles and beyond, The Wanderers will transport you to simpler times with their tight harmonies, smooth moves, and, of course, matching jackets.

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Friends in Low Places

By: Rebecca Hopkins and Richard Hopkins

Directed by: Catherine Randazzo

Florida Studio Theatre

Sarasota

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 17 - Sun Mar 27

Type of Event: FST Original Musical Revue

Venue: FST's Goldstein Cabaret

Price: $36+

Reference Link: https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/friends-low-places

Description:

Friends in Low Places celebrates the contemporary country artists like Garth Brooks and Miranda Lambert, who transformed their genre and rocketed to the top of the charts. Featuring such songs as “Could I Have This Dance,” “Bluebird,” and “Good Hearted Woman.”

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Deck the Halls

By: Caroline Saldivar and Sarah Durham

Directed by: Caroline Saldivar

Florida Studio Theatre

Sarasota

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 27 - Fri Dec 24

Type of Event: Theatre for Young Audiences

Venue: FST's Bowne's Lab

Price: $5-10

Reference Link: https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/deck-halls-0

Description:

A brand-new rendition of everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. With all-new songs and sketches, audiences should get ready to celebrate the holidays, Florida style: palm trees with decorations, swimming in the sea, sand snowmen, and more.

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The Price

By: Arthur Miller

Directed by: Bari Newport, from the vision of Joseph Adler

GableStage

Coral Gables

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 12 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Play

Venue: GableStage @ the Biltmore Hotel & Resort

Price: $35-65

Reference Link: http://www.gablestage.org/production/

Description:

One son abandoned his dreams to support his father. The other didn’t. Thirty years later, they reunite to sell their late father’s belongings and are forced to examine their decisions — and the price they had to pay. The final play directed by Joseph Adler before his passing.

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Joe Papp at the Ballroom

By: Adapted by Avi Hoffman, Susan Papp-Lippman, and Eleanor Reissa

Directed by: Eleanor Reissa

GableStage

Coral Gables

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 17 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Play

Venue: GableStage @ the Biltmore Hotel & Resort

Price: $35-65

Reference Link: http://www.gablestage.org/production/

Description:

Joseph Papp, the greatest American theatre icon of the 20th century, gave only one series of public concerts in 1978. In this reconceived theatrical event, he recounts his Brooklyn Yiddish upbringing, his political struggles and his reconceiving of the creative process.

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Radio Golf

By: August Wilson

Directed by: Marshall Jones III

Gulfshore Playhouse

Naples

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 13 - Mon Dec 06

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: The Norris Center

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org/2021-2022-season/radio-golf/

Description:

Harmond Wilks, an ambitious real estate developer, is determined to save his blighted childhood neighborhood and become the first Black mayor of Pittsburgh. But revitalizing his neighborhood comes with a cost that puts the neighborhood’s history in jeopardy.

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Shockheaded Peter

By: Created for the stage by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott Original music by The Tiger Lillies Based on Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann

Directed by: David M. Jenkins

Jobsite Theater

Tampa

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 23 - Sat Dec 04

Type of Event: Musical Entertainment

Venue: Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Price: $20 - $39.50+

Reference Link: https://jobsitetheater.org/shockheaded-peter

Description:

Our triumphant return after a sold out July run. A little bit Edward Gorey, a little bit Tim Burton, Shockheaded Peter is the phantasmagorical musical staging of Heinrich Hoffman’s dark, mildly-terrifying 19th-century German children’s book Der Struwwelpeter.

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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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A Wonderful World

By: Aurin Squire, with orchestrations, arrangements, and musical direction by Michael O. Mitchell and Annastasia Victory

Directed by: Christopher Renshaw

Miami New Drama

Miami Beach

Event Date(s): Sat Dec 04 - Sun Jan 16

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Reference Link: www.miaminewdrama.org

Description:

Relish in the music. Meet the wives who shaped the man. Witness the story of a legend. A world-premiere musical about jazz legend and singular American icon Louis Armstrong, featuring songs recorded and made popular by Armstrong.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Jim Helsinger from Charles Dickens

Directed by: Brandon Yagel

Orlando Shakespeare

Orlando

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 01 - Fri Dec 24

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Margeson Theater

Price: $32-56

Reference Link: https://www.orlandoshakes.org/show/a-christmas-carol-2021/

Description:

The heartwarming Christmas classic comes to life onstage in an all-new adaptation by artistic Director jim Helsinger. Featuring your favorite carols and awe-inspiring special effects, this delightful rendition tells the iconic tale of one man’s chance to change for the better.

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The People Downstairs

By: Michael McKeever

Palm Beach Dramaworks

West Palm Beach

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Price: $59-94

Reference Link: https://www.palmbeachdramaworks.org/program/groupevent

Description:

A play that probes the complex challenges faced by the righteous Gentiles who hid and protected Anne Frank and seven others during the horrors of the Holocaust.

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

By: Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak

Directed by: Bryce Alexander

The Naples Players

Naples

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 24 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The Naples Players, Blackburn Hall

Price: $42

Reference Link: https://https://naplesplayers.org/show/a-gentlemans-guide-to-love-and-murder/

Description:

Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, the show follows Monty Navarro, the heir to a long-lost family fortune…if only he wasn’t eighth in line. The scene-stealing role of Monty stars one actor who also plays all eight roles of the doomed relatives who meet their ends in comedic conditions.

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Home For The Holidays

By: Danni/Molnar/Fornara

Directed by: Mark Danni

TheatreZone

Naples

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 10 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: G&L Theater

Price: $50 - 85

Reference Link: https://theatre.zone

Description:

This TheatreZone original production celebrates the season with an extravaganza of holiday favorites, lively dance routines, gorgeous costumes, and a live orchestra to put everyone in a festive mood.

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Home for the Holidays

By: Various

Directed by: Mark Danni

TheatreZone

Naples

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 10 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: G&L Theater

Price: $50 - 85

Reference Link: https://theatrezone

Description:

This TheatreZone original production features an extravaganza of holiday favorites, lively dance routines, dazzling costumes, and a live orchestra to help audiences celebrate the spirit of the season.

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At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen

By: Terry Guest

Directed by: Damian Lockhart

Urbanite Theatre

Sarasota

Event Date(s): Fri Oct 29 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Urbanite Theatre

Price: $5-35

Reference Link: https://www.urbanitetheatre.com/atthewake

Description:

In rural Georgia, drag star Courtney Berringers (given name: Anthony Knighton) would like to welcome you to her wake. But make no mistake, this isn’t your grandma’s funeral. There will be no black frocks, no perfumed flowers, and definitely no crying. Tonight is a celebration.

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Joyful! Joyful!

By: Nate Jacobs

Directed by: Nate Jacobs

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Sarasota

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 01 - Thu Dec 30

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Price: $50

Reference Link: https://westcoastblacktheatre.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S5a00000FHLwvEAH

Description:

WBTT presents its Christmas card to the community, the world-premiere musical revue Joyful! Joyful! A blend of new takes on traditional holiday tunes, gospel-infused classics, and pop songs, as only WBTT’s singers, dancers, and musicians can perform them.

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Georgia

Club Hertz Live

Alliance Theatre

Atlanta

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 08 - Fri Dec 24

Type of Event: Concert series

Venue: Hertz Stage at Alliance Theatre

Price: $25 - 45

Reference Link: https://alliancetheatre.org/production/2021-22/club-hertz-live

Description:

Experience a special concert series featuring some of Atlanta’s most exciting performers and musicians in a relaxed lounge atmosphere. Club Hertz Live will feature a new performer each night and a variety of genres during the month of December.

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Knock, Knock

By: Olivia Aston Bosworth and Samantha Provenzano

Directed by: Samantha Provenzano

Alliance Theatre

Atlanta

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Selig Family Black Box at Alliance Theatre

Price: $Free for kids under 5, $5 for kids 6 - 17, $10 for adults

Reference Link: https://alliancetheatre.org/production/2021-22/knock-knock

Description:

Come in from the cold and celebrate community, family, and warmth this holiday season. Join us on a floor-to-floor adventure, meeting a variety of friends who all call the Apartment Building home. Surprises hide behind each door — all you need to do is (Knock, Knock).

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A Christmas Carol

By: By Charles Dickens; Adapted by David H. Bell

Directed by: Leora Morris

Alliance Theatre

Atlanta

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 12 - Fri Dec 24

Type of Event: Play

Venue: The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre

Price: $25 - 85

Reference Link: https://alliancetheatre.org/production/2021-22/a-christmas-carol

Description:

The Alliance’s beloved production A Christmas Carol will return this year with an exciting new adaption, including a completely reimagined set design and stunning new costumes. Audiences will be transported to the streets of London to revisit the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Christmas Canteen

By: Aurora Theatre

Aurora Theatre

Lawrenceville

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Grand Stage Theatre of Lawrenceville Arts Center

Description:

For the first time on the 500-seat Grand Stage Theatre of the Lawrenceville Arts Center: Gwinnett’s longest-running theatrical holiday tradition. This stunning revue is an explosion of Christmas magic brimming with songs, comic sketches, and trips down memory lane!

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Southbound: True Life Tales from the ATL and Beyond

By: Various

Directed by: Megan Hayes, Brittani Minnieweather producers

Horizon Theatre Company

Atlanta

Event Date(s): Mon Sep 13 - Thu Jun 30

Type of Event: Performance virtual/live

Venue: Horizon Theatre Company, on location and virtual

Price: $0

Reference Link: https://www.horizontheatre.com/southbound-true-life-tales-from-the-atl-and-beyond/

Description:

From the depths of the ATL, an original show of short-form performances based on true-life tales told from the heart by writers, musicians, actors, journalists, leaders. Story, song, spoken word, film, and more, once a month on Monday nights—virtual and eventually live.

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Marie and Rosetta

By: George Brant

Directed by: Andrea Frye

Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company

Atlanta

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 30 - Thu Dec 30

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Southwest Arts Center

Price: $25-55

Reference Link: https://truecolorstheatre.org/event/marie-and-rosetta/

Description:

Marie and Rosetta chronicles Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s journey with young gospel singer Marie Knight, whom she recruited away from Mahalia Jackson. Despite Jim Crow laws standing in their way, Marie and Rosetta broke new ground with their music and their relationship.

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Equitable Dinners: Lift Every Voice

By: Various Playwrights

Directed by: Various Directors

Out of Hand Theater

Atlanta

Event Date(s): Sun Sep 19 - Sun Jun 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Virtual Via Zoom

Price: $0.00

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

Description:

A new play every month. Equitable Dinners: Lift Every Voice is a free monthly, online series featuring art, experts, and conversation. Every month, we address a different racial equity topic—with a guest speaker, a 10-minute play, and small-group conversations.

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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

By: Ken Ludwig

Theatrical Outfit

Atlanta

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 17 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Balzer Theater at Herren's

Price: $15+

Reference Link: https://www.theatricaloutfit.org/shows/baskerville/

Description:

Is there any truth to the legend of a supernatural hound? This sounds like a case for the world’s most famous detective! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig, comes a fast-paced comedy mystery that takes us from Baker Street to the haunted Dartmoor.

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Illinois

A Black Ensemble Holiday Spectacular

Directed by: Black Ensemble Theater Producing Managing Director Daryl D. Brooks

Black Ensemble Theater

Chicago

Event Date(s): Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Concert Cabaret

Venue: Black Ensemble Theater

Price: $45

Reference Link: https://blackensembletheater.org/

Description:

A Black Ensemble Holiday Spectacular is part of the Concert Cabaret Series—a fun, uplifting, inspiring, and soothing series featuring inspirational spoken word, comedic vignettes, and great music. Directed by Daryl D. Brooks and featuring favorite Black Ensemble performers.

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Q Brothers Christmas Carol

By: Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, Pos) with Rick Boynton

Directed by: GQ and JQ

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Chicago

Event Date(s): Tue Dec 07 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

Price: $38-$56

Reference Link: https://www.chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events/qbros_christmas_carol

Description:

Hip-hop holidays return! The Q Brothers Collective is back with their wildly entertaining ad-rap-tation of Charles Dickens’ classic.

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Her Honor Jane Byrne

By: J. Nicole Brooks

Directed by: J. Nicole Brooks

Lookingglass Theatre Company

Chicago

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 11 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Lookingglass Theatre Company

Price: $45-65

Reference Link: https://lookingglasstheatre.org/event/her-honor-jane-byrne-2021/

Description:

Chicago is “The City That Works”—but does it work for everybody? The city’s first woman mayor is about to find out in this smoldering new take on Her Honor Jane Byrne.

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Mr. Dickens’ Hat

By: Michael Hollinger

Directed by: David Catlin, with music direction by Chuck Larkin

Northlight Theatre

Skokie

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Northlight Theatre

Price: $30-$89

Reference Link: https://northlight.org/events/mr-dickens-hat/

Description:

In a Victorian shop sits the prized hat of Charles Dickens. When a pair of bumbling thieves plots to steal it, young Kit sets out to foil their plan, save the hat, and free her father from debtors’s prison. Filled with colorful characters, this warm tale features original music.

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The Last Pair of Earlies

By: Joshua Allen

Directed by: Tyla Abercrumbie

Raven Theatre Company

Chicago

Event Date(s): Wed Oct 27 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Drama

Venue: East Stage

Price: $40

Reference Link: https://https://www.raventheatre.com/stage/the-last-pair-of-earlies/

Description:

In 1939 Chicago, Della Rose Early daydreams at her window while her husband, Wayland, disappears for days on end to sell his handmade leather shoes. But as he pursues his dreams, Della dreams of the life she left behind and the life she always wanted…and still wants.

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Bug

By: Tracy Letts

Directed by: David Cromer

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Chicago

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 11 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Price: $44-110

Reference Link: https://www.steppenwolf.org/tickets--events/seasons/2021-22/bug/

Description:

In a seedy Oklahoma motel room, a lonely waitress begins an unexpected love affair with a young drifter. And then they see the first bugs. Tracy Letts’s mind-bending cult classic — a luridly funny tale of love, paranoia and government conspiracy — roars back to Steppenwolf.

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Dishwasher Dreams

By: Alaudin Ullah

Directed by: Chay Yew

Writers Theatre

Glencoe

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 09 - Sun Jan 23

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Writers Theatre - Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre

Reference Link: https://www.writerstheatre.org/dishwasher-dreams

Description:

This exhilarating tour-de-force will have you empathizing with, while simultaneously laughing over, Alaudin Ullah’s experiences of immigration, the Yankees, and the complex nature of the American Dream. Also featuring live accompaniment by tabla percussionist Avirodh Sharma.

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Indiana

A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Tom Haas from Charles Dickens

Directed by: James Still

Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 23 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Play

Venue: One American Stage

Price: $26-$67.50

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

Description:

Now more than ever, we need to gather together to celebrate the joy of the season. A Christmas Carol shines a light on the power of kindness and love in this uplifting tale of one man’s journey to redemption.

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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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A Christmas Carol: Radio Play

By: based on the novella by Charles Dickens

Directed by: Robert Barry Fleming; adapted by Amy Wegener; executive producer Dan Gediman; sound design by Sue Zizza

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 16 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Radio Play

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Pay What You Choose Starting at $10

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

Description:

The audio adaptation of Charles Dickens’s tale, created in collaboration with expert radio producers and sound designers, returns this winter.

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An Exploratory Lab Production of A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 16 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Exploratory Lab Production

Venue: Bingham Theatre

Price: $TBD

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

Description:

This exploratory version plays with that tradition while experimenting with motion-capture technology to immerse the audience in the ghostly story world animating the imaginative, haunted inner journey of Scrooge. We are developing this work utilizing emergent technology and AR.

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Where Did We Sit on the Bus?

By: Brian Quijada

Directed by: Matt Dickson, with digital creation by Satya Chávez and Dickson

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

Event Date(s): Thu Sep 02 - Tue May 31

Type of Event: Play and virtual

Venue: Virtual

Price: Pay What You Choose Starting at $10

Reference Link: https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/where-did-we-sit-on-the-bus/

Description:

During a lesson on Rosa Parks, a Latinx kid begins searching for her own people’s place in American history. Infused with a mix of rap, hip-hop, and spoken word, this exploration delves into the experience of growing up in an immigrant family and finding identity in making art.

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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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Maine

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

By: Jon Lorenz

Directed by: Jen Shepard

Penobscot Theatre Company

Bangor

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 18 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Bangor Opera House

Price: $39

Reference Link: https://www.penobscottheatre.org/show/miracle-play/

Description:

Join the studio audience at WPTC for a star-studded musical adaptation of this beloved holiday classic. Adapted from the original 1947 Lux Radio Hour Broadcast and paired with live Foley effects, localized jingles, and an original musical score.

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Maryland

Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities

By: Anna Deavere Smith

Directed by: Nicole Brewer

Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 27 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Reference Link: https://https://www.centerstage.org/plays-and-events/fires-in-the-mirror/

Description:

In the late summer of 1991, long-simmering tensions between Black and Jewish residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn erupted in a series of violent events. A single performer brings the stories of over 100 people to electrifying life in Fires in the Mirror.

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The Skin of Our Teeth

By: Thornton Wilder

Directed by: Noah Himmelstein

Everyman Theatre

Baltimore

Event Date(s): Tue Dec 07 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: mainstage

Price: $Starting at $29

Reference Link: http://everymantheatre.org/skin-our-teeth

Description:

Witty and provocative, this Pulitzer Prize winner combines burlesque, satire, and farce in a time-travelling romp through the ages. Follow the Antrobus family of Excelsior, N.J., as they narrowly escape one cataclysmic event after another, but only by the skin of their teeth!

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Corduroy

By: Don Freeman

Directed by: Kathryn Chase Bryer

Imagination Stage

Bethesda

Event Date(s): Sat Dec 11 - Sun Jan 23

Type of Event: Theatre Performance

Venue: Imagination Stage

Price: $28

Reference Link: https://imaginationstage.org

Description:

Corduroy is determined to become worthy of going to a real home, and Lisa is instantly drawn to the perfectly imperfect teddy bear on display. We all need a friend, and this story of unconditional love captures both the humanity and the merriment of the holiday season.

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No, Virginia: A Grown-up Holiday Farce

By: J.D. Sivert

Directed by: Tabetha White

Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Frederick

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Original Stageplay

Venue: Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Price: $28

Reference Link: https://marylandensemble.org/no-virginia/

Description:

In this MET World Premiere, Tiffany hopes she can get a Santa to come to the Christmas party she’s throwing for her daughter, all the while juggling a meddling mother, an irritating ex-husband, an ardent ex-boyfriend, and a potential blizzard!

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Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

By: Allison Gregory based on the book byBarbara Park

Directed by: Julie Herber

Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Frederick

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 27 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Theatre For Young Audiences

Venue: New Spire Arts

Price: $17

Reference Link: https://marylandensemble.org/junie-b-jones-in-jingle-bells-batman-smells/

Description:

Back by popular demand, Maryland Ensemble Theatre brings Junie B Jones to New Spire Arts! Junie B. is a first grader with an attitude. The holiday sing-along should be fun, but when it’s time for the Secret Santa drawing, Junie B. picks the one person she’d rather not have.

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The Great Leap

By: Lauren Yee

Directed by: Jennifer Chang

Round House Theatre

Bethesda

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 10 - Sun Dec 05

Type of Event: Performance

Venue: Round House Theatre

Price: $

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

Description:

In this sociopolitical fable, it’s 1989, and the San Francisco University basketball team is headed to China for a “friendship” game.

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Massachusetts

Wild: A Musical Becoming

By: V, Justin Tranter, Carolyne Pennell, Inina Menzel

Directed by: Diane Paulus

American Repertory Theater

Cambridge

Event Date(s): Sun Dec 05 - Sun Jan 09

Type of Event: World Premiere Musical In Concert

Venue: Loeb Drama Center

Price: $25 and up

Reference Link: https://americanrepertorytheater.org/shows-events/wild-a-musical-becoming/

Description:

A new musical fable about a single mother struggling to hold on to her family farm and connect with her teenage daughter, whose determination to save the planet endows her and her friends with powers they never knew they had.

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Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure

By: Julia Riew

Directed by: Rebecca Aparicio

American Repertory Theater

Cambridge

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 17 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: A musical for kids and their grownups

Venue: Loeb Drama Center

Price: $

Reference Link: https://

Description:

After its digital premiere in 2020, Jack and the Beanstalk comes to life onstage in a transformation of the classic fairy tale into a contemporary celebration of the power of kindness, courage, determination, and creativity to overcome life’s obstacles.

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White Rabbit Red Rabbit

By: Nassim Soleimanpour

ArtsEmerson

Boston

Event Date(s): Tue Dec 07 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Virtual

Price: $60

Reference Link: https://artsemerson.org/events/white-rabbit-red-rabbit/

Description:

The play no one is allowed to talk about.

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The Rise and Fall of Holly Fudge

By: Trista Baldwin

Directed by: Courtney Sale

Merrimack Repertory Theatre

Lowell

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Theatre Performance

Price: $

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

Description:

Christmas 2020. Carol is a hard-working single mother who makes award-winning “Holly” fudge, named after her daughter. She serves it every holiday. She gifts it to her friends and co-workers. She’s determined that this year won’t be any different, even if she has to wear a mask.

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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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Michigan

Murder For Two: Holiday Edition

By: Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian

Directed by: Kathy Mulay

Farmers Alley Theatre

Kalamazoo

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 19 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Farmers Alley Theatre

Price: $15-40

Reference Link: http://www.farmersalleytheatre.com/shows/2021-22/murder-two-holiday-edition

Description:

This hilarious whodunit is the perfect blend of music, mayhem, murder, and mistletoe! Don’t miss the return of this killer musical comedy — with a holiday twist!

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The Fantasticks

By: Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

Directed by: Michael Lluberes

Flint Repertory Theatre

Flint

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Flint Repertory Theatre

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://flintrep.org/the-fantasticks/

Description:

Flint Rep reinvents the classic musical. With a fresh new rewrite by book writer and lyricist Tom Jones, in collaboration with director Michael Lluberes, the young lovers at the center of the story are reimagined as two young men.

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Minnesota

Annie

By: Thomas Meehan

Directed by: Peter Rothstein

Children's Theatre Company

Minneapolis

Event Date(s): Sun Nov 07 - Sun Jan 09

Type of Event: Production

Venue: Children's Theatre Company

Price: $15-73

Reference Link: https://childrenstheatre.org/shows-and-tickets/2021-2022-season/

Description:

Times are tough, spirits are low, and the world is in dire need of hope. Enter stage left: a good-natured yet mischievously feisty young girl who takes on the world, unlocks hearts, and changes lives through kindness, love, and spirit.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens; adapted by Commonweal Theatre

Directed by: Philip Muehe

Commonweal Theatre

Lanesboro

Event Date(s): Sun Nov 28 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Live Performance

Venue: Commonweal Theatre

Price: $15-35

Reference Link: https://commonwealtheatre.org/our-season/a-christmas-carol/

Description:

Our unique adaptation of this holiday classic returns—in a brand new light! Commonweal’s own Adrienne Sweeney, in the iconic role of Scrooge, brings a fresh perspective.

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Holiday Show! the holiday show

By: Ben Thietje

Directed by: Ben Thietje

DalekoArts

New Prague

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: comedy

Venue: Prague Theater

Price: $15-25

Reference Link: https://www.dalekoarts.com/c/tickets-season/holiday-show-the-holiday-show

Description:

A group of actors get together to write a holiday show during a pandemic, and they meet every possible challenge along the way. Hijinks ensue, lessons are learned, friendships are deepened, and there is goofiness at every turn.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Lavina Jadhwani from Charles Dickens

Directed by: Joseph Haj

Guthrie Theater

Minneapolis

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 06 - Mon Dec 27

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Wurtele Thrust Stage

Price: $15-$134

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

Description:

Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with “Bah! Humbug!” until he is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve who challenge him to change his closed-hearted ways.

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Whittier

By: TyLie Shider

Directed by: TBA

Playwrights' Center

Minneapolis

Event Date(s): Tue Dec 07 - Tue Dec 21

Type of Event: Staged Reading

Venue: Playwrights' Center & Online

Price: $Free

Reference Link: https://pwcenter.org/ruth-easton-new-play-series

Description:

A contemporary docudrama that follows a diverse community of neighbors quarantined in Whittier, Minn., days after the murder of George Floyd.

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Elf the Musical, Jr.

By: Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin

Directed by: Sandy Boren-Barrett

Stages Theatre Company

Hopkins

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 19 - Mon Dec 27

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Stages Theatre Company

Price: $18-25

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

Description:

Buddy the Elf is back at Stages this holiday season in his quest to find his true identity. This heartfelt and hilarious musical, based on the beloved holiday film from New Line Cinema, is filled with memorable music and lots of laughs for the whole family to enjoy.

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Handprints

By: Greta Oglesby

Directed by: Marcela Lorca & E.G. Bailey

Ten Thousand Things Theater

Twin Cities

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 24 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Film

Price: $5-$20

Reference Link: https://tenthousandthings.org/season/handprints

Description:

A two-person autobiographical story by one of the Twin Cities’ most renowned theatre artists, this humorous and poignant film draws on Greta Oglesby’s life and family adventures through her unique style of storytelling, puppetry, and song. Featuring Oglesby and H. Adam Harris; presented with Freestyle Films.

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All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

By: Peter Rothstein

Directed by: Peter Rothstein

Theater Latté Da

Minneapolis

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Holiday Docu-Musical

Venue: Ritz Theater

Price: $35 and up

Reference Link: https://www.latteda.org/all-is-calm-2021

Description:

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable story story.

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Missouri

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Geoff Elliott Based on the novel by Charles Dickens

Directed by: Jason Chanos

Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KCRep)

Kansas City

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 19 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Spencer Theatre

Price: $35-79

Reference Link: https://kcrep.org/show/a-christmas-carol-2021

Description:

Holiday magic makes its triumphant return to the stage at KCRep!

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The SpongeBob Musical

By: Adapted by Kyle Jarrow from the series by Stephen Hillenburg, with music by Tom Kitt and various artists and lyrics by Jonathan Coulton and various artists

Directed by: Jeff Church and Zach Faust, with music direction by Anthony T. Edwards and Delano Mendoza

The Coterie Theatre

Kansas City

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 04 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The Coterie Theatre

Price: $14.00-$20.00

Reference Link: https://thecoterie.org/performance/spongebob-musical-for-young-audiences

Description:

The Coterie presents the world premiere of the Theatre for Young Audiences version of The SpongeBob Musical. In the undersea town of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob shows everyone that he is not just a “simple sponge” by proving to one and all that optimism really can save the world.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Michael Wilson from Charles Dickens

Directed by: Hana S. Sharif

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

St. Louis

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts – 130 Edgar Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119

Price: $20.50+

Reference Link: https://www.repstl.org/events/detail/achristmascarol

Description:

At long last, the ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge’s past, present, and future have caught up with him. Now London’s most infamous miser must take a transformative journey as he faces the worst parts of himself and discovers unexpected redemption.

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Dance Nation

By: Clare Barron

Directed by: Heidi Van

Unicorn Theatre

Kansas City

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 01 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Unicorn Theatre

Price: $

Reference Link: https://unicorntheatre.org/dance-nation/

Description:

This hilarious and empowering play is filled with pre-teen anxiety and major “Dance Moms” energy.

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Nebraska

It’s a Wonderful Life

By: Based On The Lux Radio Theater Script. Adapted by Sarah Lynn Brown.

Omaha Theater Company

Omaha

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Theatrical Performance

Venue: Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center

Price: $20.00

Reference Link: https://www.rosetheater.org/shows/wonderfullife21/

Description:

Witness this beautiful homage to a cinematic classic, made specifically for our time. Featuring live music from the era and a virtuosic cast playing multiple roles, this production is the perfect homage to the power of community.

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New-Jersey

Adopt a Sailor: The Holiday Edition

By: Charles Evered

Directed by: Chris Dolman

Cape May Stage

Cape May

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 08 - Thu Dec 30

Type of Event: play

Venue: Cape May Stage, 405 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ, 08204

Price: $December 8: $44.00 December 9: $69.00; December 10-December 30: $49.00

Reference Link: https://https://capemaystage.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=362

Description:

Adopt a Sailor is about Patricia and Richard, a successful and artistic couple from New York City who inadvertently “adopt a sailor” during Christmastime in New York City, and the young man from Turkeyscratch, Ark., who changes their lives forever.

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What the Constitution Means to Me

By: Heidi Schreck

Directed by: Oliver Butler

McCarter Theatre Center

Princeton

Event Date(s): Tue Dec 07 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Matthews Theatre

Price: $50-$80

Reference Link: https://www.mccarter.org/constitution

Description:

Direct from Broadway, this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human new play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans.

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New-York

A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens

Directed by: Neal Radice

Alleyway Theatre

Buffalo

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Play

Price: $42

Reference Link: https://www.alleyway.com/show/a-christmas-carol

Description:

Buffalo’s favorite family event returns for its 39th heartwarming year in a delightful adaptation featuring Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and a festive quartet of carolers.

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Flying Over Sunset

By: Book by James Lapine, music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Michael Korie

Directed by: James Lapine

Lincoln Center Theater

New York

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 11 - Sun Feb 06

Type of Event: Theater, Broadway

Venue: Vivian Beaumont Theater

Price: $167-177

Reference Link: https://https://flyingoversunset.com/

Description:

This new James Lapine, Tom Kitt, and Michael Korie musical is inspired by the lives of Aldous Huxley, Clare Boothe Luce, and Cary Grant, who come together at a crossroads in their lives and under the influence of LSD confront the mysteries of their worlds.

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Decolonization

By: Mia Katigbak

Directed by: Mia Katigbak

Ma-Yi Theater Company

New York

Event Date(s): Tue Sep 14 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Streaming

Venue: https://ma-yistudios.com/video/decolonization/

Price: $0

Reference Link: https://ma-yistudios.com/video/decolonization/

Description:

What does colonialism mean to you? Have you experienced it? How do we talk about it? How do we live with it? What is to be done? Mia Katigbak, actor-manager and co-founder of NAATCO, convenes artists to think about what it all means.

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Odets in Staten Island

By: Michi Barall and Sung Rno

Directed by: Jack Tamburri

Ma-Yi Theater Company

New York

Event Date(s): Fri Oct 01 - Mon Jan 31

Type of Event: Streaming

Venue: https://ma-yistudios.com/video/decolonization/

Price: $

Reference Link: https://ma-yistudios.com/video/decolonization/

Description:

In a follow-up to the critical success of Sophocles in Staten Island, we return to the Domingo household as Dad decides to school his two kids on the finer points of the American labor market, using the plays of Clifford Odets. The results are both hilarious and moving.

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Singing in the Apocalypse Now

By: Paul Lieber and Matthew Gunn Park

Directed by: Paul Lieber

Ma-Yi Theater Company

New York

Event Date(s): Thu Oct 07 - Mon Jan 31

Type of Event: Streaming

Venue: Ma-Yi Studios https://ma-yistudios.com/video/

Price: $0

Reference Link: https://ma-yistudios.com/video/decolonization/

Description:

Composer/performers Matt Park and Paul Lieber premiere Singing in the Apocalypse Now, a time-jumping, fevered online song cycle that ties the current pandemic to historical traumas experienced by Matt Park’s Korean American family.

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Skeleton Crew

By: Dominique Morisseau

Directed by: Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Manhattan Theatre Club

New York

Event Date(s): Tue Dec 21 - Sun Feb 20

Type of Event: Broadway Play

Venue: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Price: $

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

Description:

From Tony nominee Dominique Morisseau comes a timely and gripping Broadway premiere about the automotive industry during a time of uncertainty, survival, and hope in 2008 Detroit.

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Selling Kabul

By: Sylvia Khoury

Directed by: Tyne Rafaeli

Playwrights Horizons

New York

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 17 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Playwrights Horizons

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/plays/selling-kabul/

Description:

With shattering precision, Sylvia Khoury’s thriller traces the human cost of immigration policy and the overlooked legacy of America’s longest—and ongoing—war.

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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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The Alchemist

By: Jeffrey Hatcher from Ben Jonson

Directed by: Jesse Berger

Red Bull Theater

New York

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 11 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: New World Stages

Reference Link: https://www.redbulltheater.com/the-alchemist

Description:

The greed and absurdity of Jonson’s Jacobean London have never shone more brilliantly than in this brand new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher, whose version of inane corruption à la Gogol delighted Red Bull audiences in The Government Inspector.

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La Breve Y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao

By: Marco Antonio Rodríguez

Directed by: Marco Antonio Rodríguez

Repertorio Español

New York

Event Date(s): Wed Oct 06 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Repertorio Español

Price: $37 -72

Reference Link: https://repertorio.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S0h00000Uq7U7EAJ

Description:

Oscar is a naive “nerd” from New Jersey who has finally left the grips of his imposing Dominican mother and is attending his first semester of college at Rutgers with his rebellious sister. He dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love.

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Filomena Marturano: Un Matrimonio a la Caribeña

By: Eduardo De Filippo

Directed by: Leyma López

Repertorio Español

New York

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 05 - Fri Dec 10

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Repertorio Español

Price: $37-72

Reference Link: https://repertorio.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S0h00000Uq7UCEAZ

Description:

A comedy of willpower between a well-to-do bachelor/playboy and a determined woman who wants just one thing: A better life for her children.

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Quinceañera

By: Saulo García

Directed by: Valentín Álvarez Campos

Repertorio Español

New York

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 17 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Performance

Venue: Repertorio Español

Price: $37-72

Reference Link: https://repertorio.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S0h00000Uq7f4EAB

Description:

Quinceañera is a celebration of 15 consecutive years of Saulo García’s comedy on Repertorio’s stage and a compilation of his “Greatest Hits.”

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Hand to God

By: Robert Askins

Directed by: John Hurley

Road Less Traveled Productions

Buffalo

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 04 - Sun Dec 05

Type of Event: play

Venue: Road Less Traveled Theater

Price: $42

Reference Link: https://www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org/hand-to-godhttps://

Description:

The devil goes down to Texas — and shows up in the Christian Puppet Ministry, a group of misfit teens led by a recently widowed mother and a horny pastor and starring a possessed puppet named Tyrone. Outrageous, combative, and foul-mouthed, Tyrone shocks the devout congregation!

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Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

By: Book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin

Directed by: Donna Drake

Syracuse Stage

Syracuse

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 19 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Theatre Performance

Venue: Syracuse Stage

Price: $30+

Reference Link: https://syracusestage.org/showinfo.php?id=114

Description:

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this Tony-winning musical is a captivating treat that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.

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And What Happens If I Don’t

By: by Iva Brdar (Serbia); translated by Ana Brdar

The Cherry Arts

Ithaca

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: The Cherry Artspace

Price: $25-35

Reference Link: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35407/production/1074055

Description:

A quirky, award-winning comedy about what our mothers want. A solo show for 13 women. An explosively funny, strange and ultimately moving exploration of what we are taught, what we learn, and how our efforts to be good can shape our lives.

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Cullud Wattah

By: Erika Dickerson-Despenza

Directed by: Candis C. Jones

The Public Theater

New York

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 02 - Sun Dec 05

Type of Event: Off-Broadway Play

Venue: The Public Theater

Price: $

Reference Link: https://publictheater.org/productions/season/2122/cullud-wattah/

Description:

2021 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s new Afro-surrealist play premieres at the Public, following three generations of Black women living through the current water crisis in Flint, Mich.

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Is This A Room

By: Conceived by Tina Satter

Directed by: Tina Satter

Vineyard Theatre

New York City

Event Date(s): Fri Sep 24 - Tue Feb 01

Type of Event: Broadway

Venue: Lyceum Theatre

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.vineyardtheatre.org/vineyard-on-broadway/

Description:

Is This A Room is the astonishingly true story of Reality Winner, the 25-year-old former Air Force linguist who was surprised at her home by the FBI on June 3, 2017. The play’s text is taken from the FBI transcript of her interrogation. Previews begin Sept. 24.

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Dana H.

By: Lucas Hnath

Directed by: Les Waters

Vineyard Theatre

New York

Event Date(s): Fri Oct 01 - Tue Feb 01

Type of Event: Broadway

Venue: Lyceum Theatre

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.vineyardtheatre.org/vineyard-on-broadway/

Description:

Dana H. tells the harrowing true story of a woman held captive in a series of Florida motels for five months. Told in Dana’s own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son, playwright Lucas Hnath, this groundbreaking work shatters the boundaries of the art form.

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North-Carolina

The Road to Mecca

By: Athol Fugard

Directed by: Jerome Davis

Burning Coal Theatre Company

Raleigh

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Live theatre

Venue: Burning Coal Theatre

Price: $25 - 5

Reference Link: https://burningcoal.org/mainstage/

Description:

The heroic tale of Helen Martens, an aging widow who, near the end of her life, suddenly began to sculpt, to make art, determined that her voice would finally be heard.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

Children's Theatre of Charlotte

Charlotte

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Children's Theatre of Charlotte

Price: $Starting at $15

Reference Link: https://ctcharlotte.org

Description:

A child’s love of his favorite toy literally brings this story to life. (For all ages)

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Ohio

A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens

Directed by: Michael Evan Haney

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Cincinnati

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 24 - Thu Dec 30

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Marx Theatre

Price: $varies

Reference Link: https://cincyplay.com/productions/a-christmas-carol

Description:

A holiday family favorite. Faithful storytelling and spellbinding stage magic combine in this story of a sinner given one last chance at redemption by four persuasive ghosts.

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Need Your Love

By: KJ Sanchez

Directed by: KJ Sanchez

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Cincinnati

Event Date(s): Sat Oct 30 - Sun Dec 12

Type of Event: World Premiere Play

Venue: Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre

Price: $35+

Reference Link: https://cincyplay.com/productions/need-your-love

Description:

From the creator of Cincinnati King comes a world premiere portrait of King Records star Little Willie John. Featuring songs including “Fever,” “My Love Is,” “Shakin’,” and, of course, “Need Your Love So Bad.”

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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

By: Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez

Directed by: Jeremy Dubin

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Cincinnati

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 19 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Play

Venue: The Otto M. Budig Theater

Price: $14-60

Reference Link: https://cincyshakes.com/event/every-christmas-2021/

Description:

What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including pop culture favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, “Rudolph”, Charlie Brown, and more!

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10 Minutes to Midnight: 9 Quirky Plays for the Holidays

Directed by: Caitlin Lewins and Associate Director: Ananias Dixon

Cleveland Public Theatre

Cleveland

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Sat Dec 18

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Cleveland Public Theatre

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.cptonline.org/performances/seasons/2021-2022/10-minutes-to-midnight-9-quirky-plays-for-the-holidays/

Description:

CPT shares humor, heart, and a party-like celebration, wrapped in a montage of short holiday (or non-holiday) plays.

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10 Minutes to Midnight: 9 Quirky Plays for the Holidays

By: Local & National Creators

Directed by: Caitlin Lewins

Cleveland Public Theatre

Cleveland

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Sat Dec 18

Type of Event: World Premiere

Venue: Gordon Square Theatre

Price: $Choose What You Pay

Reference Link: https://www.cptonline.org/uncategorized/cleveland-public-theatre-announces-2021-2022-season/

Description:

Part variety show, part cabaret, and part 10-minute holiday play festival, 10 Minutes to Midnight celebrates the breadth of holiday happenings (or non-happenings) in this seasonal extravaganza dosed with live music, fun-sized scenes, hilarity, and humanity.

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Cinderella

By: Joseph McDonough and David Kisor

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 01 - Thu Dec 30

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

Reference Link: https://https://ensemblecincinnati.org/21-22-season/

Description:

What do you get when you combine a nearsighted bookworm heroine, two fabulously self-absorbed stepsisters, one devilishly diva stepmother, and a self-empowering Well-Wisher? A fun spin on the classic fairy tale that demonstrates being smart is true beauty!

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Black Nativity

By: Langston Hughes

Directed by: Tony F. Sias

Karamu House

Cleveland

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Karamu House

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

Description:

A Karamu classic, Black Nativity retells the Nativity story with an entirely African American cast. The story in dialogue, narrative, pantomime, gospel song, and folk spirituals is the unique creation of the poet and playwright Langston Hughes.

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Glassheart

By: Reina Hardy

Directed by: Tamara Winters

Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 19 - Fri Dec 03

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://www.knowtheatre.com/glassheart/

Description:

A new spin on a tale as old as time, where magic isn’t necessarily the blessing you wanted (and destiny is ultimately what you make it — whether you’re the Beauty or the Beast).

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Sister Act

By: Alan Menken

Directed by: Edward Carignan

Short North Stage

Columbus

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Garden Theater

Price: $40-55

Reference Link: https://ShortNorthStage.org

Description:

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors).

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Oklahoma

A Christmas Carol

By: Musical adaption by Robert Odle and Richard Averill

Directed by: Laurie Carlson

American Theatre Company

Tulsa

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 10 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Musical adaptation

Venue: Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Williams Theatre

Price: $32 to $38

Reference Link: https://AmericanTheatreCompany.org

Description:

A Christmas Carol is the timeless tale of hope and redemption, now in its 44th year at ATC. This magical musical is brimming with joyful songs, holiday spirits, and holiday cheer. ATC’s enchanting adaption boldly imagines Dickens’ classic tale of joy and the spirit of Christmas.

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Oregon

Today Is My Birthday

By: Susan Soon He Stanton

Directed by: Dámaso Rodríguez

Artists Repertory Theatre

Portland

Event Date(s): Thu Jul 01 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Audio Play

Venue: Online

Price: $sliding scale

Reference Link: https://artistsrep.org/performance/today-is-my-birthday/

Description:

Emily is a would-be writer whose bubble life in NYC has popped. Finding life back home in Hawaii chaotic and unfulfilling, she becomes strangely activated after creating a sassy alter-ego for a radio bit. A playful mixture of live radio, voicemail, and phone calls.

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Blast Off!

By: Maya Malán-González

Directed by: Mandy Khoshnevisan

Milagro

Portland

Event Date(s): Thu Sep 16 - Thu Jun 30

Type of Event: Teatro Milagro Virtual Tour

Venue: Milagro

Price: $TBD

Reference Link: https://https://milagro.org/event/blast-off/

Description:

This youth play for K-8 audiences tells the story of the first Latina astronaut, Ellen Ochoa. Blast Off! is paired with the STEAM curriculum from Milagro’s new Unidad Mas Alla (going higher with unity) curriculum.

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¡Huelga!

By: Maya Malán-González

Directed by: Mandy Khoshnevisan

Milagro

Portland

Event Date(s): Thu Sep 16 - Thu Jun 30

Type of Event: Teatro Milagro Virtual Tour

Venue: Milagro

Price: $TBD

Reference Link: https://milagro.org/event/huelga-tour/

Description:

Written in El Teatro Campesino’s “actos” style, this show travels back in time to 1962 to share the beginning of the farmworkers movement and highlight the amazing journey of labor organizer Dolores Huerta.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

By: Mark Haddon and Simon Stephens

Directed by: Marissa Wolf

Portland Center Stage

Portland

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 27 - Fri Dec 24

Type of Event: Play

Price: $25+

Reference Link: https://https://www.pcs.org/the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time

Description:

This Broadway smash hit takes you inside the mind of Christopher, an exceptionally intelligent 15-year-old boy on the autism spectrum. Now, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion of killing his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, with a garden fork.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens

Directed by: Brian Weaver

Portland Playhouse

Portland

Event Date(s): Sun Nov 28 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Portland Playhouse

Reference Link: https://portlandplayhouse.org/season-14/

Description:

Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly spirits who visit on Christmas Eve to guide the grumpy miser through a redemptive and transformative journey towards friendship and love. Hopeful, musical, and above all fun!

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Pennsylvania

Merry Christmas, George Bailey!

By: Inspired by Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast from the film by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Frank Capra

Directed by: James Goode

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

Bloomsburg

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Mon Dec 27

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Alvina Krause Theatre

Price: $7-$30

Description:

Join us for Merry Christmas, George Bailey!, a classic tale that has warmed the hearts of BTE Theatre goers since 2002. The time is right to welcome the beloved story back to Bloomsburg: How one person’s seemingly ordinary life is revealed to be, in fact, extraordinary.

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An Untitled New Play by Justin Timberlake

By: Matt Schatz

Directed by: Reginald L. Douglas

City Theatre Company

Pittsburgh

Event Date(s): Wed Oct 27 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: City Theatre

Price: $29-50

Reference Link: https://citytheatrecompany.org/play/an-untitled-new-play-by-justin-timberlake/

Description:

An idealistic literary manager at a non-profit theatre wants to change the world by discovering unsung writers and plays that matter, but her boss instead chooses a “pop superstar” to write the “hit” that will keep the theatre from going out of business.

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Saturnalia Solstice

By: Ensemble

Directed by: Tannis Kowalchuk

Farm Arts Collective

Damascus

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 17 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Theatre Performance at a Bonfire

Venue: Farm Arts Collective

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://farmartscollective.org

Description:

A devised performance around a large bonfire at Willow Wisp Organic Farm. Inspired by the pagan winter Saturnalia festivals of ancient Rome that paid homage to Saturn, god of agriculture. Saturnalia celebrates artistic, political, and agricultural passage of old to renewal.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Anthony Lawton from Charles Dickens, in collaboration with Christopher Colucci and Thom Weaver

Lantern Theater Company

Philadelphia

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Thu Dec 30

Type of Event: Play

Venue: The Drake Theatre

Price: $30

Reference Link: https://www.lanterntheater.org/plays/a-christmas-carol.html

Description:

In this wonderfully clear and direct telling of Charles Dickens’ novella, acclaimed actor and playwright Anthony Lawton brings the story boldly to life as only live theater can.

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The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens & Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

By: Scott Carter

Directed by: Armina LaManna

Lantern Theater Company

Philadelphia

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 11 - Sun Feb 27

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Online

Price: $$20 per household/device

Reference Link: https://www.lanterntheater.org/plays/the-gospel-according-to.html

Description:

Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy find themselves locked in a room with no exit. Attempting an escape, they ransack the philosophies of their lives and work, searching for a truth that will set them free while confronting their own hypocrisy and dismal failings.

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Who’s Holiday

By: Matthew Lombardo

Directed by: Chris Gibson

Open Stage

Harrisburg

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Wed Dec 22

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Open Stage

Price: $18 - 37

Reference Link: https://openstagehbg.com

Description:

Pull up a seat
and fill up your cup
‘Cause your favorite little Who
is all grown up!
A wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy that tells the story of Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens

Directed by: Stuart Landon

Open Stage

Harrisburg

Event Date(s): Sat Dec 04 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Open Stage

Price: $18-37

Reference Link: https://openstagehbg.com

Description:

The annual holiday favorite returns in a brand new reimagining of Charles Dickens’s classic story following Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted from Charles Dickens by Zak Berkman; Original Music by Zak Berkman

Directed by: David Bradley; Music Supervision and Arrangements by Mitch Chakour

People's Light

Malvern

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 20 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Play

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

Price: $45

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

Description:

Featuring a mix of original songs and newly arranged 19th-century English carols, this retelling captures the magic, joy, and generosity of Dickens’ beloved classic. Not ready to join us in person? A filmed version will be available to stream for $25 in late December.

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The Garbologists

By: Lindsay Joelle

Directed by: Estefanía Fadul

Philadelphia Theatre Company

Philadelphia

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 11 - Sun Dec 05

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Price: $10-55

Reference Link: https://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/the-garbologists

Description:

He’s a white, blue-collar mansplainer hiding a heart of gold. She’s the Black, Ivy League-educated newbie on their NYC sanitation route. These two essential workers from different worlds discover there’s more that binds them than taking out the trash.

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Chimerica

By: Lucy Kirkwood

Directed by: Karla Boos

Quantum Theatre

Pittsburgh

Event Date(s): Sat Nov 27 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Theatre Performance

Venue: The Maverick Hotel

Price: $38+

Reference Link: https://www.quantumtheatre.com/chimerica

Description:

Chimerica is a political thriller that reminds us of an image that arrested the world: a protester facing down four tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Set during the U.S. 2012 election, it takes a hard look at the role corruption and censorship play in China and the U.S.

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‘Restorative Healing’ (for actors/performers/writers) with TS Hawkins

Theatre Exile

Philadelphia

Event Date(s): Sat Dec 04 - Sat Dec 04

Type of Event: Workshop

Venue: Virtual

Price: $35

Reference Link: https://theatreexile.org/education/workshops/

Description:

This workshop is designed for actors, performers, writers, and librettists to conduct a concrete dive into the voices, worlds, universes they have manifested and to make space to honor the intersections of the characters on and off the page.

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‘Restorative Healing’ (for Directors/Stage Managers/Dramaturgs/Choreographers) with Noelle Diane Johnson

Theatre Exile

Philadelphia

Event Date(s): Sat Dec 11 - Sat Dec 11

Type of Event: Workshop

Venue: Virtual

Price: $35

Reference Link: https://theatreexile.org/education/workshops/

Description:

Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary performer, artist, theatre professional, and advocate Noelle Diane Johnson of Artists Heal will host Theatre Exile’s second workshop of the 2021/22 Season, titled “Restorative Healing” (for directors, stage managers/dramaturgs/choreographers)

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Christmas City Follies XXII

Directed by: Jp Jordan

Touchstone Theatre

Bethlehem

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Touchstone Theatre

Price: $15-25

Reference Link: https://http://www.touchstone.org/events/christmas-city-follies-xxii/

Description:

Kick off the holiday season with jingle bells, ukuleles, and the return of our annual winter vaudeville! Join us for the 22nd iteration of this homegrown variety show, celebrating the season through music, merriment, and traditions new and old.

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Rhode-Island

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

By: Adapted by Joe Landry

Directed by: Damon Kiely

The Gamm Theatre

Warwick

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 26 - Fri Dec 24

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Gamm Theatre

Price: $30-69

Reference Link: https://www.gammtheatre.org/s37

Description:

The entire town of Bedford Falls comes to life in this staged 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday movie classic. With live sound effects and a handful of actors, the story of beleaguered building and loan owner George Bailey unfolds as you’ve never seen it before!

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A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens, with original music by Richard Cumming

Directed by: Joe Wilson, Jr.

Trinity Repertory Company

Providence

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 04 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Chace Theater

Price: $25-$149

Reference Link: https://www.trinityrep.com/show/a-christmas-carol-2021/

Description:

Rhode Island’s family holiday tradition returns! Guided by Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and ultimately inspired by his community, Ebenezer Scrooge embarks on a heartwarming journey toward redemption.

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South-Carolina

Elf The Musical

By: Thomas Meehan

Directed by: Mark Martino

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Hilton Head Island

Event Date(s): Tue Dec 07 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Price: $61

Reference Link: https://www.artshhi.com/theater-series/elf

Description:

A modern day holiday classic, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Amazing music, big dance numbers, and a whole lot of Christmas spirit!

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Art

By: Yasmina Reza

Directed by: Libby Ricardo

Lean Ensemble Theater

Hilton Head

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 09 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: live theater

Venue: HHPS Main Street Theatre

Price: $$15-$40

Reference Link: https://leanensemble.org

Description:

One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Lines are drawn.

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Sense and Sensibility

By: Adapted by Kate Hamill from Jane Austen

Directed by: Kerrie Seymour

The Warehouse Theatre

Greenville

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 19 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Warehouse Theatre

Price: $35

Reference Link: https://warehousetheatre.com/shows/sense-sensibility/

Description:

While navigating a gossip-filled society obsessed with reputation, the Dashwood sisters must decide for themselves which to follow: their heads or their hearts.

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Tennessee

A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Kate Buckley from Charles Dickens

Directed by: Kate Buckley

Clarence Brown Theatre

Knoxville

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 24 - Sat Dec 18

Type of Event: Ply

Venue: Clarence Brown Theatre

Price: Prices vary

Reference Link: https://clarencebrowntheatre.com

Description:

We are absolutely thrilled that — after such a long time apart — we are opening our season with this meaningful classic! Join us to witness Scrooge’s life-changing journey as members of our resident company perform Dickens’ moving Christmas story of love and redemption.

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A Christmas Story

By: Adapted by Phillip Grecian

Directed by: Lauren Shouse

Nashville Repertory Theatre

Nashville

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Price: $45-$60

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

Description:

A bespectacled boy named Ralphie has one wish for Christmas: A Red Ryder BB Gun. Constant reprimands of “You’ll shoot your eye out,” a department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a flagpole are just a few of the obstacles standing between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.

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Texas

The Christmas Shoes

By: Based on the novel by Donna VanLiere, Adapted by Jessica Lind Peterson

Directed by: Philip Hays

A.D. Players

Houston

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 24 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Mainstage

Venue: The George Theater

Price: $20-75

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

Description:

For the first time, the New York Times best selling novel, The Christmas Shoes, is being adapted for the stage.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Doris Baizley

Directed by: Brandon Weinbrenner

Alley Theatre

Houston

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 19 - Wed Dec 29

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Hubbard Theatre

Price: $16-$121

Reference Link: https://www.alleytheatre.org/plays/production-detail/a-christmas-carol

Description:

A resident company of actors assembles to perform a new production of the heartwarming Christmas story. When two of the troupe’s actors can’t arrive in time for the performance, others step in to create a magical world of holiday make-believe.

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Black Nativity

By: Zetra Goodlow

Directed by: Albert Wash II

Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Dallas

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Sat Dec 18

Type of Event: Performance

Venue: Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://https://bishopartstheatre.org/theatre-series/

Description:

This holiday favorite has captured the hearts of Dallas audiences and returns for its 17th anniversary as part of our season. Poetry, music, dance, and theatre combined create this one-of-a-kind Christmas pageant in a family tradition. Introducing Helianthus Annus Theatre Co.

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Paddington Saves Christmas

By: Adapted by Doug Kmiotek; Based on the book by Michael Bond; Created by Jonathan Rockefeller

Directed by: Douglass Burks

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas

Event Date(s): Sun Dec 05 - Thu Dec 23

Type of Event: Show/Performance

Venue: Rosewood Center for the Performing Arts

Price: $23-30

Reference Link: https://dct.org

Description:

Paddington Saves Christmas comes to the DCT stage in December. It’s holiday time in the Brown household and Paddington is here to save the day—he hopes. Details on seating and COVID protocols will be published when tickets go on sale. This holiday comedy is fun for all!

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

Directed by: Robin Robinson

Main Street Theater Houston

Houston

Event Date(s): Thu Nov 18 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: play

Venue: Main Street Theater - Rice Village

Price: $59 - $35

Reference Link: https://mainstreettheater.com/miss-bennet-christmas-at-pemberley/

Description:

A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Miss Bennet is set two years after the novel ends and continues the story, this time with nerdy middle sister Mary as the unlikely heroine!

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A Little House Christmas

By: based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Directed by: Vivienne M. St. John

Main Street Theater Houston

HOUSTON

Event Date(s): Sun Nov 07 - Sat Dec 18

Type of Event: play

Venue: Main Street Theater at the MATCH

Price: $30 - $18

Reference Link: https://mainstreettheater.com/a-little-house-christmas/

Description:

The beloved Ingalls family that has captured the hearts of children for generations share their struggles and joys of pioneer life. Join Mary and Laura in this holiday classic about family, friendship and the Christmas spirit.

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A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast

By: Nathan Jerkins

Directed by: Rosalind Faires

Penfold Theatre Company

Austin

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 09 - Sun Dec 19

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Old Settlers Association of Williamson County 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd Round Rock, TX 78665 AND The Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

Price: $16-31

Reference Link: https://www.penfoldtheatre.org/event/a-miracle-on-34th-street-classic-radiocast/

Description:

As the players at the fictional KPNF radio station bring to life the entire story through dozens of character voices and live Foley sound effects, you’ll be reintroduced to Kris Kringle, the charming Macy’s mascot put on trial for claiming to be the real Santa Claus.

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Shakespeare Decoded

Shakespeare Dallas

Dallas

Event Date(s): Tue Feb 09 - Fri Dec 31

Type of Event: Podcast

Price: $0

Reference Link: https://anchor.fm/shakespeare-decoded

Description:

What forms of colonization of thought and language do we encounter in our theatrical practices today? This episode explores themes of colonialism and the resulting subjugation in The Tempest.

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Scrooge in Rouge

By: Book and Lyrics by Ricky Graham, Additional Material by Jeffery Roberson, Other Interesting Bits by Yvette Hargis, Original Music Composed by Jefferson Turner

Directed by: Danielle Georgiou

Stage West Theatre

Fort Worth

Event Date(s): Thu Dec 02 - Fri Dec 24

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Jerry Russell Theatre

Price: $10-45

Reference Link: https://stagewest.org/season/scrooge-rouge

Description:

The Royal Music Hall Variety Players’s production of A Christmas Carol is in a pickle after 20 members of the company suddenly fall ill. This leaves the three remaining members to plow on (so to speak) through a musical performance of the Dickens classic.

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Muttcracker (SWEET!)

By: Melissa Vogt and Darren Peterson

Directed by: Melissa Vogt

The VORTEX

Austin

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 17 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: TYA

Venue: The Eloise Stage @ The VORTEX

Price: $15-35

Reference Link: http://vortexrep.org

Description:

Circus Chickendog’s annual holiday, family-friendly, circus extravaganza returns — featuring dogs and a talking macaw! All ages! Presented with Circus Chickendog.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Adapted by Dave Steakley from Charles Dickens

Directed by: Dave Steakley

ZACH Theatre

Austin

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 17 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The Topfer at ZACH

Price: $28+

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

Description:

After a year and a half, Austin’s hottest holiday tradition is back with all-new music and surprises to ring in the season. ZACH’s singular adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story.

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Vermont

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

By: Based on the book by C.S. Lewis

Directed by: Eric Love

Northern Stage

White River Junction

Event Date(s): Wed Dec 08 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Theater

Venue: Northern Stage

Price: $29

Reference Link: https://northernstage.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S1Y00000T1feWUAR

Description:

The White Witch has trapped Narnia in a perpetual state of winter with no hope of Christmas. But all that changes when four siblings venture through an old wardrobe and enter a land of talking animals and ferocious monsters.

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Virginia

A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens

Directed by: The Actor-Managers of American Shakespeare Center

American Shakespeare Center

Staunton

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 10 - Thu Dec 30

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Blackfriars Playhouse

Price: $33-$60

Reference Link: https://americanshakespearecenter.com/

Description:

Marley, the three Christmas ghosts, and Tiny Tim take Scrooge on the ride of his money-grubbing life. A Blackfriars Christmas tradition, ASC is excited to bring back this fan-favorite for another year of holiday cheer.

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Richmond Triangle Players’ Holiday Musical Revue

By: Various

Richmond Triangle Players

Richmond

Event Date(s): Wed Nov 17 - Sat Dec 18

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: Richmond Triangle Players' Robert B. Moss Theatre

Price: $10-$40

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

Description:

RTP premieres its own original holiday revue, featuring songs and sketches celebrating all the end of the year festivities and featuring some of your very favorite performers!

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Cinderella

Synetic Theater

Arlington

Event Date(s): Mon Nov 29 - Sun Dec 26

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Synetic Theater at Crystal City

Price: $20-60

Reference Link: https://synetictheater.org/event_pages/cinderella/

Description:

Just in time for the holidays, Cinderella joins our family series repertoire! Cinderella is stepping into her own shoes! Led by an all-female team of Syneticons, this innovative take on the classic fairytale is a perfect fit for audiences of all ages.

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It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

By: Joe Landry

Directed by: Chelsea Burke

Virginia Repertory Theatre

Richmond

Event Date(s): Fri Dec 03 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Play

Venue: The November Theatre

Price: $36-$56

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

Description:

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. An ensemble brings to life a few dozen characters as they tell the story of idealistic George Bailey.

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Washington

Zen and the Art of an Android Beatdown

By: Tochi Onyebuchi

Directed by: Gin Hammond

Book-It Repertory Theatre

Seattle

Event Date(s): Tue Oct 12 - Fri Jul 01

Type of Event: Ply

Venue: Audio

Price: $20

Reference Link: https://book-it.org/events/zen-and-the-art-of-an-android-beatdown/

Description:

Cecile dreams of falling. Her work on the android keeps her grounded. This man, always battered and bruised, has dreams of his own, or maybe they’re someone else’s. Her attachment to him threatens to expose the truth of her, but she can’t seem to stay away.

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The Three Musketeers

By: Alexandre Dumas

Directed by: Lamar Legend

Book-It Repertory Theatre

Seattle

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 23 - Fri Jul 01

Type of Event: Audio play

Venue: Online

Price: $25

Reference Link: https://book-it.org/events/the-three-musketeers/

Description:

This audio adaptation of the swashbuckling buddy adventure is filled with intrigue and romance, villains and rogues, espionage and scandal.

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Until the Flood

By: Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by: Faith Bennett Russell

Harlequin Productions

Olympia

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 05 - Sat Dec 04

Type of Event: Drama

Venue: The State Theater, 202 4th Avenue East, Olympia, WA 98501

Price: $20-$35

Reference Link: https://harlequinproductions.org/show/until-the-flood/

Description:

Pulitzer Prize finalist, celebrated performer, and playwright Dael Orlandersmith explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Missouri residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning experience.

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Babette’s Feast

By: Conceived and Developed by Abigail Killeen, Written by Rose Courtney, Adapted from the short story by Isak Dinesen

Directed by: Scott Nolte

Taproot Theatre Company

Seattle

Event Date(s): Fri Nov 12 - Thu Dec 30

Type of Event: Drama

Venue: Taproot Theatre Company

Price: $

Reference Link: https://taproottheatre.org

Description:

Searching for asylum, Babette finds safety across the fjords. But petty squabbles and personal slights render the villagers as unforgiving as their surroundings. In one radical act of generosity, Babette prepares a feast so lavish it awakens grace and transforms brittle hearts.

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Wisconsin

Dad’s Season Tickets

By: Matt Zembrowski

Directed by: Ryan Quinn

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee

Event Date(s): Fri Oct 29 - Sun Jan 02

Type of Event: Musical Theatre

Venue: Stackner Cabaret

Price: $20+

Reference Link: https://www.milwaukeerep.com/shows/show/dads-season-tickets/

Description:

Direct from its sold-out engagement in Door County where it became the best-selling hit in Northern Sky Theater’s 28-year history comes this new musical comedy for football fanatics and the people who love them. Who will inherit Frank’s treasured season tickets at Lambeau Field?

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Steel Magnolias

By: Robert Harling

Directed by: Laura Braza

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 09 - Sun Dec 05

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Quadracci Powerhouse

Price: $20+

Reference Link: https://www.milwaukeerep.com/shows/show/steel-magnolias/

Description:

In Chinquapin, Louisiana everybody who is anybody gets their hair done at Truvy’s beauty shop — where the women are all sass and brass. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.

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A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens

Directed by: Mark Clements

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee

Event Date(s): Tue Nov 30 - Fri Dec 24

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Pabst Theater

Price: $10+

Reference Link: https://www.milwaukeerep.com/shows/show/christmas-carol-2021/

Description:

Make up for lost time with family and friends this holiday season as our full ensemble production joyfully returns to the historic Pabst Theater. A Christmas Carol is one of the best-known and loved stories in the English language. Featuring Lee E. Ernst as Ebenezer Scrooge.

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