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July 2022

The stages of summer are in full swing.

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Alabama

American Mariachi

By: José Cruz González

Directed by: TBD

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery

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

Type of Event: Theatre Performance — Musical

Venue: Festival Stage

Price: $25

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

Description:

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

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California

The Zip Code Plays, Season Three

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

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

Antaeus Theatre Company

Los Angeles

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

Type of Event: Audio Play Series

Venue: Zipcodeplays.info or wherever you get your podcasts

Price: $0

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

Description:

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

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Smart People

By: Lydia R. Diamond

Directed by: Michael Stevenson

Capital Stage

Sacramento

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 22 - Sun Jul 24

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Capital Stage

Price: $25-49

Reference Link: https://capstage.org/the-plays/smart-people-2/

Description:

It’s the eve of Obama’s first election. Four of Harvard University’s brightest are all interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly how it responds to race. But like all smart people, they are also searching for love, success, and identity in their own lives.

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Dear Evan Hansen

By: Book by Steven Levenson; Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Directed by: Michael Greif

Center Theatre Group

Los Angeles

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 29 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Ahmanson

Price: $subject to change

Reference Link: https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/ahmanson-theatre/2021/dear-evan-hansen/

Description:

Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

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American Idiot

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

Directed by: James Michael McHale

Chance Theater

Anaheim

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center

Price: $25-49

Reference Link: https://chancetheater.com

Description:

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

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Green Day’s American Idiot

By: Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer

Directed by: James Michael McHale

Chance Theater

Anaheim

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

Type of Event: Live Theater

Venue: Chance Theater

Price: $39-49

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

Description:

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

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Fancy Nancy, The Musical

By: Susan DiLallo and Danny Abosch

Chance Theater

Anaheim

Event Date(s): Mon Jun 27 - Tue Jul 19

Type of Event: TYA Musical

Venue: Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center

Price: $24-30

Reference Link: https://chancetheater.com

Description:

Based on the best-selling book series, this TYA musical “fills the theatre with laughter, catchy songs and life-long lessons” (Broadway World) in this tale about Nancy and her friends doing their first show, and what happens when Nancy is cast as a dreary, dull tree.

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Fun Home

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

Directed by: Lisa Mallette

City Lights Theater Company

San Jose

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: In Person

Price: $25-49

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

Description:

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

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Man of God

By: Anna Ouyang Moench

Directed by: Maggie Burrows

Geffen Playhouse

Los Angeles

Event Date(s): Tue May 24 - Fri Jul 22

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Geffen Playhouse

Price: $65+

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

Description:

During a mission trip to Bangkok, four members of a Korean Christian girls’s youth group discover that their revered pastor has hidden a camera in their hotel bathroom.

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The Outgoing Tide

By: Bruce Graham

Directed by: Nike Doukas

North Coast Repertory Theatre

Solana Beach

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 08 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: play

Venue: North Coast Rep

Price: $60

Reference Link: https://northcoastrep.org

Description:

Fiercely proud and battling the torments of an aging mind and an uncertain future, one man devises a plan, but his family has other ideas. Deftly moving between present and past, playwright Bruce Graham weaves a highly relatable story.

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The Remarkable Mister Holmes

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

Directed by: David Ellenstein

North Coast Repertory Theatre

Solana Beach

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: North Coast Rep

Price: $63

Reference Link: https://northcoastrep.org

Description:

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

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Freestyle Love Supreme

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

Directed by: Thomas Kail

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Pasadena Playhouse

Price: $30+

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

Description:

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

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The Agitators

By: Mat Smart

Directed by: Mark Booher

PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre

Santa Maria

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 23 - Sun Jul 10

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Severson Theatre

Price: $19.25-50.00

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

Description:

Young abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony are full of hopes, dreams, and seemingly common purpose when they meet in Rochester in the 1840s. However, as they grow to become great agents of change, their alliance and friendship is severely tested.

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The Sound of Music

By: Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

Directed by: Kitty Balay

PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre

Santa Maria

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 30 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Marion Theatre

Price: $19.25-50.00

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

Description:

When problematic Maria proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain and eventually softens his broken heart in one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

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Twelfth Night

By: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Sam Woodhouse

San Diego Repertory Theatre

San Diego

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

Type of Event: Performance

Venue: San Diego Repertory Theatre

Price: $

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

Description:

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

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Xanadu

By: Book by Douglas Carter Beane Music & Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar

Directed by: Kevin Harris

San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre

San Luis Obispo

Event Date(s): Fri Jun 03 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre

Price: $20-40

Reference Link: https://

Description:

Xanadu is a hilarious roller-skating musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you. You’ll want to keep the music in your head and Xanadu in your heart… forever.

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Dream Hou$e

By: Eliana Pipes

Directed by: Karina Gutierrez

Shotgun Players

Berkeley

Event Date(s): Sat Jul 09 - Sat Jul 30

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Ashby Stage

Price: $8-40

Reference Link: https://shotgunplayers.org/online/article/dream-house

Description:

Two Latinx sisters land the opportunity to remodel and sell their historic family home on a popular reality television show, but their dream quickly transforms into something else. A dark comedy with a twist that explores gentrification, family, and the bonds of sisterhood.

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Queen

By: Madhuri Shekar

Directed by: Jeffrey Lo

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Santa Clara

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 29 - Sun Jul 24

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Louis B. Mayer Theatre

Price: $30+

Reference Link: https://theatreworks.org/season51/queen/

Description:

In this high-stakes environmental drama, best friends and PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel research the collapse of bee colonies worldwide. When a flaw emerges in their research, their friendship, careers, and even an arranged marriage are at risk.

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Nan and the Lower Body

By: Jessica Dickey

Directed by: Giovanna Sardelli

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Palo Alto

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Lucie Stern Theatre

Price: $30+

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

Description:

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

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Colorado

Until the Flood

By: Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by: Neel Keller

Denver Center Theatre Company

Denver

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Online

Price: Free

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

Description:

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

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Cyrano de Bergerac

By: Translated by Brian Hooker from Edmond Rostand

Directed by: Judith Allen

OpenStage Theatre & Company

Fort Collins

Event Date(s): Sat Jun 25 - Sat Jul 23

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Park at Columbine Health Systems

Price: $10-32

Reference Link: https://https://www.openstage.com/events/49th-season/cyrano/

Description:

Full of wordplay and swordplay, as well as the most famous nose in history, Cyrano de Bergerac is a night of love, mistaken identity, and romantic tragedy under the stars.

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Twelfth Night

By: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Katheryn Walsh

Theatreworks Colorado

Colorado Springs

Event Date(s): Thu Jul 07 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Ent Center for the Arts

Price: $32+

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

Description:

A case of mistaken identity turns to destiny in this classic comedy of love, longing, yellow stockings, and the sea!

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District-of-Columbia

American Prophet: Frederick Douglass in His Own Words

By: Charles Randolph Wright and Marcus Hummon

Directed by: Charles Randolph Wright

Arena Stage

Washington

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Kreeger Theater

Price: $

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

Description:

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

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By: William Shakespeare

Folger Theatre

Washington

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: National Building Museum

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

Description:

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

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In His Hands

By: Benjamin Benne

Directed by: Jose Carrasquillo

Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Washington

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 22 - Sun Jul 17

Type of Event: In-person/live theater

Venue: Atlas Performing Arts Center - Sprenger Theatre

Price: $50 - 68

Reference Link: https://mosaictheater.org/in-his-hands

Description:

Daniel, a video game wizard and aspiring Lutheran pastor, is falling for Christian. But as these men explore the potential of their new relationship, voices from Christian’s past threaten to overpower the connection they share. A radically contemporary, queer rom-com.

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District-Of-Columbia

The Hot Wing King

By: Katori Hall

Directed by: Steve H. Broadnax III

Studio Theatre

Washington

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 22 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: Theatre Play

Venue: Studio Theatre

Price: $50-95

Reference Link: https://www.studiotheatre.org/plays/play-detail/2021-2022-the-hot-wing-king

Description:

Cordell and his crew, the New Wing Order, are frying their way to glory and the title of Memphis Hot Wang King in this fresh, fierce comedy about celebrating who you are. Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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District-of-Columbia

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

By: Anna Deavere Smith

Directed by: Co-Directed by Adam Immerwahr and January Lavoy

Theater J

Washington, DC

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 09 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: Play

Venue: EDCJCC

Price: $35-70

Reference Link: https://theaterj.org/2021-2022-season/fires-in-the-mirror-21-22/

Description:

August 1991: Riots erupt in a racially polarized neighborhood after a Black child was killed by a car in the Chabad-Lubavitcher Rebbe’s motorcade, and a white Jewish scholar was slain in retaliation. This groundbreaking documentary play promises a tour-de-force solo performance.

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Florida

Dutchman

By: LeRoi Jones and Amiri Baraka

American Stage

St. Petersburg

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 29 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Raymond James Theatre

Price: $32-53

Reference Link: https://americanstage.org

Description:

Dutchman premiered almost 60 years ago during the height of the Civil Rights movement. It’s a story of political and psychological struggle between Black and white Americans that is more timely now than ever before.

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Fade

By: Tanya Saracho

Directed by: Teo Castellanos

GableStage

Coral Gables

Event Date(s): Fri Jun 03 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: Play

Venue: GableStage @ the Biltmore Hotel & Resort

Price: $35-65

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

Description:

It’s Lucia’s first TV writing job and she worries she may be the “diversity hire” she’s heard whispers about when she befriends the only other Hispanic around, Abel, the janitor. Bonds form, but their friendship is not what it seems in this dramatic comedy of class and culture.

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Rubenology — The Making of an American Legend

By: Vanessa Garcia & Ruben Rabasa

Directed by: Victoria Collado and Robby Ramos

GableStage

Coral Gables

Event Date(s): Thu Jul 14 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: Play

Venue: GableStage @ the Biltmore Hotel & Resort

Price: $35-65

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

Description:

The legendary Ruben Rabasa (who Andy Garcia called “La Gloria de Cuba”) takes the wheel of his own one person show to tell us about the wild ride of his life — all 83 years of it and counting. From Cuba to the U.S., the story of an actor, friend, lover, son, Cuban, and American.

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Animals Out of Paper

By: Rajiv Joseph

Directed by: TBA

Jobsite Theater

Tampa

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Price: $19.50+

Reference Link: https://jobsitetheater.org

Description:

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

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Athena

By: Gracie Gardner

Directed by: Summer Wallace

Urbanite Theatre

Sarasota

Event Date(s): Fri Jun 10 - Sun Jul 10

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Urbanite Theatre

Price: $5-35

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

Description:

Mary Wallace and Athena are brave young fencers training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They just wish they were friends.

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Illinois

Dear Jack, Dear Louise

By: Ken Ludwig

Northlight Theatre

Skokie

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Northlight Theatre

Price: $30-$89

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

Description:

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

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Choir Boy

By: Tarell Alvin McCraney

Directed by: Kent Gash

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Chicago

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 16 - Sun Jul 24

Type of Event: Live Performance

Venue: Play

Price: $44-110

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

Description:

Written by Oscar-winning ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), this Tony-nominated play — threaded throughout with soul-stirring a cappella gospel hymns — is the story of a young gay Black man and his battle between identity and community.

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cullud wattah

By: Erika Dickerson-Despenza

Directed by: Lili-Anne Brown

Victory Gardens Theater

Chicago

Event Date(s): Sat Jun 11 - Sun Jul 17

Type of Event: Regional Premiere Play

Venue: Victory Gardens Theater

Price: $29-62

Reference Link: https://victorygardens.org/

Description:

Thanksgiving, 2016: Flint, Mich., has been without clean water for 936 days. Marion, a third-generation General Motors assembly line worker, worries over impending layoffs while struggling to fight the poison that floods her home—and her family’s bodies.

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Athena

By: Gracie Gardner

Directed by: essica Fisch, with choreography by Steph Paul

Writers Theatre

Glencoe

Event Date(s): Thu May 05 - Sun Jul 17

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Writers Theatre - Gillian Theatre

Reference Link: https://www.writerstheatre.org/athena

Description:

A fast-paced, engaging new play from Gracie Gardner, Athena received an acclaimed premiere in New York in 2018. Director Jessica Fisch brings her deft touch for storytelling to this portrait of two high-achieving young women, simultaneously rivals and allies, pushing each other.

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Pearl’s Rollin’ With the Blues

By: Felicia P. Fields and Ron OJ Parson, with dramaturgy by Kimberly Dixon-Mays

Directed by: Ron OJ Parson

Writers Theatre

Glencoe

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 23 - Sun Jul 24

Type of Event: Musical Revue

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

Reference Link: https://www.writerstheatre.org/pearls-rollin-with-the-blues

Description:

This world premiere musical revue celebrates great Blues artists including Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Howlin’ Wolf and more! Enjoy the riffs, rhythms, and rapport of seasoned musicians as they do what they do best: Swap stories, belt the Blues, and put on one helluva show.

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Kentucky

When I Read My Daughter Rudyard Kipling

By: Adapted by Manik Choksi from Rudyard Kipling

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Animated play

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

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

Description:

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

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Finding Black Boy Joy

By: Lance G. Newman II

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

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Streaming Performance

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

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

Description:

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

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Plague Doctor: Contagion 430 BCE–2020 AD

By: Robert Barry Fleming and Jenni Page-White

Directed by: Game design by Alex Bezuska

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Video Game

Venue: Virtual

Price: $5

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

Description:

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

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Unscripted

Directed by: curated by Erica Denise

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Conversation Series

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

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

Description:

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

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Still Ready: Originals

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

Directed by: Robert Barry Fleming

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Musical Celebration of Black Artistry

Venue: Virtual

Price: Pay what you choose, starting at $10

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

Description:

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

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Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020

By: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Robert Barry Fleming

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Digital play

Venue: Virtual

Price: Pay what you choose, starting at $10

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

Description:

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

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Ali Summit

By: Idris Goodwin

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

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Play and virtual reality experience

Venue: Virtual

Price: Pay what you choose, starting at $10

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

Description:

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

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

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

Directed by: Robert Barry Fleming

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Streaming Short Plays

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Pay What You Choose Starting at $10

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

Description:

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

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The Yellow Wallpaper

By: Adapted from Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Animated play

Venue: Virtual

Price: Pay What You Choose Starting at $10

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

Description:

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

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Okolona Habla (okolona speaks)

By: Marcos Morales

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

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Streaming Spoken Word Performance

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

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

Description:

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

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Fix It, Black Girl

By: Hannah L. Drake

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

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Performance

Venue: Virtual

Price: Free with Membership

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

Description:

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

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Louisville Sessions

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

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Music Series

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

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

Description:

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

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Borrowed Wisdom With Robert Barry Fleming

By: featuring guests from many different disciplines

Directed by: Robert Barry Fleming

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville

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

Type of Event: Podcast

Venue: Virtual

Price: $Free with Membership

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

Description:

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

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Maryland

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

By: Robert Kauzlaric

Directed by: Nathanial P. Claridad

Imagination Stage

Bethesda

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

Type of Event: Theatre Performance

Venue: Imagination Stage

Price: $28

Reference Link: https://imaginationstage.org

Description:

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

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Nollywood Dreams

By: Jocelyn Bioh

Directed by: Raymond O. Caldwell

Round House Theatre

Bethesda

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 08 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: Performance

Venue: Round House Theatre

Price: $refer to website

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

Description:

It’s the ’90s in Lagos, Nigeria, and Ayamma has big dreams. Despite working in her parents’ travel agency, she spends every spare minute imagining her big break.

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Massachusetts

1776

By: Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards

Directed by: Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus

American Repertory Theater

Cambridge

Event Date(s): Sun May 15 - Sun Jul 24

Type of Event: Musical Revival

Venue: Loeb Drama Center

Price: $25 and up

Reference Link: https://

Description:

How much will we compromise in the pursuit of freedom? And who does that freedom belong? A new production of the Tony Award-winning musical reexamines a pivotal moment in American history with a cast that reflects multiple representations of race, gender, and ethnicity.

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Michigan

Fairview

By: Jackie Sibblies Drury

Detroit Repertory Theatre

Detroit

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 02 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: Theatrical Play

Venue: Detroit Repertory Theatre

Price: $20

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

Description:

A Pulitzer Prize-winning dramedy examining deep-seated paradigms of race in America.

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Bright Star

By: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Directed by: Kathy Mulay

Farmers Alley Theatre

Kalamazoo

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 16 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Farmers Alley Theatre

Price: $15-40

Reference Link: http://www.farmersalleytheatre.com/shows/2021-22/bright-star

Description:

With a lively bluegrass and folk score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, this uplifting theatrical journey holds you tightly in its grasp and is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

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Minnesota

Emma

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

Directed by: Meredith McDonough

Guthrie Theater

Minneapolis

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

Type of Event: Theater

Venue: Wurtele Thrust Stage

Price: $

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

Description:

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

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Sweat

By: Lynn Nottage

Directed by: Tamilla Woodard

Guthrie Theater

Minneapolis

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

Type of Event: Theater

Venue: McGuire Proscenium Stage

Price: $15-$80

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

Description:

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

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The North Star

By: Peter H. Reynolds

Directed by: Sandy Boren-Barrett and Ann Marie Omeish

Stages Theatre Company

Hopkins

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Stages Theatre Company

Price: $14-16

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

Description:

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

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

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

Directed by: Sandy Boren-Barrett

Stages Theatre Company

Hopkins

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Stages Theatre Company

Price: $14-16

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

Description:

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

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Twelve Angry Men

By: Adapted from the play by Reginald Rose, Music and lyrics by Michael Holland, Book by David Simpatico

Directed by: Peter Rothstein

Theater Latté Da

Minneapolis

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 08 - Sun Jul 17

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Ritz Theater

Price: $35 and up

Reference Link: https://www.latteda.org/twelve-angry-men-2022

Description:

In a small New York City jury room, on “the hottest day of the year,” 12 men debate the fate of a young defendant charged with murdering his father.

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Cambodian Rock Band

By: Lauren Yee

Directed by: Lily Tung Crystal

Theater Mu

Minneapolis

Event Date(s): Sat Jun 11 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: Play

Venue: The Jungle Theater

Price: Pay As You Are

Reference Link: https://www.theatermu.org/cambodian-rock-band

Description:

A Khmer Rouge survivor returns to Cambodia for the first time,as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past.

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Missouri

Alice’s Wonderland

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

Directed by: Nik Whitcomb

The Coterie Theatre

Kansas City

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The Coterie Theatre

Price: $14.00-$18.00

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

Description:

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

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New-York

Sister Act

By: Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner from the screenplay by Joseph Howard, with additional material by Douglas Carter Beane and music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater

Directed by: Julio Agustin

Geva Theatre Center

Rochester

Event Date(s): Tue Jun 21 - Sun Jul 24

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Wilson Stage

Price: $25-$69

Reference Link: https://gevatheatre.org/season-49/

Description:

What’s the best place to hide a disco diva who just witnessed a mob hit? In a convent, of course! Delores Van Cartier takes cover and dons a habit, and when she brings her disco talent to the convent choir, the word “sister” takes on new meaning.

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Corsicana

By: Will Arbery

Directed by: Sam Gold

Playwrights Horizons

New York

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 02 - Sun Jul 10

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Playwrights Horizons

Price: $

Reference Link: https://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/plays/corsicana/

Description:

In this restless quartet about caretaking and caregiving, in which the very fabric of reality is up for debate, Will Arbery charts the quiet, particular contracts of the heart that forge a new family.

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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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Grass

By: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Signature Theatre

New York City

Event Date(s): Mon May 30 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: Play

Venue: The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

Price: $

Reference Link: https://signaturetheatre.org/shows-and-events/Productions/2021-2022/Grass.aspx

Description:

A nightmare eviction leaves an out-of-work actor with nowhere to go but his father’s house on an island in southeast Texas. But in order to get there—and not get shot—he’s going to have to let his mother drive. Hilarity ensues. Or doesn’t. In either case, History narrates.

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Oklahoma

Dead Ringer

By: Gino Dilorio

Directed by: Timothy Hunter

American Theatre Company

Tulsa

Event Date(s): Thu Jul 21 - Sun Jul 24

Type of Event: Thriller play

Venue: Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Doenges Theatre

Price: $24 - $32

Reference Link: https://americantheatrecompany.org/atc-2021-2022-season

Description:

Set in the Wild West of the 19th century Tyrus, a horse trainer, lives on a ranch with his invalid sister Mary. Dwight Foley arrives at the ranch seeking help with his horse and the play takes a turn in a complex web of greed and secrets.

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Pennsylvania

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

By: C.S. Lewis

Directed by: Amy Rene Byrne

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

Bloomsburg

Event Date(s): Thu Jul 14 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Alvina Krause Theatre

Price: $7.00-$30.00

Reference Link: https://www.bte.org/index.php

Description:

One of BTE’s biggest summer hits makes its triumphant return! A cast of local children and professional adults bring to vivid life the story of the Pevensie children, who make their way to the magical land of Narnia. This classic tale is sure to warm even the coldest of hearts!

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The Three Little Pigs

By: Melissa Nicholson

Directed by: Melissa Nicholson

Gamut Theatre Group

Harrisburg

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Gamut Theatre Group

Price: $10

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

Description:

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

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The Vinegar Tree

By: Paul Osborn

Directed by: Abigail Adams

People's Light

Malvern

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 29 - Sun Jul 24

Type of Event: Play

Venue: People's Light (Steinbright Stage)

Price: $45

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

Description:

Mistaken identities and foolhardy love affairs abound in this rarely produced 1930 comedy of manners. As romances tangle and secrets unfurl over the course of one topsy-turvy day in Laura Merrick’s country home, everyone comes to terms with what they truly want.

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Rhode-Island

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

By: Dave Malloy

Directed by: Josh Short

The Wilbury Theatre Group

Providence

Event Date(s): Thu May 19 - Sun Jul 17

Type of Event: Theatre

Venue: The Wilbury Theatre Group

Price: $25

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

Description:

From the celebrated and award-winning composer Dave Malloy comes Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on a scandalous slice of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

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South-Carolina

Rock of Ages

By: Chris D'Arienzo

Directed by: Sara Brians

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Hilton Head Island

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Price: $61

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

Description:

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

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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

Directed by: Shelley Butler

The Warehouse Theatre

Greenville

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The Warehouse Theatre

Price: $40

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

Description:

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

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South-Dakota

The D/N/Lakota Theater Project

By: Larissa FastHorse

Directed by: Michael John Garcés

Cornerstone Theater Company

Multiple

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 15 - Sat Jul 02

Type of Event: Performance

Venue: Multiple

Price: Pay What You Can

Reference Link: https://cornerstonetheater.org/the-lakota-project/

Description:

The D/N/Lakota Theater Project is a socially engaged performance project combining participatory research with theatremaking, co-created with Lakota communities in Rapid City and with the Sicangu Lakota Nation, Oglala Lakota Nation, and Ihanktonwan Dakota Oyate.

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Texas

Noir

By: Kyle Jarrow and Duncan Sheik

Directed by: Darko Tresnjak

Alley Theatre

Houston

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 02 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Hubbard Theatre

Price: $16-$91

Reference Link: https://https://www.alleytheatre.org/plays/production-detail/noir

Description:

Inspired by early radio plays and classic film noir, this new musical is written by Broadway artists Duncan Sheik of Spring Awakening and Kyle Jarrow of SpongeBob SquarePants and directed by Darko Tresnjak of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

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The Real Inspector Hound

By: Tom Stoppard

Directed by: Claire Hart-Palumbo

Main Street Theater Houston

Houston

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

Type of Event: play

Venue: Main Street Theater - Rice Village

Price: $59 - $35

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

Description:

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

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

By: based on the MGM Motion Picture

Directed by: Jimmy Phillips

Main Street Theater Houston

Houston

Event Date(s): Sat Jun 11 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: play

Venue: Main Street Theater at the MATCH

Price: $30 - $20

Reference Link: https://mainstreettheater.com/chitty-chitty-bang-bang/

Description:

Caractacus Potts and his children, Jeremy and Jemima, embark on the ride of a lifetime with their out-of-this-world car, the one and only Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Based on the beloved film, this “truly scrumptious” musical is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family.

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Into the Breeches

By: George Brant

Directed by: Joanne Zipay

Stage West Theatre

Fort Worth

Event Date(s): Thu Jun 09 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Evelyn Wheeler Swenson Theatre

Price: $10-45

Reference Link: https://stagewest.org/season/breeches

Description:

It’s 1942, and there’s a problem at the Oberon Playhouse! With the director and leading men all off at war, it looks like the season will be canceled. That is, until a determined group of ladies rally the troops at home to mount an all-female production.

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Mr. Burns, a post electric play

By: Anne Washburn

Directed by: Jennifer Jennings

The VORTEX

Austin

Event Date(s): Fri Jul 22 - Sat Jul 30

Type of Event: Play with music

Venue: The Eloise Stage @ The VORTEX

Price: $15-35

Reference Link: http://www.vortexrep.org

Description:

Mr. Burns tells the story of a group of survivors recalling and retelling The Simpsons‘ “Cape Feare” episode shortly after a global catastrophe, and then explores the story as it evolves into cultural mythology. Presented by the Summer Youth Theatre.

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Lonesome Blues

By: Akin Babatundé and Alan Govenar

Directed by: Akin Babatundé

Undermain Theatre

Dallas

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 15 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: Theater

Venue: Undermain Theatre

Price: $$15 - $30

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

Description:

Lonesome Blues is the true story of the legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson: born blind but ultimately able to express his deepest emotions through music. He was discovered on a street corner in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas—we bring his story back to Deep Ellum!

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

By: Robert L Freedman & Steven Lutvak

Directed by: Penny Ayn Maas

WaterTower Theatre

Addison

Event Date(s): Wed Jul 20 - Sun Jul 31

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Terry Martin Main Stage

Price: $39

Reference Link: https://watertowertheatre.org/event/a-gentlemans-guide-to-love-and-murder/2022-07-20

Description:

The hilarious hit music comedy, and the most-nominated show of the 2014 season, centers on Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk who is informed after the death of his mother that he is ninth in line to the earldom of Highhurst, controlled by the wealthy D’Ysquith family.

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The Sound of Music

By: Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein III; Book by Howard Lindsey and Russel Crouse

Directed by: Dave Steakley

ZACH Theatre

Austin

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 15 - Sun Jul 24

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: ZACH360 in The Topfer at ZACH

Price: $starting at $28

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

Description:

The hills are alive in this intimate, heartfelt reimagining of the beloved musical classic bringing the Von Trapp Family to life in a ZACH360 experience where the Topfer is transformed into a lively biergarten.

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Utah

All’s Well That Ends Well

By: William Shakespeare

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Price: $10-80

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

Description:

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

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Sweeney Todd

By: Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Price: $16-86

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

Description:

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

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King Lear

By: William Shakespeare

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Price: $10-80

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

Description:

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

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The Sound of Music

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

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Randall L. Jones Theatre

Price: $31-86

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

Description:

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

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Trouble in Mind

By: Alice Childress

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Randall L. Jones Theatre

Price: $25-80

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

Description:

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

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Clue

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

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Randall L. Jones Theatre

Price: $25-80

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

Description:

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

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The Tempest

By: William Shakespeare

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City

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

Type of Event: Play

Venue: Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Price: $45-55

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

Description:

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

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Virginia

Curious George: The Golden Meatball TYA

By: Music by John Kavanaugh books and lyrics by Jeremy Desmin Based on the books by Margret and H.A. Rey and the Play, Owned by Universal Stage Productions

Directed by: TBA

Mill Mountain Theatre

Roanoke

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 15 - Fri Jul 15

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Touring the Valley

Price: $

Reference Link: https://millmountain.org/production/curious-george-t…den-meatball-tya/

Description:

Join Curious George, the inquisitive, lovable monkey star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show in a brand new musical, touring the Roanoke Valley this summer.

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Disney’s High School Musical: One-Act Version

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

Directed by: TBA

Mill Mountain Theatre

Roanoke

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: Trinkle MainStage

Price: $

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

Description:

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

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Mamma Mia!

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

Directed by: Kikau Alvaro

Virginia Repertory Theatre

Richmond

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

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The November Theatre

Price: $36-$67

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

Description:

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

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Washington

The Bonesetter’s Daughter

By: Amy Tan

Directed by: Rosa Joshi

Book-It Repertory Theatre

Seattle

Event Date(s): Wed Jun 08 - Sun Jul 03

Type of Event: Play

Venue: The Center Theatre at Seattle Center

Price: $20-50

Reference Link: https://book-it.org/events/the-bonesetters-daughter/

Description:

Through this bittersweet and deeply moving chronicle of war and revenge, we are reminded that forgiveness is always closer than it seems.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

By: John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask

Directed by: Aaron Lamb

Harlequin Productions

Olympia

Event Date(s): Fri Jun 24 - Sat Jul 30

Type of Event: Musical

Venue: The State Theater

Price: $25-$42

Reference Link: https://harlequinproductions.org/show/hedwig-and-the-angry-inch/

Description:

This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Hedwig will take you by storm!

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Wyoming

Thin Air Shakespeare

By: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Edgar Landa

Off Square Theatre Company

Jackson

Event Date(s): Fri Jul 08 - Sun Jul 17

Type of Event: Play

Venue: The Center Amphitheater

Price: $0

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

Description:

Free every summer! Off Square Theatre Company is proud to bring Shakespeare to the community in our open-air theatre each summer.

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