#ArtWeekAtHome – Day 6: Theatre

May 6, 2020

For each day of #ArtWeekAtHome, we are focusing on one popular genre of arts/culture. Today is dedicated to theatre – onstage, offstage, backstage, and beautiful venues. Be sure to check out other fun “at-home events” hosted by the ArtWeek community that celebrate theatre!

Planned 2020 event: Intermission Coffee House with FSPA Student Singers (Franklin)

CHALLENGE INSPIRATION

The Bard supposedly wrote “King Lear” during the plague, so we challenge you to draft a one-minute play today. Characters can be fictional or real; no subject/time/place is off-limits; you can act it out fully-staged with costumes, or write it to read silently. To get you in the mood (or for a good laugh), see how the New Yorker guessed how Shakespeare spent his time drafting it. Or take some inspiration from the 24hr Plays Viral Monologues all of which were created, performed, and recorded while in quarantine.

We want to see what you come up with – tag us @ArtWeekMA and #ArtWeekAtHome #ArtWeekDay6

Planned 2020 event: Shakespeare & Young Company Performance and Tour (Lenox)
Planned 2020 event: ArtWeek Academy of Music Free History Tour (Northampton)
Planned 2020 event: Master Dance Class with Miss New Bedford (New Bedford Festival Theatre)

THEATRICAL EXPERIENCES FROM MASSACHUSETTS

Even though theaters may be closed, those from the theatrical community insist the Show Must Go On (from a safe distance). Check out what’s being offered by ArtWeek event hosts and partners across the Creative Commonwealth:

Huntington @ Homeschool – Need to brush up or learn some playwriting skills? Created by the Huntington Theatre Company’s Education Department Huntington @ HomeSchool is a collection of FREE online classes led by Huntington staff and artisans. Classes cover everything from Shakespeare, acting, directing, lighting design, color theory, and more!

Let the Sunshine InActors from the Cotuit Center for the Arts family participated in a collaboration from home. Let’s go back to the 70s and flip your hair, that long beautiful HAIR. Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen, give me down to there hair!

Talk and Reading: The Plays of Sholem Asch, with Caraid O’Brien: On Thursday May 7, Yiddish Book Center presents this program, Caraid will talk about Yiddish theater in America and will read from selections of her current work translating “Sholem Asch: Plays of My People,” a collection of four dramas that explore Jewish identity from the acclaimed playwright of “God of Vengeance” (the play that inspired Paula Vogel’s Tony Award–winning play “Indecent”). This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center’s Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—which will allow you to submit questions—registration is required. Register HERE.

Great Performances…At Home: The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will continue to present “Great Performances…At Home,” a nightly Facebook Live performance series. Every night at 7:30 pm EST, a special guest goes live on the Franklin Performing Arts Company Facebook page for a mini-performance. Guests to date have included Broadway’s Kara Lindsay (Newsies, WICKED, Beautiful), Emily Koch (WICKED, Waitress), Christopher Rice (currently on the tour of Hamilton), Clay Thomson (Newsies, Matilda, KING KONG), Kevin Massey (Tarzan, Gentleman’s Guide), Ben Cameron (WICKED, Footloose), Jim Hogan (tours of Waitress, Spring Awakening, Phantom of the Opera), and  Liz Byrne (Baby It’s You!) as well as resident FPAC favorites Nick Paone, Hallie Wetzell, Irina Fainkichen, Shauna Martin, Ali Funkhouser, and Katie Gray.

Learn at Home with BTG: Berkshire Theatre Group is now offering live weekly online classes and talks, for all ages, on our Facebook page, presented by our incredible artists and alumni! All videos will be available on BTG’s website, after the video is complete. A weekly schedule will be sent out via email from BTG (sign up here), and posted on social media.

FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Luckily we live in the age of video-conferencing, live streams, and YouTube. Today a computer can take you to Broadway, The Globe, and more! There are so many examples, but here are some of our favorites…

Broadway: Missing the lullaby of Broadway? Be sure to celebrate Sondheim’s 90th Birthday and donate to ASTEP. Preview the brand-new musical Sing Street.  Did you miss SIX when it was in Cambridge’s A.R.T. – watch this unique lockdown collaboration with the queens. Or catch Elle Woods and her sorority sisters teach you how to properly (and hilariously) wash your hands with the “OMIGOD YOU GUYS SANITIZE” video.

UK Theatre and Shakespeare: More of a Webber fan than Sondheim? You better keep an eye on the YouTube channel called The Show Must Go On – they only air his classic musicals for48hrs every week. Every day Sir Patrick Stewart is reading a daily sonnet, sure to put you in a better mood. National Theatre Live is now National Theatre At Home, also with weekly special screenings. And if after watching all of that Shakespeare you want to dabble in some stage combat so you can really play Tibalt, learn how to Elizabethan sword fight with this video tutorial.

Year of the Stage Manager: The show can’t go on without the oversight of stage manager – the person(s) at the helm of any live production. This year, Actors’ Equity and the Stage Manager Association are celebrating 2020 as the Year of the Stage Manager. Listen to the discussion or learn about what it’s like behind the scenes (and from the booth) as stage managers across the globe share stories and answer questions via their Instagram Take-overs.

For even more fun, today and throughout #ArtWeekAtHome, check out our Facebook Events page. You’re sure to find something that suits your interests!

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