Heads up for the week of Oct. 19-25.

by Lynn on October 18, 2020

in The Passionate Playgoer

A packed week of intriguing theatre events. On-line and live!

Mon., Oct. 19, 2020 (anytime during Oct. 19)  to Nov. 1



From the Mint Theatre in New York City (a company focusing on rarely done, almost forgotten plays

Available for Free On-Demand
Streaming through November 1st
    Conflict is a love story set against the backdrop of a hotly contested election. Miles Malleson combines his two great passions: sex and politics. The result is a provocative romance that sizzles with both wit and ideas.

Don’t miss out! Stream Conflict byusing the password
vote!           Click here for details on How to Watch             HOW TO WATCH:  CLICK HERE be taken to the Production Archive Page for CONFLICT. Click on the first image under the Videos heading. You will be prompted to enter the password, vote! You will also be prompted to enter your name and a valid email address. Click the four arrows in the bottom right corner to watch the video full screen. For Closed Captioning, click the CC button in the toolbar located at the bottom of the video viewer, and select “English CC”. You may be able to watch CONFLICT on your TV, depending on your specific equipment. Here’s a web page from “wikiHow” with a variety of articles that may help.          MORE ABOUT THE PLAY:
It’s the Roaring 20’s, London. Lady Dare Bellingdon has everything she could want, yet she craves something more. Dare’s man, Sir Major Ronald Clive, is standing for Parliament with the backing of Dare’s father. Clive is a Conservative, of course, but he’s liberal enough to be sleeping with Dare, who’s daring enough to take a lover, but too restless to marry him. Clive’s opponent, Tom Smith is passionate about social justice and understands the joy of having something to believe in. Dare is “the woman between” two candidates who both want to make a better world—until politics become personal, and mudslinging threatens to soil them all.              

Mon. Oct. 19, 2020. 7:30 pm


On Line:

Did you love American Moor from Red Bull Theatre?  Then you might want to check out KEENE.  And yes, Paul Gross, is OUR Paul Gross who is involved in the reading as is Sara Topham.

A Benefit Reading
By Anchuli Felicia King
Directed by Ethan McSweeny
Presented in association with American Shakespeare Center
This Monday, October 19, 2020
It’s love at first sight for Kai, a Japanese musicologist, when she spies Tyler, the only student of color in his PhD cohort, at a Shakespeare conference. Each night, while Tyler dreams he is the subject of his thesis: Ira Aldridge, the first black man to play Othello, Kai dreams of Tyler. As dreams start to merge with reality, Tyler and Kai are brought closer together. Yet Tyler, like Ira before him, can not perceive the inevitable betrayal of his closest ally. The livestream benefit reading will feature Grantham Coleman, Paul Gross, Carol Halstead, John Harrell, Chris Johnston, Sam Lilja, Amelia Pedlow, Sam Saint Ours, Sarah Suzuki, and Sara Topham.
“I wrote Keene as a submission to American Shakespeare Center’s New Contemporaries prize. The prize invites playwrights to write a response play to one of Shakespeare’s works, with his original staging conditions in mind. I felt compelled to respond to Othello because I had such complicated feelings about the play; I found the text and its performance history to be both profoundly rich and deeply fraught. My entry point to Othello’s problematic legacy was to begin researching the life of Ira Aldridge, one of the first black actors to play Othello. The more I read about Aldridge’s career, the more parallels I began to identify between his struggles and modern Shakespearean scholarship, as contemporary academics of color attempted to reclaim a discourse that had historically vilified and excluded them.” KEEP READING
This program is part of OTHELLO 2020, a multi-part online initiative to provide an engaging and educational experience for all who are interested in Shakespeare’s Othello and its relationship to the world in which we live today. The benefit series continues through October 28. 

Tues. Oct. 20-30, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Bedtime Stories and other Terrifying Tales

Live in the fields and meadows of 4th Line Theatre:


Ten-year-old Samuel Deyell goes out into the dark night in search of his missing mother.

NOTE: This production travels up and down dark paths and over uneven terrain of the Winslow Farm (home of 4th Line Theatre) for approximately 1 km. Trail difficulty level: moderate to high. 

4th Line asks each patron to dress for the weather, wear appropriate, sturdy footwear and bring a flashlight to the performance. Masks and social distancing are required.  The performances will run rain, snow or shine. 

*Not suitable for people with mobility or health issues. Contains frightening scenes and mature content. PG. 

Wed. Oct. 21 7:00 pm

At the Beginning of Time.

Streaming live from Montreal on Centaur Theatre’s website:

New Work @ Centaur Opens With Latest Steve Galluccio Play 

Free Event
Kicking off the first event under our New Work @ Centaur banner, fans of Mambo Italiano and The St. Leonard Chronicles will be elated to know that it will be the first public reading of Steve Galluccio’s newest play, At the Beginning of Time, streaming live on Centaur’s website at 7PM,  Wednesday, October 21th.
Dramaturged by the Shaw Festival’s former Artistic Director, Jackie Maxwell, who directed last season’s multi-META-nominated Paradise Lost, Quebec’s elder and health care systems are in the spotlight in this very personal story about losing a spouse to Alzheimer’s in the midst of a pandemic, told with Steve’s characteristic blend of heartache and hilarity.
Click HERE to learn more about this highly anticipated event from one of Centaur’s most beloved playwrights.  If you’re not able to join us live, the performance will remain on our website until October 28.   Wed. Oct. 21 + other dates: 8:00 pm.



Jeremy O. Harris presents HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING Live


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a LIVE theatrical event

About this Event

Jeremy O. Harris Presents

the Playwrights Horizons production of

Will Arbery’s Pulitzer Prize Finalist


Directed by Danya Taymor

Performed LIVE by the original cast: Zoë Winters, Julia McDermott, John Zdrojeski, Jeb Kreager and Michele Pawk

Designed by: Isabella Byrd, Justin Ellington and Sarafina Bush

Showtimes: October 21st @ 8pm, October 22nd @ 4pm, October 23rd @ 8pm, October 24th @ 2pm + 8pm


Winner of ….

2020 Obie Awards for Creative Ensemble + Playwriting

Three Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play

New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play

New York Times “Best Theater of 2019”


It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery’s haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself.



All donations will be distributed to NYC-based theater artists in need

Stage Manager: Ryan Kane

Assistant Director: Joan Sergay

Original Scenic Design: Laura Jellinek

Dramaturgy: Ashley Chang

Line Producer: Danya Taymor

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Artwork: Jeff Rogers

Thur. Oct. 22, 2020 7:00 pm

Skeleton Crew

Atlantic Theater Company, New York City.



Reunion Reading Series: Skeleton Crew

by Dominique Morisseau Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Atlantic Theater Company

From the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City

Fri. Oct. 23, 2020 7:30 pm

CONTRACTIONS by Mike  Bartlett

Streaming from Studio 180 www.studio180theatre.com

Contractions by Mike Bartlett
Friday, October 23 at 7:30 PM

Directed by Sabryn Rock
Starring Virgilia Griffith &
Ordena Stephens-Thompson
Emma’s been seeing her coworker Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her boss thinks she’s in breach of contract. In a series of cordial but increasingly tense conversations, the two dissect the differences between “sexual” and “romantic,” negotiate the length of Emma’s interoffice relationship, and face the consequences of shrinking privacy and binding contracts.

Following the play, join the cast and Director of Youth and Community Engagement, Jessica Greenberg, for a unique interactive post-show experience in which audience members will share their responses; examine the themes, characters and big questions of the play; and participate in break-out group discussions. 
Virgilia Griffith has worked with Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, Crow’s Theatre and Obsidian Theatre.  Winner of the Meta Emerging Artist Award for Gas Girls. Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance for Harlem Duet. She was also a Dora Mavor Moore nominee for Outstanding Performance in the Independent Division for Honesty directed by Jordan Tannahill and Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land)
Ordena Stephens-Thompson has worked with The Grand Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre and Factory Theatre. Selected film and TV credits include: Umbrella Academy, The Handmaid’s Tale, Designated Survivor, da kink in my hair, Rookie Blue, Committed and The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. Ordena is grateful for the opportunity to continue to pursue her passion and for the continued support of her family.
Sabryn Rock is an actor, singer, arts educator and director. She directed for the Summerworks Festival, Shakespeare in Action and Musical Stage Company’s Banks Prize Cabaret. She also has assisted on productions such as Intimate Apparel (Obsidian), The Wizard of Oz (YPT) and Next to Normal (MSC/Mirvish). She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, The Birmingham Conservatory at Stratford and the Canadian Film Centre.

Sat. Oct. 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

The School for Wives

Live Streaming:


Tony Award–winner Tonya Pinkins stars in the beloved comedy about gender dynamics.

About this Event

Free Virtual Performance + Q&A

The School For Wives

by Molière in the Park

Saturday, October 24 at 2 & 7pm ET

In English

Closed captioning in English & French

Livestream link will be sent via email on the day of the event

Molière in the Park and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), after the success of virtual productions of The Misanthrope and Tartuffe, co-present a radically inventive and refreshing take on the classic play, The School For Wives.

At its core, Molière’s biting 17th-century satire about a privileged and misguided man so intimidated by women that he grooms his own ward for marriage, is about gender power dynamics. In this contemporary retelling, Tony Award–winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline, or Change) stars as the patriarch Arnolphe, obsessed with keeping 17-year-old Agnès ignorant so that she will remain faithful to him.

Director Lucie Tiberghien examines this classic tale through the lens of an all-woman cast to shine a light on the ultimate absurdity of similar American systems of oppression. Like Agnès, no one’s humanity can be snuffed out.

Performance: 90 minutes

Q&A: 20 minutes

Starring Tonya Pinkins​, Tony Award-winner for Jelly’s Last Jam, writer-director of the upcoming socio-political horror film Red Pill, and host of the podcast You Can’t Say That on BPN.fm/ycst

Co-starring Mirirai Sithole, Kaliswa Brewster, Cristina Pitter, Tamara Sevunts, Carolyn Michelle Smith, and Corey Tazmania

Translated by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur

Learn more at fiaf.org.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation when you RSVP. Your gift makes programs like these possible and sustains FIAF and Molière in the Park during these unprecedented times.

Produced by Molière in the Park. Co-presented by FIAF in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside.

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