Heads up for the week of Nov. 23-29.

by Lynn on November 23, 2020

in The Passionate Playgoer

Heads Up for the week of Nov. 23 to Nov. 29

Mon. Nov. 23, 2020.

Until the Flood.

Live streamed:

Written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith

Interviews of the people of Ferguson, Missouri after the killing of Michael Brown by the police,   conducted and performed by Orlandersmith.

She interviewed Blacks and whites for the piece, alternating their voices. The result is devastating, compelling theatre. I can’t find an end date for the availability, but please check it out.


Mon. Nov. 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Live Streamed from The Show Must Go On channel.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets

The film showcases all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, read by a cast that includes David Tennant, Dominic West, Stephen Fry, Kim Cattrall, and more.

Click here to access The Shows Must Go On.

Tues. Nov. 24, 2020   7:30 pm

The Antigone Play

Live Streamed from York University.

From the new and reimagined 2020-21 Theatre@York season

The Antigone Play by Theatre & Performance Studies PhD candidate, Tabia Lau, directed by David Jansen. A contemporary adaptation of Sophocles’ ANTIGONE. Tig is distraught to find that her Uncle Chris is making drastic changes to her family’s restaurant, which her beloved grandmother opened years ago as a recent immigrant and refugee. Outraged by what she sees as a betrayal of the family, Tig starts an online campaign to stand up to her uncle, save the legacy of the restaurant, and restore her family’s honour. As the campaign catches fire, Tig considers just how far she must go. 

The Antigone Play opens on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:30pm 

Tickets are free of charge. Online reservations  can be made at: 

The Antigone Play: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-antigone-play-tickets-128502884587?aff=erelpanelorg 

Wed. Nov. 25, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Live Streamed from York University.


The second opening of the new and reimagined 2020-21 Theatre@York season

HAGS by York Theatre alum, Aaron Jan, directed by David Jansen. A dark, rapid-fire comedy that explores the limits of forgiveness in vengeful millennials and Gen Zs. When a team of online activists gathers to recruit their newest member, the group is Zoom-bombed by the alt-right, leading to a night of violence and a settling of old scores. HAGS asks: how do we find satisfying justice in online spaces? When do we go too far in our pursuit of a better world? 

HAGS opens on Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30pm 

Tickets are free of charge. Online reservations  can be made at: 

HAGS: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hags-tickets-128505546549?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch 

For full program details and bios, please see: https://hagsantigone2020.wordpress.com/

Wed. Nov. 25, 2020.

Weesageechak 33 Goes Online!   Join the 33rd annual development festival of new Indigenous work, featuring contemporary theatre, dance, and multi-disciplinary creations!
All presentations are free, online, and available from their premiere date through December 6th, 2020.
  VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE   REGISTER FOR TICKETS     Meet Weesageechak 33 Creators   Unique to this year’s festivals are four curated streams to support the development of new performance pieces. We’re excited to introduce our latest Animikiig Creators Unit cohort, eight artists having public presentations, and fourteen additional artists receiving support to develop their work independently. Native Earth has also partnered with five Indigenous organizations across the country to support artists within their own communities.        

Thur. Nov. 26, 2020

The Early Modern Cooking Show

From the Stratford Festival

Cooking food from Shakespeare’s plays.


Fri. Nov. 27, 2020. At 2:00 pm our time.

Death of England: Delroy

Live Streamed from the National Theatre

Death of England: Delroy to be streamed for free on YouTube

Michael Balogun in Death of England: Delroy. Photo: Normski Photography

Michael Balogun in Death of England: Delroy. Photo: Normski Photography

Death of England: Delroy, which was forced to end its run at the National Theatre due to the second lockdown, will be streamed for free beginning Nov. 27.

The play marked the NT’s reopening to audiences for the first time in seven months when it began performances in October, however its intended run was cut short after England returned to nationwide lockdown measures.

However, the NT had confirmed it captured the final performance on November 4, which was also the play’s press night, and will be broadcasting it on YouTube on November 27.

Roy Williams and Clint Dyer’s one-man play, which stars Michael Balogun, will also return to the Olivier in spring 2021, the theatre said.

The streamed version will be available for 24 hours for free, however audiences are invited to make a donation if they watch. The NT has said it will make an up-front payment to the artists involved.

It will see the theatre return to the at-home streaming model it implemented during the first national lockdown, which broadcast 16 shows across four months, attracting more than 15 million views.

Death of England: Delroy is a follow up to Dyer and Williams’ Death of England, which ran at the NT earlier this year. The new play’s full run had been due to continue throughout November.

Williams and Dyer said: “We were hugely disappointed that Death of England: Delroy was unable to complete its full run in the Olivier theatre. The production team worked tirelessly, alongside the staff at the NT, throughout the rehearsal period and for the two weeks we were able to perform to the public and we want to thank them for their efforts.

“We are thrilled that Michael Balogun’s remarkable performance will be streamed to audiences for a limited time period of the 27 November and that we will be able to perform to live audiences once again in the spring.”

The live broadcast will be accompanied by a pre-recorded discussion, hosted by NT associate Ola Animashawun, in which Dyer Williams and Balogun will explore the experience of creating the show and how the play reflects on the Black Lives Matter movement.

It will also be streamed on YouTube from November 27.

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