Heads Up For the Week of NOV. 9-15, 2020.

by Lynn on November 9, 2020

in The Passionate Playgoer

Heads up for the week of Nov. 9 – 15, 2020.

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. 2:00 pm

Richard II

Streamed for free:

Richard II, starring Fiona Shaw in the title role, will air beginning Monday, November 9. The controversial 1995 National Theatre production was directed for the screen by Deborah Warner and designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with Shaw starring alongside Donald Sinden, Richard Bremmer, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Kevin McKidd, and Paola Dionisotti.

Macbeth, starring Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood, streams beginning Monday, November 16. Directed by Rupert Goold, the filmed adaptation of his Chichester and Broadway production also stars Martin Turner, Michael Feast, and Paul Shelley.

Finally, the channel will air Shakespeare’s Sonnets starting November 23. 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. November 10-15, 2020

The Groundswell Festival from Nightwood Theatre.

Readings and events are free and accessible to all.

Please check back closer to the event date for the direct links to attend. All offerings will be available for ten days after the first presentation.

This November the Groundswell Festival goes digital, offering an invitation inside the creative process with readings of brand new works from our Write From The Hip playwright’s unit, led by Program Director Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, as well as opportunities to gather for provocative conversations and workshops. This season’s festival, designed for Zoom by Michelle Tracey, will share new plays and conversations from Bilal Baig, Shelley M. Hobbs, Erum Khan, Rachel Mutombo, Pesch Nepoose and Phoebe Tsang, public conversations including discussions with Deaf-led collective SPiLL.PROpagation and national arts advocacy collective AD HOC Assembly, as well as free professional development opportunities for playwrights and artists. 

Images of each member of the write from the hip program arranged in a grid, clockwise from the top left corner: Rachel Mutombo, Pesch Nepoose, Phoebe Tsang, Shelley M. Hobbs, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Erum Khan, and Bilal Baig.Clockwise from top left: Rachel Mutombo, Pesch Nepoose, Phoebe Tsang, Shelley M. Hobbs, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Erum Khan and Bilal Baig.

Tuesday, November 10, 6pm ET – Refusal by Shelley M. Hobbs

Wednesday, November 11, 6pm ET – Better by Rachel Mutombo 

Thursday, November 12, 6 pm ET – All my forgotten dreams by Erum Khan

Thurs. Nov. 12, 2020, at 6:30 pm Romeo and Juliet

Part of the Stratford Festival’s initiative to stream filmed productions.

This one stars Antoni Cimolino and Meghan Follows from several years ago.

Thurs. Nov. 12, 2020 8:00 pm UNCOVERED

From the Musical Stage Company.

The Musical Stage Company announces dates and line-up for the first-ever digital edition of beloved annual concert series
Featuring: Divine Brown, Bruce Dow, Sara Farb, Hailey Gillis, Raha Javanfar, Stewart Adam McKensy, Andrew Penner, and Jackie Richardson. 

Introducing Banks Prize winners Dillan Chiblow, Eva Foote, Germaine Konji, and Kale Penny
November 11 – December 6, 2020

  The Musical Stage Company is thrilled to announce the dates and line-up of performers for the first-ever digital edition of their annual signature concert event, UNCOVERED. Spotlighting iconic songs with wildly imaginative arrangements by music director Reza Jacobs, over the last decade UNCOVERED live has grown from a one-night-only event to a six-night, multi-venue series that has thrilled thousands. Featuring the same high-quality arrangements, orchestrations, sound, and musicianship that audiences have come to expect from the live experience, UNCOVERED: NOTES FROM THE HEART will be an up-close and personal audio and visual feast, taking you into the worlds and hearts of Canada’s finest artists. Traditionally on stage at the prestigious Koerner Hall,  the 2020 edition of UNCOVERED will be presented digitally from November 11 – December 6.   This year’s line-up is as illustrious as ever, including Divine Brown, Bruce Dow, Sara Farb, Hailey Gillis, Raha Javanfar, Stewart Adam McKensy, Andrew Penner, and Jackie Richardson along with Banks Prize winners Dillan Chiblow, Eva Foote, Germaine Konji, and Kale Penny. Orchestrations and arrangements are by the incomparable Reza Jacobs, with additional arrangements by Jamie Drake and Justin Gray.  Each song will be created as a unique cinematic experience for the audience and the concert will be presented on a set performance schedule to ensure a traditional theatre viewing expierence.  While The Musical Stage Company had been excitedly planning a concert that featured the musical catalogues of Elvis Presley & Dolly Parton for this year, they have used this unexpected moment of pause to reflect with profound songs of change, hope, reflection and inspiration by artists like Elton John, Bob Marley, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and many more

Performances will run on a set schedule from November 11th – December 6th at 8:00pm Wednesday – Saturday; and also at 2:00pm Saturdays and 4:00pm Sundays. Tickets for UNCOVERED: NOTES FROM THE HEART are on sale here: www.musicalstagecompany.com for $30 per household (Groups of 8 or more save 20%!). Song list details and more will be revealed in the weeks to come on The Musical Stage Company website and social channels.

Friday, November 13, 6pm ET – Death of a Father by Phoebe Tsang

Friday, November 13, 6pm ET – Death of a Father by Phoebe Tsang

Captioned reading

Directed by Andrea Donaldson

Cast: Allegra Fulton and Caroline Toal

The ambitious mayor of a small coastal town sacrifices the safety and reputation of his teenage daughter for his political campaign. Twenty years later, his estranged daughter and her mother reconnect at his sparsely attended funeral. This modern retelling of an ancient Greek myth examines the consequences of domestic abuse and parental betrayal, and asks: What is the cost of adulthood and independence? Who benefits from a sacrificial act? Are we capable of selflessness?

Phoebe Tsang is a Hong-Kong born Chinese, British and Canadian poet, author, librettist and playwright. Her writing is characterised by lyricism and rhythmic sense, derived from her background as a professional violinist. Her libretti have been commissioned and premiered by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, Continuum Contemporary Music, Tapestry Opera, and Hamilton Philharmonic. Honours include the 2019 Stratford Playwrights Retreat, 2018 Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency, and Tapestry Opera’s Composer-Librettist Laboratory in 2016. The author of Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books, Toronto), she is a recording artist with Off record label (Belgium). www.phoebetsang.com.

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