Heads up for the Week of Dec. 7-13.

by Lynn on December 7, 2020

in The Passionate Playgoer

Heads up for the Week of Dec. 7-13, 2020.

Mon. Dec. 7, 2020. 7:00 pm

Critical Reflections (Live Panel Discussion)

Monday, December 7 at 7:00 pm ET

A live panel discussion examining the critical and academic response to Adrienne Kennedy’s work, moderated by Dean of the College at Princeton University Jill Dolan and featuring Washington Post theatre critic Peter Marks, Star Tribune reporter Rohan Preston, and director and arts critic Regina Victor. Free and open to the public. View on YouTube

Tues. Dec. 8, 2020. 7:00 pm

Playwrights Canada Press book launch.

Join Playwrights Canada Press in celebrating the launch of five new amazing plays with a virtual group author reading from across the country! Featuring Christine Quintana reading from Selfie, Beth Graham reading from Pretty Goblins, Trina Davies reading from Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell, Norm Foster reading from The Writer, and Colleen Murphy and Janet Tamalik McGrath reading from The Breathing Hole | Aglu ᐊᒡᓗ

I’ve seen many of these plays in performance. Well worth your time to check them out.

Here is the link to register.

Thurs. Dec. 10, 2020 beginning at 6:30 pm

Caesar and Cleopatra

With Christopher Plummer and Nikki M. James. The filmed production that played at the Stratford Festival several years ago.

Part of Stratford@home as well as the zany Leer Estates, created, performed and lots of other things by Dan Chameroy.

Fri. Dec. 11-18, 2020.

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Written by Daniel Jamieson

Directed by Emma Rice.

It’s the love story of Marc Chagall and his wife Bella. It played on line last week and will be held over from Dec. 11-18 on demand. Have you ever seen Emma Rice’s work? She’s brilliant.

She has directed this like a Marc Chagall painting! See it.

From the press info: 
“We’ve had such a wonderful response from you all, and so many requests to make the show available for a bit longer, that we have added a week ‘on demand’ to the schedule. You can now buy a ticket to watch a recording of the show at any time from the 11th to the  18th December. 


Bristol Old Vic, Kneehigh and Wise Children present
Kneehigh’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
Written by Daniel Jamieson
Directed by Emma Rice
With music by Ian Ross

Sat. Dec. 12, 2020. 2:00 and 7:00 pm


“Join us in admiring their fantastic work in our virtual presentation of pen/man/ship, featuring the groundbreaking new technology StreamWeaver and bringing live acting, real-time lighting and sound design, as well as live camera cuts, to your living room.

Christina Anderson writes a telling parable about violence, betrayal, faith, and freedom in this moving maritime epic.”

pen/man/ship is a Molière in the Park Production

Directed by Lucie Tiberghien

Co-Presented by French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

In partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside.

French subtitles will be available. A recording of the show will be accessible until January 4th.


Sat. Dec. 12, 2020. 7:00 pm

Something Rich & Strange

Opera Atelier proudly announces the new livestream date of the highly anticipated world

premiere of Something Rich & Strange, based on the famous quote from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and featuring some of Canada’s finest artists, Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7pm.

The production will be livestreamed from Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.

The production will feature the full corps of Artists of Atelier Ballet with choreography by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg C.M., stage direction by Marshall Pynkoski C.M., set design by Gerard Gauci , and musicians from Tafelmusik led by Music Director Elisa Citterio under the baton of OperaAtelier Resident Music Director David Fallis .

Something Rich & Strange features  Baroque arias and dances exploring the themes of sleep, visions and dreams and will include theatre music by Handel, Lully, Locke and Purcell.

This extraordinary production will also feature a brand-new creation by Canadian violinist/composer Edwin Huizinga for Canadian Soprano Measha Brueggergosman. Huizinga’s composition is based on the Symbolist poem by Rainer Maria Rilke titled  Annunciation , for which Opera Atelier has commissioned a new English translation by American author and playwright Grace Andreacchi.

Something Rich & Strange will include a luminary cast of Opera Atelier audience favourites: Sopranos Measha Brueggergosman , Mireille Asselin , and Cynthia Smithers, Tenors Colin Ainsworth and Christopher Enns, Mezzo-Soprano Danielle MacMillan , and Artists of Atelier Ballet , with additional contemporary dancechoreography created by Tyler Gledhill.

Tickets and information to the livestreamed production of Something Rich & Strange :


Purchase livestream tickets to both Something Rich & Strange(December 12, 2020) and The Resurrection (April 1, 2021) and receive an invite to a special Zoom chat with Opera Atelier’s creative team! Chats will take place on November 19, 2020 at 7PM ET and on March 21, 2021 (time TBD).

Sat. Dec. 12, 2020. 7:00 pm

Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side |World Premiere

By Adrienne Kennedy | Directed by Timothy Douglas.

This is the last in the four-part Festival of Adrienne Kennedy’s plays.

Etta and Ella Harrison are astoundingly gifted scholars, deeply connected sisters, and dangerously bitter rivals. They frequently write and teach together, and even their separate works are unnervingly similar, often sourced from their own family history. Now, after a lifetime of competition, they are on the verge of destroying each other. Set against the gothic backdrop of their academic New York world, Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side is a taut, kaleidoscopic tale of ambition and madness—brought to theatrical life for the very first time.

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