Heads Up for the Week of Jan. 25-31, 2021

by Lynn on January 25, 2021

in The Passionate Playgoer

Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 Streaming live and free

12:00 pm 4th Line Theatre Digital Festival of Light and Dark

Digital Festival of Light and Dark Programming Announcement
4th Line Theatre is excited to announce the array of programming for its first ever Digital Festival of Light and Dark. The Festival has provided 13 regional artists with micro-grants to create 12 five-minute digital showcases of their work. The Digital Festival of Light and Dark will be launching online on January 25, 2021. The festival enables the community to engage with the artists’ creations in the safety of their own homes through 4th Line’s digital video gallery. The Festival is free of charge to watch.
  “We wanted to support local artists. That was the genesis for the idea which ultimately became the Festival of Light and Dark. I am excited to showcase the work of so many talented local artists from almost every conceivable discipline. These short, digital works will be a chance for 4th Line audiences to see the depth and breadth of regional artists and their creative worlds.” – Kim Blackwell, Managing Artistic Director
The projects encompass a myriad of artistic styles from dance to poetry to photography to puppetry and several more styles. The topics and issues explored include: the new silent nightlife in downtown Peterborough in lockdown; an exploration of physical vulnerability in the pandemic; and the story of a young girl trapped alone in a Welsh mine, to name only three.   The twelve video projects will be released on 4th Line Theatre’s website and YouTube channel for viewing as of Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM.   To view please visit 4th Line Theatre’s website at www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/festival-of-light-and-dark, or on 4th Line Theatre’s YouTube channel at  https://www.youtube.com/user/4thlinetheatreVIDEO .

7:00 pm “Tales of Many Simons”

Panel of Indigenous actors who have played Simon in Tales of an Urban Indian on a moving bus, through Talk Is Free Theatre all over Canada etc.


7:30 pm  The Woman Hater

Written by Frances Burney

Directed by Everett Quinton

Featuring Bill Army, Arnie Burton, Veanne Cox, Rebecca S’Manga Frank, Cherie Corinne Rice, Matthew Saldivar, Jenne Vath, Nick Westrate

Visual Design by David M. Barber

Costume Design by Sara Jean Tosetti

Frances Burney’s rarely seen 18th century proto-feminist satire is a hilarious story of broken engagements, excessive romanticism – and one massively misguided misogynist.

​Sir Roderick has turned frantic misogynist for two reasons: he was jilted 17 years previously and his sister had the gall to marry his ex-fiancee’s brother. Burney’s outrageously witty comedy of manners bursts into life with the introduction of the former fiancee, Lady Smatter, who has turned into a voracious and addle-brained bookworm.


Tues. Jan. 26, 2021  8:00 pm

Broadway Cares   Bobby Cannavale and Marisa Tomei Will Star in Virtual Reading of Three Hotels by Jon Robin Baitz, Benefiting Broadway Cares

Moisés Kaufman will direct the streamed presentation of the Jon Robin Baitz drama. Bobby Cannavale and Marisa Tomei

Two-time Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei will star in a streamed reading of Jon Robin Baitz’s Three Hotels January 26 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Produced by Tectonic Theater Project, the evening will be directed by two-time Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman. The free streamed reading, set for 8 PM ET with an introduction by Baitz and Kaufman, will be available at BroadwayCares.org/threehotels202 through January 30.

The play unfolds through monologues set in hotel rooms in Morocco, the Virgin Islands, and Mexico, as a married couple reflect on their lives as players in the game of international business.

Wed. Jan. 27, 2021, 6:30 pm

Part of the Confluence Concerts:

Mandala: Beauty of Impermanence.

The premiere of Confluence Concerts’ newest show on their YouTube channel this Wednesday at 6:30 pm. is entitled Mandala: The Beauty of Impermanence 

From their information: “It’s curated by one of our associates Suba Sankaran. Our other associates are Patricia O’Callaghan, Andrew Downing and Marion Newman. Special guests include violinist Bijan Sepanji, poet Sheniz Janmohamed, singer Dylan Bell, pianist Gordon Gerrard and mrandangam legend Trichy Sankaran. It’s a concert rich in history and culture, spanning centuries, countries, and languages. You’ll hear music ranging from Joni Mitchell to Hildegard von Bingen, Sting to Schubert, Steve Reich to Monteverdi.  In the pre-concert chat Artistic Associate Suba Sankaran will talk with visual artist and poet Sheniz Janmohamed, who will guide you through the creation of your own mandala made from found objects readily available in your home


Thurs. Jan 28, 2021

As part of the Stratford Festival @home series

Up Close and Musical

Various concerts from Stratford Musical actors.

Undiscovered Sonnets

Given the improv treatment headed by Rebecca Northan and her company of sharp improv artists.

Through subscription and it’s well worth the $10/month.


7:00 pm

Victoria Clark, Kelli O’Hara, Matthew Morrison Set for Light in the Piazza Virtual Reunion

Lincoln Center Theater will present the event later this month.

Lincoln Center Theater will host a free online cast reunion of The Light in the Piazza on Thursday, January 28 at 7pm ET.

Stars Victoria Clark, Kelli O’Hara, and Matthew Morrison will take part in the event, which will be introduced by director Bartlett Sher and moderated by Ira Weitzman. The Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas musical premiered in 2005 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and earned seven Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Actress in a Musical for Clark.

Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza tells the story of a mother and daughter traveling through Italy, the daughter’s romance with a handsome, high-spirited Florentine, and the mother’s determined efforts to keep the two apart.

Free tickets for the event can be procured here.

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 at 6:50 pm

The Situation We Find Ourselves In Is This


A moving, funny, potentially messy evening about the final days playwright Matthew MacKenzie spent with beloved Canadian dramaturge Iris Turcott in the last two weeks of her life.

Matthew MacKenzie is a wonderful playwright. Give a look on the YouTube Channel.

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM

From the Harold Green Jewish Theatre

A workshop reading of an up and coming playwright.

Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company with the Miles Nadal JCC present


by Hannah Rittner

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Starring:  Amaka Umeh, Brittany Kay, Shaina Silver-Baird

Directed by Marie Farsi

In Elijah, Leora travels from Toronto to Halifax to celebrate the days of awe (the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) with her expecting queer-sister Shira and her non-binary Israeli partner Ariel. A play about the transformative power of forgiveness and how it impacts our ability to move beyond the trauma of the past.

This Workshop Reading is FREE for all to enjoy and will be streamed on the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company website.
Followed by a Q and A with the playwright and cast.\


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