|A star-studded line-up of actors has pitched in to help Penguin Rep Theatre bring the arts to people’s homes and to highlight the importance of keeping professional theatre alive and thriving. The project is the brainchild of actor DAN LAURIA (The Wonder Years, Lombardi), who called upon dozens of well-known screen and stage actors to create short videos reading works they’ve written. Each week, features additional videos, so be sure to re-visit www.penguinRep.org This week: JOHN LITHGOW (3rd Rock From the Sun, Bombshell, The Crown) shares a lesson from his father about theatre and life. JODI LONG (Desperate Housewives, Sex and the City) performs an excerpt from her one-woman show about growing up in the shadow of her vaudeville performer parents. WENDIE MALICK (Just Shoot Me!, Dream On) discovers herself in nature. JOE MANTEGNA (Glengarry Glen Ross, Criminal Minds) takes us back to Wrigley Field! DANICA McKELLAR (The Wonder Years, Young Justice) talks about what math can mean to every child. JAMES PICKENS, JR. (Grey’s Anatomy, The X-Files) reminisces about his parents and Midwest home. Upcoming artists include: Ed Asner, Kim Brockington, John Cullum, Christine Ebersole, Judd Hirsch, John Larroquette, Judith Light, Alfred Molina, Lou Diamond Phillips, Saul Rubinek, Peter Scolari, Joe Spano, Chris Sullivan, Reno Wilson & Henry Winkler.|
Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) will celebrate the 30-year-anniversary of its founding with “Thirty Years Later!,” a Zoom celebration Sunday, November 22 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. Founder Vít Horejš and company members will reminisce and video clips from productions will be shown, together with a new documentary, “Wood, Strings, Wire” (2020) by Michal Labik, which poignantly captures the eleventh incarnation of “Johannes Dokchtor Faust, The Petrifying Puppet Comedye” (1990). Thirty years and a thousand performances later, the troupe is the most prominent example of the magic of Czech puppetry in their country.Advance registration:
Kino Lorber’s long-awaited Blu-ray of THE JEWISH SOUL: CLASSICS OF YIDDISH CINEMA is set for release next Tuesday, November 24th. With new translations by noted Yiddish cultural historian, actor (the Coen Brothers’ A SERIOUS MAN, “Boardwalk Empire”), playwright, and translator Allen Lewis Rickman, the five-disc set will include ten classics of Yiddish cinema along with an abundance of bonus features.
The films include THE DYBBUK; TEVYA (starring Maurice Schwartz, based on the Sholem Aleichem stories which inspired the legendary musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF); AMERICAN MATCHMAKER; HER SECOND MOTHER; MIR KUMEN ON; OVERTURE TO GLORY; ELI ELI; JEWISH KING LEAR; MOTEL, THE OPERATOR; and THREE DAUGHTERS. The Blu-ray extras will include audio commentaries, alternate versions and a printed booklet including essays by journalist and historian Samuel Blumenfeld, film preservationist Serge Bromberg and Allen Lewis Rickman. Visit www.kinolorber.com/product/the-jewish-soul-classics-of-yiddish-cinema-blu-ray.
Miami New Drama (Michel Hausmann, Artistic Director; Nicholas Richberg, Managing Director) is pleased to announce casting, creative team and production dates for Seven Deadly Sins: Temptation in the Magic City, an innovative, site-specific event which will be presented from November 27 through January 3 in seven vacant storefronts along Miami Beach’s historic Lincoln Road. Opening night is Saturday, December 5.
Seven Deadly Sins is conceived and directed by Michel Hausmann, with additional direction by Jade King Carroll and Moisés Kaufman. A diverse group of nationally recognized, award-winning playwrights Hilary Bettis, Nilo Cruz, Moisés Kaufman,Rogelio Martinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Carmen Pelaez and Aurin Squire will premiere seven newly commissioned short plays, each focused on one deadly sin: Lust, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony and Pride. www.miaminewdrama.org
Apollo Music Café presents: On Saturday, December 5 at 9 pm ET the world famous Apollo Theater continues its support of emerging musical artists through its Apollo Music Café series, welcoming Madison McFerrin to the Apollo Digital Stage. A chameleon of song and voice, Madison McFerrin has found her place as a storyteller and musician. With handclaps, loops, and finger-snaps, she weaves a warm, rich, colorful fabric of sound that often culminates into an orchestra of one. www.apollotheater.org
Williamstown Theatre Festival season on Audible: A Streetcar Named Desire – Dec 3; Photograph 51 – Dec. 10; Animals – Dec. 17; Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club – Dec. 29 More Information: www.wtfestival.org