THEATER-FILM-MUSIC TALK

Resounding, the live immersive live-audio entertainment company, announced casting for the upcoming live outdoor performance and broadcast of the pirate classic Treasure Island as part of the month-long residency at the theatrical drive-in experience Radial Park at Halletts Point Play. Leading the cast will be Broadway’s Maggie Lakis (Something Rotten) as Jim Hawkins and Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Mrs. Doubtfire, Beetlejuice) as Long John Silver and Narrator. They will be joined by Victoria Huston-Elem (Finding Neverland 1st Nat., Addams Family 1st Nat.), Christian Elan Ortiz (West Side Story), Kurt Uy (“Tommy,” Vietgone), and Stuart Williams (“The Plot Against America,” “Turn: Washington’s Spies”).  Treasure Island, the fourth in a series of five immersive-audio plays performed for both in-person audiences and via simulcast, will take place Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET and runs approximately 70 minutes. Tickets, starting at just $10, are now on sale at resounding.live/radialpark.

Exquisite Corpse Company (Liz Frost, Producer)will present the World Premiere of Zoetrope, written by ECC writers-in-residence Elinor T Vanderburg, Leah Barker,and Emily Krause, directed by Porcia Lewis and Tess HowsamZoetrope will be on the streets of Brooklyn and beyond with socially distanced seating for a limited and lucky audience, summer 2021. Exact performance dates and venues to be announced shortly. Two people, a fish, a New York City apartment on top of a trailer bed, and you.  www.exquisitecorpsecompany.com 

Tank-aret, a cabaret series at The Tank founded by musical theater writing team Ella Rose Chary and Brandon James Gwinn, and curated by composer Sam Kaseta, will feature performances from Janelle Lawrence and Kaseta for their Thursday, March 18, 2021 performance.  Tickets for the 8:00pm streaming performance are $10-25 and can be purchased at bit.ly/JanelleTankaret.

 La Femme Theatre Productions‘ presentation of Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana, directed by Emily Mann, was initially streamed this past December and raised nearly $17K for The Actors Fund. La Femme is thrilled to present an Encore streaming of The Night of the Iguana in celebration of Tennessee Williams’s 110th birthday on March 26, 2021. The event will begin March 25 at 7 PM with La Femme’s Executive Director Jean Lichty, “In Conversation” with Tony-nominee and Theater Hall of Fame-inductee, director Emily Mann. Featured are Dylan McDermott, Phylicia Rashad, Roberta Maxwell, Austin Pendleton and Jean Lichty. It will stream through March 28, 2021.  Encore tickets range from $15 – $250. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit Stellartickets.com.

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley celebrated the one year anniversary of “Stars In The House” with a jam-packed show full of stage and screen stars, and for the first time ever, some of their dedicated viewers joined the conversation, including two frontline workers who have been watching since the very beginning.  The anniversary episode, which featured appearances from Sebastian ArcelusJoe Benincasa, Annette Bening, Stephanie J. Block, Brenda Braxton, Andréa Burns, Judy Kuhn, Dr. Jon LaPook, Melissa Manchester, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, David Hyde Pierce, Keala Settle, Marc Shaiman, Chandra Wilson, and more, broke the single-show fundraising record, raising over $28,300 (including a $10,000 matching grant from the Frances Lear Foundation).  Now, after over 375 episodes, “Stars In The House” has raised over $751,842 for The Actors Fund, and an additional $200,000 for other charity organizations who have needed support throughout the pandemic. Coming up Fri. Mar. 19 – The West Wing reunion; Sat. Mar. 20 – ThirtySomething Reunion. www.starsinthehouse.com

Antaeus Theatre Company is gearing up for Season Two of The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles with six original audio plays, each set in a different Southland zip code. Season Two is set to launch May 20.The new season will feature original short plays set in Echo Park (90026), West Hollywood (90069), Inglewood (90303), Pacoima (91331), North Hollywood (91601) and Monterey Park (91754).
Season Two will be artistically as well as geographically diverse, delivering a mix of history, drama and comedy. Antaeus events, go to www.antaeus.org.

Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to embracing its responsibility to reshape and refocus the parameters of the American theatre canon andannounces The Refocus Project, with Black United Theatre, an annual program dedicated to elevating rarely produced and formerly marginalized theatrical voices from communities underrepresented or historically overlooked in the American theatre.  The Refocus Project will feature a robust selection of materials, available to industry professionals and the public.   Beginning April 23, a resource library built to encourage and assist with future productions of each title will be available in addition to the launch of a weekly online play reading series featuring the selected plays. 

The first series of play readings, presented in association with Black Theatre United, will spotlight twentieth-century Black plays and their playwrights: Angelina Weld Grimké, Shirley Graham Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Childress and Samm-Art Williams.  Free with suggested donations to directly support Black Theatre United. The second year of The Refocus Project will feature Latinx playwrights.  Audiences can access The Refocus Project here. 

The Irish Arts Center program for Culture Ireland’s SEODA festival, featuring Loah, Colum McCann, Paul Muldoon, Declan O’Rourke, Tobi Omoteso, Joanie Madden with Cherish the Ladies, and Camille O’Sullivan available now HERE

James Levine, former Met Opera Maestro has died at the age of 77. He was the longtime musical leader at the Met, in Boston and Munich. He first conducted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1971 and soon became music director leading 2552 performances.

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