Theatre Talk

Join Open Fist Theatre Company’s 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala & Auction at www.openfist.org on SaturdaySept. 26 from 7-8 p.m. PT / 10-11 p.m. ET. Admission to the event is free worldwide.

The celebration will feature special guests including Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Hairspray, Waitress on Broadway), Jason Paige (Joe’s Garage, original singer of the Pokémon theme song, former lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears) and Ty Taylor (lead singer of soul/rock band Vintage Trouble; voice of Lester Grimes on HBO’s Vinyl; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Pippin, Songs for a New World, Grease, We Will Rock You on Broadway).

An online auction lets guests bid for prizes including vacations; a 4-day Comic-Con access badge for two; golf packages; a virtual Italian cooking class for up to 6 people from a Tuscan chef; a 3-night Napa Valley Wine Train Legacy Tour; and much more. Otherfun events include “Pets at the Open Fist” and “Love at the Open Fist.” www.openfist.org


Forsooth! An Upcoming Streaming Event for The Actors Fund – Aruba Productions (Ken Denison) today announced upcoming streaming performances of Tony® Award-winning actor Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Applause, Teddy & Alic) in Broadway & The Bard: An Evening of Shakespeare & Song, conceived by Mr. Cariou, Barry Kleinbort and Mark Janas. Directed by Mr. Kleinbort with musical direction by Mr. Janas, the show, which the New York Times called “exemplary”, will be streamed on The Actors Fund YouTube Channel – here – and donation proceeds will benefit the organization. The production will begin streaming on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30pm, which happens to be Mr. Cariou’s 81st birthday, and remain available for viewing through October 4.


SOB’s (Sounds of Brazil) PA’ La Cultura Virtual Fest celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 26-27 at 8 pm with performances by Paula Cendejas, Taylor Diaz, Andrekza, KORDELYA, Lara Project, Abhir Hathi, Dulce y Agraz, Riela, Ojospielcanela & Gabi Diaz. Live on YouTube

The OBIE-winning HERE (Kristin Marting, Founding Artistic Director), in partnership with grassroots arts organization LEIMAY, continues its return to safe and socially distanced in-person events with the world premiere of Correspondences, a free, outdoor, performance-based, public art installation in Manhattan’s Astor Place, created by HERE resident artists and multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya. A presentation of HERE’s new#stillHERE: IRL series, and supported by The Village Alliance, Correspondences has been envisioned by LEIMAY as a hyper-local work that will tour to each of the five boroughs. The installation offers spectators multiple entry points to engage with questions of being, interdependence, and coexistence. In Correspondences, performer, observer, machines, natural elements, and the urban square mingle in an entangled poetic microcosm while opening inquiries into animate life and environmental ethics. Running October 1–4, audiences can safely engage with the installation at any time and also witness 35-minute activations performed by members of the LEIMAY Ensemble.

As part of Correspondences, single bodies are enclosed inside transparent chambers partially filled with sand. Bodies are donned with gas masks as they try, time and again, to rise to standing. At intervals, machines attached to the chambers trigger a blast of sand causing the performers to lose their footing, sinking them back down into the ground. This seemingly perpetual eruption repeats throughout daily performance activation periods of Correspondences, both with and without performers. More Info:Visit www.Here.org  

FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME, the critically acclaimed improv troupe founded by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale, kicks off its most exciting three-month Fall Season ever on October 2, with a huge virtual FLS Academy showcase as well as an educational hip hop weekend for kids called “Hip Hop Homeroom”, and three more “Welcome to the Cypher” intro courses to include more adults into the creative improv community. FLS Academy is the first ever freestyle school created and run directly by FLS members, including teachers and guest facilitators, in partnership with long-time FLS producers Kail, Miranda, Ars Nova founders Jenny and Jon Steingart, and Hamilton co-producer Jill Furman. For more information on the FLS Academy virtual classes or to RSVP, please email academy@freestylelovesupreme.com or visit https://fls.academy

SIEMPRE, LUIS, A PORTRAIT OF PIONEERING ACTIVIST LUIS A. MIRANDA JR., DEBUTS OCTOBER 6 ON HBO A story that embodies the tenacity and passion of the American Dream, SIEMPRE, LUIS, debuting TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 (9:00 p.m. ET) during National Hispanic Heritage Month, is a portrait of the pioneering activist Luis A. Miranda Jr. Luis is a decades-long fighter for Latino communities, a key player in the New York and national political arena, and a loving father of three – including the award-winning composer, lyricist and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda.  The film will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max. 

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