Paul Osborn’s On Borrowed Time, directed by Academy and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, as part of the Two River Theater’s “Two River Rising” series. Benefitting The Actors Fund, this special reading features a cast that includes Blair Brown, Michael Cumpsty, Oakes Fegley, Bill Irwin, Bebe Neuwirth, Phillipa Soo, Steven Skybell, and Sam Waterston. Act One of the live reading will take place on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00pm ET and Act Two on Thursday, August 6 at 7:00pm ET
“Two River Rising,” launched by Two River Theater, is a series of benefit play readings selects to reflect the past, present, and future of the theater’s diverse range of programming including reimagined classics and world premieres by the industry’s most adventurous theater artists. For more information, please visit: TwoRiverTheater.org/tworiverrising.
Red Bull Theater announced the cast for their tenth annual festival of 10-minute plays named Private Lives. Mêlisa Annis, Vivienne Benesch and Em Weinstein will direct a cast that features Ali Ahn, Frankie J. Alvarez, Kathleen Chalfant, Lilli Cooper, Edmund Donovan, William Jackson Harper, Louisa Jacobson, Peter Francis James, and Charlayne Woodard.
“Gotham Refuses to Get Scared’: In 1918, Theaters Stayed Open” by The New York Times’ Laura Collins-Hughes – “Even as a lethal influenza pandemic took hold of the city, audiences came. Settled into the seats, they must have laughed and laughed. Sounds dangerous to us now, right? It sounded dangerous even then. As the flu spread that year and the next, eventually killing about 675,000 people across the United States, city after city raced to contain the threat by shuttering theaters and other places of public amusement. … New York, defiant, kept its playhouses — and movie theaters — wide open.” http://bway.ly/laqce7
“RWS Entertainment Group Partners With CrowdRX to Create Universal Health Protocols to Keep Performing Artists Safe” by BroadwayWorld – “RWS Entertainment Group … announced key protocols which will govern both the reopening of its New York City rehearsal complex and return to live experience production. The initiative is in partnership with CrowdRX, a team of emergency physicians and public safety experts who specialize in mitigating health risks during mass gatherings.” http://bway.ly/15xonf
Whoopi Goldberg, Lea Salonga, George Salazar, Colman Domingo, Robin Roberts, More Join Project Sing Out! Lineup” by Playbill’s Logan Culwell-Block – “The event, benefiting the Educational Theatre Foundation, is executive produced by Once On This Island Tony nominee Hailey Kilgore and will stream exclusively on Playbill July 20
London’s The Mousetrap to Reopen With Social Distancing Measures in Place” by TheaterMania’s David Gordon – “The Mousetrap will be presented with no touching and social distancing onstage, and the theater will take additional precautions backstage and in the auditorium, where every other row will be removed to accommodate audiences of 200.
Hong Kong Disneyland to Close July 15 Over Surging Virus Cases” – “With new media reports that Hong Kong Disneyland will close after 52 new cases of COVID in the city, new questions are being raised about whether Disney will move forward with the reopening of Epcot and Hollywood Studios as planned.” http://bway.ly/ygpl1v