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“Actors’ Equity Approves Alliance Theatre’s Plans To Produce A Drive-in Radio Play” by BroadwayWorld – “In its proposals … the Alliance outlined key protocols for actors and audiences to guard against the spread of COVID-19, including virtual rehearsals, daily self-evaluation and symptoms check performed by anyone reporting to work in-person, frequent COVID-19 testing for actors, stage managers, and anyone who has daily or direct exposure with the cast, utilizing a covered outdoor stage with socially distanced blocking and separate actor stations, daily deep cleaning of all backstage and on-stage spaces, props, and equipment, employing a COVID Safety Coordinator for the duration of the production to administer and support protocols.” http://bway.ly/zms889

“Primary Stages to Present Virtual Works by Charles Busch, Charlayne Woodard, Theresa Rebeck, More” by Playbill’s Dan Meyer – “This fall, Primary Stages will host several virtual offerings, including digital productions of The Tribute Artist by Charles Busch and Tony nominee Charlayne Woodard’s solo show The Night Watcher. The Off-Broadway company will also present a reading of A Christmas Carol, adapted and directed by Theresa Rebeck.” http://bway.ly/7g9vgm

“Shelley Butler and West Hyler Announce the Inaugural 2020 Season For Artistic Stamp” by BroadwayWorld – “Artistic Stamp will produce a season of interactive experiences that take audience members on unique journeys via handwritten correspondence. The audience becomes a character in the story, reacting and replying to the letters they receive and playing a role in deciding the outcome. All of this takes place during a seven-letter narrative arc that plays out over the course of September to December. In a time when theatergoers can’t venture out, Artistic Stamp brings the plays home.” http://bway.ly/rtvkdr

“André Holland to Lead Online Reading of Eisa Davis’ Pulitzer Finalist Bulrusher” by Playbill’s Ryan McPhee – “Paula Vogel’s “Bard at the Gate” virtual play reading series will continue September 17 with a digital presentation of Eisa Davis’ BulrusherAndré Holland will star in the online event, streaming on YouTube beginning at 7 PM ET.” http://bway.ly/8131e5

“Steppenwolf Theatre postpones George Clooney project, adds streaming shows” by The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones – “Steppenwolf Theatre announced Wednesday that it is postponing its staging of “Good Night, and Good Luck,” … until “a future season.” … Steppenwolf shrewdly combined this announcement with a slate of new virtual programming, lasting the entire season and aimed at satisfying members and supporters and using the talents of its storied ensemble members.” http://bway.ly/axyj36

AWARDS: “Justin Ellington, Isabella Byrd, Nikiya Mathis, Among Winners of 2020 Henry Hewes Design Awards” by Playbill’s Andrew Gans – “This year’s winners are scenic designer Paul Steinberg (Judgment Day, Park Avenue Armory), costume designer Anita Yavich (Soft Power, Public Theater), lighting designer Isabella Byrd (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons), sound designer Justin Ellington (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons), media designer Hannah Wasileski (Fires in the Mirror, Signature Theatre), and hair and wig designer Nikiya Mathis (Stew, Page 73 at Walkerspace).” http://bway.ly/svxmjn

EVENT: “Irondale Theater to Present Two-Part Zoomcast with NYPD and Civilians” by BroadwayWorld – “Irondale … with cooperation of the New York Police Department, will host a two-part zoomcast discussion with past To Protect, Serve and Understand participants, September 24 and October 1 to continue their mission of social change, activism and humanity.” http://bway.ly/wa8gj0

ONLINE: “Jessica Vosk, Jackie Burns, Jenna Leigh Green and More Appear on Elphaba-Themed Slumber Party Live!” by BroadwayWorld – http://bway.ly/z0j8yw

“First Chinese-Language Production Of ‘A Raisin In The Sun’ Is Staged In Beijing” by NPR’s Emily Feng – “Beijing actor and director Ying Da is mounting the first-ever Chinese-language production of Lorraine Hansberry’s play. The thorniest issue at hand: how to convey to a mostly Chinese audience that an all-Chinese cast is portraying an African American family.” http://bway.ly/rjtlgv

ACROSS THE POND: 
“Samantha Barks to Headline Virtual Production of Musical First Date” 
by TheaterMania’s David Gordon – “Barks will star alongside Simon Lipkin. … Presented by the venue and Lambert Jackson Productions, the musical will stream October 22-24 at 7:30pm in the UK (2:30pm ET).” http://bway.ly/0wse29

“Michael Sheen, Indira Varma to Star in Digital Production of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer” by TheaterMania’s David Gordon – “Michael Sheen, David Threlfall, and Indira Varma will star in an online production of Brian Friel’s classic play Faith Healer for London’s Old Vic Theatre.” http://bway.ly/dow6re

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