Today’s Theatre Talk

Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET of INCIDENTAL MOMENTS OF THE DAY: The Apple Family: Life on Zoom,the final play in the pandemic trilogy, written and directed by Tony Award winner Richard Nelson. The third play, written by Nelson from his home in Rhinebeck, New York, will be available to watch for free at www.theapplefamilyplays.com and will continue for eight weeks through November 5.  

West End vets team up with Broadway and Hollywood stalwarts in an all-free radio play production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, produced by Jersey City’s Shakespeare@. Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Hagerty, with original music and sound design, the first episode of The Tempest launches Thursday, October 1st at 7PM and is free to download and stream. Hagerty has crafted The Tempest into four weekly parts and partnered with the Emmy winning team at Sonic Designs to capture the lost art and thrill of radio drama. Shakespeare@ made an auspicious live debut in 2019 with Hamlet starring Jonathan Forbes and released their first ‘radio’ play of the season with Richard II for their newly created Shakespeare@ Home this summer. To listen to The Tempest online, visit www.shakespeare-at.org. The production will also be available subsequently on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.  The performance is free to all listeners on all platforms.  All episodes including past productions are available as well.

Debut dates for parts 2, 3 and 4 of “The Tempest” are subsequent Thursdays in October at 7pm (October 8th, 15th, and 22nd).

2020 Carousel of Hope Ball will go virtual on Saturday, October 10, 2020.  In partnership with PEOPLE, the legendary biennial event, which is dedicated to raising funds for clinical care and diabetes research at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, will stream exclusively on PEOPLE.com, PeopleTV, PEOPLE social platforms (Facebook and Twitter) and PEOPLE YouTube.  This year’s event will celebrate two very significant occasions – Davis’ 90th birthday, and the 40th Anniversary of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.  The evening will be filled with once-in-a-lifetime performances and special appearances from icons including Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, George Clooney, Dame Joan Collins, Clive Davis, Robert De Niro, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Cynthia Erivo, Jane Fonda, David Foster, David Geffen, Josh Groban, Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Adam Lambert, Jay Leno, Rob Lowe, Nigel Lythgoe, Barry Manilow, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Diane Warren, Dionne Warwick, Oprah Winfrey, Henry Winkler, and many more! 

Producer Mark Cortale announced today that award-winning icons of the stage and screen Judy Kuhn, Lillias White, and Beth Leavel will join the line-up of talent slated to participate in The Seth Concert Series, the weekly virtual series based on Seth Rudetsky’s international Broadway series that began at The Art House in Provincetown.  By popular demand, Jeremy Jordan will return for his second appearance in the series this Sunday, delivering an all new show for fans to enjoy! Jeremy Jordan will be Seth’s guest this Sunday, September 13.  Judy Kuhn will appear on September 20, followed by Lillias White on October 4, and Beth Leavel on October 11. Each weekly show will premiere Sunday nights at 8PM EST with a second showing Mondays at 3PM EST for viewers in other time zones like the UK.  Tickets are available at www.thesethconcertseries.com for $20.00 (early bird) and $25.00 each. 

Escape to the cultural heart of the Hudson Valley without leaving your living room when the Hudson Valley Dance Festival goes virtual for the first time on Saturday, October 10, 2020. The festival is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Watch the hourlong stream at 7 pm Eastern, at dradance.org. The stream will be available for four days after its premiere.

Philadelphia-based journalists AnnaMarie Jones and Daralyse Lyons are launching the Demystifying Diversity podcast, an interview-based audio journalism initiative that amplifies the voices of a variety of experts, academics, and everyday people. Launching September 22, 2020, the first season of the ten-episode podcast will be available for free wherever you listen to podcasts.Through racial literacy and cultural competency, the Demystifying Diversity podcast softens the sharp lines of discrimination. Lyons and Jones have interviewed more than 100 people about a wide array of topics pertaining to diversity. “I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but by asking questions and listening to the experiences of people from marginalized communities, my eyes have opened wider,” said Jones. “I believe that listening to the experiences of others from a place of empathy and openness illuminates our shared humanity” says Lyons.  The podcast will also be interactive, creating an opportunity for listeners to share what comes up for them. Daralyse and AnnaMarie will respond to listener questions and comments during Q&A’s between each episode.  Click here to listen to the trailer.

Producers Michael Jackowitz of Witzend  ProductionsDavid Bryant and Michael Alden are proud to announce that the new John Caird, Paul Gordon Christmas musical ESTELLA SCROOGE, A Christmas Carol With A Twist, takes to the stage this week….one actor at a time. With Betsy Wolfe, Clifton Duncan, Patrick Page, Carolee Carmello and Danny Burstein as Ebenezer Scrooge. In partnership with Streaming Musicals, the production will be produced and digitally captured live, using green screen technology, intricate story-boarding and virtual sets that will bring this fully realized musical to life and to audiences worldwide, just in time for Christmas. www.michaelaldenproductions.com

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