Today’s Theatre Talk

Cherry Orchard Festival of the Arts presents Insulted. Belarus(sia) – staged reading in Russian and English – Arlekin Players Theatre by playwright Andrei Kureichik on Sept. 17 (in Russian) and Sept. 21 (in English). FREE Reserve tix: info@cherryorchardfestival.org

Just Like Us A “sneak-peek” reading of Karen Zacarías’ play, which is based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book of the same name. This documentary-style piece follows four Latina teenage girls, two of whom are documented and two who are not, through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities — or lack thereof. The Latino Theater Company’s previously announced Los Angeles premiere will now take place at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 2021. The reading on Friday, Sept. 25 will be preceded by a live, online conversation with the artists on Thursday, Sept. 24; the reading and the conversation will each stream for 10 days. www.thelatc.org

Urban Stages Artistic Producing Director, Frances Hill, announces THE SILVERFISH, a virtual reading, and performance. This will be part of Urban Stages’ September Play Fest & Fundraiser to raise funds and continue the theater’s decades-long efforts of discovering and producing new plays by diverse up-and-coming artists. The Play will be available for a limited time on urbanstages.org where viewers can also support Urban Stages and the creation of new theater by donating. From September 23rd to September 27th, THE SILVERFISH, by Megan Loughran, directed by Jennifer Werner will be available online starring Nikki M. James (Tony winner, Book of Mormon) and George Salazar (Be More Chill), with Benny Elledge (Waitress) and Kate Wetherhead (Legally Blonde). Stage directions by Holly Davis (Kinky Boots).

Keen Company’s 21st Season: Hear/Now, A Season of Audio Theater, featuring five world premieres by Keen Alumni. Coming Soon: All Star Benefit Broadcasts including Orson Welles’ legendary War of the Worlds and Sorry, Wrong Number starring Marsha Mason. Introducing Keen After Hours, connecting audiences and luminaries of the theatre – FREE! Every Monday nite at 6:30 pm includes George Salazar, Brenda Pressley, Kate Baldwin, Marsha Mason and more TBA. www.keencompany.org

Broadway On Demand, the new streaming platform for theater devotees, is proud to stream Anna Karenina based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, captured on film in front of a live audience from the Moscow Operetta Theatre, this Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT, only on BroadwayOnDemand.com. This Anna Karenina, presented in Russian with English subtitles, is a spectacular, breathtaking, high-tech musical production based on the masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy. The dramatic and tumultuous love story between Anna Karenina and a dashing military officer, Alexey Vronsky, takes place amidst the glitter and luxury of the Russian nobility in the second half of the 19th century. The musical’s characters struggle with overwhelming love and betrayal, passion and duty, and hope and desperation. Although almost a century and a half has passed since the time of the story, the timeless quality of events unfolding before the audience remains both gripping and touching. The production was captured on film in front of a live theatre audience in 2018. View trailer HERE.

The Noël Coward Foundation announced A Marvellous Party, Sunday, September 20 at 2:30 pm ET, a transatlantic, star-studded collection of performances celebrating the continuing legacy of Noël Coward and coinciding with the 100th anniversary of his West End debut as a 19-year-old playwright. This unique celebration features words and music by Noël Coward, performed by Kate BurtonJudi DenchStephen FryMontego GloverDerek JacobiJosh JamesCush JumboRobert LindsayKristine NielsenBebe NeuwirthJulian OvendenPatricia RoutledgeKate RoyalEmma ThompsonGiles TereraIndira Varma and Lia Williams. Register for free in advance to watch the show (it will remain available on demand for 14 days). While free to watch, donations are encouraged to benefit The Actors Fund in the U.S. and Acting for Others in the U.K. www.broadwayondemand.com 

The Public Theater Fall 2020 will present a variety of work over digital platforms, including a new audio play by Anne Washburn and directed by Saheem Ali, concerts by Kiki & HerbToshi Reagon, and Samora PinderhughesPublic Forum’s Day of Art & ActivismCivic Salons, and more!  www.publictheater.org

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and La Vie Productions (R. Erin Craig, Producer) announce today the release of a Zoom-inspired music video of “Love Don’t Answer to No One” from the musical Victory Train by David Buskin and Jake Holmes. The music video is available at www.amasmusical.org and on YouTube here.

Over the next few weeks, Abingdon Theatre Company will be releasing an array of “I Will” statements from performers, writers, producers and other creatives including Chad Austin (ATC Artistic Director), Kate Baldwin (Two-time Tony nominee), Felicia Boswell (Motown The Musical), Bobby Cronin (Writer/Composer), Florencia Cuenca (A Never Ending Line), Ruthie Henshall (Olivier Award winner), Judy Kuhn (Four-time Tony nomineeJames Lecesne (Academy Award winner), Andrew Lippa (Tony Award nominee), Liz Mikel (Lysistrata Jones), Bianca Marroquin (Chicago, In The Heights), Ilda Mason (West Side Story), Frances Ruffelle (Tony Award winner), Bill Russell (Tony Award nominee), Christina Sajous (Sponge Bob Squarepants)Carrie St. Louis (Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages), Sally Ann Triplett (The Cradle Will Rock), and V (Formerly Eve Ensler). This campaign is part of Abingdon’s ongoing mission to inspire all artists and prove once and for all that NYC is not dead. www.abingdontheatre.org/IWill

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