Theater to be broadcast: “Wolves” and other archival treasures


Most Broadway productions disappear in this hazy province known as collective memory once they are closed. That’s the fleeting beauty of theater, sure, but wouldn’t it be great if you could revisit some of your favorite stage moments or share them with friends?

Off-Broadway shows are even more elusive, which makes Lincoln Center Theater’s Private Reels initiative so valuable. Over the past few months, new archive recordings of productions have been made available to stream, and the latest is Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves,” who follows high school girls to a football team as they go. ‘warm up before the matches. The play was somewhat of a success: it was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017; Lila Neugebauer’s production has had three Off Broadway tours (including the one to be online, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater); and it is done all over the United States and abroad. from Thursday to August 15; lct.org

On a very different scale is Britain’s National Theater, which pioneered its shows live in theaters before seamlessly transitioning to home streaming last year. Every time you think the well is dry, the business is pulling more goodies out of its coffers. If you’re a fan of Michaela Coel’s acclaimed series “I May Destroy You”, you might want to take a look at her previous and often very funny solo show “Chewing Gum Dreams” (adapted for television under the title ” Chewing gum “). Also to discover Chiwetel Ejiofor in Carol Ann Duffy’s adaptation of the medieval morality play “Everyman” and the astonishing cover by Ivo van Hove of Arthur Miller’s drama “A View From the Bridge”, which arrived on Broadway in 2015. ntathome.com

Billy Porter wears many hats, all fabulously. He may be famous for his performances in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway and “Pose” on television – not to mention for that matter – but he is also a director and a writer. He has a memoir coming out this fall, and he was also the author of the autobiographical “Ghetto Superstar” and “While I Yet Live”. His latest project is the book for this new gospel musical, with a score by Kurt Carr. The show is making a virtual release as part of the New York Stage and Film season, with a cast starring Deborah Cox, Bryan Terrell Clark, Ledisi, Virginia Woodruff and the Broadway choir Inspirational Voices. July 29-August. 2; newyorkstageandfilm.org

Normally, PTP / NYC is a regular at New York’s summer stages, presenting some of the city’s most beloved hot-weather entertainment: thorny and often experimental plays by Caryl Churchill and Howard Barker. While the company remains virtual this summer, its so-called 34 ½ season continues with “Standing on the Edge of Time”, a collage of texts by writers such as Churchill, David Auburn, Tony Kushner and Mac Wellman (from Saturday to July 27), followed by “A Small Handful”, an exploration of the poetry of Anne Sexton with music by Gilda Lyons. (August 13-17). ptpnyc.org

In the Berkshires this summer, the Barrington Stage Company welcomes the public inside and out. But it also continues to deliver online programming with the return of last year’s popular reading of this Rob Ulin comedy, boosted by an ace cast including Jason Alexander, as a dead or not lawyer, and Patti LuPone as an angel, as well as with Santino Fontana and Michael McKean. July 26-August. 1; barringtonstageco.org

Heather McDonald’s play explores faith and parenthood through the character of Samuel Gentle. Former pastor turned church gardener, he reflects on his life, including a terrible tragedy, and his relationship with his daughter. It’s an ambitious solo show – Kevin Bacon premiered it on Broadway in 2002 – and Baltimore’s Everyman Theater presents it with company member Bruce Randolph Nelson. Until August 22; Everymantheatre.org

Once upon a time, Yiddish-language theater flourished in the East Village and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene keeps this history alive – often with surprising results, such as when the company achieved success with a Yiddish production of “Fiddler on the Roof” that sparked waterworks among many members of the audience. This show will be presented in this virtual concert of the company, with nods to “Di Goldene Kale” (“The Golden Bride”), “On Second Avenue” and “Di Yam Gazlonim!” (that would be the Yiddish “Pirates of Penzance” of course). If you stomped on any of these shows, it’s thanks in large part to longtime arranger, conductor and artistic director Zalmen Mlotek, that the event honors. July 26-30; nytf.org

Journalist Studs Terkel’s interview collections were filled with “provocative ideas and colorful, detailed personal stories from a wide range of people,” as the New York Times put it in its 2008 obituary. documentary. “Work: People Talk About What They Do All Day And How They Feel About What They Do”, from 1974, became the musical “Working”. And now the Actors’ Gang Theater in Los Angeles is presenting a three-part show based on Terkel’s “Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression” – a 1970 anthology that also inspired Arthur Miller’s play ” The American Clock “. Like “Working,” which keeps being updated, this project adds testimonials from the cast, edited by Tim Robbins, to those collected by Terkel (some of whom have household names like Dorothy Day and Cesar Chavez) . from Thursday to September 4; theactorsgang.com


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