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New Virtual Theater Works from Everyman, Annapolis Shakespeare & More

Everyman Theatre

It’s been more than five months since Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  As we’ve discussed here on Midday several times, the arts have been particularly hobbled by restrictions related to COVID-19.  

Today, we'll hear first about one of the ways Baltimore’s Everyman Theater has adapted to the new normal:  they’ve attached themselves to a city-sponsored film festival.  The Baltimore City Office of Equity and Civil Rights is hosting the Fair Housing Film Festivalfrom August 24 to 28, and Everyman’s entry is a live theater event, The House That Holds Us, a virtual evening of theatrical readings, scenes, and monologues that examines the housing experience in Baltimore.
Joining Tom via Zoom to talk about the new work is Vincent Lancisi. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Everyman Theatre

The House That Holds Us streams live next Friday, August 28, at 7:00pm. Follow the event link for more information on how to connect...

Then, we take a broader view of the coronavirus-affected theater scene, in which companies are restricted to presenting their work on-line.  But that restriction hasn’t prevented the arts community from producing a wide range of innovative theater. 

Credit Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom via Skype to suggest some new virtual theater offerings you might want to check out.  Among her picks: Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s dramatic readings of selections from Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology;  Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s Rock Opera 101 Concert Series, Part 2, presenting How Musicals Created a White World Infused with Black Culture, curated and performed by Jonathan Gilmore; and Variations on Vision, Rapid Lemon Productions' 16th annual 10-minute play festival streams through August 23.

Follow the links on the theater companies below for more information on dates, times, and tix:

Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Baltimore Rock Opera

Rapid Lemon Productions

Baltimore Arena Players

Two Strikes Collective

Audio of this program will be posted by 3pm today.

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J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for WYPR's Midday (and previously, Maryland Morning) since 2007. Prior to that, she was the theater critic of The Baltimore Sun, where she reviewed more than 3,000 plays over the course of 23 years.
Rob is a contributing producer for Midday.