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    • July 28, 2020
    • December 31, 2021
    • Madison


    This 3.7 mile walk through the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood in Madison's isthmus highlights some of the important features and buildings in the neighborhood.  The descriptions come from two brochures published by the Madison Landmarks Commission and the neighborhood:   The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood: A Walking Tour (1997),  and The Old Market Place Neighborhood: A Walking Tour (1991).   Both brochures have many more landmarks not described in the walk listed below.

    This guide is meant for your enjoyment during our time of dealing with the COVID-19 virus.  Please adhere to all municipal and state requirements for social distancing and healthy behavior on public paths and streets. 

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    Tenney Park and Sherman Avenue


    The walk starts at the Tenney Park locks located at 1500 Sherman Avenue.   Parking is available on N. Thornton Avenue across from the locks.   To start, walk past the locks onto the breakwater where you have wonderful views of the lake.  Then take the pedestrian path west along Lake Mendota until you come to the first stop, 1250 Sherman Avenue. 

    This guide is designed to be used with a smartphone.   When you click on the underlined links for each address, you will get a fuller description of each of the houses.

    1250 Sherman Avenue - 1929, Tudor Revival Style

    1228 Sherman Avenue - 1895, Queen Anne Style

    1127 Sherman Avenue - 1916, Prairie School Style

    1047 Sherman Avenue - 1916, Prairie School Style

    1040 Sherman - 1916, Georgian Revival

    1031 Sherman - 1938, Wrightian Style

    1010 Sherman Avenue - 1913, Prairie School Style

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    East Gorham Street and Prospect Place


    At the end of Sherman avenue, turn left on N. Brearly street for a half block until you reach E. Gorham street.   Turn right on E. Gorham street.

    On the south side of the 900 block of E. Gorham you will see a number of brick apartment buildings, the Norris Court Apartments.

    At the beginning of the 900 block of E. Gorham, turn right on N. Paterson street for one block until you reach Prospect Place.

    818, 822, 831, 844 Prospect Place -  Claude & Starck Houses

    At the intersection of Prospect Place/Washburn Place, walk down Washburn Place one block until you reach E. Gorham and turn right.

    802 E. Gorham - 1901, Claude & Starck

    803 E. Gorham - 1870, Vernacular 19th Century

    752 E. Gorham - 1857, Gothic Revival Style

    720 E. Gorham - 1915-1916, Lincoln School

    703 E. Gorham - 1868, Italianate Style

    640, 646, 704 E. Gorham - 1908-1920

    Note the wonderful garden at 704 E. Gorham, home of Mendota Lake House Bed & Breakfast.

    637 E. Gorham - 1925, Late Georgian

    Now you will be walking west on E. Gorham along  James Madison Park.

    622 1/2 E. Gorham - 1915, Bernard-Hoover Boat House

    Just before the Gates of Heaven Synagogue note the monument to the 45,000 International Volunteers who fought for the Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

    302 E. Gorham - 1863, Gates of Heaven Synagogue

    Now backtrack to the corner of E. Gorham/N. Blount and walk south on N. Blount for two blocks to E. Dayton street.

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    East Dayton Street to Lapham School


    202 N. Blount  - 1910-1914, City Horse Barn

    At the corner of N. Blount/E. Dayton, note the sign denoting Madison's first African-American neighborhood.

    647 E. Dayton - 1853, Miller house

    649 E. Dayton - 1901 and 1912, Hill house & grocery

    123 N. Blount - 1909-1910, Badger State Shoe Factory

    917, 919, 921, 923, 925 E. Dayton - 1915-1916, John Blake bungalows

    939, 941 E. Dayton - 1915, Michael Olbrich bungalows

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    Lapham School to Tenney Park


    1045 E. Dayton - 1939-1940, Lapham School

    1055 E. Mifflin (Madison Youth Arts Center) - At E. Dayton/N. Ingersoll, turn right for one block to view the Madison Youth Arts Center.  After viewing, return to E. Dayton street and head east on E. Dayton.

    124 N. Baldwin - 1873, Second Empire Style

    Continue east on E. Dayton Street where you will reach the Yahara River.  Follow the bike/pedestrian path under E. Johnson where you can explore Tenney Park before returning to the starting point.

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    Compiled by Bob Shaw - robert.e.shaw@gmail.com

    August 2020

    • March 29, 2021
    • November 01, 2021
    • Madison

    Below are five guides to popular bicycling routes in Madison.   Each guide is broken up into distinct sections with maps providing detailed instructions.

    The guides are meant for your enjoyment during our time of dealing with the COVID-19 virus.  Please adhere to all municipal and state requirements for social distancing and healthy behavior on public paths and streets. 

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    Bicycling Around Lake Monona


    The 12.5 mile route around Lake Monona is one of the most popular bicycle trips in Madison.  It goes through a mixture of bicycle paths and lightly traveled streets and takes about 75 minutes for the average cyclist.

    Click on A Guide to Bicycling Around Lake Monona

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    Bicycling the Cannonball Path/Arboretum Loop


    The route (8.2 miles) traverses a mixture of bicycle paths, city streets with bike lanes, and a quiet road through the U.W. Arboretum.  It takes about 50 minutes for the average cyclist.

    Click on A Guide to Bicycling the Cannonball Path/Arboretum Loop

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    Bicycling the Southwest Commuter Path/Capital City State Trail Loop


    The route (18.1 miles) is entirely on dedicated bicycle paths with the exception of a short 1/2 mile section on a quiet road.  It takes a little less than two hours for the average cyclist.

    Click on A Guide to Bicycling the Southwest Commuter Path/Capital City State Trail Loop

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    Bicycling the McFarland Loop


    The highlight of this route (18 miles) is a mile-long bridge spanning Lake Waubesa.  It is the longest inland boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America.  It takes a little less than two hours for the average cyclist.

    Click on A Guide to Bicycling the McFarland Loop

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    Bicycling the Blackhawk Path/Lake Mendota Drive/Lakeshore Nature Preserve Loop



    This 7.8 mile loop begins at Allen Centennial Garden and parallels University Avenue on bike paths before heading over to Lake Mendota Drive, a quiet, tree-lined residential neighborhood.   It then follows the Lakeshore Nature Preserve back to the starting point.   It takes less than one hour for the average cyclist.

    Click on A Guide to Bicycling the Blackhawk Path, Lake Mendota Drive, Lakeshore Nature Preserve Loop

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    BCycle Stations along the Route

    Madison BCycle has a number of stations along the routes where you can rent an electric bicycle.


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    Other Resources

    Dane County Bicycle Map

    Madison BCycle

    Madison Bikes Community (Facebook)

    Madison Bikes

    Bicycle Benefits

    Top 10 Trails to Try in Madison

    Madison Road Bike Routes

    Biking in Fitchburg

    Riding in Sun Prairie

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    Compiled by Bob Shaw - robert.e.shaw@gmail.com

    August 2020

    • October 01, 2021
    • December 31, 2021
    • Internet

    virtual theater Trips

    There is no timetable on when PLATO theater trips will resume.  The PLATO Board, in consultation with its COVID workgroup, will continue to monitor State and County guidance and recommendations on safely gathering. PLATO is not currently planning any theater field trips, nor endorsing private trips to any venues.  Meanwhile, we offer some virtual options for you. Use the links below to connect to more information or to the appropriate streaming service.


    TheatreSquared

    Designing Women

    A WORLD PREMIERE play bringing the megahit television series to life for our current age. Teeming with raucous hilarity and channeling the series’ one-of-a-kind, trademark voice, Designing Women sets out to re-unite its audience—if nothing else—in laughter. Julia, Suzanne, Mary Jo, and Charlene are partners in the Atlanta-based interior design firm, Sugarbaker’s—but with the firm in crisis, they’re on the verge of a radical decision to sell the business and separate. A timely, whip-smart and deeply funny new Southern comedy set to take the theatre world by storm. The place, Atlanta, the time, before and after the presidential election in November, 2020. The show contains adult language and themes, a confetti cannon, and—much like the television show that preceded it—fiery political debate and humor with many references to recent events. Written by the same playwright who wrote the television series!

    Streaming now through October 24. Single tickets are $25 or $35 for a household.


    Almeida Theatre


    The Tragedy of Macbeth


    A little later than now, in the ruins of a theatre, three witches make a prophecy. A warrior and his wife enter the darkness. A war begins. 

    Yaël Farber directs James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan, in an elemental production about a world in transformation, the shadows in all of us, and one couple’s spine-chilling quest for power.

    Olivier Award-nominee James McArdle plays the title role of Macbeth, having previously appeared in the National Theatre's Angels in America, as well as on-screen in HBO’s Mare of Easttown, Ammonite, and Mary Queen of Scots.

    Four-time Academy Award-nominated Saoirse Ronan makes her UK stage debut as Lady Macbeth. She has received acclaim for her performances in films including Atonement, Lady Bird, Brooklyn, and Little Women.

    "Saoirse Ronan and James McArdle star in a production with emotional spark, palpable dread and a horrifying beauty" -- The Guardian

    Streaming October 27 - 30. Multiple ticket prices.


    Audible.com



    Coal Country

    Interrupted on stage in 2020 at The Public due to COVID, Coal Country is an audio play that re-tells the story of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, the most deadly mining disaster in recent U.S. history.  It is a riveting, emotionally stunning work based on first-person accounts by survivors and family members. Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen are a writing team who The New Yorker calls "among the foremost practitioners of documentary theater in the U.S." The performance is directed by Blank and features original music by three-time Grammy award-winning country/folk legend Steve Earle.  

    Available for free for one month using an audible.com trial. Cost is $7.95 per month afterwards. Cancel anytime.

    Complicité


    Can I Live?

    Why don't we talk about it? Fehinti Balogun asks this urgent question and offers an invitation in Can I Live?, a vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe, sharing his personal journey into the biggest challenge of our times. Weaving his story with spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and the scientific facts, Fehinti charts a course through the fundamental issues underpinning the emergency, identifying the intimate relationship between the environmental crisis & the global struggle for social justice, and sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement.

    The streaming program is available on a "Pay What You Decide" basis as a call to action. "Long-term sustainable progress on addressing climate change and its impacts will only be possible if all parts of society are engaged, involved and empowered." The company wants to make the work as accessible to audiences as possible. Available through November 28.

    Steppenwolf Theatre Company


    Three Short Plays by Tracy Letts

    “These plays share at least one thread: a world off-kilter. But since I wrote these pieces, the actual world has undergone some hair-raising transformations, which have cast mysterious new light on these plays. They feel very much like stories for 2021.” – Ensemble member Tracy Letts 

    A New York Times Critic's Pick:  "... Letts now seems to be our leading contender for bard of male moral decrepitude. He was always in the running, of course; check out the revival of “Bug” at Steppenwolf in November....But now, taking on smaller slices of humankind, and leaving the big bad themes to speak for themselves, his vision seems funnier, deeper, bigger. Call him the paradoxical frog of playwriting: He’s growing as he shrinks." --Jesse Green

    Streaming September 29-October 24. Tickets $20 (includes all 3).

    NIGHT SAFARI (A monologue filmed in a studio location)

    The nocturnal habits of the Panamanian Night Monkey, the life cycle of the Paradoxical Frog, and the mating rituals of middle-aged male homo sapiens. This wry monologue poses the question: are we so distant from the whims of our biology? Enjoy your tour, and please remember—do not feed the animals. Starring Rainn Wilson (The Office).  Run time 14 minutes.

    THE OLD COUNTRY  (A filmed vignette, inhabited by puppets)

    Two men in a diner drain the last drops of their coffees and think about ordering dessert. In the denouement of their (physical, intellectual, and sexual) lives, they wax nostalgic and try to communicate across a wide divide. Run time 10 minutes.

    THE STRETCH  (A monologue filmed in a studio location)

    And they’re off, for the 108th running of the El Dorado Stakes! But this race is long-distance... and maybe not what it first seems…  Starring Tracy Letts. Run time 15 minutes.

    Apple TV+



    Come from Away

    In part to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the smash Broadway show Come from Away  is now available for streaming through Apple TV+. This filmed musical  follows the story of more than 7,000 people who were stranded in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. The people were generously welcomed into the town of Gander , Newfoundland where they forged life-long friendships. 

    The show was developed by the Canadian couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Ten years ago they travelled to the small town of Gander to listen to the stories of the townspeople and the “Plane People” during that fateful day and the following week. Now twenty years since 9/11, Come from Away is a reminder of the capacity for human kindness in even the darkest of times. Nominated for 7 Tony awards in 2017, including Best Musical, it won Best Direction of a Musical for Christopher Ashley.

    Apple TV+ is available for streaming on your computer, tablet, or phone. A monthly subscription is $4.99 per month after a free 7-day trial. More information on how to watch Apple TV+.



    Schmigadoon!

    A parody of iconic musicals, Schmigadoon! is a new musical comedy series produced by Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live and starring Emmy Award nominee Cecily Strong and Emmy Award winner Keegan-Michael Key. A couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship discovers a magical town in which everyone is living in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.” If you love musicals, you'll enjoy catching the clever  references to Oklahoma, Carousel, The Music Man, and, of course, Brigadoon, among other classics.

    Apple TV+ is available for streaming on your computer, tablet, or phone. A monthly subscription is $4.99 per month after a free 7-day trial. More information on how to watch Apple TV+.


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    Check out APT's 6-show summer season! In addition to the return of reduced capacity live theater, online versions of the performances will also be available. Tickets for the digital plays will start at $32, and be available to watch starting 7 days after the in-person play opens, and close when that play closes. 

    Public Theater

    SHADOW/LAND

    Tow Playwright-in-Residence and Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza joins The Public’s digital stage with an audio production of SHADOW/LAND, a harrowing new drama set amid the ongoing devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Ruth coaxes her mother, Magalee, to sell Shadowland, the family business and New Orleans’s first air-conditioned dancehall and hotel for Black people. But as Hurricane Katrina begins her ruin, Ruth is forced to wrestle with all that she’s ready to let go. Directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. Jones, SHADOW/LAND is the first installment of a 10-play cycle traversing the Katrina diaspora in an examination of the ongoing effects of disaster, evacuation, displacement, and urban renewal rippling in and beyond New Orleans. Available free as a podcast for one year.  Also available as Open Caption video.

    Finborough Theatre


    CONTINUITY by Gerry Moynihan

    A forensic examination of the soul of an Irish ‘freedom fighter’.

    Pádraig Devlin is a dissident Irish Republican, who begins to have doubts about his commitment to The Cause after he meets and falls in love with a woman from Barcelona. Soon after meeting her, Pádraig botches three assignments in a row. The other members of his terrorist cell decide to test the love-struck Pádraig’s commitment. Has falling in love really weakened the resolve of a man determined to re-ignite the struggle for Irish freedom, and whose Republican credentials are beyond reproach? And just exactly what kind of test do they plan to set him? And how will Pádraig react when he discovers that he’s being tested… Continuity is the story of a man who begins to question everything he has ever fought for – and marks a stunning debut from a brand new playwright. 

    Available for FREE through the end of 2021

    MCC Theater

    MISCAST21

    MCC Theater’s annual Miscast gala is one of the most exciting and unique theater events in town. Broadway’s hottest stars perform songs from roles in which they would not traditionally be cast. And the results are thrilling!

    MEET THIS YEAR'S PERFORMERS

    Tony Award® winner ANNALEIGH ASHFORD (“B Positive,” Kinky Boots)

    Tony Award® nominee ROBIN DE JESÚS (tick, tick… Boom!, The Boys in the Band)

    CHEYENNE JACKSON “American Horror Story,” Xanadu)

    Tony Award® winner IDINA MENZEL (Frozen, Wicked)

    KELLY MARIE TRAN (Raya and the Last Dragon,Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

    MELISSA BARRERA (In the Heights, Vida)

    Tony Award® winner RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY (Hamilton, “Altered Carbon”)

    JAI’LEN JOSEY (SpongeBob SquarePants, The Secret Life of Bees)

    Tony Award® winner KELLI O’HARA (The King and I, South Pacific)

    Tony Award® nominee AARON TVEIT Moulin Rouge: The Musical, Next to Normal)

    Tony Award® winner GAVIN CREEL (Hello, Dolly!, Hair)

    LESLIE GRACE (In the Heights)

    Tony Award® winner LACHANZE (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Color Purple)

    Tony Award® and Emmy Award® winner BILLY PORTER (“Pose,” Kinky Boots)


    George Takei's ALLEGIANCE

    Streaming NOW

    Allegiance tells the story of one family’s extraordinary journey in a troubling time for a nation plunged into World War II by the events of Pearl Harbor.

    George Takei's ALLEGIANCE Will be Available to Stream Beginning in March

    BroadwayHD has announced that George Takei's Allegiance, which also features Broadway stars Telly Leung (Godspell, Glee) and Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Mulan) will be available on the platform exclusively beginning on March 18th. The musical, inspired by the true-life experience of its star George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) tells the story of one family's extraordinary journey in a troubling time for a nation plunged into World War II by the events of Pearl Harbor.

    "I'm absolutely thrilled that the release of Allegiance on BroadwayHD will allow even more audiences to experience this vital piece of theater," says George Takei. "Telling the story of the Japanese American internment, which my family and I experienced firsthand, has been my life's work. Allegiance truly is my legacy, and I'm so grateful that it has given me the opportunity to share our history in such a compelling and beautiful way."

    Allegiance brings to the forefront an important piece of American history through a powerful story. A mysterious envelope leads Sam Kimura (George Takei) back 60 years to a time when he (played as a young man by Telly Leung) and his sister Kei (Lea Salonga) strive to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Sam enlists in the army to prove his family's loyalty, while Kei joins the draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people. Their paths take them from the lush farmlands of California to the wastelands of Wyoming to the battlefields of Europe, and their divided loyalties threaten to tear them apart forever. But as long-lost memories are re-lived and a new perspective is gained, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and experience the redemptive power of love.

    Allegiance originally opened on Broadway in November 2015.

    Stream Your Favorite Broadway Hits! Anytime, Anywhere! Start your 7 day free trial with Broadway HD, with the option to continue with either a monthly or yearly subscription after that.


    The National Black Theatre of Harlem

    The National Black Theatre of Harlem Hosts Black History Month Livestream Event

    Premiered on February 28th, 2021 on YouTube Live, but the recorded version is still available to watch. Jump to the 31:10 minute mark to bypass the very long Introductory screen!

    Broadway Stars come together to celebrate Black History Month. This is an evening of song and dance presented by Shine Theatre Arts Project and Kaden Amari Anderson of Caroline, or Change, Broadway. The mission of this cabaret is to raise money for The National Black Theatre of Harlem.

    NBT's Artistic Director, Jonathon McCory will be a featured speaker at the event and the line-up includes:


      Repertorio Espanol 

      La Gringa

      A young woman born in NYC travels to Puerto Rico for the first time to meet her family and to discover her roots. Her misconceptions are transformed and she learns that being Puerto Rican is a matter of heart and spirit. La Gringa, the longest-running (25 years) Spanish language play in off-Broadway history, is presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Tickets are $7 per user + $3 system fee. Available now, you will have 72 hours starting from the first-viewed date to enjoy the production.


      The all-new National Theatre at Home

      A streaming service offering unforgettable British theatre available to watch any time, anywhere

      Watch National Theatre Live recordings, filmed in high definition for cinema to capture all the twists and turns, laughter and heartbreak. Plus, for the first time ever, we’re releasing a treasure trove of plays from the National Theatre Archive. You can choose to subscribe, or pay for a single play.


      Filmed on Stage

      Stream Broadway Shows and Musicals: Filmed on Stage

      Les Miserables

      Seen by over 120 million people worldwide, LES MISÉRABLES is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

      Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables' travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.

      Coinciding with its 35th triumphant year in London’s West End, Cameron Mackintosh produced a spectacular sell-out staged production featuring an all-star cast including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Lucas and John Owen Jones.


      Live from Lincoln Center 



      Enjoy a soulful evening of song from one of Broadway’s brightest stars.  Seamlessly making the transition from the stage to the big screen, British-born Cynthia Erivo won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Color Purple before starring in several films, including Steve McQueen’s Widows. If you saw the film Harriet or the most recent Academy Awards telecast, you heard her powerful rendition of the song "Stand Up," which she co-wrote.  Streaming free


      TiataFahodzi

      good dog

      In good dog, we meet an Indian middle-aged shopkeeper, a Caribbean father and son, gangs of multicultural boys and girls, a Jamaican hairdresser, a Ghanaian uncle, a Nigerian single mother, a mixed-race girl--all British. Set in London between 2003 and 2013, good dog deals with the political and social events leading up to the 2011 riots through the personal lives of communities of color. First premiered as a play in 2017 in the wake of the EU referendum, it was later adapted into a film in 2018 in a world in which communities the play embraces were murdered in the devastating Grenfell Tower Fire. This shortened version (19 minutes) of Arinzé Kene's hit play is now released in the time of Black Lives Matter uprisings. The play’s investigation into community, growing up in a multicultural borough, trauma, what happens when you lose faith in being good, and the resilience of communities of color continues to prove it is an essential piece of culture. Available for free on YouTube.


      Badger Talks Live


      Hamilton: How a Musical About History is Making History

      Sarah Marty, producing director at Four Seasons Theatre and interim co-director at the Bolz Center in the UW-Madison School of Business, gives an online talk on the record-shattering musical Hamilton. Marty gives a glimpse into the ways that Lin Manuel-Miranda's take on U.S. history, which blends hip-hop, pop music and storytelling, has changed the face of theater. Shown live originally on October 6 through the Badger Talks Live series, it is now available to watch any time. Advance to minute 5:00 for the free presentation, which included a question and answer session after her lecture. Even if you've heard Sarah talk about Hamilton before, she includes updates on Lin-Manuel Miranda and COVID's affect on theater.


      Ma-Yi Studios


      Sophocles in Staten Island


      A Filipino American family in Staten Island is quarantined with an overbearing homeschool dad. There's no such thing as time off, so why not make a film of Oedipus Rex and Antigone that will surely please the College Board?  In other words, what happens when you cross a Wong Kar Wai-wannabe with Gen-Z entitlement?


      Opera North




      Leonard Bernstein's Short Opera, Trouble in Tahiti


      Bernstein's one-act satire on the American dream, Trouble in Tahiti , is the story of one day in the life of a lonely married couple. Opera North is a national opera company based in Leeds, in the north of England, but with an international scope. 


      Globe Theatre and Swinging the Lens


      Richard II

      Richard II isn’t just one of Shakespeare’s most lyrical plays. With its trenchant, emotionally wrenching analysis of political corruption and the consequent decline of good governance, it’s also among the most relevant to our own moment, as we collectively wrestle with what’s next in a country that, to quote Gaunt, “has made a shameful conquest of itself.”

      This production features a cast composed entirely of women of color, that played to acclaim last year at London’s Globe under the direction of Adjoa Andoh (who also stars as Richard) and Lynette Linton. The entire production is available for streaming, in a top-notch archival recording.

      In contrast to Holland’s contemplative and idealized Richard, Andoh gives us a petulant and narcissistic tyrant. Both interpretations are legitimate; as always, Shakespeare’s plays contain multitudes. And as this fabulous cast drives home, that goes for who can and should embody these roles, as well as for the plays themselves. Here’s hoping American Players Theatre returns to this great play – which hasn’t been performed in Spring Green in 20 long years – soon. And here’s hoping that it proves similarly audacious in its casting choices once it finally does.

      --Mike Fischer, dramaturg,

      former theater critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

      and Forward Theater Company Advisory Member


      Curve Theatre


      My Beautiful Laundrette

      Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette was justly acclaimed when it arrived in the cinema in 1985; it movingly captured the fault lines involving race, class, and gender, as played out within a Pakistani family in London led by an entrepreneurial Thatcherite and his alcoholic, socialist brother. Overlaying that conflict was the seemingly star-crossed romance between two young men – one of Pakistani descent and the second an English skinhead – trying to overcome ethnic hate and homophobia.

      Last year, Kureishi’s stage adaptation of his screenplay (with linking music from Tennant/Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys) debuted at Leicester’s Curve Theatre; Curve has now given us the tremendous gift of a captioned archival stream of the final (public) dress rehearsal before previews for this well-reviewed 2019 world premiere. It’s very good (and the captioning helps with occasional sound issues). It will remain available for on-demand streaming until Curve reopens.

      The play is even better, retaining the film’s original 1980’s milieu while speaking directly to the current moment, in ways that not only implicate British politics but also indirectly indict the radioactive, anti-immigrant racism spawned and spewed by 45 and his lackeys. While Kureishi’s original takedown of Thatcherite capitalism remains intact, he has simultaneously sharpened his focus on anti-immigrant hysteria – and on how women of color are especially victimized by a politics of race hatred (the uncle’s mistress is now a woman of color rather than a white woman, which helps drive this home).

      --Mike Fischer, dramaturg,

      former theater critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

      and Forward Theater Company Advisory Member



      SHORTS

       

      The Shows Must Go On

      A free YouTube channel bringing you showtunes, backstage access, and full performances from some of the best loved musicals in history! Try individual videos (approximately 3 to 12 minutes each) or created playlists with multiple shorts from the same production.


      NY PopUps

      Broadway reopened its doors briefly on April 3 with a special NY PopsUp performance at the St. James Theatre. The matinee, directed by Jerry Zaks, featured an audience primarily made up of staffers from the Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, with back-to-back performances from Tony winners Savion Glover and Nathan Lane. 


      Steppenwolf Theatre Company

      Red Folder: An Illustrated Short Play

      Written, directed and illustrated by Steppenwolf ensemble member Rajiv Joseph, featuring narration by ensemble member Carrie Coon. Streaming beginning January 27, 10 minutes in length. The red folder belongs to a first grader. It is the source of all his woes. Years later, he seeks vengeance. 


      Shakespeare Shorts from Milwaukee Rep

      Most of these clips are under 5 minutes long, while two of them are a little over 10 minutes in length.

      As You Like It

      Twelfth Night

      Henry VI

      The Taming of the Shrew

      Romeo and Juliet


      Other Theater Shorts

      If you don't have time for an entire show, you may enjoy these clips.  These high energy musical numbers take 5 minutes or less.

      A Trip to the Library - She Loves Me, Madison Opera/Madison Public Library 2021

      Pinball Wizard - Tommy, Stratford Festival 2013

      The Impossible Dream - Man of La Mancha, Stratford Festival 2014

      What I Did for Love – A Chorus Line, Stratford Festival 2016

      Pirate Island- Poor Wand'ring One - Madison Savoyards, 2020

      Rocky Horror Show - Time Warp - Stratford Festival 2018

      Rocky Horror Show - Hot Patootie - Stratford Festival 2018

      The Music Man - 76 Trombones - Stratford Festival 2018 

      Pirate Island - When the Foeman Bares His Steel - Madison Savoyards, 2020

      HMS Pinafore - When I Was a Lad - Stratford Festival 2017

      Pirates of Penzance - I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General! - Stratford Festival 1985

      The Mikado - A More Humane Mikado - Stratford Festival 1982


      Jermyn Street Theatre

      Samuel Beckett: No Country for Old Men


      Krapp’s Last Tape | The Old Tune

      Trevor Nunn staged Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and the rarely performed The Old Tune at Jermyn Street shortly before the pandemic hit. Both plays are prophetic of what was to come; the old men inhabiting them underscore how fragile our lives are and how easily they can come undone, as we draw on unreliable memories to make sense of lives that we never live as fully or well as we might have.

      Krapp’s Last Tape is now rightly considered a major work in the Beckett canon, and James Hayes’ embodiment of a failed writer shows why: listening to diary-like tapes he’d made as a younger man, the 69-year-old Krapp winces at all his younger self left out and didn’t understand, overestimated about who he was and failed to appreciate in others. It’s a devastating performance that goes a long way toward explaining why Nunn’s production (which included a third Beckett one-act not made available here) was the hottest ticket in London this past winter.

      Gentler and funnier, The Old Tune is a minor variation on some of the themes sounded in Waiting for Godot. Two septuagenarians (Niall Buggy and David Threlfall) wait for death; lost in a world they never made, their failing memories leave them unable to return to the world they’ve left behind. As with Didi and Gogo in Godot, their lone respite from existential loneliness is each other – even if their efforts to communicate miss more often than they land.

      --Mike Fischer, dramaturg,

      former theater critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

      and Forward Theater Company Advisory Member



      The Fire This Time Festival


      On the other side of the continent, the 11th annual edition of The Fire This Time Festival – a showcase for emerging Black playwrights which, in years past, has given early exposure to artists including Aziza Barnes, Jocelyn Bioh, Katori Hall, Dominque Morisseau, and Antoinette Nwandu – has made archival recordings available for on-demand streaming of all seven shorts from this year’s Festival.

      Many of these plays touch on a theme central to the Black experience in America: with one’s community constantly under siege, does one fight or take flight? And if one leaves one’s roots behind (literally, in Jay Mazyck’s If Men Were Flowers), how does one avoid becoming invisible, appropriated by a dominant culture’s continued campaign to whitewash Blackness? Can old alliances be saved (an express theme in both Tyler English-Beckwith’s Maya and Rivers and in Natyna Bean’s Assume Positions)? Might new ones arise (a topic explored in Deneen Reynolds-Knott’s Antepartum and Mario Wolfe’s Wish I Could P. (Pay it No Mind))?

      All of these questions are on the table in the night’s longest and best piece: Niccolo Aeed’s One Morning Soon. Aeed’s play invokes and then bends Paul’s early Christian writings to explore how, in moving past the old order to create a better one, a culture might preserve all that’s best about where and what it’s been – while simultaneously ensuring that hate and oppression aren’t replicated, but rather vanquished by love.

      --Mike Fischer



      Hamilton

      The show you have been waiting for, with the original Broadway cast! Winner of the Tony Award for best new musical and Pulitzer Prize in drama, this sensational show chronicles the life of the first U.S. Treasurer Alexander Hamilton and his compatriots through a variety of musical styles.  Filmed live at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016. Local critic Rob Thomas says "in some ways it’s better than the best seats in the house." Watch it on Disney Plus; there is no end date. A one-month subscription is $6.99, and you can cancel at any time. More details on this unique viewing experience.


      Bush Theatre (London)


      The Protest

      A series of short online works, collectively titled The Protest in response to the death of George Floyd. Associate director Daniel Bailey, who curated the series, said: "The Bush kneels with the black community at home and aboard as we fight the ongoing pandemic – racism and the oppression of Black People. We asked some of our Bush family to lift their voices in a myriad of ways that mirrors the diversity within the Black community." Originally distributed through Twitter, but available as a collection on this site.



      streaming link

      America 

      First performed in December of 2016, in a country hurting from racism and oppression, the Broadway cast of Hamilton used the words of Langston Hughes, Bob Marley and Lin-Manuel Miranda to call for peace and equality in this short song with dance.

      "Now, as we reel yet again in anger and despair, the impassioned pleas for justice continue to resonate. We stand with those who walk in fear simply for being black. We will continue to listen and educate ourselves, and call out others, on how we can best lift up our colleagues, artists, community members and supporters. Lives depend on it."

      PBS Wisconsin - Great Performances

      PBS Great Performances has several free full-length musical and dramatic theater performances for your enjoyment.  Additional performances may require the Passport membership. Also, beginning and ending dates may not apply for those with Passport membership. 



      L.A. Theatre Works

      Over 500 plays audio-recorded live in performance, everything from Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde to Arthur Miller and recent Tony winners, all with top-name actors,  so you can listen to great theatre anywhere.

      Listen free to the Relativity Series of Science Themed Plays which present science as a thoroughly human endeavor, bringing to life the people and stories behind the research and invention which shapes and changes our world.

      Among the many included titles are:

      Copenhagen, by Michael Frayn

      Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard

      An Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen

      Proof, by David Auburn

      The Doctor's Dilemma, by George Bernard Shaw



      MORE INFORMATION

      Contact PLATO Theater Team members at:

      Sue Josheff  sooziej@sbcglobal.net
      Nancy McClements   nancymcclements@gmail.com 
      Stuart Utley   stuart.utley@gmail.com



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      • January 03, 2022


      • January 25, 2022
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      • February 21, 2022


      • October 02, 2022
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      Free to PLATO Members and Guests

      No Registration Required


      The walks listed below are based on popular guided walks organized by PLATO'S Special Events Committee over the last 5 years.  The  descriptions are meant to aid you in finding interesting, welcoming, safe places to walk during the year and include driving and parking information.  One walk requires permission to walk on the grounds. In that case the description of the walk describes the procedure to follow.

      1. A Self-Guided Walk in the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood

      2. Indigenous Earthwork (Indian Mound) on Lake Mendota's North Shore

      3. Stewart Lake County PArk

      4. POPE FARM CONSERVANCY

      5. Cherokee Marsh : Yahara Heights unit

      6. Cherokee Marsh - North unit

      7. Edna Taylor Conservation Park,  Aldo Leopoled Nature Center and Madison's Woodland Park

      8. Donald Park: Woods, hills and farmstead

      9. Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific ReserVE

      10. Pheasant branch conservancY

      11. Olin Park and turville point conservation park


      Questions?  Contact trip creator Mike Dilorio at mdiiorio1234@gmail.com.  Please text me at 608-520-4448 for a 24 hr response.

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