Watch Out of the Woods, a new play reading series by American Players Theatre. New performances premiere each Friday evening. Those already available are linked below in the section below with images.
July 17 - July 26
An Improbable Fiction
By James DeVita
Directed by Tim Ocel
How to Watch
- Visit PBSWisconsin.org.
- Direct links to the readings will be posted on Friday afternoons before the 7:00 pm start time.
- Alternatively, you can watch on Fridays at 7:00 pm on APT's and PBS Wisconsin's Facebook pages.
- Each performance will remain on the website after its initial posting, and will be available until July 26, with the full series available July 17 - 26.
- PBS has lifted the geographical restrictions, so people outside of Wisconsin will be able to watch the series.
Chekhov One-Act Plays
The Core Acting Company presents a reading of three one-act plays by Anton Chekhov. The Bear, On the Harmfulness of Tobacco, and The Proposal: three stories about the complexities of love and life, marriage and moving on. After the reading, the actors and artistic team discuss creating these readings from their homes. Available now through July 26.
As You Like It
Watch the Core Acting Company and additional APT actors in a virtual reading of As You Like It, a quite-nearly-perfect Shakespearean comedy, featuring one of his greatest heroines. Afterwards, the actors and artistic team discuss producing these readings from their homes. Available now through July 26.
Arms and the Man
In Shaw’s Arms and the Man, love and war collide in a uniquely Shavian fashion when an enemy soldier climbs in through the idealistic Raina’s window, throwing her life and worldview into disarray. Following the performance, the actors and artistic team discuss creating these readings from their homes. Available now through July 26.
Watch the Core Acting Company and additional APT actors in this reading of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Growing unease over Caesar's popularity spreads through Rome, spurring good people to do terrible deeds. A riveting political thriller about blood spilled in the name of the republic, and hands that hold the blades. Available now through July 26.
Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been...
Writer and activist Langston Hughes faces down his fears by writing a poem on the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent-Sub-Committee on Investigations on Un-American Activities. By Carlyle Brown. Directed by David Daniel. Featuring: Jim DeVita (Senator Dirksen), Jamal James (Frank Reeves), Gavin Lawrence (Langston Hughes), Brian Mani (Senator McCarthy), James Ridge (Roy Cohn), Marcus Truschinski (David Schine). Available now through July 26.
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.
Gloria: A Life
Experience a unique interpretation of feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s life told by an all-female cast, starring Emmy Award winner Christine Lahti and directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Premiere date: Jun 26, 2020 | 01:54:41 | Video expires Jul 24, 2020
Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor. Streaming now through July 17.
Twilight: Los Angeles
Anna Deavere Smith's play is about race relations in Los Angeles at the time of the infamous police beating of Rodney King, and the ensuing jury acquittal of the perpetrators. She notes that “few people speak a language about race that is not their own. If more of us could actually speak from another point of view, like speaking another language, we could accelerate the flow of ideas.” “After all,” Smith says later, “identity is in some ways a process toward character. It is not character itself. It is not fixed. Our race dialogue desperately needs this more complex language.”
Smith channels the voices of forty among the hundreds of people she interviewed: white and Black, Korean and Latinx, men and women, cops and activists, store owners and looters. Playing them all, Smith physically embodies the truth that each of us contains multitudes.
Director Marc Levin blends Smith’s stage performance with news footage and interviews to capture a community’s rage and loss, but also its grit and hope and love. This encore streaming will run from June 8 through August 7.
National Theater of London
The Deep Blue Sea
Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama, played by Helen McCrory. In 1952 London, Hester Collyer is found by her neighbors in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt. The story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge emerges, and with it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.
Streaming for free on YouTube July 9th, 1pm CDT, through 1pm CDT July 16th.
Rowdy young prodigy Mozart arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. Includes live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.
Streaming for free on YouTube July 16th, 1pm CDT, through 1pm CDT July 23rd.
Take Me to the World - Free - A starry line-up of Broadway favorites are toasting Stephen Sondheim with a once-in-a-lifetime concert event live on Broadway.com Mr. Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist known for his work in musical theater like: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962); Company (1970); Follies (1971); A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979); Merrily We Roll Along (1981); Sunday in the Park with George (1984); and Into the Woods (1987). He is also known for writing the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959).
Stratford Festival Theatre - Watch@Home