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    • May 01, 2020
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    • December 31, 2020
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    Covid-19 prevents us from taking any in-person field trips for the forseeable future so in the meantime we will be doing some virtual  field trips to sites in Wisconsin and the Chicago area.  

    In 2017 PLATO took a bus field trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie house in Hyde Park, Illinois and that is our selection for our first virtual field trip.  Enjoy.

    In the following YouTube videos click on the black icon   to begin the video.

    Once the video starts, click the full screen icon  located on the lower right of the video.

    On your tablet or smartphone, view it in a horizontal rather than vertical format.


    The Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style Masterpiece

    Written and produced by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in 2012 as part of SC Johnson’s At Home With Frank Lloyd Wright gallery, this short film (8 minutes) celebrates Wright’s Prairie style masterpiece, the Frederick C. Robie House.


    The Interior of the Robie House

    The expansive living space at the heart of the Robie House is one of the great innovations of 20th century architecture and interior design. Explore this visionary space on a virtual tour of the building.   Produced by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in 2020.


    Produced by the Open University and aired on the BBC in 1975, this fascinating 25 minute video is part of a  series called History of Architecture and Design 1890-1939.   The video begins with a look at some earlier Prairie houses Wright designed before creating his masterpiece -  the Robie house.   Toward the end of the video there is a room-by-room walk through the house.


    Background Information

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House was his most "consummate expression" of Prairie style

    AD Classics: Frederick C. Robie House / Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Famed Robie House Completes Painstaking Restoration

    The Robie House, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, is again a full-fledged architectural symphony (and open for tours) after a meticulous restoration

    Wikipedia - Robie House

    Frederick C. Robie House - Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

    The Robie House of Frank Lloyd Wright by Joseph Connors - Book available through Madison Public Library


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

    May 2020

    • June 02, 2020
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    • June 30, 2020
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    virtual theater Trips

    PLATO theater trips will be coming back!  But during the COVID-19 era, we still have some options for you. Use the links to connect to more information or to the appropriate streaming service, which will vary. Check out these online performances before they disappear...

    Timeline Theater

    To Master the Art

    This hit production, which recalls the adventure and romance of Julia and Paul Child’s journey of discovery to Paris during the 1950s, is now offered through June 7th via online video streaming.

    Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration

    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).


    National Theater of London

    This House

    A timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of 1970s British politics by James Graham. Streaming for one week only, from 1pm CDT Thursday, May 28th until  1pm CDT June 4th.


    PBS Wisconsin - Great Performances

    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.

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing - Free streaming now - Ends June 6, 2020 - For the first time in over four decades, Great Performances presents a Public Theater production recorded live at Free Shakespeare in the Park. After a highly successful, critically acclaimed run at the outdoor Delacorte Theater in New York City’s Central Park, "Much Ado About Nothing" is a bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece featuring Danielle Brooks as Beatrice.  


    Stratford Festival Theatre - Watch@Home

    Stratford Festival

    The Stratford Festival Theatre is offering free streaming of 12 Shakespeare performances over a four month period.  The productions are a part of the festival’s “Stratford Festival On Film” series and this is the first time they will be available for free.  The current three performances are:


    The Tempest:  May 14 to June 4

      Timon of Athens: May 21 to June 11

    Love's Labour's Lost: May 28 to June 18

    Hangar Theatre

    is offering a 2020 Virtual Mainstage Season this summer. All are live, streaming, online events!

    Uncommon Excerpts and Others: The Wendy Chronicles,  Saturday, June 20th @ 7:30 p.m.

    Queens Girl in the World,  Saturday, July 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

    Honk Your Horn: Celebrate! Musical! Theatre!,  Saturday, July 25 @ 7:30 p.m.

    Sense and Sensibility,  Saturday, August 8 @ 7:30 p.m.

    Tickets: $20 each performance,  purchase 

    607.273.ARTS       hangartheatre.org

    Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre

    After Pass Over's 2017 world premiere at Steppenwolf, Academy Award nominee and Honorary Oscar winner Spike Lee brought a camera crew and filmed the entire performance. The filmed play premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and now Lee's filmed play is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

    Enjoy this complete production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu featuring ensemble member Jon Michael Hill. A provocative riff on Waiting for GodotPass Over is a rare piece of politically-charged theater about two young black men who stand around on the corner dreaming of their promised land when a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda and derails their plans.

    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

    Also, in the 1990s, LA Theatre Works came to Chicago and recorded plays with many of the Chicago theatres, including Victory Gardens. Two of those play recordings are FREE FOR ALL to enjoy through July 15, 2020.

    Still Waters and Drowning Sorrows


    Contact PLATO Theater Team members at:

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

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

For more information about PLATO, contact:

Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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