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  • Synetic Theater's rescheduled streaming of the virtual production of "The Decameron" begins July 10 and over 10 days. This new closing event of the 2019-20 season is their first designed-for-digital production: an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's "The Decameron." Written in Italy in response to The Black Plague of 1347-1351, it is a collection of 100 novellas that celebrates the human impulse to connect through storytelling in a time of despair and isolation. Artists are adapting one story each remotely while being mentored by other Synetic company members and artistic leadership. Choose your own experience through individual selections, pre-created playlists, or tune in beginning July 10 to experience the work serially over 10 days, in honor of the source material. Pay-What-You-Can ticket options begin at just $10.

  • Studio Theatre launched a three-part series of virtual dance parties with conversation in collaboration with director, educator, theatre-maker—and now digital emcee—Psalmayene 24 - Psalm's Salons at Studio on June 25 (now streaming). The digital salons are an online gathering space to highlight the work of Black creatives, signal boost local and Black-owned businesses, and kick back to live music with our Studio community. Next event is July 23 (5pm) with actor Justin Weaks, Galvanize DC founders J.J. Johnson and Jefferson A. Russell, and Jjana Valentiner, executive producer of the Making Space to Breathe/Gathering to Grieve vigil, plus a live mix from DJ Nick tha 1da. FREE

  • Adventure Theatre MTC, Convergence Theatre, and 4615 Theatre Company invited playwrights, devisers, and theatre makers to Q-FEST Playwriting Fest 2.0 on June 28 (the readings are now streaming on each theatre's Facebook pages). This edition of DMV QFEST was committed to defining space for POC artists from the DMV, who have worked in the DMV, or feel connected to the DMV, as well as recognizing June as Pride month so encourage hearing from DMV artists in the LGBTQ+ community as they intersect with the POC community.

  • Arena Stage opens its online Spring/Summer Season with two world premiere films, "May 22, 2020" and "Inside Voices: a film by Arena Stage’s Voices of Now ensembles", through Arena’s new Supper Club (then streaming). Patrons will be able to dine on delicious fare delivered to their door from area restaurants while watching the live premieres. Premiered June 12, now streaming for Free "May 22, 2020", a filmed docudrama, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, captures one day in the life of 10 DMV subjects interviewed by area playwrights on May 22, 2020, turned into original monologues and filmed with Washington actors. June 19 (7p.m.) premiere thru Supper Club, then streaming for Free starting June 20 - "Inside Voices". Voices of Now (VON) is a season-long drama program that devises autobiographical plays with ensembles of middle-school, high-school and adult artists locally and internationally.

  • Shakespeare Theatre Company presents "Shakespeare Hour LIVE!" events in which you can join Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg for online tours through various corners of the Shakespeare universe. Each week, Simon and Drew will examine the world of Shakespeare and our own by discussing two plays from the Shakespearean canon with special guests and friends of the STC extended family. These live conversations will be on Zoom - now extended thru July 29. FREE.

  • A couple of offerings for budding playwrights of all ages. First, The Welders partner with Young Playwrights Theater for "The Playwrights’ Lab: Introduction to Playwriting' - a virtual playwriting workshop for adults interested in learning and practicing the art of playwriting. Deadline to register is June 9, $300 (tuition assistance avail). Second, Young Playwrights' Theater offers "Young Playwrights in Progress," an opportunity for young and/or early-career DC-area playwrights to engage in a script-development and workshop reading process of original, not-yet-produced, one-act or full-length plays. Two playwrights selected & will receive a small stipend for their participation. Free, apply by June 30. Be no younger than 14 yrs by Sept. 5, and no older than 24 yrs by May 4, 2021.


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