While TheaterJones is in semi-hiatus mode, you can look for more posts and updates in the coming months as some arts venues begin to reopen and others present work in digital and online formats. These numbers are still pretty limited, as many groups continue to cancel events as the COVID-19 pandemic is rising again.
Some organizations have bowed out for the rest of 2020, including the Dallas Opera, which will now open its 2020-21 season in March 2021 and have four productions; The Cliburn, which also opens its season in 2021 (but will have weekly online concerts); and Hurst's Artisan Center Theater, which has canceled all shows and camps through the end of the year and will reschedule some of them in their to-be-announced 2021 season.
We're going to publish our once-popular Places column every two weeks for the time being. Below is a list of openings and happenings in DFW performing arts, with some nods to other arts institutions and online and television performing arts performances.
LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE VENUE*
*With social-distancing measures and other COVID-19 protocols
Granbury Theatre Company
The Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin, and Heather Hach's musical based on the Reese Witherspoon movie.
June 12-July 12 at the Granbury Opera House in Granbury
The Core Theatre
The Core presents the Theatre Rocks! (of Ennis, Texas) production of Bill Rhoten's play about a 19th century pioneer in Arizona who is taken captive by the Mojave Nation.
June 12-28 at the Core Theatre in Richardson
COVID-19 protocols: Seating limited in order to comply with current social distancing recommendations. We will also disinfect seats after every performance. Patrons are welcome to wear masks but this is not required.
How I Got Over
Jubilee is the first professional theater in DFW to reopen, and does so with this musical that celebrates the life and work of gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, as well as other gospel greats.
June 19-July 19 at Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth
COVID-19 protocols: Each performance will be limited to 50 percent audience capacity, with social distancing in place. Jubilee Theatre will also require all attending patrons to wear a face mask and consent to temperature screening upon entry. Any patrons displaying symptoms of illness will be required to reschedule their tickets. Jubilee Theatre will also offer a digital streaming version of this production, at a discounted ticket price of $20.
ONLINE AND DRIVE-IN PERFORMANCE
The Savage Seconds
Danielle Georgiou Dance Group
Filmed at various locations, this "dance opera" has been streaming via a Vimeo link, courtesy Undermain Theatre in collaboration with DGDG, and it has been extended through 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 12 (when you buy a ticket, the link will be good for 24 hours).
JUST ADDED: At the Richardson bar/restaurant Brizo, there will be a special CarBaret drive-in screening, showing in collaboration with Dallas Video Fest, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13. There will also be live music and dance performances, and you watch on a drive-in screen from your car. Admission is $16 per car.
22nd New Works Festival
Kitchen Dog Theater
The 22nd Annual New Works Festival features readings of new plays over three weeks, and they will be performed onlline via Zoom. They are free, but a reservation is required. To read more about the festival, go here.
Readings coming up are:
Three-Year Summer by Amy Berryman
Friday, June 12 at 7pm
Set in 2002, while awaiting the release of the fourth Harry Potter book, thirteen-year-old Tommie takes refuge in the deep, dark world of online fan fiction as her parents' marriage falls apart around her. A magical coming-of-age story about fandom, betrayal, and family.
Director: Carson McCain
Paletas de Coco by Franky Gonzalez – *WINNER - 2020 LOCAL SLOT*
Sunday, June 14 at 2pm - *Playwright to perform in reading*
A playwright searching for his father and for someone to read aloud a letter he's written recruits a Performer who, along with the audience, are taken with the playwright on a journey through four Christmas Eves, coconut popsicles, depression, Santería ritual, Times Square, male breastfeeding, reunions with long-lost siblings, Applebee's Nacho Plates, child birth, suicide attempts, fatherhood, and robbing Chinese buffets.
Director: Dominic D’Andrea
Dream Hou$e by Eliana Pipes
Friday, June 19 at 7pmTwo Latinx sisters seize an opportunity to capitalize on their “changing neighborhood” by appearing on an HGTV-style reality show, unprepared for the show’s surreal left-turn through ancestry, capitalism and identity. What’s the cultural cost of progress in America — and is cashing in always selling out?
Director: Morgana Wilborn
Thrive, or What You Will by LM Feldman
Sunday, June 21 at 2pm Jeanne Baret, a gifted 18th-century herb woman, falls for a university-trained botanist. Concealed as a man, she joins him on a sea voyage that will change science forever. An epically true tale of historical fiction about the first woman to travel the globe. Thrive, or What You Will is one of American Shakespeare Center's Shakespeare's New Contemporaries with a production slated for 2021.
Director: Emily Ernst
From June 15 – 28, Theatre Three will stream Mark Harelik’s inspiring play, The Immigrant. Directed by Theatre Three Artistic Director Jeffrey Schmidt, the play will be performed and designed to work within the necessary current restrictions. Set in Hamilton, Texas in the early half of the 20th century, this technologically forward telling of the play won’t put audiences in the room where it happened, but it will make history. Streaming access codes are only $15 and are available for purchase at www.Theatre3Dallas.com.
In lieu of tickets, patrons will purchase access codes for streaming. Streaming is limited to 200 for each of the ten viewing opportunities. Consider each viewing opportunity as a performance that begins at the published time. Videos must be accessed within 30 minutes of the start times for each show. In addition to the streamed performance, viewers will be provided with a digital version of a traditional performance program. Plus, Theatre Three will host talkbacks on Facebook following the performances on June 15, June 21 and June 28 (www.facebook.com/theatre3dallas). Performances are:
- Monday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday, June 21 at 2:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m.
- Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, June 27 at 2:30 p.m
- Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m
- Sunday, June 28 at 2:30 p.m.
Everything Will Be Fine
Prism Movement Theater
Prism will produce an innovative drive in dance-theater experience Everything Will Be Fine in the parking lot at the Latino Cultural Center. Performances are 8:30 p.m. June 26 and 27 and July 10 and 11.
Everything Will Be Fine is about a woman learning how to deal with a new world and her well meaning (if slightly clueless) friends after experiencing an unthinkable loss. As she moves with her friends amongst the flashing car lights, bringing joy to a tragic situation, we learn that to accept our loss and embrace our present circumstances, we'll have to take it one dance at a time.
SAFETY GUIDELINES: Packed into 45 minutes, Everything Will Be Fine is a spirited drive in theater experience that is designed to be experienced safely in our current pandemic. Our ushers, staff and performers will be wearing masks and obeying social distancing guidelines to ensure safety during rehearsals and performance. We are also asking our guests to follow these simple guidelines help ensure their safety and enjoyment during the experience:
- Once guests arrive they will be asked to display their ticket on their dashboard. If they not have a ticket, guests will be asked to swipe their own card at our usher's card reader. This is the only instance of close proximity to our staff that will be required during the experience.
- Once admitted, guests will be led to their assigned parking spots, all spaced away from other guests to maintain social distancing. Once parked, guests are encouraged to stay in their car as they tune in to a specific radio station that will be given at the gate.
- After that, guests can sit back and relax to our show's electronic/rock music underscoring a beautiful live performance, told entirely through dance.
- Once the show is finished ushers will be available to help guide guests out of the parking lot safely.
Please visit www.prismco.org for more info!
Project Ghostlight: Juneteenth Edition
Cry Havoc Theater Company
Cry Havoc's ongoing, online series featuring local artists performing work, as well as discussions. At 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18, the host is Kamelle Mills, a healer, speaker, performer, and founder of the nonprofit Profoundations: a resource for LGBTQIA+ youth of color (Check it out: kamellemills.com/profoundations).
NON-LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS ON ONLINE AND TELEVISION
We're focusing this group on work made by and/or featuring black artists.
Much Ado About Nothing
Download the free PBS app if you have one of the following platforms for your television or device: iOS, Android, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Chromecast, and you can watch the acclaimed 2019 New York Shakespeare in the Park production of the Bard's comedy, featuring Danielle Brooks and an all-black cast, directed by Kenny Leon and with choreographer by Camille A. Brown. In the Great Performances series.
Twilight: Los Angeles
Also in Great Performances via the PBS app, Anna Deavere Smith's first major docu-drama solo show, which deals with the aftermath of the 1991 Rodney King police beating and subsequent riots in Los Angeles. This performance was originally aired in 2001. Smith's Fires in the Mirror, about the Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn, is also available on PBS; and her more recent look at police brutality against black men, Notes from the Field, is on HBO.
Spike Lee filmed this stage production of Antoinette Nwandu’s play, directed by Danya Taymor. It's a riff on Waiting for Godot in which two young black men await on the street corner as two other characters appear, a white man in a suit, and a white police officer. It's streaming on Amazon Prime.
National Theatre at Home
On the National Theatre of London's YouTube channel, the organization has been screening its famed filmed productions, one free each week, beginning at 1 p.m. (CST) Thursdays. Including the currently running The Madness of King George, there are five more productions scheduled in this series. Keep an eye out for the production of Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Andrea Levy's Small Island, which uses three interconnected stories on a journey from Jamaica to Britain (June 18-25); Lorraine Hansberry's final play, Les Blancs, directed by Yaël Farber (July 2-9); and Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, featuring Lucian Msamati as Salieri (July 16-23). You can see the National Theatre at Home's full schedule here.