Dear theatre friends,
Happy Columbus Day! Guess what? Theatres are closed…
However, you can tune in tonight at 7:30 for Red Bull’s benefit reading of “American Moor”— described as an African-American’s reaction to Shakespeare’s “Othello.” Please read the New York Times’ review, if you’re intrigued by the subject. You can register for free tickets, but of course, contribute to this fine company if you possibly can.
Prepare to be transported by the astounding Donmar Warehouse production of “Julius Caesar,” presented by St. Ann’s Warehouse— available today until October 15th. This is the first of the “Shakespeare Trilogy” with an all female cast, headed by the breathtaking Harriet Walter.
Beginning the 16th is part two of the trilogy– “Henry IV,” and last, “The Tempest” from the 23rd. For those with binge-watching expertise– you can see all three the weekend of the 30th- November 1st.
Ensemble Studio Theatre’s inaugural virtual event is a benefit Youngblood reading of “Running While Black,” by Jahna Ferron-Smith . Although free, you must register to get Zoom access on October 16th at 7pm. Please recognize the New Federal Theatre (which you can read about when making a reservation) with your donation.
The Atlantic Theatre Company’s Fall Reunion Reading series is kicking off with the very fine “Skeleton Crew,” by Dominique Morisseau, October 22nd-24th. Do read this excellent New York Times’ review, either before or after seeing it. Again, tickets are free but a donation of $25 is suggested.
The Public Is offering an evening of songs and stories called “Forward. Together,” next Tuesday, the 20th, at 8pm. The starry cast includes Daniel Craig, John Lithgow, Elvis Costello and promises a great time to all, for free. But, anything you can give to support this iconic New York institution will be tremendously appreciated. You can also participate in a celebrity-filled online auction– you might win coffee with Liev Schreiber– if your bid exceeds the current $2,000!
Finally– since trick-or-treating might not be on your calendar this Halloween, how about listening to “Dracula: A Radio Play,” presented by The Actors Theatre? Light a few candles for this Orson Welles adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. Maybe serve up some comfort food, perhaps tuna casserole and Jello, and pretend these past 7 months were merely 70 years?!?
Aren’t we fortunate to be living during this plague and not Sophocles’? Or, are you overwhelmed by choice?
Again, if you discover other theatre-related news– please get in touch: Carol@BestofEdinburgh.org.
And, need I reiterate? I’d like to continue to write because so many have expressed their enjoyment of reading– but I must have content!
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Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre and, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe.