Digital Stages: Webcasts and webinars galore

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ON THE WEB WITH MAC-HAYDN PERFORMER

CHATHAM, N.Y. — The Mac-Haydn Theatre has launched a weekly webcast series.

Hosted by producing artistic director John Saunders, "In the Meantime" is part of the "Mac-Haydn Online" virtual programming initiative.

Episodes — which will appear on the Mac-Haydn Theatre's online platforms and machaydntheatre.org — will showcase Mac-Haydn alumni discussing their artistic endeavors during quarantine as well as their past experiences working at the theater.

This week's inaugural episode features Emily Kron, last seen as Audrey in Mac-Haydn's 2019 production of "Little Shop of Horrors." Kron's Mac-Haydn credits also include Sally Bowles in "Cabaret," Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific," Genevieve in "The Baker's Wife," and her Berkshire Theatre Award-winning performance as Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd."

The Mac-Haydn Online programming initiative also includes "Mac-Haydn Mondays," a weekly live stream from the theater's Instagram account (@machaydntheatre), beginning at 5 p.m.

WEBINARS AND THE BARD

LENOX — Its theaters and stages may be empty due to COVID-19 concerns, but Shakespeare & Company is extremely active online with a series of free webinars, hosted by Shakespeare & Company's artistic director Allyn Burrows.

One series celebrates the launch of a new book, "Shakespeare & Company: When Action is Eloquence" by Bella Merlin and Tina Packer, described as "the first comprehensive insight into this internationally acclaimed company founded in 1978 in Lenox ... by actor-director Tina Packer and voice pioneer Kristin Linklater." Hosted by Burrows, this webinar series features Merlin and Packer in conversation with various actors and other creative personnel who are or have been associated with Shakespeare & Company over its 42 years. Next Thursday[MAY 28], company actors Thomas Brazzle and Tamara Hickey join in the conversation.

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At 4 p.m. June 2, Shakespeare & Company launches "Drinks With Directors." Each week Burrows will engage in conversation with the director of a past Shakespeare & Company production(s). First up is Regge Life, who directed last season's "Topdog/Underdog." He's also directed the Lenox company's productions of "Morning After Grace" and "God of Carnage."

Also on tap, beginning June 4, is "Tina Talks," in which the company's founding artistic director explores William Shakespeare's plays through the different lens of philosopy, politics, psychology, the physical, poetry, and the personal.

Registration and complete information about the webinars — as well as direct access — is available online at shakespeare.org.

AT WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL, IT'S ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Since the beginning of COVID-19 shelter-in-place regulations, Williamstown Theatre Festival has been producing a series of free live online interactive workshops under its year-round Community Works program. The next one is set for 5 p.m. June 17 on Facebook Live!

No prior experience is necessary; all ages are welcome; full household participation is encouraged.

An audio-captioned recording of the workshop will be available.

Workshop updates are available on Facebook Live; the festival's website at wtfestival.org; or by emailing Hayley at community@wtfestival.org.

'THE SEAGULL' FLIES AGAIN

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — For those of you who missed Hubbard Hall Arts and Education Center's January/February production of "Stupid F-----g Bird," playwright Aaron Posner's decidedly contemporary riff on Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," here's your chance. Hubbard Hall is streaming the production on its website — hubbardhall.org. It's just gone up and will be available for 30 days.

Directed by Kirk Jackson, who also appears in it, "Stupid F-----g Bird" was the last full production done in Hubbard Hall's main stage before the pandemic hit. "It's a beautiful rumination on the tortures of young love, the slow ebb of growing older and our need to create and care for each other," Hubbard Hall executive and artistic director David Snider says on the Hubbard Hall website.

SCENE STUDY FOR NOVICES AND EXPERIENCED

HARTFORD, CONN. — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to cancel a series of adult education classes this spring, Education @ Hartford Stage has developed an online adult acting class that will launch June 2. The five-week Online Scene Study class will take place Tuesday evenings via Zoom and be taught by Hartford Stage associate education director Nina Pinchin.

"While we are all missing being in a room with other people, these classes will give opportunities for social connection and creative expression — so crucial during this time of isolation." said director of Education Jennifer Roberts in a news release.

In describing the class, Roberts said "students will practice making strong acting choices as they explore scenes from popular contemporary plays."

The class is for all levels of experience. The sessions will be held via Zoom. Login information will be provided upon registration.

The cost of Online Scene Study is $75 for the five-week session. To register for the class or for more information, visit hartfordstage.org/adult-classes/ or call the Education @ Hartford Stage Studio Line at 203-908-1832.


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