Onstage ... virtually: Chats, celebrations, and looking ahead

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CHESTER — Chester Theatre Company's producing artistic director Daniel Elihu Kramer is hosting a Virtual Talkback about the Young Vic's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams starring Gillian Anderson, beginning at 2 p.m. June 1.

Participants can watch the performance for free on the London National Theatre's YouTube channel between 2 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. May 28, and then sign up to be part of a video conference call with Kramer to discuss the production. The talkback is free, but advance registration is required by May 25.

The Virtual Talkback is a digital version of the talkback series CTC hosts for its own productions.

Complete information is available in the section marked News on CTC's website, chestertheatre.org.


PITTSFIELD — Barrington Stage Company is giving a free Virtual Party in June, featuring some of the Pittsfield cultural district theater's "favorite" veteran performers (details coming).

It's called "BSC Bash" and it's scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 13.

While the event is free, BSC is accepting donations.

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Information is available online at barringtonstageco.org/bash or by email at bash@barringtonstagerco.org.


HARTFORD, Conn. — Hartford Stage's relationship with the faculty and students of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford is the focus of this week's "Scene and Heard: Live!" Hartford Stage artistic director Melia Bensussen's weekly Zoom "happy hour," she calls it. In these weekly chats, Bensussen and theater artists discuss their craft and what it means to make theater, especially at this time of the coronavirous pandemic. The Zoom event begins 5 p.m. Wednesday.

You can sign up in advance — and watch previous Zoomcasts as well, if you wish — online at hartfordstage.org.

Meanwhile, Hartford Stage has moved its productions of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" and Reduced Shakespeare Company's "The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged)" from this spring to fall. "Complete History of Comedy" now is scheduled Oct. 1-11; "Ah, Wilderness!" is now slated Oct. 22-Nov. 15.


HARTFORD, Conn. — With the rest of its 2019-20 season canceled due to COVID-19, TheaterWorks Hartford is going ahead with plans for 2020-21.

The season begins with the September/October run of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar's "The Who & the What," which examines the clash of values within an American Muslim family when an independent-minded daughter writes a provocative novel that offends her conservative father and sister. Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for his drama, "Disgraced."

The remainder of the season includes Adam Rapp's "The Sound Inside" (February/March 2021), about an accomplished professor at Yale and her layered relationship with an enigmatic student; "Fun Home" (April/May 2021), Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's five-time 2015 Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir about her discovery of her own sexuality, and her relationship with her gay father; Matthew Lopez' "Zoey's Perfect Wedding" (June/July 2021), about a wedding in which nothing goes right; and Theresa Rebeck's "Seared" (August/September 2021), set in the kitchen of a small neighborhood restaurant that becomes an overnight sensation.

Precise dates have yet to be determined. Complete information is available online at twhartford.org


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