Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
While in-person theatre is back in NYC, there are still wonderful shows to stream at home. Below are performances you can watch online this weekend, Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17, for free or at low cost.
Theater of War Productions: The Suppliants Project
On Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, Theater of War Productions, a company that uses classical texts to examine contemporary issues, presents excerpts from Aeschylus' The Suppliants, an ancient Greek tragedy about women seeking asylum in the city of Argos, followed by a town hall-style discussion about about the War in Ukraine. Actors Oscar Isaac, Willem Dafoe and David Strathairn will perform the passages alongside a chorus of Ukrainians, including Dr. Dmytro Zaleskyi, the head of the Mobile Medical Center of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense, and human rights activist Lyudmila Yankina. Director-adaptor Bryan Doerries will facilitate the post-show conversation. Tickets are free but required to receive the viewing link.
All Arts: Conversations 1967: Peter Brook
To honor the long and rich career of visionary director Peter Brook, who died earlier this month at age 97, All Arts has unearthed an incredible interview from its archives! Watch as Brook, less than a year out from winning the Tony Award for helming Marat/Sade on Broadway, discusses his career as a stage and screen director with theatre critic Elliot Norton. Watch for free on All Arts' website.
The Workshop Theater: Memories of Over-Development
The Workshop Theater presents Memories of Over-Development, a new filmed play by Obie winner Caridad Svich inspired by interviews with real-life survivors of dictatorships. These seven reenactments of incredible and harrowing stories share a rebellious look at where we've been and where we are right now. The cast includes Tony winner Frank Wood. Tickets are $10 and the recording is viewable until Wednesday, August 3 at 7 p.m. ET.
Irondale: On Women Festival
Brooklyn's lauded Irondale theatre is currently presenting its annual On Women Festival, and this year's edition is a hybrid event, with eight new works by female-identifying playwrights being streamed online. The lineup includes pieces about PTSD, motherhood, sexuality, creating art via Zoom and an interactive meditation on memes. Tickets for the entire New Media Storytelling lineup are $10 and the recordings are viewable until Saturday, July 30.
New Ohio Theatre: Ice Factory: The Weaver (part II): Paradigm
Attention avant-garde theatre lovers: New Ohio Theatre's 29th annual, Obie-winning fest is all about emerging artists taking risks. Ice Factory invites cutting-edge NYC companies to present their latest works in progress over four days. The subjects are timely and the offerings diverse, and the second performance of each show will also be available to live-stream at home, with a recording viewable through the last day of the festival. The fest continues with The Weaver (part II): Paradigm, a devised work from TÉA Artistry about institutional racism in the health care industry as a young hospital patient loses his temper, triggering a drastic series of events. This is the second installment in a series exploring the nuanced dynamics of racism through both a personal and communal lens. Tickets are $20 and the recording is viewable until Wednesday, August 31. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Abrons Arts Center: VITRUVIAN
Abrons Arts Center presents VITRUVIAN, a solo performance by Jerron Herman about the ways natural phenomena and history enter and live in the body. This made-for-video work shares the allegorical tale of the life cycle of the Vitruvian man as he traverses multiple hemispheres. Tickets start at $6 and the recording is viewable until Saturday, July 30.
Mosaic Theater Company: In His Hands
Last chance! Washington, DC's Mosaic Theater Company is currently presenting an in-person production of In His Hands, but you can also stream a recording at home. Benjamin Benne's queer rom-com grapples with issues of love and faith as an aspiring Lutheran pastor falls for a mysterious stranger whose past may derail their relationship. José Carrasquillo directs. Tickets are $40 and the recording is viewable until Sunday,. Closed captions are available.
New Ohio Theatre: Ice Factory: Trash Body Monkey House
Attention avant-garde theatre lovers: New Ohio Theatre's 29th annual, Obie-winning fest is all about emerging artists taking risks. Ice Factory invites cutting-edge NYC companies to present their latest works in progress over four days. The subjects are timely and the offerings diverse, and the second performance of each show will also be available to live-stream at home, with a recording viewable through the last day of the festival. The fest kicks off with Trash Body Monkey House, a devised work conceived and directed by Jen Pitt exploring the darkness underlying all comedy. Performed by women, this physical theatre piece asks, what if Molière and his minions indulged their depression? Tickets are $20 and the recording is viewable until Wednesday, August 31. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
All Arts: Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream
All Arts presents Julie Taymor's critically acclaimed mounting of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was recorded live on stage at Brooklyn's Theatre for a New Audience. Stage stalwarts Tina Benko, David Harewood and Max Casella lead the cast of this enchanting romantic comedy about young lovers and magical sprites crossing paths in the woods. Taymor puts her creative stamp on the Shakespeare classic, which features projections, puppets and more than a dozen children as fairies. Watch for free on All Arts' website.
PBS: A Capitol Fourth
Last chance! Country star Mickey Guyton hosted the 42nd edition of this annual holiday concert at the US Capitol, and you can watch a recording this weekend. The starry lineup includes many Broadway favorites, including Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, Darren Criss and the legendary Chita Rivera. Spectacular fireworks end the evening with a bang. Watch for free until Sunday on PBS' website.
American Songbook at NJPAC: James Monroe Iglehart
NJ PBS' American Songbook at NJPAC concert series presents James Monroe Iglehart. Beloved for his star turns in Memphis, Chicago and Hamilton, he won a Tony Award for his tour-de-force performance as the Genie in Aladdin. This hour-long cabaret features songs from his career as well as personal favorites, and was recorded live onstage earlier this year at the NJ Performing Arts Center. Musical theatre maven Ted Chapin hosts. Watch for free on NJ PBS' website.
American Songbook at NJPAC: Melissa Errico
NJ PBS' American Songbook at NJPAC concert series presents Tony nominee Melissa Errico. Known for her crystalline soprano and nuanced interpretations of songs by Stephen Sondheim and Michel Legrand, Errico has also starred in classic shows such as My Fair Lady, Finian's Rainbow and Do I Hear A Waltz? This hour-long performance features songs from her career as well as personal favorites, and was recorded live onstage earlier this year at the NJ Performing Arts Center. Musical theatre maven Ted Chapin hosts. Watch for free on NJ PBS' website.
TheatreSquared: Miss You Like Hell
Last chance! Arkansas' TheatreSquared is currently presenting an in-person production of Miss You Like Hell, but you can also watch a recording at home. Seen Off Broadway in 2018, this powerful musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown follows an undocumented Latina mother who reconnects with her estranged teenage daughter for a cross-country road trip that will determine their future. Chance encounters with eclectic characters along the way bring them closer to understanding what sets them apart, and what bonds them forever. A timely musical meditation on family. Tickets start at $25 and the recording is viewable until Sunday.
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Top image: Oscar Isaac, who is appearing in Theater of War Productions' The Suppliants Project on Saturday. Photo by Carol Rosegg for The Public Theater's production of Hamlet.