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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend June 21-23

By: Raven Snook
Date: Jun 19, 2024
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Even though in-person theatre and dance are back in full swing, in the name of accessibility we're continuing to round up performances to watch online from the comfort of home. Our curated list spotlights the five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23, for free or at low cost.

Shotgun Players: Best Available

Streaming Friday, June 21 to Friday, July 5 for $20
Berkeley, California's acclaimed Shotgun Players delves into the current nonprofit theatre crisis with Best Available, which was recorded live on stage earlier this month. Playwright Jonathan Spector interviewed dozens of theatre artists around the US to inform this play about a fictitious company searching for a new artistic director. When the former associate artistic director finally agrees to take the gig, she decides to tackle the systemic problems plaguing the organization and the industry head-on. A timely and thought-provoking reflection of what we're going through right now.

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The Green Room 42: Reeve Carney

Live-streaming Sunday, June 23 at 7 p.m. ET for $26

Broadway star Reeve Carney presents an intimate concert featuring numbers from his career (Hadestown, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Fox's The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again) as well as original songs from his solo indie rock album Youth Is Wasted. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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TheatreSquared: Responders

Streaming until Sunday, June 30 for $25

Arkansas' TheatreSquared is presenting the in-person world premiere of Joseph Scott Ford's Responders, but a recording is also available to stream at home. A pair of paramedics arrive to find a body hanging from a billboard. The police are on their way but everyone, including kids, are gawking. Then the media arrives. How long should they wait before they act? A pitch-black comedy about wanting to do the right thing.

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Kyoung’s Pacific Beat: NERO

Streaming until Sunday, June 30 for FREE

Kyoung H. Park is a North Korean writer-director who was raised in Chile and launched his namesake company in Brooklyn, so he certainly has a global perspective. He brings that to his latest work, NERO, a five-act virtual epic reimagining the last two decades of violence, from George W. Bush's War on Terror to our present day, as the rise and fall of Nero's Roman Empire. There's sex, nudity, puppets and lots of insightful observations about how war keeps the ruling class in power. The trailer is awesome.

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MAX: Slave Play. Not a Movie. A Play.

Streaming for free to MAX subscribers.

Provocateur, playwright, performer and fashion plate Jeremy O. Harris directed this documentary that delves into the legacy of Slave Play, his breakthrough 2018 work which transferred from downtown to Broadway and earned 12 Tony nominations. This isn't a straightforward recreation of the play; instead, he juxtaposes different students performing scenes from the show in an acting class with footage of the professional production and the polarized reactions it inspired on social media and beyond. Like all of Harris' oeuvre, it's meant to spark impassioned discussion!

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Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her on Facebook at @Raven.Snook. Follow TDF on Facebook at @TDFNYC.