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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 carefully curated list spotlights the five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25, for free or at low cost.
Streaming Saturday, June 24 at 6 p.m. ET for FREE though donations are encouraged
Famed Berkshires dance festival Jacob's Pillow kicks off its summer season with a thrilling in-person gala which is also available to live-stream. The lineup includes jookin master Lil Buck doing his seminal work "The Swan," a solo by Bill Irwin, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham dancing "Show Pony," a tap spectacle by Dorrance Dance and Dance Theatre of Harlem performing "This Bitter Earth" by Christopher Wheeldon in honor of Misty Copeland, who's receiving the 2023 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award. ASL interpretation, closed captioning and audio description are available.
Streaming until Saturday, July 15 for $10
Florida's Stage Aurora presents a joyous online concert celebrating African-American songs and songwriters of all genres: blues, jazz, Broadway, R&B and gospel. Tony winner Lillias White (The Life, Hadestown), Some Like It Hot Tony nominee NaTasha Yvette Williams and two-time Tony nominee Vivian Reed (Bubbling Brown Sugar, The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club) headline this jubilant evening of beloved Black music.
Various shows live-streaming at various times until Monday, July 3 at a sliding scale
Celebrate Pride weekend with FRIGID New York's ninth annual Queerly Festival, a grab bag of solos, stand-up, improv and drag. A broad spectrum of queer culture is examined in this diverse celebration of all things LGBTQIA2S+, including shows about Anna May Wong, America's first Black drag queen and a clown's gender journey. Can't make it in person? Most performances are also being live-streamed and tickets are pay-what-you-can. Browse the calendar to see which performances pique your interest.
Streaming until Monday, July 31 for $20
The always intriguing Untitled Theater Company #61 recently presented the world premiere of The Shylock and the Shakespeareans at New Ohio Theatre, and now a recording is available to stream. A darkly comic retelling of The Merchant of Venice, the play centers on a Jewish diamond seller who gets mixed up with a gang of white supremacists led by his former servant, Gobbo. As Jacob battles anti-Semitism in business, his daughter falls for the son of Asian immigrants and an heiress subjects her wooers to a bizarre challenge. Writer-director Edward Einhorn's riff on Shakespeare is a thought-provoking romp about prejudice.
Streaming on All Arts for FREE
The lauded Interlochen Arts Academy performs the ballet Cinderella featuring eye-popping design, superb dancing and Sergei Prokofiev's glorious score.
Top image: Broadway favorite Lillias White, who's headlining a virtual Black Music Month concert this weekend.