Nothing, it seems, can keep theaters from doing that wonderful thing they do. As companies wait for ways to open safely, the way they used to, they’re finding creative ways to share shows now, from “drive-in” theater, where you watch from the comfort of your car to streaming, which allows you to watch shows on your screen at home. Check it out!
By Nancy Churnin
Everything Will Be Fine Through Friday, July 10 Drive-In Theater Experience
Prism Movement Theater finds an innovative way of bringing back live theater with social distancing. They will present the world premiere of Everything Will Be Fine, a play by Zoe Kerr about a woman dealing with significant loss, featuring Kelsey Melbourne and Mitchell Stephens, using an innovative drive-in theater format, with assigned car spaces. The show, co-directed by Jeffrey Colangelo and Kwame Lilly, choreographed by Lilly and produced by Colangelo. To listen to the show, patrons can tune in to a particular radio station for audio.
Where: Latino Cultural Center parking lot | 2600 Live Oak St, Dallas When: Through Fri. July 10 – Sat. 11, 8:30 pm Cost: $32 per car, $16 for solo riders Web: To purchase tickets visit prismco.org
STREAMING ON YOUR TV,
COMPUTER, TABLET OR PHONE ** Be sure to check with each theatre before you attend or stream, prices are subject to change.
The True Story of the Tragic Life & Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World Thursday, July 16 – Thursday, July 30
Based on a true story about a Mexican woman who became a 19th-century circus sideshow sensation, Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth gave the Shaun Prendergast play its American premiere in 2003, will stream this show daily. The show is performed entirely in darkness, challenging the audience to imagine what Julia Pastrana looks like and question your idea of what it means ugly or beautiful, under the direction of company co-founder Jonathan Fielding. Tickets, $13. Available online at amphibianstage.com.
Macbeth Through Sunday, July 12
Outcry Youth Theatre will stream the Shakespearean tragedy about a ruthless and ambitious Scottish leader. Performed by ages 13-22. Tickets, $10. Available at outcrytheatre.com.
A Little Princess Through Sunday, July 12
Outcry Youth Theatre will stream Jason Johnson-Spinos’ new adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett book about a girl at a boarding school who suddenly loses her money and position. Performed by youth ages 7-15. Tickets, $10. Available at outcrytheatre.com.
I Am My Own Wife Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, August 2
WaterTower Theatre in Addison presents this Pulitzer Prize-winning one-person play inspired by the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transgender woman caught up in the great European dramas of the 20th century. The play is written by Dallas native Doug Wright, directed by Ashley Puckett Gonzales and stars Bob Hess. Patrons will receive a code to view this filmed theater event online when tickets are purchased at watertowertheatre.org or through the box office at 972-450-6232. Stay tuned (literally!) for news from WaterTower Theatre about a concert the company is planning for later this summer.
Nancy Churnin is the author of eight picture book biographies that have won the Sydney Taylor Notable, South Asia Book Award and Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People and been honored on numerous states reading lists. A native New Yorker and former theater critic for The Dallas Morning News, Nancy is a Harvard University alumna, with a master's from Columbia University. She lives in North Texas with her husband, a dog named Dog and a cantankerous cat. Nancy's books are available at our Grand Times Bookstore
and independent bookstores. You can also follow her on Twitter @nchurnin.