The holiday months are usually packed with live productions. But these are not usual times. More shows are likely to pop up — some socially distanced — but most will be streaming. Theaters are scrambling to produce shows during the pandemic, which makes live performances difficult. Keep an eye out: Theaters will do their best to keep you informed online. In the meantime, check out these shows planned for November and December.
The Tree: An American Rock Musical World premiere by Michael Federico, Jonathan Norton, Lauren LeBlanc, Cameron Casey, Alle Mims, and Franky Gonzalez, with music by Veteran Children’s Ian Ferguson, Aubrey Ferguson, and Drew Wall, with movement by Danielle Georgiou. Directed by Tiana Kaye Blair and in partnership with Shakespeare Dallas, Imprint Theatreworks presents a socially distanced production following an immersive journey across time and emotion, re-examining the “gift” of knowledge and the nature of Good and Evil through an innovative and haunting musical narrative.
Where: Samuell Grand Amphitheatre | 6200 E. Grand Ave., Dallas When: Through Saturday, November 14 Cost: $20, with options for upgraded audience experiences to be announced Web: https://imprinttheatreworks.org/
New Year’s Eve Concert The Dallas Symphony pays tribute to the Viennese tradition with lively waltzes from the Strauss dynasty.
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.
My Red Hand, My Black Hand Cara Mia Theatre opens its 25th season with the streaming regional premiere of a radio play co-produced with Soul Rep Theatre Company“My Red Hand, My Black Hand,” by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright, Dael Orlandersmith. The play follows a teenager’s story of how her parents fell in love in the in the face of resistance from their families: her father’s heritage is “Red” Tlingit and Lakota. And her mother’s is Black, from rural Virginia.
Antigone Outcry Youth Theatre is streaming its production of Sophocles’ classic play about justice and mercy. Becca Johnson-Spinos’s adaptation reimagines the timeless drama in a post-apocalyptic world, with youth actors from the Addison Theatre Centre bringing the play to life.
Where: Your Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone | Streamed from Addison Theatre Centre in Addison When: Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 22 Cost: $11 Web: outcrytheatre.com/antigone
Holiday Punch Fundraiser This year, Circle Theatre in Fort Worth brings its popular Holiday Punch Fundraiser online. The event features performances from local artists, including monologues by popular playwrights Matt Lyle, Jonathan Norton, Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, Del Shores, Michael Hollinger, and Bruce Graham, plus an online auction, prize drawings, a wine pull, and surprises from the Circle staff.
Where: Your Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone When: Saturday, December 5, 7pm Cost:FREE Web:circletheatre.com
Have Yourself a Broadway Little Christmas MainStage Irving-Las Colinas will stream this holiday revue hosted by Amy Stevenson and Craig Boleman. The production features songs from musical favorites, including local singers’ performing White Christmas, Mame, Holiday Inn, and Elf, along with a holiday singalong, auction, and raffle opportunities.
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.