From Stories of the Past to Futuristic Science Fiction, Theaters are Streaming Tales All Over Space and Time
By Nancy Churnin
With the Covid-19 pandemic halting most live performances, Dallas-Fort Worth theaters have gotten creative. We have the top six productions in the area for your consideration. Dallas Theater Center is planning an outdoor show with locations to be announced, while other companies are focusing on streamed shows that will whisk audiences away to a Fiddler on the Roof era shtetl, a fancy Manhattan boarding school, outer space, and more.
Something Grim(m) Devised by Tiffany Nichole Greene with members of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Theater Center This unique performance art production will encompass visual art, interaction, and an audio soundtrack in an outdoor setting.
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.
Do No Harm By Anyika McMillan-Herod Soul Rep Theatre continues its 25th season with the streaming of a filmed world premiere historical drama commissioned by Dr. Evelyn Parker at Southern Methodist University and the Association of Practical Theology about three enslaved women who were experimented on without anesthesia by Dr. J. Marion Sims, credited as the father of modern gynecology. The play was filmed in an actual slave cabin at Dallas Heritage Village and was scheduled to be performed at APT’s international conference in Houston last year, but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Where: Your Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone When: Streaming, Monday Jan. 11 – Sunday, January 31 Cost: $14 Web: www.soulrep.org
Things Missing/Missed By Justin Locklear, Melissa Flower, and Philip Hay Undermain Theatre offers a co-production with the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group about a couple battling the gaps in their memories, home, and relationship in a production filled with surreal stagecraft.
Application Pending By Greg Edwards and Andy Sanberg
Uptown Players turns the spotlight on popular local actor B.J. Cleveland, who stars as Chris Evans, a kindergarten assistant at an elite Manhattan private school, and all the people he has to deal with in this funny and touching one-person show.
Where: Your Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone When: Streaming, Friday, January 29 – Sunday, February 7 Cost: $20–$30 Web:uptownplayers.org
Before Fiddler By Hershey Felder
Dallas Summer Musicals presents Hershey Felder, famed for his Irving Berlin show, in a world premiere one-person show about Sholem Aleichem, the writer whose stories would become world-famous in a Tony Award-winning musical adaptation called Fiddler on the Roof, and the music associated with Aleichem and Eastern European Jews: Klezmer.
Last Ship to Proxima Centauri By Greg Lam
Kitchen Dog Theater zooms audiences to outer space with this world premiere science fiction comedy about the last escape ship from uninhabitable earth to a planet full of people that are not happy to see them.
Where: Your Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone When: Streaming, February/March — dates to be determined Cost: $15 and up Web:kitchendogtheater.org
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.