‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ Sprinkled With High-Tech Fairy Dust

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Written by: Holly Williams

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” may be one of Shakespeare’s most performed plays — but its latest version from the Royal Shakespeare Company will be unlike any seen before. Titled “Dream,” the 50-minute streamed production fuses live performance with motion-capture technology, 3-D graphics, and interactive gaming techniques that let the audience remotely guide Puck through a virtual forest.

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Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal Talk Performing in Sea Wall/A Life and Eventually Returning to the Theatre

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Written by: Tom Sturridge

In 2019, film and stage stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge joined forces to present two separate stand-alone monologues, Sea Wall/A Life at Off-Broadway’s The Public Theater before quickly transferring to Broadway’s Hudson. The limited run ended just a few months before COVID-19 forced the closure of all Broadway theatre.

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365 Streaming Moments That Got Us Through 365 Days of the Broadway Shutdown

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Written by: Playbill Staff

We stopped going to the theatre March 12, 2020. Within a few days, we turned to the virtual stage. Within a few weeks, we found regular comfort in Zoom readings, split-screen reunions, and remotely produced performances. And over the past 12 months, we learned that the show could go on—in some capacity. On the anniversary of the Broadway shutdown, the Playbill staff (with some assistance from readers) looks back on a year of on-screen theatre.

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Look Back on the Original Broadway Production of Les Misérables

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Written by: Playbill Staff

Following its London debut, Lés Miserables opened in New York City at the Broadway Theatre March 12, 1987. The show, directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, played 11 previews and 6,680 performances before closing May 18, 2003. The production earned 12 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Best Musical. In the time since its premiere, it has been produced in more than 40 countries across the globe and been translated into 21 languages.

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Look Back at the Original Broadway Production of A Raisin in the Sun

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Written by: Playbill Staff

 

On March 11, 1959, the original Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The play, which details the experiences of a Black family in Chicago, was the first by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway, as well as the first with an African-American director and one of the first to examine African-American life on the cusp of the Civil Rights era. The production transferred to the Belasco Theatre in October 1959 before eventually closing on June 25, 1960.

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Arts Leaders Discuss the Future of Theatre and Cabinet-Level Representation

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Written by: Dan Meyer

In light of the Biden-Harris administration affirming its commitment to the arts in platforms and speeches, a number of theatre professionals gathered virtually to discuss what that could look like—and what they hope to see. Check out Hal Luftig, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Victoria Bailey, T. Oliver Reid, and Warren Adams in the video above.

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A New ‘Aida’ Lands in the Middle of France’s Culture Wars

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Written by: Joshua Barone

When Lotte de Beer’s new production of Verdi’s “Aida” recently premiered at the Paris Opera — not to a full house, but to an audience online — she was just relieved it was happening.

“This might have been my hardest project ever,” de Beer said in a video interview. “We had crisis after crisis after crisis.”

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Video Auditions Roundup: Manhattan Theatre Club, Magic Theatre, True Colors Theatre Company, More Seeking Performers

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Written by: Playbill Staff

A reopening may be on the horizon, but with theatres still dark for the time being, casting directors are encouraging performers to send in video auditions. Here’s a selection of upcoming Equity auditions around America, in chronological order by submission deadline.

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